By Faith Alone: Our Fundamental Misunderstanding about Life in Christ

 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9

Did you know that saving faith doesn’t finish its work once you’re saved?

While most believers firmly grasp the truth that faith alone leads to God’s salvation, there’s a fundamental misunderstanding about the role of faith from that point onward. We struggle with the misconception that the main basis by which God relates to His people is our works. While we may know in our head that this isn’t true, we often live like it.

Think about it:

Have you recently feared that God would be angry with you, or abandon you, after making a mistake or committing a sin?

Have you subconsciously believed that your good works, or faithfulness, to God makes Him love or enjoy you more?

When we submit to these misconceptions, it’s primarily because we misunderstand the heart of our Father. The truth is He doesn’t only save us based on faith—He also sustains us by faith. Romans 1:17 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.””

We live every day of our walk with Christ by faith. This means that we’re free from the need to perform for love, just as we didn’t need to perform for salvation. Paul corrects the church of Galatia in Galatians 3 by saying, “Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” Just as we were saved by faith, we live and are kept by faith—nothing more, nothing less.

So…are you walking by faith today?

Comments 4

  1. If I were to be honest I’m not walking by faith today. I’m going thru something I have never experience before. So right now I doubt that God will meet my needs.

  2. Powerful and much needed. My faith has been tested on a daily basis. But I know that I can persevere by continuing to press forward by holding on to God’s unchanging hand.

  3. I am throughly encouraged by the word knowing that by faith can make it through challenges faced with grownup children.

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