Expressions of faith: Committed to Christ

Bishop-Elect Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

“For the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:11-12.

In this text, Paul confirms God’s revealed word, which is the power of the gospel of faith to the churches that are in Rome and Galatia.

As it is written, the just shall live by faith. Paul was reiterating Habakkuk’s word, “The just shall live by faith,” in Habakkuk 2:4.

He reveals this word to the Saints (the born again, the chosen, the remnant) in Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:1, and Hebrews 10:38. “The just shall live by faith.”

This is a prophetic word describing what will happen in the future for the chosen people of God: you and I. God foresees and knows what will happen in your life as a person of faith.

Paul looks deep into this word and sees it as “the just/the righteous shall live by faith.” This shows us how righteous God is in His plan for us to be saved, to be born again, and also how we may be made fit for eternal life. When we trust Jesus Christ, our relationship with God is made right. For God is co-creating us together with His Son and the Holy Spirit because they are one. This is why He says: “Let us make man in our image after our likeness,” Genesis 1:26-28. This is the representation of the Godhead because we are made in the spirit of God. We walk in Him and not ourselves. We are being infiltrated with access to the father, the Son by faith, and the Holy Spirit as our helper.

Paul says: “For I long to see you that I may impart unto you some spiritual gifts, to the end you may be established,” Romans 1:11, 12.

This is to say that you and I together have a mutual sharing of faith as God’s devoted people. When we come together everyone should give, receive, grow, advance, gain, press forward, develop and mature. We will become fully established in the spirit of God.

Our mutual sharing of faith gives us a common bond and a common purpose for encouraging one another, and building each other as the committed to God. We are Christians living out this life daily, walking as Christ would have us to walk, living the way He would have us to live. We must strive to have a total commitment to God.

This is why Paul is saying, let me help you understand the meaning of the good news about Jesus Christ. You have this assurance and promise of God, that by faith in Jesus Christ, none but the righteous (you and I) shall see God. We have this promise from God. God has given us His great and precious promise—strength in freedom from addictions, deliverance from sin, financial provision, hope for the lost and hurting, overcoming depression, good health, healing, being free from fear and anxiety. This is the promise as we live by faith.

If not this promise, then the just live by sight and not faith. This would be the complete opposite plan God has for your life. This mean you have to see it to believe it. You know that this is not the will of God. We live by faith not by sight. We live according to God’s promises even though we do not see it now.

We live by faith knowing that it’s according to God’s timing. This is why His promise says that the righteousness of God’s word is revealed from faith to faith; from start to finish. If God says it in His word we believe it and know that when God says, it will come to pass. Whatever we’re going through, God and His word will be there to see us through it.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you, when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, I will be there,” Isaiah 43:3.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us,” Romans 8:31.

We have this promise as we commit to the Lord.

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