Expressions of Faith: Committed to Christ

Bishop Monterey D. Lee, Sr

“For the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith: as it is written. The just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:11-12.

In this text, Paul confirms God’s revealed word, which is the power of the gospel of faith to the churches that are in Rome, Galatia, and to the Hebrews.

As it is written, the just shall live by faith. Paul was reiterating Habakkuk’s word in Habakkuk 2:4: “The just shall live by faith.”

He reveals this word to the saints (the born again, the chosen, the remnant) in Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:1, and Hebrews 10:38. “The just shall live by faith.”

This is a prophetic word describing what will happen in the future for the chosen people of God. God foresees and knows what will happen in your life as a person of faith.

Paul looks deep into this word and sees it as “The Righteous shall live by faith.” For it shows us how righteous God is in his plan for us to be saved, and also how we may be made fit for eternal life. When we trust Jesus Christ, our relationship with God is made right. For God is co-creating us together with His Son and the Holy Spirit. “Let us make man in our image after our likeness,” Genesis 1:26-28. This is the representation of the God Head as we are made in the spirit of God as we walk in Him and not ourselves. We are being infiltrated with access to the Father, the Son by faith, and the Holy Spirit as our helper.

Paul says: “For I long to see you that I may impart unto you some spiritual gifts, to the end you may be established,” Romans 1:11, 12.

This is to say that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual sharing of faith as God’s devoted people. When Christians gather, everyone should give, receive, grow, advance, and mature.

Our mutual faith gives us a common bond and a common purpose for encouraging one another.

Paul was saying, ‘Let me help you understand the meaning of the good news about Jesus. You have this assurance and promise of God, that by faith in Jesus Christ, none but the righteous (you and I) shall see God.’

We have this promise from God. If not this promise, then the just live by ‘sight’ and not faith. This would be the complete opposite plan God has for your life. His promise says that the righteousness of God’s word is revealed from faith to faith. This is from start to finish. That whatever I’m going through, God and His word will be there to see me through it.

In order for one to operate in the gifts, you must first have faith that is fully developed. Your language and lifestyle must represent faith. Spiritual gifts or charisma is a concept in Christianity that refers to an endowment or extraordinary power given by the Holy Spirit. This is followed by the supernatural grace which individuals have in order to fulfill the mission of the church.

“To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that One Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines,” 1 Corinthians 12:8-11.

We are called to learn and develop faith, because faith is essential and of the utmost importance for every aspect of the Christian life. Without faith we can do nothing!