There are many amazing stories in the Bible of individuals who received healing after hearing Christ. The woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9:22), the man with leprosy (Mark 1:40-41), the paralysed man with his four friends (Luke 5:20) and the nobleman’s dying son (John 4:50) are some fine examples. The best part is that Jesus encouraged them with words like, “Be of good cheer…your faith has made you well and, according to your faith let it be to you”.
From a scriptural perspective, faith is both a belief and an action. Simply put, faith is about matching your actions to your beliefs. For instance, you will sit on a chair as soon as you believe it can take your weight.
Faith is a gift, and not something you attain. Paul tells us that faith comes by hearing the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). Christ is both the Source and Supplier of your faith. Moreover, Paul exhorts the believers with these words:
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?— unless indeed you are disqualified.
6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
2 Corinthians 13:5-6
Paul is not asking the believers to prove their faith by certain moral standards or spiritual disciplines. He is telling them an authentic faith flows from an intimacy with Christ. The proof of faith is to know Christ is in you. When you stand firm in His love, you will stand fit in His faith.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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