“… But the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2: 4b (NKJV)

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12: 2 (NKJV)

Many young people will have resumed school this week, and some will find that they are encouraged to question everything they have previously known and been taught. Many, including older people, will also have questions about the message and the methods in Church, and this is not a bad thing. For as we ask and study the Bible, we can ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the Truth to us and apply it to our lives.

In the first rendering of our anchor Scripture, it may seem as though faith is subjective (“…by his faith”). But when Paul refers to this phrase in his letters, the Holy Spirit inspires him to quote it thus - “the just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11). This is because Jesus, through His death and resurrection, has become the singular channel through Whom we can receive and operate faith. Faith is no longer based on our subjective, flaky righteousness, or what we may consider to be our truth. Rather, it is based on Christ’s right-standing, and this is the focus that God calls us to have in Hebrews 12:2.

There is a difference between genuine God-seekers and self-seekers in the Church today. God’s standard is Jesus, and we each need to keep our focus on Him because He is the One through Whom we are made just and satisfy God. This is why we study God’s Word and pay attention to Him. In fact, when God first spoke to Habakkuk about the just, it was after he had decided to stand still and listen to what the Lord would say (Habakkuk 2:1).

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