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Dark/Light - Faith vs. Knowing - The Crucial Difference That Kills (2)

Dark/Light - Faith vs. Knowing - The Crucial Difference That Kills (2)

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Stewart Best's Dark/Light. Chapter 11, Part 2. Find more here: http://www.poorlostchristian.com/darklight.htm
Stewart Best's Dark/Light. Chapter 11, Part 2. Find more here: http://www.poorlostchristian.com/darklight.htm

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WORK CHRIST COMMANDED: "Enter ye in at the strait gate....walk the narrowway...pick up thy cross...follow me...lose your life..." If we will DO THE WORK COMMANDED, then our 
FAITH WILL BE TRIED IN THE FIRE OF THENARROW WAY AND BE MADE PERFECT.
Is it wrong then to say that OUR WORKS MAKES OUR FAITH PERFECT? Is it wrong to say we are justified by OUR WORK OF THE NARROW WAY? Do you see what James is driving at?The work of the narrow way is our 
FIRST WORK.
If we do it, just as Abraham offeredup Isaac, then our faith IS TRIED, PUT TO THE TEST, and found perfect. You see, wecould say that ABRAHAM REPRESENTS OUR CONSCIOUS MIND, SOUL, WILL,AND HEART. We could say that Isaac represents the INNER HEART, THE INNER MAN. God commands US TO OFFER UP OUR INNER HEART! Will you allow your faith to be TESTED AND TRIED BY OBEDIENCE? You see Abraham did WHAT HEWAS TOLD. He took HIS ONLY SON, AND HE LAID HIM ON THE ALTAR. Heraised the knife and was about to kill him. It was all done BY THE FAITH OFABRAHAM who BELIEVED GOD ENOUGH TO OBEY HIM. Abraham actually DIDSOMETHING. He complied with a very real demand. It was going to cost him his son.He did it anyway because he believed God.You have been commanded to walk the narrow way and offer up your life on the altar of God. You have been commanded to offer up your inner man to the death. You must thenwalk the way to death. You must do as commanded, in spite of everything that tells you tothe contrary. It is out of death that comes life. It is out of death that comes AGAPELOVE. It is the way of God."And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith,ABRAHAM
BELIEVED GOD,
AND IT WAS
IMPUTED UNTO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS;
AND HE WAS CALLED
THE FRIEND OF GOD."
Ye see then
HOW THAT BY WORKS A MAN IS JUSTIFIEDAND NOT BY FAITH ONLY."
(James 2:23-24)Had Abraham just sat there and prayed: "Lord, I thank thee for this mighty test of myfaith. Thank you Lord. By an act of faith now, I picture my boy on the altar. I picture myhand raised in the final act of killing. I now picture his lifeless body there on the altar. Ihave done it Lord, I have accomplished what you demanded. Thank you for thiswonderful test of my faith." That is NOT what God had in mind. That is NOT faith. Thatis a SHAM, A LIE. It is the WORK OF THE DOING THAT MAKES THE FAITH
 
TRUE FAITH, THAT MAKES THE FAITH TURN INTO RIGHTEOUSNESS. It is thework of the narrow way
THAT JUSTIFIES YOU,
AND THAT WORK IS A WORK OFDEEP ABIDING FAITH
IN
CHRIST AND WITH THE FAITH
OF
CHRIST. Refuse it,and you will perish."Therefore WE CONCLUDE that a MAN IS
JUSTIFIED BY FAITH,
WITHOUT THE DEEDS OF THE LAW."(Romans 3:28 )James says we are justified by works, Paul says we are justified by the law of faith. This proves that THE WORKS OF THE LAW, THE WORKS OF LAW KEEPING, THEWORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, OF GOOD DEEDS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITHJUSTIFICATION BEFORE GOD. It also proves that
THE WORK OF THENARROW WAY IS NOT A WORK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, A WORK OF THELAW, OR LEGALISM AT ALL.
Do you see how that ALL WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, OF LEGALISM, OF LAWKEEPING, OF ATTEMPTED HOLINESS WORKS DEATH. The work of FAITH, thework of the NARROW WAY, THE FIRST WORK BRINGS LIFE OUT OF DEATH.
FAITH AND KNOWING
We have seen that faith IS DEFINED AS THE FORCE THAT PROPELS ONETHROUGH THE NARROW WAY, IF IT IS THE FAITH
OF
CHRIST, THE FAITH OFOBEDIENCE, THE FAITH OF ACTION. Faith that saves you is a faith that is obedientto the commands of Christ. Faith could therefore be defined as OBEDIENCE, AS ADOING OF THE COMMANDS. Faith is also defined as the evidence of thingsUNSEEN, NOT KNOWN. Modern Christians proclaim loudly that FAITH IS ALL INALL, AND THAT ANY ADDITIONS TO PURE FAITH ARE A HERESY, A WORK, APERVERSION OF FAITH AND GRACE. Peter puts the lie to that, and adds many thingsto faith!They appropriate EVERYTHING BY BELIEF, BY FAITH. If you ask the averageChristian how he knows Christ, he will answer BY FAITH. If you ask them how theyknow they are born again, they will respond BY FAITH. If you ask them how they knowthey are in union with Christ, they will respond BY FAITH. If you press them, they will
 
