How Can We
know Our Faith is Ineffective?
Really, this may be a good question for many people. You can say you
have faith all day long, but do you?
Faith, is more than just saying " Oh, I have faith
for this, I have faith, for that but deep down... you are doubting all the way down
to your toes...." Faith is More than just words, it's more than doing
something on your own because you do not have the patience to wait, many people in
this world, are guilty of this, I used to be bad about it, because I had not yet
learned what it was.
BIBLE READING: Genesis 16:1-16
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the
Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after
Abram first arrived in the land of Canaan.) (Genesis 16:3)
INEFFECTIVE FAITH ATTEMPTS TO ANTICIPATE GOD’S
Sarai took matters into her own hands by giving Hagar to Abram. Like
Abram she had trouble believing God’s promise that was apparently directed
specifically toward Abram and Sarai. Out of this lack of faith came a series of
problems. This invariably happens when we take over for God, trying to make his
promise come true through efforts that are not in line with his specific
In this case, time was the greatest test of Abram
and Sarai’s willingness to let God work in their lives. Sometimes we too must simply
wait. When we ask God for something and have to wait, it is a temptation to take
matters into our own hands and interfere with God’s plans.
BIBLE READING: Exodus
KEY BIBLE VERSE: As Pharaoh and his army approached,
the people of Israel could see them in the distance, marching toward them. The people
began to panic, and they cried out to the LORD for help. Then they turned against
Moses and complained, “Why did you bring us out here to die
in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? Why did you make us
leave?” (Exodus 14:10-11)
INEFFECTIVE FAITH IS MARKED BY A LACK OF TRUST IN
Trapped against the sea, the Israelites faced the Egyptian army
sweeping in for the kill. The Israelites thought they were doomed. After watching
God’s powerful hand deliver them from Egypt, their only response was fear, whining,
and despair. Where was their trust in God? Israel had to learn from repeated
experience that God was able to provide for them. God has preserved these examples in
the Bible so that we can learn to trust him the first time. By focusing on God’s
faithfulness in the past we can face crises with confidence rather than with fear and
BIBLE READING: Matthew 3:1-17
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Prove by the way you live that you have
really turned from your sins and turned to God. (Matthew 3:8)
INEFFECTIVE FAITH IS MARKED BY AN UNCHANGED
God’s message hasn’t changed since the Old Testament-people will be
judged for their unproductive lives. God calls us to be active in our obedience. John
compared people who claim they believe in God but don’t live for him to unproductive
trees that will be cut down. Just as a fruit tree is expected to bear fruit, God’s
people should produce a crop of good deeds.
God has no use for people who call themselves
Christians but do nothing about it. Like many people in John’s day who were God’s
people in name only, we are of no value if we are Christians in name only. If others
can’t see our faith in the way we treat them, we may not be God’s people at all. To
be productive for God, we must obey his teachings, resist temptation, actively serve
and help others, and share our faith. How productive are you for God?
BIBLE READING: 1 Corinthians 4:1-21
KEY BIBLE VERSE: I will come-and soon-if the Lord will let
me, and then I’ll find out whether these arrogant people are just big talkers or
whether they really have God’s power. (1 Corinthians 4:19)
James 2: 14 Dear brothers and sisters, what’s
the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of
faith can’t save anyone.
15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or
16 and you say, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm
and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What
good does that do?
17 So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn’t show
itself by good deeds is no faith at all—it is dead and useless.
18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others
have good deeds.” I say, “I can’t see your faith if you don’t have good deeds, but I
will show you my faith through my good deeds.”
INEFFECTIVE FAITH SELDOM GOES BEYOND
Some people talk a lot about faith, but that’s all it is-talk. They
may know all the right words to say, but their lives don’t reflect God’s power. Paul
says that the kingdom of God is to be lived, not just discussed. There is a big
difference between knowing the right words and living them out. Don’t be content to
have the right answers about Christ. Let your life show that God’s power is really
working in you.
