The Badge of Faith

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, December 17, 2018

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

People in law enforcement are given badges so they can be identified. Many people have been arrested for impersonating a police officer, and for having fake badges. A genuine badge has a number assigned by the particular department that hires the officer. When the officer calls the dispatch unit or emergency personnel, he or she has to give their badge number so their identity can be authenticated.

When a person accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, he or she is given a badge. Renowned scholar and Theologian, N. T. Wright calls that the “badge of faith.” According to Wright, “faith is not how sinners receive the righteousness of Christ; rather, faith is what identifies a person as belonging to that covenant community that is ‘in the right’ with God.”

In other words, it is by faith that we become members of the royal priesthood and holy nation (1 Peter 2:9). It is our faith that identifies us as redeemed sinners and gives us unfettered access to the throne of grace through prayer. When we pray, our identity is authenticated by our faith. Then the Holy Spirit intercedes for us because we have the badge of faith.

In today’s text, the writer reminds believers that we have been saved by grace through faith. We should carry our badge of faith to every situation. Like a police badge, our badge faith should be evident for all to see. People should know who we are, and what we stand for, by our faith.

The Church of Jesus Christ is a covenantal community where people of faith gather to express their faith in the Living God through worship and acts of service. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please God.” When we call on the name of Jesus in times of crisis, it is our faith that helps us endure and wait for our breakthrough.

Faith leads to endurance that leads to perseverance which leads to hope. When a police officer faces danger, he or she calls the community of police officers for back up. Because that officer wears a badge that identifies him or her as a member of the police department, they have unwavering faith that other officers will come to their aid.

As members of the covenant community (Church), we have faith that God hears our every grown and will send spiritual reinforcement to sustain us in times of hardships. We also benefit from the prayer and support of other Christians who are members of the covenant community. Therefore, we do not grieve like people without hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). We live with faith in the knowledge that “all things will work together for our good (Romans 8:28),” because of our badge of faith.

A badge is also a symbol of authority and power. Police officers have the authority to arrest criminals because of the badge they wear. Because of our badge of faith, we are more than conquerors, and we have the authority to pull down spiritual strongholds in the name of Jesus. By faith, we speak things that are not as though they were. We can cast out demonic spirits because of our badge of faith.

Without the badge of faith, we will not be given access through the pearly gates of heaven. I recently tried to get into my company’s new corporate building with an old badge. Needless to say, I couldn’t enter through the gates. I needed a new badge so I can have access. When we confess Jesus Christ with our mouth and believe in our heart that he is Lord, we are given the badge of faith. It is only that badge of faith that allows us to enter into heaven.

Prayer- Almighty God, strengthen the faith of your people that we may live with power and authority in the name of Jesus.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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