Unit 6  Living the Christian Life Series part 2. 

The Application of the Principles and Precepts of God's Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.

                                                                     FAITH and SECURITY

Subject Table of Content

We will look at 

ORIGIN OF FAITH. 

GOD'S FIRST TEST OF FAITH  

THE WORK OF FAITH.  

THE FOCUS OF FAITH.

THE PRICE OF FAITH. 

THE RESPONSIBILITY TO FAITH. 

THE REWARD OF FAITH.           

Self test   

  

Unit 6. Syllabus for the Unit 6 i-n 

Principle of Faith & Eternal Security 6 i.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines Faith as: 1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, an idea, or a thing.  2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See Synonyms at belief. See Synonyms at trust.  3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one's supporters.  4. Often Faith. Theology. The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will.  5. The body of dogma of a religion: the Moslem faith.  6. A set of principles or beliefs.   As faith can be a number of things in this study we will consider Faith as choice of a secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will

Remember every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God. 

1. Assignment:  Look up all references given, and summarize them.  

2. Assignment: After completing this study list the evidence in your life that ratifies your testimony of having faith in . . . 1. Christ,  2. The Word of God. 

 

            THE LIFE GIVING PRINCIPLE OF FAITH   

 1. ORIGIN OF FAITH. 

The PRINCIPLE of faith is TRUST manifested in the Godhead, as God the Father is the planner God. The Son [Jesus Christ] is the doer in the complete trust in the will of the Father. The Holy Spirit empowers that will to be done with the same confidence.  Best demonstrated by Christ.  John 5:30 "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. . . .Chap. 6:38  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

 

2. GOD'S FIRST TEST OF FAITH ( trust ) of mankind.

The first test of faith in the human race was in the garden of Eden. Read Genesis 2:15-3:24

As man failed the first test of faith in the garden of Eden, faith in the God of heaven does not originate in the heart of man, such faith must come from God the Father.  "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom.5:12-20            

Think on this: "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Cor.15:22 

Jesus said: "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44

Remember: Ephesians 2:4-10  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Therefore  " All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" 2 Ti 3:16    "That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."  2  Ti 3:17

Who qualifies to be drawn of the Father to receive saving faith in His Son and His Word? "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." Psalm 34:18

Consider: Isaiah 61:1; Acts 26:18

Observe God does not give the gift of faith to the self righteous, but to those who see themselves as sinners needing to be saved.  Consider: "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." Luke 18:11-14

Again consider and take notice of what God expects from those who receive His gift of saving faith. "That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Eph. 2:7-10

 

3. THE WORKS OF FAITH.  What are the good works we are to walk in? 

The 1st work of Faith is TO BELIEVE ON CHRIST.

"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."  John 6:27-29

 

The 2nd work of faith is COMMITMENT TO CHRIST,  PRACTICING the will of God for your life.  Demonstrated at ones Baptism  "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. . . . . . For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” Consider: 1 Thes. 1:3;  2 Thes. 1:11    

            

4. FAITH THEN IS A CHOICE THAT MUST BE EXERCISED TO BE VALID.

The RESPONSIBILITY to God given faith is a threefold work.  

(A) THE FIRST RESPONSIBILITY IS TO ACCEPT CHRIST  "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: John 1:12  

"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. "
Acts 2:41


Baptism is the first act of faith in the life of the believer in obedience to Christ, it is a public demonstration of the believers identification with Christ, His life, death, and resurrection.

 

      


(b) The second responsibility is PROCLAIM IT  “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Math. 10:32   

"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works."  James 2:17-18


(C) The third responsibility is S TO FOLLOW CHRIST.

"Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.  I and my Father are one."  
Math. 10:25-30

 Please observe all of the above are active, not passive.  Each expects a response. 
 
God's will is never inactive.  The personal responsibility to God given faith is seldom spoken of to avoid rejection, therefore commitment is   thought of as a prerogative of the believer.

 JESUS TAUGHT US TO CONTINUE IN FAITH.  

As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,  If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”Math. 8:30-32                        

          Consider:  Col.1:12-23; Heb. 2:1, 3:6-15. 6:12, 10:39

The bottom line is: Faith is a choice to be made in response to the drawing of the Father.  A reaction to His Son and His Word.  A  choice to receive faith as a gift of God.  That choice is an act of our own unhindered free will.  That choice is never violated by God, by Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.

Therefore Paul said it is our choice to continue in faith as spoken of by Jesus Christ.

