THE CHRISTIAN WALK
OPEN: Hey, good morning and welcome to STAG, I'm Jack. I want to show you today that in both the Old Testament and the New faith or trust and even belief are action oriented. Then I want to get into what study is and what the Walk of the Believer should be, according to the Bible. Then we'll pull apart John 3:16. But first…..
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Christian Study and Walk: After many years of study and self-examination, I have boiled study down to three things. God, the Bible and the devil. Those are the three things that should occupy at least 90% of a Believer's study time.
We need to confirm God's reality so we can act in trust of something He has said concerning our present situation or decision. Study of the Bible and study of God are pretty much in the same box. We can use the Bible to confirm God's reality and at the same time the study will prove that the Bible is true. But I must include that proving God will necessarily take us out of the Bible. That's because, Bible prophecy can be checked in many cases by going to the history books to see if the prophecy came true.
I like to cite the 4000-year-old prophecies to Abraham. One of those prophecies can be found in today's world as being fulfilled. This is the best one I know because it proves God AND the Bible at the same time. Most prophecies need a lot of digging to find the people of the prophecy in today's world. Not so with God's promise that Abraham's descendents would control, "the gates of your enemies." Ninety percent of all the world's trade gates are controlled by the same people. So, those people must be the ones that God was talking about when He promised Abraham. The two nations that control the world trade gates are Britain and the United States. Further study will show that they are the descendents of Abraham. They are the Israelites. God is real and the Bible is true.
Lastly, after God and the Bible, we MUST study the devil. Remember, "know your enemy?" I mean, just reading the Bible will tell a person that we are in a war against the devil. If we are at war, wouldn't it be good to know what weapons the enemy uses? How can we prepare ourselves if we have no idea where or how the enemy will attack?
So, God first, the Bible next and then the devil. All the other studies like endtimes, blood moons, feast days, the law, should take fourth place and beyond.
I must say that a couple minutes reading a chapter in the Bible isn't study. Neither is watching or listening to Christian videos. Personal study is the only thing that will stay with you. If you can't find two hours a week, every week, no exceptions, for study, then you aren't studying. You're playing at study. And really, two hours a week is probably the bare minimum. But I think that will change once you get on to God's reality. You will want to put in more time. Be sure to make known to those around you that your study time is not to be interrupted and definitely not skipped. They are to act as though you are out of the house and have no cell phone.
How can we do the "work of the ministry" if we don't know what that is? Aren't we supposed to be participants in God's work here on earth? Or do we get to heaven by just sitting in the pew every Sunday?
I've boiled down the Walk into three things. God, Faithing and Giving. I talked at length about this recently. Here it is again.
Of course, there's an overlap with the study part, because the first thing that is necessary in the Believer's Walk is the sure knowledge in God's reality. All a Believer's actions depend on this. The amount and sureness of one's belief is directly proportional to ones ability to act against the unknown on something God has said; which is the true definition of faith(ing).
Most Christians have heard that God will test them. Their faith will be tested. This testing is ongoing and it gets tougher as we go. God does this to build our "faith." Well, if our belief in God is small and unsure, we will try to get ourselves out of the situation by our own means or to satisfy our own sense of comfort or safety. We'll work it out ourselves instead of applying God's principles and doing it His way. Small belief, small faith action.
Having a solid belief in what God has said in the Bible will allow the Believer to tithe and give a lot of his time to work for God. That's the third part of the Walk, giving. I mean, just how is it that we are supposed to participate in God's work?
You've heard me say before that Paul tells us exactly what the "work of the ministry" is in Ephesians, chapter four. The work of the ministry is the building up of other believers. From the pastoring teachers, to the apostles, prophets, evangelists and even the saints, the job is to "edify" the body of Christ. The Body of Christ is all the Believers, not unbelievers. Paul goes on to tells us when that will be finished and we don't have to edify other Believers any more. He says until we all become like Christ.
