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Faith rests on God's promises - faithfully preached

Titus 1:2-3
- in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Saviour, (NIVUK)

Faith in Jesus Christ is very precious.  It is a personal trusting relationship based on accepting His promises.  We trust that God loves us; that He sent His son to be the substitute sacrifice for our sins; that all our sins are paid for by Jesus; that we can be certain of eternal life (John 3:16).  We trust God in all this because we believe what He has said in His Word ... simply put, we trust what He has promised (Romans 4:20).

That was how the churches in Crete were started, and that was why Paul wrote to Titus - so that the believers would grow in godliness as he continued to explain God's Word (1 Peter 2:2).  True faith cannot be bound by culture, tradition or religious background; indeed, true Christian faith refuses to be propelled into ungodliness in any culture.  Believers in Christ are to be godly like Christ.  True faith rests on the promises of God.  

We have confidence that believers have eternal life, because Jesus said, "For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day." (John 6:40).  Although there were many glimpses of this truth in the Old Testament, it was not until Jesus returned to heaven and the Holy Spirit was given, that the full truth was brought to light (John 12:16).  When the Apostles started to preach the gospel, the truth was accessible to all who heard it: and it transformed all who believed the gospel promises (1 Thessalonians 1:8-10).

True faith still comes through the same route.  Romans 10:17 says, "... faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ."  So, our faith should rest on believing the truth about Jesus Christ as taught by His apostles.  So, if you are a church leader, make a priority of Biblical preaching.  If you are hungry to grow in your faith - pray that your pastor will preach truth fresh from the Word, and long to hear the voice of Christ as you read.  As you learn to trust what He says, put it into practice and the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9).

Dear Lord. Thank You that You are so trustworthy! I know that everything You say is true and that I will be blessed as I obey. Forgive me for doubting, and for being so confident in myself that I forget that You are speaking through Your Word. Please help me to develop a fresh relationship with You each day as I trust Your promises and learn to obey You. Please help those who lead Your people that they will preach Your Word faithfully so that many will come to true faith in Jesus Christ. In His Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams