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Faith Times Seven

“Truth Gathering, Volume II” chapter: ‘Faith Times Seven’ ©annotations copyright 2003 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C. — 9 pgs in response to Truth Seekers and Speakers query: “What is Faith?” as posed by TSaS member Alfred

JesusNeverFails   What is faith? Some believe it is to be loyal and adhere to the teachings of their preferred Christian denomination or non-Christian religious sects. A few believe it is to be loyal to God and adhere only to His teachings as being separate from religion. Yet, our Creator speaks of Faith as demonstrated in seven ways, which will be summarized herein. First, let us look at Webster’s definition of this word FAITH, citing only those applicable to Christians thus the FAITHFUL or non-Christians as the FAITHLESS:

FAITH: n. [L. fides < fidere, to trust, confide in] 1. unquestioning belief. 2. unquestioning belief in God. 5. complete trust, confidence, or reliance: as in God. 6. loyalty; allegiance to some person or thing. —SYN. see belief. EXP. good faith: sincerity, honesty. In faith: indeed, really. Keep faith: 1. to be loyal to one’s beliefs, principles, etc. 2. to keep a promise.

FAITHFUL: adj. 1. keeping faith; worthy of trust; honest; loyal. 2. reliable; dependable. 3. accurate; exact; true: as, a faithful copy. EXP. the faithful: 1. the true believers. 2. the loyal adherents. SYN. Faithful implies continued, steadfast adherence to a person or thing to whom one is bound by an oath duty, obligation, etc. Loyal implies undeviating allegiance to a person, cause, institution, etc. which one feels morally bound to support or defend; Constant suggests freedom from fickleness in affections or loyalties; Stanch (or Staunch) implies such strong allegiance to one’s principles or purpose as not to be turned aside by any cause; Resolute stresses unwavering determination often in adhering to one’s personal ends or aims.

FAITHLESS: adj. 1. not keeping faith; dishonest; disloyal. 2. unreliable; undependable. 3. without faith, especially religious faith. SYN. Faithless implies failure to adhere to an oath, duty, obligation, etc.; False, in this connection more or less synonymous with faithless, stresses failure in devotion to someone or something that has a moral claim to ones support; Disloyal implies a breach of allegiance to a person, cause, institution, etc.

There is no doubt humanity has an obligation to God: after all, He created us. This obligation is one of loyalty to Adonai, which loyalty is determined by our faith or belief in and of Him as well as obedience to His Word. He IS worthy of our faith! If we are true believers, then we adhere to every word of God and do His biding as commanded. Faith also is to have complete trust in God’s understanding, to wholly rely on Him without question, and to have absolute confidence in all He says, demands and promises: unquestioningly knowing El always has our best interest at heart— despite what we might see or feel or hear and in spite of what the world often proclaims.

In accepting God as our Father and His Son as our Saviour and Lord, we have taken an oath to both Father and Son: swearing our allegiance and obedience to each; therefore, we have an obligation to adhere strictly to El Elyon’s Doctrine. To do otherwise is to fall into the definition of faithless: someone who fails to adhere both to his or her oath as well as failing to meet the obligations resulting from said oath to Elohim.

Nowhere in the Bible will it be found that part of our faith is to be given to religious denominations; and, nowhere are such entities considered a part of Christ’s church of true believers. It was the dictates of their religion-gone-awry that prevented, and today still prevents, many Jews from accepting Christ as the Son of God.

Interestingly, however, most orthodox Jews— as well as Muslims— do say that Christ was a great prophet: which is a very contradictory statement. Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, therefore the Messiah. He either was who He said He was or He was a liar: and no liar is a prophet of God’s.

It is the broad diversity of teachings among Christian religions that turn many people away from God today. The premise? If God is Truth, how can there be so much multiplicity in His teachings? Truth is truth: it cannot contain variables. Only lies contain variables. Rich food for deep thought.

Jesus was sent to be a living example of faith: one we are to follow without question. As an example of faith, Jesus met every principle defining this word backed up by actions. 1) He declared God worthy of our loyalty; 2) confirmed God’s Will and His Doctrine both by teaching and personal behaviour; 3) He staunchly obeyed God’s Law; 4) proved God’s infinite power through healings and resurrections of the dead; 5) proved God means everything He says by dying for His Father’s ways and for us, because of His deep love for God and us; 6) His resurrection validated God as doing everything He promises; and, 7) by His ascension to heaven, revealed the way in which He would return, as promised— a promise we have no reason to doubt.

