Do Christians In Heaven Need Faith?

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Do Christians need to still have faith once they enter the kingdom? What good is faith in heaven?

An Earth-Bound Condition

Applied Christian faith results in two conditions; one earth-bound and the other sealed in heaven. The first condition is sealed by God. The second condition is sealed by God yet somehow earth-bound to the enduring faith within the believer. So let’s begin by examining the first condition which is the requirement that men believe in Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation, entrance into heaven, and eternal life.

The Only Gate

Faith in Jesus as a personal Savior is God’s defined earth-bound process of salvation. It is, for every believer, a unique in-this-lifetime event, available only as a gift from God:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

But for full context, we must also compare the above text to the words written in Hebrews 9:27-28: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

Clearly, this offer of salvation through faith in the finished works of Jesus the Christ is not an offer without closure. In one of two ways, the deal is sealed for all of eternity:

1. Receive the gift and the seal while alive on this earth and therein inherit life eternal with Christ.

2. Or die without responding to the gift and therein be sealed by eternal damnation without Christ.

There is no third option.

“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24).

An Earth-Bound Experience

There are other occasions of faith, events wherein abides our ongoing hope in the daily-applied promises of God. This enduring-faith includes, yet extends beyond, the scope of salvation. In fact, it comes about as a subsidy of salvation through faith in Jesus the Christ. Enduring-faith is also a gift from God. It is the state wherein the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit empowers the redeemed with preserving-faith:

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13), so we “are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1-Peter 1:5).

An Earth-Bound Catch-22

Taking up your cross dailyWhen considering these two faces of faith, Christians encounter a Catch-22:

• For salvation, we must believe in the finished works of Jesus on the cross.

• For daily endurance, we must believe that those works are not yet fully completed.

Thus, there is a transitorily moment wherein God offers an immediate and eternal response to a single instant of Christian faith. Yet during this same occasion, God’s response evokes a demand for enduring Christian faith that is an evolving reliance on Him, and a conviction that grows until it exceeds the concept of hope, and thus it becomes a lasting factual belief. Although the driving forces behind such faith flow down from above and out from within, the realization of this confidence comes about as an earth-bound condition. We see this in the life of Abraham, a man whom God counted righteous due to a single instance of faith (Gen. 15:6), yet Abraham was also a man who experienced many failures throughout his journey of enduring faith. Even after the test on a mountain in Moriah, one cannot proclaim a closure to Abraham’s earth-bound conditional faith. Although we have no evidence of further testing, there remain the truths within Hebrews 11:1 wherein earth-bound faith is conditional to things yet unseen.

A Settled-Condition

Let us examine the various Biblical definitions of faith. And since I have already mentioned Hebrews 11:1, let’s begin with this: Faith as assured confidence in the object of our hope in the finished work of Jesus. The text reads:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

We believe in God who renders faith a reality. We believe in a living link that stretches from God to man and back again from man to God. And we accept that this link is maintained not by man but by God. The Bible also defines faith as a shield, (Ephesians 6:16), and as an active source of power that must be used, acted upon and responded to, (James 2:17). Search the Scriptures, and you will also find other definitions of faith. So far, this article remains within the context of an earth-bound faith, but now let’s take a look at what’s behind the veil of heaven.

Present with the Lord

In this life, Christians are called to trust in the unseen works of God, yet those works are not fully unseen, nor are we called into a blind trust or blind faith. The Christian faith is tied to five concrete truths:

1. The historical evidence that Jesus lived as a man on the earth

2. The Biblical evidence of Christ as described in the Gospels

3. The physical revelations of nature itself

4. The indwelling testimony of the Holy Spirit

5. And, the evidence presented via our personal encounter with Jesus the Christ as a personal Lord and Savior

There will come a day, an eternal day, wherein an instance of revealing will enable Christians to eternally experience a full conclusion, and a life in heaven that includes a direct and permanent presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In that day, faith, as understood and experienced by earth-bound Christians, will cease to exist. The mechanism of salvation through faith will be fulfilled. The inferred evidence of Hope will resound with first-hand, eyewitness evidence.

Conclusion

The following verse reveals two points: 1) Those that walk by faith will reap salvation: 2) Revelation into the full glory of God will unseat any further need for faith.

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (1-Peter 1:8-9).

This text, “Receiving the end of your faith,” underscores the fulfillment of hope in things unseen. It defines a conclusion and a result of that conclusion. Although our state of salvation was settled by our faith in what transpired on the Cross, the need to endure until the end somehow remained. For the endurance is the faith. And once the salvation is concluded, the endurance comes to an end.

About the Author

In RM Harrington’s books and short stories, you’ll find adventure, excitement, suspense, new concepts and ideas, perhaps even a bit of love interests. You will not find foul language or anything that undermines the importance of a Christian lifestyle. Need a solution for your “wrong” choices? Turn to Jesus.  You can visit Mr. Harrington’s website here.

Here is some related reading for you: What Are Signs You Have Genuine Saving Faith?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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Brian Simmons February 21, 2019 at 3:29 pm

I just want to correct the scripture number for Hebrews. It’s HEBREWS 9:27-28.
Thank You

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Jack Wellman February 21, 2019 at 3:33 pm

Hello Mr. Simmons. Thank you for your kindness sir. It will be corrected. Thank you for your patience.

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Talking Christianity March 25, 2019 at 1:33 pm

Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of faith. Note the word ‘our’ is in italics suggesting that it is not there in the original. However, if He is the author and finisher of faith it implies that anyone who has entered into Christ has entered into finished faith. Christ therefore is faith! One cannot be in Christ and be looking for faith…
The word a believer accepted is faith because the bible says that faith is by hearing the message of Christ (again the word cometh is not in the original and the term message of God is not there but message of Christ).

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Jack Wellman March 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm

I know that even God grants repentance and this is an act outside of the human will, for we cannot choose to repent and believe unless God quickens us (Eph 2), but if we have not repented, and continue in those practices that people who won’t enter the kingdom do (Gal 5:19-21), then we have no really believed. That is what I am saying. He is the Author of our Faith, and thankfully, He grants repentance and the ability to believe, but why would Jesus include the word “repent and believe” if it were not true of everyone. If the Geniles need no repentance but the Jews do, this is a different playing field you’re putting them on. That seems wrong to me. The foot of the cross is level ground where Jews and Gentiles both stand in need of saving, male and female,black and white, it makes no difference…we must be brought to repentance and faith in Christ.

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Jack Wellman March 25, 2019 at 3:02 pm

Hello again friend. I know that even God grants repentance and this is an act outside of the human will, for we cannot choose to repent and believe unless God quickens us (Eph 2), but if we have not repented, and continue in those practices that people who won’t enter the kingdom do (Gal 5:19-21), then we have no really believed. That is what I am saying. He is the Author of our Faith, and thankfully, He grants repentance and the ability to believe, but why would Jesus include the word “repent and believe” if it were not true of everyone. If the Geniles need no repentance but the Jews do, this is a different playing field you’re putting them on. That seems wrong to me. The foot of the cross is level ground where Jews and Gentiles both stand in need of saving, male and female,black and white, it makes no difference…we must be brought to repentance and faith in Christ.

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