The Three Phases Forgiveness


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A Word Study of Faith, Belief and Believing


Generically (WORLDLY) speaking: I’m using The Merrian Dictionary for the next 4 points.

 

1. What is the deference between faith and belief: Faith can not be conjugated!!  There is NO deference they are both Nouns and can’t be conjugated… There definitions are the same. https://www.quora.com/How-is-faith-a-verb

2. What is Faith: as a Noun,  complete trust, a firm belief in something for which there is no proof.

3. What is Belief: as a Noun,  a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing 2 . Something believed; especially  a tenet or body of tenets held by a group 3. Conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence.

4. What is Believing: as a Present tense Verb, it’s a continuous state of confession, Present continuous;  I am believing; you are believing

 

Biblically speaking:

7. What is meant to have Faith in God: faith is the result of acknowledging the testimony of God regarding his Son Jesus Christ. Acts 6:7. As a Noun, it has NO action. We can’t Conjugate it.  I’m not talking about “a verbal noun”!

8. Can a person have faith in God and not believe? YES. James 2:18-19. Vs 18 sets the context for the word believe in vs 19. Remember, Faith and Belief are the same, both are nouns.

9. What is the result of Faith in God: by itself nothing. Cf., The demons talked about in Jame 2:19, confessed the existence of God, but they will never live for him. That would be Faith (the noun) without “believing” the verb, action, living, doing, being, Active Voice, present tense…

10. What is the result of Belief in God: The same thing as #9, these words are the basically the same. 

11. What does Believing mean: A Verb, means to act on what one has faith (trust) in. When one hears the Gospel and God grants them understanding, confession is MADE (an action) leading to Salvation Rom 10:10 believeth (Is Passive Voice)  unto righteousness. (Because we are made righteous by His righteousness); and with the mouth confession is made (ομολογειται G3670  is also Passive Voice) unto salvation.

12. Can a person have Faith in God and not be saved: Yes, same answer as #8.

13. Can a person have Belief in God and not be saved: Yes, Faith is the same as Belief. Faith Believing is not the same, the Noun and verb is what is saving faith.

14. Can a person have Faith in God and not be believing: Yes, this is the state of Non Biblical Religion. Jas_1:26-27 .

15. What is the relationship between Grace and Faith: The Grace of Jesus Christ is what saves us i.e, For by Grace we are saved… Through Faith, faith is the doorway that leads to the Grace of the Lord. Eph 2:8-9.  Faith the Noun  1. Pistis πίστις (G4102) primarily word, “firm persuasion,” a conviction based upon hearing (akin to peitho, “to persuade”), is used in the NT always of “faith in God or Christ, or things spiritual.”  “faith,” is translated “belief” in Rom_10:17; 2Th_2:13.

Believe the Verb

2.. pisteuo πιστεύω(G4100), “to believe,” also “to be persuaded of”

As an Adjective.pistos (G4103), (a) in the active sense means “believing, trusting”; (b) in the passive sense, “trusty, faithful, trustworthy.”

It is translated “believer” in 2Co_6:15; “them that believe” in 1Ti_4:12, RV (KJV, “believers “); in 1Ti_5:16, “if any woman that believeth,” lit. “if any believing woman.” So in 1Ti_6:2, “believing masters.” In 1Pe_1:21 the RV, following the most authentic mss., gives the noun form, “are believers in God” (KJV, “do believe in God”). In Joh_20:27 it is translated “believing.” It is best understood with significance (a), above, e.g., in Gal_3:9; Act_16:1; 2Co_6:15; Tit_1:6; it has significance (b), e.g., in 1Th_5:24; 2Th_3:3.

Believing as an ongoing action.

Believing is found in the Aorist (point of action) in the Present (this moment) and the Perfect tense as seen below, i.e. an action that does not need to be repeated for the purpose of Salvation.

