Living By Faith – Because We are Justified
And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”
But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.
So why was the writer of Hebrews trying to bring to our awareness how believers live? Well, we’ll be answering that in a moment, but I’ll love us to note something, the “just shall live by faith” is in no way trying to encourage reckless living, or lazy living, were some people refuse to work, claiming they are “living by faith”, or some people live without considering repercussions of actions they take all under the claim that they are living by faith. Well that’s not really what it’s saying, let’s take a look at the previous verses.
Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
“For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.
Seeing this, the word faith can now be streamlined. It’s talking about faith in relation to the hope that Christ is returning and we would be among those who will receive the promise. Heading back to verse 39, we see a really important statement, it’s one that affirms our identity. We are not like those who turn away, that’s like those who do not even believe, but we are faithful. Understand that you are faithful, and the writer proved it by showing them how much they endured even when they first believed and the writer asked them to keep remaining faithful in that manner.
Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering.
Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things.
You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!
This is just amazing, seeing what these people went through for Christ’s sake, yet they still held on to the promise. That’s how we who are justified live…we live by faith in Christ and hope of eternal glory with Him. That means through trials, tribulations, and what not, keeping our faith on these things would keep us going, and help us remain faithful. That’s how we do it people, never forget however, that you are not like those who turn away from God, that’s like an unbeliever, but you have Gods Spirit, and you are faithful, live like you are faithful, and keep having faith on all Christ has promised you’ll receive on His return.
I encourage you to go through the whole chapter, it’ll help you get a clearer picture, God bless you.
Thank you Lord for your promises to me in Christ. I keep my focus steady on you, and I walk as a person who is faithful, amen.
Author – Gem