Wednesday, June 15, 2011

IS YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST OR SOMETHING ELSE?

By God's grace we have been transferred into the kingdom of Christ, Col. 1:13, cf Col. 2:12,13. The question is, Is that our reality? Do we live daily with Jesus as our king and do we submit to His rule? He rescued us from the Satanic realm of darkness and from being eternally lost and placed us firmly in His kingdom. But do we live that way? Do we arise each day and greet our King and ask Him for His will to be done in our lives? Do we live by faith or do we live pretty much like the faithless world?

Keep the faith because faith is the victory. Paul wanted the Colossians to have unshakable faith. But in what is our faith? Faith is confidence and assurance in the invisible God and in His promises. 

Christ is the object of our faith. We have redemption in Christ, Col. 1:14. He is preeminent in all things - the first born of all creation; the first born from the dead, Col. 1:15,18. Why? "So that He might come to have first place in everything." He is creator of the universe and all things in it, including dominions and powers and all rule. There's no king above Him. There's no god above Him. There's nothing in the creation above Him. Jesus is the object of our faith.

Faithless people, and all those who have "little faith" and those who have doubting faith cannot have their eyes on Jesus, the preeminent Savior. In Christ is their salvation but they doubt that in Him they are complete and lacking in nothing. The faithless they are filled with worries and fears; they trust in their wits and strengths; they offer tiny prayers and expect nothing from God; they put more faith in the teachings and doctrines of men; they don't give Christ a lot of thought.

We profess Christ but do we walk by faith or by sight? Do profess faith in Christ but in reality act more like people who are carnal? Does fear or love control us more? Do concerns for this life control us more than the promises of God? Do we look for the scientifically plausible explanation for the miracles of the Bible or do we believe in the powerful God who works providentially in our lives today? Are we led by the flesh or by the Spirit? Paul highlighted "the Incomparable Christ" to make it clear what should be the reality of the Christian.

Paul was concerned for the Christians and he made it clear that Christ was sufficient for them. He made it clear that they were complete in Christ AS LONG AS THEY REMAINED FAITHFUL.

"22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister." - Col. 1:22,23

Our salvation is secure if we continue in the faith. Today pray the prayer of faith. Submit to God's rule. Seek His will and humble yourselves under His mighty hand. Repent of the things that are contrary to His will. Walk fearlessly and speak fearlessly because God is on your side.

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