Joh_1:12  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe (Tense-Present, Voice-Active) in His name:

Peter Confession: “believe” Perfect tense. Joh_6:69  “Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Rom_3:22  even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe (Present Tense, Active Voice). For there is no difference; Present Tense, Active Voice)

Believing as a Work:

Mar 10:17  Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

Mar 10:18  So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. Mar 10:19  “You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.'” Mar 10:20  And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Mar 10:21  Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

Joh 6:28  Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

“The work of God that ye believe (to ergon tou theou hina pisteuēte). In 1Th_1:3 Paul speaks of “your work of faith” (humōn tou ergou tēs pisteōs). So here Jesus terms belief in him as the work of God. These Jews were thinking of various deeds of the Pharisaic type and rules. Jesus turns their minds to the central fact. “This simple formula contains the complete solution of the relation of faith and works” (Westcott). Note the present active subjunctive pisteuēte, “that ye may keep on believing.”

On him whom he hath sent (eis hon apesteilen ekeinos). The pronominal antecedent (eis touton hon) is omitted and the preposition eis is retained with the relative hon really the direct object of apesteilen (sent).

 Conclusion:

God has granted to everyone the ability to exercise faith and to act on one’s beliefs regardless to the trustworthiness of it. People believe all kinds of foolish things. When people come to hear the trustworthiness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and put their trust in it i.e., in a biblical way they come to salvation. They are called to continue in a state of believing, this act of believing is a work  according to Jesus in Jn 6:29 but not a work of the Law of Moses. Three things are excluded as works of the Law of Moses because they were before the Law.

(1). Believing in God

(2). Loving the Lord and

(3). Free Will to implement the two.

Like “believing”, it is impossible to be a believer and NOT love the Lord. Jesus said the “greatest” Law of Moses is to Love the Lord with all our being and the 2nd is to love our brother as yourself. Failure to stay in this state of believing is evidence that we are not the children of God. If one includes these as “Only Works of the Law”, they contradict the very Word of God.

I believe one is completely saved at the moment of their confession and repentance. If that is not the case, how soon must one start doing the kind of works that some claim one must do to keep saved? This question can’t be answered from the WORD, because its not in the Bible. The works of faith that we do flow out of the life of the believer because it is our nature.

Walking Jesus with sheep

Christian Suffering, Persecution and the Crusades


Christian Suffering, Persecution and the Crusades.

First I think its important to know that in every group there are some on the Left, Middle and Right of any position. This is true with religious groups too. True Christians should all the way to the Right of Scripture. We believe that Jesus Christ completed all the demands of the OT. Therefore there is NO need to continue with the hard demands of the OT. We live our life according to this completed state in our religious activities. Jesus told us that if we follow Him, we are putting our physical life in danger by those religious or not.

Notice this: John 16:1 “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.John 16:2 “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.John 16:3 “And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.

Rabbi Saul before his conversion was such a one:  Act 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. 4 “I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, 5 “as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished.
Let me add that God, who is in control permits hardships to happen to godly people, just as he let the horrific suffering of His Son and all his disciples. Being a follower of Jesus is NO guaranteed that we will not suffer. Jesus told us that if they persecuted Him they will do the same to us. 2 Timothy 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Notice what God told our fellow believers in heaven: Rev 6:11 … and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

In modern times we’er introduced to the beliefs of Islam. This religious group also has some on the Left, Middle and Right. Their teachings like Judaism has not changed intrinsically. Real followers of Islam are the al qaeda types. Throughout History they have forced people to become Islāmic or die just as they are doing around the world today.

In 700 AD Islam moving into the Holy Land and took it according to their Quran, “Convert or Die”. The Church from its beginning has suffered persecution. The First persecution came from the unbelieving Jews as I quoted Act 22:3. Next ten persecutions came at the hands of the emperors of Rome. In 67 AD under Nero the 6th emperor of Rome and continued:

The Second Persecution, Under Domitian, A.D. 81

The Third Persecution, Under Trajan, A.D. 108

The Fourth Persecution, Under Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, A.D. 162

The Fifth Persecution, Commencing with Severus, A.D. 192

The Sixth Persecution, Under Maximus, A.D. 235

The Seventh Persecution, Under Decius, A.D. 249

The Eighth Persecution, Under Valerian, A.D. 257

The Ninth Persecution Under Aurelian, A.D. 274

The Tenth Persecution, Under Diocletian, A.D. 303. The we have the Persecutions of the Christians in Persia, under the Arian Heretics and Under Julian the Apostate.

