BCL Grow: Weak and Strong Faith — 2 Thessalonians 3:3
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (Perseverance)
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But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. — 2 Thessalonians 3:3
This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong; may be often and many ways assailed, and weakened, but gets the victory: growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance, through Christ, who is both the author and finisher of our faith. — Westminster Confession of Faith, 14:3.
Steps to Take
1. Ask: Does your hope in Christ depend on how much faith you seem to have at a certain point of time? How do you respond when your faith is weak? Do you sometimes doubt whether you are even saved?
2. Remember: Our salvation in Christ is entirely the work of God from beginning to end (Heb. 12:2). There is nothing we can do to add to the finished work of Christ that is counted to us through faith by God’s grace, including both the perfect righteousness he has earned for us and the perfect once-for-all sacrifice he has paid for us at the cross. Even our faith is God’s gift to us (Eph. 2:8-9).
3. Rest: All believers have new life by the power of the Holy Spirit:
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” (John 3:5-7)
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5)
The Holy Spirit doesn’t give someone new life and then take it away. The indwelling presence of the Spirit is our guarantee that we belong to Jesus (2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:14). Your hope in Christ alone, your hatred of your sin, your desire to grow in godliness, and your perseverance in the faith are all evidences of the Holy Spirit’s work within you. So whether your faith is weak or strong, rest in the fact that it is enough, for God’s everlasting grace has been bestowed upon you because of his love for you in Christ Jesus.
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