Obedient Steps of Faith – BT27

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Our part is to draw close-beside in conversational-prayer, but this also takes faith

 

 

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From the previous BLOGS you can see that key to righteous-living for God’s “kingdom to come and His will to be done” (a) is simply routinely having trusting-relying-faith, but the key to having that comes done to routinely having a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the Lord through routinely having a koinonia communal, sharing relationship of agape unconditional-love with Him, but the key to having that comes down to routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying!  See Conversational-Prayer. <Notes> a) Matthew 6:10; cf. Luke 11:2.

 

But even that takes some level of trusting-relying-faith as Hebrews 11:6 states: “For whoever would routinely proserchomai draw near/close-beside to God (a) must definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith that He presently/ongoingly exists and that He presently/ongoingly becomes a rewarder to those who routinely earnestly seek Him out.”  I know some people who haven’t prayed to God at all because they don’t even have this much trusting-relying-faith! <Notes> a) a Hebrew idiom closely associated to worshipful proseuche conversational-prayer.

 

Faith feeds faith just as Paul said:  “For the righteousness of/belonging-to God is presently/ongoingly uncovered-to-be-revealed from [1 step of] trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of [the next step of] trusting-relying-faith, just as it has been written (a): ‘And The righteous [one] shall-actually zoa genuinely-live ek out-from trusting-relying-faith” (b).  The Christian life is birthed and grows from routinely having trusting-relying-faith, from one step to the next until our end, and that’s the only way God’s righteousness is accomplished under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant. <Notes> a) from Habakkuk 2:4, b) Romans 1:17.

 

We have one part to play to get the ball rolling!  It is to draw close-beside to God through Christ who intercedes for us (a) with a non-doubting single-mindedness of trusting-relying-faith that God will also eggizo draw extremely near/close-beside us in response (b) with confidence to the throne of unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace for help in the time of need (c) with a full assurance of trusting-relying-faith (d) or with hope dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of which we presently/ongoingly eggizo draw extremely near/close-beside to God (e) for without trusting-relying-faith it is absolutely-in-fact impossible to please/gratify God (f). <Notes> a) Hebrews 7:25, b) James 4:8, c) Hebrews 4:16, d) Hebrews 10:22, e) Hebrews 7:19, f) Hebrews 11:6.

 

Proseuche conversational-prayer is “alert or watchful” (a) similar to the OT “watchmen over the house of the LORD” (b) that Jesus said was “God’s house of prayer” (c), where you “wait for Yahweh” (d).  It most often talked about in the New Testament (e) and commanded “ought to” or “routinely be earnest” and “constantly” or “continue steadfastly” or “without ceasing” or “at all times” or “always” (f).  That’s not even counting all the times “ask, seek, or knock” (g) are spoken of regarding prayer that are always in the present participle form to stress a routine, habitual lifestyle.  It’s the most-often-spoken devotion of the early Christians (h) that we must create as a habitual lifestyle. How else are we going to discern the will of God – see below?  With all that said, it’s amazing that it’s practically the last priority of many modern churches and Christians.  No wonder we are so powerless! <Notes> a) Matthew 26:38, 41; Mark 14:38; Colossians 4:2; Ephesians 6:18; cf. Matthew 24:42; Romans 12:12, b) 2 Kings 11:18; 2 Chronicles 23:18, c) Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46, d) 2 Kings 6:33; Psalms 27:14, 31:24, 33:20, 37:9, 34, 130:5-6; Proverbs 20:22; Isaiah 8:17, 40:31, e) 37 times as the noun proseuche and 86 times as the verb proseuchomai, f) Luke 18:1, 21:36; Romans 12:12; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17, g) together in Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10, h) Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4; cf. 1 Corinthians 7:5.

 

Speaking in tongues is likely a form of proseuche conversational-prayer by the Spirit as a grace-gift (a) instead of your mind – see The Grace-Gifts of Tongues & Interpretation and Conversational-Prayer – BT22. Jude 1:20-21 says: “routinely be building-up yourselves in the most holy trusting-relying-faith of yours, routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying by-the-means-of [singular] Holy Spirit.  [I strongly urge you to] tereo ‘carefully watch/observe to safely-guard, care-for/attend-to, firmly-hold/stand-in/maintain-a-present-state yourself IN [singular] Unconditional-Love of God.”  There is that common coupling of “faith and love!”  This sounds much like Ephesians 6:17-18 that admonishes us to “put on the whole armor of God” that includes “taking-up the sword of the Spirit, which is the directly-spoken-rhema-word of God, dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of proseuche conversation-prayer and/coupled deesis supplication-prayer, routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying in every season by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit and eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of watching this-very-thing.” <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28.

 

But we also know from Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:14-15 that “if I proseuchomai conversationally-pray in a glossa tongue, The Spirit (a) of/belonging-to me proseuchomai conversationally-prays o de but-now-to-the-opposite-party [singular] mind of/belonging-to me (b) is unfruitful-unproductive.  What am I to do?  I will proseuchomai conversationally-pray by-the-means-of The Spirit of/belonging-to me, de kai however also by-the-means-of the [singular] mind . . . [same for singing].” This prayer in tongues (c) shouldn’t be confused with addressing the congregation to deliver a logos message in tongues that should be interpreted in order to build everybody up (d) because it’s actually a sign for unbelievers (e) (f), as with “all Spirit-kind-of grace-gifts should be earnestly-desired” (g). <Notes> a) singular pneuma with the definite article is always a reference to the Holy Spirit, b) no article, also indicates a different party, c) 1 Corinthians 13:8, 14:16, d) 1 Corinthians 12:30, 14:6, 23, e) as missionaries can attest, f) to1 Corinthians 14:22, g) 1 Corinthians 14:1.

 

Therefore Paul brags:  “I thank God that I presently/ongoingly speak in tongues more than all of you” (a), so he encourages then: “now I presently/ongoingly desire-what-is-best-for you ALL to presently/ongoingly speak in tongues” (b) and “to in-possibility-NOT to presently/ongoingly forbid presently/ongoingly speaking in tongues” (c).  It’s absolutely insane so many churches have blatantly disobeyed Paul’s clear teaching and warnings on praying and publicly giving messages by tongues!  Nevertheless the key signs of the Holy Spirit coming upon Christians was tongues and prophesy (d) that are often related (e).  <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 14:18, b) 1 Corinthians 14:5, c) 1 Corinthians 14:39, d) Acts 2:4, 10:44-46, 19:6, e) 1 Corinthians 14:6.

 

Proseuche conversational-prayer, NOT bible-study is how the apostles discerned what, when, where, and how they were going to preach the gospel to fulfill the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” (a) and “going into all the world to proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (b) – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7.  A key to “being metamorphically transformed by the renewal of your mind in order that by practice-testing you may dokimazo scrutinize-to-discern what is the will of God is routinely being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted in proseuche conversational-prayer” (c).  Paul also said:  “Ongoingly peirazo test/try-to-prove yourselves to see whether you are in The-Trusting-Relying-Faith.  Now, you can see why I created an entire BLOG on proseuche Conversation-Prayer and several on prayerful discernment – see Bible Info – BT2, Least Among You – BT8, and New Covenant Ways – BT16.   Through this devotion everything else grows, especially your trusting-relying-faith! <Notes> a) Matthew 28:19, b) Mark 16:15-16, c) Romans 12:2, 12.

 

In Colossians 4:2 Paul says,Ongoingly be earnest towards (a) proseuche conversational-prayer, habitually watching (b) in it with thanksgiving.”  Why?  Because he understands that if we pray like he did, we can also be filled with the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God’s will, as Paul said earlier in Colossians 1:9-12, “We have not ceased to proseuchomai conversationally-pray for you and/coupled asking [God] in order that you might be filled-to-completion with the genuine, experiential, relational, epignosis knowledge of God’s will by all [kinds of] Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and/coupled sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding/knowledge.”  Clearly this is how we “learn, discern, or understand” God’s will – through revelation by the means of the Spirit!  But the whole process starts with proseuche conversational-prayer! <Notes> a) persevere, diligent, attend assiduously, b) staying awake, alert, attentive, vigilant.

 

That’s why Paul realizes in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, that although the road to the final judgment of God is very long and there is much affliction and suffering expected from persecution meanwhile, the only way these Christians were going to get through it is by God’s enabling-power and this requires proseuche conversational-prayer:  “To this end we always proseuchomai conversationally-pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every one [of your] delights of/belonging-to goodness and/coupled [singular] work of/belonging-to [singular] trusting-relying-faith by-the-means-of His dunamis enabling-power, [in a manner so] that the name/reputation of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in/among you, and you in Him, kata down-from/according-to the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  In Romans 15:13, Paul knows how Christians are going to get the things they need:  “May the God of hope pleroo fill-to-completion you with all joy and peace in/by/with having The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, so that by-the-means-of the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT26

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Even the saint’s ‘work of ministry’ in proclaiming the gospel isn’t done by using man’s wisdom and understanding

 

 

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The whole point of Body-Ministry in the Church is to build our trusting-relying-faith:  “Christ gave grace-gifts to men . . . He gave [in the Greek: these 4 groups of grace-gifts]:  the apostles, moreover the prophets, moreover the evangelists, moreover the shepherds and/coupled teachers, pros ‘towards and interacting with the goal of’ the katartismos coaching-facilitating of the saints for [singular] work of [singular] ministry, for [singular] building up of the Body-of-Christ UNTIL we ALL attain to the unity of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith and/coupled of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the Son of God eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of mature manhood, that is to the metron standardized-size measuring-cup of the pleroma abundant-fullness of Christ in order that we many no longer be children tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (a). <Notes> a) Ephesians 4:8-14.

 

This isn’t a 4 or 5-fold ministry!   These 4 groups are only coaches and facilitators for Body-ministry because they ALL do the building-up of the Church so that the people wouldn’t be susceptible to deception, often by one-man-show teaching, and it’s not through accumulating bible gnosis-informational knowledge, but direct, experiential, relationship epignosis knowledge of Christ!  Nowhere in the NT do you see Christians meeting for bible-study!  In fact, most doctrinal-error comes from bible-teachers that aren’t ‘checked’ by their congregations when the Holy Spirit says “red alert” inside them and they don’t say, “Wait a minute, what about xyz?”  That “weighing in on what was said by the others” is what the early Church considered part of “orderly worship” (a) – today, many churches would escort you out because you were being “disorderly.”  That is what authoritarians do, the very thing Romans 12:3 denounces!  They are “haughty . . . wise in their own sight” (b).  Likewise, the apostle John’s own disciples were kicked out the church of an authoritarian bishop Diotrephes “who likes to put himself first” (c).  This is part of The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit in the Church. <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 14:29, 40, b) Romans 12:16, c) 3 John 1:9-10.

 

So the “work of ministry” by the Body-of-Christ in Ephesians 4:12 or “work of an evangelist” in 2 Timothy 4:5 is not supposed to be a “word-only” preaching-ministry as so many today have done, but a “full-gospel” ministry.  Paul says to the Corinthians:  “For Christ . . . sent me to preach the gospelabsolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with wisdom of/belonging-to logos messages, lest the cross of Christ should be kenoo ‘emptied of its value . . . I came absolutely-in-fact-NOT kata ‘down-from or according to’ huperoche ‘excellent, elevated, authoritative-sounding’ of logos-messages or wisdom, routinely proclaiming/preaching to you the testimony/witness of God . . . my logos message and my proclaiming/preaching [were] absolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with peithos  ‘skillful, plausible, persuasive, enticing’ logos message of wisdom but in the demonstration/proof-manifestation of the Spirit and/coupled of dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power (a) so that your trusting-relying-faith might NOT-in-possibility rest in the wisdom of men (b) but in the dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power of God.  However, we [do] speak [the Spirit’s] wisdom among those who are mature, yet absolutely in-fact-NOT the wisdom of this age, NOR of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing . . . we speak absolutely-in-fact-NOT in human-taught logos messages of wisdom  but instead in/by/with [those] [singular] Spirit-taught . . . for the kingdom of God does absolutely-in-fact-NOT consist in/by/with logos message but-instead in/by/with enabling-power” (c).  Paul said in Romans 15:19 that these “proofs” were “what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience – by logos message and/coupled ergon work/doing in/by/with the enabling-power of signs and wonders, in/by/with the enabling-power of the Spirit of God.” <Notes> a) The “coupling/linking” means that “enabling-power is the demonstration/proof-manifestation of the Spirit,” b) the preacher/teacher Paul as a Pharisee used to be operating with eloquent and lofty speech, c) 1 Corinthians 1:17, 2:1, 4-6, 13; 4:20.

 

It’s really hard to argue against thesigns and wonders” of God that should “accompany those who have trusting-relying-faith:  In My name/authority they shall actually cast out demons; they shall actually speak in completely-different-in-kind-new tongues . . . laying hands on the sick to recover . . . and they [all] went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the logos message by accompanying signs” (a).  I suspect the problems and ineffectiveness of most pulpit and street preaching is that they don’t believe or obey this, leaving them only with a “logos message that may be plausible/persuasive” to play on the same field using the same “fleshly” weapons of their enemy.  Futile!  Peter didn’t want just anybody speaking in churches about anything on their minds, like they do today.  He says in 1 Peter 4:10-11 “As each has received a grace-gift [from the Spirit: they assumed every Christian would have one], use it to serve one another . . . whoever speaks – do as one who speaks [prophetic] oracles of God . . . by the strength that God supplies.” <Notes> a) The Great Commission in Mark 16:17-20.

 

Signs and wonders like miracles sure won’t happen without someone having trusting-relying-faith!  We saw above that Paul wondered why Christians would look to rule-keeping instead of the Spirit for holiness/sanctification, but then asks this follow-up question:  “The [one] supplying to you the Spirit and/coupled miracles among you – [is it] ek out-from ergon ‘doings/works’ of/belonging-to [singular] Law OR ek out-from [singular] akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know of/belonging-to [singular] trusting-relying-faith?” (a).  Mark 16:17-18 lists 5 supernatural things as “signs that will accompany those who are have definitively/wholly had trusting-relying faith.”  Jesus said that if you “do not-in-possibility have doubt in your heart but-instead definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith that what you say will come to pass, it shall indeed be done for you” (b).  To His disciples Jesus promises:  “Truly, truly, I say to you that the [one] routinely having trusting-relying-faith in Me will also do the [miraculous] works that I do; and greater works than these will he do because I am going to the Father. [So] whatever you aiteo ‘ask for, seek or earnestly-desire’ in My name/authority, this I will do that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (c), and “Truly, I say to you that if you have trusting-relying-faith like a grain of mustard seed . . . absolutely-in-fact nothing will be impossible for you” (d). Hebrews 2:4 also says, “God also bore witness/testified by signs and wonders and various miracles and by grace-gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed down-from/according-to His will.” <Notes> a) Galatians 3:5, b) Mark 11:23, cf. Matthew 21:21, c) John 14:12-13, d) Matthew 17:20.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT25

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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’ butholiness/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.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT24

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Without faith, we won’t get the nature of the Holy Spirit like joy and peace from love

 

 

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Paul emphatically stated that thekingdom of God is absolutely-in-fact-NOT a matter of eating or drinking but of righteousness and/coupled peace and/coupled joy by the means of the Holy Spirit” (a).  We’ve already seen from Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2 and – BT17, Paul’s many arguments like this that our righteousness comes from Christ’s righteousness.  It doesn’t come from obedience to OT commandments or Traditions of the Elders that expanded on them, but in trusting-relying-faith in Christ, “who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and/also holiness/sanctification and/coupled redemption” (b) “so that IN Him we might ginomai emerge-and-change-to-become the righteousness of/belonging-to God” (c).  Again, being changed into the righteous (right-living) nature of Christ’s Spirit by holy-sanctification is not a 1-time event but a process just as soteria salvation is – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 for enduring faith.  It’s not set in stone, but it “might” happen, because though we “emerge” as “New Creations IN Him” the word “might” only implies the possibility of “becoming the righteousness of/belonging-to God.”  Acquiring the holy/sanctified nature of God does require koinonia co-participation/fellowship with God!  Because the Spirit of the Father and Son is infinitely gentle (d), He will not strong-arm us into His nature!  <Notes> a) Romans 14:17, b) 1 Corinthians 1:30, c) 2 Corinthians 5:21, d) 2 Samuel 22:36; Psalms 18:35; Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 11:29; 2 Corinthians 10:1; 1 Corinthians 4:21; Galatians 5:23, 6:1.

 

Also notice from above thatpeace kai and/coupled joy by the means of the Holy Spirit” are also both linked by the conjunction kai to “righteousness,” clearly indicating the emphasis on “right-living” that has nothing to do with OT dietary Laws!  But Paul also clearly indicates that this “peace and/coupled joy” are the principle ‘flavors’ of the “[singular] fruit of the Spirit that presently/ongoingly IS-defined-as/exists-as Unconditional-Love” (a) and thus associates being “pleroo filled-to-completion with pas ALL ‘kinds/types of’ joy and/coupled peace in/by/with The Trusting-Relying-Faith eis toward-reaching-the-goal-of you to abound in/by/with The elpis Hope (b) by the means of [singular] dunamis enabling-power of/belonging-to [singular] Holy Spirit” (c). <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22, b) of the Christian Faith; elpis hope is trusting-relying-faith for future events, c) Romans 15:13.

 

Therefore, righteousness and/coupled peace and/coupled joy” come ONLY from trusting-relying-faith in The Unconditional-Love of God shown through-the-realizing-channel-of Christ and by the means of His Holy Spirit (a).  They come ONLY by the means of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God through Jesus, “no longer on the basis of works” (b).  <Notes> a) Romans 1:17, 3:5, 21-22, 5:5, 10:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 5:22-23, b) Romans 11:6.

 

You won’t find real peace without the Spirit through trusting-relying-faith!  We saw that above but also in many other verses (a).  Peace is actually “multiplied-to-capacity to you in/by/with [singular] genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God and/coupled of Jesus our Lord” (b). Peace comes from Unconditional-Love after having trusting-relying-faith (c). <Notes> a) Romans 8:6, 15:33, 16:20; Ephesians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 14:33; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 4:7, 9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20, b) 2 Peter 1:2; cf. 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 1:2, c) Galatians 5:22; Luke 7:50, 8:48; Romans 5:1, 6:23; 2 Timothy 2:22; Titus 1:4.

 

Until we have reconciled-peace with God by the death of His Son (a), we remain ungodly sinners and enemies of God, alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, and thus under the feet of God, still under the condemnation of the world (b). The apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, since we have been justified (c) by trusting-relying-faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (d).  If you are a “child in The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” you can also experience “unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and/coupled Christ Jesus our Lord” (e). <Notes> a) Romans 5:10; Colossians 1:22, b) James 4:4; Romans 5:6, 8; Colossians 1:21, Matthew 22:44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:43; Acts 2:35; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Hebrews 1:13, 10:13; John 3:17-18; Mark 16:16, c) acquitted of the charges of sin against us, declared or made in right standing with God, d) Romans 5:1, e) 1 Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4.

 

Christ is our Sabbath Rest, not Saturday or Sunday:  “God rested on the 7th day from all His ergon ‘doings/works’ . . .  Since therefore it remains for some to enter the rest [of God], and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of apeithes disobedience . . . So then, there remains a Sabbath Rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his ergon ‘doings/works’ just as God did from His . . . Let us therefore strive to enter that Rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of apeithes disobedience” (a).  That’s why Jesus invited us:  “Come to Me, all who toil and are heavily-burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and/coupled learn [directly] from Me for I am gentle and/coupled lowly in heart, and you will find rest for you souls, for My yoke is easy-to-do and/coupled My burden is feather/cloud-light to carry” (b). <Notes> a) Hebrews 4:5-6, 9, 10-11, b) Matthew 11:28-30.

 

“Going in peace” comes after healing which comes after trusting-relying-faith (a).  Peace comes after joy which comes after Unconditional-Love, the [singular] fruit-essence-nature of the Holy Spirit (b).  In fact, we are strongly urged to “presently/ongoingly flee youthful passions; Now [strongly urged to] presently/ongoingly dioko ‘aggressively chase like a hunter pursuing a catch’ righteousness, trusting-relying-faith, unconditional-love, [and] peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a katharos ‘purged, clean, pure, unmixed – similar to holy’ heart” (c). <Notes> a) Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50; 8:48, b) Galatians 5:22; with agape love: Romans 1:7; 2 Corinthians 13:11; 2 John 1:3; Jude 1:2; 1 Peter 5:14; with faith, love:  2 Timothy 2:22; Ephesians 6:23, cf. Psalms 85:10, c) 2 Timothy 2:22.

 

You won’t find real joy without the Spirit through trusting-relying-faith!  We saw that above, so do you also want to be one of these “disciples that pleroo filled-to-completion of/belonging-to joy and/coupled [singular] Holy Spirit” (a). “Joy of the Holy Spirit” comes from Unconditional-Love after having trusting-relying-faith (b), but there is also a “joy of/belonging-to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (c).  This is how Jesus was able to face the cross:  Jesus “had routinely set before Himself joy to humomeno patiently-endure-under-trial the cross, despising the shame” (d). <Notes> a) Acts 13:52, b) 1 Thessalonians 1:6; Galatians 5:22; Matthew 25:21, 23, c) Philippians 1:25, d) Hebrews 12:2.

 

Likewise, Peter says of the suffering Jewish-Christians in 1 Peter 1:4-9, “God “has given us a new birth into a living elpis hope (faith for the future) . . . into an inheritance . . . it is reserved in heaven for you, which is kept-guarded by the means of [singular] enabling-power of God through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith toward-reaching salvation to be revealed in the last time. In/by/with this you presently agalliao joyfully leap/exalt, although you are now having to suffer for a short time in various trials in order that the dokimion tested/proven genuineness of your trusting-relying-faith, more precious than gold, this routinely apollumi being permanently destroyed through-the-realizing-channel-of fire though routinely being dokimazo refined-to-pass-the-test-as-genuine [so that it] may be heurisko discovered-after-searching [that it is] toward-and-reaches epainos praise and/coupled glory and/coupled honor when Christ is revealed. [Until then], although you have in-possibility-NOT horao mentally observed/perceived-to-know/discern Him [as many Jews who physically saw Jesus], you actually, ongoingly are unconditionally-loving Him and/coupled although you are not in possibility now routinely horao observed/perceived-known/discerned Him, you nevertheless are routinely having trusting-relying-faith, agalliao joyfully leaping/exalting with inexpressible chara joy/delight and/coupled already have been [with ongoing results] routinely been rendered/esteemed glorious, presently/ongoing obtaining the outcome/end-goal of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, the salvation of your souls (a).”  After the jailer’s household was water-baptized after hearing the gospel logos message from Paul and Silas, “they agalliao joyfully leaped/exalted having already had [with ongoing results] trusting-relying-faith in God with all his household” (b). <Notes> a) psyche:  mind, emotions, will – see Identity, b) Acts 16:30-34.

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT23

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Without faith, we won’t even get the promised seal of the indwelling Holy Spirit

 

 

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We introduced this in the last BLOG.  Jesus promised the Spirit-baptism:  To the Samaritan women at the well, Jesus promised “living water” as the “dorea ‘gift didomi bestowed upon us’ of God” (a).  Later at a great feast of the Jews, Jesus said:  “Whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Me shall absolutely-in-fact-and-possibility-NOT thirst at-any-time/ever” (b).   Jesus “stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his innermost belly/womb (c) will flow rivers of living water.’  Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who had trusting-relying-faith in Him were to presently/ongoingly lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been [given,] because Jesus was not yet glorified [after His resurrection]” (d).  <Notes> a) Koilia physically is the “interior cavity, gullet, or womb” of a man, but translated from the OT Hebrew as “the innermost part, soul, or heart of man as the seat of thought, feeling, and choice.”  This is one of the times Jesus and other rabbis quoted scripture that we do not have today, but have been lost in time.  Contrary to Christian propaganda, the bible we have now is not complete – see Bible Info<Notes> a) John 4:10, b) John 6:35, c) koilia:  a place of reproduction, implying that this is where God’s creative power will now reside and operate, d) John 7:37-39.

 

Paul promised this in his gospel:  “In Christ you also, when you heard the logos message of The Truth (a) – the gospel of your salvation – in whom [you] also having-had trusting-relying-faith, [you] had been sealed with the Spirit, the of-the-promise [one], the Holy [one], who is the guarantee of our inheritance” (b).  To Jewish-Christians tempted to Law-teachers to go back to Moses, Paul asks:  “Did you already lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive the Spirit ek out-from the works of [singular] Law or ek out-from akouo hearing/listening to understand/know of/belonging to trusting-relying-faith?  Are you so foolish?” (c). When Paul met some believers in Ephesus is Acts 19:1-7, the first question out of his mouth, which shows His priorities that should be ours is:  “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you had trusting-relying-faith?”  But he wasn’t asking about if they prayed ‘the sinner’s prayer,’ because when they said, “No” the next thing out of his mouth was “Into what then were you water-baptized?”  When he found it was only John the Baptist’s, he preached the gospel to them, got them water-baptized, and THAT IS WHEN they got Spirit-baptized with the visible signs of tongues and prophesying.  They expected both baptisms to occur in the “one baptism” of The Christian Faith (d).  <Notes> a) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, b) Ephesians 1:13-14, c) Galatians 3:2, 5, d) Ephesians 4:5.

 

Paul also promises: “In Christ, the blessing of Abraham (eternal inheritance) might also come to the Gentiles, in order that we [all] may receive the promised Spirit (a) dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (b), not by obedience to OT commandments.  “The Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same Body, and/thus koinonia partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the gospel” (c), “when you heard the logos message of The Truth (d) that is, the gospel of your salvation (e).  Many churches are ripping people off with their bad doctrine of separating the saving, depositing, and filling functions of water-Spirit baptism! I have in the BLOGs because so much is written about the function of each, but they really belong together!  <Notes> c) the logos word/message of God in the NT has radically been redefined from the OT because of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant.  In the NT 99% of the time it’s either refers to Jesus Christ Himself as with John 1:1 or His gospel message, as here. <Notes> a) Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33, b) Galatians 3:14; cf. v. 3:2, 5, c) Ephesians 3:6, d) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, e) Ephesians 1:13.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT22

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The promises of God come by NT faith not by OT works of righteousness

 

 

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The Israelites didn’t enter into “The Promised Land” because “they despised the pleasant land, having no trusting-relying-faith in His promise” (a).  However, likely Barnabas, Paul’s preaching companion, in the book of Hebrews (b) encourages Jewish-Christians to: “be imitators of those who dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith and/coupled makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’ inherit the promises,” so therefore “let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful,” giving us many examples:  “By-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith Abraham went to live in the land of promise . . . living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise . . . by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith Sarah received enabling-power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered Him faithful who had promised . . . [many other people] all died in trusting-relying-faith . . . by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, kai and/specifically he who had received the promises was then in the act of offering up his only son . . . [man other people] dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith . . . obtained promises.” <Notes> a) Psalms 106:24, b) Hebrews 6:12, 10:23, 11:9, 11, 13, 17, 33, 39.

 

Paul explains promises that go to the remnant who have faith: “They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the Law, the latreia liturgical-worship, and the promises” (a).  But NOT all of the children of Abraham are the children of God:  “it is absolutely-in-fact-NOT the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise (b) are counted as offspring” (c), for “only a remnant of them will be saved” (d).  Gentiles “were alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world” (e), but “the mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs [of Abraham], members of the same Body, kai and/thus koinonia partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the gospel” (f).  Just as with the Jews only a “remnant of mankind will seek the Lord” (g), for “so too at the present time there is a remnant chosen by unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace” (h).  <Notes> a) Romans 9:4, b) context: of Isaac’s birth by Sarah, not Hagar’s child, the father of the Arab nations, c) Romans 9:7-9, d) Romans 9:27, e) Ephesians 2:12, f) Ephesians 3:6, g) Acts 15:17, h) Romans 11:5.

 

Christ’s 1st coming and salvation He brought “showed the mercy promised to our fathers and/thus to remember His holy covenant, the oath that He sword to our father Abraham” (a), for “of this man’s [singular] sperma ‘seed-offspring’ God had brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as He promised . . . and we presently/ongoingly euaggelizo preach the gospel that what God promised the fathers, this He has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus [from the dead] . . . and now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers” (b).  <Notes> a) Luke 1:69-73; Acts 7:17, b) Acts 13:23, 32-33, 26:6.

 

Paul explains elsewhere as “a servant of Christ Jesus, . . . set apart for the gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy scripture concerning His Son” (a).  “Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs [of Israel]” (b).  “God is faithful, our logos message to you has not been ‘yes and no.’  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you . . . was not ‘yes or no,’ but in Him it is always ‘Yes,’ for all the promises of God find their ‘Yes’ in Him” (c), and “since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit” (d). Peter also explains:  “Jesus of Lord’s divine enabling-power has granted to us ALL things that pertain to zoe genuine-life and/coupled godliness dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of Him, who called us to His own glory and/coupled excellence, dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of which He has granted to us His precious and/coupled very-great promises in order that through them you may become koinonia partakers of the divine nature” (e).  <Notes> a) Romans 1:1-3, b) Romans 15:8, c) 2 Corinthians 1:18-20, d) 2 Corinthians 7:1, e) 2 Peter 1:3-4.

 

One of those “precious promisesfrom above is “the promise of the zoe genuine-life that is in Christ Jesus” (a), “the hope of eternal zoe genuine-life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested by-the-means-of His logos message through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior (b)” (c).  “This is the promise that He (the Son) made to us – eternal zoe genuine-life” (d).  <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 1:1, b) Jesus commanded Paul to preach the gospel: Titus 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:1; Romans 1:1, 5-6, 16:26, c) Titus 1:2-3, d) 1 John 1:25.

 

James 2:5 assures us: “has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith kai and/coupled/thus heirs of the kingdom that He promised to those routinely unconditionally-loving Him?”  2 Peter 1:1-4 speaks “to those who have obtained a trusting-relying-faith . . . by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ . . . His divine enabling-power has granted to us all things that pertain to zoe genuine-life and/coupled godliness dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the [One] having called us dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [His] own glory and excellence, dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of which He has given to us the precious and/coupled magnificent promises in order that dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of these [promises] you might become koinonia partakers of the divine-God nature.”  The promises weren’t meant to give us a bible but God’s nature – and by the 3 uses of  dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of, you can see how!

 

We’ve already seen Paul explain this in Galatians 3:12-14, 16, 18, 22-25, “The Law presently/ongoingly is absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from trusting-relying-faith . . . Christ redeemed-by-ransom-payment us from the curse of the Law, having become for us [singular] curse for . . . ‘cursed is everyone hanging on a tree’ in order that the blessing of Abraham might come eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the Gentiles by-the-means-of Jesus Christ in order that the promise of the Spirit we might definitively/wholly lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith. . . . Now the [plural] promises were made to Abraham and to his [singular] offspring . . . who is Christ . . . for if the inheritance comes by the Law, it no longer comes by promise . . . But the graphe Scripture (a) definitively/wholly sugkleio ‘closed/locked up together in prison without a way of escape and thus subjugated to the power of the jailer’ ALL things (Jews for sure) hupo subjugated-under SIN in order that The Promise (b) from Jesus Christ ek out-from trusting-relying-faith might be given to those routinely having trusting-relying-faith . . . <Notes> a) whole of OT Law per A1 of Logos Word of God – BT5, b) of the Spirit as an inheritance from v. 3:14, 18-19.

