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The Cutting Edge Gospel: Faith December 7, 2013

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So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17

In order to repent one must first have faith in the saving Grace of God through Jesus Christ. This faith however comes when the gospel is preached and the word of God is heard.

Faith by definition is, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1).”

Though we cannot physically see the end of our life we believe in Christ’s death and resurrection that at the end of life we too will be resurrected to be with Him in glory if we abide in Him.

It is important to understand that before faith came there was the Law which acted as a schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ by the justification through faith (Gal 3:23-24). Does this mean that the Law is no longer important? Scripture tells us that without Law there is no sin so the purpose of the Law is to convict man of sin because sin was in the world before the Law came into being (Rom 5:13). The problem however is that one (except Christ) could keep the Law and as such no one could be justified by the Law (Rom 3:20, Gal 2:16). But thank our God that Jesus came to fulfill the Law so that the righteousness of the Law may be fulfilled in us who walk by faith in Him.

1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom 8)

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1. dmcal52 - December 7, 2013

Hello Henry,

You said:
“Though we cannot physically see the end of our life we believe in Christ’s death and resurrection that at the end of life we too will be resurrected to be with Him in glory if we abide in Him.”

“at the end of life we too will be resurrected”

I am in agreement with everything you wrote in your post, but regarding the above, are you inferring that at the end of ones life, that is, at the time of death, that a person is resurrected? And just to clarify, by resurrection I mean “Anastasis,” which refers to “standing back up again in the same body” just as Jesus did.

2. Henry - December 8, 2013

Hi Dmcal52,

No that is not what I meant to imply at all. Indeed I am referring to the same resurrection that you mentioned but this does not take place immediately after that. The assurance we have from scripture is that if we abide in Christ He will raise those who were dead on the last day (John 6:44,54).

dmcal52 - December 8, 2013

HI Henry,

Ok, good to know. It is just the wording that gives one the idea that when you said “at the end of life we too will be resurrected,” which would seem to infer that you were implying that each individual is resurrected at the time of death. Anyway, good to know that is not what you are proclaiming. Thanks for responding!

Yours in Christ

3. Fast Freddie - December 9, 2013

Would be very hard to prove otherwise according to scripture because over and over it says ” at the last day ” we will be resurrected.
I don’t know how so many in the church miss that….I did for years. lol

dmcal52 - December 10, 2013

Hi Fast Freddie,

Regarding the resurrection, like many other topics, it seems expositors still manage to circumvent and distort the Scriptures, even though the context is clear that at the time of this event multiple people are being raised at the same time, followed by the living believers being changed and caught up with them. Regarding this same issue, it amazes me that there are people out there actually teaching that the Lord’s resurrection was spiritual and not bodily.

4. Henry - December 12, 2013

Don,
You are right and that is why there is a greater need for discernment in the churches today so that people don’t allow themselves to be deceived. How you describe it is exactly how the resurrection will occur. The scriptures are clear on that and if people were to read their own Bibles rather than being lazy and allow the man in the pulpit to read and interpret everything for them they would be far better off.

dmcal52 - December 12, 2013

Right on Henry! I believe that we are, and have been, experiencing
2 Tim.4:3

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

Those great number of teachers could also be seminars, websites and the myriads of books on biblical subjects. But if they themselves are not studying the Scriptures, then they are not going to be able to discern whether or not what they are reading or hearing is the truth. I believe that all believers should be like the Bereans, searching the scriptures so that they will be going right to the source of truth.


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