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THE WORD OF FAITH, PART ONE

“…the word of faith, which we preach;” Rom 10:8

 

We have studied why the Bible, the Word of God, is the only source of pure, unadulterated truth that we have as believers. With that as our foundation, let us now examine the effects of that Word upon our lives, and also give some insights into how we may most effectively glean its truths. In looking at the Biblical account of Job, it was the literal Word of God spoken by the Lord out of the whirlwind, which caused Job, with an eye of faith, to see the Lord. However, when Job said “now mine eye seeth thee,” he was not saying that he actually looked upon God, but that he now experienced the reality of God in his life. Job saw that God was a real being, he saw His holiness, righteousness, wisdom, and power; and in introspect he saw himself, his own vile and helpless condition.

Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

Job 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

Exo 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live

Contrary to what many cults and charismatic people would say, God no longer speaks His Word directly, in an audible way, to His saints. God now speaks to us through His completed written Word, and no longer needs to give direct revelations and prophecies through men. However, this Word, and the preaching of this Word, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is made just as much the voice of God to us as it was to Job and other Old and New Testament saints, who actually heard God’s voice. Now, before someone objects to what has been said here, God certainly does, in a diversity of ways, speak to the hearts of His people. The Holy Spirit can, and does speak to our hearts either directly, or through Preachers, teachers, spouses, friends, etc. He even uses other means such as spiritual books, signs, circumstances, etc. to communicate to us. Sometimes His voice is so vivid we can perceive exactly what He is saying—as if He were audibly speaking. These occurrences however, usually are answers to prayer, warnings, encouragements, or God leading us toward some specific action to fulfill His will.

1 Cor 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
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But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

However, it is through the truth of God’s written Word that we are made to see our sinful and lost condition; and then, by the eye of faith, we are brought to see Jesus, God’s Lamb—suffering, bleeding, and dying for our sins. It is “by grace” that we are “saved through faith,” and this “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Through this Spirit empowered Word, or Living Word, we as believers also come to know the reality of God in our lives, and come to know Him in a personal intimate way.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
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So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son
Jesus Christ.

It is important to understand that the Holy Spirit does not speak or work except through the Word of God—be it read, preached, or taught. He does “not speak of himself”—meaning He does not glorify Himself, nor does what He speak originate “of himself”; but He glorifies Christ, and uses the Word of Christ to show us the things of Christ. To those who would claim that the Spirit of God gave them some new kind of message, either through speaking in tongues, or by prophecy, or by revelation, apart from the Word of God, is contrary to the plain truth that “he shall not speak of himself”—by Himself, from Himself. This error has even lead many to forsake the plain truth of God’s Word and “be turned unto fables.” Multitudes of  people have been drawn away from the truth of God’s Word by those who profess to be speaking some new message that the Spirit has given them. A spirit has given them a message, but it is not the Holy Spirit.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

2 Tim 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
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And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

The great fallacy of the so-called charismatic preachers and teachers is that they glorify the Spirit of God, stressing Him and His work, instead of Christ and His work. I was once given a copy of a very popular charismatic book that told about a revival meeting the author had been a part of. He wrote that people were coming in from the streets and being saved without even having the Word of God preached. That kind of teaching borders on the sin of denying Christ—the living Word. No sinner is ever saved apart from hearing the Word of God— “it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” Another false doctrine, that is commonly promoted, is that a believer is not complete until He is baptized by the Holy Spirit. This teaching ignores the plain truth of God’s Word, that every believer is already baptized into the body of Christ, and they are “complete in him”—Christ.

2 Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
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And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

1 Cor 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

1 Cor 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Because the Holy Spirit is not the only spirit at work in this world, He only works through the Word. Therefore, we must rely completely and totally on the Word of God as our source of truth. We are admonished to “believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” We can be easily fooled by “false apostles, deceitful workers,” who transform “themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness.”

