The following is a portion of Good News For Mortal Man by James E. Leuschan
Faith a response to God’s revelation.
How are we to understand this? Think of two people just in the process of becoming genuine friends. What happens when one party takes the first risk and share something intimate?
There is an intrinsic law of relationship that says once a person reveals something of their own inner life to you, you’re no longer free to act with indifference. To do so is to reject the relationship.
God is revealed himself to us in Jesus Christ. We are no longer free to pretend we cannot know him. To be indifferent to Jesus Christ is to reject relationship with God.
It seems hard to believe, but God longs for relationship with us. He insist upon just one condition; that relationship must be with him as he really is. We’re not free to conjure up an image of him. We’re not at liberty to plan our own picture of his character, the way he works, or how he thinks about us. All this he already revealed in Jesus Christ. God is bared his heart to us in Jesus. To be indifferent damnedest to reject the heart of God, to despise the very possibility of relationship.
Real faith belongs only here, with God’s own self-disclosure in Christ. Moslems pray to the one God of heaven, yet they have no genuine relationship with God, because they misconstrue Jesus Christ. Believing in monotheism itself is not enough. We can affirm just one true God over all creation and still never contact the living and the true God. Nobody ever relates rightly to God and less from the heart they first acknowledge who He is.
Think again of a friend or idea of having a friend. As everyone knows, real relationship is impossible without trust. Any relationship we have to have some idea of the nature or the character of the other person for it to really work. Even so, with God, relationship is impossible without trust, or faith.
So if we want a relationship with God the creator faith is indispensable. Faith is the one word that best describes the created human being in a personal response of surrender and loving trust to his creator. It means we take him at his word. Since we are incapable on our own of discovering what God is like, this faith rests entirely on the creators disclosure of himself to the creative one. Whatever information God chooses to declare about himself, whatever way he chooses to relate, this must form the entire basis of the relationship.
God has told us who He is and He wants us to believe it. He disclosed himself to us in the person of Jesus. Christ revealed God to humanity. Through him all of God’s fullness is made known to us in a bodily form. Since God’s disclosure of Himself must form the basis of our relationship, faith in Christ becomes indispensable requirement.
So I face is our righteousness. Whatever meets the basic requirement of the ongoing relationship constitutes righteousness. This is by the very definition of the Old Testament word for righteousness. To be righteous is to be in right relationship, I.e. To fulfill the demands of the relationship. And faith meets the demands.
Concerning Abraham. God made himself known to him, he simply took God at his word. Abraham laid hold of God by faith when he believe what
God said to him. That was all got asked. Having done so, He had fulfilled the demands for right relationship, and was counted for him righteousness.
Like Abraham, your faith is your righteousness. You are righteous when you simply believe from the heart what God disclosed to them about himself when he bared his own heart in Jesus Christ. God revealed Himself in Jesus because he intended relationship of man. God made Jesus Lord of heaven and earth so that when I believe in Him I fulfill his only condition for right relationship.
Romans 10:8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart” — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
12 ¶ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;
13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”