FAITH: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I) INTRODUCTION

A) [Eph 2:8]:

1) [Heb 11:1-13]:

a) [Heb 11:1]:

i) FAITH IS A CERTAIN HOPE OR EXPECTATION THAT GOD WILL DELIVER WHAT HE HAS PROMISED

ii) FAITH IS A CERTAIN ACCEPTANCE AS TRUE THAT GOD WILL DELIVER WHAT HE HAS PROMISED

b) [Heb 11:2-3]:

i) FAITH IS PORTRAYED HERE AS AN ACCEPTANCE OF AN OUTCOME THAT GOD TESTIFIED TO IN SCRIPTURE AS TRUE WHICH CANNOT BE SEEN, NAMELY THE INVISIBLE COMMAND/POWER OF GOD WHICH CREATED THE UNIVERSE

c) [Heb 11:4]:

i) ABEL'S SACRIFICE POINTED TO HIS FAITH IN GOD'S PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE RESULTING IN HIS BEING DECLARED RIGHTEOUS AND RECEIVING ETERNAL LIFE

d) [Heb 11:5]:

i) ENOCH WAS TAKEN FROM HIS MORTAL LIFE UNTO ETERNAL LIFE AS AN EXAMPLE OF HIS FAITH IN GOD TO PROVIDE THAT

e) [Heb 11:6]:

i) PLEASING GOD IS A MATTER OF FAITH ALONE - BELIEVING THAT HE EXISTS AND THAT HE REWARDS THOSE WHO EARNESTLY SEEK HIM

f) [Heb 11:7]:

i) NOAH BELIEVED IN GOD TO DELIVER HIM AND HIS FAMILY FROM THE AS YET UNSEEN: THE FLOOD AND UNTO ETERNAL LIFE

g) [Heb 11:8-10]:

i) TRUSTING IN GOD TO PROVIDE ETERNAL LIFE TO ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB IS IMPLIED

h) [Heb 11:11-12]:

i) ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD WOULD PROVIDE A SON THROUGH SARAH WHICH SON WOULD BE THROUGH WHOM ABRAHAM WOULD HAVE ETERNAL LIFE

i) [Heb 11:13]:

i) A SURE HOPE, A CERTAIN ACCEPTANCE AS TRUE THAT GOD WILL DELIVER ONE UNTO ETERNAL LIFE OR FROM TEMPORAL DIFFICULTIES IS IN VIEW

2) [Compare 1 Pet 1:3-4]:

II) SINCE FAITH IS AN ACTION BY MAN CAN IT BE CONSIDERED A WORK OF MAN TOWARD HIS SALVATION?

A) [Eph 2:8-9]:

1) FAITH IS NON CONTRIBUTORY TOWARD ONES SALVATION

2) FAITH IS NOT CONSIDERED BY GOD AS A WORK EITHER

a) 'FAITH WORKS' IS NEITHER A NORMATIVE LANGUAGE NOR A SCRIPTURAL CONCEPT BECAUSE FAITH AND WORKS ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE

3) CONCLUSION

[Ref. Jas 2:17] ]

III) FAITH BELIEVE TRUST DEFINED

A) ENGLISH DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF FAITH

B) NT GREEK DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF FAITH

C) BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF FAITH UNTO ETERNAL LIFE

1) SAVING FAITH = ACCEPTING THE TESTIMONY OF GOD ABOUT HIS SON PROVIDING ETERNAL LIFE FOR YOU

a) [1 John 5:9-13]:

2) SAVING FAITH = A MOMENT OF BELIEF ALONE IN GOD'S ONE AND ONLY SIN BEING GIVEN FOR YOU ALONE

a) [Compare Jn 3:16]:

b) [Compare Acts 16:30-31]:

i) [Eph 2:8-9]:

