A couple weeks ago, I posed a questions about what "vain faith" was, and i wanted to come back to it and bring some resolution.
I wanted to circle back and touch it one more time. I was not happy with where it all landed last time, and have a bit more light on it now. It was one of those - Oh - that makes sense moments for me, and i just thought i would share it with you.
Here is the main verse I was puzzling over:
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
What I had missed was this verse a bit farther down the page.:
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:13-14
Now in my study, I have found many who want to make the first reference one of working hard so your faith is not ignored in the grand scheme of things, but when i read this second part, i see that the "unless you believed in vain" in verse 2 is a foreshadowing of his argument in vs 14 where he comes right out and says: If Christ is not raised from the dead then your faith is vain.
Vain faith is faith that is placed in something that is worthless. Vain faith is misplaced faith or misplaced trust.
Faith in Christ is a gift of God - every man is dealt a measure of faith by God, as we are told in Romans 12:3
So how could faith that God has given in the first place, when it is place in Christ, the most secure foundations, ever be vain?
It could not.
If your life shows no fruit after a period of time, the question is not whether you have vain faith, but rather, do you have faith in Christ at all.
So - there you go.
What do you think?