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Faith To Believe

Posted 9 Mar 2010 at 12:18 PM by spanner

Faith to Believe

What is that one thing that the Christian has that causes him/her to believe in God when there are others that claim to believe in God, that is in Christ Jesus, but seem to be lacking, can we find that one thing?
A question was once asked of the general audience, "What is another word for "believe" - Faith", are these two words interchangeable or do they have separate meanings and identities? The scripture states that even the devils believe and tremble (James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.), so if it is a matter of belief then should not the devils be included in salvation? Not so much, but remember they began in heaven and they know the Father and the Son as they were there with Them in the beginning, so it seems that just believing is not sufficient in and of itself. What about hearing the gospel will that alone save a man, James declared faith without works is dead and so it is, but some would say, and they would use the Words of God for confirmation, that by hearing faith is produced in man, however, Christ confronted His accusers by stating, "And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying, Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe: " Luke 22:66-67. Christ declared even if He told them, and He is the ultimate source, that they still would remain in unbelief, but many will say it was their heart-that they were wicked men, but were we not also wicked men?

Is there a hell? Are there those that will be in hell, or will all men be saved? This may seem a silly question but there are those that state that all men are equal and if that be the case then the reasoning would be that all men being equal could then be equally saved, but some may say, that they were equal but "chose" not to accept Christ as their Savior, in other words, there are those that would rather go to hell than to heaven. You can believe what you choose and believe a lie, but personally I do not think you will meet anyone that truly would rather burn for eternity as compared with heaven, but you will meet men/women that do not desire to turn their "will" or their choices of sin over unto God, but you did, why then did they not want to submit unto God if you did, are you not both equal? Christ stated, "Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:43-44 Now Christ knew the difference so why cannot we attempt to understand that which He was declaring? If today, you are a Christian, then you have within your heart an unwillingness that any should die, much-less that they should do so and then enter into hell, this is called "compassion" but do take notice that compassion is akin to mercy but both are not what is termed as "righteous". While they may be involved to some degree in righteousness they in themselves are not righteous, and they "blind" the Christian somewhat unto the truth of God's righteousness as compassion wants and desires to help and to save the person whom is in the process of falling. God has given us compassion for many reasons but one is to stop the torment of one who was lost and remains not alive in this world, by and in our thought life. So who then can believe and by what process comes that belief?

On this side of Christianity, if you are a Christian, you now bear within you something called, "freedom" that is you can make a free choice for your life, but that was not always the case. Try to remember back when you were a sinner and enjoying the fruits of your labor, did you care what someone thought about you, much-less what the Christian thought about you, remember how you would tell men/women that they could go to hell, in a moment of anger or jest, but now that is no longer funny nor desirable to want people to go to hell, is it? You have graduated to another point of growth and now you actually care what happens to people, now you have compassion, what happened, why do you now care but not then? Most Christians forgot who they used to be and how they felt and approach men/women in a condemnatory manner, remember how you felt about that approach? Now you are somewhat changed and Christ has freed you from that old sin nature just as He stated He would in, "And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (whom do you suppose the "servant" was He is speaking of?), here we find that Christ has declared that it is He that has made you free not that of yourself but it is Christ that has set you free, but does that mean Peter got it wrong? Not so much, but there are those whom misunderstand what exactly it was that Peter was declaring, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38, Peter was merely stating that if they could hear his speech and accept Christ then they could receive remission of their sins and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Now no man can repent in and of him/herself this is a matter of fact as he/she are under the "bondage" of sin or of the "will" if you prefer, recall the verse above that it is Christ whom makes us free, not ourselves who have decided to become free to choose, and what of repentance, can a man/woman repent in and of themselves, ever try to give up a habit such as smoking, eating, gossiping how is that working for you or do you find the more you try the more you perform that which you want to stop? I had a friend whom declared he was in charge of his own actions, he was overweight, not that I care about that, but his declaration smacked him in the mirror as while he could not admit to his own failure, he beheld it daily. So too, do we behold sin daily that we struggle to change to fail again. What then does the Bible declare about repentance?