WEAK FAITH HOW CAN WE KNOW OUR FAITH IS
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you by walking on water.”
1 Timothy 2:15 But women will be saved through childbearing and by continuing
to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.
WEAK FAITH TENDS TO LACK ENDURANCE
Peter was not putting Jesus to the test, something we are told not to
do (Matthew 4:7).
Instead he was the only one in the boat to react in faith. His
impulsive request led him to experience a rather unusual demonstration of God’s
power. Peter started to sink because he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the
high waves around him. His faith wavered when he realized what he was doing. We may
not walk on water, but we do walk through tough situations. If we focus on the waves
of difficult circumstances around us without looking to Jesus for help, we too may
despair and sink. To maintain your faith when situations are difficult, keep your
eyes on Jesus’ power rather than on your inadequacies.
Romans 14:1 Accept Christians who are weak in faith, and don’t
argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.
2 For instance, one person believes it is all right to eat
anything. But another believer who has a sensitive conscience will eat only
3 Those who think it is all right to eat anything must not look
down on those who won’t. And those who won’t eat certain foods must not condemn those
who do, for God has accepted them.
4 Who are you to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible
to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord’s power
will help them do as they should.
WEAK FAITH OFTEN FALTERS
Although we start out with good intentions, sometimes our faith
falters. This doesn’t necessarily mean we have failed. When Peter’s faith faltered,
he reached out to Christ, the only one who could help. He was afraid, but he still
looked to Christ.
When you are apprehensive about the troubles around
you and doubt Christ’s presence or ability to help, you must remember that he is the
only one who can really help.
BIBLE READING: Luke 24:1-12
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Peter ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he
peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what
had happened. (Luke 24:12)
Matthew 17:19 Afterward the disciples asked
Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?”
20 “You didn’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them.
“I assure you, even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed
you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing
would be impossible.”
1 Corinthians 13:2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the
mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others,
what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a
mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be
courageous. Be strong.
14 And everything you do must be done with
EVEN WEAK FAITH IS A PART OF THE PROCESS OF BELIEF
People who hear about the Resurrection for the first time may need
time before they can comprehend this amazing story. Like the disciples, they may pass
through four stages of belief.
At first, they may think it is a fairy tale, impossible to
Like Peter, they may check out the facts but still be puzzled about
Only when they encounter Jesus personally will they be able to accept the fact of the
Then, as they commit themselves to Jesus and devote
their lives to serving him, will they begin fully to understand the reality of his
presence with them.
BIBLE READING: Mark 9:14-29,32
KEY BIBLE VERSE: The father instantly replied, “I do believe, but help me not to doubt!” (Mark 9:24)
Romans 14:22 You may have the
faith to believe that there is nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it
between yourself and God. Blessed are those who do not condemn themselves by doing
something they know is all right.
23 But if people have doubts about whether they should eat something, they
shouldn’t eat it. They would be condemned for not acting in faith before God. If you
do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.
1 Timothy 3:9 They must be committed to the revealed truths of the Christian
faith and must live with a clear conscience.
12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and
13 Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and
will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.
WEAK FAITH CAN BECOME STRONG FAITH WITH GOD’S
The attitude of trust and confidence that the Bible calls belief or
faith (Hebrews 11:1, 6) is not something we can obtain without help. Faith is
a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9). No matter how much faith we have, we never
reach the point of being self-sufficient. Faith is not stored away like money in the
bank. Growing in faith is a constant process of daily renewing our trust in
BIBLE READING: Romans 14:1-23
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Accept Christians who are weak in faith,
and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. (Romans
Titus 1: 1 This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus
Christ. I have been sent to bring faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to
know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives.
2 This truth gives them the confidence of eternal life, which God promised
them before the world began—and he cannot lie.
13 This is true. So rebuke them as sternly as necessary to make
them strong in the faith.
