Faith is a relationship word, it seems to me.
All of us "come into relationship with God" (or "come into faith") by believing the Gospel.
This is Romans 10:17 with the context, and is in contrast with the "works of the Law":
Romans 10:5-17 (God's Word® translation)
5 Moses writes about receiving God's approval by following his laws. He says, "The person who obeys laws will live because of the laws he obeys."
Today's Puritan Audio Devotional:
"Imitate the loving Jesus"
Charles Spurgeon (challenging)
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A life-giving stream for parched pilgrims!
(Arthur Pink, "The Word of Grace")
The Word and the Spirit are so intimately conjoined, that we are scarcely warranted in thinking of the one, without the other. The Word does not operate without the Spirit's agency--and the Spirit does not work apart from the Word.
Continuing from my previous post - just to keep things organized and not create one massive blog post.
6:12 - that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
This verse is downright impressive to me. Looking ahead, we see an example of those we should imitating in Hebrews 11. Being sluggish is so easy, however, in a culture that promotes ease and comfort. Many things need to come quickly and exactly when we want
This afternoon, I decided to read through the book of Hebrews. Well, I began in chapter three and read through until the end of chapter ten. Quite illogical, but once again I was struck by the depth and richness of the book of Hebrews. I love how the author speaks of entering God's rest, of the priesthood in the order of Melchizedek being better than that of the order of Levi, of a better ministry in Christ, of the earthy tabernacle being a mere picture of the heavenly tabernacle, of the awesome
In times of struggles on every front, we must choose to walk by faith and not sight, for "we know that all things work together for good to them that love God"
"look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."