Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Faith, from Scofield Reference Notes (1917)

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The essence of faith consists in receiving what God has revealed, and may be defined as that trust in the God of the Scriptures and in Jesus Christ whom He hath sent, which receives Him as Saviour and Lord, and impels to loving obedience and good works John 1:12; James 2:14-26. The particular uses of faith give rise to its secondary definitions:

(1) For salvation, faith is personal trust, apart from meritorious works, in the Lord Jesus Christ, as delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification Romans 4:5,23-25.

(2) As used in prayer, faith is the “confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us” 1 John 5:14,15.

(3) As used in reference to unseen things of which Scripture speaks, faith “gives substance” to them, so that we act upon the conviction of their reality. Hebrews 11:1-3.

(4) As a working principle in life, the uses of faith are illustrated in Hebrews 11:1-39.

Further study
(Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] Materials by Dr. Kevin T. Bauder, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

[2] Materials by Keith Krell

[3] Materials by Bob Deffinbaugh

Sermons on Faith
(Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] By Faith - Hebrews 11:1, by David Palmer, East Side Baptist Church

[2] Standing Firm: A call for Endurance, by Nick Jackson, Oakridge Baptist Church

[3] Faith Is Never Lonely, by Randy D. Starkey, East Bend Baptist Church

[4] What Faith Is, by Edward Keith Hassell

[5] Living By Faith, by Randy MacVicar

[6] Hebrews 11_1, by Alec Rowlands

[7] A Living Faith, by Ralph Lemmon

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Scripture references

Hebrews 11:39

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

John 1:12

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

James 2:14-26

14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirite is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Romans 4:5, 23-25

5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

1 John 5:14-15

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Hebrews 11:1-3

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 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.

Scofield Reference Notes (1917) index

Old Testament:
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

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