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:
and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2 Cor 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

How then are we to “try the spirits whether they are of God”? It is by using the standard of truth—the Word of God. How are we to know if someone is the messenger of Christ and their message is the truth about Christ? It is by what they confess to believe; whether what they profess is in accordance with the truth of the Scriptures. Do they believe in the incarnation of God in Christ—His virgin birth, the Deity of Jesus, His sinless life, His sacrificial blood atonement by which we are saved, and His resurrection from the dead? Do they believe that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God”; that the Bible is the complete Word of God to man; that nothing is missing, and nothing is to be added to it or taken from it; and that God has kept it and it is infallible? Do they believe that our salvation is perfect and complete in Christ—that there is nothing missing, that there is nothing left for us to do to be saved? Do they believe that “Christ is all, and in all,” and that nothing we need is to be found outside of Him? Although most believers will have different opinions about certain Bible doctrines, and we can’t expect to agree with everyone 100%, a deviation from these cardinal doctrines should make us suspicious of the messenger, or at least their understanding of Bible truth.

2 Cor 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

2 Tim 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
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Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Col 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Let us say here, that this Word of Faith by which we are saved, is not the dull lifeless preaching of the Bible that is to be heard in so many churches today. It is not the futile efforts of many preachers, who call upon lost, dead sinners to do something in order to be saved. It is not the reading, or the teaching, or the preaching of the Bible to Christians, which has become so boring and lifeless, without any spirit or life-changing power. Contrariwise, it is the proclamation of the Living Word, the Spiritual Word, the Holy Spirit empowered Word, that brings us to Christ and shows us the things of Christ.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

2 Cor 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us,
written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

2 Cor 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

1 Cor 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
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For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

What makes the difference between the dead, lifeless preaching found in modernistic churches and the life-changing proclamation of God’s truth? First of all, Christ must be glorified and not the works of man. Then the Bible must be honored “as it is in truth, the word of God.” Finally, those that proclaim the “oracles of God” must do so with the understanding that only God can make their preaching effective—that it is only through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit that what they say can touch lives. 

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

1 The 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

1 Pet 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Furthermore, what makes the difference between those hearers whose lives are untouched by God’s Word and those who “have tasted the good word of God”? Acknowledging that God must give us ears to hear, those who would hear must have a desire to seek and know the truth. We must call upon God to speak to our hearts as poor, helpless beggars, instead of those who are “rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.”

Heb 6:4 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,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

Matt 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Isa 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;
and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Since it is by the “Word of Faith” that we are saved and “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” how may we say that faith is actually created in us by the Word of God? We have already examined what Biblical faith is—trusting God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves; that faith is completely foreign and opposite to our fallen human nature; and that God alone is able to create faith in us. But how does He use the Word of God to create faith in us? We know that the Word of God is the truth because it comes from the mouth of Him who “cannot lie.” Because man’s fall was caused by the lie, and man’s life is lived as a lie, we must be shown the truth, bow to the truth, and accept the truth in order to be saved. God’s truth shows us our sin, our guilt, and the judgment that awaits us. God’s truth also shows us the remedy for our dire condition, which is the salvation that He has provided for us by Christ’s redemptive work. God’s Word, therefore, shows us our need—how helpless and hopeless our condition is; and how impossible it is for us to do anything about changing our eternal destiny, by our own works. Then the Word of God reveals to us Christ and His work; and through the power of God’s Spirit, we are brought to place our faith, or trust in Him.

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

Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

The Word of God is also the seed of the new life that is sown in our hearts, and by which we are born again. “In the beginning” the Father spoke the Word, and the Holy Spirit’s power created the worlds out of nothing. Even so, the Father now comes to empty, lifeless sinners, who are living in darkness, and speaks this same Word of God; and by the power of the Holy Spirit, a new creature in Christ is created. Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones, although it is primarily a prophecy about the restoration of Israel, nonetheless it is a beautiful picture of God coming to a dead sinner and saying, “hear the word of the LORD”; and, “behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.”

