"God our Father has made all things depend on faith so that whoever has faith will have everything, and whoever does not have faith will have nothing." – Martin Luther
Scripture of the day: "Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him." – Hebrews 10:38
It’s been said that "repetition is a major rhetorical strategy for producing emphasis, clarity, amplification or emotional effect." The same is true in the Holy Scriptures when the word of God lays emphasis on certain truths that every child of God must be conversant with.
Four times in the scriptures – Hab. 2:4, Rom. 1:17, Gal. 3:11, Heb. 10:38 – the word of God emphasizes that, "The just shall live by faith." The extreme import of faith in the life of a believer can therefore not be overemphasized. Salvation through believing and confessing the Name of Jesus Christ brings life to the deadened spirit of man. This is the first step that every person must take to experience abundant life in the Kingdom of God. However, after the initial transformation of becoming just or righteous in Christ Jesus, the believer is strongly exhorted to thrive by faith. If the just lives by faith, the opposite is equally true that, without faith the righteous shrivels and dies.
As you meditate on today’s devotional, you must remember that as humans cannot survive for any appreciable period of time on earth without oxygen, the born-again believer who attempts to live the abundant life found in Christ without faith is destined for failure and premature spiritual death. In simple terms, faith is the absolute trust and belief in the word and promises of God – the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. As a Type I diabetic remembers taking insulin for survival, so the child of God must not leave home without a constant supply of their faith. The Just shall indeed live by faith!
Memory verse: "Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him." – Hebrews 10:38
Rev. Dr. Isaac Paintsil ©