“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
Suppose you wanted to see the NBA playoffs, so you went to the ticket counter several days early and waited in a long line. But then a buddy comes up to you and says, “Hey Man! I’ve got two tickets, right down front. Best tickets available. I got them. Come on, let’s go!” Would you get out of line? Yes, if you believed him.
You see, Jesus says, “It is by grace, but it’s through faith. You just obey me. You just trust me.” The paralytic man in John 5 put his faith into action. Faith is belief with legs on it. You are saved by grace through faith unto good works.
Was the man healed because he walked, or did he walk because he was healed? He walked because he was healed. You’re not saved by doing good works, you’re saved unto good works. It is by grace through faith unto good works. You live the Christian life not to be saved but because you’re saved. Jesus did not say to this man, “Walk, take up your bed, and rise.” He couldn’t walk until he was up, and you cannot live the Christian life until after you receive the Christian life.
Share with a friend a testimony of a time you put your faith into action.