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Foundations of the "Like Precious Faith"
(Thread begun by: RandyP)
It has been explained to me like this: The world and all that is in it is flowing one general direction towards it's final and complete death. In its torrent we are each spinning a great many and varying directions so that it may not seem like it, but we are heading that one direction nonetheless. The point of the gospel is that not only is a believer given the ability in Christ to establish a firm foothold in the midst of that ominous tide, but also maintain, yes even advance that position forward against that tide towards a final and complete salvation. Let us think then of this current exercise in the FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith series as a step forward in becoming abundantly productive believers against this swelling tide by the compound knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Our object here is not to find out better what any man of any faith can do in this momentous (dare we say impossible) regard, but to examine what can only be done by Jesus Christ Himself through the life of any believing man/woman/child as if stepping out onto His own faith. Certainly, there are a great many issues and crises in our own lives at present on which these foundations can be proved forth, matters that otherwise so easily beset us. There are the difficult challenges presented of addictions, abusiveness, obsessiveness, suicidal thought, failing marriages, crippling victimization, etc... You know what other men think you should do. You know what you have thought yourself to do. What now can Jesus do in/on/through you to stand against these swirling pools in the overall raging current?
My goal in this collecting this series together is simply stated, for us to find our way back into way of Christ's manifest spiritual fruitfulness; the type of fruitfulness that the Apostles stood for and by; for Peter's directions to come back into our remembrance. This is a collection of scriptures gathered for our discovery and further direction. If there is any idea I myself might put forward to you, it must be proven out by scripture and by our guiding Holy Spirit.
If this series was used solely as a list of key bible concepts we would likely do well to study it. However, to use this additional teaching in the context that Peter was driving it, then the concepts meld together into a large based platform for which individual and corporate believers can plant themselves upon and even advance forward against the world's swift tide toward destruction. We have missed the mark so often by what to now we thought best. Now we have the chance to know much better in the knowledge of Christ.
For the purpose of this study kjv@2Peter:1 works so well for us because we can divide it up into three essential building blocks for you to follow:
- FoundationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith - (This page) The core foundational "like precious" belief kjv@2Peter:1:1-4
- ApplicationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith - The means of applying the core foundation to daily living kjv@2Peter:1:5-11
- JustificationsOfTheLikePreciousFaith - The reasoning we put these foundational elements into constant remembrance and put them forward in our lives kjv@2Peter:1:12-27
Please survey the many many links to other resources that this exercise brings forward for your examination.
Helpful hint: Click on verse numbers once then once again to get to a parallel rendering of the KJV with Strongs Greek Lexicon mapping and Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge links.
Helpful hint: Click on the underlined words and phrases to get to the Seeker search page for that word or phrase. There you will find a wealth of resources such as dictionaries and system look ups.
Foundations of the Like Precious Faith kjv@2Peter:1:1-4
kjv@2Peter:1:4 @ Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Contextual Anchors - Foundations v1-4
Think of Peter's discourse as containing numerous anchors for us to fasten the greater contexts of scripture upon. If true, we should be finding more and more context to afix to it, the weight of context sending us directions to the greatest and most practical insights. By the time we put the chapter context back into it's intended perspective we should have means to much greater spiritual productivity effecting our lives and the lives of others surrounding us.
Thu Nov 26 11:55:56 2015
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