14 They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of
people who have turned their backs on the truth.
1 Peter 5:9 Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in
your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are
going through the same kind of suffering you are.
THOSE WITH WEAK FAITH NEED TO RECOGNIZE THEIR
Who is weak in faith and who is strong? We are all weak in some areas
and strong in others. Our faith is strong if we can survive contact with sinners
without falling into their patterns. It is weak if we must avoid certain activities,
people, or places in order to protect our spiritual life. It is important to take a
self-inventory in order to find out our strengths and weaknesses.
In areas of strength, we should not fear being defiled by the world;
rather we should go and serve God. In areas of weakness, we need to be cautious. If
we have a strong faith but shelter it, we are not doing Christ’s work in the world.
If we have a weak faith but expose it, we are being extremely foolish. Whenever in
doubt, we should ask, Can I do that without sinning? Can I influence others for good,
rather than being influenced by them?
EFFECTIVE FAITH HOW CAN WE KNOW OUR FAITH IS
BIBLE READING: Luke
KEY BIBLE VERSE: One day the apostles said to the Lord,
“We need more faith; tell us how to get it.” (Luke
Matthew 21:20 The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked,
“How did the fig tree wither so quickly?”
21 Then Jesus told them, “I assure you, if you have faith
and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this
mountain, ‘May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and it will
22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in
James 5:15 And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord
will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.
EFFECTIVE FAITH DEPENDS ON GOD
The disciples’ request was genuine; they wanted the faith necessary
for radical forgiveness. But Jesus didn’t directly answer their question because the
amount of faith is not as important as its genuineness.
What is faith?
It is total dependence on God and a willingness to do his will. Faith
is not something we use to put on a show for others. It is complete and humble
obedience to God’s will, readiness to do whatever he calls us to do. The amount of
faith isn’t as important as the right kind of faith-faith in our all-powerful
Acts 4:16 So that’s why faith is the key! God’s promise is
given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we
follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of
all who believe.
17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him,
“I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened
because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who brings
into existence what didn’t exist before.
18 When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of
many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, “Your
descendants will be as numerous as the stars,” even though such a promise
seemed utterly impossible!
19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though he knew that
he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had
never been able to have children.
20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact,
his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.
21 He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything
22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God declared him to be
EFFECTIVE FAITH IS MORE CONCERNED WITH ITS LIFE THAN
A mustard seed is small, but it is alive and growing. Like a tiny
seed, a small amount of genuine faith in God will take root and grow. Almost
invisible at first, it will begin to spread, first under the ground and then visibly.
Although each change will be gradual and imperceptible, soon this faith will have
produced major results that will uproot and destroy competing loyalties. We don’t
need more faith; a tiny seed of faith is enough, if it is alive and growing.
BIBLE READING: Romans 5:1-11
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Since we have been made right in God’s
sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done
for us. (Romans 5:1)
Romans 5:2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of
highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to
sharing God’s glory.
Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd, he
said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all
the land of Israel!"
Acts 20:21 I have had one message for Jews and Gentiles alike—the necessity of
turning from sin and turning to God, and of faith in our Lord Jesus.
Romans 4:4 When people work, their wages are not a gift. Workers earn what
5 But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of
1 Peter 1:7 These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is
strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—and your faith is
far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being
tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day
when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
EFFECTIVE FAITH RESTS ON WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE
As Paul states clearly in 1 Corinthians
13:13, faith, hope, and love are at the heart of the Christian life. Our
relationship with God begins with faith, which helps us realize that we are delivered
from our past by Christ’s death. Hope grows as we learn all that God has in mind for
us; it gives us the promise of the future. And God’s love fills our life and gives us
the ability to reach out to others.
BIBLE READING: Hebrews 10:19-39
KEY BIBLE VERSE: A righteous person will live by faith. But
I will have no pleasure in anyone who turns away. (Hebrews 10:38)
Luke 7:50 And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved
you; go in peace.