 

. . . BEFORE The-Trusting-Relying-Faith erchomai came-from-one-place-to-another, we were phroureo ‘guarded as with a military sentinel’ hupo subordinately-under the Law, routinely having been sugkleio having been imprisoned eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of The mello surely-about-to-happen Trusting-Relying-Faith was to be revealed/uncovered, so that the Law had become [with lasting effects] our (Jews) paidagogos child-guardian (a) eis toward-and-reaching-for-the-results-of Christ came in order that we might be justified ek out-from trusting-relying-faith . . . <Notes> a) paidagogos:  hired servant that would insure minor-aged kids got to school and back safely – see 1 Corinthians 4:15-20.

 

. . . BUT NOW that trusting-relying-faith has come, we are absolutely-in-fact-NO LONGER under a paidagogos child-guardian (a), for in Christ Jesus you are ALL huios mature-sons (b) of God, through trusting-relying-faith.”  It seems many churches don’t know the difference between BEFORE, NOW, and NO LONGER because they mix OT commandments, even the 2 greatest of “loving God and loving neighbor” that sum up the Law (c) in with NT trusting-relying-faith, which by definition of a conditional Law and unconditional Grace are impossible to mix. <Notes> a) paidagogos:  hired servant that would insure minor-aged kids got to school and back safely – see 1 Corinthians 4:15-20 “countless guides in Christ”, b) although Gentile-Christians are adopted, we are also NOW at the age to receive our inheritance, born not of the slave woman Hagar or Law but of the free woman Sarah, the first-fruit or guarantee of that inheritance being the promised-Spirit that enables us to be led by the Spirit in our freedom:  Romans 8:14, 23; Galatians 3:18, 4:3-9, 30; Ephesians 1:11, 13-14, c) Matthew 7:12, 19:19, 22:40; Galatians 5:14.

 

Paul also explains this in Romans 4:13-14, 16, 20-24:  “The promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the Law but through the righteousness of trusting-relying-faith.  For if it is the adherents of the Law who are to be the heirs, trusting-relying-faith is null and the promise is void. . . . That is why it depends on trusting-relying-faith, in order that the promise may rest on unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace kai and/thus be guaranteed to ALL his offspring – not only to the adherent of the Law but also to the one who shares the trusting-relying-faith of Abraham . . . No apistia NO-trusting-relying-faith made Abraham waver concerning the promise of God (a), but-instead endunamoo was-passively-empowered (b) by-the-means-of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (c), having already given glory to God, kai and/thus [eventually] fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.  That is why his trusting-relying-faith was ‘counted to him as righteousness.’  But the words ‘it was counted-as-credit to him’ were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted-as-credit to us routinely having trusting-relying-faith upon The [One] Jesus our Lord, having already been raised from the dead.”  Clearly “hupomone ‘patient-endurance under trials’ of trusting-relying-faith” (d) is called for! <Notes> a) that despite Sarah’s bareness he would have a son, b) his impregnating of Hagar showed his initial doubt and thus wavering of trusting-relying-faith, c) Yes, faith will empower you, d) Revelation 2:19, 13:10, 14:12; Hebrews 12:1.

 

The second “precious promise” from above is “the Father’s promise of the Holy Spirit” (a) that is “also received by trusting-relying-faith” (b).  Jesus didn’t just save us for heaven to live like hell meanwhile, because soteria salvation is a “process of being delivered, rescued, and restored to wholeness” and this will require the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us to create holiness/sanctification to make the process possible.  That’s exactly why Paul asks:  “What shall we say then?  Are we to continue in sin that unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace may [be required] to abound?  By no means!  How can we who died to sin [g] still live in it?” (c)!  <Notes> a) Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 2:33, 38-39, b) Galatians 3:14; Ephesians 1:13, g) with Christ in water-baptism per Romans 6:3-4, c) Romans 6:1-2.

 

“The sealing of the promised Holy Spirit came “when you heard the logos message of The Truth, the gospel of the salvation of you, in whom [Christ, v. 1:12] you kai specifically had trusting-relying-faith” (a), “putting His seal on us kai and/specifically giving us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (b), where “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (c), “sealed for the day of redemption” (d), a reference to our glorifying transformation at Christ’s second coming (e).  <Notes> a) Ephesians 1:13, b) 2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5, c) Romans 8:16, d) Ephesians 4:30, e) Titus 1:2, 2:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; Romans 8:17-18, 29; 1 Corinthians 13:12, 15:42, 52-54; John 5:25, 28; Luke 20:35-36.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT21

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“Faith and love” commandments are not an ergon ‘doing/work’ that we ergo ‘do/work’ out-from ourselves but ergo ‘done/worked’ by-the-means-of the Holy Spirit

 

 

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See also Only 2 Commandments – BT7.  Paul said:  “Trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love are [located] IN Christ (a) and “Peace . . . and/coupled unconditional-love meta ‘changed afterward after being with’ trusting-relying-faith [coming] apo away-from God [singular] Father and/coupled [singular] Lord Jesus Christ” (b).  The NT’s only 2 commandments can only be done by the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit see Only 2 Commandments – BT7.  That’s why Paul proseuchomai conversationally-prays that God would grant Christians the Holy Spirit’s supernatural, enabling-power in our inner man so that Christ might permanently-inhabit in your hearts through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith (c). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:13, b) Ephesians 6:23, c) Ephesians 3:14-17.

 

We each are given the equal ability to have The Faith.  Paul says in Romans 12:3-10: “that everyone among you are NOT-in-possibility to think of themselves more highly than they ought to think, but instead to think with a sophroneo temperate/sound mind, each kata down-from/according-to a [singular] metron measuring-cup of/belonging-to (genitive of possession) [singular] trusting-relying-faith that God has already merizo ‘measured out into a distinguishable portion(s)’.”

 

In those times the metron “measuring-cup” measured a standard EQUAL portion of grain or whatever that was being sold to insure fairness and equity for all – a quart is a quart for everyone!  It was also a weighting-mechanism used to insure that their scales were “balanced” or fair, one side EQUAL with the other (a).  But that’s not what a lot of churchmen believe – they believe they either got a bigger measure than the cup could hold or maybe they got multiple cups, even though no scriptures support this idea!  Instead God is the One who has distributed to each one of us so that Body-ministry is balanced, EQUAL, and thus fair and equitable – this is the basic idea of dikaiosis “justification” for “God’s krino judgments are always dikaios just/equitable” (b).  He is not measuring out trusting-relying-faith with this metron device as too many translations erroneously imply.  The ‘genitive of possession’ means the metron measuring-cup belongs to a “[singular] trusting-relying-faith,” which up until this verse is Paul’s way of referring to The Christian Faith, the “Law of Faith” rather than any other religion or philosophy’s trusting-relying-faith (c), which is akin to Jude 1:3’s “The Trusting-Relying-Faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”  <Notes> a) Matthew 7:2, 23:32; Mark 4:24; Luke 6:38; John 3:34; Romans 12:3; 2 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 4:7, 13, 16; Revelations 21:15, 17, b) Revelation 15:3, 16:7, 19:2; cf. Psalms 111:7 [just-judgment: mishpat, krino], 119:137, c) Roman 1:5, 8, 12, 16-17, 3:21-22, 25-28, 31, 5:1-2, 9:30, 32, 10:6, 8, 17, 11:20.

 

It is NOT the nature of a dikaios just or “impartial” (a) God to merizo measure-out different portions to each of His people – that’s what the “robbers and thieves” were doing in the Temple that Jesus drove out (b) – but an EQUAL portion to each.  Furthermore, the Holy Spirit’s characteristic of “faith/faithfulness” (c) is that of a whole Person and not a force or substance – Christians get the whole Person, not pieces of Him!  <Notes> a) Deuteronomy 10:17; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Luke 20:21; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; cf. 1 Timothy 5:21, b) Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46; John 2:16, c) Galatians 5:22.

 

That’s why many scholars think that in Ephesians 2:8-9dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [feminine] trusting-relying-faith” refers to “[neuter] THIS is absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from, [THIS is] the [neuter] doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ of God, absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from [your] ergon ‘doings/works’ in order that in-possibility-NOT one [person] may boast,” even though I believe that the neuter “doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ of God” and the pronoun “THIS” don’t refer back to “dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [feminine] trusting-relying-faith” but to the entire phrase “you are saved by-the-means-of [feminine] unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [feminine] trusting-relying-faith” so that the entire soteria salvation “process of being delivered, rescued, and restored to wholeness” is a “doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ of God” and not the result of us earning favor as a conditional, merited wage due us (a).  The very definition of charisunconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” means “unconditional, unmerited, and unearned.”  That’s why we can’t “boast” even of our trusting-relying-faith, and thus the reason Paul says in Romans 12:3 to “NOT-in-possibility to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think.”  Body-Ministry grace-gifts all part of God’s “doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ to us!  And I believe this is because the metron “measuring-cup” merizo measures-out EQUAL portions of the SAME grace-gift of The-Trusting-Rely-Faith, The Christian Faith, in Jesus to us all EQUALLY, because we all have the SAME whole Person of the Holy Spirit! That’s not what makes us different!  <Notes> a) Romans 4:4.

 

Though the amount of The Grace-Gifts doesn’t differ, the praxis function in us individually does!  Paul continues in Romans 12:3-10, “For just as in one [physical] body we have many members and/coupled the members do absolutely-in-fact-NOT all have the same praxis function (a), so that we, though many [members], are One Body in Christ, and/thus individually members reciprocally of/belonging to one of another.  Having charismata grace-gifts that are diaphoros different-in-kind kata ‘down-from or according-to’ the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see ‘a’) to us, let us use them:  prophecy kata ‘down-from or according-to’ the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see ‘a’) to analogia ‘move from one point of logical reasoning up to another’ of/belonging-to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, or service-ministry [then us it] by-the-means-of The Service-Ministry . . . [list of other grace-gifts for Body-Ministry with same ‘if then use it’ format] . . . [Let] unconditional-love be unupokritos ‘un-hypocritical, thus sincere’ . . . devoted to on another by-the-means-of philadelphia brethren-love, proegeomai ‘leading the way by example’ by-the-means-of honoring one another.”  That’s the solution to wanna-be leaders thinking too highly of themselves from verse Romans 12:3 above!  <Notes> a) as a gift:  cf. Matthew 4:9, 7:11 19:21; Luke 1:32, 11:13, 12:32; Ephesians 4:8; Psalms 67:19; Acts 24:26.

 

It’s NOT The-Trusting-Relying-Faith that is different, or even our metron ‘measuring-cup portion’ of it, or even the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see ‘a’ above), and neither are the grace-gifts by quantity different, because by definition they simply kata “come down-from” unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace.  What is diaphoros different-in-kind, just as there are diaphoros different-in-kind members in a body, is the praxis function of each grace-gift<Notes> a) praxis: functions, implying sustained activities, deeds, and/or responsibilities – see Matthew 16:27; Luke 23:51; Acts 19:18; Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:9.

 

These different “functions” correspond to the diaphoros different-in-kind charismatagrace-gifts.”  The Greek word charismata comes from charis, which is our word for unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace. These “grace-gifts” are given to us solely by the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God, by the Spirit of God, thus the term “grace-gifts,” to carry out God’s will in His Church.  So much is written about these Spirit’sgrace-endowments” in the NT (a), but one thing is clear about them – they absolutely have nothing to do with our “might and power” talents, skills, dedication, and service, or that God likes or loves any one of us more or less than another.  If any of this were true, the grace-gift would no longer be unmerited or unconditional – see Grace-Gifts. <Notes> a) Romans 1:1, 5:15-16, 6:23, 11:29, 12:6; 1 Corinthians 1:7, 7:7, 12:4, 9, 28, 30, 31; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Peter 4:10.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT20

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Faith and Love are the only 2 commandments integrally connected in the New Covenant

 

 

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Only 2 commandments were given in the NT – one to the unsaved as “the Law of trusting-relying-faith” (a) or “work of trusting-relying-faith” (b) – see Logos Word of God – BT15, and the other to the saved as “labor of unconditional-love” (c) that is the “Law of Christ to carry one another’s burdens” (d) that is Christ’s commandment to “unconditionally-love one another” (e) that is “the perfect Law of Freedom/Liberty” where “mercy triumphs over judgment” (f) – see Logos Word of God – BT16.  Really, there are only 2 commandments in the NT to the saved and unsaved and both are inseparably related to each other – see Logos Word of God – BT14 and Only 2 Commandments – BT6. These have nothing to do with any of the old covenant’s 613 commandments either – see Only 2 Commandments – BT4, not even their 2 greatest “to Love God wholly or to Love your neighbor” despite this common misconception – see Only 2 Commandments – BT3. <Notes> a) Romans 3:27, cf. John 3:16-18, 36, 40, 6:29, 20:31; 1 John 3:23, 5:10, 13; Acts 18:8, b) 1 Thessalonian 1:3; 2 Thessalonian 1:11, c) 1 Thessalonians 1:3, d) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2, e) John 13:34-35, 15:12, 17; 1 John 3:23; Romans 12:10, 13:8; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 4:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 10:24; 1 Peter 1:22, 4:8, 5:14; 1 John 3:11, 4:7, 11-12; 2 John 1:5-6, f) James 1:25, 2:13.

 

These are the very things the Father, the Son, and the indwelling Holy Spirit “causes” us by His unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace within us to “walk/live in, by, or with!” (a). 1 John 3:23 combines each entole universally-binding commandment into 1 commandment from God:   trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of His Son . . . and/coupled unconditionally-loving one another.”  So important are these that Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:13 that only trusting-relying-faith, hope – faith in future events – and unconditional-love will remain forever.  Why?  Because all 3 are necessarily in relationships to prosper, and eternity will certainly require a relationship with God.  <Notes> a) Ezekiel 36:27; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Corinthians 12:6, 15:10.

 

Pistis faith and agape love are naturally koinonia relationship words based on epignosis genuine, experiential, relational knowledge and not at all on gnosis informational-knowledge words of dogma creeds or didache doctrine or theology acquired through reading, study, analysis, debate, or memorization as the Jewish scribes and Pharisees erroneously relied on to know God and obviously failed (a). And much of Protestant teaching as fallen into the same “trap and snare” – see New Covenant Ways – BT17 and – BT18. <Notes> a) John 5:37-40, 7:28, 8:19, 55, 16:3.

 

NT writers often integrally connect “trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love.”  They are inseparably coupled 6 times (a), combined into 1 commandment from God (b), in reverse in 5 places (c), and closely associated 19 times (d).  See Only 2 Commandments – BT6 page. <Notes> a) 1 John 3:23; 1 Thessalonians 3:6, 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13; Revelation 2:19, b) 1 John 3:23, c) Ephesians 6:23; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 3:15; Philemon 1:5; Revelations 2:19, d) 1 Corinthians 13:2, 13; 2 Corinthians 8:7; Galatians 2:20, 5:6, 22; Ephesians 1:15, 3:17; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:5, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10; Titus 2:2; James 2:5; 1 John 3:23; Revelation 1:5.

 

“Faith and Love” are integral to the gospel message.  Paul strongly-urges his pastor-in-training to “presently/ongoingly echo ‘hold on to possess’ the pattern-example of the hugiaino ‘sound, in-balance, all-parts-working, healthy-condition’ logos messages (gospel) that you have already heard from me, in/by/with the trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love that are in/by/with Christ Jesus” (a).  This is the essence of the gospel logos message that they preached and taught to pastors to preach!  Paul tells those his team is training:  “the aim of our charge is unconditional-love that issues from an unmixed heart and/coupled a good conscience and/coupled a sincere trusting-relying-faith” (b). <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 1:13, b) 1 Timothy 1:5.

 

In fact, these 2 commandments are what is supposed to be taught to make disciples, per “The Great Commission” to the 11 apostles, not everything that Jesus taught!  Jesus actually specifically commanded them in Matthew 28:20, “to be teaching them [the disciples they just made in v. 28:19] to tereo ‘watch carefully to guard or keep’ ALL that I have entellomai ‘officially-decreed as universally-binding commandments to’ you,” but again, there were only 2 entole commandments found anywhere in the NT, 1 from the Father (a) and 1 from the Son (b), thus only 1 compound commandment from the Godhead: “having trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of God’s Son Jesus Christ and/coupled unconditionally-loving one another, just as He (Jesus) has given us an entole commandment” (c).  How beautifully simple for even little children and the other Least Among You<Notes> a) John 6:29, b) John 13:34, 15:12, c) 1 John 3:23.

 

Our Christian lives or peri ‘comprehensive, walking all arounds’ are begotten or “born again” from “Faith and Love” and continue to grow because of it.  We are called to “walk in the footsteps of the trusting-relying-faith that our father Abraham had” (a), which is “peripateo ‘walking all around, comprehensively’ dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith, absolutely-in-fact-NOT by sight” (b).  We are also to be “stoicheo ‘walking in line, keeping in step, to a particular place’ unconditional-love” (c) “just as Christ unconditionally-loved us (d) and gave Himself up for us” (e) – “this is unconditional-love . . . this is the commandment (f), just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should peripateo ‘walking all around, comprehensively’ in/by/with it” (g).  For “whoever says he meno abides-remains-lives in Christ ought to definitively/wholly peripateo ‘walking all around, comprehensively’ in the same way in which He was ongoingly peripateo ‘walking all around, comprehensively’ ” (h). <Notes> a) Romans 4:12, b) 2 Corinthians 5:7, c) Romans 14:15, d) John 13:34, 15:9, 12, 17:23, e) Ephesians 5:2, f) a completely-different-in-kind New Commandment: John 13:34; My commandment: John 15:12, g) 2 John 1:6, h) 1 John 2:6.

 

“Faith and Love” are key characteristics of the Holy Spirit (a) and thus of Christians (b) who have the indwelling Holy Spirit. Our trusting-relying-faith is also in God’s unconditional-love for us through Christ (c), having already been rooted and grounded in/by/with Christ’s unconditional-love.  Nevertheless, Paul prays for these Christians “to definitively/wholly be strengthened-empowered dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power of Him [Christ] eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the inner man [for] The Christ to definitively/wholly dwell dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of your hearts in/by/with unconditional-love in order that you might definitively/wholly exischuo ‘be out-from aggressively-strengthened for the difficult task of’ katalambano ‘grasping hold of to receive down from’ [heaven] with all the saints what is the breadth and/coupled length and/coupled and/coupled height and/coupled depth – that is, to definitively/wholly experientially, relationally ginosko know The Surpassing, The Gnosis informational-knowledge (d) of/belonging-to The Christ, in order that you might be definitively/wholly pleroo filled-to-completion eis ‘toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of’ or ‘with-the-content-of’ ALL the pleroma abundant-fullness of The God (e). <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22 – scholars see “pistis trusting-relying-faith or faithfulness” as only one of the adjective-noun descriptions, facets, or ‘flavors’ of “the [singular] fruit of the Spirit being unconditional-love” thus making trusting-relying-faith an expression of unconditional-love, b) James 2:5; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 3:23, 4:16, 5:1; Revelation 2:19, c) Galatians 2:20, d) this is a rare occasion that Paul speaks of gnosis positively, e) Ephesians 3:16-19.

 

Christ’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace overflows to us meta ‘changed afterward after being with’ [singular] trusting-relying-faith and [singular] unconditional-love that are in/by/with Him (a), and thus trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love are consequently the definitive aspects of Christian evangelistic witness (b).  <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 1:14, b) Ephesians 1:15; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 3:6.

 

So Paul rightly “thanks God always when I remember you (Philemon) in my proseuche conversational-prayers, routinely akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know of/belonging-to your The Unconditional-Love and/coupled The-Trusting-Relying-Faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus kai and/also for all the saints, [praying] so that koinonia fellowship-sharing of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith of you might become energes ‘active, energized, operational, and effective’ in [singular] genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of every agathos ‘good-natured’ (a) [thing] that [is] in/by/with us eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Christ” (b).  In other words, evangelism is only effective when you are in a koinonia relationship with Christ, so that’s the priority!  In other words, our horizontal koinonia relationship with each other, even through evangelism, is empowered by our vertical koinonia relationship with God (c) – see Unconditional Love – BT9. <Notes> a) agathos:  “good-natured, pleasantly joyful, excellent or distinguished and thus useful, upright, or honorable,” b) Philemon 1:3-6, c) 1 John 4:7-8.

 

Consequently, trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love are “the example” to pursue for Christian workers (a), being Paul’s aim in life (b), the aim of his charge against false teachers (c), and the subject of Paul’s greetings (d), blessings (e), kneeling before God (f), and thanksgiving (g). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 4:12, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10, b) 1 Timothy 4:12, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10, c) 1 Timothy 1:5, d) Titus 3:15; Ephesians 6:23, e) Ephesians 6:23, f) Ephesians 3:17, g) 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT19

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NT ‘Obedience’ and ‘Good Works’ for ‘faithfulness’ have been redefined from the OT

 

 

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This has happened to so many words in the NT because of the more complete revelation of the NT writers in the redemptive plan of God – see Bible Info.  The NT writers purposely use terms Jews are familiar with, but they use them in a completely-different-in-kind way, and they justify this because many verses say that the OT is but “a copy and/coupled shadow of the heavenly things, of the things to come, but the reality belongs to Christ” (a).  It’s no longer OUR obedience to OT commandments!  The NT’s hupakoe obedience or “hypo beneath another person + akouo to hear/listen-to-understand/know, thus submission to what is akouo heard/listened to” is completely different than the OT obedience, just as the chadash/kainos NEW covenant is by definition “completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.”  It is NOW an “obedience to The Truth” (b) that we know is Jesus (c), thus “obedience to the Son” (d) or “obedience to Jesus Christ” (e), which is NOW “obedience to God” (f).  By our “obedience to confessing ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ . . . for it is God routinely ergo ‘working/doing’ in you, both to desire/will and to work over-beyond-in-behalf-of His good pleasure” (g).  It is NOW “obedience to the logos message” (h) that is the same as “obedience to the gospel of Christ or God” (i) – see Logos Word of God<Notes> a) Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 8:5, 9:23, 10:1; 1 Peter 3:21, b) Romans 2:8; Galatians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:22, c) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, d) John 3:36, e) 1 Peter 1:2, 14; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Hebrews 5:9, f) Acts 5:29, 32, g) Philippians 2:11-13, h) 1 Peter 3:1, i) 1 Peter 4:17; Romans 10:16, 15:18-19; 2 Thessalonians 1:8.

 

This is NOW how tounconditionally-love God and/coupled obey His commandments” (a), which in context is combined into 1 compound commandment by God to “definitively/wholly having trusting-relying-faith in the Son and/coupled ongoingly unconditionally-loving others as Christ unconditionally-loved us” (b) – see Logos Word of God – BT14, even though Paul’s gospel thesis of Romans of “obedience of [singular] Trusting-Relying-Faith” (c) is particularly focused on the unsaved.  It’s all about putting out trusting-relying-faith in “the One Man’s (Christ) obedience that the many will be made/declared righteous” (d), because “He learned obedience through what He suffered” (e). But for our holiness/sanctification, it’s also about “presenting yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, thus being slaves of the one whom you obey, either of Sin (personified), which leads to death, or of Obedience (personified as Christ’s Spirit), which leads to righteousness” (f), “serving our Lord Christ, instead of your own appetites . . . for your obedience” (g), even “destroying strongholds, destroying arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the gnosis informational-knowledge of/belonging-to God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, until your obedience is complete” (h). <Notes> a) 1 John 5:2, b) 1 John 3:23, 4:21, c) Romans 1:5, 16:26, d) Romans 5:19, e) Hebrews 5:8, f) Romans 6:16, g) Romans 16:18-19; cf. 2 Corinthians 7:15; Philemon 1:21, h) 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.

 

In the NT there are only 2 ‘good works’ that we must OBEY and it’s NOT works of the OT Law – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT1These are the very things the Father, the Son, and the indwelling Holy Spirit “causes” us by His unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace within us to “walk/live in, by, or with” (a).  In Revelation 2:19, the Lord “eido mentally ‘sees’ to perceive/know your ergon ‘doings/works’:  your service [of] unconditional-love and/coupled hupomonepatient-endurance under trials’ [of] The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” – that is what the parallel phrases in the Greek translate to.  The prominent use of the definite article “The” is clearly associating trusting-relying-faith as something Christians should specifically and definitely know.  Let’s explore “good works” more below. <Notes> a) Ezekiel 36:27; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Corinthians 12:6, 15:10.

 

Clearly “the kalos good works” (a) in mind we are called to do in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant are simply trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love. That’s why 1 John 3:23 takes these 2 entole officially-decreed, universally-binding commandments and combined them into 1 that God has given us – just 1 – see Logos Word of God – BT14.  Kalos has a broad meaning:  “1) to make beautiful physically or morally, this is distinctly the ‘beauty‘ that comes from harmony or proportional symmetry and thus completeness, or 2) to make excellent in nature or character, thus well adapted for its use, and thus praiseworthy and noble.”  Paul told his minister-in-training:  “Follow the pattern of the hugianio uncorrupted-healthy-functioning logos messages that you have heard from me – by-the-means-of [singular] trusting-relying-faith and/coupled [singular] unconditional-love that are IN Christ Jesus” (b). <Notes> a) Matthew 5:16; John 10:32; Acts 9:36; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Timothy 2:10, 5:10, 25, 6:18; Titus 2:7, 14, 3:8, 14; Hebrews 10:24, b) 2 Timothy 1:13.

 

We must obey the preached gospel logos message of trusting-relying-faith in Christ in order to be saved, which is the only way to eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know God and escape the flaming-fire vengeance of God (a) – see Salvation.  We’ve already spoken of the ergon ‘doings/works’ required for salvation – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15.  The first thing that Jesus preaches in Mark 1:15 is that: “You all presently/ongoingly repent and/coupled have trusting-relying-faith in the euaggelion ‘Great News’ gospel.”  This is how we “obey Christ” (b) – by your “submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ” (c).  Regarding the Jews, Peter says:  “The one who is routinely having trusting-relying-faith shall absolutely-in-possibility-and-in-fact-NOT be put to shame.  Therefore, to you [is] the precious-honor, The Routinely Trusting-Relying-Faith.  However, [to those] apisteuo routinely NOT-having-trusting-relying-faith:  ‘The Stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone’ and ‘A Stone of stumbling and a Petra Massive-Bedstone-Rock of offense.”  They stumble because they apeitheo disobey the logos message, as they were destined to do” (d).  Similarly Paul says “Israel pursued a Law belonging-to righteousness, but toward-and-reaching [that] Law [to attain righteousness] did absolutely-in-fact-NOT attain [it].  Why?  Because [it was] absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from trusting-relying-faith but instead ek out-from works.  They have stumbled over The proskomma lithos Stumbling-Stone” (e).  Concerning this “Stumbling-Stone” Paul says of Jesus:  “To the Jews indeed a skandalon bait-trigger-for-a-snare or trap, thus a Stumbling-Stone” (f). <Notes> a) Romans 1:5, 10:16, 15:18, 16:26; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17, b) 2 Corinthians 10:5; 1 Peter 1:2, c) 2 Corinthians 9:13, d) 1 Peter 2:6-8 also cites Isaiah 8:14, 8:14, and Psalms 118:22, e) Romans 9:31-33, citing the same OT passages as Peter did, f) 1 Corinthians 1:23.

 

Apeithes ‘disobedience to God’ or me aresko ‘displeasing God’ or skandalizo ‘setting off the trigger of a snare or trap’ resulting in sin or harmartia ‘missing the target’ resulting in sin, like so many other words used by the NT writers, have been redefined from the OT based on the fuller revelation of the gospel – see above on the new definition of “obedience” and also Bible Info.  It is no longer from breaking 1 of the 613 OT Laws, where “every transgression or parakoedisobedience from not having close-beside listening, thus from disinterested, contrary people’ received a just retribution” (a)!  John the Baptist came to “turn . . . the apeithes disobedient . . . to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (b), “for as by the one man’s [Adam] parakoedisobedience from not having close-beside listening’ (c) the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s (Christ) obedience the many will be made righteous” (d) – this divine exchange on the cross for atonement is called  hilasterion, hilasmos, or hilaskomai “propitiation” (e) – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT14. The devil is “the prince of the exousia delegated-authority of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of apeithes disobedience” (f) that the “wrath of God comes upon” (g). <Notes> a) Hebrews 2:2, b) Luke 1:17, c) Romans 10:21, d) Romans 5:19, e) Respectively:  Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:5. 1 John 2:2, 4:10. Luke 18:13; Hebrews 2:17, f) Ephesians 2:2, g) Ephesians 5:6.

 

But NOW that Christ has come, “God rested on the 7th day from all His ergon ‘doings/works’ . . .  Since therefore it remains for some to enter the rest [of God], and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of apeithes disobedience . . . So then, there remains a Sabbath Rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his ergon ‘doings/works’ just as God did from His . . . Let us therefore strive to enter that Rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of apeithes disobedience” (a).  The Sabbath is no longer Saturday nor changed to Sunday as more erroneous “traditions of men” have falsely taught!  Peter explains that Christ was “the Stone rejected by the builders that has become The Cornerstone . . . a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense . . . they stumble at the logos message (preached NT gospel), routinely being apeithes disobedient, as they were destined to do” (b).  <Notes> a) Hebrews 4:5-6, 9, 10-11, b) 1 Peter 2:7-8.

 

Since none of the 613 OT commandments apply to Christians, not even “the sign of circumcision as the seal of the righteousness” from all those ergon ‘doings/works’ under the old covenant Law (a), Paul NOW indicates the only 2 commandments that do apply under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant:  “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision nor uncircumcision actually, ongoingly has ischuo ‘inherent strength/force/power to prevail (b) through resistance’ but instead/only trusting-relying-faith dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of unconditional-love routinely working” (c).  Both combined together (d) are NOW the only valid ergon ‘doing/work’ that actually works for Christians!  These are the very things the Father, the Son, and the indwelling Holy Spirit “causes” us by His unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace within us to “walk/live in, by, or with!” (e). <Notes> a) Romans 4:11 per Genesis 17:10-11, cf. Romans 4:6; Galatians 3:10; Titus 3:5, b) not “avail” as 13 bibles incorrectly translate, c) Galatians 5:6, cf. “Law of trusting-relying-faith” in Romans 3:27, cf. John 3:16-18, 36, 40, 6:29, 20:31; 1 John 3:23, 5:10, 13; Acts 18:8, d) 1 John 3:23, e) Ezekiel 36:27; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Corinthians 12:6, 15:10.

