We’ve Come This Far By Faith and Scripture
…for we walk by faith, not by sight…
2 Corinthians 5:7
Through this scripture, St. Paul was helping believers in the Christian faith to understand the nature of the New Covenant. One cannot earn their salvation through the works of the Law, or through physical deeds, no matter how well intended. We are saved by our faith, and therefore must learn to walk in faith and not by sight.
For many, these words also are part of a much beloved hymn, “We’ve Come This Far by Faith.” The hymn was written by Albert Goodson, a gifted African American pianist. Learn more about the hymn.
As evidenced by the numerous citations below, learning to trust and live by faith is a common theme throughout the Bible. And without a doubt, we have all been called to live by faith as we continue to move through the uncharted waters of a global pandemic.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
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.
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
1 Peter 1:8
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
1 John 5:4
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
1 John 5:1
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.
2 Peter 1:2
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
1 Peter 1:21
Who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1 Peter 1:7
So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”