How Can We Build Our Faith?

Many of you who’ve been around awhile and read through the Ephesians series with me remember on of the last graphs I posted about the themes of the 7 church epistles. I’d like to repeat them again.
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  1. Romans – Doctrine – Believing
  2. I & II Corinthians – Reproof – Believing
  3. Galatians – Correction – Believing
  4. Ephesians – Doctrine – LOVE or Agape
  5. Philippians – Reproof – Love
  6. Colossians – Correction – Love
  7. I & II Thessalonians – Doctrine – The Hope of Jesus Christ’s Return

How did I come to this conclusion? Someone taught me this verse.

“All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16

So the scriptures, which are the God-breathed Word, are for doctrine, right believing, reproof, which is reprimanding when we are believing wrongly or begin practicing error, and correction which is for when we have made a doctrine from our error and need to be put back in line with the right doctrine. All of this is instruction in righteousness.

No matter where these 7 epistles were found, they were always in this order. They found the gospels and the old testament in different orders, but these were always discovered in this order. Romans, Corinthians and Galatians are the epistles about believing God.  Specific chapters are addressed to specific groups of believers, Jews, who need to know where their old testament understanding fits into the new age of Grace. There is one verse in the whole Bible meant for unbelievers, that is Romans 10:9.  Wide is the road narrow is the gate, so narrow it is one verse wide. It tells an unbeliever how to believe to receive salvation. Wow. Look at this verse.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

This is how to believe towards renewing your mind. How important is that? It’s in the first epistle addressed to us. What a JOY to know!!

Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians are all about walk in agape, or God’s love. The reason there isn’t a reproof and correction about the hope is because we won’t be here after the hope happens, we’ll be up and out of here when JC returns. Simple huh.

I’m starting to notice that theme running through our verses in Philippians. Let’s look at today’s verse.

“Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh I more.” Philippians 3:4

Here’s the literal.

“Even though I  myself had confidence in the flesh. (If anyone thinks he has a right to trust in the flesh, I have a greater right;” vs. 4

Remember our last few posts. How God Reinforces us with Reruns How to Size Up an Attack on Your Renewed Mind, and Circumcision, Racism and God; Where does He stand?

First Paul says, I’m telling you something again. We can assume that he told them in person or we can look at what he is telling us and see where in Ephesians he said it because is Ephesians is the doctrine on walking in love. Philippians is the reproof on love.

For instance: the second post above is about how the devil attacks. How he wants to separate you from your pack and get you off kilter. It talks about how that starts with backbiting and being angry with your pack. Look at these verses in Ephesians.

“That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:” Ephesians 4:14-15

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ;…That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;” vs, 18-20, 22-4


How do we stop back biting before it turns nasty?

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”

This is where it was originally written and why Paul says, I’m repeating myself, but it’s so you will be reinforced in Philippians. The essence of a reproof, is it RE-proves, or tells again what proved the point in the first place. There are many more examples I could name, but this theme of not trusting in the flesh is another one of Paul’s repeats. Look at this verse in Ephesians.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-11

We wrestle NOT against flesh and blood, so don’t go to flesh and blood to find your answers. Don’t trust it. It can be manipulated by the enemy. Instead go to God to get your answers.

Why is God RE-proving in Philippians what he already explained in Ephesians? Because people where letting their guard down. God had to keep telling them, “Shields up folks! Here comes the enemy! Shields up!” One way the enemy tempts us is with our five senses understanding, (our degree, the past, our education, our experience). These can muddle our spiritual walk if we let them.

I wanted to show you this pattern because instead of seeing a history of our own experiences and having faith in them, now we can see a history of God’s guidance and direction and build faith in Him. See how He laces them all together with mathematical accuracy and a scientific precision! You can look through and find these in any of the 7 church epistles. Is this a great study? Absolutely! If you begin trusting the words and accuracy in the Word, you’ll begin trusting God more. You’ll begin building your faith.  How do we build our faith? Let’s go to the epistle that tells us how. Romans. The Doctrine of Faith/believing.

“So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

God knows the shortcuts to everything. If this is what He says will build your faith, then that settles it. I’m not too smart sometimes and get frustrated when God has to repeat Himself. But here’s the point. It’s worth it! I am blessed that God WILL repeat Himself as many times as it takes.

God bless you today!

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