Gathering Together

Dynamics of Faith in Jesus Christ  

For one to accept that concept requires dynamic faith. Faith is the foundation of personal testimony. The first principles of the gospel begin with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Paul said that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” He pled “that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend … and to know the love of Christ.”  Paul entreated us to “come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God.”

From the scriptures, we learn that “we are made alive in Christ because of our faith. … And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”

Blessings that flow from faith in Him are as follows: Ye must press forward with steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” That is the “greatest of all the gifts of God.”

Dynamic faith in the Lord leads to complete conversion and a consummate commitment to His holy work. We become children of the covenant; we become His children. Scripture so confirms: “And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.”

Dynamic faith in the Lord brings conversion, a mighty change of heart, a change of thinking, from the ways of the world to the ways of Deity. It causes one to repent with “full purpose of heart.” Preach unto all people repentance, and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ; teach them to humble themselves and to be meek and lowly in heart; teach them to withstand every temptation of the devil, with their faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Modern day scripture exists, in part, to convince the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the eternal God. Those who read the scriptures and ask in faith if the words are true gain a testimony of its truth. They also “come to know … that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.

Faith in Jesus Christ: Essential to Salvation and Exaltation

Faith in Jesus Christ not only brings blessings in this life, but it is essential to our eternal salvation and exaltation. Scripture declares, “All men must repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and worship the Father in his name, and endure in faith on his name to the end, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.” The Lord also holds parents responsible to teach their children to have “faith in Christ the Son of the living God.”

What Is Faith?

“If ye have faith,” you hope for things which are not seen, which are true” Faith is a principle of action and power. When you work toward a worthy goal, you exercise faith. You show your hope for something that you cannot yet see.

Faith in Jesus Christ can motivate you to follow His perfect example (see John 14:12). It can lead you to do good works, obey the commandments, and repent of your sins (see James 2:18;)

 Having faith in Him means relying completely on Him trusting in His infinite power, intelligence, and love. It includes believing His teachings. It means believing that even though we do not understand all things, He does.

In order for faith to lead to salvation, it must be centered in the Lord (see Acts 4:10–12). You exercise faith in Christ when you have (1) an assurance that He exists, (2) a correct idea of His character, and (3) a knowledge that you are striving to live according to His will.

Living His Commandments

Jesus Christ is the true path, the Bread of Life. He it is who gave beauty to all creation for the benefit and sustenance of mankind. He is the greatest among all of God’s creations, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh and the Firstborn in the spirit. Through Him, the Father has shown His great love for all.

Throughout my life I have received many, many blessings through my faith in Jesus Christ and especially in the sacred Atonement—the Lord’s most sublime deed. I try to show the love I feel for Him by living His commandments.

It is a marvelous joy to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to invite people to come unto Him and accept Him as their Savior.

I testify that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He is our Creator, Savior and Redeemer, Advocate with the Father, Deliverer, and Jehovah of the Old Testament. He is the promised Immanuel, the anointed Messiah, and our great Exemplar. One day He will return to rule and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Eventually, we will each stand before Him at judgment day. I pray for each of us that our individual faith in Him will be acceptable.