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(1) The ultimate salvation example by Jesus

Again the Prince of life and the prince of the powers of darkness had met on the field of battle,--Christin fulfillment of His mission to "preach deliverance to the captives, . . . to set at liberty them that arebruised" (Luke 4:18), Satan seeking to hold his victim under his control. Angels of light and the hostsof evil angels, unseen,

Jesus asked, "Howlong is it ago since this came unto him?" The father told the story of long years of suffering, and then,as if he could endure no more, exclaimed, " If Thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and helpus." "If Thou canst!" Even now the father questioned the power of Christ.Jesus answers, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." There is no lack ofpower on the part of Christ; the healing of the son depends upon the father's faith. With a burst of tears, realizing his own weakness, the father casts himself upon Christ's mercy, with the cry, "Lord, I believe;help Thou mine unbelief."

The pitying Saviour's answer is, "If thou canst believe, all things arepossible to him that believeth." It is faith that connects us with heaven, and brings us strength forcoping with the powers of darkness. In Christ, God has provided means for subduing every sinful trait,and resisting every temptation, however strong. But many feel that they lack faith, and therefore theyremain away from Christ.

Notice the ultimate demonstation how salvation works, is explained here by the SOP.

Hab 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

This verse is translated correctly and is the only verse in the entire Bible, especially the OT that simply explains how salvation works. Paul takes this single verse and uses it many times in the NT.

Let's go through every verse in the Holy Writings to see what faith means to salvation:-

De 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

My people lack faith

Hab 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

A righteous or straight person lives by faith in GOD.

Mt 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

We lack faith

Mt 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Some had great faith

Mt 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Disciples had little faith

Mt 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Demonstrating faith by doing things

Mt 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was ma de whole from that hour.

Healed according to faith

Mt 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Healed according to faith

Mt 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Peters great faith becomes doubt

Mt 15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Woman with great faith

Mt 16:8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?

Disciples with little faith

Mt 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Our faith must be as big as a mustard seed is tiny

Mt 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Have faith in Jesus, doubt Him not.

Mr 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Have faith in GOD

Lu 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

Can Jesus increase our faith? Is faith a gift from Jesus, or something we must believe in?

Lu 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

The biggest test of people on earth today is, do we have faith in Jesus?

Lu 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.

Having faith saves us..

Ac 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Wonders of Jesus come by faith in His Name.

Ac 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

A major clue, faith is a person full of the Holy Spirit, who represents Jesus in person. Thus a person with faith, really knows Jesus in relationship.

Ac 6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Such people were obedient to Jesus.

Ac 6:8 � And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

Faith comes with power and wonders of Jesus.

Ac 14:9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

You cannot ask Jesus to heal, unless you perceive the person has enough faith for Jesus to heal. This is a major clue to receiving witness power from Jesus.

Ac 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

Faith is a door...

Ac 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Faith purifys hearts

Ac 16:5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Faith brings people to churches, in this context is used as a term to refer to people who have relationship to Jesus... hence "relationship to Jesus" means "being in the faith".

Ac 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

We must turn toward GOD and have faith in Jesus.

Ro 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Notice Paul uses the only verse in the original Holy Writings that speaks about the straight ones live by their faith.

Ro 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

Paul speaks in Romans about us who lack faith, and how this affects our salvation:-

  • First our lack of faith does NOT affect GOD's love towards us.
  • All have sinned and come short in a relationship to GOD

    Ro 3:22 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:

    Being straight in GOD comes via faith in Jesus Christ, unto all.

    Ro 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

    Here Paul says that faith in Jesus blood is important, because Jesus blood removes our past sins.

    How does faith in Jesus blood remove our past sins?

    Animal blood cannot remove past sins, but was practiced as a type of Jesus' blood that would be shed upon the cross. Animals sacrificed were innocent of sinning, free of disease and defects, born in a world of condemnation, as Jesus would be also born into, yet only faith in Jesus blood could remove our past sins. Why ?

    Obviously some power via faith in Jesus' blood removes our past sins...whose power via faith is this?

    Is it the Father's power only, via faith in Jesus Name as some theories of faith claim, the Father forgives mankind of their sins through a sinless human known as Yeshua who lived from Mary's time?

