Monday, August 29, 2016

BY SIGNS OR BY FAITH? - By Joel Finck


BY SIGNS OR BY FAITH? 
 By Joel Finck


 Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 5:7

Throughout the ages, God has chosen different methods  of dealing with His people. When the nation ofIsrael was still  in God's favor as His chosen nation, He used miraculous signs  to communicate with her. The very stars of heaven were  originally given to be for "signs, and for seasons, and for days,  and years" (Genesis 1:14). David recognized this purpose  when he wrote, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the  firmament showeth his handywork" (Psalm 19:1).

When Ahaz was king of Judah, the Lord made him this  amazing offer, "Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it  either in the depth, or in the height above" (Isaiah T 11). When  Ahaz refused to do so, the Lord answered, "Therefore the Lord  himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive,  and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Isaiah  T14). This sign was fulfilled in the virgin birth of Christ.

Because of God's continual use of signs among the  Israelites, Paul would write years later, "For the Jews require  a sign" (I Corinthians 1:22a). Unfortunately, the church has  also tried to operate according to signs, resulting in much  confusion. Today, Christ has chosen another method to speak  to His people, the Church which is His Body. This is through  the completed, written Word of God. In II Corinthians 5:7,  Paul writes, "For we walk by faith, not by sight." Where do we  get the faith to walk the Christian life? "Faith cometh by  hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). Do  not wait for some sign from God for your direction in life. Go  directly to His Word!



How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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