Many times in my life and ministry I have encountered the question, “Where does faith come from?” In order to substantiate the answer I am writing this Blog. Biblical faith is in the person of Christ.
Faith is consent of the human will. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Faith is enlightenment to things pertaining to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Faith is a renunciation of sinful conduct.
Faith is built upon what the Word of God says about the person of Christ. The foundation of faith comes from what God said and what God spoke. The records of the Bible prove such truth.
When we see Christ in the Father’s plan between time and eternity what do we see? It takes us all the way back to the first promise made by God in the Bible… of a suffering Saviour, His death, and His resurrection. That first promise was spoken by God to the serpent and foretold of the death, burial , and resurrection of Christ. Genesis 3:15. Jesus at that time was in Heaven with the Father.. seated on the Father’s own right hand.
Jesus is the “author and finisher” of our faith. When Adam fell Christ was promised. Men looked for that promise from God for thousands of years..then Shiloh (Christ) appeared as promised! Unlike men or prophets of God, Jesus fulfilled numerous Biblical prophecies. Jesus made truth reality! It was written! God said it!
Jesus established faith according to the Fathers plan. Jesus put His faith in what the Father planned for His coming. When Jesus came down from Heaven in the form of a man…He faithfully carried out the Fathers will. Jesus was the author or originator of our faith.
Heb 12:2…Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
Jesus ascended from the Throneroom to the lower parts of the Earth. Jesus took upon himself the worst conditions of life in Israel. Jesus was born in a manger. Jesus was born in a barren land. Jesus suffered like the worst criminal. Jesus stepped down from Eternal supremacy to lowliness of humanity on Earth. He was faithful to the Father’s will, even unto suffering, scourging, and the cruel punishment of crucifixion. Jesus humbled Himself in obedience even unto death. This left Jesus as the author of our faith. Jesus was the originator of our faith. That’s why Habbakkuk said, “the just shall live by “his” faith”.
Hab 2:4…but the just shall live by his faith
Through the pages of history men of God have “exercised faith” in what God said, and what was written about God. The written word of God vividly contains numerous prophecies of a suffering Saviour that would bleed and die for the sins of humanity. Oh, there are so many prophecies in God’s Word that declare such truth about Jesus! These prophecies are the basis of our faith! The written word of God was inspired by God and was recorded by Holy men of God who were moved by the Holy Ghost. Holy men of God were faithful men of God…just like Jesus was faithful.
2 Peter 1:20-21…Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Man’s faith is built upon the person of Christ. Faith comes from the heart of man when the Gospel message is heard and accepted. Faith has nothing to do with mans assumption or ideals. Faith has nothing to do with prosperity. Faith is exercised through man’s belief, trust, and acceptance of the person of Christ for personal forgiveness of sins and holiness of heart. Belief and faith are both exercised when fallen man is “broken” by the holy presence of the Spirit of God. Belief is this very consent to God, which is trust in Christ’s redemptive work, and an actual experience of pardon from God. When man believes (gives consent of his will) God speaks pardon to the human soul. Every man is given a measure of faith to give consent to God and accept Christ for personal forgiveness.
Rom 12:3…God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Faith is exercised when men hear about the person of Christ through the preaching of the Gospel message. Faith is grown by knowledge of Christ…in His written Word or in the actual Christian experience. Faith is based on what the prophetic Word of God proves about Christ. Faith in Christ is not blind faith like the religious world testifies. The Word of God is the basis of faith. The substance of our faith is based on the person of Christ and what is written about Him. Faith in the person of Christ produces a real and actual experience of pardon from God and removal of guilt from the human conscience. The written word actually proves such truth! We have records! We have proof! We have evidence! We have a basis for our faith. The Holy Scriptures! Through the scriptures we see Jesus. Through the Spirit we see Jesus. He touches us! He is real! He’s alive! Glory!
Heb 1:1-3…God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
By believing and giving consent to God in Christ… fallen man is able to experience the power of God’s Grace. The Holy Spirit makes Christ known by testifying the person of Christ to the heart and soul of man. The Grace of God is what redeems, saves, justifies, and sanctifies the human soul. When fallen man believes (gives consent of his will) God does something! God knows that the state of fallen man is in need of a Saviour! The presence of Spirit of Holiness is what “melts” or “reduces” fallen man to a place of repentance and belief. God’s infinate mercy and goodness (through the minstration of the Spirit) touches fallen man just enough to cause man to turn, to accept, and to believe in a Saviour that bled and died for the sin’s of humanity. This ministry of the Spirit comes to man’s heart and soul through the Gospel mesage that causes men to believe.
Faith comes by hearing the Gospel message. Men are sent by Christ to carry the Gospel of Christ to an unbelieving world. Preachers are led by the Holy Ghost to stir the unbelieving world to a place of belief and acceptance of the Gospel message that Christ commanded us to preach.
Rom 10:14-17… 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, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
By hearing the preaching of faith men can turn from sin and recieve salvation of the soul that comes through belief in the person of Christ. Glory! Faith in Christ comes by hearing the Gospel message.
Gal 3:2-5… This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?