The Saving Faith
The saving Faith is just a conduit and medium through which its significance becomes ours. Its relevance is ultimately Christ’s.
My belief is not my will. I shouldn’t define faith as meaning or think about it again. Faith merely binds us to the Lord Jesus Christ and his righteousness. Or, if I put it in other words, here’s what it looks like.
We shouldn’t think of faith as a kind of entity. Faith is not isolated or alone. Trust should not be separated from the object.
Faith leads us to Jesus
Faith is always connected to the thing. The object is the Lord Jesus Christ and his full significant achievement.
As long as I remember it, I can never miss it. We must not, therefore, show off our faith. Faith does not save us.
Faith is just a channel and a medium that connects us to the righteousness of Christ that saves us. The righteousness to save is the righteousness of Christ, and faith passes it on to us.
There is always an element of trust, an element of delegation, an element of obedience, and an element of inclusion in what you believe in.
Faith is to realize the truth first. Second, believe it and accept it. And thirdly, delegate yourself to it and give up on it entirely. Faith is also not a probability.
When we travel by plane, when we say, “I believe this plane won’t crash,” faith is more probabilistic than religion. Faith means sending complete trust in whatever condition or environment I am in because I know that “God is a person.” So faith is ”
Believing in God and everything he has done.”. Faith is knowledge. We must not deprive faith of the elements of learning. Faith is also about applying what you know.
Doubt is not without elements of faith. Big or small, faith is faith; faith, without doubt, is questionable, and God feels that it provokes suspicion. Faith is looking at God in doubt.
John Calvin published The Christian Institute in April 1536, at the age of 26.
This is the most precious and eternal book in Christian literature, a masterpiece of intellectual, and spiritual depth, and ability.
Calvin’s book made Protestant ideas more global than Luther’s. It was terrific that they systematically organized their religious beliefs and political confidence at a young age, provided it to the world, and boldly solved several fundamental problems.
The book gradually grew thicker after 23 years of research and experience until it published the first edition and published the final edition in 1559.
Still, the initial idea remained unchanged over time. That’s because he stood firm in the truth of the Bible from the beginning.
Calvin emphasized the sovereignty of God and the authority of the Bible.
I can tell for sure just by looking through this book. He presents his book as an authoritative guide to the correct interpretation of the Bible.
The most important of Calvin’s central ideas was that they brought a coherent and unified theological
system out of the Bible. He was thoroughly positive that he could defend his faith based on the Bible.
Calvin’s most significant asset to Protestantism is not doctrine but that it has proved that the Bible can be the basis for a solid understanding of the faith and structure of Christianity.
Calvin’s preface to this book shows two purposes to Calvin’s forced writing of Christianity. The first, for practical purposes, was to interpret the doctrine of Christianity as simply as possible and as organized as possible to make it easier for those who explore Christianity.
John Calvin begins Chapter 1 of “Christian Coercion” concerning knowledge of God and knowledge of ourselves.
Calvin divides knowledge into learning about God and learning about ourselves.
“Almost all the wisdom we have, true and healthy wisdom, consists of two parts. One is knowledge about God, and the other is knowledge about ourselves.”.
These two pieces of knowledge are inseparable.
However, humans who know human beings to know God cannot truly adore God until they hate themselves by realizing their misery. That’s why our understanding of ourselves wakes us up and finds God.
Not only that, but it also leads us to discover God. Calvin says that no one can look at himself without staring at God. Knowledge of God leads to understanding man, and knowledge of man leads to knowledge of God.
“If you do not know yourself, you do not know God; you do not know yourself without knowing God.” chapter 2 tells us that knowledge of God leads to reverence.
We will talk about this later. Chapter 3 proves an undeniable sense of God in the human mind. He says,
“Anyone with sound judgment will always be convinced that there is a perception of God that can never be erased in the human mind.”.
People try to deny this ritual and drive it out, but when humans do not reach the knowledge they know God in the knowledge they know God, they deviate from the law of God’s creation.
Calvin says that the best happiness of the soul is “the likeness of God.”
When this soul grabs knowledge about God, it turns entirely into the shape of God, and only worshiping God makes a man better than the beast, and only through this service does man long for immortality.
Chapter 4 shows that this knowledge is partly ignorance, partly choking, or corrupt by malice.
Experience tells us that God planted the seeds of religion in everyone. However, the origins of this religion do not reach to know God through knowledge but commit the folly of portraying God in their way with speculation and imagination.
In this way, they denied the sense of God that humans originally had, distorted it as they like, and degenerated it into a means to satisfy their needs and needs.
Even at these times, they are not impressed by the voluntary fear of fearing God’s dignity, but rather enslave and forced fear forced by God’s judgment.
Chapter 5 says that knowledge of God shines in the creation of the universe and its continued rule. To confront God without taking it seriously is to go on a path of self-destruction. This is true of believers as well as unbelievers.
Even if a man cannot fully know God, a life that does not pursue the knowledge he knows and follows God only with his thoughts is also an act that goes against God’s will.
“Man has a factory beautifully decorated with God’s countless ministries, and at the same time a warehouse full of immeasurable wealth.”
Therefore, even though the man deserves to praise God, he flatters himself with arrogance.
Faith in God, worship God, and call God’s name
So let us remember that every time we see ourselves, there is one God to rule all over nature, to have us look at him, to direct our faith in God, and worship God and call God’s name.
Because while we enjoy the fantastic gift that proves the divine nature, there is nothing more unreasonable as we despise the Creator who enriched this gift.
Despite the clear evidence of God’s creation and redemption, our stupidity does not benefit from the evidence. And he commits the sin of exchanging the glory of God that will not decay with the rotten shapes.
No matter how much humans experience such clear evidence of the existence of God, they go in pursuit of false divinity unless they take the path of worshiping God.
It was no exception for a brilliant person like Plato. Whether humans seek false divinity or philosophy, all of this is, as Calvin said,
“they are creating a smokescreen for human ignorance to hide their profanity.”.