Faith - Section 4

  1. Two elements are necessary for faithful living.  First, we must posses knowledge of the truth.  Truth enlightens a person about what is right and wrong, what constitutes purpose and happiness.  We cannot trust or love what we do not know.  The second element is conviction or belief.  We express our belief system in the daily decisions we make and the behaviors in which we engage.  No one acts contrary to belief (though we may act contrary to our professions of belief). - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 3:14-15.  pg. 305.
  2. The reality of the choice that lies before us in this life is both wonderful and awful. Given the reality of our two possible destinations, shouldn’t we be willing to pay any price to avoid Hell and go to Heaven? And yet, the price has already been paid. “You were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20). The price paid was exorbitant—the shed blood of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  - From location 752 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  3. God did what we wouldn’t dare dream.  He did what we couldn’t imagine.  He became a man so we could trust Him.  He became a sacrifice so we could know Him.  And he defeated death so we could follow Him.  It defies logic.  It is a divine insanity.  A holy incredibility.  Only a Creator beyond the fence of logic could offer such a gift of love. - From page 469 of Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado.
  4. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn. 3:36).
  5. As it stands, however, apart from Christ, our eternal future will be spent in Hell. Jesus asks a haunting question in Mark 8:36-37: “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” The price has been paid. But still, we must choose. Like any gift, forgiveness can be offered, but it isn’t ours until we choose to receive it. - From location 757 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  6. Christ offers each of us the gift of forgiveness and eternal life—but just because the offer is made doesn’t make it ours. To have it, we must choose to accept it. - From location 762 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  7. As Joshua approached the biggest battle of his life, he encountered God, fell in worship before him, and surrendered his plans. That surrender led to a stunning victory at Jericho. This is the paradox: Victory comes through surrender. Surrender doesn’t weaken you; it strengthens you. Surrendered to God, you don’t have to fear or surrender to anything else. William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said, “The greatness of a man’s power is in the measure of his surrender.”
    Surrendered people are the ones God uses. God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus, not because she was talented or wealthy or beautiful, but because she was totally surrendered to him. When the angel explained God’s improbable plan, she calmly responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants.” Nothing is more powerful than a surrendered life in the hands of God. “So give yourselves completely to God.” - From the Day 10 reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  8. The peace of God gives the believer perfect assurance…
    • that his past sins and failures have been taken care of by Christ
    • that his present welfare is being looked after by God Himself
    • that his future will be taken care of by the presence and guidance of the Lord
    The believer knows that he has eternal life, never again to be alienated or separated from the Lord. He knows that his salvation is due to the redemption found in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 48:17-19 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  9. Throughout the ages, countless people have been too busy to respond to Christ’s invitation to his wedding banquet. Many assume that the good they’ve done—perhaps attending church, being baptized, singing in the choir, or helping in a soup kitchen—will be enough to gain entry to Heaven. But people who do not respond to Christ’s invitation to forgive their sins are people whose names aren’t written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. To be denied entrance to Heaven’s wedding banquet will not just mean going down the service elevator to the garage. It will mean being cast outside into Hell, forever.  - From location 795 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  10. The Christian life is meant to teach us that we must be utterly dependent upon our Lord, and that therefore we must be willing to go daily to the funeral of our own independence.  This is exactly what Paul meant when he said, “I am crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20) and “I die daily” (Cor. 15:31). - From page 131 of the book Illustrating Great Themes of Scripture by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  11. Can we really know in advance where we’re going when we die? The apostle John, the same one who wrote about the new heavens and New Earth, said in one of his letters, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13, emphasis added). We can know for sure that we have eternal life. We can know for sure that we will go to Heaven when we die. - From location 811 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  12. Is your life preparing you for death?  Do you share Paul's confident expectation of meeting Christ?  The good news is that the heavenly reward is not just for giants of faith like Paul, but for all who are eagerly looking forward to Jesus' second coming.  PAul gave these words to encourage Timothy, and us, that no matter how difficult the fight seems - keep fighting.  When we are with Jesus Christ, we will discover that it was all worth it.   - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:5-8 Note 4:5-8, page 2204.
  13. Whatever we may face - discouragement, persecution, or death - we know our reward is with Christ in heaven.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:8 Note 4:8, page 2204.
  14. Anyone facing a life and death struggle can be comforted knowing that God will bring each believer safely through death to his heavenly kingdom.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:18 Note 4:18, page 2204.
  15. Faithfulness and endurance are the hallmarks of the true follower of Christ Jesus.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy, Principals  pg. 329.
  16. God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, whereunto he called you by our gospel. Faith is the first principle of sanctification. And the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness. The gospel is truth; the great, sure, and saving truth (Col. i. 5), the word of the truth of the gospel. Divine faith rests not on fallible reasonings and probable opinions, but on the infallible word, the truth itself, which is after godliness, of a godly nature and tendency, pure, and purifying the heart of the believer.  - The Matthew Henry Commentary from the MacSword Program - Titus 1-4  
  17. It is the will of our Heavenly Father that we invite His Son into our lives. "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12). Furthermore, it is His will that we allow the life of His Son to be expressed in and though our lives.  As we face life day by day, we become engaged with issues, opportunities, challenges, responses, ideas, relationships, values, priorities, etc. The Lord Jesus Christ died for us in order to live with us through all of these aspects of living. "For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us that…we should live together with Him" (1 Thessalonians 5:9). In every situation of life, the Lord Jesus is with us, dwelling within us, wanting to express His life through us. - From the DBD 4/11 message in the MacSword Program.
