In the world but not of it

August 16, 2010

Live by faith…

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“The just shall live by faith”…Habakkuk 2:4

In this well known passage with only six words, the Lord draws out meaning for us, on the Christian life itself and on faith…

In the NT we find this passage quoted three separate times and in three separate ways in respect to its use and context.

In Romans 1:17 this text speaks on the justified man: “The just shall live by faith”

Those that have received the Lord and are now in Christ are made righteous; they are just as compared to being proud and separated from God. They are justified before Him and as some have pointed out, it is just-as-if-I never sinned…

In Galatians 3:11 this text speaks on the Christian life: “The just shall live by faith”

In these words we find a continuous, progressive action to live out the life we claim to now have in Christ. Having been made righteous and just before the Lord, I now live like I mean it and like I own that righteousness. There are no random acts just deliberate actions to press on towards the prize set before me…

In Hebrews 10:38 this text speaks on faith against works: “The just shall live by faith

The guiding principle of the person who is just and is now living their life for Christ is faith. It is in complete contrast to pride, to the fulfilling of one’s selfish desires and interests. It is a life of continuous and willing sacrifice before the Lord, desiring more of Him and less of ourselves.

“To deny oneself is to be aware only of Christ and no more of self, to see only Him who goes before and no more the road which is too hard for us.”


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