Already you know much about Jesus. Two weeks ago I gave a special message on how to die in your sins and we looked at the matter of salvation negatively. You could vote not to convict, but that would be acting dishonestly, contrary to what you believed. Jesus said that it is by our fruits that we are known as His disciples Matthew 7:20. The problem here is that they can invite Jesus into their hearts and yet not believe in Him for eternal life.
Clark If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed on your system please click here on to download. All who believe in Him are secure forever. And why do we hope for them? In fact the word assurance is an interesting word in the Greek. Add anything to that and you have a different gospel. He has no spiritual faith because he's spiritually dead and that dimension provides him no real experience. Asking unbelievers to come forward—to walk the aisle or come to the front of the auditorium—in order to be saved is another popular evangelistic practice without biblical precedent. For Faith has done too much, knows too much, and will tell too much.
You have no idea and I'm certainly not here to tell you, because I don't want to know either. Having said that in 10:38 and quoted Habakkuk 2:4, the writer now illustrates it. They are like two sides of the same coin. A genuine faith is one that not only believes in God the devils themselves do that - James 2:19 , but leads to open confession of sin and obedience to Christ's commands. The mind understands, the emotions are drawn, the will makes the choice. Faith and Danny have been involved in a complex bribery scheme that has some very powerful officials roped into their net of deceit — so they both know secrets about a lot of crooked people in the legislative branch of government.
Because we say they're not rational. Many are on the broad way. No, you still have to make the journey yourself. They claim that one is saved by faith in Christ plus nothing, but that true faith in Christ results in commitment, obedience, turning from sins, etc. And when we know what it is, that is His inherent character, and what it does we will have our definition of saving faith. True faith uniteth to Christ, it is conversant about his person.
Unfortunately, far too many Christians have neglected the care of the poor and thus are not being obedient in this good work. One can know about the Christian faith and yet believe that it is not true. And as the drama unfolds you get to see just how low certain government officials will be willing to go, in order to protect their own interests. They believed, but it wasn't a saving belief. Similar expressions are common today.
Naturally, all assent must be voluntary. Jesus said seek first the kingdom and His righteousness and everything else will be added to you. And that is the sense in which it is used here in Hebrews. Because they subscribed to the highest level of devotion to the Mosaic law and took the law to its very nth degree most seriously. Justification is by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone. No amount of anguish over sin can open the way to heaven. But in no case did God ever abandon His people or act unfaithfully to His promises.
The bridge, not your faith, gets the glory. And I told you this morning I was going to preach on the subject of the nature of saving faith and look at the matter of salvation positively, and that is exactly what I want to do. Don't just tell me, prove it. He wavered in faith when he took Hagar, conceived Ishmael, and then asked God to make Ishmael the heir. . Are you obedient to God's Word? A person lacking sufficient good works, or guilty of major sins, will not make it to heaven, even if he believes in Christ. And all of a sudden he's able to believe without any proof.
Secondly, faith is the conviction of things not seen. Likewise the Jews were adept at inventing explanations for why their persecutors were not Israelites. It's not terrible, there's just nothing particularly engaging about it. There are other people who say well, you can lose your faith and when you lose your faith you do lose your salvation. When you come to Hebrews 11 you come to the great faith chapter of the Bible. You go to a restaurant - you eat what they serve you. And trust is the voluntary element, or the volitional element.
In their zeal to call people to godliness, some pastors and theologians today mingle the two. Would you tell me how I am able to be a Christian? In verse 26 Jesus affirms that no believer will ever experience spiritual death. The story centers on a witnes Saving Faith is the kind of book you select when you want to be entertained but not mentally challenged. Why not write your thoughts on a review and share them? Revelation 6:9-11 tells us that He has a precise number of martyrs who will be killed before He finally judges the wicked. In the case I just read you there were people exposed to the miracles and the signs that Jesus did and they believed, but it wasn't a saving faith.
No, our faith and hope are in the God who gives life to the dead and who calls into being that which does not exist. If it does, our government is no better than any other. We just talk about what it is but we've got to know what does it do? I know of an author who writes 700-page science fiction books, and after talking to fans that actually read his stuff, I laughed to discover that the readers actually skip pages and even Chapters, when the long 700-page story gets too boring. Genuine faith says that the content, the notitia, is true. Faith is based on knowledge and knowledge is based on truth.