1 Pet 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
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Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
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And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Eze 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

We primarily think of the seed of the Gospel—as it is presented in the parable of the sower—as being the preaching of the Gospel; and indeed we are told, “the seed is the word of God.” However, a second application of the word “seed,” the one that more clearly demonstrates how we are “born again,” is in the terms of natural conception, as in the “seed” of man. The Greek word sperma, which is translated “seed” in the Bible, and from which we get our word sperm, denotes the male half of reproduction. Christ is the Living Word, the living “seed” that is implanted in our hearts, and which comes into union with our spirit and soul—by which we become “a new creature” in Christ. It is by this “seed” that we become to Jesus, “the children whom the LORD (God the Father) hath given” to Him.

Luke 8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this:
The seed is the word of God.

Gen 38:8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
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And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.

1 Pet 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Isa 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

Christ is the “seed” of the “woman”—speaking both of Eve and Mary His mother. Furthermore, He is the “seed” of “Abraham,” and “the seed of David according to the flesh”—through Mary’s linage. He is also the “only begotten Son” of the Father through the means of His miraculous birth—the Holy Spirit implanted God’s seed into Mary’s egg. By being “born again” by the “seed” of the Word, we become the “seed” of Christ, in terms of being His posterity. Because we become “his seed,” His posterity, therefore, through Him, we are also the children of God and the children of Abraham—which for us is vitally important, because “to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.”

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Heb 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

Rom 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:
therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

John 3:16 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.

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

After we are “born again” by the Living Word of God, the Holy Spirit uses the same Word to give us the assurance that we truly are a child of God. The Father does not want His children living in the fear and doubt about whether they are truly saved or not. First, we are “sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” Earthly kings put their seals upon important documents, making it known to everyone the regal authority behind them. Even so the Father puts His seal upon His children through the working of the Holy Spirit; He thus makes it known to all that we are His, and no one can “pluck them out of” His hands. Then God gives to us “the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” Just as earnest money is paid to show the sincerity of someone who is buying  property, so the Holy Spirit becomes the down payment, our assurance of all that we have in Christ.

2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

1 Kings 21:8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.

Eph 1:13 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,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

2 Cor 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

A sinner cannot be born into the family of God without having the spiritual evidence that something has happened in his life— “if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” It is not possible for God to come into someone’s life without that person being aware that something is different. We do not “speak with tongues,” or see “a light from heaven,” but we know we have become a child of God. The Holy Spirit comes into our “hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” He gives to us the awareness that God is our daddy, our Heavenly Father; and He uses the same words that Jesus cried in the garden when “he said, Abba, Father.”

Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Acts 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

The Holy Spirit also comes into our lives giving us the words of forgiveness—“Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.” We feel as if a great burden has been lifted off from us, as our conscience is purged and we feel cleansed from the vileness of sin. We sense a great calm, as He says to the raging storm within us, “peace, be still.” We no longer feel as if we are under God’s wrath and judgment, but that “we have peace with God.” He comes to us with the words “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” We realize that all of our striving, working, and trying to please God has been for naught, and we now have rest in Christ. As a Christian, we can never forget what it means to have this forgiveness, peace, and rest. When we lose these comforts by wandering from Christ, we are miserable, and would rather die than go on living without them. It is these comforts that God uses to draw us back to Himself.

Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

1 John 2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.

Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Phil 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Matt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
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For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

The Holy Spirit also gives us the assurance of our salvation by using the Word to teach us the principles by which God saves and keeps us. We are to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” We are made to understand how, in spite of our sinfulness, God forgives us in Christ—we are made “wise unto salvation” and about salvation. We understand that, in spite of the fact we have many enemies, we “are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.” As with Peter, “Satan hath desired to have” us “that he may sift” us “as wheat,” but Christ intercedes for us that our “faith fail not.” We are told, “if God be for us, who can be against us,” and “who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” We are taught through the Word, “that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation”; God has given us His promise in the “immutable” Word that He has forgiven us and has saved us in Christ; and furthermore, the “immutable” God cannot lie. Jesus Himself said “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.”

2 Pet 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

2 Tim 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

1 Pet 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not:
and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died
, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Heb 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation
, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

 

 

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