The value of faith

Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see.   Hebrews 11:1

As I grow older I am learning the precious intrinsic value of this faith I have been given.

Your faith is more precious than gold… 1 Peter 1:7

A gift of God.

Received.

Faith hears Jesus speak and believes.

Fallen reason and logic question, and persist in unbelief.

Faith believes:

In the beginning God created…Genesis 1:1

Sin came into the world through one person, and death came through sin. So death spread to everyone, because everyone sinned. Romans 5:12

…this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you …It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ… 1 Peter 3:21

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

“Take this, and eat it. This is my body.”  Then he took a cup and spoke a prayer of thanksgiving. He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you.  This is my blood,” Matthew 26:26-28

Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us. Romans 5:8

God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God.  It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it.  God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10

They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQBDtKC-cQ0

Oh Father…what a gift you have given!  Only gifts of the divine can appear to be worthless, but in essence are of more valuable than any earthly treasure!  Thank you, Jesus, that I believe!  Amen.

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About lifevine

Hi! My name is Amy. I am a former atheist and, for a season, practiced witchcraft. God drew me out of darkness 17 years ago and gave me the spiritual gifts of knowing and faith. He gives me daily encouragement and affirmation and I hope to share Him with you. If you have not yet met the one true God, His name is Jesus Christ, and may I be the first to introduce you to Him? He is the Restorative Savior God promised Adam and Eve 6,000 years ago (Genesis 3:15) after they had sinned in the garden, bringing separation from God because of disobedience. It is rightly reported that a little over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem He was born of a virgin, lived a blameless perfect life in and around Jerusalem, died on a cross on Golgotha for the world's sin, and 3 days later rose again. YES! ROSE AGAIN! AMAZING! Please get baptized in His name, and walk in an eternal restored fellowship with Christ. You can get to know Him by reading, marking, and inwardly digesting His Word.... His Holy Bible.
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4 Responses to The value of faith

  1. gary says:

    1 Peter 3:21 (ESV)
    1 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

    Ask an orthodox Christian what this Bible passage says and this will be his response, “Baptism saves you.” Pretty simple interpretation of the passage, right?

    Ask a Baptist or evangelical what this passage says, and he will say something like this: “Water baptism is a picture of our appeal to God for a clean conscience which occurs in our spiritual baptism: our decision for Christ/our born again experience. This passage is not talking about water baptism, it is talking about spiritual baptism.”

    Ok. Let’s take a look at another passage of Scripture:

    Hebrews 10:22 ESV

    let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

    What is it that gives us the full assurance of faith according to this Bible passage? Our decision to accept Jesus into our hearts? Our decision to be born again? Our decision to make a decision for Christ? No. The simple, plain rendering of this passage of Holy Scripture tells us that our assurance of faith is based on God sprinkling our hearts, cleansing us of our evil conscience, AND washing our bodies with pure water!

    There can be only one explanation for the “when” of full assurance of salvation: WATER BAPTISM!

    Both of these passages talk about having our consciences cleansed, and the verse in Hebrews clarifies that this cleansing does not take place in our mind or as a public profession; it takes place in our heart, our soul; and this cleansing occurs at the same time as “pure” water is applied to our body! This is water baptism, Baptist and evangelical brothers and sisters! Stop twisting and contorting the plain, simple words of God to conform to your sixteenth century false teachings! Accept and believe God’s plain, simple Word.

    Gary
    Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals
    an orthodox Lutheran blog

    • lifevine says:

      I’m not sure by your post if you are implying that I have twisted scripture in some way? I’m a little confused as to why you posted. Could you explain?

      • gary says:

        I am reaching out to Baptist and evangelical Christian brothers and sisters to share the good news that God’s gift of salvation is so FREE that it doesn’t even require your “decision” to believe in him. He saves those he has elected, and he saves by the power of his Word, though preaching alone in some situations and in Holy Baptism. Baptism is NOT symbolic as you say above. Baptism saves you, as the Apostle Peter says.

      • lifevine says:

        I never said that baptism is symbolic and I do not believe it is. I think you may be referring to the scripture from the NIV that I copied and pasted from 1 Peter chapter 3 which refers to Noah’s “flood”as being symbolic of the baptism God’s children undergo? Be assured, Gary, I am in complete agreement with you that baptism is NOT symbolic, and that baptism does indeed now save us. And when the enemy attacks me it is the water of my baptism that I throw in his face to shut him up, and having been born again of water and Spirit, not by my choice (as if I in my sinful dead state could even make a decision for Christ) but by His choice. Jesus IS my life. Jesus said, “I choose you, you do not choose me.” I love our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for that, and I am thankful for your response because you care that others understand what you yourself know to be true. I may not meet you here on this fallen cursed earth, but we will meet in heaven, Gary. Thanks for reading! Amy

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