THE END POINT OF FAITH
1 Peter: 1:9: “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”
In the Christian journey, faith is an invaluable tool within the arsenal of a Christian, employed not only to wreak havoc in the kingdom of Satan but to also make outstanding exploits in life.
Faith is so important that made the scriptures to say without it, that is, absence of it in our lives makes it impossible for us to please God. When we do not please God, we cannot be accepted by him.
Before we proceed further, it will be necessary we define the meaning of faith. According to Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Note the above scripture did not say faith is ‘like the substance of things.’ It rather puts it clear that faith is the substance of things hoped for. The scripture gives us an absolute and denotative meaning of faith. It was not expressed in alliteration or using metaphoric mechanism.
Faith is a substance (tangible). That substance is the word of God. Faith not just taking delivery of the promise, but faith to obey the commandment of God. Faith is a substance and not a shadow or abstract. Substance implies the basis, the backbone and the foundation upon which every other reality depends on. Faith is not of an abstract value. Faith is not a vacuum or a function in limbo. Faith is a substance of things hoped for…
Faith can be measured by function of attitude, disposition and result. Faith is also evidence of things not seen. Doesn’t that sound improbable? When we talk of evidence, it should be something that is glaring for all to see but we find the scriptures tell us that faith is an evidence of things not seen. Doesn’t that sound like a contradiction? Well, the reason is not far-fetched. We walk by faith and not by sight. The promises are there for us, even if we’ve never seen it happen in our life or in the life of others, it is an evidence of unseen things which we shall soon see in no time.
With faith we receive and wrought diverse forms of miracles. With faith we activate the blessings as contained in God’s promises. Note, most importantly that that praying answering and miracle working God is also an instruction giving God. Faith is believing God enough to obey his commandment even when it hurts or unfavourable.
Exploits of faith
Our faith should be rested in God and not on persons, systems, or mere expectations. God is the only person capable of making our faith work. Faith comes through the word of God. Romans 10:17: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
The scripture enlightens us the more by telling us that faith cometh (comes= present continuous tense) by hearing and hearing comes from the word of God. We need enough dose of the word of God in order to receive faith. We need to take and receive the word of God in order to have faith come to us in an increasing measure. Now, most importantly, it takes the genuine word of God preached and received in purity and open heart to produce genuine faith. In order to corrupt a person’s faith, first of all the word of God is corrupted by watering it low thereby producing a corrupt faith evident in the corrupt and immoral life most people, especially church people, live today.
It takes genuine word of God to produce genuine faith and repentance. It also takes genuine faith to receive genuine baptism of the Holy Spirit. It takes genuine baptism of the Holy Spirit to produce genuine speaking in tongues. It also takes genuine faith that comes from genuine word of God to produce genuine righteousness and godly living. It takes genuine faith to produce genuine brokenness in a believer’s life. It takes genuine faith to sustain and maintain a genuine Christian life without compromising or falling away.
Faith is a foundation upon which all other things rely. Yes of course the bible says love is the greatest. What the bible meant is that the motive of all we do should be rested on love. Love should motivate us to pray, sing, fast, worship and serve. Without love our faith is dry. The love the scripture talks about should be to God first of all and then to our neighbour.
The scripture never said without love it is impossible to please God. No! It did say without faith… Love is the greatest within the context of purpose and motive for all we do.
According to Romans 8:28, all things work together for good to them that LOVE God and called according to his purpose. It is important to note that before you could love someone you must first of all believe in that person. There should be a level of trust or acceptance you have of the person-that acceptance, trust and believe is a function of faith. That implies that faith is the precursor to determining the depth of our love for God. The more you believe God, the more you love him. The more you understand God, the easier you love him and get along with him. If faith is lacking, speculation is inevitable.
The primary purpose and end of our faith is the salvation of our souls. If we use faith as a vehicle to possessing all possessions, making all the exploits and we still perish in Hell, that’s not faith at all. It is an abuse of faith. Just like Solomon whom was declared as the wisest man on earth who later deviated to serve Satan-idols of his strange wives and concubines. That was wisdom abused. Every virtue received from the kingdom should sustain and convey us finally to the kingdom.
The essence of our faith can be summarised by these scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5, Hebrews: 9:28, 1Peter:1:5, Hebrews 2:3, 2 Timothy: 2:10, Ephesians: 1:13, Philippians 2:12
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.
For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him?
Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
1 Peter: 1:9: “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
The primary purpose of faith is for the salvation of our souls. Every other results obtained by faith reveals the ever potency of faith to change the circumstance of a believer. Through faith we heal the sick, have the lame walk and the blind to see. The truth of the matter is that, if these people, although touched by the power of God, do not utilize their faith in receiving salvation for their souls, they are likely to perish. The end point of faith is to draw people closer to God. The very essence is to reveal the power of faith in obtaining the saving grace as given by God through Christ’s death on the cross.
Representing faith as a means to material gain is misleading and not in alignment with God’s will of faith providence. Faith is a product of the gospel and is the only tool to obtaining the good news that leads to eternal life as provided by the gospel of righteousness.
The climax of our faith culminates into eternity defined by its value of intact salvation of our souls.
Anything short of that is an abuse of faith for what shall it profit a man to use faith to obtain the good of life without obtaining eternal life for which faith was provided for.