In order for us to have a proper or true life of faith, there are 3 things that are essential:
Knowledge, Faith, and Actions
What is the relationship between these 3 things?
God’s people are destroyed from a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6)
Faith comes from hearing the message, the word of Christ (Rom 10:17).
This means we have to have knowledge in order to have faith.Why is faith so important? Because without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6).
So how can we prove our faith? Through our actions. Faith without actions is dead (James 2:17 & 26).
If we say we believe but do not act, our faith is dead.
The proper knowledge will lead to the proper faith, which means we will be able to have the proper actions. However, if we do not have proper or true knowledge (knowledge of the truth), then our faith will be based on lies (untruth). And if our faith is based on lies, then we won’t be able to carry out the proper actions, we simply won’t know what it is that we have to do, and when we have to do it.
Let’s take Matthew 24:15-16 for example,
“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
Matthew 24 is a chapter where Jesus gives his disciples signs concerning the end of the age and his return. This chapter, and the next
one, are prophecies about the second coming (for the context read Mt 24:3).
We have to know this prophecy, understand it’s fulfillment, have faith in the word of testimony, and then have the proper action of fleeing to the mountain.
Will we be able to flee to the mountain if we don’t know and understand the prophecy and it’s fulfillment? No, instead we will stay where we are and end up being destroyed by the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ because of our lack of knowledge (Hos 4:6).
And when we don’t have the proper action of fleeing because we don’t know and understand that we have to, that proves that our faith is based on lies and is dead (James 2:26).
The proper knowledge leads to the proper faith, which means we can have the proper actions.
We have to know, understand, and believe the testimony concerning the fulfillment of these prophecies so that we can act according to God’s word and flee to the mountains.
Let’s not stay where we are and be destroyed.
Now is the time to flee!