Living by faith. Habakkuk, who was the Eight ‘Minor’ Prophet, in the Old testament Book by His name. Habakkuk urges readers to continue trusting the Lord even when evil overruns the world.

The scripture verse that is well known “The just shall live by Faith” many people might be surprised to know can be found in Habakkuk 2 verse 4.

However, Habakkuk probably had little concept of the impact that, that verse would have during the Protestant Reformation.

The scripture verse in Habakkuk 2 verse 4: came as part of a prelude to the taunting song that the prophet was instructed to give to the Babylonians {Hab  2 verse 1 to 6}. The Lord was explaining why the Babylonians would be judged. They were a proud and arrogant people in the sense that they had no fear of Him, but as for the ‘just’ person, a person who remained faithful, they were deserving of His {God’s} approval and blessing. The favor would be found because of the individual ‘Faith’ In God.

This word ‘Faith’ used here,  because it was apart of the Old Testament, was the Hebrew word for ‘Faith’,  “EMUNAH” which means ‘steadfastness’ or ‘faithfulness’

The people who faithfully perused  the covenant by following God’s law were considered  a ‘just’ or righteous person

Psalm 15 is a Davidic psalm, {written by King David}, is called ‘A Description of the Godly, and would be good to read as a separate study.

The whole of the Bible is an example for us to follow, as we seek out the Gems that are hidden for us all to find. In our time of living, the advantage of ‘Living by Faith’ is that we can put into perceptive the troubles of the world around us.

We can have ‘steadfast’ trust that Our Lord and Our Friend remains in control and that His sovereign purposes are being worked out. We should  have no fears that life will be out of control, and most importantly we need not fear death either..

But we should all come to understand the words God {Our Lord and Our Friend} has said;  “The just shall live by faith”.

That is all of us who follow Him in Kingdom Living, we should live by ‘steadfastness’ and ‘faithfulness’

God Bless.

O F J.

3 responses to “Steadfastness

  1. I love what Paul says in Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written the just shall live by faith. Paul then aptly describes that faith in Romans 4:1-8 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” The New Testament clarifies the Old Testament and Habakkuk 2:4 says…But the just shall live by his faith. God’s Word from Paul brings great clarity to this verse.
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    • Thank you so much for writing to us in response to our article, and giving us your great response. The statement ‘The just shall live by faith’ is really a commitment we undertake when we accept Christ Jesus as Our Lord and Our Savior and Friend. We enter into a New Covenant with Him, where He becomes our all in all, and living by Faith and trusting in Him is the least we can do, to honor Him. I have written an article on our walk with Our Lord and Our Friend which will go up tomorrow. We love that you have taken the time to write to us. God Bless. OFJ.

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