Greetings Brethren:

All the people of the earth that truly Know God have something in common. The Word teaches us to pray for courage and strength. The Word also teaches us to pray for those that are Lost and those that are the enemies of God and God's people. Have Mercy Lord and lead and guide us through the Holy Spirit.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal August 15, 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.

Our discussion of faith and how it affects healing is further revealed by Paul. Here we continue to review the scripture lessons of 2 Corinthians 13, Paul's Final Advice to the Corinthians Church.

2 Corinthians 13:8-9. "For we do nothing against the truth, but for the truth."

13:9. "For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even in our perfection."

Mature in the faith means Truth. Thus if the Corinthians had been acting according to Truth Paul had no reason to reprimand them, Paul also desired that the Corinthians grow in faith to perfection. This word does not imply sinlessness. In New Testament times the Greek word perfection was used like the word restoration.

Paul wanted the Corinthians to grow into mature believers. Thus, faith is more than attending church. One has to mature in the faith to affect healing and salvation.

13:10. "Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction."

A leader must be responsible to regarding his authority. This verse concludes the section of 2 Corinthians began in Chapter 10. In these chapters Paul dealth with his detractors. Noting that he wrote strong letters but was weak and powerless in person. Here Paul explains his actions. He wrote strong letters so he would not have to use sharpness in his dealings with the Corinthians. He as a responsible leader worked for their edification (building them up) and not their destruction.

13:11. "Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace: and the God of love and peace shall be with you."

Believers must apply the principle of God's word to work out difficulties in the church and the world. Farewell means to rejoice, the command "to be perfect," means restoration. The command of "good comfort" means, listen to my appeal. The command of one mind does not mean to agree on everything but agree on the faith.

In the final verse in this chapter and the New Testament Book of 2 Corinthians Paul appeals to the people to show love. When we comfort our brethren concerning sin, we must be tactful. As we seek to share and communicate love we can be drained emotionally but this is the Christ like way.

13:14. "The grace of Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you. Amen."

Paul's farewell blessing notes the Trinity (Godhead). The trinity was not taught in the scriptures but this verse notes that it was believed. Paul reminds the Corinthians that the Trinity would be involved in every aspect of their lives.

In the Book of John the 17 Chapter Jesus prays for himself, his disciples and for future believers. The prayer for the future is noted in verses 20-26.

John 17:20. "Neither pray I for these alone, but of them also which shall believe on me through their word."

Jesus prayed for all that would follow him. Knowing that Jesus prayed for us should give us the strength and confidence to work to build up the kingdom of God.

17:21. "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."

Jesus’ greatest desire for his disciples was that they become one. He wanted them unified as a powerful witness to the reality of God's love. Jesus prayed for unity among the believers based on the believers oneness with him and the Father, Christians can know unity among themselves if they are living in union with God.

Those that follow the Bible are on one accord. The Bible reveals that God is the healer and not man. Those that come to perform miracles that only extend from God have left the word and God. Thus, controversy and dissent. True Christians have discussion and not arguments over the word of God.

Cont. Part 37: Faith And Salvation




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