Thursday, August 07, 2014

Faith Is ~ Week 6

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now life in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."               

Does what we believe about God change God? If a person does not believe in God, God is still the Creator. If someone chooses not to trust God, God is still Sovereign. When our faith falters, God remains Faithful. Our beliefs about God do not change God, but they can definitely affect our faith journey. Creator and Sovereign and Faithful, along with All-Knowing, All-Powerful, and Always Ever-Present, begin to describe the character of God. To this list can be added Mercy and Kindness and Love. While His ways exceed our understanding, God's judgments are righteous.He keeps His promises. God's purposes never fail. God never changes.

Looking at the Galatians Scripture above, we can explore at least five truths about the Christian life. First, the Christian is "crucified with Christ"; the old sin-nature dies and a new righteousness living replaces the former life. Secondly, Christ now lives in the Believer. Because the resurrected Christ lives again, each person who chooses Christ as Savior finds a new spiritual beginning, new life within. Thirdly, while we are still on the earth, Christ calls us to righteous living. Saving faith comes from Christ and claims us as His own. Called to love like Him, our living faith in Christ marks our journey. Fourthly, Jesus Christ, Son of God loves each of us more than we can measure. Fifthly, Jesus offered Himself for us, became the sacrifice for all sin. Through Christ, God reveals His redemptive nature to the world. God always loves. 
~ dho