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Foundations of the "Like Precious Faith"

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kjv@2Peter:1:1 @ Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:


Introduction

I have found it helpful in my own faith and in the faith of those dear to me that have sought biblical counsel to have a clear starting point to go back to the core of where our faith is from, what it is in, how it is applied, why we believe it to be what it is. Of late that start or refresh point has been at kjv@2Peter:1 the chapter of Peter's "Like Precious Faith". It serves well as a outline of the essentials of fruitful productive well disciplined faith.

Maybe you are at a point where whatever you are believing/doing isn't quite tuned to the frequency of harmonious productive faith. Perhaps there is a situation that you are facing that has suddenly become more than overwhelming or has been wearing at you so long there seems to be no way to see straight. This what an outline as content rich as Peter's comes in quick.

We are scrambling to include additional resources for ourselves and you here, online well linked study sheets, biblical resource mapping, companion podcasts, reader discussion forums; things that can be freely used and always available to either you or the person you are trying to help. Take advantage of these, please!

kjv@2Peter:1 works so well for us because we can divide it up into three essential building blocks


  1. The core foundational belief kjv@2Peter:1:1-4
  2. The means of applying the core foundation to daily living kjv@2Peter:1:5-11
  3. The reasoning we put these foundational elements into constant remembrance and put them forward in our lives kjv@2Peter:1:12-27

UNDER CONSTRUCTION - REVAMP

In respect to your valuable time I will get right to my point: it is good to have faith, it is best to have the right faith. There are so many variations of faith. The Apostle Peter described one that he called the "like precious faith"; a faith based on a long time, very personal, very public journey deep inside the very heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you have come to the end of your faith and expended all of your remaining answers may I suggest a thorough exploration of Peter's treasured faith.

The prophet Isaiah put it this way:

kjv@Isaiah:53:1 @ Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

The problem is not always in believing, the problem is more often in not believing the direction that the actual "Arm of the Lord" is moving. Peter himself you will recall struggled with the direction his "Master" was taking even though he believed in the messianic claims of Jesus. Perhaps like no other, he was always willing to surrender life and limb if it need be so. He often got crosswise to Jesus however, even to the point of temporarily denying him thrice. The problem being the direction and our expectation of where it leads.

Belief for most of us is fine and dandy as long as it can be kept off at a reasonable distance, as long as it is on our terms, as long as it doesn't demand upon us, as long as it doesn't make us to step out into the realm of the uncomfortable. We prefer directing Jesus as to which way He should go and how He should go about serving us. Is that your faith?

The "like precious faith" passage of kjv@2Peter:1 is monumental to the truer foundations of Christian faith as it not only describes what things we most believe in and how we came to believe them, but also how our faith properly bridges over into everyday living producing abundant fruit in the knowledge of Christ. It contains many things that we may think we are already doing, but need constant reminding of the truer implementation. Might I suggest that it be well worth your effort to at least search this particular faith out.


Like Precious Faith - The Top Down View

Though I can give you the top down view of this precious faith, I will not (can not) give you all of your answers. You will have to invest yourself in discovery and come to conclusions on your own. I can provide you plenty of additional resources to outfit your expedition even offer some layman comments, but I cannot be a substitute proxy for you to the one on one relationship much more deserved of you by our Lord. I will point you to scriptures and try best I can to allow the scriptures to interpret themselves.



The Foundational Challenge

With every section that I have begun to summarize above, you will notice that I have provided a link, each link to a myriad of biblical resources designed to help you navigate your way through this. With each resource verse remember that there is a fuller passage context and broader chapter context and so on... The challenge is to go as deep into this as you dare.

Reports are that the deeper you dig the more that you will be driven to go deeper. With each thing you discover however there has to be a putting forward into your daily life. There is no use in being a book of knowledge if you are not going to be a fountain of life giving spiritual fruit. You have your situations. Your have a world of similar situations all around you to effect. Do this - Be this "like precious faith"

Come back as often you need.


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