 become angry, and say
THE BIBLE SAYS I AM SAVED, AND THEREFORE I AMSAVED.
Indeed? Does it say that? We then have to ask a serious question: DOES THEBIBLE ACTUALLY TEACH THAT REGENERATION AND UNION WITH CHRISTIS APPROPRIATED BY AN ACT OF FAITH? The answer will stun you:
NO!
It teachesthe
EXACT OPPOSITE.
The doctrine of salvation by an act of faith to APPROPRIATEIT is the very heresy that Christ and Peter warned would sweep the Church.The Bible does NOT teach you anywhere that SALVATION IS SIMPLYAPPROPRIATED BY A SIMPLE ACT OF FAITH. When the Bible says we are SAVEDBY FAITH, it is saying that
FAITH IS THE DYNAMIC THAT PROPELS YOUTHROUGH THE NARROW WAY UNTIL YOU MAKE CONTACT WITH THELIVING CHRIST.
Does the Bible say "Behold, what manner OF FAITH the Father hath bestowed upon us that we be called the sons of God?" NO! It is very specific about whatCONSTITUTES SALVATION: GRACE IS NOT IT, NOR FAITH.
IT IS THEBESTOWMENT OF AGAPE LOVE THAT SAVES US,
THAT JUSTIFIES US,THAT BRINGS US INTO UNION WITH CHRIST.Grace and faith are the underpinnings that provide for, and allow us to walk the narrowway to finding the living Christ. The Bible does not anywhere tell you to make a decisionfor Christ, but it does tell you a multitude of times
TO BE OBEDIENT TO THECOMMANDS OF CHRIST.
That is why CONVERSION is a strait gate and NARROWWAY away from REGENERATION. Grace supplied us with the narrow way, and faithallows us to walk it.Jesus said we are to ask and we will be given. He said knock and the door would beopened. He said seek until you find. How do we know when we have found? Is there anEND TO FAITH and a KNOWING? How do you know if you have found something? Itmay seem like a very foolish question, but it has the gravest of implications. HOW DOYOU KNOW YOU HAVE FOUND SOMETHING?For example, I tell you that I have put a $1000 bill out in my lawn. I tell you that if yousearch diligently for it, you can find it. You know that I am trustworthy, so you decide toabandon all other things you had in mind and you BEGIN YOUR SEARCH. You seek high and low. You examine every area carefully, inch by inch. Nothing deters you. Youhave decided you are going to find that $1000 dollar bill or die trying. HOW DO YOUKNOW WHEN YOU HAVE FOUND IT? You would say, that's easy, WHEN YOU SEEIT, WHEN YOU LOCATE IT, WHEN IT IS BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES, WHENYOU CAN PICK IT UP, AND HOLD IT IN YOUR POSSESSION. You know you havefound it when
THE VERY THING YOU ARE LOOKING FOR APPEARS, SHOWSUP.
How do you prove you have found it? If I asked you to prove to me you had found the$1000 dollar bill, how would you do it? You would
SHOW IT TO ME.
The EVIDENCEyou have IS THE ITEM IN QUESTION.
YOU HAVE IT IN YOUR HAND.
YOUSHOW ME. Now you say all of this is OBVIOUS. WHY ARE YOU BEING SOFOOLISH AS TO SPEAK OF THIS? Because the modern Christian DENIES HE

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