Summary: Study in Ephesians about what is faith.
Note: This is a study through the book of Ephesians as done in 1995. One of the main sources I used at the time was Beacon Bible Commentary vol. 9.
Title: Where is your faith?
Theme: To show the different kinds of faith and to make sure we have the right one.
Eph 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Tonight I want to look at the idea of faith. Not an indebt doctrinal study on it but I would like to maybe clear the air from the perspective of salvation. If you were to ask the question to people in the world are you a Christian probably 70-80% would say yes. But if you were continue on the line of questioning and get deeper you would find that they are not truly but clam to be.
Let us begin with the definition.
What is faith?
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
NIV "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see"
LB 'What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.
Wuest " Now faith is the title-deed of things hoped for, the conviction of things which are not being seen.
substance-title deed, ground on which on builds hope.
Heb 11:27 "as seeing him who is invisible"
Vincent, "Faith apprehends as a real fact what is not revealed to the senses. It rests on theat fact, acts upon it, adn is upheld by it in the face of all that seems to contradict it. Fiaith is real seeing."
Summed in this chapter as it is detailed in the men and women of great faith.
vs. 1 believing in spiritual realities
vs. 4 leads to righteousness
vs. 6 seeks God
vs. 6 believes in His goodness
vs. 7,11 has confidence in His word
vs. 8 obeys His commands
vs 13,39 regulates life on the promises of God
vs. 13 rejects the spirit of this present evil age
vs. 14-16 seeks a heavenly home
vs. 17-19 perseveres in testing
vs. 21 blesses the next generation
vs. 25 refuses the pleasures of sin
vs. 27 endures persecution
vs 33-35 performs mighty acts of righteousness
vs. 25,35-38 suffers for God
vs. 15-16 seeks for a better country not wanting to return to the old
Faith in what?
(4a) God # Joh 14:1 ( 4b) Christ # Joh 6:29 Ac 20:21 (4c) Writings of Moses # Joh 5:46 Ac 24:14 (4d) Writings of the prophets # 2Ch 20:20 Ac 26:27 (4e) The gospel # Mr 1:15 (4f) Promises of God # Ro 4:21 Heb 11:13
I. Indoctrination faith
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?