    Such a theory of faith, makes the power flow only from the Father, and such love becomes relational because a Father's love bounces off other beings in giving and receiving love. Under this model a Father generates love by Himself, thus on earth as a simile of our Father, and poetry pictures of Elohiym, we should be able to love self, as our Father does under this theory of faith. But the Holy Writings do not support idea that self love is truth. Loving self is a Satanic abuse of love and a false idea coming from misreading Scripture translations.

    For more, see Father cannot love alone

    Love is generated by beings in a kind as a family of beings, that flows from the Strong One in the family home. This is how the Holy Writings show us love, and the two words about love. Thus the power that flows from faith in Jesus' blood, has to be Jesus' own creative powers of ongoing life, that is added to the Father's love that flows into this mix, and through faith in Jesus love, do we humans have forgiveness of our past sins. This explains why the heavenly Elohiym had to come down into a world of condemnation, so that the Father's love of relationship could be added to humans who are sinning, and bring them back into a relationship without sinning.

    Did not Jesus say once to a man steeped in guilt, thy sins are forigiven?

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

  • 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God (elohiym) alone?

    For Jesus to say this, He was not just human, but also of Elohiym, otherwise Jesus would have sinned saying He could forgive sins.

    Therefore the faith in Jesus' blood, has to be His own creative powers of living, that overcomes dying, because the Holy Writings speak of life in the blood, as a poetry way of saying only GOD is supporting life...

    Ro 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. (KJV)

    Ro 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what teaching? of works? Nay: but by the teaching of faith. (Ancient Hebrew)

    Some Jews tried to be holy by following the teachings under their own human powers of work. Does this mean anything to GOD? No, nothing. Only following the faith in Jesus, who followed his own teachings, matters to GOD, for this is a real relationship. If you have faith in Jesus, you walk in His power, doing as He did on earth, following his own teachings, following His Father, doing wonders in Jesus Name and sowing love in others as a witness.

    Ro 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

    Mankind is made straight only by faith in Jesus. Not by humans following Jesus' teaching under human powers alone.

    Ro 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

    Does faith in Jesus make void His teachings? No, faith in Jesus establishes His teachings, because once you have faith in Jesus, and are saved by faith in Jesus, you will walk as Jesus walked, following His own teachings, doing as Jesus did.

    Ro 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

    Paul adds Christ into this OT verse, showing that in the OT, it was Jesus from heaven that came down to save mankind.

    De 30:10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

  • 11 � For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
  • 12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
  • 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
  • 14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

    Paul adds Christ into this OT verse, showing us Jesus came down from heaven, even in OT times:

    Ro 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

  • 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
  • 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;
  • 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    Thus Jesus' faith is added to our Father's faith, and it is by collective faith in Elohiym, that salvation flows down to mankind.

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

    Thus f aith comes as we humans come to hear and understand the words of Elohiym. Faith is based on evidence that cannot be readily seen or known, but we have hope that such power does flow because we believe in it.

    Ro 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

    It seems the opposite power of faith is unbelief...

    Ro 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

    We receive powers according to the measure of our faith...

    Ro 14:1 � Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

    One can be weak in faith, and still believe

    Ro 14:22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

    The Greek word for "thyself" is "seautou", and the Author finds a Hebrew equivalent using cross referencing to the OT.

    Faith is presented here as a relationship concept with GOD.

    Mt 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Greek seautou) "like".

  • Le 19:18 ... but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Hebrew kamow) "like":

    The poor translation does not finish the Hebrew term "like", "a phrase to compare something to something else".

    Le 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour like the LORD. (translated correctly)

    Notice how we love our neighbour as how YHWH loves us...such loving is based on relationship, not self loving.

    Why is there no example of (Hebrew kamow) referring to "thyself" and yet in the NT, the "Greek seautou" has references to "thyself" lots of times?

    Ro 14:22 Hast thou faith like Elohiym. Happy is he that condemneth not "like" which he alloweth (author trying to evaluate the verse).

    Our faith is compared to the faith like being before Elohiym. Jesus had a similar faith like being before His Father.

