We urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14, NIV Discernment isn’t easy, but God has given us two gifts that can help us. The impulse of the Spirit Thank God for the gift of the Spirit....
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 (NIV)
In order to fully understand why faith is active, we need to first understand what faith does in a person’s life.
Faith is the way in which Jesus becomes ours. It is the bond by which we become His. The reason we are justified by faith is that faith unites us to Christ who justifies.
We are justified by Christ, and Christ is ours by faith. Faith unites us to Christ, so that He becomes ours. We are not justified by the strength of our faith, but by the strength of our Savior. We are justified by faith because faith unites us to Christ who justifies.
Bishop J. C. Ryle says it well in his book Old Paths: “A believer’s religion does not consist in mere intellectual assent to a certain set of propositions and doctrines… It consists in union, communion, and fellowship with an actual living Person, even Jesus the Son of God. It is a life of faith in Jesus, confidence in Jesus, leaning on Jesus, drawing out of the fullness of Jesus, speaking to Jesus, working for Jesus, loving Jesus, and looking for Jesus to come again.”
Have you discovered the Bible’s teaching about union with Christ?