 

Many churches teach saving ergon ‘doings/works’ other than trusting-relying-faith, and Paul warned of this:  “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from The Trusting-Relying-Faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teaching from demons through . . . liars . . . who forbid marriage (a) and require abstinence from foods (b) that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who have trusting-relying-faith and/coupled have already-had [with ongoing results] genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko known The Truth” (c), which in the NT always refers to Jesus Christ or His gospel logos message (d). <Notes> a) the Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, b) Trappist monks, Franciscans, Benedictines, Carthusians, Cistercians, Seventh-day Adventists, meat-free celebrations of Lent by Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Orthodox denominations, c) 1 Timothy 4:1-3, d) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page.

 

They are not much different than Jewish teachers of the Law that Paul combatted, so Paul would similarly be writing about them today:  “As I urged you [before] . . . charge certain persons in-possibility-NOT to teach any different doctrine (a), nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies (b), which promote speculations (c) rather than God’s oikonomia redemptive plan (d) that is by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith (e).  Certain persons, by swerving from this, have wandered away into vain discussion (f), desiring to be teachers of the Law” (g).  Paul goes on in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 to say they are misapplying the Law to Christians as if they were “ungodly sinners, unholy and profane,” as if Christian behavior was somehow contrary to “the sound doctrine (h) that is down-from/according the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which I have been entrusted.”  <Notes> a) Jesus is our hope 1 Timothy 1:1 by ‘The-trusting-relying-Faith‘ in v. 1:2, and unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, mercy, and peace are from the Father and/coupled Jesus our Lord, b) all Jewish tendencies, c) the Jewish scribes and Pharisees prided themselves in controversy and debate – see note ‘f’ below, d) household stewardship, management, or administration, e) opposite of works of the Law, f) craving for controversy and quarrels about words – see 1 Timothy 6:4; debate of the scribes – see 1 Corinthians 1:20; plausible arguments – see Colossians 2:4; arguments and lofty opinions against obeying Christ – see 2 Corinthians 10:5, g) 1 Timothy 1:3-7, h) see also 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:10, 4:3, 6; Titus 1:9-10, 13, 2:1-2.

 

Later Paul warns:  “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from The Trusting-Relying-Faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage (a) and require abstinence from foods (b)” (c).  And later to Timothy, Paul warns:  “Avoid those who . . . are contrary to the doctrine you have been taught” (d), and “avoid the irreverent babble (e) and contradictions of what is falsely called ‘gnosis informational-knowledge’ . . . but serving from The-Trusting-Relying-Faith [in Christ alone]” (f), “avoiding foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the Torah Law of conditional-favor (g) for they are worthless and useless” (h), and “avoid such people, who have the appearance/form of godliness, but deny the enabling-power of it” (i).  <Notes> a) as does the Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox, b) as do the Trappist monks, Franciscans, Benedictines, Carthusians, Cistercians, and Seventh-day Adventists, with meat-free celebrations of Lent by Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Orthodox denominations, c) 1 Timothy 4:1-3, d) Romans 16:17, e) 2 Timothy 2:16, f) 1 Timothy 6:20-21, g) scholarly debate is still encouraged to ‘unlock’ the scriptures, and the Jews saw it as “worshipping God with their minds”, h) Titus 3:9, i) 2 Timothy 3:5-6.

 

No more OT ergon ‘doings/works’ to ergo ‘do/work’ to not sin?  “We are God’s poiema workmanship created in Christ Jesus for agathos ‘good’ (a) ergon ‘doings/works’ that God prepared beforehand” (b), for “it is God who ergo ‘does/works’ IN you, both to desire/will and to do/work for His good pleasure” (c). It is God who empowers all the grace-gifts put IN us, ministry-services to others operating through us, and then energema effectual-workings into others to complete the process to care for the entire Body-of-Christ (d).  God will “equip you with everything beneficial that you may do His will, ergo ‘doing/working’ IN us that which is pleasing in His sight” (e).  Even Paul understood:  “I worked harder than any of them [other apostles], though it was not I, but the unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace that is with me” (f). “I planted . . . but God gave the growth” (g), “not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” (h). <Notes> a) ‘good-natured, pleasantly joyful, excellent or distinguished and thus useful, upright, or honorable’, b) Ephesians 2:10, c) Philippians 2:13, d) 1 Corinthians 12:4-25, e) Hebrews 13:21, f) 1 Corinthians 15:10, g) 1 Corinthians 3:6, h) 2 Corinthians 3:5.

 

And so what is sin as harmartia “missing the target” NOW?  Paul declares that NOW:  “Whatever does is absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from [singular] trusting-relying-faith is harmartia sin” (a) for “without trusting-relying-faith it is impossible to euaresteo please God” (b).  And in context this isn’t believing God wants you to have a Mercedes Benz like false-teachers promise you, but the gospel of trusting-relying-faith in Christ as your Savior and Lord (c), the mission of Paul to the Gentiles and the Church in general to call them to “obedience to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (d). <Notes> a) Romans 14:23, b) Hebrews 11:6, c) Romans 10:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17, d) Acts 6:7, Romans 1:5, 16:26.

 

So what are the “good works” for Christians (a).  The context has nothing to do with any of the 613 OT commandments!  Christ says of the churches:  “I eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know the ergon works of you:  The unconditional-love [of you] and/coupled the trusting-relying-faith [of you] and [respectively] the service [from the unconditional-love] of you and/coupled the patient-endurance [from the trusting-relying-faith] of you . . . The one who routinely nike conquers-victoriously (b) and/coupled routinely carefully tereo ‘watches, guards, attends-to-maintain’ My ergon works to the end, to him I will give authority over the nations . . . even as I myself have received authority from My Father” (c). This must also be consistent with Paul’s “the ergon work of/belonging to the Lord [Jesus], knowing that in the Lord [Jesus] your extreme weariness/fatigue from labor (d) is not in vain” (e), just as with Paul’s “ergon work of trusting-relying-faith” and “extreme weariness/fatigue from labor (d) of unconditional-love” are the distinguishing marks of the Christian (f). <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 9:8; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 1:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:17; 1 Timothy 5:10; 2 Timothy 2:1, 3:17; Titus 1:16, 3:1, b) officially, authoritatively, set apart on a mission as an apostle, b) nike: “hold fast trusting-relying-faith unto death”, c) Revelation 2:19, 26-27, d) kopos:  deep fatigue or extreme weariness from toiling labor, even as if struck by blows, e) 1 Corinthians 15:58, f) 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3, 11; Colossians 1:4; 1 Timothy 1:14, 4:12.

 

It’s no wonder that 1 John 3:23 integrates “definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of God’s Son Jesus Christ and/coupled ongoingly unconditionally-love one another” as the only 2 NT commandments, the “Law of trusting-relying-faith” (a) and “Law of Christ to carry one another’s burdens” (b) that is Christ’s commandment to “unconditionally-love one another” (c), which is “the perfect Law of Freedom/Liberty” where “mercy triumphs over judgment” (d) – see Logos Word of God – BT14<Notes> a) Romans 3:27, cf. John 3:16-18, 36, 40, 6:29, 20:31; 1 John 3:23, 5:10, 13; Acts 18:8, b) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2, c) John 13:34-35, 15:12, 17; 1 John 3:23; Romans 12:10, 13:8; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 4:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 10:24; 1 Peter 1:22, 4:8, 5:14; 1 John 3:11, 4:7, 11-12; 2 John 1:5-6, d) James 1:25, 2:13.

 

These are certainly the ONLY 2 “good works” of a true Christian!  After all, “Faith and Love” are a coupled 6 places in that order (a) and in reverse in 5 places (b) and otherwise associated in 19 other places (c).  These are the very things the Father, the Son, and the indwelling Holy Spirit “causes” us by His unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace within us to “walk/live in, by, or with!” (d). See Only 2 Commandments page.  <Notes> a) 1 Thessalonians 3:6, 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13, b) Ephesians 6:23; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 3:15; Philemon 1:5; Revelations 2:19, c) 1 Corinthians 13:2, 13; 2 Corinthians 8:7; Galatians 2:20, 5:6, 22; Ephesians 1:15, 3:17; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:5, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10; Titus 2:2; James 2:5; 1 John 3:23; Revelation 1:5, d) Ezekiel 36:27; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Corinthians 12:6, 15:10.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT18

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It’s all about timing!  The Law had its time but NO LONGER!

 

 

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The OT was simply to form the Jews as a “peculiar people” for Himself (a), holding His children by the hand, as Paul explains in Galatians 3:22-25 “The graphe Scripture (b) definitively/wholly sugkleio ‘closed/locked up together in prison without a way of escape and thus subjugated to the power of the jailer’ ALL things (Jews for sure) hupo subjugated-under SIN in order that The Promise (c) from Jesus Christ ek out-from trusting-relying-faith might be given to those routinely having trusting-relying-faith. . . . <Notes> a) 1 Peter 2:9 in KJV, BRG, PHILLIPS, NMB, b) whole of OT Law per A1 of Logos Word of God – BT5, c) of the Spirit as an inheritance from v. 3:14, 18-19.

 

. . . BEFORE The-Trusting-Relying-Faith erchomai came-from-one-place-to-another, we were phroureo ‘guarded as with a military sentinel’ (a) hupo subordinately-under the Law, routinely having been sugkleio having been imprisoned eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of The mello surely-about-to-happen Trusting-Relying-Faith was to be apokalupto ‘revealed to uncover what is currently there but hidden,’ so that the Law had become [with ongoing effects] our (Jews) paidagogos child-guardian (b) eis toward-and-reaching-for-the-goal-of Christ came in order that we might be justified ek out-from trusting-relying-faith .  .  . <Notes> a) just as the Holy Spirit’s enabling-power now does over our hearts: 1 Peter 1:5; Philippians 4:7, b) paidagogos:  hired servant that would insure minor-aged kids got to school and back safely – see 1 Corinthians 4:15-20.

 

. . . BUT NOW that trusting-relying-faith has come, we are absolutely-in-fact-NO LONGER under a paidagogos child-guardian (a), for in Christ Jesus you are ALL huios mature-sons (b) of God, through trusting-relying-faith.” Why would any Christian want to read or attempt to do any of the 613 commandments of the OT Law when they make you an enslaved prisoner, and 97.4% of the OT is based on the Law, so the early Church in no way used most of the OT – see Logos Word of God – BT8<Notes> a) paidagogos:  hired servant that would insure minor-aged kids got to school and back safely – see 1 Corinthians 4:15-20 “countless guides in Christ”, b) although Gentile-Christians are adopted, we are also now at the age to receive our inheritance, born not of the slave woman Hagar or Law but of the free woman Sarah, the firstfruit or guarantee of that inheritance being the promised-Spirit that enables us to be led by the Spirit in our freedom:  Romans 8:14, 23; Galatians 3:18, 4:3-9, 30; Ephesians 1:11, 13-14.

 

Don’t Christians understand the differences between BEFORE, BUT NOW, and NO LONGER?  In Galatians 4:9, Paul questions why these huios ‘mature sons ready for their inheritance’ from v. 4:7 having “come to experientially, relationally ginosko know God, or rather to be experientially, relationally ginosko known by God [through Christ], how you can [NOW] turn back-again to the [Law’s] asthenes weak-worthless-beggarly-poor and/coupled ptochos destitute stoicheion elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles to which you desire back-again, again to be enslaved?”  Paul would ask the same of many Christians that insist on reading, studying, and trying to do any of the 613 commandments of the Law!

 

The Law was like epitropos household-guardians and/coupled oikonomos household-managers [they were] hupo subjugated-under UNTIL the time appointed by [singular] Father” (a) while they were learning their stoicheion rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamentals (b) from the logion oracle-utterances of God (c), especially the prophetic ones that spoke of the Messiah and His completely-different-in-kind New Covenant (d) – this is only 2.6% of the OT was prophetic and thus useful to convert early Jews – see also New Covenant Ways – BT13a – and maybe only for Jewish conversion in today’s church, not the whole of the OT as many have misinterpreted the Greek of 2 Timothy 3:15-16 – see Logos Word of God – BT7.  Even Jesus said:  “For ALL the Prophets and/coupled the Law prophesied UNTIL John” (e) and SINCE THEN the Good News (gospel) of the kingdom of God is preached” (f) – there is nothing here about writing it down to later be read. <Notes> a) Galatians 4:2, b) Galatians 4:3, 9; Colossians 2:8, 20; Hebrews 5:12, cf. 2 Peter 3:10, 12 the building-block-elements of the earth will be destroyed by fire, c) Romans 3:2; Acts 7:38, d) Hebrews 5:12; cf. 1 Peter 4:11 likewise people speaking in church should be utter these oracles NOW, e) Matthew 11:13, f) Luke 16:16.

 

Christ is the telos consummating-ending-aim of the Law eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of righteousness to everyone routinely having trusting-relying-faith” (a), “having ‘obliterated, blotted or washed out’ the grapho handwriting of dogma ‘authoritative, universally-binding doctrines, precepts, decrees, laws, and ordinances’ that was against us. He has already taken [with ongoing results] it out of the way (or our midst), having definitively/wholly nailed it to the cross” (b). <Notes> a) Romans 10:4, b) Colossians 2:14-15.

 

Even though there is a big difference between circumcised Jews and uncircumcised Gentiles, “God is ONE – who will justify the circumcised ek out-from trusting-relying-faith (NOT the Law) and/coupled the uncircumcised dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith (a).  “Christ Himself is our peace, who has made us both One . . . , katargeo having ended, abolished, nullified, and made ineffective’ the Law of commandments expressed in ordinances in order that he might create IN Himself One man in place of the two, so making peace, and/coupled might reconcile us both to God IN One Body through the cross” (b).  “Therefore, since we have been justified ek out-from trusting-relying-faith (NOT the Law), we have peace with God dia through-the-realizing-channel-of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Dia through-the-realizing-channel-of Him we have kai and-also (Gentiles, not just Jews) obtained access by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-for-the-goal-of this unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace in which we stand” (c).  Paul warns Jewish-Christians tempted to return to the Law:  “We know that a person is absolutely-in-fact-NOT justified ek out-from works of the Law but dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith belonging-to Jesus Christ, kai and-even we [that] have already-had trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching Christ Jesus, in order to be justified ek out-from trusting-relying-faith belonging-to Christ and/coupled absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from ergon ‘doings/works’ belonging-to-the Law, because ek out-from belonging-to-the Law absolutely-in-fact-NOT will be justified any-all flesh (see Identity)” (d). <Notes> a) Romans 3:30, b) Ephesians 2:14-16, c) Romans 5:1-2, d) Galatians 2:16.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT17

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NT ‘work of Faith’ in God’s grace for righteousness is the opposite of OT obedience to ‘WORKS for righteousness’

 

 

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The Greek Septuagint Old Testament (OT) uses the noun pistis for trusting-relying-faith only 26 times (0.11%) (a) as compared to 296 times (3.7%) in the NT, or the verb form pisteuo only a 43 times (0.19%) in the OT (b) compared to 222 times (2.8%) in the NT.  Total OT usage is 69 times (0.29%) compared to 518 times (6.5%) in the NT.  That means the NT use of “faith” words is 2141% more than the OT!  Clearly the emphasis of the NT is completely-different-in-kind than that of the OT! <Notes> a) Deuteronomy 32:20; 1 Samuel 21:2, 26:23; 2 Kings 12:15, 22:7; 1 Chronicles 9:22, 31; 2 Chronicles 31:12, 18; 34:12; Nehemiah 9:38; Psalms 32:4; Proverbs 3:3; 12:17; 14:22; 15:27; Jeremiah 5:1, 7:28, 9:3; 15:18, 35:9, 39:41; 40:6; Lamentations 3:23; Hosea 2:20, and Habakkuk 2:4, b) Genesis 15:6, 42:20, 45:26; Exodus 4:1, 8, 14:31, 19:9; Numbers 14:11, 20:12; Deuteronomy 9:23, 28:66; 1 Samuel 3:21, 27:12; 1 Kings 10:7; 2 Kings 17:14; 2 Chronicles 9:6, 24:5, 32:15, Job 4:18, 9:16, 15:15, 31; 24:22, 29:24, 39:12; Psalms 26:13; 77:22, 105:12, 115:1, 118:66; Proverbs 14:15, 24:24; Isaiah 7:9, 28:16, 43:10, 53:1; Jeremiah 12:6, 25:8, 47:14; Lamentations 4:12; Daniel 6:23; Jonah 3:5; and Habakkuk 1:5.

 

Here’s a more extreme statement from a scholarly work about unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace:  “There is no word in the Hebrew OT that can represent all the meanings of charis grace in the NT (118 verses), and in the OT Greek Septuagint charis itself is practically used only as a translation of the Hebrew chen (favor) or ratson (acceptance) in such passages as Isaiah 60:10 and Psalms 44:3, or chesed (kindness or mercy) as in Exodus 20:6, etc.  That is because technically, salvation by grace in the NT is opposed to the OT doctrine of salvation by works (a), or what is the same thing, by Law (b) – i.e. men and God are thought of as parties to a contract-covenant, to be fulfilled by each independently.  Most of the legislation seems to presuppose some idea of man as an entity quite outside of God.  But the promise is made that the God who has manifested Himself as a forgiving Father will in due time take hold of His children to work in them actual righteousness (c).” <Notes> a) Romans 4:4; 11:6, 2 Timothy 1:9, b) Romans 4:16, 6:14; John 1:17 “The Law was given through Moses, but [singular] unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace and [singular] Truth came-into-being through Jesus Christ”, c) Isaiah 1:26; 4:3-4; 32:1-8; 33:24; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Ezekiel 36:25-26; Zechariah 8; Daniel 9:24; Psalms 51:10-12.

 

Paul said whether you obeyed the Torah Law of conditional-favor or not, it counts (a) for absolutely in fact nothing (b) because the circumcised Jew or uncircumcised Gentile (c) are both made/declared righteous by pistis trusting-relying-faith alone (d) by “God’s charis unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace as a charismati grace-gift through the redemption…in Christ” (e), having been resurrected into a new creation by trusting-relying-faith (f), and “the promised Spirit (g) is received by trusting-relying-faith” (h). The “free grace-gift of God” is “zoe genuine-life everlasting in Christ” (i) when we are “made/declared righteous by trusting-relying-faith…by His blood …. saved by His zoe genuine-life….a free grace-gift …the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God …the free grace-gift by that unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of the one man Jesus . . . receiving the abundance of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace and the free grace-gift of righteousness . . . through one man Jesus (j). The “promise relies on trusting-relying-faith that it may rest on unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (k), having “obtained access by trusting-relying-faith into this unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (l). <Notes> a) is strong, forceful, robust, sound, able, serviceable, b) Galatians 5:6, c) circumcision is the identifying seal of the Law for a Jew, d) Romans 3:30, e) Romans 3:24, f) Colossians 2:12, g) Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:13, h) Galatians 3:14; cf. v. 3:2, 5, i) Romans 6:23, j) Romans 5:1-17, k) Romans 4:16, l) Romans 5:2.

 

So the emphasis of the NT is trusting-relying-faith in God’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace for righteousness and no longer on the works of the Law for righteousness as was the OT (a):  “The gospel ongoingly exists-as the enabling-power of God for salvation to everyone who is routinely having trusting-relying-faith, and only “in/by it the righteousness of God is revealed ek out-from ‘trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of trusting-relying-faith (b) just as it is written, ‘The righteous [ones] shall indeed zoe genuinely-live ek out-from trusting-relying-faith” (c) for “NOW the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the Law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ [given] for all who have trusting-relying-faith” (d), for “it is evident that absolutely-in-fact-NO one is justified/made-declared righteous before God ek out-from the Law but ek out-from trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ” (e).  For more about grace vs. works, see Grace-Gifts – BT2 and about faith vs. works, see Only 2 Commandments – BT1. <Notes> a) Galatians 2:16, 21, 3:11; Philippians 3:9; Romans 3:20, 28, b)faith to faith” is a common Greek structure for one level to another, from one step to another, like “glory to glory” in 2 Corinthians 13:8, c) Romans 1:16-17, d) Romans 3:21-22, e) Galatians 2:16, 3:11.

 

Again Paul says:  “At the present time there is a remnant, chosen by unconditional-loving-favor-of-graceBut if it is by unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, it is absolutely-in-fact-NO longer on the basis of ergon ‘works/doings;’ otherwise unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace would absolutely-in-fact-NO longer be unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (a), exactly because “to the one who ergo ‘does/works,’ his wages are absolutely-in-fact-not counted as unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace but as his due.  And to the one who does not-in-possibility ergo ‘does/work’ but routinely is having trusting-relying-faith in Him who justifies the ungodly, his trusting-relying-faith is counted as righteousness” (b).  Here the context is the ergon ‘doings/works’ of the Law as a Jew (c).  Paul says: “You have been saved by-the-means-of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith – and this is not your own doing; THIS is the grace-gift of God, absolutely-in-fact-NOT a result of ergon ‘doings/works,’ so that no one may boast” (d). <Notes> a) Romans 11:5-7, cf. Romans 9:27; Acts 15:17, b) Romans 4:4-5, c) Romans 3:20, 27-28, cf. Galatians 2:16, d) Ephesians 2:8-9:  The Greek neuter “THIS” pronoun doesn’t point back to feminine “grace” or “faith” but to the entire phrase “saved by grace dia thru faith” – a common argument of Paul’s – not through our works!

 

Faith in Jesus is the only saving ergon ‘doing/work’ – see Logos Word of God – BT5.  The Jews asked:  “What must we ongoingly poieo make-to-do/work, in order to ongoingly be ergazomai working-to-accomplish the ergon ‘doings/works’ of God?” (a).  Jesus answered: “This is “the ergon ‘doing/work’ . . . that [does not] perish, the [work] for the food that routinely meno ‘abides, remains, lives’ [unto] zoe genuine-life everlasting, which the Son of Man will give to you . . .This is the ergon ‘doing/work’ of God:  that you ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Him (Christ) whom He (God) has sent.” <Notes> a) John 6:27-29.

 

Righteousness only comes from trusting-relying-faith in the “Holy and Righteous One” (a), otherwise there is “none righteous, no, not one . . . all have turned aside . . . for ALL have sinned and/coupled fall short of the glory of God” (b).  However, “Christ Jesus became to us wisdom from God, righteousness – both holiness/sanctification and/coupled redemptive-salvation” (c).  Despite Paul having been a leading Pharisee of the Law, Paul’s “counts pas ALL ‘kinds of a class/portion of’ things [of His past training] a complete-loss . . . counting them as excrement-rubbish in order than I may trade-to-gain Christ and/coupled be found IN Him, [thus] in-possibility-NOT having my own righteousness which [is] ek out-from [the singular] Law but instead that [is] dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith belonging-to Christ, the righteousness ek out-from God on the basis of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (d). In fact, “Christ is the telos consummating-ending-aim of the Law eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of righteousness to everyone routinely having trusting-relying-faith” (e).  Now Christians can “be filled-to-completion with the fruit of righteousness that comes dia through-the-realizing-channel-of Jesus Christ eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the glory and praise of God (f). <Notes> a) Acts 3:14, 7:52, 22:14, b) Romans 3:10-23, c) 1 Corinthians 1:30, d) Philippians 3:8-9, e) Romans 10:4, f) Philippians 1:11.

 

We must have faith in Christ’s atonement for our sins:  “We are justified/made-declared-righteous by God’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace as a grace-gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation (a) dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in/by His blood eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of [singular] showing-forth of the righteousness of Him (God), because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins. [It was] pros motion-toward-to-reach [singular] showing-forth the righteousness belonging-to Him in the present time eis toward-and-reaching-for-the-goal-of Him to-ongoingly-be [singularly] just and/coupled routinely justifying [the one] ek out-from trusting-relying-faith belonging-to Jesus.  Then what becomes of our boasting [as Jews]?  It is excluded!  By what kind of law?  By a Law of works?  No, but by the Law of trusting-relying-faith.  For we hold that one is justified by trusting-relying-faith apart from works of the Law” (b). By the entrance of the Holy Spirit during saving water-baptism (c) concurrently with Spirit-baptism for “one baptism” (d) we “belong to Him” (e) as “completely-different-in-kind New Creations” (f).  <Notes> a) the nouns hilasterion or hilasmos and verb hilaskomai speak of the atoning-sacrifice that transfers our sin onto the Messiah as the perfect ‘Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world’ so that His righteousness is transferred to us.  This was ritually and symbolically practiced on the Ark of the Covenant’s Mercy Seat on the Day of Atonement each year as conducted by the High Priest, who is now Jesus, b) Romans 3:25-28, c) Romans 6:3-6; 1 Peter 3:21, d) Acts 2:38, 19:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:5, e) Romans 8:9, f) 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15.

 

Jesus is “a merciful and/coupled faithful High Priest in the service of God to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (a).  How?  “He IS-defined-as/exists-as the propitiation for our sins, and/but not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (b).  Actually, “This IS-defined-as Unconditional-Love:  absolutely-in-fact-NOT that we have unconditionally-loved [with ongoing effects] God (that’s the OT Law) but instead that He already unconditionally-loved us kai and-specifically already sent the Son of/belonging-to Him, a propitiation for the sins of/belonging-to us (c). <Notes> a) Hebrews 2:17, b) 1 John 2:2, c) 1 John 4:10.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16

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Our “work of faith” must relentlessly endure to the end for us to be considered “devoted, faithful, and saved”

 

 

 

Enduring Faith or Faithfulness needed for Drumming too!

 

 

 

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See also Only 2 Commandment – BT2.  Like soteria salvation, trusting-relying-faith is not a 1-time event but an ongoing work!  When the Jews asked what the saving work of God was, Jesus answered “This presently/ongoing is the ergon ‘doing/work’ of/belonging-to God:  that you should presently/ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith in Him (Jesus) whom He has sent” (a).  However, Jesus emphasized:  “The one who has humomenopatiently-endured under trial’ eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of [the] telos completed-end will be saved,” even if we are “hated by all for My name’s sake,” even near the end when “many will fall away, betray and hate one another, lead astray by many false prophets, and the unconditional-love of many will grow cold because of increased lawlessness” (b).  Jesus warns: “be pistos faithful-trustworthy achri as-far-until death, and I will give you the crown of zoe genuine-live, conquering until [singular] end to rule over nations” (c), and again warns:  “I am coming soon!  Krateo ‘seize-hold-of to carefully-retain’ what you have, so that no one may seize your crown” (d).  <Notes> a) John 6:29, b) Matthew 10:22, 24:10, 13; Mark 13:13, c) Revelation 2:10, 26, d) Revelation 3:11.

 

“We are God’s house, IF indeed we katecho ‘hold down securely’ our confidence and our boasting in our hope” (a).  Paul said, “Now I remind you, brethren, of the gospel I preached to you, which you already paralambano ‘grabbed-hold-of to be close-beside,’ in which you have already [with lasting effects] taken-a-stand, and by which you are presently/ongoingly being saved, IF you katecho ‘hold down securely’ to the logos message I preached to you; otherwise IF not-in-possibility, [then] in vain you have already had trusting-relying-faith” (b).  Again, Paul warns Christians to “be routinely epecho ‘attentively holding forth to observe’ the logos message (gospel) of zoe genuine-life, so that in the Day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain [in preaching to them the gospel]” (c).  <Notes> a) Hebrews 3:6, b) 1 Corinthians 15:1-2, c) Philippians 2:16.

 

We can’t “be nothros ‘dull, slow, lazy, slothful, or sluggish’ but be imitators of those who through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith and/coupled makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’ inherit the promises” (a), like “Abraham, who having makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’, obtained the promise” (b).  We must “be makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’ . . . until the coming of the Lord . . . as the farmer awaits the precious fruit of the earth, being makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’ for it until it receives the early and latter rains (c).  You also be makrothumia ‘long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’; strengthen your hearts because the coming of the Lord has already [with lasting effect] drawn near. . . Take as an example the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord, suffering evils and/coupled makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger.’  Behold, we consider those blessed who have already humomenopatiently-endured under trials.’  You have heard of the humomenopatient-endurance under trials’ of Job” (d). <Notes> a) Hebrews 6:12, b) v. 6:15, c) an allusion to the Holy Spirit outpouring at the ‘early spring’ beginning and ‘latter autumn’ end of the Church age – Joel 2:23, 29:28; the coming of the Lord:  James 5:7, metaphorical of physical rain:  Deuteronomy 11:14; Jeremiah 5:24; Hosea 6:3, d) James 5:7-11.

 

Trials are permitted in order to prove the genuineness of our faith:  James encourages persecuted Christians: “The dokimion tested/proven-genuineness (a) of your trusting-relying-faith produces hupomonepatient-endurance under trials’ ” (b).  Likewise Peter says: “You have been grieved by various trials, so that the dokimion tested/proven-genuineness (a) of your trusting-relying-faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is dokimazo tested/proven-to-be-genuine (a) by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (c).  Paul says the same thing to saved Christians:  “Now if anyone builds on the foundation of gold, silver, precious stones, [or] wood, hay, straw – each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day [of judgment] will disclose it, because it will be apokalupto ‘revealed to uncover what is currently there but hidden’ by fire, and the fire will dokimazo test-to-prove-genuine each-unit of the ergon ‘doing/work,’ what sort it presently/ongoingly is” (d). <Notes> a) dokimion from the verb dokimazo:  “test, examine, or discern to demonstrate or prove something is acceptable, genuine, approved, good, and approved”, b) James 1:3, c) 1 Peter 1:6-7, d) 1 Corinthians 3:12-13.

 

We have to echo hold-to-have The Trusting-Relying-Faith of/belonging-to our Lord” (a).  We must “krateoseize-hold-of to carefully-retain’ the confession” (b) of our elpis hope without wavering” (c).  “You have need of hupomonepatient-endurance under trials’ so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised” (d). The context and Greek words for the “paideia child-discipline-rearing that we must humomenopatiently-endure under trials’ ” (e) has nothing to do with punishing Christians as disobedient children but instead gently and patiently-educating them during times of persecution and other hardships – see Least Among You – BT11. <Notes> a) James 2:1, b) Hebrews 4:14, c) Hebrew 10:23, cf. Romans 4:20; Psalms 26:1, d) Hebrews 10:36, e) Hebrews 12:7.

 

This takes enduring, trusting-relying-faith to routinely aiteo “ask or petition from a subordinate position, to willfully crave, call or cry out for, require or demand, or beg for” the good grace-gift of the Holy Spirit UNTIL it is given to abundantly fill you to completion with God’s own abundant-fullness (a).  <Notes> a) Luke 11:13; Ephesians 3:19, 5:18.