    Ro 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

    What a strange context...The Greek word here is "hamartia" or Hebrew "chataah", meaning "sin-offering", how can a lack of faith be "sin-offering"?

    Is the meaning of "chataah" wrong? We have:-

  • Verb "chata" meaning missing or sinning
  • noun "chet" meaning missing complete or sinning complete
  • noun "chataah" meaning sin-offering, the sinner packages his sinning unto a sin-bearer (Jesus)

    Hebrew would not have two words meaning the same thing, as translators suggest, ie "sin".

    1Co 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

    None of these things are mentioned in the steps to Jesus, but obviously we must have them.

    1Co 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

    Jesus is our only hope of salvation.

    2Co 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

    Faith is supporting what the holy writings say, and acting out in these writings, believing such power exists in the writings..thus by making the writings holy by what I do, I am having faith in God and supporting Him. This is a major clue to how faith works.

    The Hebrew word "qodosh" does not mean "holy", it means "special", and so it is what I do with the writings that makes them "special" or "holy", and so I "support God" or have "faith in His words" ; receiving the power flow of Jesus from those words.

    2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

    And yet our support to GOD is not by sight, so daily wonders that we see is NOT suporting Him, we must walk in hope that His words are always true and powerful.

    2Co 8:7 � Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

    Supporting God is a part of other things we also have, such as "grace" or the "beauty of Jesus" in our hearts.

    2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

    Constantly study the writings and pray powerfully using those words of power, to examine how our "Faith" in God is.

    Ga 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.

    This writing tells us faith comes from us doing or supporting what the writings say, but some can do what the teachings say in human power based on legalism. Our doing does not make us straight or righteous, because we have sinned at least once, and thus according to that sin we must be separate eternally from GOD. So our doings cannot save us, or make us acceptable to GOD. God might love what our doings are doing with His teachings, but He cannot allow us to be saved by them, because we have at least sinned once before. Only Jesus who came as a human like us, but lived in relationship to GOD with faith in His Father, also supported the writings by doing exactly what the writings said every day, is able to be accepted by GOD forever, because Jesus never sinned or broke the relationship to GOD, not even once, not even in thought. Jesus lived a perfectly sinless life, while in a human body like we have.

    Ga 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

    And when we allow Jesus' life to overpower us, we live daily because Jesus lives daily in us, so we have faith now in Jesus.... that means we doing the writings to support Jesus...since He is living in us, our shortfalling and our training comes from Jesus, who forgives us and daily empowers us when we give support to His teachings.

    Ga 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

    Paul introduces a difficult thought...

  • works of teachings, and
  • works of supporting the teachings.

    What is the difference? James talks about the "works of faith that support Jesus" showing others that Jesus is alive as a relationship is us. Paul in Galatians is saying our works following the teachings does not save us.

    So what is the difference? It has to be the Hebrew word most common in the OT, and it is "baal" that means "master". Paul is saying that those who are "master" of their own lives, are using human power to follow the teaching in order to be saved... this is legalism...and in fact there is no relationship here... you are trying to reach GOD on your own...impossible to do...

    The other solution is to kill the master of self in you, allow another master to rule over your sou l, who is called Jesus, and now you support Jesus' writings in both His former rain (OT) and His latter rain (NT) so by faith in Jesus or supporting His words, you demonstrate Jesus is saving you... Your doing is really a response to His love for you, not a human power to please Jesus, but because you are responding to Jesus loving you, you have a daily relationship with Jesus, and you walk into heaven with Jesus hand in your hand. So you're never alone.

    There is a huge difference between these two religions, even if they both appear pious.

    Ga 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

    Some say when we look into the OT writings, Abraham lacked faith, but the NT writings say Abraham had tremendous faith.

    In chapter 12 of Genesis, we see Abram hear YHWH speak to him, and Abram supports YHWH by building altars of worship. Also Abram hears the voice and obeys, and leaves. The deception of Sarah being both a sister and a wife, is a lack of faith, showing Abram was human, like us, with weaknesses in his faith.

    Ga 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

    Paul is making no sense here, because if a person is straight by faith, and faith is supporting the teachings, how is it Paul says no man is straight by the teachings?

    Ga 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

    Here Paul says the teachings is not of faith?

