Summary: During the season to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, I’d like to talk about what the five letters that make up the word FAITH mean to me.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Father – Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Our heavenly Father had a plan. On Christmas day we celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, the plan.
Family – our faith and acceptance of Him unites us in God’s family.
Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Atonement – He came down from Heaven to be born as a child so that later, he could offer himself as a perfect sacrifice.
All – He became the atoning sacrifice for all individual people, for all individual sins, for all time.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Inheritance – We are offered a gift whose value cannot be defined.
Incorruptible – We cannot understand the true depth of the gift because we are flawed by sin.
1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
True – Jesus the Saviour is born. He tells us Himself that He is the one and only true way.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Trust – We place our sacred trust in Him the author and finisher of our faith, but He loved us and trusted us first.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hope – In our faith we have hope. Where we once stood as sinners condemned to death, the penalty for sin, we now stand as sinners saved by the grace of God, with the gift of life.
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Humble – Today as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour and talk about our faith, we should be humbled. Not just for the precious gift offered to each and every one of us but also for the love we have been shown, the price of our faith.