I was reminded today of a simple, yet powerful truth from Romans 4:24. Saving faith is faith in the Giver of miraculous life, demonstrated through the resurrection of Jesus. Paul goes on in 4:25 to remind us that, Christ's resurrection was because of our need for justification, as a proof of God's acceptance of His Son's sacrifice for as many who would believe and put their trust in Christ for salvation.
As Paul continued to write to the Romans in chapter 5, the doctrine of justification becomes his theme. For Paul justification (to render just or innocent, to be free, or to be righteous) is no sterile doctrine, but meant to be a source of blessing and freedom in one's life.
With that justification comes a life filled with rejoicing and the hope of glory with God and His Son. It is justification that stirs in me the desire to persevere in my walk with Jesus, and to endure in the faith. Through all of this I come to the daily realization that I have been reconciled with God through His Son Jesus Christ my Lord.
In the survey taken in early 1991, interviewees were asked, "Do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly with the following statement: There is no such thing as absolute truth; different people can define truth in conflicting ways and still be correct." Only 28% of the respondents expressed strong belief in "absolute truth," and more surprisingly, only 23 percent of born-again or evangelical Christians accepted this idea!
What a telling revelation! If more than 75 percent of the followers of Christ say nothing can be known for certain, does this indicate, as it seems, that they are not convinced that Jesus existed, that He is who He claimed to be, that His Word in authentic, that God created the heavens and earth, or that eternal life awaits the believer? That's what the findings appear to mean. If there is no absolute truth, then by definition nothing can be said to be absolutely true. To the majority, apparently, it's all relative. Nothing is certain. Might be. Might not be. Who knows for sure? Take your guess and hope for the best!
James Dobson, December 1991 letter, quoting George Barna, What Americans Believe.
As believers we need to rely upon the truth of God's Word to direct our lives. There is absolute truth and God has declared it in His word. We have a responsibility to "Speak The Truth" and to "Walk In The Truth."
"Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs of men walking. First faith, and then works; and then faith again, and then works again -- until they can scarcely distinguish which is the one and which is the other." William Booth in The Founder's Messages to Soldiers, Christianity Today, October 5, 1992, p. 48.
I think William Booth had it right, step by step our faith produces the works of righteousness and obedience. James understood that faith without works is dead (non-productive). When I talk about faith I should be walking in faith. Faith is more than a theological concept, it is the very out-working of my salvation which was so lovingly provided for me through the finished work of Christ on the Cross.
Paul reminds us that our faith, though purchased by Christ, can't be bought or purchased by us, ".......it is the free gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8-9) So, in this age of reality shows and emotionalism, let us live in the present power of the Holy Spirit so our faith in God through His Son Jesus Christ might be our true reality.