    Ga 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

  • 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
  • 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

    Paul is introducing here the teachings based on doings...this is relationship to the Father is based entirely on what I do, my obedience...this works fine as long as I never sin, or miss relationship. But for those found missing, we have a problem, we are under a curse because we do the teachings but the teachings cannot save us if we have sinned. So Jesus shows us His covenant of teachings as a witness to the Father's teachings, and a solution for those seeking relationship to the Father, but found missing. Paul says we believe Jesus followed the teachings of the Father perfectly as a human on earth, and thus we follow the teachings of Jesus, and the Father through faith in Jesus, or supporting Jesus teachings, as a response to Jesus' love.

    Ga 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

    Notice the "promise of the Holy Spirit empowers your character through faith". Abraham's walk with YHWH and Abraham's support for YHWH was based on a promise, in YHWH who would come down from heaven to earth with humanity added to divinity, in order to add salvation to humanity, as Elohiym flows not through humanity as a type but in humanity as antitype... Now Jesus-YHWH could truly save humanity who support Jesus teachings with their faith and love in Him via relationship.

    Ga 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

    The writings say all are under "sin-offering" (Greek hamartia - Hebrew chataah) ,, that the promise by faith of Jesus to them who believe.

    This proves "sin-offering" is correct, before Jesus came to earth to give us a teaching based on faith, our sinning was packaged into a sin-offering, ready for Jesus to atone for, people like Abram were sacrificing animal blood believing in Jesus who would come later dow n to earth and atone for "sin-offering" in person. ..

    Ga 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

    Now Paul speaks of the "support" Jesus would give us sinners, after the Cross, because as we "support Jesus" by believing in the power of His teaching, Jesus saves us.

    Ga 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

    The OT teachings is a tutor designed to bring us to Jesus, so now we are made straight by "support"... Jesus supports us, as we in His love respond, supporting Jesus.

    Ga 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

    Now that the support of Jesus is come, we no longer need human powers of support in the OT tutor of Jesus' OT teachings.

    Ga 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

    After the cross, Jesus' support is better than our human power support, because Jesus never sinned, while our human master inside of us we need new support, a new master and a divine relationship achieves this salvation experience.

    Php 3:9 � And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

    Paul is found in Jesus, not with his own straightness that came from Paul's human support of the OT teachings, but through the support of Jesus, the straightness that comes from Elohiym by support. Whose support? Jesus who supports us. Notice in this verse there are two straightnesses, the human who walks the correct path, following the teachings...what we call legalism... and the human who supports Jesus and His teachings, but does so in relationship..

    2Th 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

    ..that our support grows exceedingly..

    2Th 1:11 � Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

    Our work of supporting Jesus comes with Jesus' power...

    2Th 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

    Find those men and women who support God in their doings, and witness more to them...

    1Ti 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

    The support of Jesus in us is a mystery because we hope to support Jesus in His teachings, but we do not see fully His power in His word..

    1Ti 4:1 � Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

    The Holy Spirit empowers those who support Jesus, with Jesus support of power, but others use a different "spirit", the fallen angels power and the doctrines of devils.

    1Ti 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

    ............One means the church can show support for Jesus, is to provide for others in need, and each household church can provide for their own relatives first.

    1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

    Sounds nice "fight the good fight of faith" perhaps a better translation is " struggle with the good conflict to support Jesus" does this make more practical sense? Is it a struggle to use Jesus words in His teachings and we support those words claiming His power flow through them. It is a daily constant struggle to do this, to fight against the old master in our soul, and use Jesus as our master.

    1Ti 6:21 Which some professing have "erred" concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

    The Greek word "erred" is supposed to have a meaning "to miss from the mark"...this is a Hebrew meaning for "chata"... do we really believe the NT was written orginally in Greek? Or written in Hebrew and translated later in Greek...a special Greek that was made up from classical Greek to allow for new words invented by this what Kione Greek was? The Author suspects so.

    2Ti 2:18 Who concerning the truth have "erred", saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

    Interesting translation for the Hebrew word "chata", so to teach doctrine or words that the writings do not say, is missing the mark, or a sin, according to this NT writing... and such sinning causes many to no longer support Jesus words of truth.

