‘Belief’, a verb, is the action part of ‘faith’, which is a noun. At Salvation, when the believing sinner comes to Christ, there is a mustard seed of faith placed in their heart. Whosoever wills (wants) to believe in Christ Jesus, Who He is and what He has done, the Lord places in their heart the faith they need to believe. He creates in us a new heart. We become a new creature in Christ Jesus.
“20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by THE faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
21 I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:20-21
It is ‘THE’ faith of the Son of God by which we live. Everyone has faith. Even an atheist has faith in their vain philosophies but it is not the faith which God will accept.
“15 He (Jesus) said unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but My Father which is in Heaven.
18 And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:15-18
It is this “action” of belief when Jesus Christ is revealed unto us. Because of the believing sinner’s will to believe upon hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, He is given the faith to believe. THIS is the Rock of which The Church is built. It is the revelation of Jesus Christ in the heart of man by God’s Divine Grace through THE faith in the Son of God that we are able to live unto God.
“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.” Hebrews 12:2
This mustard seed of faith is increased as we continue believing the Cross of Christ for all that we need for life and living. The faith which was given unto all who have believed, is authored and will one day be finished as our faith becomes sight and we meet our Lord and Saviour face to face.
The faith we are given at Salvation because of our will to believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, must be contended for…it must be fought for after our Salvation. Our initial belief at Salvation is probably the easiest part of our living for Christ. The devil quickly comes to kill, steal and destroy the faith of which we have been given. He knows if we fail to exercise our belief in the Cross of Christ after our Salvation for our Sanctification, our daily living for Christ, our growth in the Grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, will be hindered and the Grace of God will be frustrated.
“Take heed, Brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the Living God.” Hebrews 3:12
It is the evil heart of unbelief that hinders our walk with the Lord. We do not realize it is unbelief in the Cross of Christ because it is in fact belief in something seemingly religious which is being taught as Biblical doctrine. This is the deceit of the devil. It is the corruption results in spiritual death.
This fight of faith in which we fight, the faith of which we contend for, is the faith which was given unto us at Salvation when we willed to believe upon Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. When we say “be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified”, it is because Jesus Christ has been revealed to us, just as He has to all who are born again, and we are fighting to believe; to believe in HIM, in Christ and the Cross, and not our own wiles of which we are oh so familiar with. We aren’t fighting to ‘remain’ Saved…that’s silliness. We are Saved to the uttermost as long as we continue believing in the Finished work of Christ Jesus for our Salvation. We are fighting to believe Him and not our own abilities to attain the Promises of God and follow Jesus Christ. We are fighting to submit ourselves unto God’s Will and not our own because we know, that we know, that we know that we have been bought with a price and the Lord has a purpose for our life.
For so long I didn’t understand the Scripture “Lord I believe, help my unbelief…”. To be frank and honest, I thought that would be only for unbelievers. Of course I believe…I’m Saved, right?
Yes, I believed in the Cross of Christ at Salvation…but I also fight to believe in the Cross of Christ for ALL that I receive from the Lord because I know that if I can simply believe; that if I can simply rest in Who He is and what He has done, all things are possible.
“23 Jesus said unto him, If you cant believe, all things are possible to him who believes.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.” Mark 9:23-24
Lord, I believe…help my unbelief.
-Donna Clark Warren