Faith is Evidence

II. A DEFINITION OF FAITH

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2. Faith is evidence (1b) – It is evidence to the world of the unseen things. Divine faith in true believer tells the world that there is an unseen God.

Do people ever look at you and believe there is a God?  The evidence to the world is not a church building.  The evidence to the world is that God’s faith is in us and flows through us.  We disciples are the evidence that there is a God.

Faith will show itself in our God-given love for each other. Jesus said this: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35) God’s gifts (faith, love, etc.) in us reveal God to the world.

Those looking for evidence of Christianity need only look at those who live by “the faith of the Son of God.” Paul testified to the Galatians, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

There are those who argue that it is not God’s faith, it’s just our own faith.  If that were true, what would that say about God?  If people only saw failing, flawed, human faith that drops the ball over and over again; a faith that is in bondage to the sin that dwells in us; would that really be evidence of God? Or of no God? Rom 7:18a says, For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: That would include our own human faith, right? But if God Himself came down and placed His Spirit and His faith inside of us so that we live by His faith, what would that say about God?

God’s evidence to our world is His faith operating in us. Someone said to me, “If you preach that, (that divine faith is obvious and evident) you’re going to make people doubt their salvation.” Well, isn’t it better that they examine themselves and work out their salvation than to find out they’re not saved at the judgment?

The last living apostle wrote in 1 John 2:19, They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. He is saying that faithless church members are evidence that God is NOT in them; the proof is in the pudding; the evidence never lies.

Non Sibi

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