Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
What are some of the Fundamentals of the Church?
Defining Faith Part Two
Yeshua (Jesus) is building His Church
Matt 16:16-18 (NKJV unless indicated)
Thus "church" in Scripture = "Of or belonging to the Lord"
This series of lessons is based on the definition of "The Church", taken from the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia(ISBE: J. C. Lambert’s commentary).
IV. THE NOTES OF THE CHURCH
1. Faith (Part II)
In the New Testament, certain characteristic notes or features of the Christian society are brought before us from which we can form some conception as to its nature. The fundamental note is faith.
Faith Message - Part Two
In attempting to define faith; the challenge is difficult because it has so many facets. Without part one it may be difficult to totally understand part two - let us begin with a quick review:
Heb 11:1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
2Pet 1:1… received a faith … given through the saving justice of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Rom 12:3… as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
James 2:26… faith without works is dead.
Thus "faith" is our side of union with Christ.
Note in Scripture other words are used that mean or relate to faith (Trust; Belief; Believe; Reliance; Confidence; Fidelity; etc.)
Commentary Points about saving faith:
Faith is not a formula that you can follow - it is a choice - to believe despite the seeming facts - it is a choice to live in a future that you cannot see in the present. To expect, believe and follow through on something that you cannot see. That is faith.
John 20:31but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
The need for the Word
2Tim 3:15and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Our Prayer should always be:
Luke 17:5… Lord, "Increase our faith!"
Mark 9:24… "I believe; help my unbelief!"
John 11:27She said to Him, "Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world." (John uses believe in his writhing’s … thus in most cases faith = belief)
A faith Test:
2Cor 13:5Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you -- unless indeed you fail the test?
1Cor 2:5that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
Gal 2:20"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.
Faith is tested:
Jas 1:3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
Faith is a gift:
Eph 2:8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
Gal 3:22… the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Rom 12:3… as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
Believing faith - requires action:
James 2:26For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
Hebrews 11:33who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,
Faith brings rewards:
Acts 15:11"But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus…
Rom 1:12that is, that I may be encouraged … by the other's faith, both yours and mine.
Acts 15:9… cleansing their hearts by faith.
Mark 10:52And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well…
Faith is quantifiable:
Matt 17:20… "Because of the littleness of your faith; …
Matt 15:28… your faith is great; be it done for you as you wish." …
Rom 14:1Now accept the one who is weak in faith…
Rom 12:6… according to the proportion of his faith;
Grow in faith:
1Tim 4:6…nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine …
1Thess 3:10…complete what is lacking in your faith?
2Cor 10:15… that as your faith grows…
What is at the root of our faith and hope?
1Pet 1:21who 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.
Faith is evident:
Luke 5:20And seeing their faith, He said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven you."
A concerning statement:
Luke 18:8"I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"
What if you do not believe?
Heb 10:38But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
Jude 1:5… subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.
Doubt destroys faith:
Jas 1:6But let him ask in faith without any doubting…
Matt 14:31… "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
Rom 14:23But he who doubts … and whatever is not from faith is sin.
Reject not the Faith
1Tim 1:19keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.
How we might deny the faith:
1Tim 5:8But if anyone does not provide for his own… he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.
Rom 9:32Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works…
John 4:48… "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe."
Faith is a law?
Rom 3:27… By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.
Our faith Example:
Rom 4:16…who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
Righteousness and justification are by faith:
Rom 4:13… but through the righteousness of faith.
Rom 5:1Therefore having been justified by faith…
Sanctification by the Spirit and Faith in the Truth
2Thess 2:13… for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
Faith and Hearing:
Gal 3:2… did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?
Rom 10:17So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
Receive the Spirit thru Faith
Gal 3:14…so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Eph 4:5one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Armor of God:
1Thess 5:8But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
The faith that is in Christ Jesus
1Tim 3:13For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
The ultimate result of faith is yet to come:
Gal 5:5For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.
Fixing our eyes on Yeshua, the author and perfecter of faith:
Heb 12:2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Imitate their faith:
Heb 13:7Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.
Ask in faith:
Acts 14:9This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, who, when he had fixed his gaze upon him, and had seen that he had faith to be made well,
Our faith is evident by our deeds:
Jas 2:26For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
Promise of the prayer of faith:
Jas 5:15and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
Our faith is our protection in YHVH:
1Pet 1:5who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
What is the outcome of our faith?
