ESV - 26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.
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God indeed is faithful. And this is said of Him in contrast with humans. For anything human is corrupted and fabricated with sin. Man is hardly faithful, even unto himself. Yet it isn't only said of God that He is faithful. For to be faithful is what He is. But what is being faithful though? To be faithful by definition is to adhere firmly and devotedly to something. It entails being steadfast in what one may have committed to in both overt and covert situations. For in affirmation of who God is in relation to being faithful, the Bible describes God as not being man that He should lie, neither is He son of man that He should repent (Numbers 23:19). When Jesus was revealing how God loves it that we get to know some of the many mysteries of His Kingdom, He sought to assure His listeners that He had not come to accuse and judge the world of its sin. For if that had been His mission, it would have never even required that He comes to earth to interact with us and to teach us how God loves us to live. For the world already stood condemned. Yet because of the faithfulness of God, now one is not condemned on account of having sinned, but on choosing to remain in and in the shadow of sin. For there is a way to be forgiven of all sin in Jesus (John 3:19). For if the verdict is about sin, then we are all already condemned (Rom 3:23). And this does not matter the seeming extent of your sin. Sin is sin and it is all born by the devil. You should therefore wonder or shouldn't why and where Cain learnt the art to kill faster than he learnt anything else yet the law was yet to be given. But in Jesus, we have a way to escape that condemnation and can avoid eternal spiritual death (John 3:16-18). There is therefore no one single particular person in the human flesh who holds the slightest of any powers to point an accusing finger, for the accuser is the devil (Rev 12:10). If Jesus has not done, who else should? (Rom 8:33-34). Would you love to assume the role of the devil? Yet despite surely forgiving our sin as promised, God is indeed faithful in all aspects and in every sense of the meaning of it. He has given us much more than we should have deserved. For if Lucifer and a third of the rebellious angels were thrown out with no single hope to ever be forgiven, who are we that God is mindful of? (Psalms 8). Yet God has surely lived up to His promise of redeeming us (Isa 52:3). To be faithful entails living up to your promise. Every single promise that God has given every single person at every single moment has come to pass. One can only disappoint themselves. For countless of promises made by God are seen fulfilled in the due time among which I can point out the following few; The promise of another land when Abram left his ancestral land. God asked Abram to leave his ancestral land to another land where He would lead Him (Gen 12:1). Abram responded as God had asked. God indeed led Abram to that land and He did indeed promise to give it to him and his offspring (Gen 17:8). This promise was indeed fulfilled with Joshua when the Israelites finally occupied Canaan as their land of settlement (Joshua 21:43). To date, it is still standing as so. The promise of another covenant in place of the old one. God made a covenant with Israelites via Moses (Exodus 40:12). However, God chose to make another covenant. For this was because the old covenant had been for the Israelites as a model people (Exodus 19:3-6). Besides, it had been a covenant practically complicated to live by and with. Yet this is not to say the new one of Jesus makes it any easier to live by and with, but if you are consider it in practical terms, the old covenant of Moses makes it quite complex. For it is important to note the covenant of Jesus is even more of a challenge to fulfill. Yet it is not by power to do the things of God (Zechariah 4:6). For that, God promised to make another covenant (Jeremiah 31:31), (Hebrews 10:16). Now we have a new covenant (Luke 22:19-20).
"What and where is God's faithfulness?" The question I'm hearing is, "Is God faithful?" What does it mean for anyone to be spoken of as "faithful"? We want our mate, our friends, our employer or our employees to be faithful, to be people who will do what they have signed up for, who will keep their vow, honor our friendship. Faye and I have been married for 45 years, I know I can depend on her. I trust my buddy Hood, and my other buddy Darrell, they are good guys. I 've been doing business with my business partners for over 15 years. I have no reason to doubt their sincerity. There are people in my life that I think are genuine, so I would call them faithful. I don't think they would cross me up. But what about God? Would I call Him faithful? Do I even know Him like that? That's one of the best questions that can be asked on this forum. Can God be trusted to do what He says, or are we only hoping for a good outcome in all the uncertainties we face in our lives? Paul told the Romans, 'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope' (Romans 15:13). He said a lot in that. He called God "the hope of both Jew and Gentile," and said believing that He is their hope, would fill them with joy and peace. Their hope would grow if they believed God. Hear that! The power of the gospel of peace with God through faith in Jesus is in believing God. That begs the question: Can you believe God? I don't mean believe IN God. Can you trust what He says? Will He stand behind a promise, or remain faithful? Will He change and not tell you until it's too late? "God is not a man that He should lie, or a son of man that He should change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?" (Num 23:19) God told Moses to go back to Egypt and tell the most powerful man that Moses knew to "Let my people go." He told Moses not to worry that He, God, would be with him. We read the story and we see that He was with Moses, proven by the miracles He performed (Ex 3-14). He said He'd make of Abraham a great nation of people as numerous as the stars in the heavens. He did it. (Gn 12) He told Samson He would strengthen him to deliver Israel from Its enemies. Samson was very disobedient to how he was told to carry himself in life, but God did as he had said He would do with Samson (Jg 13-16). David, while herding sheep, had to deliver his father's sheep from the mouth of a bear and a lion, and God gave him the victory. So when Israel was challenged by the giant, Goliath, David volunteered, reckoning that even though God hadn't promised him a victory over Goliath, he had been anointed to be the next King, so he trusted that God would keep His word and he would be king (1Sam 17). Naomi, a woman of Bethlehem, Judah, lost her husband and both sons while sojourning in Moab. She counted her life as going from being blessed to being bitter. She went back home with only a loyal daughter-in-law, Ruth, and she was God's blessing to Naomi. Ruth marries a relative of Naomi's deceased husband, a "worthy man" by the name of Boaz, and the rest, as they say, is history. All of these testimonies are from God's own word, which tells of His faithfulness and goodness. The bible is what God has to say about Himself. Can we believe His word? That question has been asked many times here on this forum and many other places. Did we who believe the word of God always believe it? Were we born trusting and knowing God? No, no one is. How did we come to the point of believing the bible? How did I come to the point of trusting my wife and friends? I took a chance. I dropped my guard. I wanted to trust them. Not so with God. God showed up with Abraham, Moses, David, Naomi/Ruth, and Samson of His own accord. He knew they needed Him and so did they. He did the same in my life and all believers' lives. God is trustworthy, but you won't know it until you trust Him.
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