"They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” Luke 8:13-15

            Consider: James 1:22,  2:14-26  

5. THE APOSTLE PAUL TAUGHT ALL THE CHURCHES TO CONTINUE IN THEIR GOD GIVEN FAITH.

“ We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,  Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,  For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;  Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:  As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;  Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled   In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:  If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” Col. 1 :13-24

Notice the Apostle Paul makes it clear that FAITH IS A GIFT given to those who CHOOSE to receive it, and they are to CHOOSE to continue in it.  The Apostle Paul clearly gives evidence that he believed that Faith is always subject to the free will of man. 

Consider: Col. 2:5 . . . . . “and the  stedfastness of your faith in Christ  

Consider: 1 Thes. 3:8 “For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.”    
      
   

JESUS PROMISE TO THOSE HAVING, A LIVING FAITH, ETERNAL LIFE, AND SECURITY IN GOD'S FAMILY ARE INSEPARABLE.

The Principle of Eternal Life:  Is founded in the one true eternal living God, who is the all powerful and self existent sovereign creator.  Whose immutable Word is also eternal.  He is the giver of His eternal life that is in Himself.
  "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty
Rev. 1:8

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. . . . .Vs 26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: . . Vs .27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” As we were made in the image and likeness of our eternal living God, all have eternal life.

The big question is: where will we spend it?   Will we spend it living with our one true living God?   THINK ABOUT IT!  

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. . . . . 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.”John_3:16-18 and Vs. 36

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the  praise of his glory"  Eph. 1:13-14  

    Consider: 2 Tim. 1:12-14;  1 Pet. 1:2-5

        Our spiritual birth is the work of God by the Holy Spirit.

 
        Consider:  John 1:12-14, 6:44, 14:6

          We are purchased by Jesus Christ through His blood on the cross.

         Consider: 1 Pet. 1:15-20

         The presence of the believer is already established in glory by God's immutable will, and the presence of His Spirit.

          Consider: Eph. 1:1-14, 2:6-10        

THE GUARANTEE OF ETERNAL LIFE, IN AND WITH HIS SON , IS ESTABLISHED ONLY BY FAITH IN HIS IMMUTABLE WORD.     

"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?  Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.Num. 23:19-20

            Consider: 1 John 5:7-13 see 2:19-25

1. From Adam to Christ man had the promise of a Saviour and was accepted by God only if man put his faith in that promise.  

Consider  Gen. 3:15;  to see that promise Press Here   Then consider Press Here   Then consider Heb. Chapt. 11,  1 Pet. 1:8-12  

Think on the results
 

2. From Christ to this present time: man is to look back in faith to the finished work of Christ for his salvation. 

Consider  John 20:31  Rom. 4:25, 5:6-10, 15-21;  Eph. 2:8-10;  1 John 5:11-13

3. God's provision for sin was established before the foundation the world.  Promised and illustrated in the garden of Eden, and accomplished 2000 years ago by His Son Jesus Christ.

4. Therefore, God dealt with, and paid for all our sins in the future tense.  Because God is omniscient, even in His foreknowledge that man would sin after his salvation.  God still provided His salvation by His grace through faith in Him.  Now that's eternal security!      

Consider the foreknowledge of God, of the sins of the following men after their receiving God's blessing, covenants, & salvation. 

Noah: a just and upright man who walked with God, Gen. 6:7-7:1,  Included in hall of faithful [Heb. 11:7]   Though he was found drunken and naked. [Gen. 9:20-21]  

Abraham: Gen. 12:1-3, A friend of God Isa. 41:8, father of the faithful also included in the hall of faithful [Heb. 11:8-14.]  Though he obeyed his wife over God's promise [Gen. 16:1-4]  Though he lies and deceives King Abimelech, [Gen.20:1-6]  Though he sends Hagar and Ishmael out in the desert to die. [21:9-16]

David: 1 Sam. 13:14, 16:10-13. Chosen by God as a man after His own heart to be the shepherd of Israel, and established His throne forever. Though he committed adultery with Bathsheba and plotted the death of her hussp;  Peter: Mat. 16:13-19,  Acts 2:14-42  The pillar of the church who saw 3000 saved at his first sermon.  Though he broke his promise to the Lord out of fear, but never denied Him in his heart. [Mat. 26:31-41, 56-75]   

All of these are examples of the fact that the inner saved man desires to please God, but the best, have fallen to failures in the flesh.  Breaking the commandments of God, but never denied Jesus Christ being the one true living God, and God never fails them, or casts them out

           Consider:  Rom. Chap. 7;  1 Thes. 5:24;

The fact that God saved us in spite of our future sins is a testimony of God's heart for us, as well as the security of those that trust Him to be their God and Saviour.  This also explains the necessity for the ministry of Christ as our High Priest and intercessor.  

