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Our Walk Of Faith

Our Walk of Faith

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. -Romans 8:1-2

The main topic of this study is the gospel; the Good News that salvation and freedom from sin is available through Jesus Christ.

At the core of the gospel is the truth that God is bigger than our past. No matter who we are, or what we have done, we can be saved by grace (undeserved favour from God) through faith (complete trust) in Christ. We can then stand before God, our past sins justified, and declared not guilty! But firstly we need to realise that none of us are perfect...we are all in need of God's favour:

Rom 2:1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

Rom 3:9-10 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one."

Before Jesus was born, crucified and risen on the third day, man was bound by the Mosaic Law. A law that no man could keep because of his sinful ways inherited from Adam. Indeed, the more we know about God's Law, God's Heart and God's claim on our lives, the more aware we become that we cannot live up to it. As we realize this, we recognize our need for God's gracious forgiveness.

Rom 3:20-26 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth to be a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

The second thing we need to realize is God's power to deliver. Our need for spiritual renewal involves our need to be forgiven and to forgive, as well as to be cleansed from the effects of our past. We are unable to help ourselves and have no grounds on which to demand divine help. Yet God, in His love, reaches out to us, offering to forgive us, cleanse us, and empower us to become what He wants us to be. Our part is to see the truth of our need for God's power and surrender our lives to Him.

Rom 5:12-19 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.
(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.

The third point to make is that because we are all totally dependent on God's grace and favour, we ourselves have no grounds for arrogance. We are not saved because of anything we do or don't do, but by the grace of God.

Rom 11:18-22 Do not boast against the branches. But if you boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.'' Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness.

Rom 12:1-3 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

The forth point is that because of God's mercy, we must all respect one another despite our differences. Just because we are led to live a certain way does not mean that we should expect exactly the same in others. As people we are all different, and because of that we are suited to different roles. It is the same in our spiritual lives too .

God will use us in different areas according to our character and suitabilty. Because we perform these different functions, inevitably, differences between us will emerge. These are not rights and wrongs, but simply differences, and we, as members of the body of Christ, need to view our unique identities as strengths rather than weaknesses. Just as the mechanic needs an array of tools in his kit, so God needs an army capable of a variety of functions.

Rom 12:4-8 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Much of the book of Romans is a description of the importance of faith. It is through faith that a righteous person has life. There is no other way to be spiritually renewed by God. Our christian lives began by faith when we asked Jesus Christ into our lives and every step along the path of spiritual growth requires faith.

There is no set of guidelines for this. It is a daily act of trusting God enough to surrender our wills and our lives to Him. By doing so, we put our lives in the hands of the all-powerful God, who promises never to forsake us, and always love us, no matter how unlovable we may feel. Through faith in Christ Jesus we are freed from the law that no man could keep.

Heb 8:10-12 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Amen!

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