“… gnosis [knowledge] becomes the ability to discern faith’s requirements. In effect, knowledge becomes the means by which faith’s convictions are transformed into effective practices (see 2 Cor 8:7; Phil 1:9; 2 Pet 3:18).
—S.J. Kraftchick, Jude, 2 Peter, p. 96, commenting 2 Pet 1.5-7
#faith #knowledge #2-Peter
“For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants—not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”). He is our father in the presence of God whom he believed—the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do.”
Under the new covenant, God now looks for spiritual descendants of Abraham, who have the same faith he had. He believed in God’s promise, contrary to all evidence.
What yet inexistent realities must Christians believe in as if they already existed?
#faith #promise #Romans #VOTD
“He told them, ‘It was because of your little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.'”
Jesus explains why the apostles were not able to cast out a demon. He uses hyperbole, but his point is clear that with faith they will be able to do everything.
What part of God’s will appears to be impossible to do? How do we develop faith to meet the challenges of God’s will?
#faith #will-of-God #VOTD
One of the most rewarding studies in which one can engage is of what the Bible teaches about “Faith.” The biblical definition of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1 where it is said, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” “Substance” is that which “stands under” and supports the spiritual realities we hope for. Faith gives substance to those invisible realities. Continue reading
“When he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.'”
Jesus did not always require faith before healing someone, but when he could develop it in those to be healed, he did, since that was his main interest.
So today why does Jesus always require faith before salvation?
#faith #miracles #VOTD
The Bible makes it clear that, “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17 NKJV). Nowhere in the entire Bible has God blessed a person’s faith without the obedient works which God specified! James 2 makes that very point: verses 14-18 say that without works of benevolence to a “brother or sister” in need is “dead” faith; verses 19-20 show that “demons” believe truth about God, but without obedient works, their faith is “dead;” verses 21-24 show that even Abraham’s faith was “justified by works,” “and not by faith only;” verse 25 shows “Rahab the harlot” was “justified by works;” verse 26 says “faith without works is dead” like a “body without the spirit.” “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV). Have you faith or faith only?
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Lord, just say the word, and healing
will come—all earthly things obey you—
Your faithful promise, not mere feeling,
drives us to plead—let mercy sway you.
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