Despite Christ’s perfect illustration, this arrogant world is hell-bent on putting its own spin on what is faith and what are God’s requirements: as evidenced by myriad and conflicting religious sects. Interestingly, each denomination shares a common umbilical cord, or mother if you will, but the ties binding them together as one are not God’s or even of Christ’s seed-remnant. No: their mother is called the great whore and they are her harlot daughters who “have done worse than their mother” had done.

The following relevant words appear in the Bible with regularity: faith, faithful, faithfully, faithfulness. Faithless rarely is used. The word faith, however, is mentioned about three times as frequently as faithful, approximately twenty-two times more often than faithfully, and at least 11 times more than faithfulness. The word faithless, however, is used a mere 4 times. This indicates the vital importance of faith according to God. Thus, it would seem the most important thing to God is for us to believe of Him and believe in Him as well as believe and do everything He says.

Since Alfred’s question regards faith, the only verses provided will directly relate to faith, or the lack thereof, and God’s definition of it. In closing, we briefly will cover the word faithless. Therefore, let us review God’s Word about FAITH, faithful, faithfully, and faithfulness; which will be summarized before closing:

{The first verse hereinbelow refers to Israel’s inclusion of various heathen rituals dedicated to myriad pagan idols. There is another verse elsewhere revealing Yeshua saying with contempt, “They desire to be like the heathen.” We, as Christians today, should reconsider the inclusion of pagan rituals and traditions adopted into Christianity— after there were no living witnesses of Christ: such as Christmas and its tree, Easter, Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en.  Heed well El’s Word, for as adopted Jews, it applies to us all— without exception. This is validated by the fact Deuteronomy mirrors Revelation, concerning the resulting end of people who do these things: despite declaring it done in Christ’s name and every bit as much as it applied to Israel having done it in God’s name. Both are the ROCK.  

As former pagans, we Gentiles fail to remember one great thing Adonai also said: “I will move Israel with jealously with those which are heathens; I will provoke Israel to anger with a foolish pagan nation… and the heathens will believe!” If we do as Israel, are we truly believing any more than they were considered to believe: demonstrating faith? No: a resounding N—O!}

(Deuteronomy 32:18-20,23-25,28-29) Of the Rock, that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. And when the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters. And he [God] said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for THEY ARE A VERY froward [PERVERSE] GENERATION, children IN WHOM IS NO FAITH.

I will heap mischiefs [troubles] upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I WILL also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. The sword without [outside], and terror within, shall DESTROY both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs [in other words, EVERYONE GUILTY].

For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them. O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

(Habakkuk 2:4~) THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY his FAITH. {There is a two-fold message in the above statement: 1) A righteous person daily lives because of his obedience to God’s Law of Righteousness due to his faith in God; and, 2) a righteous person shall attain eternal life because of his unwavering faith thus obedience— to-wit: he or she shall live.} 

(Matthew 6:~28,30-34) WHY take ye thought [WORRY about] raiment [clothes]? Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O YE OF LITTLE FAITH? Therefore take no thought, saying What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek): for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  

(Matthew 8:8,10,13~) The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. 

(Matthew 8:24-26) There arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he [Jesus] was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish [will die]. And he saith unto them, Why are ye FEARFUL, O ye OF LITTLE FAITH? 

(Matthew 9:2) And, behold they brought to him [Jesus] a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 

{Note well that Jesus healed the man not based on his own faith, which isn’t even mentioned, but because of the faith of those who brought him to Christ. This is in harmony with the Spirit’s gift of healing and the manner in which this gift is to be executed: going before the Elders, anointed with oil; then, through the Elders’ faith, the ill person is both healed and forgiven of his or her sins.  Jesus went on to instruct the man to rise up and walk. However, He did this only because the scribes, who were present, mentally accused Christ of blasphemy, believing only God the Father had power to forgive: therefore, telling the patient to rise and walk was not a part of the healing ritual in this case and, in fact, is not included as part of the Spiritual gift protocol. 

(Matthew 9:20-22) Behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him [Jesus] and touched the hem of his garment: for she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But, Jesus turned him about and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. 

(Matthew 9:27,28~,29, ~30) And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And Jesus saith unto them, BELIEVE ye that I AM ABLE to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened. 

