Faith by itself is not enough. Specifically, faith in general – faith in something – will not do. Having faith in faith, faith in yourself, or faith in “religion” will fail you. In this case, faith is useless.
FAITH + TRUTH = ENOUGH
Right faith – faith in the only One who is worthy of all of your trust and devotion – is enough. Do you have right faith?
If you are not trusting in the One who never fails, your faith is not enough. I have had a lot of faith in my favorite NFL team – the Minnesota Vikings, for example, more times than I can remember in my 40 years of life. There have been numerous times that I really believed they were the best team in the league and thought they were serious contenders to win the Super Bowl. Yet, they are 0-40 in even getting to the Super Bowl since I have been alive, and they were 0-4 in the Super Bowl before that.
Needless to say, my faith in the Vikings is a useless faith. Please do not get me wrong – I will continue to be a fan and cheer for the Vikings. I will continue to be optimistic because this “just might be the year.” But, no matter how much faith I have, only the object of my faith will prove whether or not my faith is rightly placed.
Football might be a silly example, so let us think about something much more serious and important: life… Life now and life eternal. Where do you place your faith?
OBJECT > AMOUNT
In 1 John 5:1-12, John keeps reminding His readers that it is the object of our faith that matters. He does not try to persuade us to have more faith but rather to focus on the object of Christian faith: Jesus Christ our Lord.
You might be tempted to take part of one Bible verse and apply it to your life because it can make you feel good. For example, “This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith” (1 John 5:4b). But, to understand the meaning of that statement and apply it correctly, you must understand the context of such faith. “And who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5).
The object of your faith is more important than the amount of your faith because it is the one in whom you place your faith that will determine how useful or useless your faith truly is.
JESUS = THE ANSWER
Faith in and of itself is fleeting. It is temporary. It is useless. It is not victorious. But, faith in Jesus Christ is the answer we all need.
“This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith. And who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5).
On Sunday morning, Lord willing, I will be preaching on the “Proof of Faith” (1 John 5:1-12). I hope to communicate three results of genuine Christian faith, and that message will be available Sunday afternoon HERE, along with other messages in the series.
In the meantime, though, I pray you will sincerely seek God for truth. Trust in Him and in what He has done for you in and through the Lord Jesus. Do not settle for faith in anything or anyone else. The resulting disappointment will be devastating, not just in this life but more importantly for eternity.