The basis of our faith Pt. 1
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.”
The writer of Hebrews made it clear that the object of our faith is Christ . Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. The Christian faith is founded upon Christ and his finished work. Any addition or subtraction to what Christ has accomplished is mere religion. Any alteration to what Christ has done is of NO EFFECT. No one can Co author what Christ authored and no one can Co finish what Christ has finished. The Christian faith is not built on creeds, dogmas, sacraments, rituals, activities, doctrines of denominations, doctrines of men and the likes.
There are different faiths,- the Jehovah’s witnesses, Islam, Hinduism, Budaism, Shintoism, Eckankar etc and these faiths are built on different beliefs but the Christian faith is ONLY based on CHRIST and what His crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and glorification have accomplished. If we do not understand what we believe in, then our belief is not enough. The Christian faith is NOT about Moses, Elijah, the prophets, the 12 apostles, Paul, Barnabas and the likes. The Christian faith is not about FIRE, OIL, MANTLE, FEETWASHING, SABBATH OR NO SABBATH, size of churches etc rather the faith of a believer is rested on CHRIST and what Christ has done.
Christ is the author of the faith of every believer, Christ is also the finisher of the faith of every believer. Any message we preach in church that is not making our faith to completely rest on the finished work of Christ is not the gospel of Christ. My faith has found a resting place not in devices nor creed. I need no other argument, I need no other plea, it is enough that Jesus died and that He died for me. Friends, stop putting your faith on your general overseer, stop putting your faith on your church denomination, your faith is your trust, rely on what Christ has accomplished for you.
Any faith we claim to have outside of Christ is no faith. Christ is basis of our faith. When we believe in what Christ has done through faith, we are SAVED.
To be continued.
Revd ikponmwosa Timothy Iyoha
President, Insight & Foresight Ministries Int’l