Principles: Faith Towards God
20 February 2011
Heb. 6:1-3 “Let us
go on to perfection (maturity), not laying again the foundations …”
(a) Jesus came to
reveal His Father – reveal what God is really like, a loving Father
- Heb. 1:3 “…
bring the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person”
- Jn. 14:9 “… He
who has seen me has seen the Father…”
- Jn. 10:30 “I and
my Father are one”.
(b) Jesus came to
call us into relationship with the Father – sons and daughters
- Jn 14:3 “I go to
prepare a place for you – that where I am you may be also”.
- Jn 1:18 “…the only
begotten Son which is in the bosom of the Father has declared Him”.
(c) God calls each of
us to be born again into His Family and then to grow up”
- Rom 8:29 “… He
predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son …”
- 1 Jn. 2:12-13 Children
(precious infants) - Young men – Fathers.
fathers – one who represent God the Father and reproduce His Life.
(d) Growth to
maturity is not automatic – requires foundation to be laid
- The First
Principles of Christ are foundational for growth. (Heb. 6:1-3)
- Heb. 9:14 Blood
of Jesus Christ … cleanse your conscience from dead works to
serve the living God.
- Dead Works =
activities that have no life or love of God.
activated out of guilt, fear, duty, personal gain.
- Called to Repent = totally
turn from dead activities and selfish motivation.
- Blood of Jesus
Christ has power to cleanse the conscience
- “Serve Living
= activities that flow from love and trusting obedience.
- Jn. 6:29 – “This
is the work of God that you believe on Him whom He has sent”.
2. Faith – What is
Heb 11:3 “Now
faith is the substance of things hoped for …”
(a) Faith is
not the same as Hope
- Hope is directed
to the future – an attitude of expectancy concerning things to be.
- Faith is
established in the present – now!
It is a
confidence, something real and definite within us here and now.
= 5287 NT = to set in place under,
= 1650 NT = connection, proof,
(b) Faith is
established in Heart not Head
- Hope is anchored
in the head. (1 Thes.5:8 .. helmet, hope of salvation)
- Faith is
established in the heart.
- Rom 10:10 with
the heart man believes unto righteousness.
- Faith is not a mental
acceptance of bible facts – produce no change.
- Heart faith produces
genuine change in the life of person who has it.
- Believe is
always associated with a change or motion – “into”.
(c) Faith deals with
things “Not Seen”
- Heb 11:1
“…evidence of things not seen”
- Not seen = not exist
= they are invisible to physical senses.
- Faith deals with
the real spiritual realities of God’s Word (2 Cor. 5:7).
(d) Faith produces a rest
from struggle, uncertainty, doubt
- Heb 11:3 “We who
have believed do enter that rest …”
- When faith is
present in the heart – there is also a rest from struggle.
- Often there is a
conflict between what we see and what God’s Word says.
- Faith produces a
deep confidence that what God says is true in spiritual sense.
- Rom 4:17 “… call the things that do not exist as
though they did”.
(e) Faith expresses
itself in confession – speaking in agreement with God.
- Rom. 10:10 “with
the heart man believes, with the mouth confession is
made to salvation”.
- Whatever the
heart is full of overflows in our life.
- Confession = Gk
homologia = to say the same thing as.
- When there is
faith in our heart we speak out what God says (2 Cor. 4:13)
- Heb 3:1 Christ
is the high priest of our confession.
represents us in heaven using the words we have spoken.
3. Faith and
Relationship with God
Heb. 11:6 “without
faith it is impossible to please God…”
(a) Faith is foundational
to our relationship with God
- Faith is basis
for entering relationship and for continuing relationship.
(b) By Faith
we enter into relationship with God
- Eph. 2:8 “By
grace have you been saved through faith, and that, not of yourselves it is
a gift of God, not of works …”
- Grace =
the supernatural enabling power of God given to us.
- Grace = Gift,
nothing that we have done except believed.
(c) “By Faith”
we continue in relationship with God
- Faith in Jesus
Christ positions us as Children of God – Our New Identity.
- Eph 1:3-1 He has
blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ”.
- We have
a new nature, identity, acceptance, forgiveness, redemption.
- We already
have these things we don’t have to work for them.
- Gal. 5:1-6
Stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made us free
and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
- We must
not fall back into trying to please God by doing.
- Learn to receive
the Love of Father – it energises our faith.
(d) Faith can be
cultivated and grown
- Faith is
cultivated through intimacy and hearing God’s voice (Rom.
- Faith can be “little”
or “great” or “dead”.
- Faith is cultivated
by meditating in Word of God.
- Faith that is real
has works that can be seen (Ja 2;17.