Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Subject of Faith # 5

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
:18 of whom it was said, “In Issac your seed shall be called, “
:19 concluding that God was able to raise him up even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
:20 By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning the things to come.
:21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshipped, leaning on the top of his staff.
:22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter; fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all.

Abraham was tested. We also will be tested.

1 Pet 4:12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;

1 Thess 3:2 and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,
:3 that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.
:4 For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know.
:5 For this reason when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you and our labor might be in vain.

2 Cor 4:8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
:9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed -
:10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
:11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

Perplexed means troubled, confused.

Even if we don't understand, He does.

Abraham had received by faith. It is the same way we receive the blessings of God.

You receive what you pray for when you pray and doubt not.

Gen 22:15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,

Heb 11:18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.”

His seed represents Jesus.

Jn 17:21 That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

We are all one in Christ.

Many members, one body.

Only begotten means unique, one of a kind.

Ismael was a child of the flesh.
Isaac was a child of promise.

Gen 21:1 And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.

The power of God touched Sarah and she was able to conceive.

We are all born of flesh for our first birth.

We must be born of the Spirit which is our second birth.

Heb 11: 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude – innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

Abraham had already received Isaac from two “dead” bodies so he knew God could raise Isaac up.

Heb 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

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