Luke 22: 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon,
that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again,
strengthen and build up your brothers.”
Acts 3:16 The name of Jesus has healed this man—and you know how lame he was
before. Faith in Jesus’ name has caused this healing before your very eyes.
Acts 11:24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in
faith. And large numbers of people were brought to the Lord.
Acts 24:24 A few days later Felix came with his wife, Drusilla, who was
Jewish. Sending for Paul, they listened as he told them about faith in Christ
Romans 1: 5 Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to
tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and
obey him, bringing glory to his name.
Eph 4:5 There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 and there is only one God and Father, who is over us all and in us all and
living through us all.
7 However, he has given each one of us a special gift according to the
generosity of Christ.
13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we
will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of
Eph 6:13 Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of
evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm.
14 Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor
of God’s righteousness.
15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will
be fully prepared.
16 In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows
aimed at you by Satan.
17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is
the word of God.
18 Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.
23 May God give you peace, dear brothers and sisters, and love with faith,
from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:25 I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that
you will grow and experience the joy of your faith.
26 Then when I return to you, you will have even more reason to boast about
what Christ Jesus has done for me.
27 But whatever happens to me, you must live in a manner worthy of the Good
News about Christ, as citizens of heaven. Then, whether I come and see you again or
only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side, fighting
together for the Good News.
EFFECTIVE FAITH GROWS UNDER PRESSURE
Hebrews encourages believers to persevere in their Christian faith and
conduct when facing persecution and pressure. We don’t usually think of suffering as
good for us, but it can build our character and our patience. During times of great
stress, we may feel God’s presence more clearly and find help from Christians we
never thought would care. Knowing that Jesus is with us in our suffering and that he
will return one day to put an end to all pain helps us grow in our faith and our
relationship with him (see Romans 5:3-5).
James 2:1 My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim that
you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people more than
2 For instance, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed
in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed
in shabby clothes.
3 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you
say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well,
4 doesn’t this discrimination show that you are guided by wrong
5 Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen
the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the
Kingdom he promised to those who love him?
6 And yet, you insult the poor man! Isn’t it the rich who
oppress you and drag you into court?
7 Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble
name you bear?
8 Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord’s royal
command found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as
9 But if you pay special attention to the rich, you are
committing a sin, for you are guilty of breaking that law.
Revelation 13:10 The people who are destined for prison will be
arrested and taken away. Those who are destined for death will be killed. But do not
be dismayed, for here is your opportunity to have endurance and faith.
EFFECTIVE FAITH BECOMES STRONGER THROUGH
The writer encourages his readers not to abandon their faith in times
of persecution, but to show by their endurance that their faith is real. Faith means
resting in what Christ has done for us in the past, but it also means hoping for what
he will do for us in the future (see Romans 8:12-25; Galatians
BIBLE READING: Hebrews 11:1-40
KEY BIBLE VERSE: What is faith? It is the confident
assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we
cannot yet see. (Hebrews 11:1)
Matthew 9:22 Jesus turned around and said to her, “Daughter,
be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that
Romans 5:3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we
know that they are good for us—they help us learn to endure.
4 And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character
strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.
5 And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God
loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his
Galatians 2:20 I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my
life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave
himself for me.
21 I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we
could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.
2 Thessalonians 1:3 Dear brothers and sisters, we always thank God for you, as
is right, for we are thankful that your faith is flourishing and you are all growing
in love for each other.
4 We proudly tell God’s other churches about
your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are
Hebrew 6:12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent.
Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises
because of their faith and patience.
Hebrews 13:5 Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you
have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never
6 That is why we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my
helper, so I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
James 1:3 For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to
4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be
strong in character and ready for anything.
5 If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and
he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.
6 But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a
doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the
7 People like that should not expect to receive
anything from the Lord.
