Obedient Steps of Faith – BT25
Without faith, our prayers fall flat and we are powerless for holiness/sanctification
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Our prayers don’t even work for us without faith! Jesus taught that “all things, as many as you might aiteo ‘ask or petition from a subordinate position, to willfully crave, call or cry out for, require or demand, or beg for’ in/by/with the proseuche conversational-prayer, routinely having trusting-relying-faith, [then] you shall indeed lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive” (a) and “all things whatever you presently/ongoingly are proseuchomai conversationally-praying also presently/ongoing aiteo asking-petitioning, [I strongly urge you to] presently/ongoing have trusting-relying-faith that you definitively/wholly receive and-thus it shall indeed be yours” (). <Notes> a) Matthew 21:22, b) Mark 11:24.
You also won’t get the enabling-power of the Spirit without faith! That’s why Paul wrote: “To this end we ongoingly proseuchomai conversationally-pray always for you, that our God may MAKE you worthy of His calling and may definitively/wholly pleroo fill-to-completion every one [of your] delights/petitions of goodness and/coupled [singular] work of [singular] trusting-relying-faith by the means of His dunamis enabling-power, so that the name/person/authority of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you IN Him” (a). He also prays for them: “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give to you [singular] Spirit of wisdom and/coupled revelation by the means of [singular] genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Him, having already had [with last results, now extending into be routinely having] the eyes of their hearts enlightened so that you may eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know what is the elpis hope (faith for the future) to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance, what is the immeasurable greatness of His enabling-power toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of us, the ones routinely having trusting-relying-faith” (b). <Notes> a) 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, b) Ephesians 1:17-19.
We won’t even get holiness/sanctification without trusting-relying-faith! Paul asks:: “Having begun by the means of [singular] Spirit, now are you being perfected/completed by the means of [singular] flesh? (see Identity) (a). Yes, Law-obedience is fleshly, not Spiritual! Jesus told Paul concerning the Gentiles: “I am sending you to open their eyes . . . so that they may epistrepho turn-oneself-back (like ‘repent’) away-from darkness to light and/coupled from the exousia delegated-power of Satan to God, in order that they may lambano grab-to-receive forgiveness of sins and/coupled a kleros distributed-lot-for-an-inheritance among those already having been [with ongoing effects] sanctified/made-holy by the means of trusting-relying-faith in Me” (b). Elsewhere, with the use of the conjunction kai, Paul couples “hagios holiness/sanctification by the means of [singular] Spirit” to “by the means of trusting-relying-faith of/belonging-to [singular] Truth” as both necessary “eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of soteria salvation” (c), and we know this need for “hagios holiness/sanctification” is written by Paul to Christians as “the will of God” for them to experience (d). <Notes> a) Galatians 3:3, b) Acts 26:17-18, c) 2 Thessalonians 2:13, d) 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, 7; Romans 6:19, 22; 1 Timothy 2:15, cf. Hebrews 12:14.
This is not by our ergon ‘doings/works’ but “holiness/sanctification of/belonging to [singular] Spirit” (a) and only because “Jesus became for us our holiness/sanctification” (b), and thus it’s clear that like soteria salvation it is NOT a 1-time event but a process – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 for enduring faith. We are “God’s workmanship” (c), for “it is God who works in you, both to desire/will and to do/work for His good pleasure” (d). Concerning religion teaching by “some that will depart from The-Trusting-Relying-Faith,” who are requiring “abstinence from [particular] foods,” Paul says this comes from “deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” because such “foods God created to be lambano grabbed-to-receive with thanksgiving by the pistos faithful-ones and/coupled [the ones] already having had [with routine results] The Truth, for everything God created by God is good kai and/thus absolutely-in-fact-NOT a thing is to be rejected if it is lambano grabbed-to-receive with thanksgiving, for it is made-sanctified/holy by the logos message (Jesus and/or gospel) of God and/coupled enteuxis ‘God-led intercessory prayer’” (e). The “weak in faith” Jewish-Christians are actually the ones still listening to the Law-teachers about what makes them sanctified/holy, who thus wouldn’t abandon dietary and other lifestyle Laws (f). <Notes> a) 1 Peter 1:2, b) 1 Corinthians 1:30, c) Ephesians 2:10, d) Philippians 2:13, e) 1 Timothy 4:1-5, f) Romans 14:1-23.