The Requirements of Faith

by Creflo Dollar | 16 Mar 2020

Summary

Obtaining all the spiritual nourishment we can from the Bible requires that we interpret it correctly. To do that, we must realize that we are living post-cross, not pre-cross, and the works that once were required are no longer necessary. Before Jesus came, the people only had the law, but not the faith we have today. Now, because of what Jesus did on the cross, we do not have to work hard and depend on our own efforts to develop the faith we need. Our faith develops when we keep our eyes on Him.

  1. We must study the Bible from an “after the cross” perspective.
    1. Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15, AMPC).
      1. Under the old covenant, the people were required to have faith, first, before God could bless them.
      2. Religion incorrectly analyzes the Word.
    2. Before the cross, none of Jesus’ disciples were born again. Jesus regularly had to correct them for their inconsistent faith. After the cross, Matthew never mentioned the people’s lack of faith.
      1. Jesus taught that we should not worry about earthly things, because the Father will take care of everything we need.
      2. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Matthew 6:30).
      3. On the boat, Jesus rebuked His disciples when they became frightened when a storm arose.
      4. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm (Matthew 8:26).
      5. He chided His disciples because they were concerned that they had nothing to eat.
      6. Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? (Matthew 16:8).
      7. When Peter walked on the water toward Jesus, and became afraid and began to sink, Jesus mentioned his lack of faith.
      8. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (Matthew 14:30, 31).
  1. Our faith is strengthened when we look at and consider Jesus, not the Law of Moses.
    1. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds (Hebrews 12:1-3).
      1. Just like Peter when he walked on water and kept looking at Jesus, we should keep our eyes on Jesus and focus only on Him.
    2. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed…But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster (Galatians 3:23, 25).
      1. Faith is a person, and that person is Jesus.
    3. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).
      1. Jesus is the source of our faith.

    For more on how the cross of Christ replaced the need for self-effort with faith in Him, click on the link below for the DVD, Are You of the Works of the Law, or Are You of Faith?

    http://bit.ly/AreYouOftheWorksoftheLaworAreYouofFaithDVD

    Scripture References

    2 Timothy 2:15, AMPC

    Matthew 6:30

    Matthew 8:26

    Matthew 16:8

    Matthew 14:30, 31

    Hebrews 12:1-3

    Galatians 3:23, 25

    Ephesians 2:8