~ Graphic Images of Faith ~
Christian faith can be seen in a variety of word pictures.
Faith is like a Heart ~ “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).
Faith is like the heart’s response to the call of the Lord.
Faith is like a Hand ~ “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13). Faith is like an outreached hand that reaches out and receives the gift of God gaining great wealth.
Faith is like the Soul ~ “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Timothy 1:12).
Faith is like the soul’s reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Faith is like an Eye ~ “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. By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found, because God had taken him;’ for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:1-10).
“So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, ‘Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.’ And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha” (2 Kings 6:16-18).
Faith is like the spiritual eye of the soul, that looks into the unseen, and sees things which are beyond the vision of the human eye, knowledge, or understanding.
Faith is like a Link ~ “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:19-22).
Faith is like a link that connects us with Christ and God the Father.
Faith is like a Wire ~ “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’” (Galatians 3:5-6).
Faith is like a wire along which the electricity of God’s power runs and communicates with us.
Faith is like an Operator ~ “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:30-31).
Faith is like an operator which causes the feet to run in glad and swift obedience, as is illustrated in Israel’s marching around Jericho according to the divine direction.
summary: Obedience is the proof of faith. Where there is no obedience there is no faith. Therefore if we would triumph, we must obey.
How about you? Can you add some word pictures of faith? We’d love to hear a comment from you.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW