2 Thessalonians 1:2-Grace And Peace Comes From God Alone

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2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (WEB)

Here, Paul sends them a letter that would give them if they follow it, God’s favor and inner peace by obeying God’s Word.

Paul uses the word “God” for the Father and “Lord” for Jesus Christ. Both God and Lord refers to the same person, Yahweh.

God means to be sovereign, supreme ruler of all and can do what He pleases.

Lord means master, to be supreme and ruler overall with full authority. 

Deu. 10:17 

For Yahweh your God, he is God of gods, and Lord of lords, the great God, the mighty, and the awesome, who doesn’t respect persons, nor takes reward. (WEB)

Rev. 17:14 

These will war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and those who are with him are called chosen and faithful.” (WEB)

 

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The Spiritual Cancer That Kills Faith

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Jeremiah 6:10 

To whom should I speak and testify, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they can’t listen. Behold, Yahweh’s word has become a reproach to them. They have no delight in it.


Keyword: Uncircumcised

Circumcision meant to cut off your foreskin making a physical sign that you were set aside for God’s use and have committed yourself to follow Him. It also showed that you kept His Word by being circumcised.


In this context, being uncircumcised means disobedience. The phrase “their ear is uncircumcised shows that they have deviated from His commands and have made their ears stopped up with their sins making it impossible to hear from God. 

What does living in unrepentance do to one’s faith? Unrepentance produces spiritual cancer. It starts to eat away and destroy your faith in the Lord. 

How does that look like? It will start to attack and destroy your confidence in what the Bible affirms. For some examples:

It will attack…

  1. …the deity of Christ
  2. the inerrancy of Scripture
  3. …the command to repent when a person sins
  4. …all aspects of the person of Jesus Christ
  5. …the meaning of prayer and its effectiveness
  6. …the doctrine of salvation through Christ alone and
  7. the resurrection of Jesus Christ

Keyword: Reproach

To show contempt, insult or shame by discredit. One of the main ways that people have shown contempt to the Father in heaven is by rejecting what His Son has done for them on the cross.


I will focus on the inerrancy of Scripture because of the second half of the verse of Jeremiah 6:10 which says, “…Behold, Yahweh’s word has become a reproach to them. They have no delight in it.”

The word reproach in Hebrew [Strong’s#2781] is contempt, shame, and scorn. The verb for shame is to discredit.

If the person continues to live in disobedience without repenting, his faith in Scripture starts to erode and his desire he once had for God’s Word begins to die. He will believe that the Scriptures contain errors. Look what happened to Mr. Ehrman, once his faith in the Scripture was completely destroyed he abandoned his faith in Jesus Christ altogether.

The Bible is the main source that Jesus uses to communicate with His children and with those, He is trying to convict of their sins.

That is the danger when a follower of Jesus Christ does not repent. They develop spiritual cancer which permeates to all four corners of their faith and attacks the trust which we have placed in the person of Jesus Christ and His revelation to us.

I believe we are living close to the return of Jesus Christ and I see many people who once professed faith in Jesus, are now renouncing their faith, seeing the rise of fulfilling 2 Thess. 2:3, 1 Timothy 4:1, and 2 Timothy 4:3.

Hold on to what you have and do not allow Satan to take it away from you. Two things to keep in mind.

  1. Look at your life, you are not the same person you once were because you have been changed through faith in Jesus Christ, the moment you believed.
  2. Believe what Jesus said about His own Words that nothing can destroy it.

Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 

Choose today to believe Jesus’s words over those who are trying to make you doubt the Bible.

 

A Reply To An Atheist Regarding One Of My Posts

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A person without God is consumed by darkness

I got some questions and comments from an atheist named Neil who used to follow Christ at one point in his life but decided to abandon his faith in the Living God and apostatized. I would like to share what he said and my response. The post relating to his comments is found here: Our Faith Depends On Trusting In The Bible

The demons will always use people to attack the source by which our faith gets nourished [Matthew 4:4]. 

[Neil the atheist said

“How can the fall of Adam and Eve have anything to do with their losing faith in Scripture? There can have been no scripture to believe in (or not.)

Incidentally, the Bible does not refer to itself as ‘the Word of God’. It reserves that title for Christ. Your transfer of the term to the Bible is a form of idolatry.”

[My reply]

Neil“How can the fall of Adam and Eve have anything to do with their losing faith in Scripture?”

SpaniardVIII-That is because you have given the wrong meaning to the word “faith”

Faith can only be seen in action through the word “trust.”

What is faith? Many people say that they believe in God, does that mean they are saved? No. True faith means to commit your life to Jesus Christ and trust Him to guide you, knowing that He has the best for you. If a person says he believes in God but does not entrust himself to Christ is that real faith? By no means.

Adam and Eve did not trust in God’s guidance and wisdom for them as she wanted to be her own god. That was Satan’s temptation for them. Satan wanted them to be independent of God.

Genesis 3:4-6

4 The serpent said to the woman, “You won’t really die, 
5 for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took some of its fruit, and ate; and she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate it, too.

Neil“There can have been no scripture to believe in (or not.)”

SpaniardVIII-Of course, they had it. When God spoke to Adam not to eat the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden. Adam, in turn, told Eve God’s Word. So, they did indeed have the Word of God spoken to them. They only had one command to follow from the LORD.

Neil“Incidentally, the Bible does not refer to itself as ‘the Word of God’.”

SpaniardVIII-Yes, it does. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “16 Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

SpaniardVIII-If you notice, the word “Scripture” means Bible and the word “God-breathed” means the Words that came from the mouth of God given to men by the Holy Spirit which has been penned in the Bible.

Neil“It reserves that title for Christ. Your transfer of the term to the Bible is a form of idolatry.”

SpaniardVIII-Yes, Jesus does have the title “the Word of God.”

The second half of your statement is false. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

If you notice that the words “mouth of God” connects to 2 Timothy 3:16 which refers to it as Scripture. All Christians must live according to what God has spoken which is the Bible. In Romans 10, faith comes from hearing the Word of God. A Christian’s faith is nurtured through the Scriptures. You see, the Bible reveals God’s will and shows you what God likes and what He dislikes. Also, in Matthew 7, Jesus said that by living according to His Word, we will be immovable through the storms that the enemy hurls at us because through the Bible a person holds on to Christ our Rock, the solid foundation. The Bible is the only source we have to know about the true Jesus Christ and He uses it to speak to those who love Him and is faithful. God does not delight in apostates.

Hebrews 10:38
But the righteous will live by faith. If he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”