    2Ti 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. 2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God,...

    Translations are funny things arn't they? We trust the words are truth.... and if not we the NT verse in second Timothy 2:18 says... Notice the Greek words really say this:-

    2Ti 3:15 From a boy thou hast known the temple letters, which do wisdom to the wise unto Yeshua through support in Yeshua. 2Ti 3:16 All writings is given by the Holy Spirit of Elohiym,...

    How do we know this? By clicking on Greek words and looking up all the contexts the Greek word is used in, finding a single basic meaning for all contexts. The Author also relates the Greek back to Hebrew, the original words; the Greek is a translation of the Hebrew. The Verb form of "yalad" means "born" and the Noun form of "yalad" means "boy", thus Hebrew people always expected to "born boys"...strange hey ? There is a Hebrew pun , or word play on "wisdom and wise" both mean the same thing, one is a verb form, the other a noun form. This again shows Hebrew was the original sentence. There is also a simile figure or poetry parallel for "salvation" which in Hebrew is "Yeshua" and Jesus, the name is Greek, and in Hebrew is "Yeshua".

    There is no Hebrew word for "bible or scripture" only "letters" and "writings", so all the "writings" are inspired by the Holy Spirit of Elohiym, is what this compound Greek word is really saying.

    2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

    Again, this verse is not much better, the Greek is a good translation of the Hebrew, but the English is not. The Hebrew arranges things in logic block, not time related events, so this block is about Paul and his "support" for Yeshua and the trials he endured for Jesus. So the Greek word "ego" meaning "I" is missing in the sentence, so translators add this, to make sentences flow. Small point, but it shows Hebrew writing.

    2Ti 4:7 ...struggle with a good conflict, complete the journey, complete the support:

    Hebrew sentence with the truthful words in English. The Greek word "teleo" means "complete" not "perfect" as other contexts claim. The noun words in Hebrew show Paul is completing his verbs of action. He is nearing his finishing line. And He supports Jesus by upholding Jesus words by His doings.

    Tit 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

    Strongs words fo r those who do not support Jesus correctly.

    Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith "support", having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

    We "support" Jesus, and Jesus "supports" us.

    Heb 10:38 Now the just "straight" shall live by faith "support": but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

    In the OT days people supported Yeshua by packaging their sin-offering unto Yeshua believing He would come to earth as Messiah and remove those sin-offerings in person with His own "soul" or "life blood".

    Today any person who does not "support Jesus" teachings, Jesus has no pleasure in him.

    Heb 11:1 � Now faith "suppport" is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

    When you support Jesus, you hope that the power comes through the words which is not seen yet.

    A good example of support is the scientist who goes looking in the Father's zero point energy for a power flow that is like "free energy". We cannot see "zero point energy" from the Father, yet it evades our universe all the time and is extremely dense.

    People like Tesla and Maxwell proved by "support" or "faith" such a "power flow" is possible by physical means.

    The spiritual world works the same way...the words in the writings come with Divine Beings behind them, and such words flow with power, if we support them meekly and with humility. That is what this definition of "support" is you O reader, wish to experiment daily with the power flow of Jesus' words in His teachings?

    Tesla found practical ways to harness zero point energy because he sought to provide power for all freely without charge... People seeking to become greedy and rich, exploiting others will not find the power source. People seeking to make God's power flow for selfish reasons, will not find power flow in the words... God is a generator of love, not a universal shop for wantonness.

    Heb 11:3 Through faith "support" we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

    When Jesus made our universe appear from hidden power flows from His hand, He was "supporting" the Father and the Holy Spirit. In other words, creation was a community effort, and Jesus supported His Father's flow, by directly the flow through Jesus hands. We as humans "support" Jesus, by believing and accepting His words and His Father's words, that came out of energy to become matter, from things we do not understand into things we do understand, by touching matter, seeing matter and being composed of matter.

    Heb 11:4 � By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

    Both Cain and Abel supported God through offering, but Abel followed the word more carefully than did Cain...Cain changed the words to suit himself, thus offered a grain offering before a lamb offering. It is important we support God carefully, following His words carefully.

    Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

    Where did Enoch get his power flow to obey GOD, and support His words, thus the power flow to obey came through them? A Father-YHWH or Yeshua-Jesus-YHWH ? It cannot be through the Father's words, for the Father's power destroys sinners, yet Enoch did no sinning for hundreds of years...How was he able to achieve this ? Through a personal relationship connection through Yeshua-Jesus-YHWH who promised to remove sin-offering, and empowered Enoch to become sinless by being that personal presence. Enoch saw Jesus' second coming, and is mentioned in Jude 1:14, the first coming of Jesus was for Enoch a relationship walk and talk with Him, via the Holy Spirit so He could endure His glory and not perish.

    Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

    Notice we must support Elohiym, and the Father reaches humans who have sinned via His Son, notice Elohiym is referenced as those who diligently seek Him. If salvation is a community effort of three Strong Authorities within the Godhead, why must be diligently seek Him, only the Father? Because there is only one flow of love, coming from the Father, this is the Hebrew meaning of Elohiym, the "Father flows".

    For more: meaning of Elohiym

    Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

    Noah comforted GOD by supporting Him, building a boat for over a hundred years, to flee rain nobody on earth had yet ever seen. To flee a global flood nobody had ever experienced, so Noah comforts those who wish to become straight by also supporting GOD..

    Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

    Abram was also supporting God everyday in what and how he lived and walked and talked to GOD, and God told him to leave even his father's house, because at the time the only person supporting God's words was Abram on the earth. And Abram obeyed to begin an adventure with God not knowing where he would go.

    Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

  • Ge 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:

    Abraham supports Elohiym by saying Elohiym will provide lamb for the voluntary offering.

    The Spirit of Prophecy says in Education:-

    Chapter 30: Faith and Prayer

    Faith is trusting God �believing that He loves us and knows best what is for our good. Thus, instead of our own, it leads us to choose His way. In place of our ignorance, it accepts His wisdom; in place of our weakness, His strength; in place of our sinfulness, His righteousness. Our lives, ourselves, are already His; faith acknowledges His ownership and accepts its blessing. Truth, uprightness, purity, have been pointed out as secrets of life's success. It is faith that puts us in possession of these principles.

    Trusting something is supporting is another way to say support

    Every good impulse or aspiration is the gift of God; faith receives from God the life that alone can produce true growth and efficiency.

    How to exercise faith should be made very plain. To every promise of God there are conditions. If we are willing to do His will, all His strength is ours. Whatever gift He promises, is in the promise itself. "The seed is the word of God." Luke 8:11. As surely as the oak is in the acorn, so surely is the gift of God in His promise. If we receive the promise, we have the gift.

    Faith that enables us to receive God's gifts is itself a gift, of which some measure is imparted to every human being. It grows as exercised in appropriating the word of [254] God. In order to strengthen faith, we must often bring it in contact with the word.

    ...Faith is a gift from God, all of us have a little, and faith is increased as we support the word more.

    In the study of the Bible the student should be led to see the power of God's word. In the creation, "He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast." He "calleth those things which be not as though they were" (Psalm 33:9; Romans 4:17); for when He calls them, they are.

    How often those who trusted the word of God, though in themselves utterly helpless, have withstood the power of the whole world�Enoch, .. Noah .. David .. Daniel .. Paul ..

    Such examples are not found in the Bible only. They abound in every record of human progress. The Vaudois and the Huguenots, Wycliffe and Huss, Jerome and Luther, Tyndale and Knox, Zinzendorf and Wesley, with multitudes of others, have witnessed to the power of God's word against human power..

    Faith is needed in the smaller no less than in the greater affairs of life. In all our daily interests and occupations the sustaining strength of God becomes real to us through an abiding trust.

    Viewed from its human side, life is to all an untried path. It is a path in which, as regards our deeper experiences, we each walk alone. Into our inner life no other human being can fully enter. As the little child sets forth on that journey in which, sooner or later, he must choose his own course, himself deciding life's issues for eternity, how earnest should be the effort to direct his trust to the sure Guide and Helper!

