For many believers faith invites us to a new life. The new life is a challenge because it is new. Nothing we had before conversion is an essential building block in the new life. We shatter our credibility when we talk about believing in things. Creeds and doctrinal systems are overgrown elephants in the rooms. Knowing what to believe is not a nightmare unless one is prone to say yes to ridiculous apostles and prophets. Credibility appears to come in two shapes: suffering then glory (Luke 24:26-27)
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory? And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
A question like this is also credible because it points to the answer, namely, yes. And so will His disciples. Taking the servant and the master as walking together we find that a cross is always present. It is not that every second of the believer’s life is to be experienced as pain and suffering, but that there is daily dying to catalyze our growth.
As it is written, For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered. Romans 8:36
The exercise of Faith brings us to life: salvation and belonging. It also empowers the life through love and hope: love that reflects the love of God-in-Christ and hope that covers our nakedness and flavours our attitudes regarding ourselves and others. The hope of having substance to replace our futile existence is called the hope of glory. It is not something entirely new because CHRIST IS IN US. But hope fixes on the swallowing up of mortality and the end of pain and suffering.
BELIEVE AND CONFESS
It is problematic to say things like “I believe in obedience”, “I believe in miracles”, and most disturbing “I believe in faith”, because belief is God’s gift to enable salvation. Why waste it?
For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them.
But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart,Who will ascend into heaven?(that is, to bring Christ down)
or Who will descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). Romans 10:5-7
It is indicative of Satanic deception that people are still trying to add something to this explicit description of salvation and the distinction between law and faith.