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“Intellectual Morality, in Humility!”

Hebrews 11:1, 6  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

The Christians of Jewish ancestry, who are the target of the teaching of this letter, were on the verge of turning their backs on Christ and returning to a dead system of righteousness. Their faith was on the rocks, so to speak. Here the writer of the letter establishes that the faith they had that caused them to convert to Christ Jesus was not blind faith, but that which was based on evidence.

Faith (that saves our souls) is based solely on the word of God (the natural by-product); just as the Apostle to the Gentiles establishes to the Christians in Rome:

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

The word of God is that which challenges our intellect with facts to be believed, commands to be obeyed, illustrations to follow, and warnings to heed. This in turn challenges and educates our emotions in conviction. This is the substance of man; intellect and emotion.

The Hebrew writer has already established that we cannot please our Creator in any way, shape, or form; without the intellect being educated by faith (the singular source). So, the only faith that matters is the faith predicated on the word of God (this in turn becomes commentary on Paul’s words to Christians in Ephesians 4:5, and establishes the Biblical vernacular of the singularity of faith). This faith then, in turn, creates the trust in God necessary to emotionally drive the binding of our relationship with God (not the wisdom of this world). Our emotions should correctly be centered on our love and affection for God; however, driven by the cleansing objectivity of faith through the word!

Faith without fact, is insanity!

In virtually every letter written by the inspired writers of the New Testament to Christians, there is the constant admonishment to grow in knowledge and wisdom of Jesus Christ; to literally test all things (the metallurgist practice of removing impurity and keeping the valuable – 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22). This testing, and growing is taught to enhance our relationship with the Father leading to permanence.

2 Peter 1:5-11 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

In the face of such a simple understanding, why is it that so many are not children of God through Jesus Christ; or those who say they are, operate on blind faith (as if they are insane)???

There are actually several reasons; however, the one I wish to deal with in this note, is the reason that these individuals refuse to crucify their own desires and the superiority of their own will!

Matthew 10:38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”

Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

As Jesus in the flesh prepared His people for the coming of the kingdom, He demanded that all those who could follow Him, must crucify their own selfish ambitions, desires, and purposes; and make the established will of God our purpose in life! This is additionally the answer to what a purpose driven life should be, in order to live it as defined by our Creator. Jesus makes an amazingly simple statement in His great address in the Sermon on the Mount, to His people:

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Only the contrite in heart will be able to set aside their own desires, and will in order to adequately test the true value of the wisdom of God. As long as our pride rules our minds, the rejection, undermining, and or subversion of the life giving word of God will never be a benefit to us.

Life is a man or woman hanging from a precipice by a hand hold. All that lies before him is a never ending climb up a perilous fall to his death. God stretches forth His hand in the semblance of His Son and offers to save. All you have to do is let go of your hand hold and grab His hand for all your worth, never letting go. You must trust in God!  Not blindly! You must trust, because He has demonstrated that He is worthy of our trust, and it is the only way to keep from falling (fact and value – should lead to the emotion necessary to act).

Sounds easy, right? It is amazing how many people who will willingly choose to hang on to that hand hold because at the moment it feels safe, and they have not developed the knowledge to trust!

This is what soul saving faith truly means. It is the complete surrender and trust in God. To say, “Not as I will, but as You will”; these were the words of Jesus as He died for us demonstrating God’s love for us (Matthew 26:39).

The Gospel was to be brought to all (Mark 16:15-16); however; whether in preparation for the kingdom or in it, there was no misunderstanding that our desires and will would cause many to fail to see the real value.

Matthew 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.””

1 Corinthians 1:26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.”

Not only did Jesus come to give all the chance to be rescued from the precipice of eternal separation from our Creator; He demonstrated the true character necessary to trust God to success.

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Hebrews 5:8-9 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”

The Apostle Paul was able to see the value of the evidence provided, which in turn enabled him to overcome the self-motivated emotions (and for him this was vast, as he had much to boast of in the flesh). Paul was enabled to put his personal desires, selfish ambitions, and personal purposes behind his ability to look to the Lord and His great work for all (the very understanding of taking up your cross and following Jesus), note his understanding:
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”


Until faith in one’s heart grows strong enough from the singular source for soul saving faith, no individual will be strong enough to surrender his will in complete submission to the will of the Lord, to do as He wills, to grow into what He wills, and finally to fulfill our real purpose here (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.”)!

The success of any individual coming to God through Jesus Christ for rescue, is not found in perfection, but in the surrendering of our will!

As the Gospel was preached to the world, we can see the wisdom of the contrite hearts as they received the information that leads to soul saving faith, which in turn educates the proper emotion (true sincerity) –

Acts 2:38-42 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

We can see the same intellectual morality in humility needed to maintain Christians once they humble themselves in obedience to the Gospel and continue to grow into the will of God, note:

Romans 12:1-3 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

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