Only 2 Commandments – BT2
Faithfulness requires trusting-relying-faith to the end in order to be saved or healed
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The bible is clear that only those who “endure to the end will be saved or healed” for the word sozo means both (a), but it is our trusting-relying-faith, not our works of righteousness, that must endure (b). Such “steadfastness or perseverance” is often linked or associated to trusting-relying-faith or faithfulness, both translated from the same Greek word pistis as determined by the context (c), where trusting-relying-faith is also closely related to elpis hope (d) for “trusting-relying-faith is the assurance of things eplis hoped for” (e), as is Christ’s faithfulness (f), just as His Father is faithful (g). <Notes> a) Matthew 10:22, 24:13; Mark 13:13, b) Hebrews 11:27, 12:1-2; Revelation 2:19, 13:10, 14:12, c) Ephesians 6:18; Acts 11:23; Colossians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; James 1:3-4, 12, 5:11; Romans 11:20; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:10; Titus 2:2; 2 Peter 1:5-6, d) 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 5:8; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Galatians 5:5; 1 Peter 1:21, e) Hebrews 11:1, f) Hebrews 3:6; 10:23; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Revelation 1:5, 19:11, g) Romans 3:3; 1 Corinthians 1:9, 10:13; 2 Corinthians 1:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 1 John 1:9.
One of the characteristics of the nature/fruit of the Spirit’s unconditional-love is trusting-relying-faith or faithfulness for certainly both are true (a), and the Spirit comes by hearing with trusting-relying-faith (b). Thus we must stand fast or firm in The Trusting-Relying-Faith of being a Christian through trusting-relying-faith (c). <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22-23; Acts 6:5, 11:24; 1 Corinthians 12:9; 2 Corinthians 4:13, b) Galatians 3:2, 5, 14, 5:5, c) Romans 11:20; 1 Corinthians 16:13; 2 Corinthians 1:24; Colossians 1:23, 2:5, 7; 1 Timothy 1:19.
The word for noun form of sozo is soteria for salvation meaning: “be protected, preserved, or kept safe and sound, rescued or delivered from danger or destruction, to be healed, made well, or restored to health and wholeness.” So you can see it doesn’t just mean a one-time rescue from our sins when we say a prayer to Jesus, as too many churches teach. Restoration and healing is often a process that requires the steadfast endurance of trusting-relying-faith, which is finalized at the glorification of our bodies, “the blessed hope” (a). As I just wrote this, a 3-year old, used-once, snow-globe music box of “Away in the Manger” covered with dust on my desk, suddenly played for 2 seconds! Startling confirmation! <Notes> a) Titus 2:13.
“Through the Spirit, by trusting-relying-faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness [to be revealed at Christ’s coming]” (a). Paul’s gospel logos message in Romans 1:17 citing Habakkuk 2:4 says: “The righteous shall actually, zoe genuinely-live by trusting-relying-faith,” for “the righteousness of God that is revealed in the gospel from faith to faith (b). Salvation is a life-long walk by trusting-relying-faith! <Notes> a) Galatians 5:5, b) an common Greek idiom for “one step of faith to another step of faith, from beginning to end” – see Obedient Steps of Faith.
That’s exactly why the NT recognizes that some Christians will depart from The Trusting-Relying-Faith (a), and that denying The Trusting-Relying-Faith makes you worse off than unbeliever (b), incurring condemnation for having abandoned their former trusting-relying-faith (b), having wandered away from The Trusting-Relying-Faith (c), and having swerved (d) from The Trusting-Relying-Faith (e). You have to have something to “depart, abandon, wander, swerve” from to thus “deny it!” <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 4:1, b) 1 Timothy 5:12, c) 1 Timothy 6:10, d) a + stocheo: missed their aim, e) 1 Timothy 6:21.
There are so many dire warnings in the NT about abandoning The Trusting-Relying-Faith: “no sacrifice for sins remains” (a), “their passions drew them away from Christ…incurring condemnation for having abandoned their former trusting-relying-faith” (b). If you don’t “hold firmly to the gospel logos message I preached to you, you have had trusting-relying-faith in vain” (c). <Notes> a) this is the context of “deliberate sinning” in Hebrew 10:26, 6:4-6, b) 1 Timothy 5:12, c) 1 Corinthians 15:2.
Only “if we endure [with Him], we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us” (a). For “if after they have escaped the pollution of this world through the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first” (b). That’s pretty bad because Christ said in John 3:18, “Whoever routinely has trusting-relying-faith in Christ is absolutely in fact not condemned, but whoever does not in possibility routinely have trusting-relying-faith has already [with ongoing results], been condemned, because he has not in possibility already had trusting-relying-faith [with ongoing results] in the name/authority of the only Son of God.” It’s not how you start the race that counts, but how you finish it. <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 2:11-12, b) 2 Peter 2:20.
As Christian musicians, let us continue to bind demons with Christ’s authority and continue to loose the Holy Spirit UNTIL we get the healing we seek. Let us hold onto our trusting-relying-faith and expectant hope UNTIL we see the will of God accomplished in our lives. It’s a war out there and we have to never stop fight in partnership with the Holy Spirit to see the victory. It takes enduring faith to be faithful. Salvation is a full-bodied word that far surpasses a 1-time event. We must finish the race in order to receive any rewards.
Lord, thank You that You will complete the work You started in us and we can get up after every stumble, crawl if we must, walk when we can, and praise You when we are running. But You put that drive into us to never quit. To confess our sin, be covered by Your blood, be made righteousness, and be reassured that we must get up and move forward with our faith. We will not be defeated because You have overcome the world. And WITH You all things are possible.