Spirit of Faith

Spirit of FaithText: 2 Corinthians 4:13

In our text, Paul spoke of FAITH – “the same spirit of faith” as the psalmist (Psalm 116:10). Godly people have always had this type of faith. We need to have “the same spirit of faith” today. So let us consider what this was about.

The Context (2 Corinthians 4)

  • Privileged position (v. 1-6) – ministry (v. 1), call people to Christ (v. 5-6)
  • Endured affliction (v. 7-12) – in every way (v. 8), constantly delivered to death (v. 11)
  • Promised reward (v. 14-18) – hope (v. 17-18), resurrection (v. 14)
  • Spirit of faith (v. 13) – believe, therefore speak; despite hardships, faith allows us to continue to speak

Parallel Passage (Psalm 116)

  • Privileged position (v. 1-2) – the Lord hears
  • Endured affliction (v. 3, 10) – death, distress, sorrow
  • Promised reward (v. 4-9, 12-19) – salvation (v. 4-8), be before the Lord (v. 9, 19)
  • Spirit of faith (v. 10) – afflicted, but maintained faith

Lessons

  • Faith enables us to endure hardships – Paul endured suffering for Christ (2 Corinthians 4:7-12); hardships are inevitable (1 Peter 4:12); we must have faith that God will deliver us (1 Peter 4:19)
  • Faith must be based upon God’s word – Paul made this point elsewhere (Romans 10:17); the word produces faith because it reveals God’s perfect law (Psalm 19:7), tells of miracles that produced faith (John 11:47-48; 20:30-31); contains fulfilled prophecies (Micah 5:2; Psalm 22:7-8, 16, 18), and shows that God saves those who are faithful (1 Corinthians 15:20)
  • Faith leads us to speak – as our faith is based upon God’s word (Romans 10:17), what we speak must be as well (1 Peter 4:11); we must know the word to be able to do this (2 Timothy 2:15); give an answer (1 Peter 3:15), persuade others (2 Corinthians 5:11), and plant the seed (1 Corinthians 3:6)
  • Faith causes us to look forward to the reward – Paul spoke by faith because of the promise of the resurrection (2 Corinthians 4:14); he was confident of the reward (2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1); we need the same confidence (1 John 2:28-29); we must live by faith to have this confidence

Conclusion

  • Do we have “the same spirit of faith” today?
  • If we do, we will believe, speak, and continue to faithfully obey the Lord in order to reach the reward

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