 

This also takes enduring, trusting-relying-faith to routinely zeteo “search diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after” Him as for silver, gold, or fine pearls UNTIL you find Him (a).  There is so much written in the OT and NT about zeteo seeking or ekzeteo seeking-out intensely, diligently, and whole-heartedly the Lord UNTIL you find Him to be greatly rewarded (b), often explicitly-stated as by prayer (c), particularly the idiom proserchomaidrawing closely-near to God” (d) even eggizoextremely close-beside” (e) – see also proseuchomai Conversational-Prayer. <Notes> a) Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10, b) Deuteronomy 4:29; 1 Chronicles 16:10-11, 22:19; 2 Chronicles 7:14, 11:16, 12:14, 14:4, 15:12-13, 16:12, 20:3-4, 19:3, 26:5, 30:19; Job 8:5; Psalm 9:10, 14:2, 27:4, 8, 34:10, 69:32, 77:2, 105:3-4, 119:2, 10; Proverbs 8:17, 28:5; Isaiah 51:1, 6, 45:19, 55:6-7; Ezra 8:22; Jeremiah 29:13, 50:4; Hosea 5:6, 10:12; Lamentations 3:25; Amos 5:4, 6; Zephaniah 1:6, 2:3, 8:21-22; Acts 15:17; 17:27; Romans 3:11; Hebrews 11:6, c) 2 Chronicles 7:14; Daniel 9:3, d) 1 Samuel 14:26; Ecclesiastes 5:1; Isaiah 45:20, 48:16, 58:2; Ezekiel 43:19; Zephaniah 3:2; Hebrews 4:16, 7:25, 10:22, 11:6, e) Hebrews 7:19; James 4:8, cf. physically: Luke 15:1, 18:40.

 

This also takes enduring, trusting-relying-faith to routinely krouo “knocks, raps, or beats for admittance’ UNTIL the door is opened” and you enter in “to intimately supper with Him,” the custom of koinonia intimate-fellowship (a).  The Lord once told me that “seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness is not ‘a what and what’ but a ‘who and who’ because the Spirit is the enabling-power of Jesus who is our Righteousness” (b). The heathens, even religious ones knowing the ‘What of God,’ who don’t actually know the ‘Who of God’ are the ones “presently/ongoingly epizeteointensely, diligently seeking after or for the objectives of’ these things (neuter) of ‘what shall we eat, drink, wear, etc.’ ” Likewise, the Jews “presently/ongoingly epizeteo intensely-seek after signs” (c) or “presently/ongoingly epizeteo intensely-seeking after righteousness that it has absolutely-in-fact-NOT obtained” (d).  However, will we “continually-repetitively (e) epizeteo intensely-seek after Jesus” (f) and “definitively/wholly epizeteo intensely-seek after His gospel logos message (g), and “presently/ongoingly epizeteo intensely-seeking after nothing on earth but His country that is to come” (h)? <Notes> a) Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10, 12:36; Revelation 3:20; cf. Luke 13:25, b) Matthew 6:25-33; Luke 12:22-31; Mark 1:24; Luke 1:35; John 6:69; Revelation 3:7; Hebrews 7:26; Acts 3:14, 22:14; 1 John 2:1, 20, c) Matthew 12:39, 16:4, d) Romans 11:7, e) rare imperfect verb tense, f) Luke 4:42, g) Acts 13:7, h) Hebrews 11:114, 13:14.

 

Will we diligently-seek after the Holy Spirit?  Proverbs 2:2-5 says: “Make your ear attentive to Sophia (feminine) Wisdom   . . . your heart to Sunesis (feminine) Understanding . . . If you cry out for Sophia Wisdom and lift up your voice for Sunesis Understanding  . . . If you baqash/zeteo diligently seek (a) HER (autos is feminine) like silver and/coupled chaphas/exereuneo diligently search out (b) HER (autos is feminine) like hidden treasure, THEN you will actually suniemi ‘connect-the-dots’ to understand the fear (c) of the Lord and/coupled continually-in-process (d) find/obtain/perceive/discover the genuine, experiential, relational da’ath/epignosis knowledge of God” – see also Proverbs 8:1.  See Obedient Steps of Faith – BT6 and – BT9. <Notes> a) Hebrew baqash:  seek to find, secure, seek the face/person/audience of, desire/demand, require/exact, ask/request; Greek zeteo: searching diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after, b) Hebrew chaphas in the Qal form:  search for, think-out/devise, search/test; Greek exereuneo:  search wholly out from, carefully search out with all diligence in an investigative, examining manner of the facts, c) Hebraism: reverential, worshipful awe and respect of, d) rare imperfect tense.

 

The Hebrew word ruach for the Spirit everywhere in the OT is also feminine.  It’s no coincidence that “She” is called “the Spirit of Sophia Wisdom and Sunesis Understanding” (a), and it’s no coincidence that the 4 God-dreams I’ve had with the Holy Spirit in it “She” was a Queen, “God, the Mother.” <Notes> a) Proverbs 2:2-5, 8:1; Isaiah 11:2; Colossians 1:9, 3:16; Acts 6:3, 10; 1 Corinthians 12:8; Ephesians 1:187, cf. Deuteronomy 34:9; even viewed by pagans: Daniel 5:11, 14 that actually escapes the so-called ‘wise and understanding ones’ Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21; 1 Corinthians 1:19 citing Isaiah 29:14, cf. Job 5:12-13, Jeremiah 8:9.

 

In Proverbs 2:5 above, this is a progressive knowledge you discover only through relationship, not by cramming your head with gnosis informational-knowledge before a test!  This was obviously written to all the so-called “wise and understanding” bible-scholars of the day that thought they could really know God through understanding their religious book!  Are you going to be like one of them – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT9.  However, did you catch the relentless pursuit required for genuine knowledge?

 

We must be relentless!  We are constantly admonished to be like little children and the other least among us – see Least Among You.  Little children are relentless when it comes to “routinely Asking, Seeking, and Knocking (A.S.K.)” (a) UNTIL they receive, find, and have the door opened!  Every little child goes through that phase where they are constantly asking questions from their parents: “why, why, why?”  Unlike our inpatient parents who get tired of this, the Lord’s “perfect patience” (b) from the “Father’s perfect heart for caring” (c) will gladly answer all our questions!  Little children will pull on your shirt-tail until you take them to the bathroom!  I can’t remember how many times I asked for cookies and tried everything to get to the cookie jar, even climbing on shelves until they broke!  Prayer should be a habit of devotion of relentlessly asking, seeking, and knocking” – See Conversational-Prayer. <Notes> a) Matthew 7:7-8 and Luke 11:9-10 teaching on the Lord’s Prayer, b) Galatians 5:22; 2 Peter 3:9, 15, c) Jesus personally told me this.

 

I once had a revelation about relentlessness one night when I was hanging on my inversion table for my back.  When I came up each time, I could swear I saw the words “Repentance” on the drum poster but I didn’t have my glasses on and things were blurry.  I thought how odd!  I thought, “Is there something the Lord wants me to repent of?”  When I got off the machine and looked closer I saw that it actually said “Relentless.”  Then I understood that God wanted me to repent about my defeatist attitude about prayer I was having because I was struggling to make contact, but instead be relentless in my pursuit of Him.  Several nights later I was grumbling to the Lord again: “Why do we need to relentlessly pursue You?”  As I was drifting off, I heard Him tell me, “You must be like a little child to ‘see’ the kingdom of God” (a).  So, I asked the Lord, “Why a little child?” Then the Lord showed me a little child pulling relentlessly on their parent’s clothes, persistently calling out UNTIL their request was granted. Then the Lord said, “That’s what I meant when I said, ‘If you, not being ‘good,’ do give grace-gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father, who is ‘Good,’ give you the Holy Spirit (b) to those who routinely aiteo ‘ask or petition from a subordinate position, to willfully crave, call or cry out for, require or demand, or beg for’ Him?” (c). Then I understood, this is the Way to pray for “Thy kingdom to come, Thy will to be done on earth as it is already in heaven” (d).  This is the Way to “routinely zeteo ‘search diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after’ the Kingdom of God first/foremost” (e).  This is the Way to routinely krouo “knock, rap, or beat for admittance’ UNTIL the door is opened to enter into intimately supping with Him,” the custom of koinonia intimate-fellowship (f) – relentless like a little child! <Notes> a) cf. Matthew 5:8; Mark 9:1; Luke 8:10, 9:27; John 3:3; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 John 3:2-3; Hebrews 12:14, b) ‘good grace-gifts’ in Matthew 7:11, d) Luke 11:13, e) Luke 11:2; Matthew 6:10, f) Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10, 12:36; Revelation 3:20; cf. Luke 13:25.

 

The early church was only persistently-devoted to 5 things but mostly 1:  The noun proskarteresis means “devoted, relational, perseverance that prevails by interacting with God.”  Paul uses it in Ephesians 6:18 when speaking about how to put on the full armor of God, including the shield of trusting-relying-faith (v. 6:16) or breastplate of trusting-relying-faith along with unconditional-love in 1 Thessalonians 5:8 for effective Spirit-kind-of warfare.  How?  By “routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying in every season by the means of [singular] Spirit dia through-the-channel-of pas ALL ‘kinds-of’ proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled deesis asking-supplication – to that end, routinely alertly-watching with pas ALL ‘kinds-of’ proskarteresis devoted-relational-perseverance and/specifically pas ALL ‘kinds-of’ deesis asking-supplication for pas ALL the saints.”

 

The verb form proskartereo correspondingly means:  “pros towards-and-interacting-with plus kartereo ‘showing of steadfast strength,’ thus to consistently show strength that prevails in spite of difficulties, thus to endure and stay in a fixed direction, continuing to do something with intense effort despite difficulty, and so be persistently-relationally-devoted to.”  The earliest Christians “were routinely being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted with one accord in proseuche conversational-prayer” (a).  That should immediately tell us our #1 priority, but good luck on finding such a church!  Then next occurrence says “Now they were routinely  being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted in the teaching of the apostles and/coupled in the koinonia fellowship [that is,] in the breaking of the bread (b) and/coupled the proseuche conversational-prayers . . . every day routinely  being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted  with one accord in the temple then at each house breaking bread (c).  Eventually the apostles got too busy with ministry-serving of food to people that they had the people choose deacons to take over that duty so that “We now in the proseuche conversational-prayer and/coupled the ministry-serving of the logos message (gospel) shall then actually proskartereo be-persistently-relationally-devoted-to” (d).  See Body Ministry – BT17 and Knowledge – BT6. <Notes> a) Acts 1:14, b) agape love feasts per Jude 1:12 where they also celebrated the Lord’s Supper 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, c) Acts 2:42, 46, d) Acts 6:4.

 

This ‘devotion’ is NOT bible study but listening to God in prayer to discern what, when, where, and how they were going to preach the gospel to fulfill the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” (a), “going into all the world to proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (b) – see  Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7.  A key to “being metamorphically transformed by the renewal of your mind in order that by practice-testing you may dokimazo scrutinize-to-discern what is the will of God (this isn’t bible-study) is routinely being proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted in proseuche conversational-prayer” (c) and finally Paul’s final instructions to:  “In the proseuche conversational-prayer be ongoingly proskartereo persistently-relationally-devoted, routinely alertly-watching in it with eucharistia thanksgiving-prayer” (d).  Paul also said:  “Ongoingly peirazo test/try-to-prove yourselves to see whether you are in The-Trusting-Relying-Faith.  Ongoingly dokimazo scrutinize-to-discern yourselves, or do you not eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know this about yourself that Jesus Christ is IN YOU – unless indeed you fail to meet this dokimos scrutinizing-discerncernment” (e)?   Now, you can see why I created an entire BLOG on proseuche Conversation-Prayer and several on prayerful discernment – see Bible Info – BT2, Least Among You – BT8, and New Covenant Ways – BT16.   Through this ‘devotion’ everything else grows, especially your trusting-relying-faith! <Notes> a)Matthew 28:19, b) Mark 16:15-16, c) Romans 12:2, 12, d) Colossians 4:2, e) 2 Corinthians 13:5.

 

After documenting so many modern-day revivals around the world, when probed by so many people wanting to write more church-growth books and pastors wanting to create mega-churches, George Otis, Jr. said, “Desperation in prayer is the only common element I could find.”  When I heard that while driving, I about drove off the road!  Craig Alan Myers on “Prayer and Revival” writes:  “Such desperation in prayer is rarely heard today.  Prayers are not bold pleas to God for revival, for the reason that many Christians are not interested in having a new visitation of God.”  The history of revival bears witness to this!  Regarding the 1742 revival at Baldernock and other Scotland towns:  “This desperation in prayer led to the conversion of about 90 people in July of 1742 . . .” This was also the conclusion of Mary S. Relfe in Cure for All Ills.  Jim Cymbala in Storm says “Desperate and soul-stirring prayers results in answers.  When God is sought in desperation, He responds.”  Bob Hostetler writes in Guideposts about how God answers desperate prayers: “Desperation can be the soil and seed that bears the fruit of answered prayer.”  Past and present revivals of individuals, groups, cities, and even nations depend on how much we really want to enter into the presence of God through proseuche conversational-prayer.  Many others are understanding this desperate ‘hunger and thirst’ like Eric Gilmour.

 

The Lord gave me a vision on 10/24/2021 about ‘pressing in’ that showed me a tap root ‘in the soil below the surface’ causing the problems I was combating ‘above the surface’  Like Martha I was very busy with my own life and even ‘serving the Lord,’ too busy to do “the better thing” of Mary who “became still, stopped moving and shut up in order to yada/ginosko experientially, relationally know the Lord” (a) at the feet of Jesus (b).  The ‘bread that we can alone zoa genuinely-live by” is the directly-spoken, living, prophetic rhema word that comes from the mouth of God” (c).  Then the Lord showed me the desperate women bleeding from her genitals, having tried everything else for so long, now ‘at the end of her rope,’ was desperately pushing through huge crowds to finally touch Jesus and she was immediately healed (d).  The Lord told me, “This is what it take. There are many people and things in your ‘crowd’ that will try to block you.  But if you press thru them and just touch Me, you will be healed.  This is what it takes.” <Notes> a) Psalms 46:10, b) Luke 10:38-41, c) Matthew 4:4 citing Deuteronomy 8:3, d) Matthew 9:18-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:42-48.

 

Jesus urgently invited the crowds using the Greek imperative exclamatory saying:  “You-all duete come-here-NOW pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me, ALL who toil and/coupled are heavily-burdened-from-toil, and I will give you peaceful-rest” (a).  This certainly implies more than 1 step or 1 event.  Pros indicates “extension toward a goal with implied interaction, with presumed contact, even a responsive reciprocity and reaction after making contact. It is often used as a prefix to include the idea of being ‘before’ someone physically or in time, but also of submissive respect by bowing, kneeling, or prostrating.”  Using the aorist indicative verb tense for “wholly, definitive, actual action,” Jesus tells His disciples to “let the little children erchomai come-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (b).  In fact, Jesus promises “ALL that the Father gives Me shall-indeed heko came-to-reach-the-destination-of pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me and/coupled the [singular one] routinely erchomai coming-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me I will absolutely-NOT-in-fact-or-in-possibility cast out” (c).  <Notes> a) Matthew 11:28, b) Matthew 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16, c) John 6:37.

 

However, “Absolutely-in-fact-NOT one dunamis is-powerfully-enabled to definitively/wholly erchomai come-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me unless the Father who sent Me definitively/wholly helko powerfully-attracts-to-draw-in Him” (a) or “unless it is offered-granted him by the Father” (b), even though we see Jesus again offering this to the crowds:  “If anyone presently/ongoingly dipsao painfully-suffers-the-need-of-thirst, [I strongly urge] let him presently/ongoingly erchomai come-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me and/coupled presently/ongoingly drink-to-imbibe.  The [one] routinely trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Me . . . ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’  Now this He said this about the Spirit, whom those who already-having trusting-relying-faith in Him were-about to presently/ongoingly actively lambano grab-hold-of-to-receive” (c).  This explains more of what Jesus said earlier: “I presently/ongoingly AM the bread of zoe genuine-life; the [one] routinely erchomai coming-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me shall absolutely-NOT-in-fact-or-possibility peinao painfully-suffer-the-need-of-hunger, and/coupled the [one] routinely having-trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Me shall absolutely-NOT-in-fact-or-possibility dipsao painfully-suffer-the-need-of-thirst” (d).  This is like “as a deer arag/epipotheo pants for flowing streams, so my souls arag/epipotheo pants-in-longing/intensely-craves-possession for you, O God” (e).  David continues:  “Early in the morning I diligently-seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (f). <Notes> a) John 6:44, b) John 6:65, c) John 7:37-39, d) John 6:35, e) Psalms 42:1, f) Psalms 63:1.

 

This explains why Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees, the experts at bible-study:  “You people have absolutely-in-fact-NEVER heard my Father’s phone Voice nor-absolutely-in-fact-NEVER seen His form at any time, nor-absolutely-in-fact-NEVER do you have His logos message residing in you, because you do absolutely-in-fact-NOT presently/ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith in the One whom He sent. [In contrast] You presently/ongoingly diligently-search/study the graphe scriptures because you think/suppose that in/by/with them you echo will-lay-hold-of zoe genuine-life everlasting, kai and-but these present/ongoingly are the ones that routinely are bearing-witness-as-a-martyr peri all-around-encompassing-comprehensively-of Me, kai and-but you absolutely-in-fact-NOT presently/ongoingly are willing to definitively/wholly erchomai come-from-one-place-to-another pros toward-to-reach-the-destination-of Me in order that you may presently/ongoingly echo lay-hold-of zoe genuine-life” (a). <Notes> a) John 5:37-40.

 

Obviously Jesus was criticizing their ‘diligence’ of studying the bible because “they failed to obtain what they were seeking.  The elect-chosen obtained it, but the rest were hardened” (a).  However, we can see from above that relentless, diligent devotion of seeking proseuche conversational-prayer is oppositely rewarded!   2 Timothy 2:15 has absolutely nothing to do with “studying scripture to be an approved workman of God” as too many translations and churches have erroneously taught.  Instead the Greek word spoudazo means “to use speed or be prompt; make effort or be earnest, diligent, or zealous” and the context refers to Timothy spoudazo being diligent in using his prophetically-given, grace-gift of evangelism, by the laying on of hands.  How dare they distort this verse to promote bible-study – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7 and Logos Word of God – BT19!  That’s not how little children and the least among you that we are to be like, shall learn from God – see Bible Info – BT2, New Covenant Ways – BT16 and Least Among You – BT8, and Least Among You – BT7<Notes> a) Romans 9:31, 11:7.

 

Therefore duete or erchomai “coming to Jesus” is NOT a 1-time event but is to be a present, ongoing, and even routine, habitual lifestyle.  It’s all about having a koinonia relationship with the living God!  It’s not about bible-study to gather gnosis informational-knowledge about God, but about routinely visiting God in proserchomai ‘drawing near-close’ or eggizo “drawing extremely close-beside’ in proseuche conversation-prayer in order to have a koinonia relationship with God the Father through-the-realizing-channel-of God the Son by the means or instrument of the God the Holy Spirit for epignosis genuine, experiential, relational knowledge of God.  That’s exactly why we don’t need to be like the scribes and Pharisees who learned through bible-study gnosis informational-knowledge only about God, but instead be like little children who learn from others primarily through koinonia relationships, especially with their parents through direct one-on-one teaching and example!  The Parakletos Holy Spirit means “close-beside teacher like a counselor” (b).  That’s exactly why Jesus said, “My sheep akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know My VOICE” (a).  Jesus never had bible-study in mind!  You have to routinely make time with the Lord to have a koinonia relationship with him.  <Notes> a) John 10:27, b) as the subject:  John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7 or as the accusative direct object Parakleton:  John 14:16; 1 John 2:1.

 

The Lord told me once that “the works you did at first” that we are to “repent (turn back to) and do,” written in Revelation 2:5 to an old church are “the works of their early relationship with Him.”  Then He showed me my early relationship with my wife 8 years ago, which really convicted me, and I relived how obsessed I was just to listen to her voice, just to look into her eyes, just to reach out to hold her hand, and just to be in her presence.  Then, the Lord said, “That’s what I meant, regardless of what you’ve heard others say.”  This really brought me back to the most important priority of proseuche patiently-waiting, watching, listening, relational conversational-prayer.

 

The present participle often used by Jesus is NOT a 1-time event or even describing a present even or somehow an ongoing event as the present indicative form would, but more explicitly describes a “routine action or lifestyle habit.”  We’ve already seen both used many times above.  In fact, “the tax collectors and sinners were routinely eggizo drawing-extremely-close-into-one’s-presence to akouo listen-to-understand/know Jesus” (a).  Jesus warned: “If anyone would come after Me, let him definitively/wholly deny himself and/coupled definitively/wholly take up his cross daily kai and/then/thus presently/ongoingly follow Me” (b), for “whoever does absolutely-in-fact-not presently/ongoingly take his cross and/coupled presently/ongoingly follows Me he is absolutely-in-fact-not worthy of Me.  Whoever has routinely found/kept his life shall actually lose it, but/coupled whoever has routinely lost his life for My sake shall actually find it” (c).  <Notes> a) Luke 15:1, b) Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23, c) Matthew 10:38-39.

 

We are also strongly urged by the present imperative form to “presently/ongoingly steko persistently-stand-erect-and-firm/fast – a double emphasis in endurance – in the trusting-relying-faith; act like men; be strong” (a), because “for freedom Christ has set us free; therefore, ongoingly steko persistently-stand-erect-and-firm/fast and/coupled do absolutely-in-fact-NOT submit again [as Jews] to a yoke/chain/harness of slavery (b)” (c).  Rejecting the Law and persecution from the Jews teaching and enforcing it, we are strongly urged by the present imperative “to presently/ongoingly steko persistently-stand-erect-and-firm/fast in the Lord” (d).  Paul wanted their lives “to be worthy of the gospel of Christ . . . that I may akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know of you presently/ongoingly, actually steko persistently-standing-erect-and-firm/fast in one Spirit with one mind striving side-by-side for The Trusting-Relying-Faith of the gospel” (e). “Timothy has brought us the good news (gospel) of your trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love . . . we have been comforted about you through your trusting-relying-faith.  For now we zoe genuinely-live IF you are presently/ongoingly, actually steko persistently-standing-erect-and-firm/fast in the Lord” (f).  “So then, brethren, [we strongly urge you to] presently/ongoingly steko persistently-stand-erect-and-firm/fast and/coupled krateo ‘seize-hold-of to carefully-retain’ to the paradosis close-beside-given-over-instruction/traditions that you were taught by us” (g). <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 16:13, b) context: to the commandments and ritual traditions of the written and oral Law, c) Galatians 5:1, d) Philippians 4:1, e) Philippians 1:27, f) 1 Thessalonians 3:5-8, g) 2 Thessalonians 2:15.

 

Finally, the “presently/ongoing peripateo walk of trusting-relying-faith that is absolutely-in-fact NOT by sight” (a) is not 1 step because peripateo means to “walk all around, thus comprehensively.”  True Christians are those that “routinely peripateo walk-all-about-comprehensively down-from/according-to the Spirit and in-possibility-NOT down-from/according-to the flesh” (b), yet to Jewish-Christians tempted to return to the Law, Paul has to write:  “[I strongly urge you to] presently/ongoingly peripateo walk-all-about-comprehensively by the means of the Spirit and/coupled absolutely-in-fact-and-possibility-NOT gratify the passionate-longing-desires of the flesh” (c). We are to “be routinely stoicheo walking in the [plural] footsteps of the trusting-relying-faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised [and long before any other requirements of obedience like the Mosaic Law]” (d), where stoicheo means “to walk in a line, in strict accordance to a particular pace or cadence, thus to keep in step.”  This reminds me of a dream in 2-17-2020 in which I and others were told to closely follow the step of the Holy Spirit in a complicated maneuver of great importance. The early Church multiplied because it was “routinely poreuomai journeying in the fear/reverential-awe of the Lord and/coupled in the paraklesis alongside-encouraging-comfort-and-instruction of the Holy Spirit,” where poreuomai means “to personally move from destination to destination” (e). <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 5:7, b) Romans 8:4, c) Galatians 5:16, d) Romans 4:12, e) Acts 9:31.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15

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Nevertheless faith requires certain ergon ‘doings/works’ to receive the free gift of salvation

 

 

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Yes, there is an ernon “work of faith” to ergo ‘do/work’ (a) and it must patiently-endure to the end for us to hear from Jesus “Well done, good and faithful servant – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16.  You have been pistos faithful-trustworthy over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master” (b).  It’s built into the very definition of pistos faithfulness – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2.  Let’s explore this more fully here!  <Notes> a) 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11, b) Matthew 25:21, 23; cf. Matthew 24:45; Luke 19:17.

 

We are also urged to excel in trusting-relying-faith (a), pursue trusting-relying-faith (b), be healthy or sound in trusting-relying-faith (c), and fight the good fight of trusting-relying-faith (d).  But we are also called to steadfastly-endure in The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (e) as we will now further explore. <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 8:7, 10:15, b) 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:22, c) Titus 1:13, 2:2 d) 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7, e) Acts 11:23; Colossians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:10; Titus 2:2; James 1:3; Hebrews 11:27, 12:1-2; Revelation 2:19, 13:10, 14:12.

 

Salvation requires a response to hearing the preached, not written, gospel!  In fact, the “akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know must be mixed together (co-mingled/united) by/with trusting-relying-faith” (a) in order to actually “benefit” the person (b). When “Paul saw a crippled-from-birth man who was akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know to Paul speaking, Paul looked intently at him and/coupled seeing that he presently had trusting-relying-faith to be sozo healed, said in a loud voice, ‘stand upright on your feet.’  And he sprang up and began walking” (c).  Just hearing the Law didn’t help the Jews either (c)! <Notes> a) some manuscripts have “it did absolutely-in-fact-NOT meet with trusting-relying-faith in the hearers,” b) Hebrews 4:2, c) Acts 14:9-10, d) Romans 2:13.

 

James questions whether trusting-relying-faith can even save you without some kind of ergon “doing/working” (a).  In referring to Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac to obey God, James argues: “You see that [his] trusting-relying-faith was continually-repetitively (b) sunergeo working-together-to-partner with his works [of obeying God], kai and/thus trusting-relying-faith was made telos fulfilled-completed by his works” (c), and so “you see that a person is justified/made-declared righteous by works and/coupled absolutely-in-fact-NOT by trusting-relying-faith alone” (d). However, we also have to keep in mind that James’ immediate context for “the obedience of works” is the showing of “mercy that triumphs over judgment” (e) by impartially, unconditionally-loving the brethren, which is the “perfect Law of liberty” (f) or what Paul calls “The Law of Christ” (g). <Notes> a) James 1:22, 2:14, 17-10, cf. Matthew 7:24-27; John 13:17, b) rare imperfect tense used, c) James 2:22, d) James 2:24, e) James 2:13, f) James 1:25, g) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2.

 

However, our “ergon (a) work of faith” while NOW “under the Law of faith” (b) can’t be anything like that of the heavy burden of the Law imposed by the Law-teachers (c).  That’s why Christ’s invitation was unique from the other demanding, haughty rabbis:  “Come to Me, all who toil and are heavily-burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and/coupled learn [directly] from Me for I am gentle and/coupled lowly in heart, and you will find rest for you souls, for My yoke is easy-to-do and/coupled My burden is feather/cloud-light to carry” (d). <Notes> a) where we get our English words:  ergo, ergonomics, ergometry, and ergotism, b) Romans 3:27; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11, cf. John 3:16-18, 36, 40, 6:29, 20:31; 1 John 3:23, 5:10, 13; Acts 18:8, c) Matthew 23:4; Luke 11:46, d) Matthew 11:28-30.

 

We MUST ergo “do/work” by responding to the offered gift in order to receive salvation!  Mark states:  “Whoever has had trusting-relying-faith and/coupled has been water-baptized shall indeed be saved” (a).  Jesus said “Have trusting-relying-faith in Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or at least have trusting-relying-faith on account of the [plural] ergon works/doings (b) themselves” (c), which many people did (d), because “the ergon works/doings that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very ergon works/doings that I am doing, bear witness about Me that the Father has sent Me” (e), with dire consequences for rejecting this (f). <Notes> a) Mark 16:16, b) context: signs & wonders Christ performed, c) John 14:11; cf. John 10:38; Matthew 11:4, d) John 2:23, 11:45, e) John 5:36; cf. John 10:25, f) John 15:24.

 

Repentance is a required ergon “doing/work” for salvationPeter’s first sermon gives the first ‘alter call’:  “Repent (a) and/coupled be water-baptized every one of you in the name/authority of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and/coupled [then] you will receive the grace-gift of the Holy Spirit” (b). Later he preached “repent therefore and/coupled turn back that you sins may be blotted out” (c).  Paul “testified both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and/coupled trusting-relying-faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (d).  Paul had declared everywhere practically “that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance” (e).  Christ’s Great Commission states:  “that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaim in His name/authority to all nations” (f).  “Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret” (g), but what’s really involved in repentance?   <Notes> a) metanoia: turn the direction of your conviction – Matthew 3:2, 4:17; Mark 1:15; see also strepho “turn/convert by changing the direction/course of our mind – Matthew 18:3, 19:14; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17; 1 Peter 2:2, b) Acts 2:38, c) Acts 3:19, d) Acts 20:21, e) Acts 26:20, f) Luke 24:47; Acts 8:22; cf. John’s baptism: Luke 3:3, g) 2 Corinthians 7:10; cf. Acts 5:31.

 

There is also the required ergo “doing/work” of confession:  “If you confess with your mouth that ‘Jesus is Lord’ and/coupled have trusting-relying-faith in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall indeed be saved for with the heart one has trusting-relying-faith and/thus is justified/made-righteous and/coupled with the mouth one confesses eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of salvation” (a).  Confession is actually part of the definition that Hebrews 11:1 gives of pistis trusting-relying-faith: “Now pistis ongoing IS-defined-as/exists-as [the singular] confident-trusting-assurance of [plural things] routinely being elpizomenon ‘hoped-for, like having faith for future promises,’ [the singular] conviction-confession (b) of things absolutely-in-fact-NOT routinely being seen.”  The “confession of our elpis hope . . . [is] because He who promised is faithful” (c).  <Notes> a) Romans 10:9-10, b) elegchos:  an inner conviction that proves or confirms God’s in-birthing of faith, thus an internal persuasion or ‘reproof’ from God per 2 Timothy 3:16 regarding Jewish prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture regarding the Messiah being useful in the NT Church – see Logos Word of God – BT6 and – BT7.  In court, it is a charge that is shown to be true, often confessed by the accused. In this case it is a confession of The Truth about Jesus, c) Hebrews 10:23.

 

This is “the good confession or “pledge for a good conscience” of “Jesus is Lord or Christ in the flesh as our Apostle and High Priest” (a) to “have the Father also” (b) that was also routinely done during water-baptism in front of witnesses (c), which was always viewed as “saving you . . . through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (d), which indicated WHO you “followed as a disciple” (e), and was where “you receive the grace-gift of the Holy Spirit” (f), especially with visible signs of Spirit-baptism for those having trusting-relying-faith (g).  There is a lot at stake if you haven’t been water-baptized!  More on that below. <Notes> a) John 9:22, 12:42; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Philippians 2:11; Hebrews 3:1, 4:14; 1 John 4:2-3, 15; 2 John 1:7 – see Salvation – BT9 for historical confessions of faith, b) 1 John 2:23, c) Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:5; 1 Timothy 6:12, d) 1 Peter 3:21 – see Water-Baptism, e) 1 Corinthians 1:12-16, f) Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 12:13; implied in Acts 18:24-26, g) Mark 16:16-20; Acts 19:2-7.