    As a shield from temptation and an inspiration to purity and truth, no other influence can equal the sense of God's presence. "All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." He is "of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity." Hebrews 4:13; Habakkuk 1:13. This thought was Joseph's shield amidst the corruptions of Egypt. To the allurements of temptation his answer was steadfast: "How . . . can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" Genesis 39:9. Such a shield, faith, if cherished, will bring to every soul.

    Joseph was supporting God in saying this statement.

    Only the sense of God's presence can banish the fear that, for the timid child, would make life a burden. Let him fix in his memory the promise, "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them." Psalm 34:7. Let him read that wonderful story of Elisha in the mountain city, and, between him and the hosts of armed foemen, a mighty encircling band of heavenly angels. Let him read how to Peter, in [256] prison and condemned to death, God's angel appeared; how, past the armed guards, the massive doors and great iron gateway with their bolts and bars, the angel led God's servant forth in safety. Let him read of that scene on the sea, when the tempest-tossed soldiers and seamen, worn with labor and watching and long fasting, Paul the prisoner, on his way to trial and execution, spoke those grand words of courage and hope: "Be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you. . . . For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee." In the faith of this promise Paul assured his companions, "There shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you." So it came to pass. Because there was in that ship one man through whom God could work, the whole shipload of heathen soldiers and sailors was preserved. "They escaped all safe to land." Acts 27:22-24, 34, 44.

    These thi ngs were not written merely that we might read and wonder, but that the same faith which wrought in God's servants of old might work in us. In no less marked a manner than He wrought then will He work now wherever there are hearts of faith to be channels of His power.

    Let the self-distrustful, whose lack of self-reliance leads them to shrink from care and responsibility, be taught reliance upon God. Thus many a one who otherwise would be but a cipher in the world, perhaps only a helpless burden, will be able to say with the apostle Paul, " I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13.

    For the child also who is quick to resent injuries, faith [257] has precious lessons. The disposition to resist evil or to avenge wrong is often prompted by a keen sense of justice and an active, energetic spirit. Let such a child be taught that God is the eternal guardian of right. He has a tender care for the beings whom He has so loved as to give His dearest Beloved to save. He will deal with every wrongdoer. "For he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye." Zechariah 2:8.

    "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. . . . He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday." Psalm 37:5, 6.

    "The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee." Psalm 9:9, 10.

    The compassion that God manifests toward us, He bids us manifest toward others. Let the impulsive, the self-sufficient, the revengeful, behold the meek and lowly One, led as a lamb to the slaughter, unretaliating as a sheep dumb before her shearers. Let them look upon Him whom our sins have pierced and our sorrows burdened, and they will learn to endure, to forbear, and to forgive.

    Through faith in Christ, every deficiency of character may be supplied, every defilement cleansed, every fault corrected, every excellence developed. "Ye are complete in Him." Colossians 2:10.

    Prayer and faith are closely allied, and they need to be studied together. In the prayer of faith there is a divine science; it is a science that everyone who would make his lifework a success must understand. Christ says, "What [258] things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24. He makes it plain that our asking must be according to God's will; we must ask for the things that He has promised, and whatever we receive must be used in doing His will. The conditions met, the promise is unequivocal.

    For the pardon of sin, for the Holy Spirit, for a Christlike temper, for wisdom and strength to do His work, for any gift He has promised, we may ask; then we are to believe that we receive, and return thanks to God that we have received.

    Doing these things, the divine science of prayer and faith, is supporting GOD when we claim His promises in His word.

    We need look for no outward evidence of the blessing. The gift is in the promise, and we may go about our work assured that what God has promised He is able to perform, and that the gift, which we already possess, will be realized when we need it most.

    To live thus by the word of God means the surrender to Him of the whole life. There will be felt a continual sense of need and dependence, a drawing out of the heart after God. Prayer is a necessity; for it is the life of the soul. Family prayer, public prayer, have their place; but it is secret communion with God that sustains the soul life.

    We must allow GOD to subdue us, spending r elationship time with GOD in secret, in the early hours before the day's tribulation begins.

