Bible Study Lesson 02

How Does Faith Come To A Man
 
 A.  What Is Faith According To The Bible
 B.  Why Do Men Need Faith In God And Christ
 C.  How Does Faith "Set In, Take Root, And Grow" In A Man
 D.  Upholding Man's Faith In God And Christ 
 E
.  Learning From The Great Men Of Faith
 

       

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 02D.   Upholding Man's Faith In God And Christ

 


Having acquired the true faith, man must keep his faith strong and uphold it in the face of many trials that may come his way until he reaches his ultimate goal, the salvation of his soul.

02D.1   How should a man who have acquired the true Faith in God and Christ uphold his faith?

 In Colossians 1:23, Apostle Paul gave this advice:

But, you must stay rooted and grounded in the faith. Don't be moved away from the hope of the Good News that you heard. . . . . . . (IEB)

The true believers in Christ never waver, never have misgivings, but continue deeply rooted and grounded in their faith.

02D.2   What is liken to a believer who waivers in his faith?

In James 1:6, this is written:

 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (NKJV)

A believer who wavers in his faith, is liken to the waves of the sea which are driven and tossed as the wind blows.

Why does the Lord hate this kind of believer?

he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8, NKJV)

He hates the instability of this kind of man who actually is double minded.

02D.3   What is God's instruction to those who are blessed enough to acquire a strong faith?

God has words for him to keep. Through Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ, in Jude 1:3, this is written:

Dear friends, although I was eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I found it necessary to write to you and urge you to continue your vigorous defense of the faith that was passed down to the saints once and for all. (ISV)

For a firm believer who values it comes to its vigorous defense whenever necessary, by all means, and at all cost. The one who has it fights to the last in upholding it.

But you, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith. And continue to pray as you are directed by the Holy Spirit.*(Jude 1:20, NLT)

A firm believer must continue to become stronger in his faith and keep on praying so the Holy Spirit will help him,
The epistle continues:

keep yourselves within the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life. (Jude 1:2, NJB)

A firm believer must continue within the love of God and faithfully wait for the mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ to give him eternal life.  The faith that awaits rewards is firm, deeply rooted.

02D.4   What is the outstanding trait of a firm believer with strong faith in God and Christ?

In Matthew 24:13, the Lord Jesus explained, thus:

"But he who endures to the end shall be saved. (NKJV)

They have the strength to endure  persecutions, trials and problems of life in this world. The Lord said "he who endures to the end will be saved". End means the cessation of man's breath or the end of the world, whichever comes first.

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