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Sola Fide (By Faith Alone)

SOLA FIDE

(Hab. 2:4; Heb. 10:38; Eph. 2:5-8)

     By Faith Alone. Grace through Faith. These are contentious statements if ever one was made in the Body of Christ.  This sola is certainly one that requires our most diligent attention. It is in this that we have our theology shaped and our stance challenged. Sola Fide is not a direct quote from the bible as some have supposed, rather it is a slogan that captures what our stance is as Christians. Faith alone in Christ as being our savior from the wrath of God that is come upon the children of disobedience and darkness, that is “The Way” that we walk in. Let it never be said among us that we have anything to boast in.

     Faith itself is a gift from God. No man comes to the Father unless he comes through the Son (John 14:6). But understand that no man comes to the Son unless the Father draw/drag him (John 6:44).  So it is impossible that man should come to God of himself or through himself.  It is only through this gifted faith that a man can come to Christ, yet God bids all men, “COME”.  Who can search out the riches of his knowledge and wisdom? God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Faith alone is such a foolish thing. “By faith were the worlds created…” says the epistle to the Hebrews, and it is this same faith that causes a man to be born again of the spirit of God.

     Faith is not alone, for if it is it is dead. That was the Apostle James’ word on faith. many have supposed that he was an opponent to Paul’s theology which would imply an inconsistency in the scriptures. But, on the contrary, James put more emphasis on a part of faith that Paul taught but not as harshly as James. James wanted to be sure that Believers everywhere understood that faith is not mere credence, but that true faith is alive and active.  James’ position on faith was very simple, it could be summarized like this, “Don’t just hear the word of God, Don’t just say you believe the word of God, But if you truly believe this gospel that I bring to you, Then be a performer of the commands of God as well.”(James 1:22)

     So we see then that faith is an active trust. And it is only through this gift of active trust that we come to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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“Relationship is more important”

 

Today, I was confronted with my own heart and had no good answer to give God on its behalf. As I stood among the ranks of the Body of Christ that I gather with I observed an almost forgotten reality. God is more concerned with the hearts than the minds. What a jarring statement! What an absolutely insulting idea to the great theological teachers and teachings that have filled the Church libraries for so long. The thought, that God Almighty to whom we have devoted such intense scholarly attention would be rather aloof to our haughty words and enticing wisdom. To imply that he is more than moved at the sincere heart cry of the laymen with no theological background, and no knowledge of hermeneutics and exegesis. I was reminded today, that we serve a God who is not only the Creator of the Universe, but the Abba of every undeserving wretch who calls their self by the name of Christ. This God whom I serve is a Lord of Lords and a King of Kings, but he is also a Father of fathers and friend who sticks closer than a brother.

 

As I drove to service this morning I felt in myself the sensitivity and presence of the Spirit, and I was anxious to see what our Father had in store for the assembly today. I didn’t have to wait long, at the very outset of the service the praise was high and the presence was strong. I watched and participated with wonder as I saw with renewed clarity the plea of the people for God to come in our midst and be with us. They actually wanted God to come and receive their worship and praise. They actually wanted to spend time in corporate communion with God. It was in this observation that I realized the futility of knowing the scriptures, which is of the utmost importance, but never knowing the author.

 

It is this same type of religious practice that Jesus corrected the Jews on all the time. To be consumed with the study and practice of The Word as we see it, and never get the point. God loves his people and he desires us to know him in an intimate way. Not just as the Creator, but as Abba Father. I was recounting to my pastor these thoughts afterward and his response was humorously short, but true nonetheless. He simply replied, “Relationship is more important.”

 

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