  18. There are elect of God (1 Pet. i. 2), and in these the Holy Spirit works precious divine faith, proper to those who are chosen to eternal life (2 Thess. ii. 13, 14): God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, whereunto he called you by our gospel. Faith is the first principle of sanctification. And the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness. The gospel is truth; the great, sure, and saving truth (Col. i. 5), the word of the truth of the gospel. Divine faith rests not on fallible reasonings and probable opinions, but on the infallible word, the truth itself, which is after godliness, of a godly nature and tendency, pure, and purifying the heart of the believer.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary (MHC) Titus I of the MacSword program 
  19. The grace of God is free and powerful.  Grace, the free favour of God, and acceptance with him.  Grace is the fountain of all blessings.  Mercy, and peace, and all good, spring out of this. - From the Matthew Henry Commentary (MHC) Titus I of the MacSword program 
  20. First, if you’re a believer, remember that your sanctification is incomplete, and every single day you need your Lord afresh. The world is distracting you. Satan is condemning you. Temptations are whispering to you. Familiar sins don’t easily go away. Is it any wonder that sometimes we buckle? Let’s remember how weak — how bad — we still are. The Bible warns us, “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12). Let’s be realistic. We’re more evil than we know. We’re spring-loaded to fall away from God. It is a sin to fall out of love with God. It is a sin of the greatest magnitude, and it isn’t hard to do.
    But, secondly, let’s be realistic about him as well. Christ loves empty, ungrateful, waffling, confused sinners. He restores our souls. When the shepherd finds his lost sheep, he lays it on his shoulders and carries it home, rejoicing (Luke 15:5). He awakens our repentance by his kindness. - From the reading "Act Three: The Betrayal" about Isaiah 38:1-39:8 in Preaching the Word COmmentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughes et al, Crossway Publishers
  21.  Yes, knowing God is what eternal life is all about. It is only through meeting the Lord that forgiveness is found. It is only by being in Christ that we escape hell and secure heaven. Then, it is only through getting acquainted with the Lord that meaning and purpose for our lives are made real to us. Also, it is only through a growing intimacy of trust in Christ that spiritual gifts and spiritual fruit can properly mature. Furthermore, it is only through an increasing acquaintanceship with the Lord that Christian fellowship and biblical insight are appropriately developed.  - From the DBD 4/13 message in the MacSword Program.
  22. True purity resides not in the practice of ritual or in devotion to rules and regulations.  Purity that God recognizes and commends comes from within, and a person can attain this only through faith in Jesus Christ.  Cleansed from within, that person becomes free to live in purity, washed of all selfishness.  The mind, transformed by the truth, ignites the conscience to obey God willingly in all manner of living. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Titus 1 :15,  pg. 347.
  23.  Theology is empty unless it is connected to real life.  We can speak the Christian jargon and go through the motions of worship, but true faith must intersect life's choices.  True faith is constant, uninterrupted and unbiased in its application.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philemon v 6,  pg. 403. 
  24. Forgiveness is the center around which our faith revolves.  In Colossians 3:13, Paul wrote, "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you."  Forgiveness is intensely personal.  It affects the way I relate to God and interact with others. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philemon, Life Application,  pg. 414.
  25. Paul's point (made in Rom. 2:10-18) is that God justifies no one on the basis of works because no one's works are righteous - period.  The implication is that only by faith could Abraham have been justified by God.  And what does the scripture say?  Paul quotes Genesis 15:6 to prove that Abraham was counted as righteous when he believed God.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 4:1-3,  pg. 128. 
  26. Faith is always strong or weak depending on how we perceive the object of our faith.  Is the God to whom we look weak in our eyes?  Then we shall have weak faith.  Is our God strong in our eyes?  Then our faith will grow strong accordingly.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 4:20-22,  pg. 137. 
  27. Paul says that God will credit righteousness to anyone in the world today who believes in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 4:24-25,  pg. 138. 
  28. There is nothing anyone can do to attain righteousness before God on their own.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 4, Principals,  pg. 141. 
  29. Works that glorify God are always preceded by Faith.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 4, Principals,  pg. 141. 
  30. True faith has God's words and actions (his character and power) as its basis.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Romans 4, Principals,  pg. 142.  
  31. Faith - Explanation - Faith is confident trust in God's greatest promises.  God's greatest promise is that we can be saved through Jesus.  Importance - If you trust in Jesus Christ for your complete salvation, he will transform you completely.  A life of obedience and complete trust is pleasing to God.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews, Megathemes,  page 2216.
  32. Christian faith is faith in Christ.  Its value or worth is not in the one believing, but in the one believed - not in the one trusting, but in the one trusted.  I know many Moslems who have more faith in Mohammed that some Christians in Christ.  That may well be true, but the Christian is saved.  You see, it doesn't matter how much faith you have, but rather who is the object of your faith; that is important from the Christian perspective of faith.- From the book: The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell, page xxxiii.
  33. It costs to follow Jesus Christ, but it costs even more not to. - Unknown.
  34. Christians who are strong in the faith grow as they accept whatever God allows to enter their lives.  - From the section on “Faith” on page 132 of "Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.