[This is dedicated to Phyllis Ames-Bey– one I proudly call Sister in the body of Christ.]
Is there nothing more to faith than to believing what is in the Bible? Of course there is and what we seek out (or should seek out) is of God (to know the mind of God), and how He would have us to understand what He has told us. Now that Christmas Day is past and a new year has rushed in (2018)… a good time to think about what we say we know or believe and contrast it with what God says. If you find God’s standard is perfection… knowing we can never meet that standard is to realize what is implied by being ransomed from our failings. Since all of us have failed (born into sin itself) and we are to believe in redemption, by the substitution of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for us-individually and personally. This is where acceptance of Jesus, understanding the actions He took (on our behalf), and being shown, by resurrection from the dead, what real hope is and why. This is, for all intensive purposes, how God abrogated His own legal requirements of man, for man to obtain salvation, and sought the fulfillment of this requirement (met our need) found in Jesus. The why is answered in finding out there is more to life than (just) this one… but people choose to deny this as possible or probable. Even with eye witness accounts: the disciples (the Gospels), a Roman Jew named Josephus (a historian), or a Centurion named Gaianus (the person in charge of the Sixth Legion Ferrata, Roman special forces).
1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
[This below is from here and on 1 Thessalonians 5:9]
We need the spiritual armour, or the three Christian graces, faith, love, and hope. Faith; if we believe that the eye of God is always upon us, that there is another world to prepare for, we shall see reason to watch and be sober. True and fervent love to God, and the things of God, will keep us watchful and sober. If we have hope of salvation, let us take heed of any thing that would shake our trust in the Lord. We have ground on which to build unshaken hope, when we consider, that salvation is by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, to atone for our sins and to ransom our souls. We should join in prayer and praise one with another. We should set a good example one before another, and this is the best means to answer the end of society. Thus we shall learn how to live to Him, with whom we hope to live for ever.
Romans 5:9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
[Below in abstract from here and on Romans 5:9]
Christ died to save us, not in our sins, but from our sins; and we were yet sinners when he died for us. But God designed to deliver from sin, and to work a great change. While the sinful state continues, God loathes the sinner, and the sinner loathes God (Zechariah 11:8). And that for such as these Christ should die, is a mystery; no other such an instance of love is known, so that it may well be the employment of eternity to adore and wonder at it. The living Lord of all, will complete the purpose of his dying love, by saving all true believers to the uttermost. The evil, from which the deliverance could be effected only in this astonishing manner, must be more dreadful than natural death. Having such a pledge of salvation in the love of God through Christ, the apostle declared that believers not only rejoiced in the hope of heaven, and even in their tribulations for Christ’s sake, but they gloried in God also, as their unchangeable Friend and all-sufficient Portion, through Christ only.
Do you need a different way of looking at this, six blind men each had a differing perception of what an elephant was like, then take from the articles listed and glean them of their contents, for the goal is to strive for spiritual growth in the body of Christ. The word(s) of God are flawless and without blemish.
Lest there be any doubt to science proving more about creation… see what has been said of creation in nature and doubt no longer!