Faith is often belittled. This is a shame, and it contrasts with the Bible’s presentation of faith. Faith saves (Romans 3:28-30; 4:5; 5:1; 11:6; Galatians 2:16, 21; 3:5-6, 24; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 3:9); faith is the means to please God (Hebrews 11:6); it is the sole condition of holy, sinless, living (Romans 14:23). It is vital to Christianity. Why?
Faith expresses unity with Christ, and ‘unity’ marks the greatest means of understanding salvation history. God is a triune being; He is unified with Himself. Christ unified Himself with man in the incarnation. Man is to be unified with Christ by faith on earth. Man is to be unified, in communion, with the church. Man will be fully unified with God in glorification.
Faith is not a mere proclamation of belief; it is union with Christ – it is relational. To nominally believe does not necessitate union with Christ. It is a matter of the heart. Faith is a realization of despair – a humble acknowledgment of deficiency – and a resolution found in Christ’s sufficiency. Thence, union with the object of faith triumphs the subject’s degree of faith. Faith must then be measured in the accomplishments of the object, which is only reckoned unto the subject by his union with mentioned object.
Are you united with Christ? Are you overcome by his accomplishments? Does your subjective belief cause you to boast over the objective triumph of Christ? God let your grace overwhelm me! Your worth gives my faith worthiness! Praise be to You – utter praise. Depend on Him, be united with Him.