(Matthew 14:25,28-31) And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of LITTLE FAITH, wherefore [why] didst thou DOUBT? 

{A “little faith” doubts things that may seem impossible to our finite minds: which is not to imply that a person of little faith does not believe in God and His Son. “Faithless” is to be an unbeliever by every behaviour demonstrated contrary to the full scope of “Faith.” Peter definitely believed Jesus was the Son of God and believed in His power. What Peter doubted was his own ability to walk on water; therefore his faith was “little” as opposed to all encompassing. Just as Thomas, despite believing in God and Jesus, was of “little” faith because he doubted Jesus had risen from the grave until he could see and touch, for himself, the wounds on Christ’s flesh body.  

The message: DON’T RELY ON our own finite perceptions when it comes to God’s infinite power. On the other hand, Paul also proves that healing of our flesh bodies is not necessarily a given, therefore a lack of healing might be irrelevant to our level of faith. Instead, a lack of healing might be due to one of two things: 1) The Elders lacked faith; or, 2) We might have been given Spiritual gifts beyond what we deserved— like Paul— therefore a thorn remains in order to keep us humble where we might have become proud.  

The lesson: DON’T EVER ACCUSE someone of either not believing or of being of little or no faith, simply on the basis that they were not healed of physical afflictions and infirmities! Why? Well, if you happen to have been one of the Elders involved in a healing ceremony, then it could have been one of you who lacked faith: therefore, causing self to commit false accusation. Also, the discernment of why a person is not healed comes by way of God only: as noted with Paul when Christ told Paul that His grace was sufficient for Paul but also gave Paul an understanding of why he was not healed: to keep him humble— because, though undeserving, Paul had been given gifts exceeding even the Apostles.  

By comparison, Paul was a minister— one of seven— and whose name will not appear on any one of the twelve foundations of New Jerusalem: reserved only for the twelve Apostles. It would have been easy for Paul to sing his own praises and pat himself on the back: which is a sin. Still, no human ever told Paul he wasn’t healed because he lacked faith. Neither should we. 

(Matthew 15:22-28 paraphrased) Jesus moved on to Tyre and Sidon, where a Canaanite woman begged him, O Lord thou Son of David, to have mercy upon her and to save her daughter who was mentally disturbed. He ignored her pleas; so, His disciples suggested they send her away. It was then Jesus said, “I was not sent to save only the lost sheep of Israel.” Jesus then tested the woman’s honesty and found her to be so. “Woman, great is your faith: be it unto you as you have asked.” In the same hour, her daughter was healed. 

{The Canaanites were well know for their idolatrous behaviour; therefore, part of this woman’s faith was presented when she identified Jesus as her Lord and as the Son of David. She further proved herself by being honest when He questioned her about feeding the dogs. She truly believed, by everything she had heard about Christ, that he could cure her daughter. It didn’t matter that until this moment she’d been about as pagan as pagan could get. What mattered was now and tomorrow! Jesus had been sent also to save the heathens, which was what he meant by the statement to his disciples.} 

(Matthew 16:5-11 paraphrased) The disciples believe Jesus is chastising them because they forgot to bring food along when they departed to another area. They made this assumption because Jesus said, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” Jesus understood what they were thinking and reminded them of God’s unlimited power, “Why are you concerned because you brought no food for us? Have you already forgotten that with five loaves of bread, we fed 5,000 people and had many baskets left over? Have you also forgotten the seven loaves that fed four thousand people and how many baskets were left?” Then they understood that He was speaking of the doctrine of God that had been expanded upon by the Pharisees and Sadducees, distorting God’s true doctrine. 

(Matthew 17:14-21 paraphrased) A man brought his son before Christ, a child deemed a lunatic— likely an epileptic— and told Jesus that His disciples had been unable to cure his son. Jesus rebuked the devil and the child was cured. The disciples then asked, “Why couldn’t we heal him?” Jesus responded, “Because of your unbelief. If you have faith equal to a grain of mustard seed, the smallest seed there is, then you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to over there, and it shall be moved! Nothing would be impossible for you. However, this kind of demon possession can be cured only by prayer and fasting.” 

