This month our sermon theme is: Living by faith in the Son of God. And it is an excellent theme! We often talk about living by faith, but so often it seems to be just beyond our grasp, understanding or commitment. But the reality of what our lives are to be here on earth is summed up in that little phrase.
This week’s message was on why should we live by faith. A valid question. We looked at 2 passages: Gal. 2:20 which talked about what does it mean to live by faith and Eph 2:1-10 which camps out on why it is important.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Living by faith means we are alive.
Sin, and the deception of it, brings death. Before we came to salvation, we were fully dead in our transgression. It was through faith that we were born to newness of life. Continuing to live by faith brings us daily into a deeper and living relationship with the Lord of the Lords and King of Kings.
Now, we who are in Christ will not lose that eternal life if we choose not to daily live by faith in Jesus. But we most certainly can live a defeated and powerless existence here on earth. Our intimate fellowship with the Father will be broken as we run from Him and turn our backs on Him.
- We spend our time justifying our sin.
- We spend our energy on pursuing our lustful desires.
- We spend our life as if we were dead.
God wants so much more for us than that. But we cannot receive His good gifts when our hands are (metaphorically) hidden behind our backs.
I remember when my oldest daughter was just a baby. When she took something (or even reached for it) that she knew was not for her, she did it behind her back, as if I couldn’t see what she was doing. In her little mind, if SHE couldn’t see it, then I couldn’t see it either. Of course we laugh and realize the folly of this baby belief.
But don’t we do the very same thing? Don’t we put our hands behind our backs to try and hide the sin we are pursuing? When we do that, we close ourselves off to God. We cannot live by faith in the Son and pursue the death of sin.
God desires relationship with us.
This was the part of the message that really spoke to me! It’s not like I didn’t know that already. But, you know, sometimes we forget that! Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about what we need, we forget to think about God’s desire. He desires us. He CHOSE us. His love is eternal and knows NO bounds! He doesn’t need us, but He desires us. His glory is not diminished in any way when we turn our backs on Him, but He knows how blessed we’d be if we just turned to Him. And He desires that for us!
As I was thinking about this, I looked up some of the words in this passage in Ephesians and found something quite fascinating!
alive together with Christ
raised us up with Him
seated us with Him
These words: alive, raised, seated – in the Greek – all have the connotation of together with something or someone. It may not mean much to you, but it hit me between the eyes with the deeper revelation of God desiring relationship with us!
He made us alive TOGETHER WITH CHRIST. He raised us up TOGETHER WITH CHRIST. So we can be seated TOGETHER WITH CHRIST.
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I’ll tell you, my heart is jumping in my chest just thinking about it!!
Why should we live by faith in the Son of God?
If we don’t think being made alive so that we can live in intimate loving relationship with the God of the Universe is reason enough, then we don’t understand who God is and what He offers us! The longer I walk with Him, the more I understand (and the more I realize how much I don’t understand) the depths of His boundless love. And the more I understand this love, the more passionately I long to know Him more!
How about you? Are you wanting to live by faith in Jesus?
Please come and share your own sermon snippets! What Has God shown you in recent sermons?