The Righteous shall live by faith, unto faith
Romans 1:17 -
For therein is revealed a righteousness of God from faith unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live by faith.
The term 'believe' or 'belief' is so generalized that it has caused people to not understand it or grow in it.
The twelve Apostles of Jesus decided to translate the partly written Gospels and complete the unfinished Gospels in Greek because the language, its grammar and rich vocabulary gave a perfect rendering to what the Lord wanted to say. On the other hand Hebrew and the Aramaic languages depended a lot on the vocals to deliver the expressions.
The Greek language has many words which are translated as 'faith'.
Elpo - to anticipate with pleasure
Elpis - to hope in, trust
Elpizo - trust
Oligopistos - little faith
Pistis - faith
Among these the word Elpo does not exist in the Bible for the faith connected to God is not an anticipation connected with pleasure but connected with knowledge and relationship.
Many people call themselves Christians - 'people of faith' but have Elpo. They are the ones who do not know how Christ has saved them and what He has saved them from, the ones who do, become Believers. Believers are called Born-Agains because they actually believe in the salvation of Jesus Christ by His death and resurrection; that is why things like Purgatory do not exist in their vocabulary. But that does not means every Believer is a person of faith. Believers start with Elpis and when they start to have experience or have encounters with the Lord this Elpis becomes Elpizo. As they start to study the Word of God this Elpizo starts to become Oligopistos. It is only when they start to walk in what the Word of God instructs them and start to perfect their Oligopistos soon they start to move to Pistis.
Pistis does not mean a person who has read the Bible, goes to Church, gives alms to the poor, gives Tithe, shares the Gospel... these are just the baby steps in Pistis...
The perfection of Pistis makes one a 'Son of God' for the Truth is complete in that person. For now none of us will reach that stage, nor did the Apostles even in their peaks did reach that stage including Paul or Peter or John.
Does that mean there is no hope for us when they had such great understanding of the Word and did such mighty things by the power of the Holy Spirit?
Jesus said in the later days we would do greater things than He did. He said this because He knew how the Spirit of God would work among the people in the later days and how the power of God will manifest among them.
We need to understand the Church was growing with the Apostles but after 300AD the Church ceased to exist and was driven in the wilderness by Satan's works. It was after 1260years the church came back and started again growing.
We need to first come to the state we were just before 300AD and grow from there on to become the Bride which the Lord speaks of in the Bible. It is only when the Bride is ready will the Groom come to receive her. The Bride will be ready only when our Pistis is perfected and the image of God returns in us. When the corruption that entered us through Adam's doubt is removed and the Truth is completed in us. That is the time we will be called Sons of God like Adam was before sin entered him.
Many are waiting for Jesus to come again, but the Lord is asking us where do we see ourselves on this bar and how long have we been at that place? If we do not keep moving along this bar we will only delay the coming of Jesus Christ.
Carrying the CROSS means to help others to grow along this bar as we keep growing ourselves, in the affirmation that at least 2 among us will reach the end and that it satisfies God as it is written.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, when You made Adam and Eve they were made in your image and flesh had no hold on them even though they existed in it. But when sin came into them they were trapped in the flesh and found themselves naked. Lord, your anger drove them away from You, but then your Love desired to bring man back to You. But to come to You the Truth needed to be returned in them and to remove the anger that stopped them from receiving the One Who can bring the Truth in man You needed tp pay the price of an Eternal Perfect Sacrifice as man. Lord, we thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the price You paid for us to receive Him so that by Him we can have the Truth perfected in us. We pray Lord your people understand the need of understanding your Word and having relationship with your Spirit...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 2:7 - And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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