Faith’s Foundation – Sept 17-21 BRD

The story of the rich man and Lazarus ends with an alarming truth. The rich man, in Hell, conversed with Abraham, who was in paradise with Lazarus. He requested that Abraham send Lazarus to warn his five brothers lest they also die and end up in dreadful torment as well. Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.” In other words, they have the Scriptures, and the Scriptures are sufficient for salvation. Paul expressed this in 2 Tim 3:15, “and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” Also, in Romans 10:17, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” The foundation of faith is the Word of God. Faith springs from the written revelation of God! No other source will suffice to produce saving faith in the heart. The rich man continued with Abraham, “No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” Abraham corrected the rich man and said, “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.” Not even the miraculous will produce faith. Faith is by grace through the Word of God. Jesus is telling this story, and He came back from the dead. Though his resurrection is historically verifiable, people still reject Jesus today. The ones who believe in Jesus have believed what has been revealed about Jesus in the Word. Faith’s foundation is the Word of God!