Biblical faith required radical obedience to God until AD70.
They did not simply just believe but obeyed in faith:
Hebrews 11 “7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.”
Hebrews 11 “8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going……17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.”
Hebrews 11 “24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.”
Hebrews 11 “31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.”
Hebrews 11 “through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.”
This was why James said that faith without works is DEAD.
James 2 “Faith without works is dead”
The Biblical faith of the 1st Century fulfilled the law by obedience to God’s commandments.
James 2 “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism…8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker……..14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? ………20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
This is why Christ commanded His disciples to love one another, even selling everything to the poor, dying for His name. They carried the cross by faith in Christ.
Revelation 2 “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown…….26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations…….. I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.”
Revelation 3 “2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”
1 John 2 “3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands……As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father…….And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.”
1 John 3 “23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”
Why was all this required?
It is because they had to FULFILL THE LAW.
Their Faith needed radical obedience.
They were the 1st-fruits of the kingdom.
They followed Jesus in obedience.
They had to ENDURE in the TRIBULATION to be SAVED in AD70.
The law ended in AD70.
Today we are saved by faith without works, without carrying any cross.
Today we are not called to endure or have tribulation.
We are in the AGE of GRACE where we are saved by faith without works.
This is why the Bible ended in the 1st Century and there are no scriptures written to us.
Today, it is all about knowing the unconditional love of God in Christ’s grace.
We are under far greater grace than the Biblical times.
The Gospel today is this:
1st Corinthians 15 “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”
If we are faithless, then He is faithful.
Jesus helps us even if we are weak in faith.
It’s because His love is greater than our faithlessness.