Matter of Faith: The ultimate contradiction


(12/30/2019)

From: Jamie Smith
Wabasha

Faith cannot be confirmed by what we see. It can contradict how we feel and what we experience. We assume things from Scripture. We can become convicted concerning those things.

We can have a faith that our religion teaches us and that we accept through tradition. Scripture may only play a secondary role in that faith.

A general definition of faith: “Now faith is an assumption of what is being expected, a conviction concerning matters which are not being observed,”(Hb 11:1).

Israel had many signs to confirm and strengthen her faith. We can see those signs in the Hebrew writings and in the four Evangels (Gospels) in the Greek writings. The various gifts of the spirit were powerfully visible.

As God’s operations transitioned during the book of Acts, these signs were in decline and most gifts ultimately ceased. However, some of the gifts of the spirit are still present.
 

There are currently three remaining spiritual gifts: faith, expectation, and love (1 Cor 13:13). These three are graciously given through God’s unseen force acting upon us. That spirit acts upon and in all humans in various measures and degrees. It is the only thing keeping humanity from total depravity.

Presently, faith will not be confirmed by sight. Whenever faith will be confirmed by sight, it will then become a fact and will take its place in history.

If I don’t see much to justify my faith, then why do I have faith? As stated above, faith is a result of God’s unseen spiritual force causing me to believe in Him. I will resist as clay does the potter, but I cannot help but yield according to that spirit’s intention. It is the Potter’s hands.

To an unbeliever, the things that I believe in must seem fanciful. What do I think of their beliefs? Left to myself, I would come up with something similar.

That’s the key. In the end, no one will be left to themselves.

But why the delay? Why in the world does He not now reconcile? Why did He not consummate everything after His Son finished the act of salvation on the cross? He dealt with sin completely didn’t He? The eternal consequence of sin was taken away from the world wasn’t it (Jn 1:29)? Those are good questions. A thinking person might wonder about them.

In 2020, I hope to address those questions. The answers lie in Scripture. I anticipate getting into origins (creation) as well as into some fascinating eschatological subject matter.

Eschatology is not the study of the end of the world, but it is concerned with the final events of the coming eons. Our current eon, this evil eon (Ga 1:4), seems to be about to end. According to Scripture, there are two more eons impending. These next eons will see improvements.

It is all about His timing to bring about the reconciliation of all things, whether they be things on the earth or things in the celestials (Col 1:20).


 

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