Cornerstones of Our Faith & Hope

Four great  Biblical truths comprise the cornerstones of our faith and hope:

  1. God is good.
  2. Jesus paid for everything on the Cross.
  3. Every believer is significant in Christ.
  4. Nothing is impossible for God.

God is good.  The Bible says everything God made came out of His goodness (Genesis 1).  Most Christians agree but many differ in the specifics of what God’s goodness looks like.  Scripture affirms God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him (John 3:17).  God is for us.  He chose to redeem us from the penalty of our sin so we can be free to choose to follow Jesus and share in God’s goodness according to the measure of our faith. Faith is the substance and confidence in the good things God has promised us for which we hope based on the word of God (Hebrews 11:1).

Jesus paid for everything on the Cross.  At Calvary Jesus won absolute victory!  He drove out Satan, the prince of this world (John 12:31-33). The devil’s power was broken (Heb. 2:14).  At the cross, Jesus disarmed powers and authorities (Colossians 2:15).  After the Cross, Jesus was raised far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and God placed all things under His feet (Ephesians 1:21, 22).  We are forgiven and freed from the enemy’s power of sin, sickness, lies, and torment.  Now we live in Christ’s righteousness, truth, joy and peace!  We are empowered to live our lives from a place of victory in Him.

Every believer is significant in the eyes of GodThe Father paid the highest price, death of His Son on the Cross, for everyone willing to receive Him as their Redeemer. God sees us as His children alive in Christ.  Every believer represents an aspect of God’s good nature that no other person in existence represents.  In the entire company of humanity, you are uniquely fashioned and called.   Your significance is beyond imagination (Ephesians 3:20).  As we each become who we are born again to be in Christ, the whole Body of Christ grows and builds itself up in love (Ephesians 4:16). 

Nothing is impossible for God.  God alone lives apart from time and space, set apart from all worldly limitations.  Jesus said “with God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).  The devil is not the opposite of God.  The devil is the opposite of Michael, an archangel. The devil makes war against the things of God but it’s not a war between equals.  Even the demons must bow when God shows up in His glory.  But God wants the devil defeated by we who are made in God’s image.  Abba Father is looking for an army of committed worshipers to defeat the devil continuously by choice, not obligation.  That’s why we are called to make a place for God’s presence to dwell in our hearts and in our church.  We are called to set our hearts to glorify God no matter the circumstances around us. 
So take heart.  Be encouraged.  Secure the foundation of your faith on these four cornerstones and you will discover a spring of supernatural hope welling up from deep within you. 
Note: I am indebted to a sermon by Bill Johnson from 8/18/2013 for the main points summarized above.