 

“This is the confession of our hope” (a) that is “the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” as we saw above that started the “good fight of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (b), but this doesn’t refer to trusting-relying-faith in general but specifically by the use of the definite article to The Christian Faith once for all delivered to the saints (c). “For the Gate is narrow and/coupled the Way is constricted that is routinely leading eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ zoe genuine-life and/thus those who are routinely finding it are few” (d), because Jesus is “The Way and/coupled The Truth (e) and/coupled The zoe Genuine-Life – Absolutely-in-fact NO one comes to the Father if in-possibility-NOT dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of Me” (f).  All roads don’t lead to God! Jesus is “The Door” (g) and any other way into the sheepfold make that man a “thief and a robber” (h).  Ultimately if you don’t make it through “The Door” of Christ, you will be “in outer darkness and in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (i). <Notes> a) Hebrews 10:23, b) 1 Timothy 6:12, c) Jude 1:3, Acts 6:7, 13:8, 14:22; 16:6; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 1:23; Ephesians 4:13, Philippians 1:25; Colossians 1:23, 2:7; 1 Timothy 1:2, 3:9, 3:13, 4:1, 6, 5:8, 6:10, 12, 21; 2 Timothy 3:8, 4:7; Titus 1:13, 3:15; James 2:1, d) Matthew 7:14, e) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, f) John 14:6, g) John 10:9, cf. Revelation 3:20, h) John 10:1, i) Matthew 8:12, 13:42, 50, 22:13, 24:51, 25:30; Luke 13:28.

 

Even throughout the Christian life, there is a ‘work’ of confessionThe confession of sins not only occurred publicly during water-baptism to become a Christian (a), but routinely afterwards for healing: “The euche requesting-prayer of trusting-relying-faith will sozo save/heal the one who is sick . . . and/coupled if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Therefore confess your sins to one another and/coupled euchomai requesting-praying for one another so that you may be iaomai healed-to-wholeness [because sin can create disease via demons]” (b). <Notes> a) Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:5, cf. Acts 19:18, b) James 5:15-16.

 

But why is the ergon “doing/work” of confession required for salvation and ongoing forgiveness and cleansing from sin?  It’s actually the only way to “receive” these free gifts-by-grace from God!  The passive word dechomai  means “welcoming in a warm, receptive way” and is used 56 times in the NT, especially of welcoming Christ (a), welcoming the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God (b), God or Christ welcoming us (c).  If you never let someone that is standing at your door knocking to come into your house, you simply cannot benefit from what they are freely offering!  Jesus’ standing invitation to enter into your life is:  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone akouo hears/listens-to-understand/know My Voice and/coupled opens the door, I will come into Him and/coupled dine with Him, and He with Me” (d).  In those days, this “dining” meant a long night of feasting and intimate koinonia fellowship!  <Notes> a) Matthew 25:35; John 4:45, b) 2 Corinthians 6:1, c) Romans 14:3, 15:7; Luke 8:40, d) Revelation 3:20.

 

Additionally, the active word lambano means “active, aggressive grabbing or laying hold for yourself to accept or receive” and is used 261 times in the NT, not to mention the many forms of it.  It is used especially:  to actively paralambano ‘grabbed-hold-of to be close-beside’ the preached gospel (a), to actively paralambano ‘grabbed-hold-of to be close-beside’ Christ Jesus the Lord (b), to actively receive mercy and unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace and the free grace-gift of righteousness (c), to actively receive the forgiveness of sins through Christ’s name (d), to actively receive the inheritance [of eternal life] as your reward (e), to actively receive the promised grace-gift of the Holy Spirit dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying faith (f), and finally to actively receive the Spirit’s grace-gifts (g). <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 15:1; Galatians 1:9, b) Colossians 2:6, c) John 1:16; Romans 1:5, 5:17; Hebrews 4:16, d) Acts 10:43, 26:18, e) apolambano receive-back in Colossians 3:24 and Luke 18:30; lambano in Matthew 19:29; Mark 10:30; Hebrews 9:15, 11:8, f) John 7:39; Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:14, g) 1 Peter 4:10.

 

Lambano “receiving” is not a passive, mindless, unconscious action like ‘receiving’ something in the mailbox.  No!  It means going out of your house to take it out of the hand of the postman when they are about to put it into the mailbox!  It’s an active, mindful, conscious acquisition!  God offers His free grace-gifts in His open hand, by unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace without work or merit demanded of you, but until you lambano reach out and grab it for yourself by trusting-relying-faith, even to paralambano ‘grabbed-hold-of to be close-beside’ you, they will still be sitting in His hand and not be in your life.  God does not throw any His grace-gifts at anybody, in their faces, or down their throats, nor by twisting their arms to receive it. That’s because His unconditionally-loving nature is infinitely gentle (a). You have to take them from His hand! <Notes> a) Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 4:21; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Timothy 6:11.

 

In your Christian life, you also have to routinely lambano ‘grab to receive’ the grace-gift of continual forgiveness and cleansing as  1 John 1:5-10 says:  “This is the announcement (a) we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in Him is absolutely in fact no darkness at all.  1) If we say we have koinonia intimate-fellowship with Him while we presently/ongoingly walk/live in darknesswe lie and do not practice The Truth (b).  A) However, if we presently/ongoingly walk/live in the light as He is in the light, then we actually have koinonia intimate-fellowship with one another, and/coupled the blood of Jesus His Son actually, presently/ongoingly cleanses (c) us from all sin.  2) If we say we presently/ongoingly have absolutely-in-fact-NO sin, we planao ‘wander off-course into deception/error’ ourselves and The Truth (b) is absolutely-in-fact-NOT in us.  B) If we presently/ongoingly confess our sins, then He is actually, presently/ongoingly trustworthyfaithful and/coupled righteouslyjust in order to definitively/wholly forgive us our sins and/coupled definitively/wholly cleanse (c) us from ALL (d) unrighteous-injustice (e). 3) If we say we have already [with lasting results] absolutely-in-fact-NOT sinned, we make Him a liar and His logos message (gospel) is absolutely-in-fact-NOT in us.”  There are 3 “If we say” lies or deceptions going on, but 2 parts ‘A & B’ of 1 “The Truth” (b) that is discussed deeper in Surrender Control – BT10<Notes> a) in context:  of the gospel logos message of The Truthb) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, c) katharizo: purify us from all admixture, filth, d) this is one of the fewer times pas means “the whole of” instead of “every of a kind/class of/portion of” as in 2 Timothy 3:15-16, “pas scripture [the portion that is] God-breathed is profitable for instruction” in the context of v. 15 is referring to Messianic prophetic “oracles of God” [as in Hebrews 5:12 and 1 Peter 4:11] that were able to make Timothy and others “wise unto salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus” – see Logos Word of God – BT7.  In no way would Paul permit the reading of the 5 books of Moses per 2 Corinthians 13:4-18 – see Logos Word of God – BT8, e) violation of God’s justice that brings divine disapproval.

 

So many people quote Paul in Romans 10:8-13 about confession for salvation to say the ‘sinner’s prayer’ is enough for salvation, but fail to mention the many other things Paul says, even in the same book of Romans (Romans 1:16, 2:4, 13:11) that are required for salvation thru justification, and especially earlier in Romans 6:3-11 where Paul explained to his Gentile audience how the Jewish ritual of water-baptism NOW applies to Christian water-baptism absolutely required for salvation by actually participating in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ in order to receive the promised Spirit (a) dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” (b). The NT and earliest Church don’t try to separate out the salvation components of:  surrendering control through repentance, confession of sins and The-Trusting-Relying-Faith of “Jesus is Savior and Lord”, and receiving Spirit-baptism during water-baptism.  Instead the early Church simply did them, believing they were inseparably integrated and therefore all necessary for salvation<Notes> a) cf. Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33, 38; Colossians 2:12-15, 3:1; Ephesians 1:13, 2:5-6, 4:5; 1 Corinthians 1:13-17, 12:13; 1 Peter 3:21, b) Galatians 3:14; cf. v. 3:2, 5, 27.

 

It’s all based on the Jewish Tevilah baptism ritual in a Mikveh pool for gerim Gentiles to be converted:  They were made ceremonially “clean” through whole-body self-immersion to wash Hebrew rachatz or Greek louo sins away.  They would first make a “confession of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith” of Judaism before the witness(es) and then would totally immerse themselves by sitting or getting into a fetal position under the water with a witness or ‘baptizer’ doing the officiating. They would then stretch themselves back into a standing position (a), reciting another blessing as they rose from the water.  See Wikipedia’s History of Baptism and Essene Baptism and Mikveh & Baptism. There is much written about the disappearance of the Essenes after John the Baptist and Jesus arrived – they became Christians!  <Notes> a) just as Jesus went “straightaway out of the water” in His water-baptism in Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10.

 

Therefore it is irrelevant to debate whether water-baptism is asaving work” after you read so many verses that integrate it with repentance and confession of trusting-relying-faith of “Jesus as Lord” all “for the forgiveness of sins” so that “you may receive Spirit-Baptism” and was the core of the Great Commission “to make disciples of all nations, routinely water-baptizing them in the name/authority of the Father and/coupled of the Son and/coupled of the Holy Spirit” as practiced routinely in the early Church (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, 41, 8:12-13, 16, 36, 9:18, 10:47-48, 16:14-15, 33, 18:8, 19:5; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 12:13), so “now why do you wait?  Rise and be water-baptized kai and/coupled/thus wash away your sins, calling on His name” (Acts 22:16) – see Water-Baptism.

 

As we’ve seen water-baptism has always been a Jewishobedience step of faith” as an external public testimony of a person’s internal trusting-relying-faith.  Neither ‘step’ is saving by itself because they are integrally and inseparably connected.  The unique Christian difference is the NOW “water-baptism is in the name/authority of Jesus Christ” and during it we NOW get “Spirit-Baptism” as the “promised grace-gift of the Father” (a).  Only later Greek philosophers and western Christian denominations influenced by them would try to separate all these components and say one is saving and one isn’t.  The Anabaptist created the false-teaching of “Believer’s Baptism” as a reaction to Catholic infant-baptism who were then followed by the Baptists and Dunkards.  However, the NT and early Church kept them together and so should we!  Neither our “receiving by welcoming and grabbing-hold-of” the gospel logos message by a repentant-turn by our conviction of trusting-relying-faith in Christ, or our confession of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, or our water-baptism by itself has any ability to save.  It only saves because of Christ’s resurrection and it only saves if we fully participate in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ to get Spirit-Baptized, but the only way to do that is to ergo “do/work” all components (b) – see also Surrender Control, Water-Baptism, and Spirit-Baptism pages. <Notes> a) Matthew 3:11, 16; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:5, 2:38, 10:47, 11:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13, b) see also Matthew 3:11, 28:19; Mark 1:4, 16:16; Luke 3:3, 24:47; Acts 2:38, 41, 8:12-13, 16, 36-38, 9:18, 10:47-48, 16:15, 33, 18:8, 19:3-5, 22:16, Romans 6:3-4, 8, 8:15; 1 Corinthians 13-17, 12:13; Galatians 3:27, 4:5-7; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12; and 1 Peter 3:21.

 

In summary, the 5 simple steps of salvation of:  1) akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know the gospel logos message of Jesus Christ who is The Truth, 2) the routine having of trusting-relying-faith in Jesus as your Messiah-Savior, the “Anointed-One” Christ, and Supreme-Lord-Master of your life, 3) repenting or turning from sin to the Lord, 4) publicly confessing your sin and confessing “Jesus is the Christ as Savior and Lord/Master,” 5) and then being water-baptized to “welcome and grab-hold-of” the Spirit-baptism are the 5 required ergon “doings/works” for your salvation – see Salvation.  Leave any out and don’t bet on being saved when you stand before the Father at the Great White Throne Day of Judgment.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT14

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Our faith is to be in the faithfulness of God, especially Jesus as Messiah-Savior and Lord-Master for our salvation

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2 we touched on the fact that pistis faith is never in a THING but in the pistis/pistos faithfulness or trustworthiness of God, but especially of Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  We know that “God ongoingly IS-defined-as/exists-as [singular] agape Unconditional-Love” (a) period, just as the “the [singular] fruit/essence/nature of the Spirit ongoingly IS-defined-as/exists-as [singular] agape Unconditional-Love” (b), but then Paul lists adjective-nouns without punctuation or conjunctions that further describe this agape Unconditional-Love like flavors of wine that ‘open up’ in the mouth over time:  “joy, peace, makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’, kindness, goodness, pistis faith/faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (c).  Paul expounds on the characteristics of agape Unconditional-Love in His other letters (d).  <Notes> a) 1 John 4:8, 16; 2 Corinthians 13:11, b) Galatians 5:22; cf. Colossians 1:8; Romans 5:5, 15:30; 1 Corinthians 4:21; 2 Corinthians 6:6, 13:14; Philippians 2:1; 2 Timothy 1:7, c) Galatians 5:23, d) 1 Corinthians 4:21, 8:1, 13:4-7; Romans 12:9-10, 13:10, 14:15, 15:30 unconditional-love of/belonging-to the Spirit”; Ephesians 4:2, 15-16; Philippians 2:1.

 

Notice that “long-suffering, patience” is associated with pistis trusting-relying-faith (a), even thru long-suffering (b) that proves our faithfulness (c), and also associated with agape Unconditional-Love (d)!  Therefore, ‘long-suffering, patiently-enduring’ pistis faith/faithfulness is the nature of unconditional-love that is the nature of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!  It saves us from the wrath of God wiping us out in retribution for our sin – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 about enduring faith.  It also makes sense that if we have more of the Holy Spirit’s nature manifesting Himself in us, we will be not only have more faith in the Faithful or “Trustworthy One,” but be more faithful to the Lord simply because we will have more faith living in us – one of the meanings of pistos faithful is “fullness of trusting-relying-faith,” as we will explore next. <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:10; Hebrews 6:12; Revelation 2:19, b) Philippians 1:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 5:9, c) Revelation 2:10 versus Numbers 14:33, d) cf. 1 Corinthians 13:4; 2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians 4:2; 2 Timothy 3:10; Revelations 2:19.

 

We saw in Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2 that the Greek word pistos can emphasize “those who have fullness of pistis trusting-relying-faith or loyalty to pistis trusting-relying-faith, thus having faithfulness or trustworthiness.”  This is especially true of Father-God keeping His promises, even to Sarah to have a child in her old age (a), just as we should keep our promises (b), in Father-God calling us (c) into the fellowship of His Son (d), in giving us unwavering confession of hope for the Day of Christ’s return for us (e), not letting us to be tempted beyond our ability to find the way of escape He has provided (f), establishing and/coupling guarding us against the evil one (g), and so we should entrust our souls to a faithful Creator, even while suffering as we do good (h).  <Notes> a) Hebrews 11:11, b) 2 Corinthians 1:18, c) 1 Thessalonians 5:24, d) 1 Corinthians 1:9, e) Hebrews 10:23, f) 1 Corinthians 10:13; g) 2 Thessalonians 3:3, h) 1 Peter 4:19.

 

Jesus is the “witness to the peoples, a leader and commander” (a) or “faithful witness” (b) or “faithful and true witness” (c) of Father-God, “bearing witness to The Truth” (d), “to what WE have seen” (e) and “heard” (f), accurately conveying His logos gospel message by “specific words and sayings” (g).  Even “if we are faithless, Christ remains faithful for He cannot deny Himself” (h)  <Notes> <Notes> a) Isaiah 55:4, b) Revelation 1:5, c) Revelation 3:14, 19:11, d) John 18:37, e) John 3:11, 8:18,  cf. 5:31, 8:13-14, f) John 3:32, g) John 8:26, 40, 12:49-50, 15:10 [10:18], 15:15, 17:8, 14, h) 2 Timothy 2:11-13.

 

This enduring-faith doesn’t mean we deny we have sinned or will again sin, but that “if we presently-ongoingly confess our sins [that’s the condition to meet, then:], He is actually, presently-ongoingly pistos trustworthy-faithful in order to definitively-wholly forgive us our sins and/coupled righteous-just to definitively-wholly cleanse us from ALL unrighteous-injustice” (a), because Jesus is a “merciful and/coupled pistos trustworthy-faithful high priest in the service of God to make propitiation (b) for the sins of the people” (c).  Who are these people?  John says about Jesus: “He ongoingly IS-defined-as/exists-as the propitiation for our sins, and/but not for ours only but/also for the sins of the whole world” (d).  <Notes> a) 1 John 1:9, b) atoning-sacrifice transference of our unrighteousness for His righteousness by His blood,  c) Hebrew 2:17, d) 1 John 2:2.

 

But does this propitiation get applied to all the people of the world?  Peter tells the God-fearing Gentile-proselytes to Judaism:  “Everyone routinely having trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the name/authority of Christ lambano ‘grabs to receive’ forgiveness of sins” (a).  Sure Jesus was sent to the world to be its Savior by taking away its sins and drawing all people to Himself by His crucifixion (b), but “not all obeyed the gospel” (c), and so “all may be condemned who did in-possibility-NOT have trusting-relying-faith-in The Truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (d), for “those who are of self-interest and/coupled routinely disobeying The Truth but instead routinely obeying unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury” (e).  The Universalist and Unitarian churches will be ‘dead in their sins’ wrong!  <Notes> a) Acts 10:43, b) 1 John 4:14; John 1:29, 4:42, 12:32, c) Romans 10:16, d) 2 Thessalonians 2:12, e) Romans 2:8.

 

Everybody loves to quote Jesus’ preached gospel in John 3:16 about “God so unconditionally-loved the world that He gave His only Son” but forgets to quote verse 18 that gives only 1 condition to experience God’s saving love:  “Whoever is routinely having trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Him is absolutely-in-fact-NOT presently/ongoingly judged, but the [one] in-possibility-NOT routinely having trusting-relying-faith already has been [with ongoing results] judged because he has in-possibility-NOT already had [with ongoing results] trusting-relying-faith eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of The Name/Authority/Person of the only-begotten (a) Son of God.”  You must meet that 1 condition to be saved – see Salvation.  <Notes> a) monogenes: one-of-a-kind, unique child.

 

Saving faith is found only in God’s pistos faithfulness through Christ.  David hopes for it:  “O God, in the abundance of your steadfast unconditional-love answer me in your saving faithfulness” (a).  But it’s Jesus that says: “Your trusting-relying-faith has saved you” (b), and “makes you well” (c).  James 5:15 also recognizes that “the euche wishing/vowing-prayer of The Trusting-Relying-Faith shall indeed save the one who is sick.”  Paul says we are “saved dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith” (d).  Since by definition soteria salvation is “a process of being delivered, rescued, and restored to wholeness,” Peter says that Christians are being “guarded by God’s enabling-power through trusting-relying-faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the Last Time . . . “they obtain the outcome of their trusting-relying-faith – the salvation of their souls” (e). Yet Jesus speaks of ways that akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know the logos message of the gospel doesn’t result in “faith that can save you” (f).  Clearly not all people in the world will be saved<Notes> a) Psalms 69:13, b) Luke 7:50, c) Mark 10:52; cf. Mark 5:34; Matthew 15:28; Acts 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, d) Ephesians 2:8; cf. Acts 15:11, 16:31; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 1:21, e) 1 Peter 1:3-5, f) Luke 8:12; cf. John 12:47.

 

Paul’s mission is to preach the gospel, not write the New Testament, even though 51% are Paul’s writings:  “God made a choice among you that thru-the-realizing-channel-of my mouth the Gentiles should akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know  the logos message of the gospel kai and/moreover (a) to have trusting-relying-faith” (b).  He preached it even in prison, and when his jailor asked ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’  Paul answered: ‘Have trusting-relying-faith in the Lord Jesus and you shall indeed be saved, you and your household. . . . and they all were water-baptized’” (c).  Paul confirms it:  “For by the means of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace you have been saved thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith” (d), since “the gospel is [singular] enabling-power of God eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of salvation to everyone who has trusting-relying-faith” (e). Thus “we preach to save those routinely having trusting-relying-faith” (f).  Clearly you need trusting-relying-faith in Christ to be saved!   The whole world isn’t going to be saved<Notes> a) kai has other meanings than “and/coupled” like “still, besides, also, moreover, likewise, even, indeed, namely, specifically”, b) Acts 15:7, c) Acts 16:31-32, d) Ephesians 2:8, e) Romans 1:16, f) 1 Corinthians 1:21.

 

The “people of God” (a) are “absolutely-in-fact-NOT of the [whole] world” (b), just as Christ “is absolutely-in-fact-NOT of the world” (c), just as His “kingdom is absolutely-in-fact-NOT of this world” (d), just as “not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel” (e) – as with mankind, “only a remnant of them will be saved” (f).  They are those having “salvation by the means of [singular] holiness/sanctification of/belonging-to the Spirit and/coupled [by the means of] trusting-relying-faith of/belonging-to [singular] Truth” (g).  Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:15 that “the sacred gramma writings” (see note ‘2B’ of Logos Word of God – BT4) he was “from childhood acquainted with . . .[are] the ones that are able to make you wise eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of salvation dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus.”  This is only 2.6% of the OT used to convert Jews and keep Jewish-Christians from lapsing back to the Law, not all of the OT as many pastors misinterpret the pas graphe “All scripture” of v. 3:16, because pas often means ‘every of a portion/category/group of’ as the case here by understanding the Greek meaning of v. 3:15  – see Logos Word of God – BT5,   – BT6 and –BT7.   <Notes> a) Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:68, 77; Hebrews 4:9, 11:25; 1 Peter 2:10; Revelation 21:3, b) John 15:19, 17:14-16, c) John 17:14, 16, cf. 8:23, d) John 18:36; Satan owns the world’s kingdoms: Matthew 4:8; Luke 4:5; but in the end Christ owns them:  Revelation 11:15, e) Romans 9:6, f) Romans 9:27, 11:5; Acts 15:17, g) 2 Thessalonians 2:13.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT13

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Putting faith in ‘being good’ by obeying the Law turns the Light switch OFF because the glass is only partially full – to your peril!  Righteousness is ONLY thru Christ

 

 

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If we try to obey the commandments of the Law to work for our righteousness to ‘be good,’ we will end up failing miserably and die in our sins unless we instead have trusting-relying-faith in Christ (a), “for the Law made nothing perfect” (b) and “can in-possibility-NOT perfect the conscience of the worshiper” (c), for “the Law is but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, thus it can absolutely-in-fact-never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near-close-beside [God]” (d), because “by-the-means-of Christ everyone who is routinely having trusting-relying-faith is justified/made-righteous from everything from which you were absolutely-in-fact-NOT able to be by-the-means-of [singular] Law of Moses” (e) – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT1 and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT17. <Notes> a) John 8:21, 24, 11:25-26; Romans 7:9, b) Hebrews 7:19, c) Hebrews 9:9, d) Hebrews 10:1, e) Acts 13:39.

 

Once Christ came, Hebrews 11:6 could NOW state that: “Without trusting-relying-faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would routinely proserchomai draw near-close-beside (a) to Him must have trusting-relying-faith that He presently/ongoingly exists (b) and that He rewards those who routinely ekzeteo diligently-seek-out-to-find (c) Him.” <Notes> a) proserchomai:  a Hebraism for “seeking an audience with, approaching, inquiring of, calling on to visit, or be heard by” God, thus closely akin in spelling and meaning to proseuche conversational-prayer and proskuneo worship, b) that He’s really there to fellowship with, c) ek + zeteo for the Hebrew darash: search out diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after – another Hebraism throughout the OT for diligent worship in order to find God:  Proverbs 8:17; Isaiah 58:2; Jeremiah 29:13; Amos 5:4.  Jesus used this common OT phrase “You will seek Me” to rub it into the Pharisees and scribe that they will NOT find God this time and die in their sins for their rejection of Him:  John 6:26, 7:34 36, 8:21, 13:33, cf. Proverbs 1:28; Romans 10:20 citing Isaiah 65:1.

 

Paul makes it clear that Christians should have absolutely nothing to do with the old covenant or Law, or teachers of it – we are to be freed from its yoke of slavery:  “The Law of the Spirit of zoe genuine-life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the [OT] Law of sin and death, for God has done what the Law [of commandments], asthenes ‘beggarly-poor, weak, feeble, and impotent’ by the flesh, was adunatos absolutely-powerless-to-do” (a), just as we saw above!  Paul continues: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (b), which in context is “liberty from the Law,” and warns of “those (false brothers) who have slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us back into slavery [to the Law]” (c), especially warning about Law-teachers (d).  Romans 14 is written about how to handle Jewish-Christians “weak in faith” because they still feel compelled to follow Jewish dietary Laws. <Notes> a) Romans 8:2-3, b) 2 Corinthians 3:17, c) Galatians 2:4, d) Romans 2:20-21.

 

Paul warned his pastors to:  “charge certain persons in-possibility-NOT to teach any different doctrine (a) nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies (b), which promote speculations (c) rather than God’s oikonomia household-management-plan that is by-the-means-of trusting-relying-faith . . . Certain persons, by swerving from this, have wandered away into vain/fruitless discussion, desiring to be teachers of the Law” (d).  Paul also said: “put these things before the brethren, being a good servant of Christ Jesus, ongoingly being entrepho nourished/educated by the logos messages of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith and/coupled the [singular] kalos ‘beautiful, harmonious, excellent, praiseworthy’ teaching that you have followed” (e).  Faith-teaching is what’s beautiful!  Even Peter says, “Live as people who are free” (f). <Notes> a) Paul taught:  Jesus is our hope in 1 Timothy 1:1 by ‘The-trusting-relying-Faith‘ in v. 1:2 that unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, mercy, and peace are from the Father and/coupled Jesus our Lord, b) a Jewish tendency: 1 Timothy 1:4; Titus 3:9, c) for debate and arguments: 1 Timothy 1:7, 6:4; 1 Corinthians 1:20; Colossians 2:4; 2 Corinthians 10:5, d) 1 Timothy 1:3-7, cf. 1 Timothy 6:3; Galatians 1:6-7; cf. Romans 16:17 that says “watch out for them . . . avoid them,” e) 1 Timothy 4:6, f) 1 Peter 2:16.

 

“The Law is holy, . . . righteous and/coupled good” (a), but NOT if used unlawfully, that is against Christians “freed from the Law” (b), as Paul explains in 1 Timothy 1:8-11, because Christians are no longer “unjust, lawless, disobedient, ungodly, sinners, unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, practicing homosexuals, enslavers, liars, perjures and whatever else that is contrary to the sound doctrine (c) that is down-from/according the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which I have been entrusted.”  Christ has made them justified, so the Law doesn’t apply to them, so it would be “unlawful” to do so! Yet so many Christians and churches insist on adding at least 1-10 of the Law’s commandments back it, creating The Great Wall quenching the Spirit in the Church. <Notes> a) Romans 7:11, 16, b) Romans 6:14, 18, 7:3-4, 8:2, c) see also 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:10, 4:3, 6; Titus 1:9-10, 13, 2:1-2.

 

Later in 1 Timothy 4:1-3, Paul warns Timothy:  “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from The Trusting-Relying-Faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage (a) and require abstinence from foods (b).” Later in 1 Timothy 6:20-21, Paul warns:  Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called ‘gnosis informational-knowledge’ . . . but-instead serve [God] from The-Trusting-Relying-Faith [in Christ alone].” <Notes> a) as does the Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox, b) as do the Trappist monks, Franciscans, Benedictines, Carthusians, Cistercians, and Seventh-day Adventists, with meat-free celebrations of Lent by Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Orthodox denominations.

 

Similarly Paul warns Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:14-16 “do not quarrel about words . . . avoid irreverent babble for their talk will spread like gangrene,” and in 2 Timothy 3:1-11 “In the last days . . . people will be . . . having the ‘outward appearance or external form’ of godliness, but denying the [Spirit’s] dunamis enabling-power of it – avoid such people . . . some men (a) are always learning (b) but never able to arrive at the genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko knowing of The Truth, . . . men who oppose The Truth (c), men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding The-Trusting-Relying-Faith . . . You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my trusting-relying-faith, my patience, my unconditional-love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and sufferings.” <Notes> a) or the ‘weak women’ certain men taught, b) to increase rational gnosis knowledge or sunesis understanding, c) these were the teachers of the Law.

 

Similarly Paul warns Titus:  “avoiding foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the Law for they are worthless and useless” (a).  This Jewish scholarly debate is still encouraged to ‘unlock’ the scriptures, and the Jews saw it as “loving God with their minds” to obey the Law (b). <Notes> a) Titus 3:9, b) Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27.

 

Paul says that:  “Whatever the Law says it speaks to those who are under the Law” (a), and “All who are out-of/from the works/doings of the Law are under a curse” (b) . . . but living as bond-servants (c) of God” (d).  However, Christians are to “no longer be under the Law but under unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” since it should be true of them that they “are led by the Spirit” (e), for “before The Trusting-Relying-Faith erchomai ‘came from one place to another,’ we were held captive subjugated-under the Law, imprisoned eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of The ‘about-to-happen’ Trusting-Relying-Faith being revealed” (f), but “when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His son, . . . to ‘fully out and out buy to redeem’ those who were under the Law” (g).  See Logos Word of God – BT5a and – BT8. <Notes> a) Romans 2:12; Jews – 1 Corinthians 9:20, b) Galatians 3:10, c) freed slaves who chose to still serve their masters, d) 1 Peter 2:16, e) Roman 6:14-15; 1 Corinthians 9:20-21; Galatians 5:18, f) Galatians 3:23, g) Galatians 4:4-5.

 

Thus righteousness thru Christ ALONE is the NT’s gospel logos message:  “The righteousness of God is revealed (a) – from [one step of] trusting-relying-faith to [another step of] trusting-relying-faith” (b), “manifested apart from the Law, although the Law and Prophets bear witness/testify to it – the righteousness of God dia through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ for all who have trusting-relying-faith . . . made/declared-righteous by His unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace as a free grace-gift, thru-the-realizing-channel-of the redemption (c) that is by the means of Christ Jesus, whom God publicly displayed at His death [to be] a propitiation (d) dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith by the means of His blood toward-reaching demonstrable proof of His righteousness thru-the-realizing-channel-of the remission of sins . . . that God might be just/righteous and the justifier/righteous-maker of the one who has trusting-relying-faith in Jesus” (e), just like with Abraham, having “trusting-relying-faith counted/credited to us as righteousness as well . . .the righteousness of trusting-relying-faith . . . a righteousness that is by trusting-relying-faith . . . the righteousness based on trusting-relying-faith” (f), “absolutely in fact not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but that which comes through trusting-relying-faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that relies on trusting-relying-faith” (g), “the righteousness that comes by trusting-relying-faith” (k). You would think after the NT says it so many times Christians would believe it, but many don’t, so they go back to at least 1-10 of the 613 OT commandments or start making up their own. <Notes> a) uncovered from being hidden, b) a common Greek idiom meaning step by step to the end:  Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38, c) by ransom payment, d) substitutional atonement – our unrighteousness transferred to Christ and His righteousness transferred to us, e) Romans 3:21-22, 26, f) Romans 4:9, 11, 13, 22, 9:30, 10:6, g) Philippians 3:9, h) Hebrews 11:7.

