The First Principles of the Oracles of God
Faith Toward God – Sermon Notes
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Faith: (Hebrews: 11:1) “…now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…” Now faith is the ground or confidence of things hoped for, a sure conviction or persuasion concerning the unseen.
Towards God: We believe in the Lord God of Israel, the creator
The First Principles and foundation of our faith can be found by examining who we are in Jesus Christ and who Jesus Christ is in us.
(1 Cor 1:30) “…but of him, ye are in Christ Jesus, who God has made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption…”
Three important words which appear throughout the scriptures which are an essential understanding, quite simply;
Righteousness – Right standing
Sanctification – Set apart
Redemption – Purchased
To fully understand who we are in Christ we must first know who we are and what makes us up as God created us. God made man as a triune (three) being made up of spirit, soul
The body – The visible part of a man, the flesh and blood, living, breathing
The soul – The invisible part, the seat of the mind, the will and the heart
The spirit – Invisible, closely connected to the soul, seat of higher thought
The scriptures show us three distinct parts which make us up as a
(1 Cor 3:16) “…know ye not that ye are the temple and the Spirit of God dwells within you…”
(Rom 7:18) “…for I know that in me that is to say my flesh dwells no good thing…”
The scriptures show us that we’re made up of three different parts and not only that, we have two natures which seek to govern thought. One the Spirit of God which is described as being perfect, (1 John 1:5) “…God is light and there is no darkness in him at all…” and a flesh which Paul described as being of no good thing. These two natures are complete opposites, so how do we apply our righteousness, sanctification
The Spiritual Nature (Positional Faith) – This represents our unmoving position in the eyes of God, the spiritual nature given to us is fully righteous, fully sanctified and fully redeemed, giving us the grace to come before a perfect God bought by Jesus Christ.
Our Spirit and Soul (Progressive Faith) – (Rom 12:2) “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” The scriptures tell us of the need for renewal, this shows us there is a part of us which is not righteous, not sanctified and not redeemed to God. This is our progressive faith, day by day becoming more like Christ, more right standing, more and more set apart and more and more redeemed so we can experience the redeemed life.
The Body (Future Faith) – (2 Cor 4:16) “…our outward man perishes, yet the inner man is renewed day by day…” The scriptures tell us of a body that is slowly dying, in this, we have our future faith, that God by His power will raise us fully righteous, fully sanctified and fully redeemed into eternity, that the grave has no hold over them which are Christ’s.
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