Ninety percent of Christianity can't tell you what the function of the Church is. Seventy=five percent will knee-jerk "evangelism", saving souls. Get out there and "lead someone to the Lord." Now, mostly that's because that's what they've been taught. But that whole "box" is ego-driven. Also ego-driven are the groups that insist that the Law be kept. The New Testament says nothing about these things. Paul tells us exactly what Believers are to be doing, and it ain't puttin' scalps on your belt.
What that means is that ALL other pursuits of study are relatively unimportant, that left over 10 percent of study time. That's the work of the ministry, to build up other Believers. There are two ways that we are to help that work. Number one, we are to support those who are on point helping people know God better and the Bible better. We support our teachers. I guess you can figure out that support doesn't mean pray for them. That's where our tithe comes in. Prayers are good, but they can't buy food with it. But our participation doesn't stop there. We're supposed to be active in edifying other Believers. It's not to be left up to our teachers, our pastors. The second way that Believers help edify other Believers is to publicize what they have learned. Put their learning out where others can access it; where the Holy Spirit can lead someone who needs a particular answer that the Believer has studied.
If you want to get on track with God, start tomorrow studying something that will prove supernatural design and control. Prove God. This is the beginning of a lifetime pursuit, constantly reconfirming God's reality.
If someone were to ask you, as a Believer, if you had a firm belief in God, to the point of persecution, my guess is that you'd have little no trouble answering that you had. But what would be your answer if that person then asked you to prove God's existence to them? This would have to be outside of your personal experience. It would have to be objective, verifiable evidence, like that gates promise to Abraham.
Our Walk depends completely on the strength of our belief in God. The dependence of the Walk is depending that God will overcome the negative things we see that might get in the way. The walk of faithing is going against the grain and doing things God's way instead of a way that will be more comfortable, less expensive or more popular. It's a hard road down a one-way street going against the traffic. To do that, we need a lot of help.
The ultimate study for any Believer is the study of the Lost Tribes. But this study should take years. Why ultimate? It proves God and the truth of the Bible at the same time. The Bible means nothing without a firm belief in God. The things that count most for us can't be proved in the Bible. How can one prove that faithing brings the Spirit? That there is a heaven. Or eternal life, even salvation? But the more we can prove other parts of the Bible, the more trust we can bring up to take the improvable seriously and act against that one-way street.
Since we want to get a quicker start on your education, try reading my Zodiac page on my web site. That page is a good one. The whole story of Jesus and our redemption, laid out in detail, can't be anything but the hand of God. From that place, go to the Lunar zodiac, which confirms exactly the Solar Zodiac. Then go to my three Zodiac videos for reinforcement, here for the Solar Zodiac, here for the Lunar Zodiac and here for the Milky Way. (You may have to Copy/Paste these links)
Along with the star study, throw in some Lost Tribes. An hour here or there. I suggest that you do one or two things first. If you can find an extra two hours, go watch my Overview video on YouTube. You can download it for more convenient watching. Maybe even parcel it out in smaller segments as an add-on to your other study time. Then you could start at video #2 and go through the whole 24 film series.
I remember reading many years ago that when the Christians were put in the Circus with the lions that there were women with small children included. The women saw that if they were killed trying to protect their child that that they would die first and the child would be left to a horrible death. Those mothers, in the Roman circus, held out their babies to the lions so they wouldn't suffer after the mother was killed. They did so in their firm belief in God.
You gotta prove God or you won't be able to sustain the Walk.
God, faithing, giving.
Study God, so we can Act in Faith, and give up 25% of our lives to God's work. That's what the Walk is.
Faith is a Verb. I'd like to detail out all the faith, trust and believe words in the Bible and show that they are all action oriented. Some are just outright verbs, while others are sometimes used in the noun form. But even in the noun form, they imply or describe an action. Just as the noun "bath" implies the action of bathing.
