The Substance of Faith

Posted on May 24, 2011

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One of the many problems that we face in the church today, is the limiting of the Bible to just spritual matters. Many in the church seem to have adopted the attitude that the church should only deal with the spiritual, while we leave everything else to others. The problem with that is the Bible deals with the physical, as well as the spiritual. The Bible tells us that our faith is not based on speculation, rather it is based on substance and evidence.

Hebrews 11:1
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

In fact, Jesus made it clear that we won’t believe the spiritual (heavenly) things unless we believe the physical (earthly) things.

John 3:12
12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

The very first testimony of God that we ever see, is that of the creation. This entire universe bears witness to the creator.

Psalms 19:1
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Romans 1:20
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

What’s more we see evidence of the truth of God’s word all over the earth. When you see the many fault lines, you see eveidence of Genesis 7:11, which says that the fountains of the great deep broke open. When you look at the Grand Canyon, the strata, and the fossil record, you see evidence of a global flood. The marks of the Word of God are all around us (for more examples click here), yet people refuse to see them. Peter specifically talks abouts this.

2 Peter 3:5
5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,

If you read the full passage, you’ll see that people are ignorant of the heavenly things (in this case, the return of Christ), because they have rejected the earthly things (in this case, the flood). Peter actually says that they are willfully ignorant, what that means is they choose not to know.

The simple truth is, if one will reject the testimony of creation, they will reject the truth of salvation. This is precisely the point that Jesus was making to Nicodemus, in John chapter 3. In that case, Nicodemus was concerned with the heavenly things, but was ignorant of the earthly; therefore, he couldn’t understand the simple truth of salvation. God has not called us to a blind faith, but to a reasonable faith. He has given us substantial evidence that we can see, hear, feel, touch, etc. The question is, what are you going to do with that evidence? Will you ignore it, or will you use it to better understand the deep things of God? As Christians, we should actively be teaching the earthly, as well as the heavenly. We should be teaching and studying all of what God’s Word has to offer. By doing that, we will strengthen our faith and the faith of other Christians, and who knows, we might just win a few more people to Christ. After all, Jesus Chrsit is THE very real and substantial object of this substantial faith!

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