Hebrews 2 Lesson

Faith

In chapter one, the Hebrew writer established the superiority of Jesus compared to the angels and prophets. Having established Jesus’ superiority, the Hebrew writer begins chapter two by imploring all of us to put our faith in Jesus. (Hebrews 2:1-3)

FAITH

Faith is defined as:

“Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” (source: Google's English Dictionary)

As Christians, when we say that we have faith, we are saying that we have, “Complete trust and confidence in Jesus and His ability to save our souls.”  

Is that a statement we are prepared to make?   Do we have complete trust and confidence in Jesus?   Would others say that about us based on our actions?  

If we truly have faith in Jesus, our faith will be reflected not only by what we say but by what we do.  

FAITH IN JESUS SAVES US 

According to the Bible, it is our faith in Jesus that saves us.   And because faith in Jesus saves us, there is nothing more important in the world than faith!  Consider the following three verses:  

  1. “For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God .” - Ephesians 2:8,
  2. “He who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” - John 5:24,
  3. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life ” - John 3:16.

HOW TO OBTAIN FAITH

Knowing that faith in Jesus is what saves us, the next question we should ask ourselves is, “How do we obtain faith?”

Is faith a matter of choice? Is it something we simply decide to have and then we have it?  

Yes and no. While faith is a decision that we make, there is also action required on our part.

In the Book of Job, we read:

  • “Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served, which were beyond the Euphrates River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” –Job 24:15.

Faith is something that we choose to have when we commit to following Jesus. Growing our faith is something that we continuously work on our entire lives!   Remember, the definition of faith is, “Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.”   Notice how the definition does not say, “Partial trust or confidence in someone or something?”  

If we are committed to growing our faith, working at it is something we will be happy to do. The “work” that we are to do is reading the Bible. Why, because reading the Bible is how we grow our faith!

The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:

  • “So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

As we study God’s Word, our faith will continue to grow. Then, we need to put our faith into action!

FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD

Faith and works go hand in hand.   As we study the Bible, it is our faith in Jesus, in conjunction with the Holy Spirit, that will compel us to act.  

James does a fantastic job of articulating the important relationship that exists between faith and works in the following scripture:

  • But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”  You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.  But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.  You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.  In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?  For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. – James 2:18-26.

CONCLUSION

It is through faith in Jesus that we are saved.   Therefore, growing our faith in Jesus should be the top priority in our lives.

Being faithful involves both a conscious choice and taking action.

Increasing our faith is something Christians need to do their entire lives. The way that we increase our faith is by reading the Bible and then applying what we have learned.

The Apostle Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Romans:

  • “So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

Once we have made the soul-saving decision to follow Jesus, we must work to grow our faith and then put our faith into action.   If we do not take action, our faith will deteriorate and ultimately die (James 2:26).  

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6.

Comments

Michael

Mathew 26:41, "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”.

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