3) CONTINUOUS BELIEVING IS NOT REQUIRED IN ORDER TO BE OR STAY SAVED

a) ENGLISH AND FIRST CENTURY GREEK REQUIRES SPECIAL CONTEXT OR ADDITIONAL QUALIFYING WORDS TO MAKE PRESENT TENSE ACTION IN SALVATION PASSAGES CONTINUOUS THROUGHOUT THE PRESENT

i) [Compare Hebrews 13:15]:

ii) [Compare 1 Thes 2:13]:

iii) [Compare 1 Thes 5:16-18]:

iv) [Compare Jn 3:16]:

b) SALVATION UNTO ETERNAL LIFE IS PORTRAYED AS BEING RECEIVED IN A COMPLETED ACTION MOMENT

i) [Compare Acts 16:30-31]:

4) BELIEVE = BELIEVE IN = BELIEVE INTO = BELIEVE ON = BELIEVE THAT = BELIEVE UPON

a) [Jn 5:24]:

b) [Jn 6:29-30]:

c) [Compare Jn 8:30-31]:

d) [Jn 20:31]:

5) FAITH IN (INTO) A CONCEPT/INDIVIDUAL DOES NOT CONSTITUTE BECOMING ONE WITH THAT CONCEPT/INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUALLY OR ORGANICALLY

6) FIGURES OF SPEECH REFERRING TO SAVING FAITH

a) LOOK

b) HEAR

c) ENTER

d) FEED

e) COME

f) RECEIVE

g) CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD

i) [Ro 10:12-14a]:

h) REPENT RELATIVE TO SALVATION MEANS TO CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT NOT BELIEVING IN CHRIST AS SAVIOR AND THEN TRUST ALONE IN HIM ALONE

MOVE TO EXAMINATION OF THE WORD REPENT RELATIVE TO SALVATION

C) BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF FAITH UNTO ETERNAL LIFE, (cont.)

7) CONCLUSION

a) [Jn 4:10]:

D) SALVATION REQUIRES FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE + NOTHING

1) SALVATION IS NOT CONDITIONED UPON CONTINUAL OBEDIENCE

2) FAITH UNTO ETERNAL LIFE DOES NOT NEED WORKS ADDED TO IT IN ORDER TO BECOME FAITH AND EFFECT THE RESULT OF ETERNAL LIFE

a) [Eph 2:8-9]:

3) SCRIPTURE ITSELF DECLARES THAT WORKS DO NOT PLAY A PART IN AN INDIVIDUAL'S SALVATION

a) [Ro 4:1-5]:

i) [Compare Titus 3:5]:

ii) [Jn 6:27-29]: THE WORK THAT ONE MUST DO FOR ETERNAL LIFE IS EXCLUSIVELY A MATTER OF FAITH ACCORDING TO

4) CONFESSION IS NOT PART OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO BE SAVED UNTO ETERNAL LIFE

MOVE TO EXAMINATION OF THE WORD CONFESSION RELATIVE TO SALVATION

5) OBEDIENCE IN ORDER TO BE SAVED = OBEYING THE GOSPEL = FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE

a) OBEY CHRIST AND HE BECOMES YOUR SOURCE OF ETERNAL LIFE = TRUSTING ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE

i) [Heb 5:9b]:

ii) [In John 6:27-29]:

b) OBEY THE TRUTH UNTO ETERNAL LIFE = TRUSTING ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE

i) [Compare 1 Pet 1:17-23]:

6) EVEN THE FAITH EXPRESSED UNTO ETERNAL LIFE IS A GIFT SO SALVATION CANNOT BE OF WORKS IN ANY CASE

a) [Phil 1:29]:

7) CONTRARY TO OBJECTORS TO FREE GRACE SALVATION, BELIEVE IS NOT A SYNECDOCHE SIGNIFYING MORE THAN FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE UNTO ETERNAL LIFE?

8) HEAD FAITH = HEART FAITH, NO DIFFERENCE

9) SAVING FAITH DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY DEMONSTRATION OF THAT FAITH IN ONES LIFE IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE TRUE AND EFFECTIVE IN THE RECEPTION OF ETERNAL LIFE. ASSURANCE OF HAVING ETERNAL LIFE COMES FROM RECALLING IN WHOM ONE BELIEVED IN TO RECEIVE IT, JESUS CHRIST

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