 

If you don’t have trusting-relying-faith that Jesus is the prophesied Messiah-Christ of the OT even after reading 61 prophecies, then you are defying the statistical odds and thus highly irrational, or just plain hard-hearted and defiant against God.  If you can still be an agnostic or atheist after reading 365 prophecies, then you are either unconscious, mentally disabled, insane, or just pissed off at God – see Salvation – BT4:  Jesus fulfilled 365 Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT12

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Faith does NOT come from ‘seeing’ bible verses either, only Jesus – don’t limit your faith!

 

 

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Paul makes it clear in 2 Corinthians 3:1-18, since Christians are NOW the “epistole handwritten letters of God, written absolutely-in-fact-NOT by-the-means-of ink but by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit of the living God on human hearts (a) . . . we are ministers of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, absolutely-in-fact-NOT of [singular] gramma writing (b) but instead of [singular] Spirit, for the gramma writing (b) kills, but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life. . . . but their minds were hardened for to this very day, whenever they read the old covenant, the same veil (c) remains unlifted . . . yes, to this very day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts . . . Now the Lord [Jesus] is the Spirit and/coupled where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom [from the Law]. . . but we [Christians] with unveiled faces, as we are routinely katoptrizo ‘gazing with wide-open eyes as into a mirror’ the glory of the Lord [Jesus] are presently/ongoingly being metamorphically-transformed-into the same image, from [one level of] glory to [another level of] glory, just-as away-from the Lord [Jesus], [singular] Spirit.”  Transformation doesn’t come from bible-study, especially of Moses’ writings or anything based on the Law, but from the Spirit by staring at Jesus, which is prophetic vision – see Prophetic-Rhema and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7 and – BT11<Notes> a) cf. Romans 2:15, 10:8-9; Jeremiah 17:1, 31:33 cited in Hebrews 8:10, 10:16, b) in context, not just the Mosaic writings of first 5 books of the OT or the Pentateuch, but particularly the old covenant or Law – see Logos Word of God – BT4, c) the veil over Moses’ face hide God’s glory at the giving of the Law from the people because they were afraid, but also because Moses didn’t want them to see that it was “fading away,” I believe because he had trouble leading them all along.

 

The bible is something you can ‘see,’ but didn’t Paul say we are to be “in-possibility-NOT to routinely skopeo ‘attentively observe, contemplate, or take heed with scrutiny’ the things routinely blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ but instead the things in-possibility-NOT blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ for the things routinely blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ are temporary?  However, the things in-possibility-NOT blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ [are] eternal” (a) . . . for we presently/ongoingly walk-all-around dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith, absolutely-in-fact-NOT dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of eidos ‘outward, visible appearance of what is physically seen” (b)” (c).  We are NOT supposed to be “routinely aphorao ‘attentively looking away from all else to fix our distinct gaze upon in order to correctly discern” the bible, but upon “Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our trusting-relying-faith” (d). <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, b) although derived from eido, eido is most often used of prophetic, visionary, mental ‘seeing’ to perceive/understand/know, c) 2 Corinthians 5:7, d) Hebrews 12:2.

 

So, if you read the bible, don’t get stuck with what you physically ‘see’ – ask the Lord to show you what is NOT visible, for ‘a picture is worth a 1000 words,’ and based on the last BLOG on hearing, ask the Lord to akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know what He has to say instead of 2000-3500 year old writers of the bible.  You do know that many of the writers claim no inspiration or even mention when they are interjecting their opinions?  However, when I am “in the Spirit,” the Lord ‘downloads’ volumes to me between words and lines, and He will for you if you ask with trusting-relying-faith!  Only your faith limits your experience!

 

You get from the Lord pretty much only what you have trusting-relying-faith to handle – if just the bible, then that’s only what you get!  We will see in Obedient Steps of Faith – BT5, that elpis hope or “expectant trusting-relying-faith for future events” is based on the level of your trusting-relying-faith NOW.  Is your trusting-relying-faith limited to relying on God to speak to you only through a bible of men’s writings who once had first-hand contact with God, but long after this fact were loosely collected by many other men, many who were no longer directly in contact with God, especially if you read the early Church writings to see that many were very politically motivated?  Then that is YOUR limitation.  If you can still do this after finding out that countless manuscripts having been lost or destroyed by the ravages of time and warring invasions, and that scholars are still arguing over what the actual text is from those we have found, let alone an accurate translation of them, then that’s YOUR limitation and you get what your trusting-relying-faith can accept!  Your reality is limited by your faith!  If you simply don’t believe these facts I’ve stated, start using Wikipedia and other scholarly resources to dig into these topics:  Bible Manuscripts, Textual Variants, Textual Criticism, Bible Translation, and Bible Canon.  You will be absolutely shocked that many of YOUR views of the bible gathered from pulpit and Christian book tidbits are not based on much fact!  Of course, God can always make a rock, a donkey, the hard-hearted high priest Caiaphas speak for Him, even a 2000-3500 year old bible – see Bible Info and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7.

 

However, God’s preference is for us to have trusting-relying-faith and by that to relentlessly ask, seek, and knock, looking with eager expectation for His answer.  He wants to koinonia partner with us!  If you have trusting-relying-faith in God’s promised-Spirit that you can akouo hear-to-understand/know first-hand prophetic rhema words just as much as the original writers did, even from such verses about “the promises” of the Spirit (a), then that’s exactly what you will get also!  Our trusting-relying-faith is the only thing that limits our genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge with God! <Notes> a) Acts 1:4, 2:17-18, 33, 39.

 

So instead of all this complicated study, you could take amazingly easy, childlike, obedient steps of faith to better understand The Truth:  You can go “boldly before the throne of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (a) and “routinely be asking, seeking, and knocking until you receive, until you find, and until the door is opened” (b), in order that “the eyes of your heart to be enlightened, that you may eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know ” (c) in order that “you might definitively/wholly be filled with the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of His will by-the-means-of all-kinds-of Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and related sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding” (d).  That is really the ‘easy button!’  The NT does not have much positive to say about bible-students of their day but does about being like a child (e). <Notes> a) Hebrews 4:16, b) Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-19, c) Ephesians 1:18, d) Colossians 1:9, e) Matthew 11:25, 18:3, 19:14; Luke 10:21; John 5:39-40.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT11

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The “precious promise” of the Spirit is meant for us to hear and see prophetic rhema words directly from Christ

 

 

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See also Prophetic Rhema Word of God.  The real promises of supernatural, zoe genuine-life are through the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Christ’s Holy Spirit (a), which is God’s singular “Word” (b) spoken faithfully by Jesus (c) because He had the Holy Spirit without measure (d). This sure aren’t read bible verses but “every directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that comes from the mouth of God that man shall zoe genuinely-live on” (e).  Many preachers claim: “The bible is God’s Word that will never come back empty-handed, but accomplish what it was sent out to do.”  However, God actually says:  “My [singular] directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that goes out of My mouth that … shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (f).  Directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God make nothing impossible for Him (g).  They have the Spirit’s power to create universes (h).  It is Christ’s powerfully-enabling Voice that His sheep here (h) that sustains all things (i).  God’s rhema word endures forever and it is this that originally made up the content of the preached gospel logos message (j).  This verbal preaching is the apostles’ witness (k).  Their gospel logos message of rhema words alone can save us (l), because it is Christ’s rhema words that will judge all people on the last day (m).  <Notes> a) John 6:63, 68, b) John 8:47, c) John 17:8; 14:10, d) John 3:34, e) Matthew 4:4 citing Deuteronomy 8:3, f) Isaiah 55:11, g) Luke 1:37, h) John 10:27, i) Hebrews 1:3, j) 1 Peter 1:25; Acts 5:20, k) Acts 5:32, l) Acts 11:14, m) John 12:47-48.

 

The phrase “preach the gospelis used at least 26 times and so naturally “trusting-relying-faith comes from akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know and akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know through-the-realizing-channel-of [singular] directly-spoken rhema word of Christ” (a), “but how are they going to akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know [Christ call them to Himself] without someone preaching” (b)?  Again, “We heard of your trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus  . . . Of this you have heard before in the logos message of The Truth (c) – the gospel – which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing, just as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God in/by/with [singular] Truth” (d).  Therefore, Paul asks: “Proseuchomai conversationally-pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the logos message, to laleo ‘speak with voice’ the mystery of Christ” (e), “the mystery of the gospel” (f).  <Notes> a) Romans 10:17, b) Romans 10:14, c) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, d) Colossians 1:4-6, e) Colossians 4:3, f) Ephesians 3:6, 6:19.

 

Finally, Paul concludes:  “For Christ . . . sent me to preach the gospelabsolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with wisdom of/belonging-to logos messages, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the logos message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are routinely being saved (a) it is the enabling-power of God.  For it is written:  ‘I will destroy the sophia wisdom-knowledge of the wise, and bring to nothing the sunesis connect-the-dots understanding-knowledge of the understanding ones.’  Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the sophia wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of/belonging-to God, the world through [human] sophia wisdom did absolutely-in-fact-NOT experientially, relationally ginosko know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the kerugma proclamation/heralding-preaching to save those who have trusting-relying-faith (b).  <Notes> a) soteria salvation is “a process of being delivered, rescued, and restored to wholeness”, b) 1 Corinthians 1:17-21.

 

There simply isn’t anything in the NT about reading ancient bible writings!  From 1980 to 2008 I only knew about God through gnosisknowledge bible study, but once I learned how to actually akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know from God I really started to experientially epiginosko know Him – see About-My Story, My Spirit-Baptisms, and My Prophetic Words.

 

If you still insist on reading the bible, as I am doing to write this, you have to realize that NT trusting-relying-faith doesn’t come from reading or studying its 2000-3500 year-old words interpreted by mere men to translate into our language – and there are 900 English versions alone and most differ quite a bit, but according to Paul in Romans 10:6-9, “The righteousness [of God] based on trusting-relying-faith says . . . ‘The directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of trusting-relying-faith that we proclaim [in their gospel logos messages], because if you confess with your mouth that ‘Jesus is Lord/Master’ and/coupled have trusting-relying-faith in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall actually be saved ” and thus in Romans 10:17,  “So The-Trusting-Relying-Faith [is] ek out-from akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know de and/moreover this akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [singular] directly-heard/spoken [singular] rhema word of/belonging-to Christ.”  Yes, there needs to be a gospel logos message about Jesus for people to put their trusting-relying-faith in Jesus, but it is NOT read, as Paul explains in verse 10:14, “How then will they call on Him [for salvation from v. 13] in whom they have not had trusting-relying-faith? And how are they to have trusting-relying-faith in Him of whom they have never akouo heard-to-understand/know?  And how are they to akouo heard-to-understand/know without someone preaching?”  Paul never envisioned the gospel heard by reading the bible!

 

This is how we know:  “Their voice that has gone out to all the earth, their directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words to the ends of the world” (a) – not by reading about any logos messages in a bible 2000-3500 years later!  When people akouo heard-to-understand/know Jesus speak His gospel logos message, that’s when they could respond with trusting-relying-faith (b).  Rhema words need to be near us, that is, in our mouths (c) and written on the tablets of our hearts as was promised, not on stone or with pen and ink (d).  Rhema words are what we are to treasure up and ponder (e).  Christ’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are what is to remain in us, and if they do, then our prayers are answered (f).  Rhema is the voice of the Holy Spirit spoken through the apostles and prophets (g), thus it is the very nature of prophecy (h) – see Prophetic-Rhema. <Notes> a) Romans 10:18 cited from Psalms 19:14, b) John 2:22, 4:42, 50, 5:24; Luke 8:12-15), just as in the NT Church (Acts 4:4, 13:48, 15:7, 18:8, 21:20; Romans 10:14, 16; Ephesians 1:13, c) by the confession of our faith: 1 Timothy 6:12; Hebrews 10:23, d) Romans 2:15, 10:8-9; 2 Corinthians 3:2-3; Jeremiah 17:1, 31:33 cited in Hebrews 8:10, 10:16; not our writing on our hearts as in Proverbs 3:3, 7:3, e) Luke 2:19, 51; Job 23:12; Hebrew emer  ‘My utterance’ Proverbs 2:1, 7:1, cf. Psalms 4:4, 101:2; Proverbs 15:28, f) John 15:7, g) Acts 28:25; Romans 10:18, h) nebuah, propheteia: a discourse emanating from divine inspiration.

 

This is because Jesus said in John 10:16, 27, 18:37 “My sheep that are not of this fold I must bring them in also, and they shall indeed akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know My phone Voice . . . My sheep presently/ongoingly are akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know My phone Voice. . . Everyone who is of/belongs-to The Truth (a) presently/ongoing akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know My phone Voice.”  Yes, the Greek word phone is where we get our English word “telephone” – you don’t read and study rhema words on a phone but listen to them spoken directly to you!  Directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are revealed by the Holy Spirit’s prophecy in visions and dreams as ‘The Promise’ for the Church age (b), for the “testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy” (c). “Akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know with trusting-relying-faith, not the works of the Law” is how we “receive the promised Spirit” (d) and are “perfected/completed to maturity” (e).  Hearing Jesus directly is what changes us, not reading about Him in an old, dusty bible! <Notes> a) The Truth:  a typical reference to Christ per John 1:14, 17, 14:6, 8:30-32; 1 John 2:27, 5:20; Ephesians 4:21 or His gospel logos message about Himself: Galatians 2:5, 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5 – see Truth page, b) Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 2:17-18, 33, 39, c) Revelation 19:10, d) Luke 24:49; Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:13, e) Galatians 3:2-3, 5, 14, 22.

 

The gospel logos message was preached everywhere by the early Church and its ministers (a) as a logos message of their testimony/witness, even to the end of the ages despite persecution (b).  It was also taught as the sound doctrine of trusting-relying-faith, unconditional-love, and godliness to pastors of high moral character to correct those who would contradict it (c).  It is the “logos message of/belonging-to Christ that is to dwell in us richly” (d), but how does that happen?  It is the “logos message of/belonging-to God” that NOW dwells [by the Holy Spirit] IN Christians to overcome the evil one (e).  It is the “logos message of/belonging-to God” that makes all things (f) holy, but this isn’t the OT scriptures but the gospel logos messages of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (g).  It is the “goodness (h) of the gospellogos message of/belonging-to God and/coupled the dunamis enabling-power [of the Holy Spirit] of the age to come” that Jewish-Christians had already “tasted” (i), but they were to go on ‘gobbling’ it up! <Notes> a) Acts 4:31, 6:2, 7, 8:14, 25, 40, 10:36, 11:1, 12:24, 13:5, 7, 46, 14:7, 21, 15:17, 16:10, 17:13, 18:11; Romans 1:15, 20, 16:25; 1 Corinthians 1:17, 9:14, 16, 18, 15:1; 2 Corinthians 2:12, 8:18, 10:16, 11:4, 7; Galatians 1:8-9, 11, 2:2, 3:8, 4:13; Ephesians 6:19; Philippians 1:14; Colossians 1:23, 25; 2 Timothy 2:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 8, 2:9, 13; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 4:6; Hebrews 13:7; Revelation 14:6, b) Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:9; Luke 21:13; John 15:27, 21:24; Acts 8:25, 20:24; Philippians 1:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:8; Revelation 12:11, c) Galatians 6:6; 1 Timothy 1:10, 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 1:9, 2:1, 5, d) Colossians 3:16; 1 John 1:10, e) 1 John 2:14, f) even that forbidden by the OT, g) 1 Timothy 4:5-6, h) see ‘good grace-gifts’ of Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13, i) Hebrews 6:5.

 

The Church is “sanctified by cleansing her with the washing of the water (a) by the prophetic rhema word of Christ” (b) – not bible verses!  Christians are meant to “taste the good directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of God and the miracles of the coming age” (c) and ‘gobble up’ more – not bible study!  Spiritual warfare is to be fought with “the sword of the Spirit, which is the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word of God” (d), not bible verses!  Jesus told us the secret of answered deesis supplication-prayer:  “If you remain in Me and My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word remains in you, ask and it will be done for you” (e) – not bible verses!  We’ve already said all this, but it bears repeating!  There’s 77 promises of rhema ‘Word of God’ in the NT, but not that much about logos ‘Word of God” except the power of the preached gospel logos message when it is akouo heard/listened-to-understand/know!  Our English bibles are covering up the truth – see Bible Info. <Notes> a) likely a reference to the Spirit in water-baptism, b) Ephesians 5:26, c) Hebrews 6:5, d) Ephesians 6:17, e) John 15:7.

 

As important as logos messages of God are as Jesus Christ, the living word (a) or His preached gospel (b), most of the promises of supernatural, zoe genuine-life, even as the preached gospel, are through the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of Christ that are Holy Spirit (c), which is God’s singular “Word” (d) spoken faithfully by Jesus (e), because Jesus had the Holy Spirit without measure (f). This sure isn’t about gramma writings of the bible but “every rhema word that comes from the mouth of God that man shall zoe genuinely-live on” (g).  Many preachers claim: “The bible is God’s Word that will never come back empty-handed, but accomplish what it was sent out to do.”  However, God actually says:  “My [singular] rhema word that goes out of My mouth that … shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (h).  Rhema words of God make nothing impossible for Him (i).  They have the Spirit’s enabling-power to create universes (j).  It is Christ’s powerfully-enabling Voice that sustains all things (k).  God’s rhema word endures forever and it is this that originally made up the content of the preached gospel logos message (l) as discussed above.  This verbal preaching is the apostles’ witness (m).  Their gospel logos message of rhema words alone can save us (n), because it is Christ’s rhema words that will judge all people on the last day (o).  Logos must get us to Rhema or it is useless! <Notes> a) John 1:1; 1 John 1:1; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23, b) Acts 8:25, 15:7, 18:5, 20:35; 1 Corinthians 1:17; Ephesians 1:13, 6:19; Colossians 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Timothy 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13; Hebrews 12:24; Revelation 1:2, 9; 20:4; Philippians 2:16 implied by context, c) John 6:63, 68, d) John 8:47, e) John 17:8; 14:10, f) John 3:34, g) Matthew 4:4 citing Deuteronomy 8:3, h) Isaiah 55:11, i) Luke 1:37, j) Hebrews 11:3, k) Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:17, l) 1 Peter 1:25; Acts 5:20, m) Acts 5:32, n) Acts 11:14, 18:8, o) John 12:47-48; Romans 2:16; cf. Deuteronomy 18:18-19 of Jesus as The Prophet who will judge those that don’t listen to Him.

 

Is it any wonder that of all theSpirit-kind-of grace-gifts to earnestly-desire” that Paul strongly urges in 1 Corinthians 14:1, “especially that you may prophesy,” and then after summing up 38 verses in 1 Corinthians 14:39, “so my brethren, [I strongly urge you to] earnestly-desire to prophesy, and in-possibility-NOT to forbid speaking/praying in tongues.”  Yet, many churches disobey both!

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT10

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Our relationship-faith is thus the limiting factor to us learning from God by the Spirit

 

 

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Also see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT6.  I can say from experience that if you stay in the limited paradigm/mindset of trusting-relying-faith in bible-study to only know gnosis information about God, no matter how sure you are of it, as I once was, it will keep you “snared and trapped with a retribution” – see New Covenant Ways – BT17 and – BT18.  Also “your eyes will stay darkened and your backs bent forever” (a) with “a veil that will remain unlifted to harden your heart” (b). Your stubbornness will keep you from experiencing zoe genuine-life ‘by the Spirit” (c).  <Notes> a) Romans 11:9-10 citing Psalm 69:22, b) 2 Corinthians 3:14, c) Zechariah 4:6.

 

Many Christians simply have not grasped the complete difference between the old covenant “way” of obedience FOR God that puts your trusting-relying-faith in your own “might and power” of Zechariah 4:6 and the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant “Living Way” that puts your trusting-relying-faith  in “by-the-means-of My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts” – see New Covenant Ways.

 

If you can’t get out of putting your trusting-relying-faith in the external resources and internal skills and intellectual prowess of your “might and power” or flesh, you simply can’t get into the realm of “by-the-means-of My Spirit resources and abilities (a).  You have to surrender control of the former to embrace the latter because they flesh and Spirit oppose each other (b)!  If you want the Apostle Paul’s experience, you have to make the same trade:  “Whatever gain-profit I had, I have already [with ongoing effects] counted as detrimental-loss dia through-the-realizing-channel-of The Christ.  Therefore indeed I also presently/ongoingly count ALL things as detrimental-loss dia through-the-realizing-channel-of the surpassing excellent-worth of the gnosis informational-knowledge (c) of/belonging-to Christ Jesus my Lord, dia through-the-realizing-channel-of Whom I have already experienced-the-loss of ALL things kai and/now presently/ongoingly count-as skubalon ‘garbage thrown to dogs’ in order that I may gain Christ and/coupled be found in Him, in-possibility-NOT having my-own righteousness that [is] ek out-from the Law, but instead that which [is] dia through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith of/belonging-to Christ, the righteousness ek out-from God [that is] upon [the base of] The Trusting-Relying-Faith” (d). <Notes> a) Zechariah 4:6, b) Galatians 5:16-17, 25-26, c) a rare moment that Paul ever speaks positively of gnosis, d) Philippians 3:7-11.

 

What keeps you stuck in “might and power” is pride, conceitedness, or arrogance, but “God opposes the proud but gives unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace to the humble” (a) who “reverentially-fear-with-awe Him” (b).  Otherwise you will “become puffed up with conceit and fall in the condemnation of the devil” (c), becoming “arrogant people” (d), just as are false-teachers (e).  “The pride of life . . . is from the world” (f) and is an “evil thing that comes from within to defile a person” (g), and such people God “scatters” (h).  The unconditional-love of the Spirit (i) simply is not arrogant (j).  Thus overseers-bishops-elders “must in-possibility-not be arrogant” (k).  However, the last days will see many people “lovers of self, . . . proud, arrogant . . . swollen with conceit” (l). <Notes> a) James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5 citing Proverbs 3:34 and Isaiah 54:7; cf. Philippians 2:3, b) Romans 11:20, c) 1 Timothy 3:6, d) 1 Corinthians 4:19, e) 1 Timothy 6:3-4, f) 1 John 2:16, g) Mark 7:22-23; cf. James 4:16, h) Luke 1:51, i) Galatians 5:22; Romans 15:30; Colossians 1:8; 2 Timothy 1:7, j) 1 Corinthians 13:4, k) Titus 1:7, l) 2 Timothy 3:2-4.

 

Is your trusting-relying-faith limited to God only being able to speak to you through a bible of men’s writings who once had first-hand contact with God, but hundreds of years after this fact, were loosely collected by many other men, many who were no longer directly in contact with God, especially if you read the early Church writings to see that many were very politically motivated?  Then that is YOUR limitation.  If you can still do this after finding out that countless manuscripts having been lost or destroyed by the ravages of time and warring invasions, and that scholars are still arguing over what the actual text is from those we have found, let alone an accurate translation of them, then that’s YOUR limitation and you get what your trusting-relying-faith can accept!  Your reality is limited by your faith!

 

If you simply don’t believe these facts I’ve state, start using Wikipedia and other scholarly resources to dig into these topics:  Bible Manuscripts, Textual Variants, Textual Criticism, Bible Translation, and Bible Canon – see Bible Info.  You will be absolutely shocked that many of YOUR views of the bible gathered from pulpit and Christian book tidbits are just not based on much fact!

 

The NT writers didn’t intend for their letters to be collected into a book, which took 300 years!  There’s absolutely no evidence of this!  They spent most of their time preaching the gospel (a), as was commissioned (b), even to bear witness to the end of the ages, even despite persecution (c), not writing!  When people akouo heard-to-understand/know Jesus speak His gospel logos message, not read about Him in a book, that’s when they could respond with trusting-relying-faith (d), just as in the NT Church (e).  <Notes> a) Acts 4:31, 6:2, 7, 8:14, 25, 40, 10:36, 11:1, 12:24, 13:5, 7, 46, 14:7, 21, 15:17, 16:10, 17:13, 18:11; Romans 1:15, 20, 16:25; 1 Corinthians 1:17, 9:14, 16, 18, 15:1; 2 Corinthians 2:12, 8:18, 10:16, 11:4, 7; Galatians 1:8-9, 11, 2:2, 3:8, 4:13; Ephesians 6:19; Philippians 1:14; Colossians 1:23, 25; 2 Timothy 2:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 8, 2:9, 13; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 4:6; Hebrews 13:7; Revelation 14:6, b) Matthew 24:14, 26:13; Mark 13:10, 14:9, 16:15; Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:2, 10:42; Titus 1:3; 1 Corinthians 9:14, c) Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:9; Luke 21:13; John 15:27, 21:24; Acts 8:25, 20:24; Philippians 1:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:8; Revelation 12:11, d) John 2:22, 4:42, 50, 5:24; Luke 8:12-15, e) Acts 4:4, 13:48, 15:7, 18:8, 21:20; Romans 10:14, 16; Ephesians 1:13.

 

The preached gospel was also taught as the sound doctrine of trusting-relying-faith, unconditional-love, and godliness to pastors of high moral character to correct those who would contradict it (c).  It is the “logos message of Christ that is to dwell in us richly” (d).  It is the “logos message of God” that dwells [by the Holy Spirit] in Christians to overcome the evil one (e).  It is the “logos message of God” that makes all things (f) holy isn’t the OT but the preached gospel logos messages of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith (g); the “goodness (h) of the preached gospellogos message of God and/coupled the dunamis enabling-power [of the Holy Spirit] of the age to come” that Jewish-Christians had already “tasted” (i). <Notes> c) Galatians 6:6; 1 Timothy 1:10, 4:6, 6:3; 2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 1:9, 2:1, 5, d) Colossians 3:16; 1 John 1:10, e) 1 John 2:14, f) even that forbidden by the OT, g) 1 Timothy 4:5-6, h) see ‘good grace-gifts’ of Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13, i) Hebrews 6:5.

 

But when they did write, it usually was to individuals (a), individual churches (b), or individual groups within churches (c) to address specific issues like combating deception from teachers (d), rarely to explain the gospel (e), and often because they couldn’t speak in person (f).  <Notes> a) Philemon 1:19, 21; 2 John 1:1, 12; 3 John 1:1, b) 1 Corinthians 4:14; 2 Corinthians 9:1; Philippians 3:1; Colossians 4:18; 2 Thessalonians 3:17; 1 John 2:13-14; Revelation 1:11, c) Gentiles in Acts 15:19-20, d) 1 John 2:21, 26; Jude 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:3-4, cf. 1 John 3:7, 2 John 1:7, e) Luke 1:3; Acts 1:1, f) 2 Corinthians 13:10; 3 John 1:13.

 

If the NT writers did write something for a general audience, their stated purpose sure wasn’t for later analysis, study, dogma, creeds, apologetics or theology as religious men have treated them!  Case in point is the stated purpose of John’s gospel to the general public:  “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are absolutely-in-fact-NOT written in this book; but these things are written so that you might presently/ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and/thus in order that you’all routinely having trusting-relying-faith [then] you’all might hold-to-have zoe genuine-life in His name/authority” (a) and ends with “This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things,  . . . Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”  Evidently, that wasn’t their mission! <Notes> a) John 20:30-31.

 

Furthermore in his later letter to Christians, John said:  “I write these things to you’all in order that you might presently/ongoingly eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know (a) that you presently/ongoing have zoe genuine-life everlasting, those who are routinely having trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of the Son of God” (b).  Paul’s treatise to the Roman world states his purpose in the beginning:  “to bring about the obedience of trusting-relying-faith for the sake of Christ’s name/authority among all the nations” (c) and at the end says:  “made known to all nations . . . to bring about the obedience of trusting-relying-faith (d).  Jude says:  “I found it necessary to write to you parakaleo close-beside-encouraging to focus-on-contending for The Trusting-Relying-Faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (e). <Notes> a) based on a past action: perfect tense, b) 1 John 5:13, c) Romans 1:5, d) Romans 16:26, e) Jude 1:3.

 

However, if you have trusting-relying-faith in God’s promised-Spirit that you can hear first-hand just as much as the original writers did, even from such verses about “The Promise” as Acts 1:4, 2:17-18, 33, 39, then that’s exactly what you will get also!  Our trusting-relying-faith is the only thing that limits our ability to have genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge with God!

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT9

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Faith in our own biblical wisdom and understanding versus God’s that comes through intimate relationship with Christ

 

 

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Paul’s view of the world’s wisdom and understanding is shown in 1 Corinthians 1:17-31: “For Christ . . . sent me to preach the gospelabsolutely-in-fact-NOT in/by/with wisdom of/belonging-to logos messages, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.  The logos message (gospel) of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us . . . the dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power of God, for it is written, ‘I will destroy/thwart the wisdom of the wise ones, and/coupled the sunesis rational ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding of the sunetos understanding ones I will hide/conceal’ (a). Where is the wise one, the scribe (b), the debater of this age (c)?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (d).  For since . . . the world did absolutely-in-fact-NOT experientially, relationally ginosko know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the ‘folly’ of what we preach to save those who have trusting-relying-faith. . . but we preach Christ crucified, a skandalon ‘bait-trigger-for-a-snare, trap, thus a stumbling-stone’ to the Jews, and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called [by God], Christ – the dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power and/coupled wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is mightier (e) than men.  For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise down-from/according-to the flesh, not many mighty (e), not many noble, are called.  But God has chosen the foolish things (f) of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things (f) of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty (e); and the base things (f) of the world and the things which are despised (f) God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that in possibility no flesh might glory in His presence.  But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification/holiness and redemption – that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Yahweh‘.” <Notes> a) Isaiah 29:14, b) grammateus: not just professional writers or copiers of gramma writings of graphe scripture, but ‘expert’ interpreters and teachers of it, c) Jew and Gentile religions prided themselves in all of this, d) Yes, the study of scripture for wisdom is just as foolish, e)might and power” is the external and internal resources of the flesh – see Identity, f) see Least Among You.

 

Instead, according to Paul in Ephesians 1:17-19 w get from God “the Spirit’s wisdom and/coupled revelation by-the-means-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God, having routinely had the eyes of our heart enlightened in order to eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/understand/know:  1) what is the elpis hope of His calling, 2) what are the riches of His glorious inheritance (a) in the saints, and 3) what is the surpassing greatness of His dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of us, those routinely having trusting-relying-faith.”  Similarly in Colossians 1:9-12 Paul says: “We have not ceased to proseuchomai conversationally-pray for you and/coupled aiteo ‘asking for, seeking or earnestly desiring for in prayer’ [God] in order that you might be pleroo filled-to-completion with the genuine, experiential, relational, epignosis knowledge of God’s will by-the-means-of all [kinds of] Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and/coupled sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding/knowledge.”  The grace-gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:8 are to be exercised for Body-Ministry include “a logos message of wisdom” and “a logos message of gnosis informational-knowledge (b).  God’s wisdom comes by the Spirit thru prayer – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT27. <Notes> a) this is “the blessed hope” of glorified transformation into Christ’s likeness for eternal zoe genuine-life with Him: Titus 1:2, 2:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; Romans 8:17-18, 29; 1 Corinthians 13:12, 15:42, 52-54; John 5:25, 28; Luke 20:35-36, b) the only times Paul speaks positively of gnosis is if it comes from God:  Romans 2:20, 11:33, 15:14; 1 Corinthians 1:5, 13:2, 8, 14:6; 2 Corinthians 2:14, 4:6, 6:6, 8:7, 10:5; Philippians 3:8; Colossians 2:3.