Repent and be saved? "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." 2Corinthians 7:10, Paul then is declaring that it is God who leads you unto a Godly sorrow, have you ever taken a good look at who you really are and began to weep, because you cannot hide from you or God and you realize just how sinful you really are - filthy rags - be thankful, friend, for there are those who are lifted up in pride and think themselves to have attained unto a lofty manner or position and make no realization just how wicked they are. You meet them daily as co-workers whom know it all or in the church as more "churchy dignified" or "higher spiritual clicks" these have not come to the point of Godly sorrow and have not seen the mirror of their soul. Now the same problem exists among us whom are Christian as we think that we have made some kind of a choice for God, as though we have given a sacrifice of sorts to allow Christ to accept our souls unto His good care, in other words, we chose Him, He did not choose us, does not that kinda smack in the face to read it, how much more so to think it? Is God a respecter of persons, most would say no, but then they will declare that He can do anything He wants, how convenient just to "brush off" anything you do not, or will not try to comprehend with such an absurd "smart" response, this is equivalent to politics of the day as long as your man/woman are in power everything they do is OK, irregardless of how egregious it goes against the Constitution but the moment another man/woman whom you do not support gets in, he or she is wrong and against the Constitution, it is akin to the small child who wants their own way and here we declare we are the owners of our will. Remember I stated that God is or is not a respecter of persons, be careful how you answer as the Bible cuts coming and going, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." John 15:16 Christ declares He is the one that has chosen, not you but He has chosen, and those to whom declare this was a "special thingee" are also declaring that God is a respecter of persons and what He will do for one He will not do for another, they make God a dictator based upon their own conclusion or doctrinal viewpoint, by the way when you stand before Christ (as a Christian will) He will not ask you if you are a baptist, Methodist etc.., there is only one belief and one doctrine and that is Christ in you and you are Christian. Now there are those that go beyond Christ and state that the four gospels apply only to the Jew of the first century but again not by the Word is it declarative, " For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17, from what I am able to garner about the global community is that the Jew was not the only race of peoples on the earth at the time that Christ came to bear a light unto the Gentiles, but you can rearrange this anyway you desire, but be careful you will write yourself out of salvation, as salvation, declared by Paul, came by the Jew, "Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee." Romans 11:18 and that of John 4:22, "Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.", Christ turned to the Gentiles and stopped one Saul on the road to Damascus, and Saul who became Paul gave a sharp rebuke, " Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;" 1Corinthians 1:12-14 and, "For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase." 1Corinthians 3:3-7

Master Of Your Own Domain?

If you declare that you are the one whom made the decision to receive Christ as LORD and Savior then you, my friend, are your own little god, because if you can put yourself into Christ then you can also take yourself out of Christ, so in effect, if you choose to go in and out, then it is you who are in charge and not Christ and the entire time you are really lost in your own sin, either He is your Master or Satan is, there is no "you" as to state there is a "you", it remains you have not surrendered "your" will or "your" self totally unto Christ when He "called" you forth for salvation. This is a works mentality and that falls under the term we call "believe" and the surrendered unto Christ which Christ placed within you is called, "faith", faith gives us that substance which we did not have but needed to "believe" in God and the Son and it is by "faith" that we "believe" unto salvation, this is what James is referring to when he stated faith without works is dead as he also noted that one cannot have "faith" without the production of works in "believing" in God the Father, and Christ the Savior. As in, "Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:" 2Thessalonians 1:11, this is what James is alluding unto that "faith" produces as a natural outflow works unto Salvation to believe and to do those things accompanied in Christ to love our fellow man/woman. "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will," Ephesians 1:4-5, this does not point to a corporate body as declared by some but unto the individual whom is to be saved, the "he hath chosen us" is not corporate in the "He" whom is Christ nor is it speaking of the body whom God calls the church or the bride allowing us to know the difference in the wording and the language, however, some change this to mean a corporate body as in the entire church, but in supposing that it could then we would have to return to, "Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Acts 2:47 and that of, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2, and, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" Philippians 1:6. All of which it is Christ that saves not man, it is Christ that calls us unto Himself, it is the Father which draws us, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." John 6:44-45. Mankind grows ever more angry as he/she learns that they could not do one solitary thingee to come to Christ, they are empty and have no clothes and are naked and destitute and lost from heaven without the drawing of the Father and the salvation by His Son. Faith is a substance that is placed in you by the Father and "causes" us to "believe" in the Father and the Son just like the scriptures have declared, it is a hard pill to swallow but nonetheless truth, the Only definition for faith is found in the Word of God, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1, it is not trust, it is not confidence, it is a substance which causes us to believe, it cannot be seen and has no evidence which can be shown except with the submission of the receiver to the LORDship of Jesus Christ as he/she now through the Father placing faith in the person and that person now becomes a "believer" in God and Christ, (why could they not hear, they were of their father the Devil). Why is this important? Because man/woman cannot buy or purchase their way unto God as in most religions and it is the Love of God that saves us from ourself and desire to manipulate our fellow man for our own gain. Any thing not of "faith" is sin. So what then does the scripture state, Without belief it is impossible-I think not, it states, "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, whatever the substance of faith is one thing remains clear without it, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God, many believe and many do not please God. The great beauty of all of this is that if you did not place yourself into Christ, then you cannot remove yourself out of Christ, for the one that placed you into Christ made NO mistake and you have a guarantee of eternal security, religion cannot offer this kind of security, only God Himself can make such a claim. "While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." Matthew 17:5, if you can accept it you will do well, if not you will remain the Master Of Your Own Domain, sorry about that.


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