Bible Ballistics: BBs #291    Faith In What???

 

To wit,

that God was in Christ,

reconciling the world

unto himself,

not imputing their trespasses unto them;

and hath committed unto us

the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors

for Christ,

as though God did beseech you by us:

we pray you in Christ’s stead,

be ye reconciled to God.

21 For he hath made him

to be sin for us,

who knew no sin;

that we might be made

the righteousness of God

in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:19-21

God has called us to be “reconcilers”, because Jesus has reconciled us to God, by faith in HIS accomplished work on Calvary—a cross where He was put to death for my sin and yours. A place where God paid the price for sin—one perfect Lamb in sacrifice for a lost and dying world, for lost and dying individuals like us!!!

For when we were yet without strength,

in due time

Christ died for the ungodly.

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die:

yet peradventure for a good man

some would even dare to die.

But God

commendeth his love

toward us,

in that,

while we were yet sinners,

Christ died for us.

Much more then,

being now justified by his blood,

we shall be saved from wrath

through him.

10 For if,

when we were enemies,

we were reconciled to God

by the death of his Son,

much more,

being reconciled,

we shall be saved by his life.

11 And not only so,

but we also joy in God

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

by whom

we have now received

the atonement.”    Romans 5:6-11

We have been reconciled to GOD by the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. We “have now received the atonement” because God made Jesus to be “sin for us” when we will believe in Him, so that we could not only know the “righteousness of God” but receive what His blood enabled—that we could “be made the righteousness of God”! But that is only possible ONE WAY—“in him”. Not only putting our faith and trust in HIM, but having His Spirit imparted to us, indwelling us, and becoming the “Sons of God”!!!

THAT is faith in “what”! Faith in what Jesus did at Calvary. I owed a debt I could only pay with my own death for my own sin, but Jesus stepped into this world and lived a perfect human life in order to pay for MY sin. And all I have to do is repent, believe and accept HIS atoning (paying for something), substitutionary (doing something in someone else’s place), sacrificial (giving something at great cost) death as payment for my sin. That is what my faith is in. As Paul put it simply:

For I delivered unto you

first of all

that which I also received,

how that Christ died for our sins

according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried,

and that he rose again

the third day

according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas,

then of the twelve:” 1 Corinthians 15:3-5

Jesus was crucified, buried and raised alive the third day—according to Biblical prophecy—for our sin! And we can receive and know HIM by faith alone.

But as many as received him,

to them gave he power

to become the sons of God,

even to them that believe on his name:

13 Which were born,

not of blood,

nor of the will of the flesh,

nor of the will of man,

but of God.” John 1: 12-13

So my friend, if you’ve been born again of the Spirit of God, you have the world before you! A world that needs reconciling, and that’s what we’re called to do. So where is your faith today? In yourself? In material possessions? In power? In politics? In social standing? None of those things will give you life—perhaps a temporary euphoria, but not life! Only Jesus can give you life, and He will, if you will but believe in Him, repent of your sin and receive His gift of eternal life.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26

So what’s your choice today? Jesus or something else? Faith or cold, hard facts that you have chosen instead of Jesus? You might want to check your facts, for only faith in Jesus Christ and His reconciling work will do. And if you know Him, don’t keep it to yourself. Share the light; don’t “hide it under a bushel”!!!

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen………

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:

for he that cometh to God

must believe that he is,

and that he is a rewarder

of them

that diligently seek him.”    Hebrews 11:1 & 6

I believe! Do you? If so are you being a reconciler? Let’s not fail to share the news that changes hearts and lives. Our Lord Jesus is coming soon!! “Soon And Very Soon”!

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” James 2:18 (Real faith isn’t by works but works come from real faith.)