Faith is the proof, for our Hope in God, for our eternity.

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

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Definition of Hope and Faith

Let us see what is hope and faith? They are neither philosophy, nor principles, nor magic, nor mind power, nor supernatural power, and it is not a trap to catch God or to obtain his favor; but it is a simple trust that even a child has towards its father and mother. If we have what the child has, and if our trust is in God our creator, we have great faith. Our faith must be on God. Hebrews 11: 6 says, ".. without faith it is impossible to please him (God): for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (God). 1 Peter 1: 21 .. by him (we) do believe in God, that raised him (Jesus) up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Jesus tells in Mark 11:22 Have faith in God." So, our faith and hope must be in God, instead of on things. If it is on things, then it is false hope and faith. Hebrews 11: 1 says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hope is to cherish a desire with anticipation in the future. Substance and evidence are tangible things that we produce as proof. If we have hope that we will inherit the kingdom of God, then the evidence must be seen in our life, as proof. For an example let us see 1 John 3:2-3. "2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." If verse 2 is our hope, we will live in verse 3. So, verse 3 will be our faith, and people will see it in our lives. That is, if we have hope to inherit the kingdom of God, we will purify our lives as Jesus did. If we don't have such life, our hope is vain, because we do not have faith, or rather we do not have proof for faith, which should be shown in our lives.

Faith has no Fear

"Matthew 8:23 … when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.  25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm." Please notice that Jesus Christ did not ask his disciples why they did not rebuke the wind and the sea. It is God, who calmed the sea with his power. He rebuked them asking why did they feared. If we have faith in God, we will not fear, and that is the lesson.

Faith has no Doubt

"Matthew 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"  Here, Peter did not walk on the water on his own strength or faith, but because Jesus Christ had said "come."  Jesus Christ did not rebuke him because he was sinking in the water. But he rebuked Peter because he lacked the confidence in God, and he was afraid and doubted. Faith will not doubt God even in danger, or even in death. God is powerful and he can do anything, even while he is not doing it. His disciples should learn this fact about God.

Faith has nor Worry

Matthew 6:25-34 is an important passage of instruction to the servants of God. "Matthew 6:30 … shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith …32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek, for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." The promise of God is that he will provide the needs of those servants who seek after his kingdom and his righteousness. But it is not a promise to prosperity.

Jesus healed the Sick

Jesus Christ healed the sick, cast out devils and raised the dead. Christians are taught to believe that sick people must have faith to be healed. How can the demon possessed and the dead, have faith? But the preachers use verses like "Mark 10:52. Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight…" Yes, Jesus Christ healed many people who had faith. However, he healed many who had no faith at all. "Luke 22:50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. 51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him." Jesus Christ healed them all whether they have faith or not. "Matthew 8:16 … healed all that were sick: Matthew 12:15 …great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; Luke 4:40 …he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them." Jesus Christ had the power of God in him to heal, cast the devils and to raise the dead. This power is the one that healed the sick. The healer must have the power. Crooked preachers put the blame on the sick if they are not healed. "Luke 5:17 … as he was teaching … the power of the Lord was present to heal them. Luke 6:19 there went virtue out of him, and healed them all." It is the power from God that heals people, but not the faith of the sick.

Disciples healed the Sick

Jesus Christ gave his disciples the power of God to heal, cast out devils, and they also healed the sick. In "Matthew 10:1 he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease."  The apostles also healed everyone who came to them for healing, by the power of God. Sick people were healed even by the shadow of Peter. It was not the shadow that healed, but it was the power of God. "Acts 5:15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them… and they were healed every one." Stephen and Philip healed even though they were not apostles. "Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Acts 8:6 Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 …and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed." People, who never knew God, were healed. "Acts 28:8 … the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.  9 So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed." God heals through his people by his power.

Author of Faith is Jesus

Jesus Christ endured the cross, despised his shame and he became the author and finisher of faith. "Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Jesus Christ being the author of salvation as well as the author of our faith, he wants us to look at how he ran his race to obtain the throne of God, and to follow his way as we run our race. "1 Peter 2:21 …hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. 2 Timothy 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him." He calls us to follow his life of sufferings to sit in his throne. It is the life of faith.

Faith for worldly things

But most Christians hope for, God to provide their needs, they want their health, and good life. 1 Corinthians 15:19 says If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. According to this verse, Christians are just miserable. If their faith is for prosperity in this world, then let them know that non-Christians and atheists are more prosperous than Christians. They do not have to come to Christianity for prosperity. Christians take even their eternal hope for granted, as if it is already taken care of at the cross of Jesus. The only thing that is left for them to do, is to die and go to heaven. It is really sad. Faith is to live the godly righteous life and to receive our inheritance in the kingdom of God our Father.

Righteous people live by Faith

A righteous person is a just person. Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: This just person shall live by faith. Every Tom, Dick and Harry may talk about faith, but they will not live by faith. Galatians 3:11 The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17 therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. In faith, the righteousness of God is revealed. If a person does not have the righteousness of God, he will not have true faith. True faith will save people. "Ephesians 2:8 …by grace are ye saved through faith; …it is the gift of God." The gift of faith will be given only to righteous people and they will live by it and they will be saved. When preachers and common Christians quote this verse, they think that faith is just to believe anything, or to believe what the preachers say. "James 2:26 says …as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." If we do not have the works of righteousness, our faith will be dead faith, that is, the faith we have, is not faith at all, but it is just bluff. True faith will have righteousness. If our hope is to inherit the kingdom of God, our source must be God, and we must walk in the ways that God tells us to walk. It is godly faith, let us all walk by it and receive our inheritance from God.

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