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The Just Shall Live By Faith  – I

“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by faith.”  Habakkuk  2:4

This text, “... but the just shall live by faith.” is one of the most famous texts of the entire Bible;  Martin Luther, the German monk whose soul was restless with sin ;who had done many things to make peace with God; starved himself to his bones, flagellated himself; slept on a cold concrete cells to subdue  his trouble soul, was honest enough to admit he did not have the peace with God that he longed for, until he saw these words shine before him like a neon light, “ The just shall live by faith.”  Taken from the Old Testament book of Habakkuk. this text  is quoted three times in the New Testament.

1.In the book of Romans 1:17,  we read , “…. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written,  The just shall live by faith.”   The  theme of  the book of Romans is,” Justification by faith.” the book deals on how we are saved, and how we live the Christian life by faith.  And the emphasis on this book  of our text, is the first two words, “The just“.  We read in Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

2.In the book of Galatians 3:11 we read,But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for The just shall live by faith.”   The theme of the book of Galatians is,  that we  should not mix  up the works of the law with grace! The Apostle Paul stresses the fact that, we have been set free from the conditions and demands of the law. “for ye are not under the law but under grace.”  In the book of Galatians  the emphasis from our text  “The just shall live by faith” is, the next two words, “shall live.” In Galatians 2:20 we read, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” 

3.In the book of Hebrews 10:38,  we read, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”  The theme of book of Hebrews is, ” the superiority of Christ.”  “Christ is better than everything.”  And the emphasis of the book of Hebrews as far as our text “the just shall live by faith”  is concerned is, the last two words of the text, “by faith.”  The Apostle Paul by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit enforces the truth that “as ye are saved by faith, you ought to continue to live by the same faith.” The faith that saved you is the same faith you have to live by. ”   We have that great chapter of faith, chapter Eleven – known by many as the “The Hall of fame of the faith.”  All those  mentioned in this chapter, the Bible says, ” they pleased God.”

In every generation and different dispensation, time and time again examples of men and women who lived by faith  and therefore they pleased God.  This faith which the Hebrew writer refers to is, first of all  “the life transforming  faith.” ” and then it is “the life shaping and guiding faith.”   Such is enduring and preserving in the midst of all kinds of resistance, oppressions and persecutions.   Yes, for the believer (the just):  his life is defined by faith; his decisions are detected by faith; and his choice are governed by the same faith.

Friend, the faith that hasn’t changed your life hasn’t saved your soul! 

To be continued…………..

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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