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What is faith? Part 1

2 Peter 1:1-4 (PART 1)
By William Dinwiddie

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:1-4

Peter identifies himself with a more humble appearance. He is a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ:

I would like you to consider the term “faith”. It is used a great deal today. The “faith” spoken of that is approved of God is quite different than what most people know.

A. Faith is “OBTAINED”.
This is not something you generate mentally because you are human.
• The OBTAINED faith is different than your subjective mindset of either being positive minded or negative minded. There are many positive-minded people in the world. I have heard that the greatest concentration of positively-minded people are in America’s prisons.

• The OBTAINED faith is the body of promises and a list of works by Jesus which God gave to man to be believed. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31

• Obtaining faith is done by “Believing” what was “delivered”.
Believing the Word of God is Faith just as Abram was told something by God that He was going to do and Abram believed it. Therefore, that is the standard of what faith is. If a person believes something that God has not said, that is not the faith that God credits as righteousness. It is trusting in another source of information. God has not revealed that He honor the words of man when He has spoken otherwise.

• The method of delivery of this is through the “the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:” Romans 3:21-22

a. It is the “faith OF Jesus Christ (Have you considered the faith of Christ and not just your faith in Christ) Hebrews 3:1-6, Galatians 2:16 (READ THESE TEXTS)

“Our Lord believed what the Father told Him about His house. As a Son, Jesus revealed this faith by being faithful or doing what the Father told Him to do. “ I have glorified You on the earth: I have finished the work which You gave me to do.” John 17:4

b. God has said that the faith that Abraham exhibited is the faith that He honors. He honors it by crediting His righteousness to the person who is believing. What Abraham did to have God’s righteousness credited to him was that Abraham believed what God said.

c. When a person hears what God has done in Jesus Christ and believes it to the point of doing what He said to do, God credits that person’s faith as RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Today, I encourage you to read the promises of God which are in Christ. If you believe them, you will act according to the promises. There is great blessing in this. – more later.

Bill

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Genesis 13:1-9 “righteousness, faithfulness and maturity”

“And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai; Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD. And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, I pray, let there be no strife you and me, and between my herdsmen and thy herdsmen; for we are brethren. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself, I pray from me: if you will take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.”

These nine verses speak of the righteousness, faithfulness and maturity of Abram. Righteousness, because Abram’s honest concern was to maintain peace between the people who had journeyed with him and even gave Lot the choice of land and would be content with what was left over. Faithfulness, because Abram remembered that God’s promise to supply all of his need. Maturity, because Abram, having wisdom took the lead by suggesting a plan that would benefit everyone.

Abraham was not worried about his present situation because He was looking to the one God who spoke to him from eternity and blessed him. I encourage you to look to the Eternal One when you are faced with a difficult situation.

Looking into eternity,
Bill

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Genesis 12:1-9 “Get out of your father’s house.”

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, get out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father’s house, unto a land that I will show you: And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, unto your seed will I give this land: and there he built an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. And he removed himself from there unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he built an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.” And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.” Genesis 12:1-9

When the Lord speaks, you should listen. The Lord’s words to Abram, later to be called Abraham, are specific. Separate yourself from everything that you are subject to. This was his Father, his inheritance and his people. This is a tough task. But, the promise was great. “I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.” The promise to Abram was not only about him. Because of Abram’s faithfulness to God, the blessing of God would fall upon people from everywhere on the earth.

The land of Canaan was before them and it was filled with people. God promised again, “unto your seed will I give this land.” By “seed”, God was not speaking of his lineage, but of one in particular. Jesus! Matthew 1:1-16 reveals the family line by which Jesus would be born into this world and Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, tells us about this seed.” “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He says not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” Galatians 3:16

What this means for you, me, the people of Israel and all on this planet, is that the land of the Canaanites would be the place where God would choose to send out His blessings upon the Earth. Abram was motivated by the promises of God and looked forward to them greatly and by faith, he did see it. His longing to see them fulfilled was described by Jesus when He said, “…Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” John 8:56

Wherever you are today, I encourage you to do what Abram did. Call upon the name of the Lord and then continue your journey.

Looking into eternity,

Bill

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As the Lord had spoken: Genesis 12:4-5

“So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came”. Genesis 12:4-5

Much has been attested to the subject of faith and many people claim to have faith. The faith that Abraham had, which is the faith we are to testify to found it source not in man, but in God! The faith “once delivered to the saints”, as spoken of in the book of Jude is a faith that is from God.

Just because you believe something or someone does not mean that your faith is credited to you as righteousness. The faith that God credits as righteousness is believing in His own word. When a person hears what God has to say on a subject and believes it; that is faith.

Abraham heard God and acted in a manner that was consistent with what God said. Have you heard God’s Word? Have you heard the Gospel? If you have not, you need to do this before you can have the faith God credits as righteousness.

Today, there are countless variations to the Gospel, but there is only one Gospel. There is only one Truth, One way and One life. This is Jesus Christ. Take a look at the Gospel of Jesus Christ and you will be looking past this life.

Jesus said of Abraham’s faith, “…Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” John 8:56

Looking into eternity,

Bill

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