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Faith is the gift of God
Sunday 16th February

That is why we always pray for you, asking our God to
help you live the kind of life he called you to live.
We pray that with his power God will help you do the
good things you want and perform the works that come
from your faith. (2 Thessalonians 1:11).

The principle of faith working in you and how the gift of faith brings

us to a life of faithfulness.

You have been given a measure of faith and you can with
that faith working in you grow it.

Saving faith that brings right standing with god and
transferee us out from sin as a state of being and faith that
grows in us as we appropriate it.

Growing by believing promises, learning, hearing the word
of God and prayer.

It may help to give some definitions today of Faith and if
time other words commonplace among the christian life.
Firstly life is better with focus with direction. We may find
that if we orient our lives towards the positive, step in the
right direction and choose a right direction, we more likely to
achieve if we aim for it.


We spoke about sin and sin meaning to miss the mark. So
in one sense and in more than one way, we all have missed
the mark.

Being determined and being focused in a key part of aiming
towards the mark, whatever struggles we may have being
determined that today is going to be a good day, measuring
success in terms of... have I improved from last year, not
comparing to who someone else is today.

Faith is directed towards God. He is our step in the right
direction, faith steps one foot into the unknown while not
loosing ourselves completely.

God is someone that is, if we like to call “the highest ideal.”
The standard by which we are measured, the judge, the

Faith in something bigger, better than us.

Faith is the call that we can reach and stretch and be part of
the higher calling.

Faith has to work through love, or faith becomes something
that the ideal makes us feel inadequate.

This is why it’s important to understand what we mean by

We have made faith a condition of mind, when it is a
divinely imparted grace of the heart.


The need for faith is outlined in The teachings of Christ and
in both Paul’s and the writer of Hebrew
Without faith it’s impossible to please God however we can
receive faith only as God gives it.

We cannot manufacture faith, we can not work it up.
We can believe a promise, and yet at the same time not
have the faith to appropriate it, genuinely
Scriptural faith is not our ability to ‘count it done,’ but is the
deep consciousness that is divinely imparted to the heart of
human beings.

What we are talking about is the faith that only God can give.

Sometimes we struggle in the power of the self will as in we
rely upon our circumstances to dominate our level of faith
If things are not well then we feel that maybe our faith isn’t
up to the mark.

It’s not our level of faith that we can rely upon.
It’s a mistake to take our belief, which is always in process,
in God and call of faith as something we rely upon.
When actually Christ, the living word, is our sufficiency .
It’s Christ that is the rock that we rely upon.


We live by the words that proceed from the mouth of God.
Belief and faith are not exactly equivalent terms.
When Jesus told people, "Your faith has made you well,"
that faith was still His gift (Eph 2:8,9).

Any gift however, once received, becomes the "possession"
of the recipient. Faith however is always from God and is
purely His work (2 Thes 1:11).

We pray that with his power God will help you do the
good things you want and perform the works that come
from your faith (2 Thes 1:11).


"The principle of faith (operating in) you" – not "your faith"

in the sense that faith is ever generated by the recipient.
More accurate it is to say

"the principle of faith is at work in you," "the operating-
principle of faith in them,"


Jesus has the power of God, by which he has given us
everything we need to live and to serve God. We have
these things because we know him. Jesus called us by
his glory and goodness. Through these he gave us the
very great and precious promises. With these gifts you
can share in God’s nature, and the world will not ruin
you with its evil desires. Because you have these
blessings, do your best to add these things to your

lives: to your faith, add goodness; and to your
goodness, add knowledge; and to your knowledge, add
self-control; and to your self-control, add patience; and
to your patience, add service for God; and to your
service for God, add kindness for your brothers and
sisters in Christ; and to this kindness, add love. If all
these things are in you and are growing, they will help
you to be useful and productive in your knowledge of
our Lord Jesus Christ. But anyone who does not have
these things cannot see clearly. He is blind and has
forgotten that he was made clean from his past sins.
(2 Peter 1:3-9).

Faith operating in you brings you to offer your lives to God.
Faith involves belief but it goes beyond human believing
because it involves the personal revelation (in-working) of

Faith is always God's work. Our believing has eternal
meaning when it becomes "faith-believing" by the
transforming grace of God.

From faith to faith.

By faith we begin our Christian walk and the faith in which
we live daily.

Faith the invisible heart condition to faith the practical way
of living.


For in the gospel God’s righteousness is revealed from
faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live
by faith. (Romans 1:16-17).

God’s power to save is hidden inside the good news we
believe about Jesus

Paul talks a great deal faith with regard to the law sin grace

If it helps we can define some of these words.
Sin is defined as missing the mark - but also as a state
of being. there is a difference when we are talking about a
noun or verb. A noun is a person, place or thing. A verb is
an action and is changed to show past tense
Sin entered the world through one man, a state of being
inherited through Adam.

By one man righteous act righteousness entered into the
world and though the gift of faith we can take ownership of
this new state.

