Faithful – March 11th, 2019

Faithful

Commitment to truth…

March 11th, 2019

Faithfulness we most typically associate with a marriage, but it’s really part of the creator’s architecture. He’s put a cord of faithfulness that runs from him through us and all his creation.

The definition of faithful points to three expressions:

ADJECTIVE

  1. loyal, constant, and steadfast.
  2. true to the facts or the original.
  1.  (the faithful) having a strong belief in a particular religion.

God is faithful. We on the other hand are faithful only in varying degrees.

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations

Deuteronomy 7:9 (ESV)

This passage in Deuteronomy spells out the architect’s intent through all of creation. “God is God”, he cannot be unfaithful to himself, God is God. The underline portion of the passage say he is the one “who keeps covenant and steadfast love”. It is what he does.

But there is an important qualification to this faithfulness. God is faithful to “those who love him and keep his commandments”. His expectation is that those he is faithful to will in return be faithful to him.

Faithfulness is so important to God he has provided a “way of escape”, regardless of the form of temptation we have that would cause us to be unfaithful to him and His Word.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

Faithful God projecting his faithfulness to and through us, provisioning for us a means by which we can avoid the pitfalls of being unfaithful to him and to others.

There is an old saying that is true…

A man is only as good as his word

God is faithful to his Word. God’s Word is faithful to him and his Creation. This saying is a test of character which is sound. If someone doesn’t follow through with what they say, then you can’t trust that they will be who they propose they are.

God does what he says he will do. We, on the other hand, often do not. Many claim to be Christians and Disciples of Jesus but then in their word and deed they do not reflect the value stated for either.

Over generation upon generation, God promised that he would send the Messiah to redeem creation.  God made this clear, but the Children of Israel allowed their selfish intent to use the prophecy of the Messiah as the projection of a physical rule that would be established to vanquish those who oppressed them.

Regardless, God remained faithful and sent his Son.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 (ESV)

God’s Son, Jesus came to be our perfect sacrifice for our sin. Jesus’ incarnation is the faithful manifestation of God’s Word. He was and is true to His Word as is God the Son and God the Spirit.

Only as good as their word

There is a myriad of false teachers identifying themselves as Christian. There are those who claim to follow Christ that only follow their own passions and desires. There is only one manifestation of God’s faithfulness and that is Jesus Christ.

In Christ Jesus all the bounty of God’s love, grace, and faithfulness is made known.

The false teachers make claim to have insight that supersedes the Word of God and is independent of his grace. Or they insist that the grace he offers those faithful to him is contingent on some other requirement of their choosing.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

That faith in Christ and Christ alone. There is no other name by which we are saved. God is faithful, he seeks those who would be faithful to him. Those who are faithful to him, he rewards.

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:12-13 (ESV)

Jesus is the only means to a trusting relationship between God and humanity. God is faithful in providing us the means of salvation, but that requires that we are faithful to him in return. Remember our scripture out of Deuteronomy…

God is faithful to “those who love him and keep his commandments”.

This means lacking the injection of personal truth which is nothing more than a lie. God is faithful to his Word. Jesus faithfully fulfilled the Word of God as he is the Word of God and is in fact God.

In this age of unfaithful teachings targeted to the Body of Christ, we must not accept on its face the teaching of anyone. All teaching must be faithful to the Word of God.

The Pew Research Center recently released a study which says only eighty percent of Americans believe in god. And of those who believe in a god, only slightly over fifty percent of those believe in the God of the Bible.

What this study does not detail is the percentage of those who believe in the God of the Bible whose belief is faithful to God’s Word and what it teaches.

False teachings abound. For every false teacher there is a multitude of those who are lulled in to their deception. There is a means of escape. That escape can be found only in God’s Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Proverbs 14:12 (ESV)

 Hold to the truth of God’s Word for it is faithful as he is faithful. The previvors of false gospels abound, yet, God has provided us the means of escaping their entrapment. He is “Faithful”. Let us be faithful to him and his Son, Jesus Christ!

In His Grace,
Kip… 

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