“When the SON of MAN COMES, will he FIND FAITH on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)

I will build MY CHURCH, and the gates of Hades WILL NOT OVERCOME IT. (Matthew 16:18)

The MESSIAH, KING of ISRAEL

PROMISES to RETURN (again)

… to ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM

FAITH:

an ACTION … based on BELIEF … sustained by CONFIDENCE

God will perform HIS WORD of Promise …

The Latin “fide” the English “faith” and the Greek “pistis” all have this same origin. 

The problem we have in translating the Bible is that sometimes there is NO SINGLE WORD in English that can represent the Greek word. That’s the situation here.

To “faithe” is to firmly BIND yourself to something – a VERB (action)

people refer to faith as JUST a mental state with the connotation of having DOUBT … the modern use of the word faith is NOT the way it’s used in the New Testament … to FAITHE is also a VERB …

it also refers to “binding” to a covenant relationship

GOD is the source of “RIGHTeous-ness” – not your “self-righteousness” … by God’s Grace … not your “merit”

ACT (behave-not just mental belief) LIKE GOD EXISTS …

an “EXERCISE” in “EXPERIENCE” … with a God that EXISTS …

ENGAGEMENT … EARTHLY … ETERNITY

Where the RUBBER of the “WHEEL of LIFE” … (GOD is “The POTTER“) 

RUBBER hits the ROAD …The Potter’s WHEEL … CLAY in HIS HAND …

(earth) hits the PATH to DESTINY (eternity) …

PRINCIPLES … put into PRACTICE … “connected” to a PERSON

FAITH (pist-eo – Greek) = to BIND … Batak (Hebrew) = LEAN on a STAFF

FAITH is a VERB … an ACTION … based on BELIEF …  CONFIDENCE (God will keep His Word … forever settled in Heaven)

the CREATOR (Almighty) and HIS CREATION …

Faith motivated Abraham to OBEY GOD’s CALL and leave the familiar to discover the territory he was destined to inherit from God.

So he left with only a promise and without even knowing ahead of time where he was going, Abraham stepped out in faith. – Hebrews 11:8 

Abraham is known as the father of our faith (Galatians 3:7). Why? Abraham set the course of his life by faith, setting an example for us to follow. 

God asked Abraham to go on a journey with him. A journey that would lead him to his destiny, promising Abraham he would make him into a GREAT NATION, make his NAME GREAT, and BLESS all the peoples on earth through him (Genesis 12:2-3)

Nevertheless, Abraham did not get to know where he was going, what he would experience, how he would get there, how long it would take, or what his life would be like when he arrived. Having nothing but the promise of God, Abraham stepped out on faith.

What is faith? It is the confident assurance … the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we CANNOT SEE it up ahead.

Isaac asked his father where the lamb was for the sacrifice, and Abraham answered that the Lord would provide the lamb. Abraham bound Isaac with ropes and placed him on the stone altar.

Just as Abraham raised the knife to slay his son, the angel of the Lord called out to Abraham to stop and not harm the boy. The angel said he knew that Abraham feared the Lord because he had not withheld his only son.

When Abraham looked up, he saw a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. He sacrificed the animal, provided by God, instead of his son.

Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham and said:

“I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that BECAUSE you have DONE this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely BLESS YOU and make your descendants as numerous as the STARS in the sky and as the SAND on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities [gates] of their enemies, and through your offspring ALL nations on earth will be BLESSED, because you have OBEYED me.” – Genesis 22:16-18)

God had earlier promised Abraham that he would make a GREAT NATION of him through ISAAC, which forced Abraham to either TRUST God with what mattered most to him or to distrust God.

Abraham chose to trust and obey.

Abraham told his servants “WE” WILL COME BACK to you, meaning BOTH he and Isaac. 

Abraham “FAITHed” God would either provide a substitute sacrifice or would raise Isaac from the dead.

This incident foreshadows God’s sacrifice of his only son, Jesus Christ, on the cross at Calvary, for the sin of the world. God’s great love required of himself what he did not require of Abraham.

Mount Moriah, where this event took place, means “God will provide” – JEHOVAH JIREH (sees) ...

Solomon later built the first Temple on MOUNT MORIAH … JESUS will return there during the SECOND COMING …

FAITH …

ACTION …

BASED ON BELIEF

SUSTAINED BY …

CONFIDENCE

GOD WILL FULFILL HIS WORD …

HIS PROMISES

HIS “CHURCH”

… are HIS “OUT CALLED ONES” (ecclesia) ..

“SAINTS” ...

SEPARATED (‘holy”) … FOR HIS USE …

LOST SHEEP” WHO KNOW the VOICE of THEIR SHEPHERD” …

CALLED” WHO HAVE “EYES to SEE” and “EARS to HEAR” …

“SIN” …

“HAMARTIA” – SHORT-FALLING …

BEFORE ADAM and EVE, THEIR WAS REBELLION in HEAVEN …

A UN-holy” PAST –

THIRD of the HEAVENS REBELLED AGAINST GOD …

A HOLY (separated”) FUTURE

to REPLACE THAT REBELLIOUS THIRD of HEAVEN WITH “FAITHFUL” SERVANTS …

GOD is SEEKING YOUR …

TRUST …

NOT YOUR [self]-RIGHTEOUSNESS …

HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS … NOT OUR “FILTHY RAGS” …

BEWARE the “LEAVEN”of the PHARISEES …

SOLDIERS …

the SPIRITUAL BATTLE … in a COSMIC WAR …

DOING the VERY THING THEIR MASTER, SATAN, “the ADVERSARY” REFUSED to DO (see Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28)

A HOLY PRESENT

TRIED

TRAINED

TRUSTED

IN TIME …

TO RULE and REIGN WITH The KING …

in His KINGDOM in the NEXT WORLD …

ETERNITY

“SAINTS”SEPARATED FOR HIS USE …

CALLED and CHOSEN BEFORE the WORLDS were FORMED” (Ephesians 1)

“DISCIPLES” – “LEARNERS” …

called to “FOLLOW ME

WITNESSES“MARTYRS” for HIS CAUSE …

COMMISSIONED” with a CAUSE

SOLDIERS … FIGHTING a SPIRITUAL BATLLE in the COSMIC WAR …

“WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH and BLOOD” …

“PRINCIPALITIES and POWERS …

SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS in HIGH PLACES” …

“PUT ON the WHOLE ARMOR of GOD and the SHIELD of FAITH” …

SEEKING HEIRS …

[NOT self-righteous hypocrites] …


And HE that sat upon the THRONE said,

Behold, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.

And he said unto me, Write: for these WORDS are TRUE and FAITHFUL.

And he said unto me, It is done.

“WHO MOVED the STONE?

I am ALPHA and OMEGA, the beginning and the end.

I will give unto HIM that is ATHIRST of the fountain of the water of LIFE freely.

7 HE that OVERCOMETH shall INHERIT ALL THINGS;

and I will be HIS GOD, and he shall be MY SON.

KEEP YOUR EYES ON the PRIZE

ANASTASIOS …

“FOREVER, O LORD, THY WORD is SETTLED in HEAVEN”

P.S.

“LOGO-Know-sis”

P.S.S. …

“FOREVER, O LORD, THY WORD is SETTLED in HEAVEN”