{Again, we are reminded of the Elders and a person who has come to them for healing. Apparently, based on Christ’s response, the disciples did not believe they could cure such a malady. Somehow, they knew it differed from other types of illness and disease. But, they could have if they had believed they could through Christ’s power. Then Jesus’ clarified that certain afflictions can be cured only by prayer and fasting, a lesson they would remember throughout their own ministries. See also Matthew 21:17-22} 

(Matthew 23:23) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 

(Mark 11:22-26) 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. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. 

(Luke 18:9-14 paraphrased) Jesus told a story as an example of those who trust in their own sense of righteousness— as opposed to God’s— and despise those who don’t do as they do. “A Pharisee, who is a leader of the Jewish religion, and a Jewish tax collector for the Romans went to the Temple to pray. The Pharisee positioned himself far from the publican, not wanting to taint himself. He looked up toward heaven and prayed, “God, I thank you because I’m not like other men who are extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican who collects taxes from his own people. I fast twice a week and give tithes of all I possess.” The publican also prayed, unable to even lift his eyes upward as he beat upon his chest, “God be merciful to me a sinner!” Jesus then added, “I tell you, the publican is the only one who left that Temple justified by God. Everyone who exalts himself will be abased. And, he who humbles himself will be exalted!” 

{An example of trusting in our own sense of righteousness clearly is reflected in both the Jewish religion as well as all Christian denominations: each of which believe their way, riddled with man’s doctrines and traditions, is the only reflection of righteousness. Yet, throughout the scriptures, thus far, clearly projected is that righteous behaviour is to believe only God and His Son and to do only those things commanded by God.  It is no wonder Jesus advised us to beware of Pharisees, scribes, doctors and lawyers: which, today, means to beware of pastors, preachers, evangelists and theologians; for they fill the very same roles as that of ancient titles.

It is evident we should do only what God has ordered: nothing more, nothing less. This should be cause for all Christians to question what they are being taught from incorporated-for-profit— i.e. tax exempt— pulpits around the globe. Failure to discover for self what God expects of us is to put ourselves in the same position of the Pharisee in Christ’s story: not justified by God. And, to not be justified means certain destruction.} 

(Luke 22:31-32) And the Lord said, Simon, Simon [Peter], behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. 

{Recall that, throughout Christ’s ministry, Peter often questioned or outright denied what Jesus said. This was an example of doubt and little faith. Therefore, Jesus warned Peter that Satan wanted Peter. Even then, Peter denied this warning and went right on to deny even knowing Christ after He was arrested. Christ’s prayer that Peter’s faith not waver and that he be fully converted, reveals to us that, while we might be in denial concerning some things of God’s Word— which is Lucifer’s desire to have us through confusion established by organized religions— if we obey unquestioningly only God’s Word, we will become fully converted: as was Peter. If we cling to erroneous teachings gained from pulpits, we never can hope to be converted and, therefore, will remain unjustified and marked for destruction.} 

(Romans 1:16-25) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek [heathen]. For there is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold [back] the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 

{This one passage reveals the total of faith, as justified by God. It also uncovers a lack of faith as presented by corporate Christendom: which God does not justify. The last paragraph enlightens us as to what happens to those who do not conform to full faith. We have seen much of this blaring from televised newscasts around the world: Priests discovered as pedophiles; preachers turning to prostitutes, divorcing their wives and marrying again yet not relinquishing their pastoral positions in accordance with God’s Word, as cited in the New Testament; pastors disappearing with church funds; others build fancy buildings and excessive homes while their membership goes hungry and/or homeless; and, the induction of homosexuals as men of God.  

The list goes on of acts committed revealing these incorporated religions as being Satan’s synagogues. As the Lord prophesied: “That which is hidden will be revealed under the glaring light of His Word.” How much more must be shown before people finally turn to their Bibles and seek only God’s Word? Some never will, being wholly comfortable with the convenience their belief provides for living smoothly in this dying world. Others might seek answers for a while, then turn back to the convenience of false teachings. Alas, only a few truly will seek, find and implement— without question— Yeshua’s Truth into their daily lives: despite criticism and persecution certain to be experienced.

These latter will be the only ones justified and taken up when Christ returns. Many will declare that I teach doom and gloom; yet, I say— rather, not I but God says— I teach only God’s Truth. His Truth causes joy and excitement in those of faith: for they clearly can see that Jesus is about to return to take them up out of this chaotic mess man has created. Sadly and indeed, it presents doom and gloom to those who are faithless: they prefer their road paved with smooth words, oblivious to its direction ending in utter destruction.

