How Did Abel Demonstrate Faith?
Abel and Cain are the sons of Adam and Eve. Cain was the firstborn while Abel was born following that. One day, Abel and Cain offered sacrifices to God together but they offered different sacrifices. Cain offered a sacrifice of some of his crops while Abel brought a sacrifice among the firstborn of his flock. God was pleased with Abel’s sacrifice but not with Cain’s sacrifice. The bible did not mention about Abel’s attitude but only mention about his sacrifice.
God was pleased with Abel’s sacrifice because he offered it with faith. Hebrews 11:4 states that Abel was commended as righteous and God spoke well of his offerings because he brought an offering to God by faith. Abel’s blood still speaks on the ground about the crime of Cain even after he is dead. Hebrews 11:6 states that no one can please God without faith. Anyone that comes to God must believe that he exists and that God will reward him with what he asked for.
This shows us that faith and works are together. Abel had faith in God so he offered the right type of sacrifice that God demanded. If you have faith in God, you will show it in your actions. True righteousness comes from obeying God and doing his commandments. It is true that anyone who believe in Jesus Christ will be regarded as righteous. However, if you believe in Jesus yet you did not walk in his commandments, you will be called a sinner and have no heir to the kingdom of God. Your sins will not automatically be forgiven because the blood of Jesus Christ will only cleanse away your sins if you sincerely repent and confess your sins.
Cain was jealous of Abel and he murdered him. He is not righteous because he did not walk in God’s commandments. He did not act with love towards Abel but he followed the lust of his flesh and killed Abel. If you want to be God’s children, you must love one another. Love fulfills the commandments of God. You must act with kindness to everyone. If you do not love, you have shown yourself to be not a disciple of Christ. To love others as much as yourself is to do to others what you would have others do to you.
Faith comes from hearing the word of God. You must be doer of God’s words instead of just listening God’s words and not acting it out in your daily lifestyle. If you are not a doer of God’s words, you are lying when you say you are a Christian. It is not difficult to do God’s commandments. With God’s help, you can overcome your weakness to walk in God’s commandments easily. You should pray and seek God’s help if you have problem doing God’s commandments.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:22-24 KJV)
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. (Matthew 21:22 KJV)
For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37 KJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. (James 2:24 KJV)
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:5 KJV)
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV)
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16 KJV)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6 KJV)
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Ephesians 6:18 KJV)
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (1 John 3:22 KJV)
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3 KJV)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (1 John 5:3 KJV)