This dreadful persecution raged until the latter end of the year 363; many of the particulars have not been recorded for us, it is necessary to remark in general, that in Palestine (Israel was called Palestine long before the so called Palestinians claimed this title) was many were burnt alive, others were dragged by their feet through the streets naked until they expired; some were scalded to death, many stoned, and in great numbers had their brains beaten out with clubs. In Alexandria, countless were the martyrs who suffered by the sword, burning, crucifixion and stoning. In Arethusa, several were ripped open, and corn being put into their bellies, swine were brought to feed in their open bellies, which, in devouring the grain, likewise devoured the entrails of the martyrs, and in Thrace, Emilianus was burnt at a stake; and Domitius murdered in a cave, whither he had fled for refuge.

The emperor, Julian the apostate, died of a wound which he received in his Persian expedition, A.D. 363, and even while expiring, uttered the most horrid blasphemies. He was succeeded by Jovian, who restored peace to the Church.

History records that the Moors invaded the Holy Land just before the end of the 6th Century. Over time they took over more and more of the land and as they gained power they forced the inhabitants of the land to convert or die. History records how they would cut open the stomachs of those who would not convert and they let them slowly die disemboweled. The persecution reached the ears of the Pope of Rome and soon the Crusades began. One has to wonder if God did not used the Crusades to bring judgement on Islam and Islam to a corrupt church.

This is NOT a complete history of these events but just an overview as I see it.

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?


Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

I’ve often been asked “Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?” In my mind I answer, “Why Do Good Things Happen To Bad People?” This is the real question that we should be asking. In order to understand the answer to this perplexing question, you may have to have a paradigm shift.

Let me start by taking us back to the beginning of our Human history. We are told that God is the Creator of All Living things. He created Adam and Eve on a perfect Earth. This faultless creation, new no evil or rebellion of any-kind. It was a kind of heaven on Earth. He put them in charge saying “to them, start families, to be productive, and populate the earth. To tame it, and to rule over all of his creation.” Gen 1:28

All their needs were provided for and they had a wonderful relationship with God. Their existence was without sin and they would have lived forever in God’s utopia.

In so doing He gave them the title deed of this Earth. Adam and Eve saw, walked, and had a real relationship with our Father God. They were family, for God created them like no others, in all of his creation making them in his own image.

To this job description “as I stated above”, He added in very clear language that the only thing they could NOT DO is eat of the fruit of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Gen_2:16. For if they did that, they will surely be separated from God, forfeiting their legal right as the lords of His Creation.

They understood their position of power to include “free moral choice” which extended to all their future children.

They understood that this sentence of “death” was two fold: Spiritual and Physical. Death means separation, they were instantly separated from God. Spiritually with it came physical death which had set in too. To help us understand what happened to them, permit me to illustrate using DNA as the example. It might be that Sin altered the DNA of all humanity. Now every person born would have an intrinsic desire to live for self and have no real desire to live for God. The other effect to the DNA was its decay. The gene(s) that prevented us from growing old, sick and eventually physically dying were no longer working.

Lets STOP right here and think about what happened. At this stage in human history God had not given humanity any written Laws. Yet there was an intrinsic right and wrong that God built into the heart of humanity. It seems that relativism prevailed to the point that every man was doing what each thought was right. “Humanities way seem right in their eyes Pro 21:2…. During this time, God let humanity govern themselves Act 14:16 (God) in times past permitted all mankind to walk in their own ways, resulting in complete failure. Left to our own devices, humanity does not get better rather we get completely and continually decadent, “Jehovah witnessed the great immorality of humanity, seeing that his every dream and thoughts of his soul was persistently bad, Gen 6:5”. God did not step in to guide us, rather during “The times of ignorance God overlooked.” their actions due to their lack of knowledge about His laws. Rom_4:15 …where the rule of law does not exist, there is no insubordination. Nevertheless, Rom_5:13 even though there was not written law, insubordination was in the hearts of mankind; but their rebellion was not charged to their account because there was no rule of law. Nevertheless, just because God overlooked the insubordination of those who lived from Adam to Noah, He did not overlook humanities original rebellion nor it’s sentence of eternal separation as a result of Adam’s revolt. Rom 5:14 But the sentence ruled from the beginning of the fall to Moses, even though the rest of mankind did not personally commit the sin of Adam… In other words; everyone who died in this condition was doomed to eternal separation from God. We call that hell, they are done, finished, Period… God gave them their hearts desire, an eternity without Him.

