The Two Sides of Faith

Believers are given the Holy Spirit who continually makes intercession for us–and yet we’re still told to “pray continually” and “continue instant in prayer.”

Believers are saved by grace through faith not by good works–yet we are told to have “patient continuance in well-doing.”

Believers are forgiven of all sin and made righteous and holy–and yet we are told to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit.”

Believers are set free from the Law–and yet are told to “fulfill the Law of Christ” and to love one another, which is the fulfillment of the Law.

Human minds have trouble accepting two seemingly opposed thoughts. So, Christianity, being made up of humans, most of whom have minds, has divided into three camps:

1) The camp that takes the first part of each of the above points–it’s all about Christ, I’m out and He becomes responsible, not me. All I did was show up at the right time.

2) The camp that takes the second part of each of the above points–it’s all about me. Christ did fine things but I really need to help Him out to make sure it really took.

3) The camp that takes both sides of each of the points above and lives by faith. Reckoning the work of Christ to be true and then endeavoring to make it real in practical living.

Count me in Camp 3.

One thought on “The Two Sides of Faith”

  1. Gal: 3 21-25
    Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

    Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.

    Amen to that St. Paul

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