5. Therefore a Christian (follower of Christ) can and will fall to sin but cannot walk in sin.

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”  Heb. 4:14-16

             Consider: Hebrews 7:25-27; 1 John 1:8-2:3   

6. THE PRICE OF FAITH.

The price of faith is choosing to keep it, even in the face of trial and tribulation.

"Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22  

             Consider: 1 Thes. 3:3

 

7. THEREFORE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF ETERNAL SECURITY ARE THE SAME AS FAITH. 

To God:

            1. To maintain Faith in Christ as our eternal God and Saviour.

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Heb. 6:4-6

 

 Consider: Mark 3:28-29; Col. 1:12-23;  Heb.10:23 -39; 1 John 5:16

     2. The saved are not to abuse their security in God's family.

"For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:  As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God."  1 Pet.2:15-16

              Consider: 1 Cor. 6:15-20, 10:22-23  11:27-32; 2 Cor. 5:10,

There are no rejects or failures in God's family that need stay that way, for all can be brought to their fullest potential in Christ when they yield to the work of the Holy Spirit to perfect them.  No one is ever cast out for failure to uphold His Word, and all can come to the fullness of God's will for them if their heart is right with God.   

“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not  sons.  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.   Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.  Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;  And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”   Heb. 12:5-14

           Consider: Rom. 6:10-22, 8:26-31; 1 Thes. 5:24;  2 Tim.2:13.


To Others:  Those in God's family are to allow the Lord to use them as their brother's keeper. 

"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.Gal.6:1-2  

             Consider: Rom. 15:1-5; 1 John 1:5-2:6    


At Home:  In God's family there are no banishments therefore, there should not be in the home.

             Consider: the father of the prodigal son Vs his brother.  Luke 15:1-32  


In the Local Church All in God's Family:  The members of God's family are to be cared for as God's purchased possession of God.  There are no excommunications.   

            Consider: 1 Cor. 5:1-11, and 2 Cor. 2:4-11  


To Government:   Not to trust in the security of the governments power, but in God and His integrity.

"Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!"  Isa.31:1

       Consider: 2 Chron. 7:14,  Jer. 17:5-11,  Acts 20:22-27,  Rom. 6:12-14,  James 4:7-8    
    

The only government that is eternal is that of Jesus Christ the Lord.

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."  Rev. 11:15

       Consider: Isa. 9:6-7;  Dan. 2:44-45;  Luke 1:32-33;  2 Pet. 1:11,      

Again we see examples of the necessity of exercising our free will to be in Christ, and have its benefits. 

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.   John 15;1-11

ABIDE:  Strongs says meno, men'-o; a primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry

Remember: God's word tells us mans free will is never overridden by God, therefore, man must chose his own course and accept the consequences of it.  The command is to be continually abiding in Christ as an act of our free will; as He continually will's to abide in us if we do.

Those in Christ who bear fruit [Fruit of the Spirit Gal. 5:22-25 cf 1 Cor. 13; and John 4:7-13 to conform us to the image of Christ, the ministry of the Spirit [Rom. 8:29] Those who do not bear fruit must receive chastisement [purging = cleanse, purify] [Heb.12:5-14] as the Holy Spirit must have a holy vessel from which He can live out the character of Christ, as we abide in Christ to others.  Vs.6Those that do not abide even after the prompting Holy Spirit [Eph. 4:30] and quench His Spirit [1 Thes. 5:19], and scourging of the Father [Heb. 12:11-14] as an act of their free will are burned up.

Please observe the works spoken of, are not the works of the flesh, but of the will of God. The choice is always that of I will or I will not, that is to say my will or His will.                                                                                                                      

Remember: "For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of ourconfidence stedfast unto the end;" Heb. 3:14

Consider: John 10:24-31: John 15: 3-6 ; 1 John 2:24;   

Notice: Eternal life is a result of following [abiding] in Christ. This is the only true evidence accepted by God of having a living faith, in the act of following Christ.  

How is such belief / Faith confirmed?"What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is deadWas not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?" James 2:14-22

Let us consider the work James talking about? As we cannot work for salvation we work as a result of it. Abiding in Christ and His Word results in the work of loving obedience to Christ.

