Monday, August 29, 2011

FAITH IN THE UNSEEN THINGS OF GOD

Bible study is very uplifting and gratifying if done with seriousness. Combine study with prayer and the direction of your entire day will change.

Speaking of Bible study, you all know what Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the "conviction of things not seen". Well that Greek word for "seen" is also in verse 7 of same chapter: "Noah being warned about things 'NOT SEEN' prepared an ark." Now the little insight that gives into the meaning of saving faith is priceless. "Faith" in Hebrews and through out the New Testament is not mere assent or acknowledgement that Jesus is the Son of God. That's important to believe, but faith is the acting upon the Word of God to do His will. Without "preparing" the ark, Noah wouldn't have had saving faith. Noah acted on things not seen because He could see it by faith. When you are convicted that Jesus is the Christ, you DO what the Christ tells you to do.
"He that believes and is baptized shall be saved" Mk 16:16. "Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe that I commanded you..." Mt 28:19.
If we believe in God, then we believe in the promises of God. We believe to the point of acting on His Word in favor of the traditions of men and the allurements of the world. People of faith "walk by faith, not by sight". Faith is not inactive. It's active, just like carnal pursuits of men are active. But the difference is obvious. Do we pursue the things we can see, touch and taste in this world or do we pursue the things of God and eternal life? Faith in the unseen God is obedient faith. Without obedience the ark wouldn't be built and Abraham would have remained in the land of his fathers.

Beware of those who preach a dead faith, the kind of demons, which doesn't include repentance and baptism. Beware because they do not understand what Hebrews 11 and 12 are saying. If we are "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of faith", then we cast away the shackles of sin that entangle us and we "run with endurance the race that is before us". Anything less that this is not "the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not SEEN." God bless you.

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