Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What is The Most Important Teaching on Christian Living 2 Cornithians 5:7

God Loves You
How would you sum up the Christian experience? If Christianity had a tagline what would it be?

"We live by faith and not by sight."  2 Corinthians 5:7, NIV.

DISPUTE
This verse seems to put faith in opposition to sight- as if sight negates faith.

FAITH
Some say it is an excuse to abandon rational thought in favor of blind superstition. Faith is anything but blind superstition. Faith is relational in respect to the object of that faith. We have faith in a God that we know and experience; unlike superstition which explains away facts and gives conclusions without knowledge.

NOT SIGHT
We are born again through faith so we must live by faith; our trust (Faith) in Jesus, in his person and work on our behalf as sufficient to save us from our sins and give us eternal life (John 3:16). Since sight did not save us it is illogical to think that sight could provide for us or sustain us. If we are saved by faith we must live by faith. God would not make salvation one way and living that salvation a contrary way.

PERSONAL FAITH
Our faith is personal, and it is relational; one man's experience of faith will not communicate it's realities to another man. Faith is something that we find to be so simple that a child may practice it daily and aged philosophers may ponder its depths with inconclusive frustration. Faith is the Christian essential. We live by it, you may call it trusting, believing, putting yourself in someone else's hands, whatever it means to you then you must not depart from it. We must live by that same faith that gave us life.

EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH
We express faith in different ways, we say things like
  • Trust Jesus as Savior
  • Accept the Lord
  • Come to Jesus
  • Ask Jesus into your heart

We use these and other phrases like this to convey the truths of faith. The terms that made faith click for you as a young believer are the same terms that you live by.

BUILD UP YOUR FAITH
Christian disciplines such as prayer, scripture memory, service, Bible reading etc. will build up our faith but when they become the object of our lives they are not an exercise in faith but of sight. These disciplines do not give life but are an expression of life and the effect of growing as a Christian.

FAITH IN GOD
Whatever your situation do not resort to schemes and plans but trust God, trust what you know about God and trust his actions on your behalf. That is what brought us into this life and that's what keeps us going.

If you want to know more about having faith in God for salvation see my other blog.

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