Why does God require faith? The Bible often speaks of the importance of faith in knowing God. For example, Ephesians 2:8 teaches, \”For by grace you have been saved through faith. \” First Corinthians 13:13 adds, \”So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. \” But why does God require faith? One way to answer why God requires faith is because He is our Heavenly Father. Our relationship to Him is similar to other relationships in the sense that it includes trust in the other person, time together, love, and respect. Because we cannot fully know another person, let alone an infinite God, all relationships require some degree of faith (trust). God is our Father and it takes faith to believe that He loves us and that He provides for our needs. Faith is also important because God is not visible to humanity. Hebrews 11:1 teaches, \”Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. \” We cannot see God (John 1:18). However, we have faith in Him that provides assurance. Faith is necessary to please God. Hebrews 11:6 notes, \”And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. \” Not only does faith please God, it leads to rewardвeternal life, heavenly rewards, and experience of fullness of life on earth (John 10:10). Faith is important in order for believers to obey the Lord. For example, Adam and Eve had been given a commandвto not eat from a particular fruit (Genesis 2:15-17).
Because their faith wavered regarding this command, they ate the forbidden fruit and sinned. Contrastingly, James 2:23 shares, \”Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness. \”
God requires faith because it allows humans the ability to choose or reject Him. Without the ability to make choices, humanity would cease to be human as we know it. Because people can choose to have faith or not to have faith, there is a way for God to know those who have believed in Him and those who have not. Faith in God is not as some argue. Instead, it is a choice based on the available information. The Bible, the created world, the changed lives of believers, Jesus Christ, and other ways God operates in our world provide sufficient evidence for people to choose faith in God. As Jesus taught in Luke 16:31, \”If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead. \” Related Truth: By March 12, 2017 We can trust that the Bible is the absolute Word of God without errors. When we are fully assured of this truth, we have a strong conviction that guides our lives. A conviction is something we are so thoroughly convinced is true that we ll take a stand for it regardless of the consequences, whereas a preference is a belief that could change under certain conditions. When we begin to understand the truth of God s Word, we ll develop an awesome respect for the Scriptures (Isa. 66:2).
As we examine our lives, we must determine whether we live by convictions or preferences. , there are many reasons we can trust that the Bible is the absolute Word of God. To further strengthen this conviction, consider these 10 additional truths: The Bible describes Jesus resurrection. Although He died and was buried, Christ overcame death through His resurrection and is now seated at His Father s right hand in heaven making intercession for us (Col. 3:1). The Scripture tells us how to handle temptation. According to 1 Corinthians 10:13, God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. The Word identifies the person of the Holy Spirit. He is the third member of the Trinity who indwells and seals believers as members of God s family. He continually works in our lives to help us understand His Word and enable us to live godly lives. The Bible teaches us how to face trials and difficulties. The apostle Paul was greatly used by God, yet he suffered tremendously. While in prison, he wrote some of the New Testament Epistles that even today help us know how to handle our troubles. Scripture is a fountain of encouragement. Believing God s Word brings blessed assurance and promises of peace and forgiveness (John 14:27; 1 John 1:9). It explains what happens at death. The Bible is our only reliable source regarding what awaits us after death. If we re believers in Christ, we know that we ll immediately be present with the Lord when we die (2 Cor. 5:8).
God s Word assures us of Christ s return and our future reward. Jesus has promised to return for us one day and take us to the place He has prepared for us in His Father s house (John 14:2-3). The Bible also warns us of coming judgment. According to Hebrews 9:27, It is appointed for men to die once, and after this comes judgment. Those who have rejected Christ will be judged according to their sins, but those who have received Him as Savior will be judged for the purpose of being rewarded. Scripture reveals future events. In the book of Revelation and other biblical prophecies, God tells us everything we need to know, but not everything we d like to know. The Bible is the indestructible Word of the living God. Throughout history, people have mocked and scoffed, and even tried to destroy the Bible, but God has preserved His Word so that it will stand forever (Isa. 40:8). It is to be believed, valued, and obeyed. Is the Word of God your most precious and most often used possession? When we value Scripture, we ll read it regularly, frequently, and trust it to guide our lives. If your time with God and His Word has taken a back seat to other responsibilities in your life, commit now to making it a priority again. You ll be amazed at the blessings you ve been missing! This article was originally published on June 5, 2016, and is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley s message which airs this weekend on TV.