“…The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
Referring to our Creator, the Bible says, “without faith, it is impossible to please Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) This simply means that trusting God is necessary for living as He intended. None of us can experience the comforting assurance of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence without first learning to recognize and rely – on God’s Truth!
Faith in Jesus Christ is mankind’s one-way, already provided pathway to heaven (see John 14:6). No amount of wishing, service, or financial generosity can ever – take the place of faith on its narrow path. The Scripture repeatedly states, “…by grace we are saved through faith.” (Ephesians 2:8) When this timeless reality is personally understood and experienced, every sincere seeker is blessed. Faith ushers in the result that mankind has always wanted. It provides God’s forgiveness and the inner peace that every person seeks.
Universally, people have unknowingly been born with the faith required to enter God’s Kingdom. However, what they must first learn is why that’s not possible until their sins are unforgiven. After that is understood, step two is placing their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scriptures explain, “…This is the message of faith that we proclaim: if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:8b-9)
The Bible makes it clear that genuine faith in the risen Savior and confessing Him as Lord is all that is needed to go to heaven! We were all given “…a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3) so no mentally responsible person is incapable of believing. However, where we choose to place our faith – is another matter. We all believe in something or someone, so that is the ultimate choice!
By Billie Hanks Jr.