I recently preached a sermon on the Nature of True Faith out of the book of Luke. I am going to edit it a little and post it on here in the weeks to come.
“Faith is a tricky concept. It’s both easy to have, and hard to have. It’s both simple and complex. When I ask the College age students what faith is, they will undoubtedly shout out Hebrews 11:1
Which says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
I say great! Good answer. Now what does that mean… and more specifically what does that mean in relation to the Bible. See you can have faith in a lot of things. Some of you have faith in the green bay packers, that Aaron Rodgers will take them to the super bowl. I personally don’t have that faith. Go HAWKS!
But that type of faith is more of a wish than true faith because it’s not certain. Christian faith then is a certain faith. It’s trusting that what God has said He has done on the cross through His Son Jesus’ death is indeed true. That’s what was hoped for in the OT. The hope was that the Messiah would come and make things right.
That’s what Hebrews is saying. That faith is the absolute assurance of the things hoped for.
Faith is also present in the NT looking back to what Jesus has done and being convinced or convicted that it is true even though you did not see it take place.
Peter points that out in 1 Peter 1:8-9
1Pe 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 1Pe 1:9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
So really true faith in its most basic definition then is the firm belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, that He died for your sins on the cross, was buried and on the third day rose from the grave proclaiming the power over death and assuring us of our future resurrection and hope of eternal life.
Faith is be absolutely convinced these are true. That doesn’t mean you don’t ever doubt, but when you do doubt that doubt strengthens your faith.
But we learn from James that True Faith is not just mere mental assent to these facts but results in action. Faith without action is dead faith. True Saving faith always results in works.
Ephesians 2 talks about us being saved by grace through faith and we have no part in that, but it also says that we are created and saved for good works. Good works, are the result of true faith.
I want to look at some of the actions and thoughts that should accompany True faith. There are a lot of different passages and teachings on what faith is. I’m not trying to cover them all.
Rather I want to look at what true faith is through Jesus’ own words to His disciples in the book of Luke chapter 18:9-30.
I want to start in verse 8 actually. Jesus has just finished a parable that taught about them persevering through prayer. Here in verse 8 Jesus asks an important question.
He says, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes will HE find faith on earth?
This is the question I want us to ask ourselves. When Jesus comes back, will He find us having faith? Being Faithful?
In order for us to answer that I think we need to understand the nature of true faith.
In the coming blog posts we’ll learn more about what Jesus tells us about the nature of true faith.