Faith For What? — Part 8
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.” Matthew 21:21
The Faith Walk…
“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
You’ve probably heard people say of someone that they “can talk the talk, but can they walk the walk?”
Walking is a metaphor of course for the manner in which we live our lives, the character of our conversations, the system of ethics and morals that guide our behavior and the actions that evidence our faith.
The context of passage above is not about walking the walk and talking the talk. We will have something to say about that later. It is about providing an understanding of the hope that is in us for the salvation we confess in Jesus Christ before we actually see the fullest realization of that salvation, because we are living this life in bodies that are finite and perishing, but the reborn spirit, the “real” us that inhabits these earth tents is alive in Christ and being made more alive daily, even though our bodies are growing older and weaker every day and are subject to death. [See 2 Corinthians 4 and 5]
So walking by faith and not by sight is walking out this earthly life with a hope and assurance of eternal life to come, though we have no empirical evidence to prove it now, we have a more sure guarantee given to us by God. We have the Holy Spirit.
By faith in Him we are privileged to see things as they really are not just what appears to the physical eye. We can discern a matter beyond its outward appearance and we can see and understand by the Spirit eternal things that those who do not possess this gift cannot see.
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
The Just both walk and live by faith not by sight. The more fully we are led by the Spirit the more fully we live this life in victory over the works of the enemy and the more fully we demonstrate the works of God now on Earth so that others may see and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord.
To walk by faith and not by sight is to not be tossed about by the things that we see or the stream of negative news that we hear every day.
Isn’t it striking that whenever there is a forecast of possible dangerous weather such as hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and the like, at no point do you hear the newscasters say, “…but God has said in His Word, ‘Fear not, say to the storm, Peace! Be still!’ “
Or hear them affirm faith in God’s ability to change the course of the weather by confessing, “God is our refuge and strength, our very present help in the time of trouble, so, we declare that no weapon formed against us will prosper! We speak to the hurricane and we say to you, ‘Cease your destruction and we command your energy and force to dissipate and become no more than moderate tropical storm. We bind your destruction on earth and we speak the protection of God over every property and person in your path that they will be protected from destruction and death in the name of Jesus Christ we declare it!”
You don’t hear that because that is not the way of the world. They seek sensation, and the more devastating the carnage is, the more they relish in reporting it, even embellishing generously the slightest indication of something possibly negative.
But, those of us who are born again of the Spirit of God in Jesus Christ can see and discern the source of destruction and death and we have been made equipped by the Word of God to counter its death dealing destruction by the confession of our faith, by the report of God’s Word. The Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that He has come that we might have life and that more abundantly.
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:4-5
We do not view life from the obscure prism of this distorted, perverted world that has been corrupted by sin and growing more corrupt daily. We see the world as it really is and reject it in order to gain true life and blessing in the Word of God. And being led by the Spirit of God we are being transformed by the same Spirit to become daily, more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ.
The walk of faith is living a life of overcoming power, discerning understanding and abundant love, joy, peace and blessing by the power of the Holy Spirit, filled with the Word of God and overflowing the life of our Lord Jesus Christ to those around us.