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    Review from last week

    The Doctrine of Salvation


    The five things we need to learn about "FAITH."

    1. Why is it important to understand faith? (mans perspective)

    2. What is faith?

    3. What does savingfaith look like from the Bible?

    4. How does this faith work?5. Why is it important to understand faith (Gods perspective)

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    2 Corinthians 13:5

    "Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!

    Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is inyou unless indeed you fail the test?

    Some working definitions for saving faith:

    Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest

    upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.

    In other words, saving faith is to be satisfied with all that God is for

    you in Jesus.

    The principle acts of saving faith are, accepting, receiving, being

    satisfied and resting upon Christ alone for justification,

    sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.

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    What does saving faith look like from the Bible?

    John 6:35

    Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me

    will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

    Breakdown of this sentence:


    He who comes to Me

    will not hunger

    He who believes in Me

    will never thirst

    Coming to Jesus andBelieving in Jesus are synonymous in this


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    John 6:36 - is a picture of those that just saw Him but didn't see Him.

    They did not come to Him for their spiritual satisfaction as One who

    could feed their souls. Instead they were looking to Him as the One

    who could feed their growling stomachs.

    At the end of verse 36 there is failure and that is always the case when

    you have man involved.

    Remember last week we talked about the word believe.

    It is the same word as faith

    The word faith and believe together appear over 450 times in NT

    The word faith is used most in the book of Romans

    The word believe is used most (98 times) in the book of John


    To understand the doctrine of faith we must study Romans and John

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    Now the transition to John 6:37-40

    5 key spiritual truths we learn from this section of Scripture

    Spiritual Truth #1

    God gives those who are His own to Jesus

    Scriptural proof in John 6:37All that the Father gives Me will come to Me

    John 6:39

    all thatH

    e has given MeI

    lose nothing, but raise it up on thelast day

    There is a group of people that God gives Jesus

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    Spiritual Truth #2

    Because God gives them to Jesus they come

    Scriptural proof - verse 37 "all that the Father gives Me will


    Remember to keep the words come and believe as the same as used

    in this context.

    If you are a Christian then this verse explains "HOW" you came to

    be a Christian.

    God the Father gave you to God the Son.

    You may have been a Christian for years and never understood howyou got this way

    It is so important to know who you are in Christ and to know HOW

    you got that way.

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    Spiritual Truth #3

    Those who are given to Jesus are those that come to Jesus and they

    are also eternally kept by Jesus.

    Scriptural proof - John 6 verse 37 and 39 and 40

    The giving and the coming is the work of God the Father and the

    keeping is the work of God the Son.

    You wake up every morning and it is not because you decide for

    Jesus that you stay a Christian. It is because He has you and will

    never let you go.

    Turn to John 10:29

    My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no

    one is able to snatch them out of the Fathers hand.

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    Spiritual Truth #4

    Jesus will raise us up from the dead on the last day

    Scriptural proof verse 39 and 40

    Why is there a focus now on Christ raising us up on the last day

    afterHe tells us we come because He gives and when the Father

    gives us to Christ He then keeps us forever. But now He moves totell those who are in Him and He will raise them up on the last day.

    But even though we are living on planet earth and watching people

    die all around us and even us on that day He wants us to know that

    He is not going to lose our bodies either. He is going to raise them


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    Observation #5

    This unshakeable work of the Father in us coming and in Him giving

    us to the Son and the Son keeping us and raising us up on the last dayand the foundation that holds all of this up is the sovereign will of


    It seems that the sovereign will of God is the chief emphasis in this

    section of Scripture.Scriptural proof - verse 38 "the will ofHim", verse 39 "the will of

    Him" and verse 40 "the will of My Father"

    The ground verse for "WHY" Jesus will never cast out His own is

    verse 38 that starts with the word "FOR."

    It is the will of the Father that no one in Christ is lost. There is

    nothing deeper nor stronger in the entire universe than the will of


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    It is the sovereignty of God that grounds the salvation of man


    The first section is about man:

    God says here is My Son, He is the bread of life, what will you do

    with Him

    and they reject Him and it looks like a plan for failure.