 

Proverbs 2:2-5 tells us to diligently seek and listen with our hearts: “Make your ear attentive to Sophia (feminine) Wisdom   . . . your heart to Sunesis (feminine) Understanding . . . If you cry out for Sophia Wisdom and lift up your voice for Sunesis Understanding  . . . If you baqash/zeteo diligently seek (a) HER (e) like silver and/coupled chaphas/exereuneo diligently search out (b) HER (e) like hidden treasure, THEN you will actually suniemi ‘connect-the-dots’ to-understand/know the fear (c) of the Lord and/coupled continually-in-process (d) find/obtain/perceive/discover the genuine, experiential, relational da’ath/epignosis knowledge of God” – see also Proverbs 8:1. The Hebrew word ruach for the Spirit everywhere in the OT is also feminine. <Notes> a) Hebrew baqash:  seek to find, secure, seek the face/person/audience of, desire/demand, require/exact, ask/request; Greek zeteo: searching diligently in order to find, investigate, desire/crave, aim/strive after, b) Hebrew chaphas in the Qal form: search for, think-out/devise, search/test; Greek exereuneo:  search wholly out from, carefully search out with all diligence in an investigative, examining manner of the facts, c) Hebraism: reverential, worshipful awe and respect of, d) imperfect tense, e) the pronoun autos is feminine.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT8

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Faith in Christ is the ONLY point of the bible

 

 

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The entire bible was written ultimately just to point people to Jesus – to have pistis trusting-relying-faith in THE PERSON of Jesus Christ who alone perfectly obeyed God to take away our unrighteousness in exchange for His righteousness, which is called “propitiation.”  Paul declared:  “Dia through-the-realizing-channel-of the obedience of the One the many will be authoritatively-brought-down-to-stand-in-place-as righteous” (a), by “a Son that learned obedience through what He suffered” (b), so “being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (c).  We don’t place our trusting-relying-faith in the bible or our own obedience to the Law for righteousness but in Christ’s obedience – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT17 on works of righteousness.  <Notes> a) Romans 5:19, b) Hebrews 5:8, c) Philippians 2:8.

 

John 20:30-31 explains why John waited until nearly the end of his life to write his gospel logos message account: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are absolutely-in-fact-NOT written in this book.  However, these things have already been [with lasting results] written in order that you might have trusting-relying-faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by having trusting-relying-faith you might have everlasting zoe genuine-life in His name/authority.” And later in John 21:25 he says: “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”  All the gospel logos message accounts were written fairly late (68-100 AD), so apparently it was more of an after-thought by the apostles, because only 4 of the 13 wrote anything down at all, Paul writing 51% of the NT, because Mark, Luke, Barnabas, and James weren’t even apostles.  Mark and Luke were Gentiles at that, disciples of Paul’s that simply collected information to later report, with no mention that the Holy Spirit even guiding them.  So until this time, apparently the early Church simply relied on the Holy Spirit to be sufficient as “The One Teacher” for Christians!  If they had this confidence, maybe it’s a good idea to place our trusting-relying-faith there also!  Are we pointing others to the “Who” of Christ’s Spirit or a “What” or ancient writings that came much later and not even collected into a bible for another 200 years!

 

In John 5:37-40, we see Jesus scolding the bible-student scribes and Pharisees:  “You people have absolutely-in-fact-NEVER heard my Father’s phone Voice nor-absolutely-in-fact-NEVER seen His form at any time, nor-absolutely-in-fact-NEVER do you have His logos message residing in you, because you do absolutely-in-fact-NOT presently/ongoingly have trusting-relying-faith in the One whom He sent. [In contrast] You presently/ongoingly diligently searching/studying the scriptures because they [erroneously] suppose in/by/with them you presently/ongoingly hold-to-have zoe genuine-life everlasting, and-but these are presently/ongoingly they that routinely bear-witness/testify comprehensively-all-around Me, and-yet you absolutely-in-fact-NOT are willing to definitively/wholly erchomai come-from-one-place-to-another pros towards-and-interacting-with Me in order that you may presently/ongoing hold-to-have zoe genuine-life.”  The bible students missed the entire point of the bible!

 

Jesus told the people early in His ministry:  “For ALL the Prophets and the Law prophesied heos UNTIL-the-ending-point-of John the Baptist” (a) and “The Law and the Prophet were heos UNTIL-the-ending-point-of John – since then the good news (b) of the kingdom of God is preached” (c), indicating the end of the OT era and beginning of the NT era!  After Jesus resurrected he had to even open the eyes of His disciples “and beginning with Moses (d) and ALL the Prophets, He thoroughly-explained to them in ALL the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (e).  Some of the early disciples recognized this:  “Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the Law also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth.’” (f). <Notes> a) Matthew 11:13, b) gospel logos message, c) Luke 16:16, d) Jesus is “The Prophet” in the Law: Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19, cf. John 1:21, 25, 5:46 and especially Acts 3:22, 7:37, e) Luke 24:27, f) John 1:45.

 

Paul explains in Galatians 3:19, 21-26 the limited purpose of the Law:  “Why then the Law?  The Law was added for the sake/cause of (a) transgressions [from specific commandments] heos UNTIL-the-ending-point-of the ‘offspring’ should come to Whom (b) the promise (c) had been made . . . For if law had been given that could give zoe genuine-life, then righteousness would indeed be by the Law.  But the scripture imprisoned everything under sin (d), so that the promise [to Abraham for the nations] ek out-from trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those routinely having trusting-relying-faith.  However, before trusting-relying-faith [in Christ] came, we were held captive under the Law, imprisoned eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the coming trusting-relying-faith [in Christ] would be revealed. So then the Law was our paidagogos ‘legally-appointed child-educator/superintendent-guardian’ (e) eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of Christ came that we would be made/declared righteous/justified by trusting-relying-faith [in Christ].  However NOW that trusting-relying-faith [in Christ] has come, we are no longer under a paidagogos legally-appointed child-educator/superintendent-guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are ALL [mature] sons (f) of God through trusting-relying-faith [in Christ].”  Paul clarifies our sonship:  “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (g).  Our inheritance we can claim only when we are free, mature “sons” didn’t come by the “slave children” under the Law (h).  Sonship inheritance only came through Jesus as the “mediator of a New Covenant” (i).

 

<Notes> a) adverb charin from charis unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace that furnishes the reason to take action of, b) Jesus, the Christ from Galatians 3:16, c) to Abraham and his singular offspring Jesus that ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed’ v. 8, 16, so that the inheritance comes by the promised Spirit through trusting-relying-faith v. 2, 5, 14, 18, d) because 97.4% of the OT is Law-based – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, e) paidagogos:  servants hired by the upper class to take their little boys to/from school UNTIL the age of manhood, cf. ‘the 10,000 supervisor-guardians’ of 1 Corinthians 4:15, f) huios: although we are adopted sons, we are NOW under the New Covenant made to share the same nature as their Father, able to receive their inheritance, g) Romans 8:14, h) Galatians 3:18, 4:30; Ephesians 1:11-18, i) Hebrews 9:15, 10:36, 11:8; Acts 20:32; Exodus 32:13; Colossians 3:23-24; 1 Peter 1:4.

 

Paul explains in Romans 16:25-26 that the “unhiding-revelation of the secret/mystery [of Christ] that was kept silent for long ages has NOW been brought-to-light-to-openly-manifest (a) and/also through the [OT] prophetic writings has been made know to all nations . . . to bring about the obedience of trusting-relying-faith.”  In Romans (b) Paul says:  “The gospel of God that He promised beforehand through His [OT] prophets in the Holy scriptures (c) concerning His Son . . . The righteousness of God is unhidden-revealed – from [one step of] trusting-relying-faith to [another step of] trusting-relying-faith, . . . manifested apart from the Law, although the Law and Prophets bear witness/testify to it – the righteousness of God dia through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ. <Notes> a) by Christ’s appearing: 2 Timothy 1:10, Christ’s gospel logos message about Himself:  Titus 1:3, and then to the saints:  Colossians 1:26, b) Romans 1:1-3 (cf. Luke 1:70), 3:17, 21-22, c) graphe never referred to anything other than the OT until the Catholics tried to apply it to NT writing in 225 AD – see Logos Word of God – BT5.

 

Peter preaches in Solomon’s Portico in Acts 3:17-18, 24 “Now brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers, but what God foretold by the mouth of ALL the prophets – that His Christ would suffer – He thus fulfilled. . . . ALL the prophets who have spoken from Samuel and those who came after him also proclaimed these days.”  Peter tells the God-fearing Gentile-proselytes to Judaism in Acts 10:43:  “To Jesus ALL the prophets bear witness that everyone who has trusting-relying-faith in Him lambano grabs-hold-of-to-receive forgiveness of sins dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of His name/authority.”  Even Jesus said:  “For ALL the Prophets and/coupled the Law prophesied UNTIL John” (a) and SINCE THEN the Good News (gospel) of the kingdom of Good is preached” (b).  Only 2.6% of the OT was ever used by the early Church to convert Jews to Christ – see Logos Word of God – BT6, not all of the OT as many mistranslate 2 Timothy 3:15-16 – see Logos Word of God – BT7.  Nevertheless, Jesus is found in every OT book – see Salvation – BT3. <Notes> a) Matthew 11:13, b) Luke 16:16.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT6

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Faith is NOT belief in gnosis informational-knowledge but epignosis relational trust

 

 

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We touched on this in Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2.  “Faith” and “believe” in English are 2 different words with 2 DIFFERENT English meanings, albeit with some overlap as “the assent of the mind to the truth of a proposition or statement” and “to accept as true or real, respectively.”  However, in Greek the respective noun pistis and verb pisteuo mean the SAME thing, which has little to do with mere “mental assent” in a THING, even the bible, but instead means “experiential, relational conviction of trusting dependence or reliance upon a PERSON who is trustworthy.”  You can’t have biblical trusting-relying-faith in a THING, only a PERSON, and it’s a “deep conviction” that grows from our experiential koinonia relationship with that PERSON!  I would never give the keys to my car or house to a PERSON that I did not really trust because of my relationship with that PERSON.

 

We also saw that despite the erroneous preaching from too many pulpits, pistis faith is NOT a “mental assent or agreement” about some THING, like “accepting as true or real” that the chair behind you will hold your weight even though you may have never seen the chair before so that you have “no complete evidence” of it being able to do so, nor is pistis faith believing in 2000-3500 bible verses that talk about biblical events and people you have never seen “as true or real . . . with no complete evidence” nor that you have ever personally known.

 

Gnosis head-knowledge doesn’t require a relationship because it’s just factual information!  However ginosko, epiginosko, and epignosis knowledge absolutely do require a relationship with a PERSON because by definition this experiential, relational knowledge requires pistis or pisteuo trusting-relying-faith with that PERSON!  Bible-scholars are rich in gnosis but often poor in epignosis.  I have struggled with this for a long time as you can see from Bible Info!  However, little children and the other uneducated Least Among You are likely poor in gnosis but can be rich in epignosis.

 

Do you want to be effective and fruitful as a Christian?  2 Peter 1:2-8 tells you how, but it’s not through bible study:  “May unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace and peace be lavished on you by-the-means-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God and/coupled of Jesus our Lord just as His divine dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power has already routinely granted to us all things that pertain pros towards-and-interacting-with zoe genuine-life and/coupled godliness dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Him . . . dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of which He has already granted to us His precious and/coupled very great promises, in order that dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of them you may become koinonia fellowship-partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. . . . For if these qualities  – The-Trusting-Relying-Faith . . . then philadephia The-Brethren-Family-Love, then agape The-Unconditional-Love. For these things routinely are ‘already under your possessed discretion’ and/coupled are routinely abounding-in-number, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Notice how one thing leads to another by the 3 uses of dia leading up to reaching the eis goal of “the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ?”  But also notice the 3 uses of epignosis, 1 that starts the process, 1 more that continues the process, and 1 to end the process!  The successful Christian life is all about epignosis relationship-knowledge, not bible-study gnosis informational-knowledge.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7

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Faith doesn’t come from reading bible verses

 

 

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All of us will end up putting our trusting-relying-faith in some THING (non-biblical) or some PERSON (biblical).  The Jews still trust in Moses and his Law of works for righteousness.  The Gentiles trust in gods, philosophy, other people, their own good deeds, or their possessions.  Bible-students like the Jewish scribes and Pharisees that didn’t really eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know God (a), rejected, and even killed God’s Son, their own Messiah (b) and cursed because “they did absolutely-in-fact-NOT experientially, relationally ginosko know the season of their visitation” (c), repeating what they did to all their own prophets (d), it they who put their trusting-relying-faith in gramma writings collected into graphe scriptures, that Jesus implied were erroneously “supposing that in/by/with them they would hold-to-have zoe genuine-life everlasting,” but it is they who missed the whole point of the OT as Jesus continues: “kai and/but these are-they that are routinely bearing-witness/testifying all-around Me, and yet you presently/ongoingly refuse to come to Me that you might hold-to-have zoe genuine-life” (e). <Notes> a) a term for prophetic vision:  John 7:28, 8:19, 55, 15:21, b) Matthew 21:38, 42; Mark 8:31, 9:31, 12:10; Luke 7:30, 9:22, 10:16, 12:48, 17:25, 20:17, 24:20; Acts 4:11, Romans 11:15; 1 Peter 2:4, 7; Hebrews 12:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:15, c) Luke 19:44, d) Matthew 21:35, 23:37; Luke 11:47, 49, 13:34; Acts 7:52; Romans 11:13; 1 Thessalonians 2:15, e) John 5:37-40.

 

If you place your trusting-relying-faith in the accuracy of what has survived time as our bible, then your faith is misplaced – see Bible Info.  For example, instead of using long tables to roll out all the manuscript scrolls out on for comparative study as the early Jewish scribes & Pharisees did – see New Covenant Ways – BT17 and – BT18, nowadays they don’t want to expose the scrolls to degrading air or light.  Instead scholars piece together manuscripts under UV-safe air-tight glass and use digital, high-resolution satellite cameras and computer analysis to aid the lengthy process of determining copying-scribe insertions in margins, erasures, corrections, and even previous underlying text because materials were often washed of older writings.  They labor intensely using computer to put the fragments together to form their best guess of the original text. It’s very complicated and time consuming!

 

There are “around 400,000 textual variants of the NT, a staggering number when coupled with the fact that there are only 138,000 words in the Greek NT, meaning there are almost 3 variants per word.  However, “less than 4000 (2.8% of the NT) have a good chance of being authentic and changing the meaning of the text,” writes Tim Barnett 5/24/2016. And many of those 4000 variants change Christian doctrine radically!  Furthermore, if you read the scholarly papers, there is much ongoing debate just about everything in this process of “textual criticism.” That’s what these scholars do for a living:  “craving debate, arguing over words, and controversies about the manuscripts that breed quarrels” – exactly what the NT repeatedly says not to be involved in (a) because Jesus didn’t (b), and to avoid the scribes and Law-teachers like the plague who stir up divisions (c), a terrible leaven to beware of that we know is spread throughout the loaf (d).  That’s what the scholarly approach to Christianity has indeed done!  They make lots of money doing this also, and there is so much illegal buying/selling of ancient manuscripts!  <Notes> a) Titus 3:2, 9; Romans 13:13, 14:1; 1 Corinthians 1:11; 2 Corinthians 12:20; 1 Timothy 2:8, 3:3, 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:14, 23-24; James 4:1-2, b) Matthew 12:19-20 citing Isaiah 42:2, c) Romans 16:17; 1 Timothy 4:7, 6:4, 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16, 23, 3:5; Titus 3:10; Jude 1:19, d) Matthew 16:6, 11-12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1.

 

When you stop buying into Christian propaganda and really look at the manuscript evidence and Church history of the OT and NT Canon, what’s supposed to be in the bible, it’s easy to have your trusting-relying-faith seriously shaken – if you have wrongly placed it in bible accuracy!  A lot of people go to seminary and after learning all this, lose their trusting-relying-faith, so these schools have the nickname “cemetery” for a reason!  Many people have abandoned their trusting-relying-faith, because it is based on doctrines that rely on manuscript accuracy!  That’s all they had to stand on!  And when they actually see how 400,000 textual variants do change meaning, and in 4000 cases “significantly and meaningfully,” they are blown away.  And that’s just in the NT, which albeit was copied much more loosely than the Jews did of their OT.  I was one of those Christians, taught by the Church of Christ from 1980-1983 to be really good at bible study – see Bible Info.  Can’t you tell?

 

What you really need to ask yourself is this:  “Did God really want us to work this hard just to know Him and His will, and make this gnosis informational-knowledge accessible only to ‘the wise and learned’ or is there a much easier way?  See Bible Info – BT2, New Covenant Ways – BT16, and Least Among You – BT8 for the answer!  Many manuscript scholars often sit on their findings for many, many years before the public ever gets to see their translations!  What are they afraid of?  I think most of it has to do with securing publishing rights, more grant money, and selling books!

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT5

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Hope is faith for the future, our eternal salvation, inheritance, and glorification

 

 

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Hebrews 11:1 integrally connects our confession of faith and hope: “Now pistis trusting-relying-faith ongoing IS-defined-as/exists-as [the singular] confident-trusting-assurance of [plural things] routinely elpizo hoping for (a), [the singular] elegchos conviction-confession of things absolutely-in-fact-NOT routinely being seen.”  So certain is this, that this confession is “an inner conviction that proves or confirms God’s in-birthing of faith, thus an internal persuasion or ‘reproof’ from God (b) regarding Jewish prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture regarding the Messiah, this alone being useful in the NT Church – see Logos Word of God – BT6 and – BT7.  Paul says Jesus will “present you holy and/coupled blameless and/coupled above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, stable and/coupled steadfast, not shifting from the elpis hope of the gospel” (c) – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 For endurance of faith.  Paul remembers Christians “work of trusting-relying-faith (d) and/coupled labor of unconditional-love and/coupled steadfastness of elpis hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (e) because they “put on the breastplate of trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love and/coupled the helmet as the elpis hope of salvation” (f).  The same grouping is in 1 Corinthians 13:13 that “Only pistis trusting-relying-faith [in the present], elpis hope [faith for future events], and unconditional-love will remain” for eternity because they are the basis for our koinonia relationship with God now and always will be!  <Notes> a) elpizo is the verb of  elpis hope, which is “trusting-relying-faith in future things, a confident, expectation of future events you have trusting-relying-faith are sure, thus actively waiting for fulfillment of future things based on the trusting-relying-faith surety you have NOW in the trustworthy-faithfulness of the one who promised them to you,” b) 2 Timothy 3:16, c) Colossians 1:22-23, d) 2 Thessalonians 1:11, e) 1 Thessalonians 1:3, f) 1 Thessalonians 5:8.

 

In court, elogchos is “a charge that is shown to be true, often confessed by the accused.”  In this case it is a confession of The Truth about Jesus, “the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (a), likely the confession/reproof of sins and/coupled “Jesus as Lord” (b) being “the eperotema ‘response to any inquiry’ of/belonging-to an agathos good (c) suneidesis ‘together-with [the Spirit’s] eido mental seeing-to-perceive/knowingeis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of God” (d) during “water-baptism that now saves us dia thru-the-realizing-channel of the resurrection of Jesus” (e).  “Let us hold fast the confession (f) of our elpis hope without wavering, for He who promised is pistos faithful” (g).  “We are God’s house, IF indeed we hold fast our parresia ‘bold, confident resolve that leaves a witness’ and/coupled our kauchema ‘positive boasting, glorifying, exulting’ in our elpis hope” (h) – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 on endurance of faith.

 

<Notes> a) 1 Timothy 6:12, b) Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3, c) agathos:  inherent or intrinsic goodness, a unique quality or condition, excellent or distinguished in quality, respect, uprightness, honor, useful, beneficial, salutary, suitable, pleasant, kind, benevolent, agreeable, joyful, d) In our public confession of our sinfulness and need for Jesus to be our “Savior and Lord” per Philippians 3:20; 2 Peter 1:11, 2:20, 3:18; Jude 1:25, we are agreeing-together-with [the meaning of confess] our ‘mind’s eye perceived-knowing’ of the Holy righteousness of Christ’s Spirit of “conviction of our sin/unrighteousness, Christ’s righteousness, and judgment to come for rejection of Christ, like Satan’s judgment” per John 16:8-9 – see Surrender Control, e) 1 Peter 3:21; Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:5, f) cf. Hebrews 4:14, g) Hebrews 10:23 –  This is Christ, the mediator of a New Covenant that we may receive the promised eternal inheritance:  Hebrews 9:15; Jesus the Son of God our great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, h) Hebrews 3:6.

 

Jesus is our ONLY hope of resurrection to eternal life:  “Of Abraham’s man’s offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as He promised . . . we bring you the Good News (gospel) that what God promised to the fathers, this He has fulfilled to use their children by raising Jesus . . . Now I, Paul, stand here on trial because of my elpis hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, to which our 12 tribes hope to attain . . . and for this elpis hope I am accused by Jews, O king!  Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?” (a).  “God [is] our Savior and/coupled Christ Jesus – the elpis hope of us” (b).  We should have hupomone ‘patient-endurance under trials’ of the elpis hope of/belonging-to our Lord Jesus Christ” (c).  If ‘in/by/with or for the sake of’ this zoe genuine-life we are presently/ongoing having elpis hope by-the-means-of Christ only, [then] we presently/ongoingly are to be pitied more than all men” (d) – in other words, much of our elpis hope lies in what happens after our death!  The early disciples were “the first to elpizo hope in Christ” (e).  Christ “introduced a kreitton ‘more useful, serviceable, helpful, better’ elpis hope [than the old covenant’s] dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of which we presently/ongoingly eggizo ‘draw extremely close-beside’ to God” (f). <Notes> a) Acts 13:23, 32-33, 26:6-8, b) 1 Timothy 1:1, c) 1 Thessalonians 1:3, d) 1 Corinthians 15:19, e) Ephesians 1:12, f) Hebrews 7:19.

 

God gave us eternal & good hope by grace thru Christ’s resurrection by the Spirit’s power:  Paul’s blessing says:  “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and/coupled God our Father, the [One] who already was routinely unconditionally-loving us and/coupled giving us eternal paraklesis comforting-encouragement and/coupled agathos good (a) elpis hope by-the-means-of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (b).  Another of Paul’s blessings says:  “May the God of the elpis hope pleroo fill-to-completion you of/belonging-to pas all-kinds-of joy and/coupled peace by-the-means-of: to-be-presently/ongoingly having trusting-relying-faith, to presently/ongoingly abound eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of you by-the-means-of the elpis hope by-the-means-of [singular] dunamis enabling-power of [singular] Holy Spirit” (c).  This is Paul’s complicated way of saying that hope belongs-to God who can fill-us-to-overflowing from His Joy and Peace to then be-the-means of us ongoingly have trusting-relying faith that then becomes-the-means to reach us with abounding Christian hope, and this is all by-the-means of the Holy Spirit’s dynamite-like enabling-power.  It’s a chain reaction of God’s Holy Spirit enabling-power filling us with the Spirit’s overflowing Joy and Peace that then powerfully-enables our trusting-relying-faith that then powerfully-enables our abounding hope!  What starts it is getting filled with God’s Spirit (d) – see Spirit-Baptism. <Notes> a) agathos:  inherent or intrinsic goodness, a unique quality or condition, excellent or distinguished in quality, respect, uprightness, honor, useful, beneficial, salutary, suitable, pleasant, kind, benevolent, agreeable, joyful, b) 2 Thessalonians 2:16, c) Romans 15:13, d) Ephesians 3:19, 5:18.

 

Peter’s blessing of hope in eternal life all depends on Christ’s resurrection: “God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for according to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born-again/from-above eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of a living elpis hope dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead . . . “dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of Christ you are pistos ones-having-trusting-relying-faith in God, who having raised Christ ek out-from the dead and/coupled having given Him glory, so that The-Trusting-Relying-Faith of you and/coupled elpis hope presently/ongoingly are eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of God” (a).  It shouldn’t be hard to “always be prepared to make an apologetic-defense to anyone who asks you for a logos message all-about the elpis hope that is IN you” (b).  We have “[singular] elpis hope of eternal zoe genuine-life, which God, who never lies promised before the ages began” (c). <Notes> a) 1 Peter 1:3, 21, b) 1 Peter 3:15, c) Titus 1:2.

 

No hope of glorification for the world! “The world is “alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, [are] having in-possibility-NO elpis hope and/coupled [are] without God in the world” (a).  When Christians die, they “should not grieve as others do who have in-possibility-NO elpis hope . . . through Jesus [return] God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep . . . the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive that are left, will be raptured together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (b) “when Jesus comes on that day to be glorified IN His saints” (c), when we “glorified with Him . . . the glory that is to be revealed IN us . . . and those whom He predestined He also called . . . also justified . . . also glorified” (d), when “Christ comes on that Day to be glorified in His saints and/coupled to be marveled at among all who have had trusting-relying-faith” (e). <Notes> a) Ephesians 2:12, b) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, c) 2 Thessalonians 1:10, d) Romans 8:17-18, 30, e) 2 Thessalonians 1:1.

 

Then when “we see face to face . . . to then genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know just as we have already been genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko known (a) when at “the resurrection of the dead . . we are raised to be imperishable” (b) “in a moment, in the twinkling of any eye . . . the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed . . . putting on immortality . . . death is swallowed up in victory” (c) when “the dead will akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know the Voice of the Son of God, and those who akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know shall indeed zao genuinely-live, . . . even those in the tombs” (d), “and they cannot die anymore because they are equal [in that way] to angels and/specifically are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection” (e).  Christians get the glory!  “The riches of the glory of the mystery made known among the Gentiles [by the gospel] is Christ IN you, the elpis hope of glory” (f).  In fact, “we boast upon [singular] elpis hope of/belonging-to the glory of God” (g).  Therefore, Paul wisely prays to God for their revelation-awareness: “having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know what is the elpis hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of/belonging-to the glory of/belonging-to the inheritance of Him IN the saints” (h).  That’s what Christians will have! <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 13:12, b) 1 Corinthians 15:42, c) 1 Corinthians 15:52-54, d) John 5:25, 28, e) Luke 20:36, f) Colossians 1:27, g) Romans 5:2, h) Ephesians 1:18.

 

Like faith in the unseen, hope waits patiently for what we don’t yet see:  We are to “be prosdexomaiwaiting-towards-warmly welcoming’ the blessed elipis hope, kai and/specifically the appearing of the glory of the great God and/coupled Savior of us, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and/coupled to purify for Himself a people for His own possession” (a).  “But if we elpizo hope for what we do absolutely-in-fact-NOT blepo physically-see, we apekdechomai ‘completely look away from the present to welcome the future’ for it with hupomone ‘patient-endurance under trials’ ” (b), “for by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit, ek out-from trusting-relying-faith, we ourselves apekdechomai ‘completely look away from the present to welcome the future’ [singular] elpis hope of righteousness [at our glorification at Christ’s return]” (c).  The Christian’s “hope for righteousness” is nothing like that of “the teachers of the Law” who put their hope in 613 commandments of the Torah Law of conditional-favor! <Notes> a) Titus 2:13-14, b) Romans 8:25, c) Galatians 5:5.

 

97.4% of the OT gives us NO hope – see Logos Word of God – BT5a and – BT8:  Romans 15:4 states: “hosos whatever (a) that was written in the past was written eis toward-and-reaching-the-goal-of our-own (b) instruction in order that dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of The hupomeno patient-endurance and/coupled dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of The Paraklesis ‘close-beside encouraging, comfort, counseling, help, advocacy’ (c) of/belonging-to the graphe [plural] scriptures we might presently/ongoingly have The elpis hope.”  According to Logos Word of God – BT5 note “B”, the plural ‘scriptures’ with the article can refer:  B1) to the OT as a whole only in John 55:39, B2) to various books or larger portions of the OT, B3) just the Messianic portions from the Jewish prophetic oracles and Moses used to convert Jews, B4) to a group of verses, or B5) a group of “difficult-to-understand” verses that can be twisted by false-teachers.   <Notes> a) hosos doesn’t mean ‘all’ but can mean ‘a little’ or ‘a lot’ as defined by context, b) “our-own” is emphatic of Paul as a Jewish-Christian but also His readers as fellow Jewish-Christians that Paul was sent to at first [Romans 1:16, 2:9-10] then to the Gentiles, since Romans was written in 57-58 AD after he said in Acts 13:46 he would go to the Gentiles in 38AD.  Some of Romans is clearly written to circumcised Jews as with verse 15:4 – see verses 2:17, 25-29, 3:1-2, 9, 29-30, 4:9-12, 9:24, 10:12, 11:4, 15:8, c) Paraklesis is most often of the Holy Spirit: Acts 9:31, because the Spirit is our Parakletos as the subject: John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7 or as the Accusative direct object Parakleton:  John 14:16; 1 John 2:1.

 

The context tells us the right ‘B’ choice!  From Logos Word of God – BT9  you can see from the context discussion there that B3) the prophetic scriptures about Christ’s servant-suffering and ultimate rule for our hope are what was in view here in Romans 15:4 by Paul to instruct Jewish-Christians like himself and his evangelistic team to endure all kinds of suffering for the sake of Christ, and to maintain their trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love specifically through The paraklesis ‘close-beside encouraging, comfort, counseling, help, advocacy’ of the Holy Spirit that they can get from specific prophetic scriptures concerning Christ and His sufferings, and all of this so they patiently-endure long enough to realize their Christian hope, a hope the Gentiles now even have, something that these prophetic scriptures also promised!  However, these scriptures weren’t primarily intended for Gentiles to understand but for Jewish-Christians!  Only 2.6% of the OT actually gives Jewish-Christians hope and thus was the only ‘portion’ used by the early NT Church to convert Jews or to keep Jewish-Christians from listening to Law-teachers and going back to putting their trusting-relying-faith in Moses’ Law – see Logos Word of God – BT6.

