Sunday Sermon: Living by Faith

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

(Romans 1:16-17)

Sometimes I hear people say ‘I live by faith’ (meaning they rely on God to provide for them supernaturally).

I live by faith. I trust God for my income. Cheques mysteriously arrive in the post. A stranger paid my rent for a year.

That’s amazing!

God’s amazing!

But is that actually what ‘living by faith’ means?

Let’s look more closely at Romans 1:16-17.

Paul says:

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

From this verse living by faith has nothing to do with finance.

It has to do with our righteousness coming from God.

Let’s look at another verse from Paul:

No one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”

(Galatians 3:11)

Living by faith is not God miraculously supplying for us financially.

It has nothing to do with money.

Living by faith is, as Paul says, receiving the righteousness that comes from God, not relying on the law to be justified, but relying on God’s righteousness to be justified. 

This is what living by faith means.

Hallelujah!

Steve Edwards

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