    If there was only that section of the Bible everyone would be in hell

    because no one would accept that offer.

    But look at section number two.

    God just doesn't offer but in fact He gives. And He just doesn't giveHis Son to the world but God gives His own to the Son. And when

    God gives them they come and when they come they stay.

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    Isaiah 46:910

    Remember the former things long past, ForI am God, and there is

    no other;I

    am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the endfrom the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not

    been done, Saying, My purpose will be established, And I will

    accomplish all My good pleasure;

    Question:How can I know that I am among those who are His that He gives to

    the Son?

    You know that you are given to Jesus if you come to Jesus.

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    So HOW does Faith work as the means of our salvation?

    Turn to Romans 4

    The doctrine of faith is subject to huge misunderstanding

    Faith credited as righteousness is very easy for people to

    misunderstand. It sounds like I took a $30 check to the bank and Imade a deposit and they credited it to my account. I earned the

    money, I drove to the bank, I fill out a deposit ticket and they (the

    bank) credited that money to my account.

    So I do faith, God sees me do it and He credits that faith to my


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    Or is getting saved very, very different than that?


    t is not God seeing a righteousness in us or something that we dobut rather could it be "faith being reckoned as righteousness" means

    there is an alien righteousness namely the righteousness of God in

    Christ which is credited to our account THROUGH faith and that

    He credits faith as righteousness DOES NOT meant the faith is the


    This must be a very important issue because the apostle Paul spends

    take an entire chapter to explain how faith is credited as


    Check out Romans 4:3, 4:5, 4:6, 4:9, 4:11 and 4:22

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    You need to know HOW this doctrine of faith works.

    That means it is very important to understand what imputationmeans.

    Imputation comes from the word IMPUTE.

    Impute means to think of a belonging to someone, and therefore tocause it to belong to that person. God thinks of Adams sin as

    belonging to us and it therefore belongs to us, and in justification

    he thinks of Christs righteousness as belonging to us and so

    relates to us on this basis.

    There is a difference between imputation and impartation.

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    The impartation is when the Holy Spirit works in us to transform us

    by His power into the likeness of Christ. And we start to see fruit of

    the Spirit in our lives.

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    But this impartation has a foundation that it rests on, and it rests

    on the foundation of imputation.

    You must be reckoned as perfect before God before you can ever

    make any progress at becoming good.

    Remember a few weeks ago when I read from Ephesians 4:14

    As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and

    there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by

    the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;

    We need to become trees and not leaves. And the only thing that

    keeps you from being blown around in this life is to get your

    roots down deep into Biblical truth.

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    How does the doctrine of faith work?


    n Romans 4:6 we see the words "God credits righteousness" apartfrom works. And look at Romans 4:11 "that righteousness might be

    credited to them."

    In verse 6 and 11 Paul is talking about a righteousness that is

    imputed to you.

    So, when you read that "his faith is credited as righteousness" then

    you should think, the righteousness of God in Christ is credited to

    you through faith apart from works.

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    Romans 3:21 - "the righteousness of God" means that God always

    cherishes that which is most infinitely valuable. Therefore the

    righteousness of God is God's unwavering allegiance to His own

    glory. It is always right for God to uphold His glory because the

    infinite worth of the universe is bound up in the glory of God.

    We have fallen short ofHis glory and therefore what we need

    imputed to our account is the unwavering allegiance to the glory ofGod.

    Romans 3:21-22 shows that the righteousness of God is

    THROUGH faith, it is not faith itself.

    Faith is not the righteousness but it is the faith that joins us to the

    righteousness which is Christ.

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    Analogy of Butner and his clean room

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    When Paul writes; God credits Abraham's faith as righteousness He

    doesn't mean that the faith is the righteousness.

    He means that Christ performed a righteousness that is outside of

    Abraham and it is pure, perfect and undefiled.

    And now God looks upon our faith as the unifying element and says

    for the sake of faith I will count the righteousness of Christ to youraccount in order that you might inherit all the promises that are in


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    Why is faith so important from Gods perspective?

    Romans 4

    1. Puts down our Pride (excludes boasting)

    2. Exalt the glory of God

    3. Give assurance that is eternal (accords with grace)