Not understanding that biblical faith is an active word, one can be sure of one's salvation based on John 3:16... and miss the Kingdom. They will avow their belief in God, but haven't taken the time to look up the original word in Greek that is translated "believe." If they had looked up believe, they would have found that the Greek word for believe comes directly from the Greek word that's translated "faith". They would also see that the word for faith comes from a primary verb, peitho. That means that both faith and belief are action oriented. Faith is a verb. So John didn't say that all one needs is to believe in God to be saved. Doesn't the devil know God is real and still is not saved? John said that whosoever acts on his belief will be saved.
Quite a difference than what most of us grew up thinking. If we had been taught this, we would have immediately asked "What action?" Sadly, most preachers would not have a satisfying, Bible referenced answer.
Just as a sidebar let me tell you that faith in very old English was a verb. Pastor Scott has taught on this a couple times. The original English root of the word that finally became "faith" was the first three letters, FAI. The fai was active, but the th got put on and after a while faith became more of a noun that verb. So, we wind up with being a faith, or keeping the faith, or having faith. All nouns.
That's what this little study is all about; proving that Old or New Testament, it's about faithing, not believing. There are mainly five words to understand; three in Hebrew for the Old Testament and two words in the New. Batach, Chacah, Aman, Pistis and Pisteuo.
If faith is a verb, then I want to know what action that is.
Just to lock down the action of these words, we'll go to Strong's Concordance and read the definitions listed there.
Batach H982 ba^t?ach-- baw-takh'
A primitive root; properly to hie for refuge (but not so precipitately as H2620); figuratively to trust, be confident or sure: - be bold (confident, secure, sure), careless (one, woman), put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust.
Webster= HIE, v.i. 1. To hasten; to move or run with haste; to go in haste; a word chiefly used in poetry.
Chacah H2620 cha^sa^h-- khaw-saw'
A primitive root; to flee for protection (compare H982); figuratively to confide in: - have hope, make refuge, (put) trust.
Aman H539 a^man-- aw-man'
A primitive root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (in Isa_30:21; by interchange for H541) to go to the right hand: - hence assurance, believe, bring up, establish, + fail, be faithful (of long continuance, steadfast, sure, surely, trusty, verified), nurse, (-ing father), (put), trust, turn to the right.
Doctor Scott used to sum this up by saying is was a state of mind that needed not to evaluate or hesitate. One automatically launched into a faithing action. This is the highest form of faith. The person is already in a place of refuge and safety. No leaning on or running to God. One is already there.
Old Testament Word Usage
That totals 189 uses of believe, trust and faith that are translated from verbs. There are only nine times in the whole Old Testament when these words were used but not translated from verbs.
- Believe; 19 539 amen
- Believed; 22 539 amen
- Believeth; 4 539 amen==45 times
- Trust; 982+2620+539=97 of 105
- 982 batach=hie for refuge
- 2620 chacah=flee for protection
- 539 amen state of mind
- trusted; 17 982+1 2620+1 539=19 of 21
- trustedst; 3 982 of 3
- trustest; 6 982 of 6
- trusteth; 14 982+ 2 2620 of 16
- trusty: 1 982 1
- faith; 1 529+1 530 of 2 [forms of 539]
Faith G4102 pistis-- pis'-tis
From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
Pistos G4103 pistos-- pis-tos'
From G3982; objectively trustworthy; subjectively trustful: - believe (-ing, -r), faithful (-ly), sure, true.
Peitho G3982 peitho--pi'-tho
A primary verb; to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty): - agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) content, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield.
Believe G4100 pisteuo-- pist-yoo'-o
From G4102; to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust (especially one's spiritual well being to Christ): - believe (-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.
Trust/hope elpizo-- el-pid'-zo
From G1680; to expect or confide: - (have, thing) hope (-d) (for), trust.
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New Testament Word Usage
That totals 595 times that these three words were translated from verbs.
