7/25/2019 0 Comments
Welcome, welcome, welcome my friends.
Coming in from my recent travels and observations, let me venture with you into a 'series' of posts for a Tuesday/Thursday series here in the 'quiet and solitude' of 'Sanctuary' on matters dear to my heart.
'Faith' is central to Christianity. You and I know this, right?
The New Testament repeatedly calls people to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. But, since there is a definite body of content to be believed, which is part and parcel of our religious activity, what exactly is - 'saving faith'.
Let's explore this topic together.
For the purpose of clarifying 'what we believe', let us all do some examining of exactly what it is we believe - What is - 'Saving Faith'? A Little History, First. Post 1, July 16, 2019; Post 2, July 18, 2019; Post 3, July 23, 2019; Post 4, July 25, 2019; Post 5, July 30, 2019; Post 6, August 1, 2019
What are the constituent elements of saving faith?
Yes, believing in Jesus is enough to be saved. However, for the sake of clarity, we must explain a few things.
The Bible consistently teaches that Jesus is God, i.e., that he has a divine nature as well as a human nature. If we are going to believe in the Jesus of the Bible, we must indeed believe that he is God. True saving faith must include this element in its content.
For those who do not believe that Jesus is God in the flesh, I think, however, that we should make a distinction between:
(a) being naive and ignorant and simply not knowing enough about the issue either to specifically deny it or to accept it; and, (b) understanding what’s at stake but denying it anyway.
The former may well be the case with many young or new believers who have not yet been exposed to all that is involved in believing in Jesus. This is something that they will “grow into” as they “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
[On a future post in this series, we will further develop what is meant by to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” according to 2 Peter 3:18. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
So, please stay tuned.].
On the other hand, many individuals and religions and quasi-Christian groups knowingly and deliberately deny that Jesus is the incarnation of the transcendent Creator-God. They think of him either as just a man, or as the incarnation of a created angelic being or some other kind of super-creature. Examples include the influential Arius (flourished early fourth century), from whom Arianism arose. Arius said Jesus was the incarnation of the Logos, but the Logos was a semidivine creature whose essence was created ex nihilo and thus cannot be of the same essence as God. This view was pronounced heretical by the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. A modern version of Arianism is the Jehovah’s Witnesses cult. Another cult with a similar view is The Way International, begun in 1942 in New Knoxville, OH, by Victor Paul Wierwille, who later (1975) wrote a book entitled Jesus Christ Is Not God.
Many others have thought of Jesus as nothing more than a man whose spiritual consciousness was more precocious than anyone else’s.
My understanding is that those who consciously deny the divine nature of Jesus do not have a true saving faith and are not truly Christian. Let me explain. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
I say this for several reasons. For one thing, denying Jesus is God is denying the true nature of God himself, and Hebrews 11:6 says that one does not have true faith unless he believes that GOD exists. This is talking about the true God, the Trinitarian God revealed in the New Testament – not someone’s private speculation of what God must be like. We are not free to design our own concept of deity; we must believe in the God of the New Testament who is the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. And God the Son was incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth. As it is written, Hebrews 1:3 'The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven'. Jesus even said, "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him." [John 14:7,9]audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
This is important, and to be continued.
We shall 'slowly' continue our 'search' on our post on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Thank you in advance for returning to study with me and Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Our Mutual Teacher.
[John 14:26 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html ] Amen. Amen.
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