1Pet 1:9obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
Our faith; our victory:
1John 5:4For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our faith.
Strive for faith:
Jude 1:3… contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
Our faith is in …
Rev 14:12…the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
Acts 20:21… repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 3:23And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ…
Next time: the 2nd fundamental of Christ’s church "Fellowship"
Faith / Trust
Prov 11:28He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.
Prov 16:20He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
Prov 22:19So that your trust may be in the LORD; I have instructed you today, even you.
Prov 28:25… he who trusts in the LORD will be prospered.
Prov 28:26He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
Prov 29:25The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
Prov 30:5Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Faith = Trust
Ps 9:10And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Ps 119:90Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides.
Ps 119:86All Your commandments are faithful…
Ps 89:5And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.
Ps 31:14But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."
Ps 56:11In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Search for the word "trust" in the Psalms and it will surprise you remerging that trust = faith.
"Are we reluctant to accept things we don't understand, and is this particularly true for matters of faith and doctrine, since they are so important? Do we think that the "I am" is not involved in anything that doesn't make sense to us? Yet what would we expect, knowing what we do about Yeshua? For we know that He is infinite and omniscient, and we know that we are not. Doesn't simple logic make us suspicious of the first premise above? Shouldn't we expect that the "Great I am" is involved in things beyond our comprehension, and not involved in things we understand? Yet He reveals them to us by His Spirit. Ask Him and He will show you the mysteries of His Kingdom."
(Adapted from a Dale Cresap blog)
Believe His promises!
"The more we trust God, the more trustworthy we find Him to be." Cliff Richard
"When difficulties and disappointments come my way. I ask myself two questions: How can this be for good? And what is the lesson in this for me?" Viola Ruelke Gommer
BY: MARY BETH GRIGGS
Time is understood very differently across cultures. Marco Goran Romano
Forget the gears of a watch. Those collections of cogs and springs might help us track the passing hours, but the way we visualize tempo is far more nuanced. "Time is abstract. It can’t be tall or short or big or small," says Emanuel Bylund, a linguist at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Time itself might be universal, but cultures worldwide use all kinds of metaphors and mannerisms to imagine the fourth dimension -and not everyone crams it into the same spatial constraints.
Write way, write time
To understand this page, you need to read from left to right. That’s how the Greeks set up their alphabet, one of the precursors to our own. But in written Arabic, words flow in the opposite direction, and in Chinese, characters run top to bottom. Researchers have found that the direction of your writing determines how you orient the arrow of time. When asked to organize events in a line from earliest to latest, English readers arranged them left to right, Arabic right to left, and Chinese top to bottom. People without writing systems, like Papua New Guinea’s Yupno, had a free-form approach.
Swedish days are "long," but Spanish ones can be "full." These metaphors help us see time, but they can also mess with our heads a little. In one experiment, people watched a short line grow on a screen for three seconds, followed by a longer line over the same duration. The lengthier line tricked Swedish subjects into thinking extra time had elapsed. The same thing happened when Spanish-speakers watched a cylinder fill up: To them, a fuller cylinder meant more time had passed. They had no trouble with the line experiment, and vice versa for the Swedes. Words really do matter.
It’s all uphill from here
Location isn’t just a buzzword for real estate agents; terrain can contour speech. Papua New Guinea’s hilly landscape has helped shape the indigenous Yupno people’s perception of time. To them, the future is uphill and the past down. Cognitive scientist Rafael Núñez from the University of California, San Diego says that, while rare today, other geography-based time systems may have existed once, based on features like plains or waterways. But migration to different lands-and landscapes-likely erased their usefulness. "Perhaps this is not a system that travels well," Núñez says.
Your future is behind you
Time seems to come at us head-on: the future in front, the past behind. Not so for the Aymara people of the Andes. Because the past is what they have experienced, it lies ahead, where they can see it. The future remains hidden, so it is behind them. That’s because visual evidence is particularly important to the Aymara. Their grammar, for instance, indicates whether you personally saw Joe go to the store (-vna), or learned he was going there (-tayna). You’d also use -tayna if you saw Joe leaving while you were drunk, so your eyesight can’t be trusted. This emphasis on vision frames their view of time.
This article was originally published in the September/October 2017 Mysteries of Time and Space issue ofPopular Science.
And before that they had straight tales…
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