never waver in belief

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For I am not ashamed of the Good News: it is the power of God saving all who have faith— Jews first, but Greeks as well— since this is what reveals the justice of God to us: it shows how faith leads to faith, or as scripture says: The upright man finds life through faith. ~Romans/Ro 1:16,17

Faith, which is the response of a human being to God as truth and goodness and so the one source of salvation, relies on the truth of God’s promises and on God’s faithfulness to them.

God has called you and He will not fail you. ~1Thessalonians/Th 5:24

What if some of them were unfaithful? Will their lack of fidelity cancel God’s fidelity? That would be absurd. God will always be true even though everyone proves to be false; so scripture says: In all you say your justice shows, and when you are judged you win your case. ~Romans/Ro 3:3,4 (see all chp. 3)

The argument compares the group: faithfulness, truth/truthfulness, integrity, with its anti-group faithlessness, falsehood, sinfulness. One leads to holiness for in your belief you’re justified, the other does not for your rebelling against it.

But if our lack of holiness makes God demonstrate His integrity, We may be unfaithful, but He is always faithful, for He cannot disown His own self  ~2Timothy/Tm 2:13. Let us keep firm in the hope we profess, because the One who made the promise is faithful. ~Hebrews/Heb 10:23 (see also Heb 11:11); 

believing in Him, in His faithfulness brings His promises to light. You can trust Him.

And on His power to implement them,

As scripture says: I have made you the ancestor of many nations– Abraham is our father in the eyes of God, in whom he put his faith, and who brings the dead to life and calls into being what does not exist. Though it seemed Abraham’s hope could not be fulfilled, he hoped and he believed, and through doing so he did become the father of many nations exactly as he had been promised: Your descendants will be as many as the stars. Even the thought that his body was past fatherhood– he was about a hundred years old– and Sarah too old to become a mother, did not shake his belief.  He had unshakable faith. Since God had promised it, Abraham refused either to deny it or even to doubt it, but drew strength from faith (faith is all-powerful Mark/Mk 9:23and gave glory to God, convinced that God had power to do what He had promised. This is the faith that was ‘considered as justifying him‘.

Scripture however does not refer only to him but to us as well when it says that his faith was thus ‘considered’; our faith too will be ‘considered’ if we believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, Jesus who was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us. ~Ro 4:17-21

He [Abraham] did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to Godand being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness. (Ro 4:3, 22; {Ga 3:6; James/Jm 2:23})

He was confident that God had the power even to raise the dead; and so, figuratively speaking, he was given back Isaac from the dead. The saving of Isaac from death prefigures the death and resurrection of Christ and all of humanity.  ~Heb. 11:19 

After the long Old Testament period of preparation (Heb 11 [the exemplary faith of our ancestors] ), God has spoken through His Son (Heb. 1:1,2). We must believe in the Son (Matthew/Mat. 8:10+; John/Jn 3:11+). It’s the conviction, the steadfastness, the unwavering belief of the faith of Abraham that justified him, this assurance is also ours if we too do not waver from the love and grace God is offering.

The faith that Jesus asks for from the outset of His public life (Mark/Mk 1:15+) and throughout His subsequent career, is that act of trust and of self-abandonment by which people no longer rely on their own strength and policies but commit, themselves to the power and guiding word of Him in whom they believe (Luke/Lk 1:20, 45). Christ asks for this faith, especially when He works His miracles which are not so much acts of mercy as signs attesting His mission and witnessing to the kingdom; hence He cannot work miracles unless He finds the faith without which miracles lose their true significant. Since faith demands the sacrifice of the whole man, mind and heart, it is not an easy act of humility to perform; many decline it, particularly in Israel who lost their first love, or are half-hearted. Even the disciples are slow to believe and are still reluctant after the resurrection. And that has carried over to our time. The Good News of salvation, Jesus Himself being both its messenger and its message is what’s needed to be proclaimed today, as it was then.

The most generous faith of all, of the ‘Rock’, the disciples’ leader, was destined to be shaken by the outrage of the Passion though it was to triumph in the end. When faith is strong it works wonders and its appeal is never refused especially when it asks for forgiveness of sin and for that salvation of which it is the necessary condition.

The kerygma or proclamation,

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”  

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~Ro 10:8-17

For Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the Good News, and not to preach that in the terms of philosophy in which the crucifixion of Christ cannot be expressed. The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God’s power to save. As scripture says: I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing all the learning of the learned. Where are the philosophers now? Where are the scribes? Where are any of our thinkers today? Do you see now how God has shown up the foolishness of human wisdom? If it was God’s wisdom that human wisdom should not know God, it was because God wanted to save those who have faith through the foolishness of the message that we preach. And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.  1Corinthians/Co 1:17-25; 

(s/a 1Co 15:11,14; Acts/Ac 2:22+) of the Good News (s/a Ro 1:16; 1Co 15:1-2; Philippians/Ph 1:27; Ephesians/Ep 1:13) made by the Apostles (s/a Ro 1:5; 1Co 3:5; Jn 17: 20). Hence the proclamation proclaims that God raised Jesus from the dead, made Him kyrios – Lord or Master (s/a Ro 4:24, 10:9; Ac 17:31; 1Peter/P 1:21)

and through Him offers life to all who believe in Him (Ro 6:8-11; 2Co 4:13; Ep 1:19; Colossians/Col 2:12; 1 Th 4:14)

God who created all things through Christ, (Jn 1:3), has restored His work, deformed by sin, by recreating it in Christ, (Col 1:15-20+). The central figure of this ‘new creation’, here (and Galatians/Ga 6:15) —which extends to the whole universe, (Col 1:19+; 2P 3:13,14; Revelation/Rv 21:1) –is the ‘new man’ created in Christ (Ep 2:15+), to lead a new life (Ro 6:4), of virtue and holiness (Ep 2:10; Col 3:10+), the new birth of baptism (Ro 6:4+).