"15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.  16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me."  John 14:15-24

There is an important point to be made here, according to Jesus there is a prerequisite for receiving the Comforter of Vs 16. Is the believers abiding in the commandments of Christ Vs 15, that results in the Comforter's abiding presents in the believer. Vs16 [The Comforter, is the one living tribune God Father, Son, Holy Spirit.] Vs.16

In every case the security of the believers being in Christ, and Christ in him or her, is being tested as a result of the believers exercise of their free will to accept, love and follow [obedience] abiding in Christ.

Please note verse 15 in the Bible is the beginning of a new paragraph. Why is the fact that Vs 15 is a prerequisite to Vs 16 left out of many sermons when speaking of Jesus promise?  It is because of fear of personal responsibility being rejected. Nevertheless Jesus made it a focus to all he taught.

Personal responsibility is rarely connected with salvation and eternal life with Christ, is a rarity not only in churches today but also in books for the same reasons. 

8. GOD'S CONTINUING TEST OF FAITH   To see it Press Here

[If need be, review "The principle of The Free Will of Mankind In Unit 4]

In the light of all these passages how can one come to the conclusion it is impossible for a person to exercise his or her free will, to turn from Christ?  Such thinking may, and often does lead a person into thinking because they once made a profession of trusting in Christ, they can embrace the cults. The most deceiving of such are the Churches embracing the "New Age Doctrine", and even the occult or witchcraft and still go to heaven when they die.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. Such thinking is playing right into the hand of devil.

Consider Peters warning: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" 1 Peter 5:8  

Also see "Beware of Cults that Take the Name Christian in unit 1. Many of these are but one step away from the occult, and witchcraft. Especially those that embrace the New Age Theology, and intellectual acceptance. 

Consider Peter's warning: "And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus:  Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,   And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?" Acts 13:6-10

There is more to be said on the importance of guarding the use of our free will, and in choosing those to lead us.  Again I say beware of churches that embrace the "New Age Theology and intellectual acceptance.  Many of these are but one step away from the occult, and witchcraft.

Let me leave you with this assurance:

 9. THE REWARD OF A LIVING FAITH, IS THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER. 

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." Romans 5:1-5  

Notice: the products of FAITH shown here.

Vs 1.

 1. Salvation,

 2. Peace with God,  

Vs. 2.  3. Access by faith into His Grace.

4. Standing with God.

   5. Joy in the hope [expectation] of Glory 

Vs. 3. 6. Glory in tribulations [downtrodden but not despair]

7. Patience, [endurance]  

Vs. 4.   8. Experience [confidence]

9. Hope [assurance]  

Vs. 5.  10. Boldness

11. The love of God,

12. Presents of the Holy Ghost.

Let me assure you with the exhortation of Timothy:  "Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: 11Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 13Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. 15This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. 16The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: 17But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. 18The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well. 2:1Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." 2 Tim. 1:6-2:2  

Throughout all the Scriptures: Only a Living FAITH in CHRIST is the basis of union and fellowship with Christ and others.  

Only a Living FAITH in CHRIST brings empowerment and enlightenment through the Word of God.

Only a Living FAITH in CHRIST empowers one to live a life in Christ.   

Only a Living FAITH in CHRIST guarantees eternal life with Him.  

Self test: THE LIFE GIVING PRINCIPLE OF FAITH and SECURITY IN THE FAMILY OF GOD. 

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life. Remember meditation on God's Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.

Things to Consider: 

1 Q. What is the principle of faith? 

2 Q. Where does faith come from? 

3 Q. How do you get faith? 

4 Q. Do you have a part in receiving saving faith?  

5 Q. What is the precept of faith?    

6 Q. On the precept of eternal security.  

How is eternal security established, on the works of man or God?

7 Q. On the responsibility to our eternal security in God's family.

To God:

(A) God guarantees eternal security to those who trust in Christ as to Who He is and what He has done,. but does God guarantee that same security to those who leave that faith in Him?

(B) What responsibility do we have toward God for having His security and of what must we be on guard of? Read Romans 1:28-32 and 1 Cor. 6:12-20 explain why such conduct is offensive to God, and should be unthinkable to those in God's family in the light of their eternal security.

(C) In what way does the knowledge of your security in Christ give you peace, while also bringing an element of fear?

8 Q. To others: Look to see God's heart for His people in the light of the security He gives them, and how He wants us to respond to others, especially those out of His will. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope9 At home:

What relationship has eternal security to the marriage and family relationship?

10 Q. In the local church and all in God's family. How does the eternal security of the believer relate to the church family? 

11 Q. In or to government:

In what government do you put your trust?

 

You are now ready to study the Life Changing Principle of Sanctification. Unit 6j

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28  " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."   

Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

 

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