What is the nature of faith? How are we as people supposed to see ourselves before God?
This is a subject I’ve felt very passionately for most of my life, but I’ve also grown to be concerned about the direction the modern world is going.
Today, I want to discuss this subject with you.
May God bless our path.
The Nature Of Faith
Table of Contents
- The Way To Heaven Is Through Humility
- Bending The Knee To The One True King
- Truth Requires A Sacrifice
The Way To Heaven Is Through Humility
This may be the more controversial thing about the nature of faith, at least for the modern people.
In this time when people are freer than ever, when everyone can choose their own destiny, use their minds to create reality, and believe what they want, the following fact seems to be absolutely terrifying:
We are all sinful people, undeserving of God’s love. We all deserve to be thrown to the pits of hell, for our countless sins are great.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8
This is the reality, but there’s hope for us. God loves us so much that he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to take on him the punishment and relief us from the judgement that would send us to hell.
Thus, we are undeserving of God’s love, but he still loves us greatly and offers us a way to return to his divine presence.
What do you feel about that?
Personally, I feel incredibly grateful. I’m thankful to God that though my sins are great, he loves me so much that he offers me a way to be saved.
This requires us to let go of pride. If we move with our chest in front, full of self-righteousness and pride in our achievements, we cannot truly accept Christ.
Do note that I’m not saying we can’t feel proud of our achievements. I’m saying that we must be careful that we get self-absorbed and feel like we’re the gods of our own lives.
Bending The Knee To The One True King
In order for us to be saved, we must “bend the knee” to Jesus Christ.
We must confess our sins, our crimes against God, our ill-nature, our evil deeds.
We must throw ourselves at the mercy of Christ, let go of any thought of us being able to stand tall without him.
We must ask for repentance, for forgiveness.
And only when our hearts truly open their gates to Christ, can we really find him.
It is in our nature to be selfish and we don’t really like to confess our mistakes. We might build an image of ourselves that is free from mistakes and faults in order to elevate our confidence and status.
But this is destructive and self-deceiving action. We’re denying our responsibility, which in turn makes it impossible for us to be saved.
But when we’ve truly bent the knee to Christ, we can rest easy, knowing that he’s with us and forgives us our sins.
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Truth Requires A Sacrifice
In order for us to truly repent and be forgiven, we must make a sacrifice.
What is this sacrifice?
Well, it shouldn’t really be called a sacrifice, for the things we are going to sacrifice shouldn’t be done at all.
When we’re born again, when we’ve truly repented, we’ll have the desire to obey God’s laws and to do as his says.
We can’t just ask for forgiveness and then continue to sin without care, thinking we are still saved. When we repent, genuinely repent, there’s no going back to that cycle of sinning.
Of course, we will still sin, it’s the human condition, but the difference between sinning before the second birth and after is what we will do after committing a sin.
Before the second birth, we might commit a sin and end up in a cycle of sinning that doesn’t end. We’ll keep sinning without caring about it until our souls would turn so far from God that we wouldn’t be able to find him.
But after our second birth, when we sin, we will fall on our knees and ask for forgiveness. We understand that we are flawed creatures and that we can’t fight against sin without Christ.
It’s this strengthened relationship between us and Christ that keeps us from entering the pits of hell.
But in order for this relationship to be created, we must really look into ourselves, genuinely repent, and consciously fight against sin.
True repentance bears fruit and we will notice when a person has truly repented.
Stay on the right track, stay humble, and never try to lift yourself over Christ or God.
He’s the king of kings and only he can save us.
God bless you, my friends.