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Faith and its meaning

What is faith?
Reading and believing all that you have read to be the truth: unmodified by yourself or others. Faith is also referred to as accepting Christ’, for from one follows the other to completion, starting with faith: Faith, Repentance, Baptism.

Jesus says: through faith you are saved. This means that faith is the cure to your healing; through faith, you believe what he teaches you and only then will you repent and baptize in his name, ‘Jesus Christ’, and be saved through a better life on earth and live everlasting in heaven.

If you do not believe that Jesus was the son of God, you do not have faith and you cannot become a Christian: receive the baptism.

Faith simply means: believing in what Jesus taught us, believing Jesus to be the son of God  – The Christ. 
If you have faith, you believe that you must do as Jesus states, in order to ‘come to him’: Repent, Baptise, having done these two essentials, you will naturally follow the doctrine of Jesus and commit no ‘sins’   – premeditated transgressions. For ‘none’  is without sin, thus all are called to the baptism, to wash their sins away:  metaphorically, repenting is the contract you must read and accept and baptism is the signature you must draw to bind the agreement between you and God.

Without faith (believing the gospel) you would not feel a need to Repent and without Repenting, you could not be baptise.  But, indeed, anyone can be submerged in water and pulled back up, out of the water.   So, when Jesus says: “through faith, you are saved.” it is very clear to understand, although some still misunderstand.  Without faith, you can go no further: our salvation depends on faith: – to believe the whole Gospel as the truth.

Faith is believing the whole Gospel, everything we have been taught, for else you have half-faith: and the lukewarm are walking dead

The metaphor ‘walking dead’ denotes: people who may believe they are Christians but are not   – and so shall receive everlasting death.
So, before you can become a Christian, you must first acquire faith: this meaning, believing and following the commandments and the doctrine. Then you receive all you care to ask for: because you would have no desire to ask for vain things.  And, saying this, I must alert you to the fact that, if you, being a beginner, reading and considering the Gospel, are truly inclined to follow, asking God, in the name of Christ, he will answer: for he must answer, to demonstrate his existence.  But after you surrender, many more prayers are answered  – virtually all. 
And when baptized, the level of power you shall receive shall depend on your acquired level of faith. 

Jesus tells us repeatedly, and demonstrates repeatedly, that we must have faith in him.  He also explains that faith does not denote simply believing that he exists, but that faith is: believing the whole Gospel, that he is the son of God, that he has done all the things mentioned in the Bible, that the promise he makes to us is the truth: all this is FAITH.

The promise that all us who come to Jesus (‘come to’ meaning ‘surrender’ and follow all commandments and the whole doctrine, believing the whole gospel) and then ask him for anything, shall receive that we ask for, providing we believe to have received it when we ask.  Here Christ demonstrates the level of faith we must have in him, and he so also explains what the word faith pertains to for a Christian.

Here the word ‘believing’ refers to ‘having faith’. Jesus tells the Christians what power they receive when they become Christians.

MAT  21: 22  And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. 

Here Christ tells us, once again, how strong our faith must be:
MAT  18: 18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 
MAT  18: 19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 

‘Bind’, in this sentence, means: binding with your faith. 
Loose, in this sentence, means: not managing to bind with faith, and so your attempt is loose: and so you have loosened your request in heaven   – you have not bound it with FAITH.

Read what Jesus explains faith to be – example A:

MAT  8: 5  And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 
MAT  8: 6  And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 
MAT  8: 7  And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 
MAT  8: 8  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 
MAT  8: 9  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 
MAT  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. 
MAT  8: 11  And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 
MAT  8: 12  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 
MAT  8: 13  And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. 

Read what Jesus explains faith to be – example B:

MAT  6: 26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 
MAT  6: 27  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 
MAT  6: 28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 
MAT  6: 29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 
MAT  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? 
MAT  6: 31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 
MAT  6: 32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 
MAT  6: 33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 

Read what Jesus explains faith to be – example C:

MAT  21: 19  And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. 
MAT  21: 20  And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! 
MAT  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. 
MAT  21: 22  And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. 
EPH 2: 8 For by grace are ye saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 
EPH 2: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

2:8 explained:  by Christ (grace) are you saved, but only through faith in him: Christ.

2:9 explained:  works alone can’t save: anyone can give 10million out of a hundred million donated, and this will appear good to many but is nothing of the kind to God. By this deed alone, that person can’t be saved, but only through believing in Christ, what actually means: believing all that Jesus taught to be the truth, and doing what Christ has commanded us to do: repent and baptise in his name, becoming Holy, and thus receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost.

If you insist on taking the quote ‘believe in me’ literally, as meaning that believing that Jesus existed and/or that he is the son of God, is all that is required to obtain salvation, then you must accept the following line in the same manner:

JOH  6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
And, taking this line literally means that none of us living today can be Christian and that we shall never see heaven: for we have not ‘seen’ Jesus.

Read for yourself the meaning of the word ‘FAITH’ ‘BELIEVE’.  Enter it in the search-box of the Bible script.


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...And The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against It
Through the ages, Catholics and other Nicolaitans defied the above quotation by Jesus, 
oppressing and murdering many, deceiving and misleading many more.
But they have not and shall not prevail against
'His Church'.



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