 

Faith in the name, or person of Jesus (Ro 3:26, 10:13; Jn 1:12; Ac 3:16; 1Jn 3:23), who is the Messiah (Ga 2:16; Ac 24:24; 1Jn 5:1), the Lord (Ro 10:9; 1Co 12:3; Ph 2:11; Ac 16:31) and the Son of God (Ga 2:20; Jn 20:31; 1Jn 5:5; Ac 8:37, 9:21) is thus the necessary condition of salvation (Ro 10:9-13; 1 Co 1:21; Ga 3:22; Isaiah/Is 7:9+; Ac 4:12, 16:31; Heb 11:6; Jn 3:15-18).

Faith is not only intellectual assent (to agree/concur), it is to trust and obey (Ro 1:5, 6:17, 10:16, 16:26; Ac 6:7) the life-giving truth (1Jn 5:6+). Truth and untruth have a religious as well as an intellectual reference because they involve the whole of human life and activity (1Jn 3:19).

Faith which thus unites a person with Christ (2Co 13:5; Ga 2:16, 20; Ep 3:17) also confers the Spirit on Him (Ga 3:2, 5, 14; Jn 7:38; Ac 11:17), the Spirit of the sons of God (Ga 3:26; Jn 1:12).

Faith is reliance on God and not on self (Ro 3:27; Ep 2:9) and thus contrasts with the old order of the Law (Ro 7:7+) with its vain search (Ro 10:3; Ph 3:9) for holiness by works (Ro 3:20, 28; 9:31; Ga 2:16, 3:11): only faith can effect true holiness, the saving holiness of God Himself (Ro 1:17+; 3:21-26), received as a free gift from Him (Ro 3:24; 4:16; 5:17; Ep 2:8; Ac 15:11). Faith never wavers.

Faith relates to the promise made to Abraham (Ro 4; Ga 3:6-18) and so makes salvation accessible to everyone, pagans included (Ro 1:5, 16; 3:29; 9:30; 10:11; 16:26; Ga 3:8). It is coupled with baptism (Ro 6:4+), calls for public profession (Ro 10:10; 1Timothy/Tm 6:12), and expresses itself in charity (Ga 5:6; James/Jm 2:14+). 

Faith is obscure ( 2Co 5:7; Heb 11:1; Jn 20:29), and involves hope as its concomitant/association (Ro 5:2+).  It must be allowed to grow ( 2Co 10:15; 1Th 3:10; 2Th 1:3) amid struggles and sufferings (Ph 1:29; Ep 6:16; 1Th 3:2-8; 2Th 1:4; Heb 12:2; 1P 5:9), demanding fortitude (1Co 16:13; Col 1:23; 2:5,7)  and tenacity (2Tm 4:7; 1:14; 1Tm 6:20)  right up to the vision and possession of God ( 1Co 13:12; 1Jn 3:2).

So far then we have seen that, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith we are judge righteous and at peace with God, since it is by faith and through Jesus that we have entered this state of grace in which we can boast about looking forward to God’s glory. But that is not all we can boast about; we can boast about our sufferings. These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given us. We were still helpless when at His appointed moment Christ died for sinful men. It is not easy to die even for a good man– though of course for someone really worthy, a man might be prepared to die– but what proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Having died to make us righteous, is it likely that He would now fail us to save us from God’s anger? When we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, we were still enemies; now that we have been reconciled, surely we may count on being saved by the life of His Son? Not merely because we have been reconciled but because we are filled with joyful trust in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have already gained our reconciliation. ~Ro 5:1-11

Faith then is the confidence and trust in God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ. A reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety of Him and His promises. The grace of salvation is given to everyone who believes in Jesus Christ. His Spirit lives in us who do not waver from this. We are to rise above worldly ambitions and sin. Everything is possible with faith.

Hope to believe in the impossible… Looking forward with confidence and thanksgiving, to the reliability in Christ’s return.

Faith guarantees salvation! And that deep assurance, that God will accomplish all He set out to do. Not to give up, give in when trouble surrounds you but stand tall in the face of it with faith that all will work out for our good. Have no doubt about that!

‘God said it I believe it’ attitude, coming to the realization that there is a Supreme Being, Creator, Holy Father whose love for us transcends all our ills; of this the Holy Spirit is a pledge and to this, by His active Presence within us, He bears witness:

 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  ~Ro 8:15

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”  Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. ~Ga 4:6,7

It is through hope, faith and grace we have the confidence and His promises in our hearts.  Let us be at peace, ‘we have access to this grace (the enjoyment of God’s friendship) in which we stand’. ~ Ro 5:2

remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father. ~ 1Th 1:3
…perfect wisdom and spiritual understanding ~Col 1:19
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God is inviting YOU into His family circle, are YOU willing to step in faith and find His promises holds true in your life? Are you willing not to waver and stand in His grace..?..
Thank you for visiting 🙂 
May our Lord enrich you with His grace to confidently stand and not waver!

All the glory goes to our Lord Jesus Christ whose inspiration guided me through all the Scripture verses both in the post and in parentheses. Encourage you to follow through at your leisure, the ones in parentheses, for further enrichment. Blessings always.

 

sources and my gratitude to: https://www.biblegateway.com – NKJ; https://www.biblestudytools.com ; http://www.dictionary.com ; picture courtesy of – http://www.azquotes.com
note:  s/a stands for ‘see also‘; TJB The Jerusalem Bible and NKJ New King James were used throughout, (emphasis given throughout). text in green are from the O.T. emphasized in the new.

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