By Jun P. Espina | Last updated on February 10th, 2020 at 08:34 am
Do you have a powerful faith in God? For the Bible says that your faith, if it is scriptural, is confident that God knows and hears you. Observe 1 John 5:13-15 NASB: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”
Your faith, therefore, is more precious than anything else here on earth, for, by it, you will “know that you have eternal life” and that God “hears us in whatever we ask,” according to His will. From these great truths, you can have only one conclusion: your faith in God is replete with power. You are therefore nothing more than a bundle of divine power—you have a powerful faith!
Powerful Faith Means You Believe the Bible as God’s Word
There’s power in your faith that you just don’t realize. I mean, the power that is “scientifically” observable or that can repeatedly be experienced. Look at 1 John 5:14: “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” I experienced being heard of God repeatedly for the same prayer request daily for a long time. Because of it, I started to ask “greater things” from Him, since I already had the confidence that He would always hear me, according to His will. There would be power in your faith if you knew it. You have a powerful faith!
The apostle John even taught in 1 John 5:13-15 that God’s word was written and could be experienced actually to prove the existence of eternal life in the person who believes in God the Son, Jesus Christ. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” If faith, I mean your faith in Jesus Christ, is not loaded with literal divine force, then how is it that John wrote that we’ll have the knowledge and real experience of eternal life right now in this life? He further said that we’d experience a God-given confidence that God will hear us. Yes, we’ve a powerful faith–our faith has power indeed.
“. . .and know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”
Why Do You Have a Powerful Faith in Christ?
There’s always power in true Christianity. The life of a former prostitute, Mary Magdalene, was changed after she met our Lord Jesus Christ and believed. The list of those who were changed after meeting Christ by faith is endless. I am, of course, included in that list: a former skeptic who became a Christian and then a preacher of God’s word. Your faith in Christ, if it is genuine, will change your entire being.
In the above three verses in 1 John 5, we can see four divine gifts of a person who comes to believe in the Lord Christ:
1. The Gift of Blessing
The apostle John said, “if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” A true Christian is gifted, and from this verse, we find the gift of being answered by God Himself: “He hears us.” When the apostle Peter was jailed, the first church held a prayer meeting, and then after a while, Peter came, released from prison by God’s angel. God hears a prayer! Without getting answers from God, you can never claim genuine experience of an answered prayer; of true Christianity. God hears us, and if He won’t, it’s because of us—not because of Him!
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Tim. 2:13
We Christians are blessed indeed, for God Himself is there waiting for us to ask from Him “anything.” Wrote the Psalmist: “whatever he does, he prospers.”
2. The Gift of Knowledge
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” From this verse, we are taught that eternal life can be known in this realm. It means that God allows you to have knowledge of it by actual experience. Thus, the assertion that we will never know if there’s life beyond is refuted in Scriptures. But there’s a condition to meet if one wants to know of one’s eternal life. Observe the above verse: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God.” It means that the gift of knowledge about one’s eternal future is given only to believers of Christ through the Holy Bible. Hence, “these things I have written” or the sole purpose of Scriptures is for us to know that we will live forever in heaven—in Christ Jesus. Your faith indeed is full of power!
Since the revelation of the eternal state is given only to Christians, then there’s no problem if you would say that you’re not sure of heaven. For such knowledge wasn’t given to you yet. I say this again that the gift of knowledge of the future life is given only to Christ’s children.
3. The Gift of Assurance
“This is the confidence which we have before Him.”
This verse is one proof of what I call “power of your faith.” I said above that true Christianity can be described by this Christian privilege of being heard by our Creator. We also have the gift of knowledge of the eternal state through the Holy Bible (of which understanding is not given to unbelievers, according to John).
Now, we have another gift: the gift of assurance. In Hebrews, chapter 11 and verse one, it says that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1 NASB). A Christian, who is not assured of his or her salvation, is casting doubt on the character of God who promised us complete salvation from hell-judgment by faith in Christ Jesus. You have the assurance of salvation, and that is the power of your faith in Christ.
I learned from W.G.T. Shedd that those so-called believers who don’t have the assurance of eternal life are truly untaught. For example: Is God a debtor to you, because you gave all your properties to charity? No. God is King, and we are His servants, and the King is not a debtor to His servants. God is our Creator, and we are His creatures, and the Creator is not a debtor to His creatures, is He?
Hence, our salvation is all of God; therefore, we are assured of eternal life because of His grace, not because of our good works or efforts to win God’s favor. God is not a debtor to a human being!
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)
We are saved not as a result of works. Said John: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
4. The Gift of Eternal Life
The last but not least of the four divine gifts mentioned above is the gift of eternal life. We are threading on a theme that there’s power in true Christianity. Indeed, there is, for we will live in heaven, together with Abraham, Jacob, our family members (those who were saved) and the billions of believers since the world began, forever and ever! Your faith in Christ is replete with power.
One of the greatest preachers of all time was Dwight L. Moody. Before his death, he said that “in a while our newspapers will headline that ‘Moody is dead!’” But don’t believe that, he said, for I’ll just go home to my Lord Jesus.
If you’re not yet a Christian, what takes you so long to believe? You may have said this to your heart once or twice: “Come what may.” But Christ’s invitation to you is better: “Come to Me.”
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28 KJV)
» There’s power in true Christianity; there’s power in your faith in Christ. You have a powerful faith!