    It was in the mount with God that Moses beheld the pattern of that wonderful building which was to be the abiding place of His glory. It is in the mount with God�in the secret place of communion �that we are to contemplate His glorious ideal for humanity. Thus we shall be enabled so to fashion our character building that to us may be fulfilled His promise, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." 2 Corinthians 6:16. [259]

    It was in hours of solitary prayer that Jesus in His earth life received wisdom and power. Let the youth follow His example in finding at dawn and twilight a quiet season for communion with their Father in heaven. And throughout the day let them lift up their hearts to God. At every step of our way He says, "I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, . . . Fear not; I will help thee." Isaiah 41:13. Could our children learn these lessons in the morning of their years, what freshness and power, what joy and sweetness, would be brought into their lives!

    These are lessons that only he who himself has learned can teach. It is because so many parents and teachers profess to believe the word of God while their lives deny its power, that the teaching of Scripture has no greater effect upon the youth. At times the youth are brought to feel the power of the word. They see the preciousness of the love of Christ. They see the beauty of His character, the possibilities of a life given to His service. But in contrast they see the life of those who profess to revere God's precepts. Of how many are the words true that were spoken to the prophet Ezekiel:

    Thy people "speak one to another, everyone to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord. And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for [260] they hear thy words, but they do them not." Ezekiel 33:30-32.

    Pious people saying nice things, playing sweet music, speaking Happy Sabbath, but they do not do my words.

    Does EGW condemn the old covenant? is salvation based on what I do, even though I am not saved by what I do, but how my doings support what Jesus does through me?

    It is one thing to treat the Bible as a book of good moral instruction, to be heeded so far as is consistent with the spirit of the times and our position in the world; it is another thing to regard it as it really is�the word of the living God, the word that is our life, the word that is to mold our actions, our words, and our thoughts. To hold God's word as anything less than this is to reject it. And this rejection by those who profess to believe it, is foremost among the causes of skepticism and infidelity in the youth.

    An intensity such as never before was seen is taking possession of the world. In amusement, in moneymaking, in the contest for power, in the very struggle for existence, there is a terrible force that engrosses body and mind and soul. In the midst of this maddening rush, God is speaking. He bids us come apart and commune with Him. "Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10.

    Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God. T hey are in too great haste. With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ's loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel. They have no time to remain with the divine Teacher. With their burdens they return to their work.

    These workers can never attain the highest success until they learn the secret of strength. They must give themselves time to think, to pray, to wait upon God for [261] a renewal of physical, mental, and spiritual power. They need the uplifting influence of His Spirit. Receiving this, they will be quickened by fresh life. The wearied frame and tired brain will be refreshed, the burdened heart will be lightened.

    Receiving this, they will be quickened by fresh life. EGW is writing Hebrew, quickened is fresh life, she is saying this as a parallel, in different ways, as Hebrew does.

    Not a pause for a moment in His presence, but personal contact with Christ, to sit down in companionship with Him �this is our need. Happy will it be for the children of our homes and the students of our schools when parents and teachers shall learn in their own lives the precious experience pictured in these words from the Song of Songs:

    EGW is writing Hebrew, to "sit down" is to have "relationship" with that person.

    The book of Education gives us whole pages on faith, and what faith is and how we get faith. The Author is surprised why the SOP does not write faith is supporting GOD by trusting in the promises of power in the living Words of GOD. Yet as we read the pages carefully that is what the SOP is saying.

    (1) Everything you need for GOD is a gift from GOD.

    (2) Coming daily to GOD is a divine science of salvation.

    (3) A science that seeks successful experimenting with GOD.

    (4) Seek by experiment, ask GOD to train you, with His teachings.

    (5) As you read the teachings, find seed promises of God's power in His Word.

    (6) Claim these promises by confessing with your mouth in prayer, with child like trust.

    (7) Thank GOD for that seed which grows and flows in your life, even though there is nothing yet to see.

    (8) Later on you will observe the science of GOD, and your praise must return to Him meekly and humbly.

    (9) Be happy and content to allow GOD to subdue all propensities that spoil a stronger relationship with Him.

    (10) Finally fruits made by your Father in you are shared with others. Ask daily "O Elohiym, what can I do to support you today"?

    That was a long, but important chapter on "Faith". This gift comes to us all from God, so is present when you come to Jesus..seeking daily the Steps to Christ..Thus such a gift is not mentioned in the Steps to Jesus.

    Getting started in Jesus is very easy.

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