Faith in Christ for the Long Run

To receive salvation, Christ is all we need.  For growth in grace, Christ is again, all we need.  We are not saved by our own means or merit.  Instead, we are saved by faith in Jesus:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

Still, what about moving from on from there?  In another letter, Paul encouraged the people of Colossae to do this:

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksiving.  Beward lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whome also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands in putting off the body of sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him fromt he dead.” – Colossians 2:6-12

Faith in Christ alone brings a person to salvation.  Faith in Christ alone is what keeps us moving forward in this walk of life.  We are reminded that the just shall live by faith (Heb. 10:38).  To not walk in the faith and faithfulness to Christ is to live in sin (Rom. 8:1, 12-14; 14:23).  We are to continually look toward Jesus and root and build our life in Him. For only in Christ are we complete and able to be presented before God the Father without blemish, spot, or wrinkle (Eph. 5:27).  Anything beyond faith in Christ is another gospel and unable to bring your soul to salvation (Gal. 1:6-9).

“Living By Faith” by J. Wells and R. E. Winsett (1918)

1 I care not today what the morrow may bring,
If shadow or sunshine or rain,
The Lord I know ruleth o’er everything,
And all of my worries are vain.

Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love;
From all harm safe in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.

2 Though tempests may blow and the storm clouds arise,
Obscuring the brightness of life,
I’m never alarmed at the overcast skies—
The Master looks on at the strife. [Refrain]

3 I know that He safely will carry me through,
No matter what evils betide;
Why should I then care though the tempest may blow,
If Jesus walks close to my side. [Refrain]

4 Our Lord will return for His loved ones some day,
Our troubles will then all be o’er;
The Master so gently will lead us away,
Beyond that blest heavenly shore. [Refrain]

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