Saturday, 10 September 2011 12:53
The disposition to receive Christ is the fruit of regeneration. The regeneration person possesses the spirit of faith, (2 Cor. 4:13). The spirit of faith is a power that can and will act. It is called into action by the gospel-the truth concerning Jesus Christ and His work.
This spirit of faith holds Scripture as the truth of Christ, and it is assured of salvation. Therefore, the person with saving faith believes in God, in Christ, and this believing is by the spirit of faith. Saving faith does not stop with the word of God, but through the Word reaches the person of Christ and trusts Him.
When saving faith begins to work in the person who has been regenerated by the sovereign Spirit, he believes in Scripture as God’s word, in Jesus Christ who is the message of Scripture, and in his own salvation.
Some advocates that just as long as a person is willing to submit to a few basic things of a particular denomination, and especially if he supports its program, he is all right. Contrary to these teachings, people are not converted by tradition or by giving allegiance to some man or some religious institution. They are converted by the truth of God’s word.
There can be no Biblical Conversion experience apart from Biblical truth preached and embraced, because the message of God calls the gift of faith into exercise. Without the true gospel, there is no true exercise of faith. The truth that comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God refutes the idea that the exercise of faith may be separated from the word of God.
Knowledge is essential to faith. Biblical facts must be put in redemptive framework to constitute the gospel of Christ. Without facts there is nothing but obscurity of thought or doctrine; with put an explanation and understanding of those facts, there is nothing more that impotent history.
Proveerbs 16:22 reads: “Understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it; but the discipline of fools is folly.”The apostle Paul teaches that- “Understanding is the fruit of regeneration. It goes deeper than the mind to the heart: “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness” (Rom. 10:10). The Psalmist prayed, “teach me O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understand “ (Psalm 119:33-34).
This spiritual understanding comes from the wisdom of God. That has been systematized and understood by the recipients of God’s grace Without a person’s understanding being filled with heavenly light, it will be a poison fountain, not a wellspring of life (Proverbs 18:4). He cannot discern between good and evil. The discerner between good and evil passes the Spirit of God.
The bible teaches both implicit and explicit faith. Implicit means implied rather than expressly stated, potentially contained, or unquestioning. Explicit means full and clearly expresses, leaving nothing implied, clearly developed or formulated, or unreserved expression.
And the divine interpretation of faith is given: (1) Faith is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8). (2) It is the operation of God (Col. 2:12). (3) It is the power of God (Cor. 2:5)
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR
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