Saturday, September 17, 2005

Where Does Faith Come From?

Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 6:23)
Notice: The peace comes from God. The love comes from God.The faith comes from God.
    Faith without love is nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2), for faith works through love (Galatians 5:6). God is the source of both faith and love.
    For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake. (Philippians 1:29)
    The Greek word for “grant” is built on the word for “grace.” To grant means to give as a favor. It is an act of grace. The Greek word behind “faith” and “believe” is the same; the only difference is that one is the noun form, the other is the verb. Paul says that it has been given to us to believe. Faith is a grant from God.
    And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:14)
    Notice again: The grace comes from God.The faith comes from God.The love comes from God.
    We receive faith and love from the superabundance of God’s grace, which comes to us in the person of Jesus Christ.
    To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:1)
    We receive the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21). But first we obtain faith by the righteousness of God. Our faith comes from God and returns to Him as we exercise it in response to Jesus Christ.

    If you desire to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, God has faith for you. You do not have to somehow work it up within yourself. Simply receive it. God also supplies all the faith you need to grow in grace and intimate fellowship with God, and to live the joy-filled Christian life.

    (See also Faith Comes From God and Faith Comes By Hearing.)