8 They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they
Revelation 14:12 Let this encourage God’s holy people to endure persecution
patiently and remain firm to the end, obeying his commands and trusting in
EFFECTIVE FAITH IS HOPEFUL ANTICIPATION
Do you remember how you felt when you were very young and your
birthday approached? You were excited and anxious. You knew you would certainly
receive gifts and other special treats. But some things would be a surprise.
Birthdays combine assurance and anticipation, and so does faith! Faith is the
conviction based on past experience that God’s new and fresh surprises will surely be
Matthew 9:28 They went right into the house where he was
staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”
“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”
29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.”
30 And suddenly they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t
tell anyone about this.”
Acts 14:9 He was listening as Paul preached, and Paul noticed
him and realized he had faith to be healed.
10 So Paul called to him in a loud voice, “Stand up!” And the man jumped to his feet and started walking.
22 where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them
to continue in the faith, reminding them that they must enter into the Kingdom of God
through many tribulations.
27 Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together
and reported about their trip, telling all that God had done and how he had opened
the door of faith to the Gentiles, too.
2 Corinthians 4:13 But we continue to preach because we have
the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed
in God, and so I speak.”
14 We know that the same God who raised our Lord Jesus will
also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself along with you.
15 All of these things are for your benefit. And as God’s grace
brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will
receive more and more glory.
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying,
our spirits are* being renewed every day.
17 For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very
long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!
18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now;
rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will
soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.
1 Thessalonians 1:3 As we talk to our God and Father about you,
we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and your continual anticipation of
the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jude 1:20 But you, dear friends, must continue to build your
lives on the foundation of your holy faith. And continue to pray as you are directed
by the Holy Spirit.
21 Live in such a way that God’s love can bless you as you wait
for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy is going to give
22 Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.
EFFECTIVE FAITH IS QUIET CERTAINTY
Two words describe faith: sure and certain. These two qualities need a
secure beginning and ending point. The beginning point of faith is believing in God’s
character-he is who he says. The end point is believing in God’s promises-he will do
what he says. When we believe that God will fulfill his promises even though we don’t
see those promises materializing yet, we demonstrate true faith (see John
Mark 11:22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.”
23 I assure you that you can say to this mountain, ‘May God
lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s
required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart.
24 Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe,
you will have it.
25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are
holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins,
Acts 6:5 This idea pleased the whole group, and they chose the
following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus,
Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (a Gentile convert to the Jewish
faith, who had now become a Christian).
Acts 15:9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he
also cleansed their hearts through faith.
Acts 16: 5 So the churches were strengthened in their faith and
grew daily in numbers.
2 Corinthians 1:24 But that does not mean we want to tell you
exactly how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you
will be full of joy as you stand firm in your faith.
2 Corinthians 5:7 That is why we live by believing and not by
Galatians 3: 2 Let me ask you this one question: Did you
receive the Holy Spirit by keeping the law? Of course not, for the Holy Spirit came
upon you only after you believed the message you heard about Christ.
9 And so it is: All who put their faith in Christ share the
same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.
11 Consequently, it is clear that no one can ever be right with
God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is
through faith that a righteous person has life.”
12 How different from this way of faith is the way of law,
which says, “If you wish to find life by obeying the law, you must
obey all of its commands.”
14 Through the work of Christ Jesus, God has blessed the
Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, and we Christians receive the
promised Holy Spirit through faith.
18 For if the inheritance could be received only by keeping the
law, then it would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But God gave it to
Abraham as a promise.
22 But the Scriptures have declared that we are all prisoners
of sin, so the only way to receive God’s promise is to believe in Jesus Christ.
23 Until faith in Christ was shown to us as the way of becoming
right with God, we were guarded by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to
speak, until we could put our faith in the coming Savior.
Colossians 1:23 But you must continue to believe this truth and
stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard
the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have
been appointed by God to proclaim it.
Colossians 2:5 For though I am far away from you, my heart is
with you. And I am very happy because you are living as you should and because of
your strong faith in Christ.