Proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ is the mission of every believing Christian, and if we believe in God and have faith in his son, why are we not seeing the signs of faith in our churches today? And again, why are we rejecting some of the teachings of Jesus Christ? We believe it’s because of the leaven of the Pharisees, the teachings of the flesh that has caused us to accept the things we do regarding our faith.
We believe through the confessions of our sins and acceptance of Jesus; in the sense of confession and acceptance, we are saved, but as we look at the life of Jesus, and how he lived and died, the reality we have is that confessions and acceptance of Jesus Christ are not enough to show we believe and have faith in God.
Jesus said, “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost comes upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” The signs of faith are for us to become witnesses for Jesus Christ.
It is not to confess and accept Jesus as our savior, faith requires more than confessions, it requires more than accepting; instead, faith demands the meaning of what it means to confess and accept Jesus Christ which is to do or become a witness of Jesus.
That kind of faith will require complete commitment, it will also require each of us believing disciple of Jesus to perform the miracles of Christ. Jesus said, “These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
This is the mission to which we are called as believers, but the question that’s before us is whether we believe these things, and do we really believe in the son of God who commands us to do these things. And as our Lord, Jesus is asking the question, “Why do you call me Lord, and do not the things I command?”
Jesus asked us this question because he wants us to understand what it truly means to believe, and the responsibilities that are placed on our lives as believers, and to make his point. Jesus coming to the end of his sermon spoke these words to everyone in attendance.
“Whosoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” And to the one who confesses they know Jesus, or believes and have faith in God, Jesus also spoke these words,
“But everyone that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: The rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” And how great will the fall be for those believing to have faith in God is to simply confess we know Jesus without bringing forth the fruits showing we have truly repented.