What does it mean to “keep the faith” or more precisely what is the motivation to “keep the faith”? First, faith must be defined Biblically. There is a story in the middle of the book of Isaiah that tells of the leader of the Assyrian army who relays a message from Sennacherib King of Assyria to Hezekiah King of Judah.
It is an odd thing to hear, that in weakness is strength. That is very un-american. Its un-human. But why do we pretend to be so strong when in fact we are so weak. And why is it, that when we come up against painful experiences we often boast in ourselves, our own strength, and ability rather than resting in the all sufficient grace God?
God will not allow injustice towards Him. So, what is it that God did in response? Paul states that “God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator”
The phrase that stands out here is that man is a “hater of God” (v.30). Paul uses the word θεοστυγής (haters of God) here to describe unbelief. Unbelief does not fully manifest itself in the disbelief of the existence of God, but in the hatred of God.
The phrase “to the Jew first and also to the Greek” suggests the priority of the Jews in their receiving of the gospel and then the Greeks. Paul will address later why it is even the case that Greeks receive the gospel.
And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. Luke 1:21-23
"And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time." Luke 1:18-20
“In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.” Luke 1:5-7
"Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught"Luke 1:1-4
"The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you." - Luke 17:5-6
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Q. 10. How did God create man?
A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.
We live in a ridiculously fast paced world. This speed affects each of us, but we can separate ourselves from it, as difficult as that may seem, to worship the Lord this day! The sabbath is a holy day and we slow ourselves, and we rest. Truly rest today, from things generally, but in Christ specifically! .
WCF CH 21.8
This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe an holy rest, all the day, from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations, but also are taken up, the whole time, in the public and private exercises of his worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.
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Colossians 1:15-23; Titus 2:11-14
On thanksgiving let’s be thankful for something other than our material goods or the money we have. Let’s look beyond our earthy relationships, even our most intimate ones. Let’s look to the God of the universe who saved us and binds is together with himself and be truly thankful for that, and all his provisions. But most of all, let not today be the only day we wake and intentionally be thankful. Let all our days be that way, as we worship our great and mighty triune God!
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