John 14:22 (KJV) Salvation is a Faith Issue

John 14:22 (KJV)
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

Thaddeus also known as the writer of Jude, asks the question, “How is it that Jesus will manifest Himself to believers and not the rest of the world?” The answer follows:

Through the Word
Those who love the Lord keep His Word and find Christ in it.

Through the Comforter
The Holy Spirit living in us is real. We sense His presence, receive direction from Him and are given power through Him.

Through peace
Paul will call it “peace that passeth all understanding[1]. We can’t explain it. A person must possess it or be left to misunderstand it.

A question we might ask today is, “Why would He manifest Himself to us and not to the world?” I believe the answer to that question is that He would have all men to be saved, not just aware of His being. Salvation is a faith issue. If He were manifest to them they would have no faith because, according to Romans 8:24, For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

[1] Philippians 4:7

 

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Luke 8:25 (KJV) Christ’s Presence Produces Faith

Luke 8:25 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

As the waves of the storm grew worse the disciples, believing they were about to perish, eke Jesus. He calmed the storm but then asked the disciples, “Where is your faith?” This is interesting because they did, in the storm, call on Christ.

I conclude that:

  • There is a kind of prayer that is not of faith
  • There is a kind of Christianity that is not lived in faith
  • There is a way to be identified with Christ but not have faith in Christ

The difference I see between the disciples and the Lord is that He was asleep in the storm while they were sweating out the storm. Faith, it seems to me, would have been able to rest knowing that Christ was present. Faith would not have fretted. Faith would have called on Christ but would not have had to say, “We perish.”

Though they lacked faith and woke Him without faith, Jesus calmed the storm. I believe we can take heart in that. Though we may lack faith being in Christ’s presence tends to produce faith.

I want faith. And I want to stay close to the Lord as I grow faith.

 

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Luke 8:25 (KJV) Christ’s Presence Produces Faith

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Joshua 9:12 KJV The Sunrising

Joshua 19:12 (KJV)
And turned from Sarid eastward toward the sunrising unto the border of Chislothtabor, and then goeth out to Daberath, and goeth up to Japhia,

Each of the tribes of Israel, excluding Levi, was given a lot or a portion of the Promised Land. This verse describes in part how God describes the borders of the lot belonging to Zebulon. It contains a rather unique detail. One of Zebulon’s borders was to be obtained by coming to Sarid and turning eastward, toward the sun rising. I would assume a dead east position would give the most accurate border. But borders don’t often take exactly north, south, east, or west lines.

The thing about the sun rising is that, though it would be generally the same every day, it would not be exactly the same every day. The same might be said of the Christians lot in life.

The sun rises every morning
Even so we can be certain of God’s mercies toward us. They are brand new every morning.

 

The sun rises in generally the same direction
No matter where you are on the planet the sun rises to the east. And so we can expect that God’s will for each of us is generally the same. We are to be saved, to be baptized, to serve the Lord in a local Baptist church. We are to hear from the Lord in reading His Word and to soeak to the Lord in prayer. It matters not where you live or what else your life holds, these are generally true of all believers every day.

 

The sun rises in a slightly different place (and time) every day
Even so no Christians life is exactly like another Christian’s life. Yea every Christian may expect some changes in his or her own life. There will be changes in health, work, circumstances for all of us.

 

The sun rises according to the seasons
Is the rising of your sun dark and wintery just now? Take heart. Spring is coming soon.

The sun rises generally for the unsaved exactly as it does for the saved.

The difference is, in our allegory, the lost man can completely change the direction of his sun’s rising by trusting Christ as Saviour. He or she have the merciful opportunity, if they will but accept it. To change their view every morning and find a new and happier place  when, at life’s end, their sun finally sets.

 

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Joshua 9:12 KJV The Sunrising

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1 Peter 2:6 Clearing Up Confusion

1 Peter 2:6 (KJV)
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

 

This world can be a confusing place. Relationships can be confusing:

  • Livelihoods can be confusing
  • Politics can be confusing
  • Moral positions can be confusing
  • Finding purpose and meaning can be confusing
  • Questions of eternal consequence can be confusing

 

The Bible here tells us how to clear out the confusion. It is in believing on Christ. But be careful. To many this is a spiritual technicality. They believe that they believe in Christ and therefore have honored this text and yet they still find their lives are confused. The passage says “believe on Him.” That is:

  • to put faith in him
  • to trust him
  • to lean on him

There is a chasm that stands between saying, “I believe in Jesus” and truly trusting Jesus.

  • When I trust him I believe him concerning relationship issues such as my place in marriage or in raising children
  • When I trust him I believe his message about moral issues regardless of what others say and do
  • When I trust him I believe him in issues of calling and purpose for life
  • When I trust him I know that no man cometh unto the father except by him

 

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1 Peter 2:3 Clearing Up Confusion

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