As the Old Testament says, “Whatsoever you desire, believe it with your whole heart and soul and mind; but, be warned: you will be judged according to the desires of your heart.” If those desires are not in harmony with God’s Word, the result is the same: no matter how strongly one might believe.} 

(Romans 3:27-28,31) Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. 

{The Law of Faith: aka Statutes of Life, Law of Liberty, Law of Righteousness, Twelve Commandments, Law of Truth, the Precepts. The Law of Faith is the same Law established from the beginning. The difference between ancient obedience versus obedience after Christ is that, prior to Christ, Jews tended to obey simply because they felt they had to— it wasn’t done because they had faith that God knew better than they: as evidenced by changes and additions they made to His Law without His approval.  

To obey the law since Christ, is to obey because we believe— that is, have faith— in Christ and God as well as believe only Yeshua’s Word is worthy of obeying since we understand it to be in our best interest: Father knows best, as it were. So, we obey not because of works of the law but because we first believe and love the Lord with all our heart and soul and mind and might: therefore, we desire to please Him in understanding that obedience is what pleases Him.} 

(Romans 4:19-22) And being not weak in faith, he [Abraham] considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb [to bear a child]: he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was STRONG IN FAITH, giving glory to God; and BEING FULLY PERSUADED THAT, WHAT he [GOD] HAS PROMISED, HE was able ALSO to PERFORM. And therefore it was imputed [COUNTED] to him [Abraham] FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 

(Romans 9:30-32) What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore [Why]? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 

(Romans 10:6-11,17) But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above): or, Who shall descend into the deep? (That is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it?  The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. So then FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD. 

(Romans 11:18-23) Boast not against the branches [of Israel that were cut off so you might be grafted in]. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. 

(Romans 12:3) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 

(Romans 16:25-27) Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: to God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. 

(II Corinthians 5:7) For we walk by faith, not by sight. 

(Revelation 14:12 paraphrased) This is the wisdom of the saints: they are they who obey the commandments of God and have faith like that of Jesus. Revelation clearly defines what makes up faith: what God recognizes as faith. There are tons more scriptures regarding faith; however, each say the same as already cited herein above: which faith is summarized below. 

SUMMARY: Faith is—

1) BELIEVING in God and Christ: UNSEEN, UNTOUCHED, and UNHEARD

2) BELIEVING God and His Christ can and will do ALL PROMISED in God’s Word

3) OBEYING God’s Law, SIMPLY BECAUSE HE SAID to obey because you love Him and Christ

4) DOING all other of God’s Biblical commands, save and except those of sacrifice and oblation, MERELY BECAUSE HE SAID to, because you love Him and Christ

5) NOT WORRYING about anything, believing GOD PROVIDES according to His Will

6) FEARING NOTHING, believing flesh life is of no consequence: rather, a hindrance

7) NOT DOUBTING GOD’S POWER, no matter how impossible something might seem Ah, once again, God’s magic number: seven. In closing, let us look at what God’s Word says about the faithless: 

(Matthew 17:~17; Mark 9:~19; Luke 9:~41) O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you [allow your perverse behaviour]? 

(John 20:27) Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

* * * * *  John truly defines faithless: not believing. Matthew, Mark and Luke reflect Christ’s exasperation with the people still not accepting that they only had to believe for whatever was their need and it would done. Yet, they persisted in coming directly to Him. He knew the day would come when He would not be walking among us: Faith is essential. Be not an unbeliever: fill up with faith and do God’s Word and only His. 

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18 August 2006 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Related Articles, Christ, God, Religion, Salvation, Spiritual, Spiritual Study

3 Comments »

  1. Thank you for the visit, Jamie, and for letting me know the status at google. I had no idea. LOL! Hope to see you visit again. 🙂

    Love in Christ,
    BonnieQ

    Comment by bonnieq | 2 January 2007 | Reply

  2. Just searching on google and found your site. It was ranked fairly high on google to. Anyway just looking around to see why.
    thanks
    jamie

    Comment by Jamie | 2 January 2007 | Reply

  3. Oh Bonnie, this is so good. The Scriptures and the annotations are wonderful. Jesus is still looking at His children and saying, “OH Ye of little faith.” And today He seems to want His children to focus on what faith is and how to go about being filled with faith.

    Happy Sabbath my dear friend. I love you so much!

    -joanne

    Comment by joanne tolles | 19 August 2006 | Reply


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