pcarr - Foundation:1:1:
The Foundations Of Faith Series
As we consider what it would be to build a foundation of faith, there are two points immediately to consider that will influence our consideration throughout the remainder of the chapter text.
- LIKE PRECIOUS FAITH
- THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD AND OUR SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
FAITH: What should we be considering?
Carnal: FAITH - It is good to believe in something, does not really matter what as long as one believes it strongly.
Carnal: PRECIOUS - That this faith is important enough to you and adds value to your daily walk; that it brings to you personal meaning.
Carnal: LIKE - That it does not get in the way of anyone else's belief or rub anyone in the wrong way; that we can all agree on the importance of faith without having to agree on what each other believes.
(As opposed to)
Peter's: FAITH - As one who personally observed the life and living testament of Jesus Christ, having received the seal and confirmation of God's Holy Spirit as prophesied by multiple sources in times past, having heard the very voice of God direct from Heaven declare His pleasure, and having now a living testament of His own....
- Peter can attest to:
- The righteousness of God the Father
- The righteousness of God's Son kjv@1Corinthians:1:30
- The righteousness of God's plan from before creation through to it's redemption towards an eventual eternal glory and virtue
- His Son being confirmed as having become flesh, taken our sin upon His flesh and burying it upon His crucifixion, the resurrection and then ascension back into complete righteousness having obeyed the Father's righteous will.
- the righteous and transformative effect of such resulting upon all repentant believers of similar faith.
Basically Peter's like and precious faith is founded entirely upon the righteousness of God, and the righteousness of our Saviour Jesus Christ. It is not expected that one would just simply know what is meant by this righteousness or how it would effect each of us without first seeking this knowledge out.
Righteousness of God and kjv@Saviour: What do we need to know?
Carnal: God is love God loves us all All we have to do is love God in return.
Spirit: Love as we define it is nebulous, undefined, whatever we want it to be. God's love is better defined as being ultimately righteous.
Think of a married couple. The man says that he loves the woman. He knows this to be true. She knows this to be true, yet, she spends much time sorrowfully soaking her pillow with tears in marital turmoil. What he has defined as love, what she expects as love, is a nebulous/poorly defined form of love.
Man's love for God is most often a nebulous and sorrowful even pitiful exhibition of the carnal self. Our understanding of His love is a corruption of this world's brought about by it's lusts.
God's love is defined by judgment, a judgment that is best defined by ultimate justice. Justice, not as in justice as suits us best personally but, justice that suits God's longterm design and the needs of all creation and all time. From this God's love, His mercy, His forgiveness, the process He has placed us under to achieve the final outcome is brought forth.
What would faith in this righteousness mean to us personally?
We are not spiritual thinkers by nature. We are of this world. We are familiar only with this world. We have learned to manage our lives (with greater or lesser success) within this singular framework.
Righteousness of this type is a purely spiritual concept. We are told that "...what is spirit is spirit...flesh is flesh...the two are at enmity against each other". Elsewhere the scriptures suggest that "we are submitted to this vanity...in light of a greater divine hope". The righteousness of God draws us through and out of this process to final completion; it has been His righteous plan all along.
Where can we further explore this righteousness?
Everywhere. But for a start please continue with Peter's writing!
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