Transferred from one state of being to another is only by
faith in God. Not by our actions,
We could not, by our good deeds Go from being Slave to
sin to a Slave to righteousness
Sin as a noun was an inherited state a thing


Sin the noun verses - sin the verb (a sinful act). In Romans
sin a state of being mentioned 48 times to 2 as something
we have done.

Romans describes us as being of a sinful state
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one
man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to
all men, because all sinned... How much more will
those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of
righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus

...Grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Romans 5:12,17-21).

No amount of good works can bring us out of a sinful state.
To reign with Christ

Law defined.

The law, as read by Moses was good way of living,
primarily laws needed to govern the state of Israel and
live in peace with God and our fellow man.
Purpose of the law in Deuteronomy was that they dwelt in
the land and even if they were perfect in all the law, there
was still required a sacrifice for sin.
But that sacrifice had to be continuously offered

Hebrews says that its impossible for blood of bulls and
goats to remove sin.

To take them from the state of sin
The promise seed was needed
Purpose of the law was to reveal our sin and show us we
needed faith in a saviour that we can’t do this.
Righteousness defined: The ability to stand before God
without the sense of guilt or inferiority
Faith as a gift we have already defined.

Defined as gift in a God to do what he has promised in the
gospel. Many times Paul explains the gospel.

The good news.

In the good news we find right standing with God is only by
faith from beginning to end.

If we are under the new covenant made with Christ we
accept the blood of the new covenant as talking away our
sin and making us right with God.

Paul often addresses a Jewish audience ones who
understand the covenant language

6 covenants


David and now Christ the new covenant
What is the difference between Abraham and Moses and all
the other covenants.
Each covenant added another aspect another
understanding of God commitment to man.
The law was given by Moses but grace and truth came
through Jesus Christ.
Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for
righteousness. Now to the one who works, pay is not
considered as a gift, but as something owed. But to the
one who does not work, but believes on Him who
declares the ungodly to be righteous, his faith is
credited for righteousness.
(Romans 4:1-5).

Why does paul use Abraham as the path to right standing
with God and not Moses in Deuteronomy 30 11-20
Looking at Abraham and His Visible acts of faith proceed
from the belief in the promise of the seed.
To dwell in the land of promise

Promise seed
Promise land
You will inherit the land by the promise of the seed.
How do we live from gift of faith to faith in our lives.
We go from Invisible faith head and heart to faith
demonstrated through our works (law written on our hearts)
From faith is the belief in the promises of the word of God
This is Abraham he was righteous because he believed.

To faith living a life based on those promises.
(Hab 2.4).

Some say that the Covenant given to Abraham was above
the Covenant given to Moses (Phil 3:9).


Being found in Christ, not having a righteousness of my
own that comes from the law, but that which comes
through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that
depends on faith—
The basis of righteousness is not the our response to the
works of the Law but faith in the promises given to


(Gal 2:16).
Yet we know that a person is not justified by works
of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ,

(Romans 3 and 4).

For no one will be justified in His sight by the works of
the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through
the law.

But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has

been revealed —attested by the Law and the Prophets
—that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus
Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
They are justified freely by His grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Do we then cancel the law through faith? Absolutely
not! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

(Romans 3:19-24,28,30-31).
For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that
he would inherit the world was not through the law, but
through the righteousness that comes by faith.
This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be
according to grace, to guarantee it to all the
descendants —not only to those who are of the law but
also to those who are of Abraham’s faith.


(Romans 4:1-7,9-13,16,20-25).
These centred on the "Promised Seed" of Abraham, which
seed was to sprout in the Promised Land.
Abraham received his righteousness from God through his
belief and trust on these promises, which would have its
result in the blessing to the nations of the earth
By believing in the promises of God, Abraham was justified
by faith, and that was worked through his faithful living and
the evidence of his faith was circumcision.
Moses law came in and they choose to live under his
They wouldn’t deal with God directly so a system was put
in places of obedience and sacrifice.
We are given a gift of faith Then we take that faith and
appropriate that faith into faithful living.



Which is Obedience of faith not obedience to law
Once we allow that faith to transform us then that Right
believing leads to right behaviour.
But an understanding of the sacrifice of Christ is needed to
understand the place of sin worship sacrifice.


With brings us to the Final covenant Jesus Christ.
But Jesus has now obtained a superior ministry, and to
that degree He is the mediator of a better covenant,
which has been legally enacted on better promises.
For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would
have been no occasion for a second one.

(Hebrews 8:6-7).

He entered the most holy place once for all, not by the
blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having
obtained eternal redemption.
the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered
Himself without blemish to God, cleanses our
consciences from dead works to serve the living God
By this will of God, we have been sanctified through the
offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.

(Hebrews 9:9-14,10:10).
You have been given a measure of faith and you can with
that faith working in you grow it.
Growing by believing promises, learning, hearing the word
of God and prayer.
The principle of faith working in you, obedience to faith
produces right believing and right living.
That is why we always pray for you, asking our God to
help you live the kind of life he called you to live.


We pray that with his power God will help you do the
good things you want and perform the works that come
from your faith.


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