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 Re:By Faith

To imnowhere:

In Hebrews, chapter 11 it is clear: All of those listed had one thing in common---faith in God. That is the requirement. And that is what God can see, while you and I cannot. I know that I have faith in God, but if you looked at my long life, you would find some of the same mistakes and flaws of Samson, as well as those of the others listed, that I committed as well. However, their faith in God and in the Messiah to come is what saved them, not their works. My faith in God and in the Messiah that came, Jesus Christ, is what saves me----not my works.

The Pastors of today, that trash Samson are doing so because they reject his lifestyle. However, like I previously said, only God sees the heart, and God sees true faith, and He is the Judge, not Pastors and men of yesterday, or today.

1. Now [color=990000][b]faith[/color][/b] is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2.[color=990000][b] For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4. By faith Abel[/color][/b] offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5.[color=990000][b] By faith Enoch[/color][/b] was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6.[color=990000][b] But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7. By faith Noah,[/color][/b] being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8.[color=990000][b] By faith Abraham, [/color][/b]when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9.[color=990000][b] By faith[/color][/b] he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11.[color=990000][b] Through faith[/color][/b] also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13. [color=990000][b] These all died in faith,[/color][/b] not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
17. [color=990000][b] By faith Abraham, [/color][/b]when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18. Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19. Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
20.[color=990000][b] By faith Isaac [/color][/b]blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21.[color=990000][b] By faith Jacob,[/color][/b] when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
22.[color=990000][b] By faith Joseph,[/color][/b] when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
23.[color=990000][b] By faith Moses,[/color][/b] when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
24.[color=990000][b] By faith Moses,[/color][/b] when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26.[color=990000][b] Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27. By faith he forsook Egypt,[/color][/b] not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
28.[color=990000][b] Through faith[/color][/b] he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29. [color=990000][b] By faith [/color][/b]they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30.[color=990000][b] By faith[/color][/b] the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
31.[color=990000][b] By faith the harlot Rahab[/color][/b] perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
32.[color=990000][b] And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of[u] SAMSON,[/u] and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33. [u] Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
34. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.[/u][/color][/b]
35. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36. And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37. They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38. [b] (Of whom the world was not worthy:)[/b] they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
[color=990000][b] 39. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40. God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.[/color][/b]




imnowhere wrote:
God is the only One who knows the hearts of men. Man does not have that knowledge. When we look at other men & women, all we see is the outside, the flesh, inherited from Adam.

That would be a fine answer if I asked about a neighbour, Waltern or another poster, but the question is about Samson whom God has decided to chronicle his life (much of it) and then record his name in the 'hall of faith'.

It seems God has more for us to learn from these men than, 'nobody knows but God'.

If that were true, the church would have no business studying any men of the bible.

Examples they are.

Food for thought: Why do pastors berate the man God listed in the hall of faith as they do? What is different about him? Why do none of the others (except by a fraction, Issac) get near the lashing that Samson does?

He's the only man in all of scripture, other than Christ, that is never once aided by another in all his warfare of the deliverance God called him to start.

Seems he's still somewhat left alone today.

 2009/8/5 2:06

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Agreed. Most people think Heb 11 is the 'hall of law keeping'. How do we look at people today? As God does in Heb 11, or only at the surface flaws?

 2009/8/6 13:51Profile


To imnowhere:

The "hall of law keeping?" Who in the world says that? Where do you get your ideas & facts from?

It has always been know as the "hall of faith", not the hall of law keeping, to the body of Christ. The word Law or laws is not even found in Romans, Chapter 11. The only reference word used continously in Chapter 11 is FAITH.

Hebrews, Chapter 11

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

[color=990000][b]This chapter of Hebrews is probably one of the best known, loved, and preached chapters of the entire Bible. It likely ranks in popularity with Psalm 23, the Shepherd Psalm, Proverbs 31, the Good Wife, and 1 Corinthians 13, the Love Chapter.

Many call Hebrews Chapter 11, "The Hall of Faith," because it tells us about the faith of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets.

The Greek word for faith is πιστις (pistis-4102). It comes from πειθω (peitho-3982), which means to persuade. In this context, faith is the absolute conviction that a thing is true. That which is true here is the Gospel, the good news that Christ is come, and has paid the penalty eternally for our sins.

We define substance as the essential nature, the essence, of a thing. Our English word ultimately comes from the Latin substare, to stand under. This is exactly the meaning of the Greek υποστασις (hupostasis or hypostasis-5287). It is a combination of the prefix υπo (hupo), under, and ιστεμι (histemi), to stand; together they make hupostasis, to stand under. Therefore, in this case, substance is what stands under something. That which stands under a building, for example, undergirds that building. What undergirds a building? It is the foundation of course. Without a foundation, a building cannot be stable. One can build a building with no foundation, but it is not a stable building, for in that condition, a force could move it, shake it, or it could even fall down. Nevertheless, one could build such a building. The foundation then becomes a requirement for a stable building. The foundation is the essence of the building's stability.

So, in this light, we can say that our faith is the essence of our hope. Now hope is not that uncertain longing we have when we wish for something to happen, though that is certainly one definition of hope. Here hope is the certainty of future gain. Webster (1828) defines this type of hope as "Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God's gracious promises; a scriptural sense." Merriam Webster gives this definition: "archaic : to place confidence or trust -- usually used with in". The Greek for "of things hoped for" is ελπιζομενων (elpidzomenon), which is the genitive case, present tense, and passive voice of ελπίζω (elpidzo). Put simply the phrase most nearly means "of things expected with confidence that they will happen". This is no wish, but an expectation. Consequently, we could easily restate the phrase, "faith is the substance of things that we confidently expect". So our hope is not dreaming, it is the fact that a future event will occur. Paul is saying that faith is the essence of our expectation of the unseen future. Though this future is unseen, we know it. We know that our hope is an eternal life in the presence of God with all the benefits of such presence.

Faith is not only the substance, or the essence of our certain hope, it is also the evidence of, or proof of the things we look forward to. Since our faith is the conviction of the truth, the fact that we have such confidence is proof positive of the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives. And that makes it the proof that the promise of the Gospel is true. Faith is the key to the door to the grace of God, a door that opens when we have faith, allowing God's grace to pour out on us providing for our salvation. The fact that we have faith in the first place is the evidence of the power of God in our lives.[/color][/b]




imnowhere wrote:
Agreed. Most people think Heb 11 is the 'hall of law keeping'. How do we look at people today? As God does in Heb 11, or only at the surface flaws?

 2009/8/6 20:20

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