The Faith Life
…the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2: 20)
Following a statement of what has been called “The Exchanged Life,” the apostle Paul testifies to the fact that this life, which is actually His life in me, must be worked out on my daily path. If I were to claim the doctrinal truth of the previous part of the verse without translating it into the practice declared in the second, it would be a mere intellectual exercise. The principle which brings reality is faith. I live by faith in the One who lives in me. The recognition of the facts of my death in His death and my spiritual life found in His life can only become reality on the basis of faith.
The faith we’re talking about is more than a formal statement of a doctrinal position. It is a functional commitment of trust in the indwelling Person to live out His life in us. The sequence moves us from mere recognition of our position to the realization of His indwelling presence and then to reliance on His power.
It should be noted that faith is not to be placed in oneself, one’s closest friend, one’s church, etc. It is to be faith in the Son of God. People often say, “My faith is not that strong,” or “I wish I had your faith.” That’s because they are thinking of faith as the object rather than the instrument. We are never told in Scripture to have faith in our faith. The effectiveness of faith depends on its object. It is possible to have strong faith in a wrong object and be terribly disappointed. But we shall never be disappointed if our faith is in the Son of God.
If we believe that the victorious Christ lives in us, we must also believe that He wants to live His life through us. For this to become a reality, we must yield ourselves to Him for the expression of His victorious power through us (Romans 6: 13b). This must become a constant process rather than a single act. Such a life of faith and yieldedness does not release me from responsibility for an active obedience to His commands. Letting go and letting God must be accompanied by the disciplined performance of His will. Rev. William A. Raws was the grandson of the founder of America’s Keswick and served at Keswick for 60+ years.
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 5196-5217). . Kindle Edition.
Think About This: God is awesome; he doesn’t need you to be awesome. He wants you to be obedient. —Matt Chandler
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1-2