Now the[a] just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”
4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God.
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,
Today’s opening Scripture makes it clear that those that have been justified by faith in Christ are to continue to live by faith. It further reveals that God has no pleasure in anyone drawing back from the life of faith. Drawing back from faith is unprofitable. We started our Christian life and journey by faith, and we are meant to continue by faith. It is from faith to faith. Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. Christ Jesus authored our faith that He might finish or conclude it. How? As we continue in the faith, the Lord Christ perfects our faith in Him. Drawing back from the faith is not an option for the believer. Hebrews 10:39 tells us, “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” This means that salvation of the soul is the end in view, but perdition is the end behind. We do not belong in the class of those that draw back unto perdition or destruction. We are believers, God’s children, unto salvation which shall be revealed at the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Salvation here is immortality, the catching up of the saints; the putting on of a changed, immortal, and incorruptible body (1 Corinthians 15:51-55).
The just shall live by faith simply means that our trust, our confidence, and our absolute dependence is on God alone. We are not sufficient to think anything as of ourselves. Our sufficiency is of God. The life of faith draws on God’s strength – His energy, wisdom, and power. You are not sufficient to think anything as of yourself. You rely on God absolutely. Faith relies on God absolutely to meet every need. You rely on God to fulfill His Word in your life while you are busy doing what He tells you to do. Faith acts on the Word, trusting God to perform what He’s promised according to His Word. Faith does not vacillate or stagger at the promise of God. Faith takes God at His Word. Faith believes the Word absolutely and takes steps in the direction of what the Lord has spoken. As you continually take faith steps forward, you will never have an occasion to draw back in any way. This is how to keep pressing on unto the perfection of our faith in Christ. Hallelujah!!!
MY SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
In the Name of Jesus, I declare that I live by faith; I do things by faith, for the Lord is my sufficiency. I draw on God’s strength always; therefore, I live according to the Word of God. I will never draw back unto perdition, but I move forward unto salvation. Amen.
Further Meditation: Hebrews 12:1-2; Colossians 3:1-4.