 

The first 200 years of Church history confirms that early Jewish-Christians used only ‘portions of’ the OT scripture that were “routinely, powerfully-enabling to make you wise reaching-arriving-at salvation thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus,” clearly defined by the context of 2 Timothy 3:14-16 of what:  “you already learned and/coupled have already firmly had trusting-relying-faith by, having already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know from whom (a) you already learned it, even how from infant-childhood you had already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know the sacred gramma writings (b)” – not ALL of the ‘portions of’ the OT graphe scripture (c), but only “this [prophetic Messianic portion] that routinely is powerfully-enabling to make you wise reaching-arriving-at salvation thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus.”  <Notes> a) ‘whom’ is plural: not just Paul but Timothy’s grandmother Louis and mother Eunice – see 2 Timothy 1:5 and Acts 16:1, b) this is plural with the definite article = a specific ‘portion of’ OT being the prophetic portions – see ‘2B’ of Logos Word of God – BT4, c) see  Logos Word of God – BT5.

 

Only the prophetic ‘portions of’ 2.6% of OT scripture are what Paul now considers in 2 Timothy 3:16 to be “profitable for instruction,” which is learning/teaching doctrine regarding godliness (a), “profitable” in  what is the “Savior’s goodness, unconditionally-loving kindness, Christ’s appearing, salvation and justification by unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace because of Christ’s works” (b), along with “devotion to good works” that “accords with godliness” (c), but certainly NOT “the unprofitable and worthless quarrels about the Law” (d) – see Logos Word of God – BT7. <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 4:8, b) Titus 3:8-9, c) 1 Timothy 6:3; Titus 1:1, d) 1 Timothy 1:10, 6:3; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9, 13, 2:1.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT4

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Christ wants to ‘fill our glass” completely-full of His healing presence – it’s our choice, even to be ‘born again from above’

 

 

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Christ wants to pour into your ‘cup’ His healing presence, His “Living Water” as the Holy Spirit (a) so you can “never be parched again” (b) and have super-abundant zoe genuine-life now and forever (c). Jesus promises: “Everyone who looks on the Son and has trusting-relying-faith in Him should have eternal zoe genuine-life” (d).  “So must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who has trusting-relying-faith in Him may have eternal zoe.  For this is the way God unconditionally-loved the world:  He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who has trusting-relying-faith in Him will not perish but have eternal zoe (e).”  “The one who has trusting-relying-faith in the Son has eternal zoe. The one who rejects  the Son will not see zoe, but God’s wrath remains on him (f).”  “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who akouo hears/listens-to-understand/know My logos message and/coupled has trusting-relying-faith in the One who sent Me has eternal zoe and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to zoe (g).”  “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who has trusting-relying-faith has eternal zoe.  I am the bread of zoe (h).” “The one who has trusting-relying-faith in Me will zoa genuinely-live even if he dies” (i).”  John only reason for writing his gospel account:  “I have written these things to you who have trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of the Son of God so that you may eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know that you have eternal zoe (j).”  “And we eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know that the Son of God has come and has given us dianoia ‘insight or thorough, balanced reasoning of intellect’ to experientially, relationally ginosko know  Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This One is the true God and eternal zoe (k).” <Notes> a) John 4:10-11, 7:37-38; Revelation 7:17, b) John 4:14, 6:35, c) John 4:14; Revelation 21:6, 22:1, 17, d) John 6:40, e) John 1:4, f) John 3:15-16, g) John 3:36, h) John 5:24, i) John 11:25, j) John 5:11-13, k) John 5:20.

 

By our unfaithfulness by our disobedience to God, we NOW have a choice to pisteuotrust in and depend or rely on” Jesus, “The Trustworthy One” as Messiah/Christ Savior, who alone was faithful by His obedience to God and thus be “born again” for salvation to have zoe genuine-life now and for an eternity.  That is the light switch ON and the glass FULL – see Salvation.  John makes it clear:  “EVERYONE who is routinely trusting-relying-faith that Jesus is the Christ (a), ek out-from God this [one] has already been [with routinely-occurring results] (c) gennao begotten/come-into-being” (c).  Remember that Jesus warned:  “Unless one is gennao begotten/come-into-being anothen again/from-above he can absolutely-in-fact-NOT horao mentally observed/perceived-to-know/discern the kingdom of God . . . You’all must be gennao begotten/come-into-being anothen again/from-above again” (d).  Thus Peter notes:  “He has caused us to be anagennao “above/again begotten/come-into-being” and “you have been anagennao “above/again begotten/come-into-being” (e).  In both cases the meaning most likely means “born from above” – see the next paragraph.  <Notes> a) “The Anointed One” or “Messiah” in Hebrew, b) perfect participle singular, c) 1 John 5:1, d) John 3:3, 7, e) 1 Peter 1:3, 23.

 

“Born again” or “born from above,” which is it?  Here’s some translator notes from the Net BibleThe Greek word anothen has a double meaning, either “again” (a) or “from above.”  This is a favorite technique of the author John of this gospel, and it is lost in almost all English translations – see Bible Info on this common problem in many English translations.  John uses anothen 5 times (b). In the latter 3 cases the context makes clear that it means “from above.” Here, however, in John 3:3, 7 it could mean either, but the primary meaning intended by Jesus is “from above.” Nicodemus apparently understood it the other way, which explains his reply, “How can a man be born when he is old?  He can’t enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?” Jesus uses the technique of the “misunderstood question” often to bring out a particularly important point:  Jesus says something which is misunderstood by the disciples (c), which then gives Jesus the opportunity to explain more fully and in more detail what He really meant.  <Notes> a) in which case it is synonymous with palin, b) John 3:3, 7; 3:31; 19:11, 23, c) or, as here, a Pharisee.

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT3

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Faith is the opposite of doubt and fear – like a switch on or off or a glass full or not full

 

 

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Trusting-relying-faith in the Lord Jesus “that comes from akouo hearing/listening-to-understand/know His phone Voice” (a) of directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words is like having ‘The Light’ as Jesus (b) switch turned ON:  When it is ON, then God’s dunamis dynamite-like enabling-power of ‘electricity’ can flow from the Father as ‘The Original Power Source’ (c) ‘by the means, instrument’ (d) or ‘interface wire’ of the Holy Spirit to you.  When ‘The Light’ switch is OFF, the power cannot flow – this is “doubt.”  The switch can’t be half on or half off.  As we’ve seen above, “faith” in Hebrew and Greek is a deep-conviction that has the strength of “certainty.”  Luke says in 1:4 that asphaleiacertainty or non-tottering firmness that equates to security” is the goal he collected the facts about Jesus’ ministry and wrote Luke and later Acts as the history of the early Church – He wanted one man Theophilus to know “for certain the things you have been taught” – he must have been an influential man!  So trusting-relying-faith is ON when you are certain, and OFF when you aren’t.  No political fence-straddling or ‘hedging of your bets’ will do! <Notes> a) John 10:27, b) Jesus: John 1:4, 9, 3:19, 8:12, 9:5, 12:46, cf. 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Timothy 1:10, c) pater:  father “is the senior, ancestor, elder, author, source, or originator,” d) en pneumati in the dative case takes on the ‘dative of means or instrument’ meaning per Douglas Petrovich in The Meaning of En Pneumati and Daniel B Wallace in Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the NT.

 

Worry, dreadful-fear, and panic result from doubt but trusting-relying-faith produces elpis “confident-expectation of hope,” a childlike curios-bold-courageous-strength (a), and peaceful-rest.  Isaiah 28:16 says in reference to the Messiah that God has “laid a Foundation in Zion (Jerusalem), a Stone, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone, of a sure Foundation: whoever has trusting-relying-faith will absolutely-in-fact-and-possibility-NOT chuwh/kataischuno ‘hurriedly panic resulting in dishonor, disgrace, and shame’.”  The pre-incarnate Christ came to Daniel:  “Again One having the appearance of a man touched me and/coupled strengthened me.  And He said, ‘O man greatly loved, fear in-possibility-NOT, restful-peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.’  And as He spoke to me, I was strengthened” (b).  Paul encouraged Timothy for his task of an evangelist in a hostile Roman world:  “God gave us a Spirit absolutely-in-fact-NOT of timid-fearful-cowardice but-instead of dunamis dynamite-like-enabling-power and/coupled unconditional-love and/coupled sophronismos ‘moderate reasoning that accurately fits the situation as God see it’ ” (c).  <Notes> a) Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16, 10:19; 2 Corinthians 3:4; 1 John 2:28, 3:21, 4:17, 5:14; Proverbs 14:26, b) Daniel 10:18-19, c) 2 Timothy 1:7.

 

John warns about fear:  “There is absolutely-in-fact-NO fear in The Unconditional-Love [of God], but-instead telos consummating-ending-aim-of [this] Unconditional-Love casts out the fear, because the fear presently/ongoingly possesses/holds kolasis ‘punishment by beating’; but-on-the-other-hand, the [one] routinely fearing absolutely-in-fact-NOT has already been [with ongoing results] telos consummating-ending-aim-of The Unconditional-Love [of God]” (a).  In context, John is saying, as little children of God (b), we can certainly have confidence for the Day of Judgment because the aim of telos consummating-ending-aim for God’s Unconditional-Love is that we are like God in this world in that His nature of Unconditional-Love (c) is meno abiding-remaining-alive IN US by His Spirit of Holiness AND reciprocally-coupled we are meno abiding-remaining-alive IN HIM by our confession of trusting-relying-faith in His Son as the Savior of the world.  This is the only door/way to the Father’s nature of Unconditional-Love (d).  Doubt and resulting is the switch OFF, resulting in NO enabling-power for The Light.  <Notes> a) 1 John 4:18, b) 1 John 2:28, 3:1, 10, 5:2, cf. John 1:12, 11:52; Romans 8:16, 21, 9:8; Philippians 2:15 – see Least Among You, c) 1 John 4:8, 16; Galatians 5:22, d) John 10:7, 14:6; Hebrews 10:20; Ephesians 2:18.

 

Trusting-relying-faith is like a glass of water that is pleroma completely-full.  When your glass is completely-full – not 99.99% with 0.01% doubt – then you will have a ‘certainty’ of what He wants for you.  James 1:6-7 says “Ask in trusting-relying-faith, with in-possibility-NO doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and then tossed back by the wind.  That person must in-possibility-NOT suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.”  Trusting-relying-faith and doubt are thus opposites – if you have some of one you have none of the other!  Jesus said answered prayer and miracles only happen “if you have trusting-relying-faith and/coupled do in-possibility-NOT doubt” (a).  Paul says that “whatever does absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from trusting-relying-faith is sin” since “whoever is routinely doubting is condemned because it is absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from trusting-relying-faith” (b).  We don’t want to be flicking the Light switch ON and OFF nor be deceived that a partially-full glass is full, so it’s OK to doubt a little.  This is what leads to sin and condemnation! <Notes> a) Matthew 21:21; Mark 11:23, b) Romans 14:23.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT2

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Faith/faithful defined in the Hebrew and Greek

 

 

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The apostle Paul builds his gospel message in Romans 1:17 from the prophetic Habakkuk 2:4, “The just/righteous ones shall live by faith.”  The Hebrew for “faith” is the feminine emunah which means “firmness, steadiness, steadfastness” but also “fidelity, faithfulness, and trust” not just by humans (a) but especially of God (b), which is closely associated to divine mercy (c), righteousness (d), and thus salvation (e).  The shorter masculine noun emun means “trusting or faithfulness” (f), which comes from the verb aman meaning “to confirm, nourish, foster, support, especially of God as in Exodus 17:12” or “to be firm, sure, stable, faithful, lasting, or trusty/trustworthy toward God” or “to trust in God” (g).  The Net Bible notes:  The Hebrew word emunah has traditionally been translated “faith,” but the term nowhere else refers to “belief” as such. When used of human character and conduct it carries the notion of “honesty, integrity, reliability, faithfulness.” The antecedent of the suffix has been understood in different ways. It could refer to God’s faithfulness, but in this case one would expect a first person suffix (the original form of the LXX has “my faithfulness” here). Others understand the “vision” to be the antecedent. In this case the faithfulness of the prophecy is in view.  For a statement of this view, see J. J. M. Roberts, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (OTL), 111-12. The present translation assumes that the preceding word “[the person of] integrity” is the antecedent. In this case the Lord is assuring Habakkuk that those who are truly innocent will be preserved through the coming oppression and judgment by their godly lifestyle of faithfulness, for God ultimately rewards this type of conduct. In contrast to these innocent people, those with impure desires (epitomized by the greedy Babylonians; see v. 5) will not be able to withstand God’s judgment (v. 4a). <Notes> a) Psalms 37:3; Proverbs 12:22; Jeremiah 5:3, 7:28, 9:2; 2 Kings 12:16, 22:7; 2 Chronicles 19:9, 31:12, 34:12; Proverbs 28:20, b) Psalms 33:4; 36:6, 88:12, 89:2-3, 6, 9, 34, 50, 100:5, 119:75, 86, 90; Isaiah 25:1; Hosea 2:22; Lamentations 3:21; Deuteronomy 32:4, c) Psalms 89:25, 92:3, 98:3; Hosea 2:22, d) Psalms 96:13, 143:1; Isaiah 11:5, e) Psalms 40:11, f) Deuteronomy 32:20; Proverbs 13:17, 20:6; Isaiah 26:2; Psalms 31:24, g) Deuteronomy 9:23; Isaiah 43:10; Genesis 15:6; Exodus 14:31; Numbers 14:11, 20:12; 2 Kings 17:14; 2 Chronicles 20:20; Psalm 78:22; Jonah 3:5.

 

The corresponding Greek word is the noun pistis in both the OT and NT, from the verb pisteuo and thus means: “a moral conviction, persuasion, or assurance from a relational trust and dependence in God’s faithfulness or trustworthiness.”  The standard scholarly Lexicon BDAG notes that faith is “on the basis of the reliability of the one trusted.”  The Greek god Pistis was “The Trustworthy One.”  Certainly the NT writers were using their audience’s knowledge of this to their advantage!  In a later BLOG, we will see that “The Trustworthy One” of the bible is God as revealed by His Son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah!  Obedient Steps of Faith – BT14 will explore this aspect of God’s faithfulness more fully.

 

That’s why the same Greek word pistis for “faith” can be used for pistos faithfulness,” so only the context can help you figure which is being emphasized, if both aren’t in mind (see below)!  As we will see, faithfulness really is just the “long-suffering, patient-endurance of trusting-relying-faith while under trial, even before expressing retributive-force from anger.”  In Revelation 2:19 Jesus’ speaking of “unconditional-love and/coupled trusting-relying-faith” (a) are by literary parallelism of metonymy equated to “ministry/service and/coupled hupomonepatient-endurance under trials’ ” so that it rightly is read “ministry/service of unconditional-love and/coupled hupomonepatient-endurance under trials’ of trusting-relying-faith.”  It’s about holding onto your trusting-relying-faith under trials – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16 for the endurance of saving faith.   <Notes> a) “Faith and Love” are a coupled 6 places in that order:  1 Thessalonians 3:6, 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13, and in reverse in 5 places:  Ephesians 6:23; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 3:15; Philemon 1:5; Revelations 2:19, and otherwise associated in 19 other places: 1 Corinthians 13:2, 13; 2 Corinthians 8:7; Galatians 2:20, 5:6, 22; Ephesians 1:15, 3:17; Colossians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:5, 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22, 3:10; Titus 2:2; James 2:5; 1 John 3:23; Revelation 1:5.

 

Paul also makes the faith, endurance of faithfulness, and unconditional-love connections!  In 2 Timothy 3:10, Paul says to Timothy:  “You, however, have followed the teaching of mine, the conduct [of mine], the setting-forth-predetermined-purpose [of mine]:  the trusting-relying-faith [of mine], the makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’ [of mine], the unconditional-love [of mine], the hupomonepatient-endurance under trials’ [of mine] the persecutions [of mine], the sufferings [of mine] that happened to me in Antioch, in Iconium, in Lystra – what manner of persecutions I hupophero carried-under-safely-to-endure.”  Here, by parallelism, trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love as a unit (a), is parallel to ‘long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive force from anger’ and ‘patient-endurance under trials’ as a unit.  Likely Barnabas (b) in Hebrews 6:12 also does this coupling: “trusting-relying-faith kai and/coupled makrothumia long-suffering-patience before expressing retributive-force from anger’ of what we see in those people of the past we are to NOW be “imitators of who are the ones routinely inheriting the promises.”  In context, his requires action:  you have to bite your tongue and sit on your hands while holding onto your trusting-relying-faith in order to inherit the promises.  <Notes> a) see note ‘a’ above, b) Paul’s preaching companion wrote in much better classical Greek than Paul’s cruder koine Greek.

 

Just as pistis can have dual meaning of faith/faithfulness, the NT also uses the Greek adjective pistos not just for “faithful, trustworthy, reliable” but also for “those being persuaded, confiding, or trusting” just as the verb pisteuo conveys:  as Abraham did of God’s promises to him (a), Jesus being raised from the dead (b), of Jesus as the Messiah and author of salvation (c), thus as Christians or believers (d) who have shown this by being water-baptized (e).  However, normally as mentioned, the Greek word pistos describes “those who have fullness of pistis trusting-relying-faith or loyalty to pistis trusting-relying-faith, thus having faithfulness or trustworthiness.”  This is often used of people being faithful even unto death to receive the crown of zoe genuine-life, conquering unto the end to rule over nations (f), but especially of Father-God keeping His promises (g) and of Christ (h).

 

<Notes> a) Galatians 3:9, b) John 2:27; 1 Peter 1:21; cf. 1 Corinthians 15:14 our pistis faith is void without Christ’s raising, and Colossians 2:12 our pistis faith in the Holy Spirit’s enabling-power raising Christ raises us with Christ as we rise up after water-baptism, c) Acts 16:1; 2 Corinthians 6:15; 1 Timothy 5:16, d) Acts 10:45; Ephesians 1:1; Colossians 1:2; 1 Timothy 4:3, 10, 12, 6:2; Titus 1:6; Revelation 17:14; 3 John 1:56, e) Acts 6:15, f) Matthew 24:45, 25:21, 23; Luke 12:42; 1 Corinthians 4:2, 7:25; Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 1:7, 4:7; 2 Timothy 2:2; Hebrews 3:2; Revelation 2:10, 13, 26, g) 1 Corinthians 1:9, 10:13; 2 Corinthians 1:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Hebrews 10:23, 11:11; 2 Timothy 2:13; 1 John 1:9; 1 Peter 4:19, h) Revelation 1:5, 3:14, 19:11; Hebrews 2:17.

 

The NT itself explicitly defines pistis faith in Hebrews 11:1, “Now pistis ongoing IS-defined-as/exists-as [the singular] hupostasis confident-trusting-assurance of [plural things] routinely being elpizo hoped for (a), [the singular] elegchos conviction-confession (b) of things absolutely-in-fact-NOT routinely being seen.”  Notice the ‘doing/work’ of confession is closely associated to trusting-relying-faith, so that the “good confession of The-Trusting-Relying-Faith in the presence of many witnesses” (c) that is likely at their water-baptism is thus a “work of trusting-relying-faith” (d), which is explored in Obedient Steps of Faith – BT15.  In the context of the verses before and after Hebrews 11:1, again this is a patient-enduring faith that does not “shrink back to be destroyed,” which THEN “preserves their souls” – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT16. <Notes> a) elpizo is the verb of  elpis hope, thus “faith in future” things, a confident expectation of future events, b) elegchos:  an inner conviction that proves or confirms God’s in-birthing of faith, thus an internal persuasion or ‘reproof’ from God per 2 Timothy 3:16 regarding Jewish prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture about the Messiah.  These are what are useful in the NT Church – see Logos Word of God – BT6 and – BT7.  In court, it is a charge that is shown to be true, often confessed by the accused. In this case it is a confession of The Truth about Jesus “in the presence of witnesses,” that is the confession of “Jesus as Lord” because of the confession/reproof of sin during water-baptism:  Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:5; 1 Peter 3:21 – see Surrender Control, c) 1 Timothy 6:12, d) 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11.

 

One of the worst things bibles have done is translate pistis as “faith” and pisteuo as “believe,” as if they meant 2 different things, but in Greek they are just different grammatical forms of 1 thing!  English dictionaries define “faith” as “the assent of the mind to the truth of a proposition or statement for which there is NOT complete evidence, thus belief in general.”  This is NOT the definition of the Greek pistis nor Hebrew emunah, as we have seen!   English dictionaries also define “believe” as “to accept as true or real.”  This is NOT the definition of the Greek pisteuo or Hebrew aman, as we have seen!  It is simply the verb form of the noun – it is to have “a moral conviction, persuasion, or assurance from a relational trust and dependence in God’s faithfulness or trustworthiness,” not a mere “to accept as true or real” or to have “mental assent!”  Can you see how English bibles can be totally misleading – see Bible Info for many other ways!   Therefore, to be consistent and accurate, I always translate pistis as the noun “trusting-relying-faith” and pisteuo as the verb “have trusting-relying-faith.”

 

Helps Word-Studies correctly notes:Pistis/pisteuo does involve belief, but it goes beyond human believing because it involves the personal ‘in-working’ of revelation from God, ‘a divine persuasion’ with the weight of a guarantee or warranty, not just having human confidence as a work of man but always a work of God,” thus NOT simply the result of man’s rational, intellectual, reasoning “might and power” efforts but “by My Spirit” says the Lord as Zechariah 4:6 predicted for the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant!  It certainly takes pistis faith to surrender control of your “might and power” in exchange for “by My Spiritcontrol of your life!  Many Christians simply have not grasped the complete difference between the old covenant “way” of obedience FOR God that puts your trusting-relying-faith in your own “might and power” and the completely-different-in-kind chadash/kainos New Covenant “Living Way” that puts your trusting-relying-faith  in “by the means of My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts” – see New Covenant Ways.

 

Pistis faith is NOT a “mental assent or agreement” about some THING, like “accepting as true or real” that the chair behind you will hold your weight even though you may have never seen the chair before so you have “no complete evidence” of it being able to do so, nor is pistis faith believing in 2000-3500 bible verses that talk about biblical events and people, who you have never seen “as true or real . . . with NO complete evidence” and have never personally known.  Pistis faith goes way beyond agreeing with gnosis informational-knowledge you read or studied in a book, even the bible – more on this in Obedient Steps of Faith – BT6.  The Jews have a mantra that “God is One” (a), for “Hear, O Israel:  Yahweh our God, the Lord is One” (b).  Saying this and ‘mentally agreeing’ with it doesn’t mean much:  “You presently/ongoingly pisteuo believe that ‘God is One’ – Well you are doing well, but even the demons presently/ongoingly pisteuo believe [in that] and shudder” (c).  No, pistis faith goes far deeper than reciting doctrinal creeds, but so many Christian religions are quite stuck in this – see Creeds of the Faith<Notes> a) Romans 3:30; Galatians 3:20, b) Mark 12:29 citing Deuteronomy 6:4, c) James 2:19.

 

Pistis faith is a deep, lasting conviction put into your understanding mind and caring heart by the Triune-God that then puts our trust and dependence or reliance in THE PERSON of a faithful, trustworthy Father-God NOW within a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, but especially that puts it in THE PERSON of The Father’s representative Son – of Jesus being “in the Father and the Father in Him” (a) so that “I and the Father are One” (b), which implies Jesus was “the [only] good God” (c), and finally THE PERSON of the Father and Son’s Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of trusting-relying-faith” (d) who are ALL in the Triune-God by nature simply as Unconditional-Love.  THIER unconditional-love for us desires to save us and bring us into a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of THEM that far surpasses gnosis informational-knowledge about THEM from any book – see Obedient Steps of Faith – BT6<Notes> a) John 14:10-11, 20, 38, 17:21, cf. John 8:29, b) John 10:30, 17:11, 22, 14:9, c) Mark 10:17-18; Luke 18:18-19, d) Acts 6:5, 11:24; 1 Corinthians 12:9; 2 Corinthians 4:13; Galatians 5:22.

 

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT28

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Trusting-relying-faith for anointed musicians for prophetic, spontaneous music

 

 

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As Christian musicians, do we want to be limited by what we already know or can know through acquiring more skill through study or lessons, or tap into the unlimited enabling-power of the Spirit for God’s skill to play through us?  The old covenant is all about the former and the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant is all about the latter!  What are we putting our trusting-relying-faith in and what are we communicating to the congregation through our worship music?  Do we want to be like reasoning bible-expert scribes?  Or do we want to be like trusting, asking little children to hear, see, and feel God’s knowledge directly?  Are we depending on our own “might and power” or prophetic revelation?

 

Anointed musicians “let go and let God” – they totally surrender control of their “might and powerskill-set and performance mindset FOR God, which is the essence of religion, and instead have trusting-faith-to-rely on the “by-the-means-of My Spiritprophecy of the New Covenant in Zechariah 4:6, which is accomplished by being in a koinonia intimate-relationship with the Lord, and they sing/play para ‘close-beside’ the Lord “so that all things are now possible” (a).  They come to the Lord in proseuche conversational-prayer and they “present their bodies as a living sacrifice, set-apart or holy kai and/thus acceptable to God, which IS their logikos logical-rational-reasonable latreia liturgical-worship-service” (b), even “presenting themselves to God . . . and/coupled their bodily-members to God as hoplon instruments-of-warfare for righteousness” (c).  Hoplon in classical Greek meant “any tool or implement for preparing a thing.”  The Lord made it really clear that He used King David’s harp to play to heal King Saul of tormenting spirits many times (d), but the Lord has also told me many times while playing my drums in churches that I was driving out evil spirits that were in churches, with people coming up to be after and said they either ‘saw’ this or felt a ‘release of heaviness.’  While listening to my friend Shawn Laughlin play a prophetic drum solo at Freedom Fellowship, a woman stood up and prophesied that she saw demons fleeing.  Yes, there are many demons in churches because they oppress Christians!  <Notes> a) Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27, b) Romans 12:1, c) Romans 6:13, d) 1 Samuel 16:23, 18:10, 19:9.

 

The Lord has told me many times while playing my hand-drums or practice pad prophetically in parks that He was sending waring angels out to defeat demons in the park, surrounding neighborhoods, city, state, country, and world.  I had wondered why the sound suddenly turned to galloping (1_+a) and trotting horse (1e+_) rhythms along with a military, marching, patriotic, rudimental sound!  I was told the Bonanza and Rawhide galloping sound is that of stampeding horses while the William Tell Overture trotting/cantering is what you see in official, royal processionals in England – that’s when the Lord Jesus comes out “on a white horse and is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war” (a). I saw His black boots that came over His calf with His uniform pants tucked in – they were so shiny they reflected His image, the sun, and the clouds perfectly!  When I asked why such shiny black boots, He said they reflect Me and my glory – all of creation, and they fit my stirrups perfectly.  That made me laugh but then I saw His legs fit the pure shiny silver stirrups on His white horse.  <Notes> a) Revelation 6:2, 19:11, 14.

 

Anointed, prophetic, spontaneous musicians don’t put their trusting-relying-faith in anything they ‘bring to the table’ nor do they dictate to the Lord what songs, the order of songs, arrangements, road-map navigation, the keys, the chord progressions, length of time for worship, or any other plan, schedule, or program. I know this absolutely wrecks most church services today because they simply have NOT surrendered-control to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  I’ve been lectured by worship leaders for surprising them by the direction the Lord took me during service, and scolded by musicians because I didn’t bring my charts that I created during my personal practice – they thought I was unprofessional and dishonoring to God, but little did they realize I am a paid professional who is an expert at making charts, memorized my charts, but then let God know that He can take me anywhere He wants, even way off the charts.  After the service, people came up to me and said how moved they were, but not to any of the ‘glued-to-the-stand’ musicians!  You can only go as far as your trusting-relying-faith will take you!

 

Anointed, prophetic, spontaneous musicians do NOT tell God what their plan is and expect Him to bless it and actually show up.  These people believe the quality of the performance FOR God is what is honoring and pleases God.  Wrong!  This is the essence of the Jewish religion that you see the OT prophets and Jesus consistently denounce.  It is repulsive to God, like “our righteous deeds being like a polluted garment” (a).  The Lord showed me a dream on 6-26-2017 of church leaders all wrestling to control the Holy Spirit, but He left their dog-pile and left their churches, saying that “I will NOT be controlled by men, even if they say they ‘invited Me’ and that they ‘want to be led by Me’ – Instead I will go to the ‘least among them’ no matter what you think of them.”  God’s musicians dump everything at the feet of King Jesus and say, “Whatever, Whenever, Wherever, and However (WWWH) You want to play, I offer my mind, my heart, my ears, my voice, my feet, my hands, and my instrument(s) for You to possess to do as You will for as long as You want.  I give you complete control and put ALL my trusting-relying-faith in You!  I will simply “Go with Your flow of the Holy Spirit.”  <Notes> a) Isaiah 64:6.

 

After playing in 25 or so secular bands and 15 worship bands, I’ve only met 3 musicians who even know what I am talking about, but I was so grateful to experience the night and day difference with them!  I also talked with 1 group that was doing this and I could barely stand up because the Spirit was pushing the guitar player from my band and I over.  They said they tried to be like other worship bands they had been in but they just fought with each other and/or struggled to be prepared for services, which had been my experience in all 15 bands.  They finally surrendered instead to worshipful-prayer for up to an hour, then pick up their instruments with NO PRACTICE or PLAN, stayed in adoration, and just let God take it WWWH!  It was the most beautiful music I have ever heard, with NO MUSIC stands!  The result was everybody was either insanely worshipping or on the floor crying!  They didn’t play one song I had ever heard anybody pre-compose, because this was all directly from the Lord.

 

Paul called these special spontaneous songs “Spirit-kind-of odes” (a), which are differentiated from pre-composed psalms that are instrumental-accompanied music, and hymns that are only vocal.  An ode can be either, but “Spirit-kind-of” makes this purely from the Holy Spirit, and the effect of this is night and day over the others, unless of course the Spirit possesses the musicians, but when this happens don’t expect the music to follow the page!  We are limited only by our trusting-relying-faith. <Notes> a) Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16.

 

 

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Obedient Steps of Faith – BT1

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Obedience in the NT is completely different-in-kind than in the OT

 

 

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Obedience to commandments in the New (a) Covenant is completely different-in-kind than obeying any of the 613 commandments in the old covenant, just as the definition of New (a) is: “fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.”  Let’s see how these 613 relate to the “obedience of faith.”  Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you unconditionally-love Me, then keep (b) My officially-decreed commandments (c).”  But just what are these? <Notes> a) chadash, kainos, b) certainly attend to carefully or guard that which you already possess.

 

I realize this study will be quite a shock to many Christians because of years and years of “the traditions of men” being drilled into us as valid Christian doctrine, but if you wade through this comprehensive, exhaustive study, you will not only become as convinced as I was after hundreds of hours of detailed research, but also extremely excited in your new-found freedom.  There are only 2 commandments to be obedient to in the New Covenant:

 

  • Trusting-relying-faith in Christ” expressed by repentance and public confession that are necessary for salvation – see Surrender Control and water-baptism.

 

  • Unconditionally-love one another just Christ did us.”

 

Any more than that is the bondage of the Law!  Remember, “The Lord is the [Holy] Spirit, and where the [Holy] Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (a), and “for freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke/chains of slavery” (b), and “you were called to freedom, brothers” (c).  In the context of these verses, it’s clearly talking about “freedom from the Law of commandments!” <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 3:17, b) Galatians 5:1, c) Galatians 5:13.

 

 

 

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