Now at this point if you have understood mankind’s spiritual, moral and physical plight. You understand that there is NO one that is good. So the question, “Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People” is an oxymoron! The Lord told us there is no one that is good, no not one.

God did not force himself on them back then nor does he force himself on us to day! In time mankind reached the point of total decadence resulting in God destroyed the known world by a flood. God is the creator and giver of all life. He alone is totally justified in killing i.e., the taking of the life of a guilty person.

Remember, all humanity is guilty of rebellion (sin) against God’s Holiness. Only Noah and his family were willing to follow God’s ways. Mankind can never improve, that is meet God’s standard of Good, without God’s Holy Spirit working in our life. We had our chance and the Human race failed in Adam and Eve.
Rom 1:20 It is clear that from nothing comes nothing. Therefore the physical universe is God’s testimony of his eternal power leaving mankind without any excuse for not believing in God.

That’s right God left his finger print in creation in the beginning. Later in his mercy He gave us his written word recording the fact of who He is and what he has done for us.

God starts anew with Noah. He was given the responsibility of telling others (as Adam was by word of mouth) of God’s Plan to save humanity by giving His only Son to pay for the sins of mankind, that’s what we call The Good New, in other words the Gospel. If you have understood the historical account, you understand that any plan that God would use to save mankind from his state of “death” i.e., eternal separation from him, is an act of Mercy and Grace. He was not obligated in any way to step into time and save his creation. Nevertheless, we see the heart of God in John 3:16.
With Moses God now reveals His Gospel, and Moses is told to write it down. Jesus has come and paid the price for humanity’s rebellion, that is our sin against God. We, God’s children are responsible for sharing the Good New with others. God has done his part, we must do our part. The unbeliever must do their part in accepting The Gospel. God can’t be held responsible for the eternal damnation of the unbeliever. God condemns NO ONE, they condemn themselves by not receiving Jesus Christ as Lord. Jesus said, unless you believe you will die in your sinful state.

Now if you need to talk more about this please don’t hesitate to contact me.

May the Lord continue to open the eyes of our understanding in grasping His great Love.

Jesus paid for our Sins

A Word Study of Jn 1:1


  • A Word Study of Jn 1:1

    I hope this isn’t old hat for you.

    As I was revisiting John 1:1 I notices something that I missed the last time I studies John. It is a very small word that is overlooked by too many; that word is “WAS”! Like English it is past tense, in Greek it’s called imperfect (see ATR note below). We have some Greek manuscripts which used the word “een” while others use the primary word “eimi”. The thing to remember is grammatically it has “person” in this case 3rd person (He, We, You, They etc.) So, I offer this translation:

    John 1:1 In the beginning He was the Word, and the Word He was with God, and the Word He was God.

    A translation is a word for word equivalent, but every language has words in them that can not be translated precisely due to the lack of an equal word.

    Some Bibles  read more smoothly by add or take-away words to make the syntax flow easily. Consequently, translations are not the best sellers, like the Living Bible, but they speak the work more accurately to us. Cf.,

    John 1:1

    (The Word of Life) — Before the world was created, the Word already existed; he was with God, and he was the same as God.

    (from the UBS New Testament Handbook Series. Copyright © 1961-1997, by United Bible Societies.)

    John 1:1

    “Was” (in greek “een”), Three times in this sentence John uses this imperfect of “eimi”: to be, which conveys no idea of origin for God or for the “Word” Greek “Logos”, simply continuous existence. Quite a different verb Greek “egeneto” became, appears in John 1:14 for the beginning of the Incarnation of the “Word”, Greek “Logos” . See the distinction sharply drawn in John 8:58 “before Abraham “came” Greek “genesthai” I am” eimi, timeless existence).

    (from Robertson’s Word Pictures in the New Testament)

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    Augie