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Title: True Faith


1
True Faith
  • But without faith it
    is impossible to please
    Him, for he who comes to
    God must believe that He
    is, and that He is a rewarder of
    those who diligently seek Him
  • (Hebrews 116)

2
A Proper Definition of Faith
  • Not merely an intellectual assent to a truth
  • It is not simply enough to believe that God is,
    even demons do that (cf. James 219)
  • We must also believe that God rewards those who
    seek after Him
  • Romans 26-7 2 Timothy 112

3
Romans 26-7
  • Who will render to each one according to his
    deeds eternal life to those who by patient
    continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor,
    and immortality.

4
2 Timothy 112
  • For this reason I also suffer these things
    nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I
    have believed and am persuaded that He is able to
    keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

Without confidence, faith is defective!
5
Matthew 823-27
  • Now when He got into a boat, His disciples
    followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest
    arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered
    with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His
    disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying,
    Lord, save us! We are perishing! 26 But He
    said to them, Why are you fearful, O you of
    little faith? Then He arose and rebuked the
    winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27
    So the men marveled, saying, Who can this be,
    that even the winds and the sea
    obey Him?.

6
1 Peter 56-7
  • Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty
    hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7
    casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for
    you.

We must have confidence in his ability and desire
to take care of us!
7
Obstacles to Faith
  • Some Doubt the Word of God
  • Abraham (Genesis 157,8)
  • Zechariah (Luke 113, 18)

8
Genesis 157,8
  • Then He said to him, I am the LORD, who brought
    you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this
    land to inherit it. 8 And he said, Lord GOD,
    how shall I know that I will inherit it?.

The sign Abraham requested, not trusting in Gods
plain promise, caused him horror and
darkness (cf. vs. 12)
9
Luke 113, 18
  • But the angel said to him, Do not be afraid,
    Zacharias, for your prayer is heard and your
    wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall
    call his name John.
  • (vs. 18), And Zacharias said to the angel, How
    shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my
    wife is well advanced in years.

For his doubt, Zacharias was struck dumb until
his sons birth
10
Obstacles to Faith
  • Some Doubt the Word of God
  • Abraham (Genesis 157,8)
  • Zechariah (Luke 113, 18)
  • Some Place confidence in Self
  • Cain and His ilk (Jude 11)

11
Jude 11
  • Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of
    Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam
    for profit, and perished in the rebellion of
    Korah.

These false teachers, like Cain, did as they
wished rather than as God commanded
12
Obstacles to Faith
  • Some Doubt the Word of God
  • Abraham (Genesis 157,8)
  • Zechariah (Luke 113, 18)
  • Some Place confidence in Self
  • Cain and His ilk (Jude 11)
  • Some desire honor for themselves
  • Moses and Aaron (Numbers 20)

13
Numbers 2010
  • And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly
    together before the rock and he said to them,
    "Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for
    you out of this rock?

Striking the rock was dramatic, and brought
attention to themselves, but displeased God!
14
True Faith is Obedient(Confidence in God leads
to Diligence)
  • Doctrine Justification by Faith only
  • Popular, but refuted clearly by James

15
James 214
  • What does it profit, my brethren, if someone
    says he has faith but does not have works? Can
    faith save him?

Simply ask James question Can a faith without
works save a man?
16
James 215-17
  • If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of
    daily food, 16 and one of you says to them,
    Depart in peace, be warmed and filled, but you
    do not give them the things which are needed for
    the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also
    faith by itself, if it does not have works, is
    dead.

17
James 221-23
  • Was not Abraham our father justified by works
    when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22
    Do you see that faith was working together with
    his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
    23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says,
    Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to
    him for righteousness. And he was
    called the friend of God.

18
James 224
  • You see then that a man is justified by works,
    and not by faith only.

Conclusion True faith is an obedient faith!
19
True Faith is Obedient(Confidence in God leads
to Diligence)
  • Doctrine Justification by Faith only
  • Popular, but refuted clearly by James
  • A faith that does nothing receives nothing
  • Luke 1712-14 John 1242-43

20
Luke 1712-14
  • Then as He entered a certain village, there met
    Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.
    13 And they lifted up their voices and said,
    Jesus, Master, have mercy on us! 14 So when He
    saw them, He said to them, Go, show yourselves
    to the priests. And so it was that as they went,
    they were cleansed.

But, In contrast
21
John 1242-43
  • Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed
    in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not
    confess Him, lest they should be put out of the
    synagogue 43 for they loved the praise of men
    more than the praise of God.

Their unwillingness to confess condemned them
(cf. Matt. 1032-33)
22
True Faith is Obedient(Confidence in God leads
to Diligence)
  • Doctrine Justification by Faith only
  • Popular, but refuted clearly by James
  • A faith that does nothing receives nothing
  • Luke 1712-14 John 1242-43
  • Salvation not at point of faith, but when faith
    leads to a turning!
  • Acts 1121 Matt. 1315 Isa. 557

23
Acts 1121
  • And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a
    great number believed and turned to the Lord.

Those Hellenists in Antioch who turned to the
Lord were saved. And the disciples were first
called Christians in Antioch. (vs. 26)
24
Matthew 1315
  • For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
    Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes
    they have closed, Lest they should see with their
    eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should
    understand with their hearts and turn, So that I
    should heal them.

25
Isaiah 557
  • Let the wicked forsake his way, And the
    unrighteous man his thoughts Let him return to
    the LORD, And He will have mercy on him And to
    our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

26
Conclusion
  • Therefore, having been justified by
    faith, we have peace with
    God through our Lord
    Jesus Christ.
  • (Romans 51)
  • What kind of faith? True Faith! Obedient Faith!
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