Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Faith in Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:4)

"[Faith] means to be persuaded that something is true and to trust in it."1 This persuasion is based on credible evidence not emotion, ignorance, or a blind leap in the dark. The lives of people transformed by Jesus are solid evidence that He is real and alive today. The best evidence for "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10:17). The bible provides all that we need to be reconciled with God and live a life pleasing to Him (2 Tim. 3:14-17).

While we are saved from God's wrath by faith, that faith can't be in anything or anyone we choose. Only "faith in Christ Jesus" will do. "No one comes to the Father except through [Him]" (John 14:6). "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

1 The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Colossians & Philemon, John MacArthur

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