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Faith and the Holy Scriptures

2 Corinthians 4:18

For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

profileThere is a school of thought – if you can’t touch it – if you can’t prove it – if you can’t repeat it – you can’t believe in it.  I would flunk out of this school because my faith is far greater than the minuscule faith required for the previously stated belief.

Here is what the Bible says about faith.

Hebrews 11:11 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Galatians 5:6 – For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

Hebrews 10:19-25 – 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

1 Peter 1:3-9 – 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

My faith is in our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ – as revealed through the words of the Holy Scriptures.  I will not accept that we can imagine God in any image we decide in our minds.  I will not accept that we can place ourselves above the Holy Scriptures and somehow decide that the God that is revealed in the pages of the Bible is not the God we are to worship.  My faith – of course – your faith can be based on anything you can imagine – is based upon the God of Scripture.  The same Scripture that is inspired – infallible – and inerrant.  What is your faith based upon and how to you define it?

My faith is based on the eternal word not the temporal thought.  It is based on the everlasting Word of God rather than the things that can be seen – proved and repeated.  The temporal things are just that and the eternal truths of God’s word are just that!  2 Corinthians 4:18 – For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Hebrews 13:7-9 – 7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.

I would rather base what I believe on the eternal word of God than on the temporal thoughts of men or women.  The Lord I serve is the same today and yesterday and forever.  He is unchanging – and His Word is unchanging.  It cannot be swayed by circumstance and opinion.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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January 30, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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