Greetings Brethren:

The character, values, principles and the longevity of humankind is noted in their belief and faith. Thus, the righteous are deemed for life everlasting. Meanwhile, the unfaithful and Lost look for temporary pleasures and symbols of materialism.

It is for sure that those that do not believe know very little. However the Trick of Satan is that the unbelievers have been duped to think that they have great knowledge.

Dear Brethren try God and be enlightened.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal August 8, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.




In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

It is in Paul's Epistles that the meaning of faith is most clearly and fully set forth. Faith is the trust in the person of Jesus, the Truth of his teaching and the redemptive work he accomplished at Calvary.

Jesus Christ himself is the only one other than Paul to have had the greatest impact on the history of Christianity. His impact on Christianity was significant even before his conversion. His relentless persecution of Christians following Stephen's death motivated the church to obey Christ's final command to take the Gospel worldwide.

With his conversion Paul found the one with the reason for living and dying. Thus, he became transformed from a persecution of Christians to a preacher of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:21. “For me to love is Christ, and to die is gain."

To further note Paul's testament on faith we return to Paul's final advice noted in 2 Corinthians 13.

2 Corinthians 13:5. "Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith, prove our own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"

Paul's purpose for noting the self-examination is to see if the Corinthians are in the faith. Thus could they still be regarded as faithful disciples? Reprobates in this passage means "not standing the test, not approved." Therefore being one in Christ and being a reprobate are on opposite poles. Thus, each man should make his own self examination to determine his true condition.

Meanwhile Paul's critics continued to demand proof of is apostle ships and authority. Thus, he turned the challenge back to them. Examine yourselves and test whether ye be in the faith. Their criticism of Paul had caused for questions regarding if they really understood the nature of the Christian faith.

The Christian faith is further revealed in the following scripture passage:

Colossians 1:27. "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

The false teachers in the Colossians church believed that spiritual perfection was only revealed to a privileged few. Thus they believed that the secret (mystery) was meant to be exclusive. However Paul writes that God's plan is a mystery that had been hid until Christ came.

One of the prominent themes in Paul's ministry is: Christ in you the hope of glory. Thus God planned to have his son Jesus Christ, live in the hearts of all who believe in him. We further note that the mystery was to be made known to the inspired preachers and writers of the New Testament.

Ephesians 3:4. "Whereby when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ."

The particular part of the great mystery was that which pertained to the Gentiles. The Gentiles would be given the same privilege as the Jews. However this would be achieved through Christ and not Moses. For centuries the Jews overlooked the predictions of the Old Testament, which pointed to the final acceptance of the Gentiles.

Also, see: Isaiah 49:6. God planned for Jew and Gentiles to comprise one body.

Ephesians 2:14-15. Equality was accomplished when Jesus broke down the wall of partition and created one new man.

The Book of Daniel is a great testimony in faith. Here we relate the message of Paul regarding faith to Daniel. Daniel means God is my Judge. Daniel interprets the handwriting on the wall. God had numbered the days of the kingdom and brought it to an end. The king would be judged regardless of his power and wealth. Paul said if they were not in the faith and Christ was not in them, they were reprobates. The Greek word literally means someone who fails the test and found wanting as in Daniel 5:27.

Reprobate means failing to stand the test. As related to mans relation to God it suggests moral corruption, unfitness, disqualification, all arising out of lack of positive holiness. Man in sin is reprobate, disqualified, disapproved, and rejected because he cannot "stand the test" of holiness. Only in Christ's righteousness can he be approved.

Cont. Part 36: Restored In The Faith




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