2 Thessalonians 3:2
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
I. WHAT FAITH IS.
1. It is taking God at His word. Noah did it about a thing unknown (Hebrews 11:7); Abraham did it about a thing unlikely (Hebrews 11:17-19); Moses did it about a thing untried (Hebrews 11:28).
2. It is trusting Jesus at His invitation. The Jews who had no faith, had no profit (Hebrews 4:2); Peter who had little faith, had little comfort (Matthew 14:28, 30, 31); the woman of Canaan, who had great faith, had a great blessing (Matthew 15:28); the centurion, who had most faith, had most honour (Matthew 8:10). Trust your souls to Christ's care (Acts 7:59); trust your sins to Christ's cleansing (1 Peter 1:18, 19); trust your life to Christ's keeping (Colossians 3:3, 4).
II. WHENCE FAITH COMES.
1. From God's grace (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 12:3).
2. From God's Word (Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:15).
3. From God's working (1 John 5:1; Colossians 2:12).
4. From man's heart (Romans 10:10; Romans 6:17).
III. HOW FAITH WORKS.
1. It overcometh the world (1 John 5:4).
2. It purifieth the heart (Acts 15:8, 9).
3. It worketh by love (Galatians 5:6). Two great benefits come from faiths.
(1) the preciousness of Christ (1 Peter 2:7);
(2) the blessedness of Christ (1 Peter 1:8).
(Archdeacon Richardson, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.