The Gift of Faith

Wednesday, Apr. 26                   

Peter’s answer to the roaring lion in I Peter 5 is “standing firm in the faith.”  The root meaning of the Greek word for “faith” is to rely on some truth.  In terms of salvation it’s the conviction that Christ is the Messiah and Redeemer.  The truth is so compelling that a person will entrust his life to Christ.  The word “faith” also came to mean the entire system of belief—as in “the Christian faith.”  It was also used in specific situations, to believe that something will happen.  Jesus often rebuked his disciples for their little faith.  Faith was also a key factor in prayer.  All of these usages would fit the text.  Peter’s letter is addressed to a Church under persecution.  Satan’s goal was to keep Christians from spreading the gospel.  Many were tortured and killed for their faith.  Peter’s message was to prepare the Church for persecution.  This is the setting for  the analogy of the roaring lion.  Peter’s admonition was to “stand firm in the faith.”  It was not to run in fear or to attack Satan; it was to trust God and defend the faith with spiritual tools.  See Eph. 6:10-20.  We need to remember that faith is not something we can muster up.  It’s another gift of grace.  faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  Rom. 10:17 (KJV).

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