- 317 mentions
- Faith: 237 4102+ 16 4103=253 of 254
- Faithful; 53 4103 of 54
- Faithfully; 1 4103 of 1
- Faithfulness: zero
- 246 mentions
- Believe; 119 4100+2 4103 of 121
- Believed; 69 4100+1 4103 of 70
- Believest;8 4100 of 8
- Believeth; 37 4100+2 4103 of 39
- Believing;8 4100+1 4103 of 9
- 32 mentions
- Trust;15 1679+7 3982+3 4200=25
- Trusted; 2 1629+3 3982=5
- Trustedst; zero
- Trusteth; 1 1629+1 3982=2
- Trusting; zero
- Trusty; zero
If faith is a verb, then I want to know what action that is.
When the Greeks used a form of Pistis, they said it was some act based on a particular belief. This is the very generic definition. So walking down the stairs is a faith act based on the belief that the stairs will not collapse. God just narrowed His definition of pistis down to only being effective if the belief was on something He had already said. If God has promised us that He is a healing God, "I'm the LORD that healeth thee," then acting on that promise against the fact that you are sick, may bring your healing, if it's God's time. Paying your teacher your tithe, based on God's promise to provide, may end up as some special discount on some needed item.
Dr. Scott used to call it the ABC's of faith. An A-ction, based on a B-elief, sustained by C-onfidence, that the belief is true.
How many believers have ever heard such teaching? I grew up in the Baptist church, and NEVER heard such a thing. Faith was always belief. Or it was what denomination one belonged to, or what one kept through hard times.
No. Faith(ing) is a verb. Look at the times when Jesus healed people and you'll find that they made the first move, not Jesus. It was their trusting action, trusting that their healing could take place that opened the window of healing. They faithed, God put His Spirit into their bodies and they were healed. Faith is a verb.
John 3:16--I know you've heard me mention John 3:16 before in connection to the definition of believe. There are millions of so called Christians who will say that they are saved, based on John 3:16, because they believe in God. If that is a true statement, the they believe in God, then they are not saved. It takes more than belief in God to be saved. It takes acting on the belief based on something God has said. Belief is contained in faith, when we're talking about Greek.
So here's what I call trans-substitution of John 3:16. look up all the words in the verse and write the definitions. Then I reconstruct the verse using the definitions. The verse usually get about three time longer, but has much better understanding.
- ForG1063........... Because, no doubt
- GodG2316 ..........the supreme Divinity
- soG3779 ........... in this way
- lovedG25........... without reservation
- theG3588........... the
- world,G2889........ orderly arrangement of the cosmos
- thatG5620.......... thus, therefore
- he gaveG1325....... to give
- hisG848............ His
- only begottenG3439.... sole, only born
- Son,G5207.......... son
- thatG2443.......... for the purpose and result
- whosoeverG3956..... all, every, the whole
- believethG4100.... act in faith, entrust
- inG1519........... to, into
- himG846........... Himself
- should notG3361... not
- perish,G622....... destroy fully, perish, lose
- butG235........... contrariwise, nevertheless.
- haveG2192......... to hold
- everlastingG166... perpetual
- life.G2222........ life
Because, no doubt the supreme Divinity, in this way, held without reservation the orderly arrangement of the cosmos, thus, therefore to give of Himself the sole and only born son, for the purpose and result that all, every, and the whole people will have faith in, entrust to and into Him, will not destroy, fully perish, contrariwise, to hold perpetual life.
God gave the world Jesus to promote trusting action in Him, which results in eternal life.
WRAP:1-If you're a Believer, you really need to start strengthening your faith muscles. The very hard times are almost upon us and it's going to take a lot of trust in God to walk His way.
2-If you want to talk about this subject or anything else, STAG is a comfortable place to do that. We're at 88 Briceland Rd. in Redway. The number is 707 923 ALLY(2559) On the web it's STAG.WS. And Youtube has about 50 videos up there. Just type in my name. Or contact me by email at email@example.com.
3-I'll be back here on Oct 4, if the grid isn't down. I hope you can make it too.
4-You want to have peace of mind, freedom from fear; even fear of death? That and much more is there with God.
5-He's real, you know. And because He's real, your protection is a cinch.
This is Jack. Bye.
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