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  • - Okay, let's go to our lesson Romans chapter one.
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  • We are studying Romans.
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  • Again we have, let me turn my Bible on
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  • and then so that you could read alongside with me.
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  • We have been teaching on the subject of Romans,
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  • the book of Romans.
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  • Again as we have said the Romans is the key
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  • to understanding the new covenant.
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  • Without understanding Romans, by the way
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  • at the end of this program if you have questions
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  • concerning Islam and the Islam Awareness seminar,
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  • please write to me and ask us, chat
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  • and Jonathan would give the question to me
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  • and we will answer it.
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  • Romans chapter one, we are going to read
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  • from verse one and we're gonna stop at verse eight.
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  • Romans one, verse one through eight.
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  • Again, let me see here.
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  • Let me make sure that this is on
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  • so that you can read along with me.
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  • "Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ,
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  • "called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel
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  • "of God which He promised before
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  • "through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures
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  • "concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
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  • "who was born of the seed of David
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  • "according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God
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  • "with power according to the Spirit of holiness,
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  • "by the resurrection from the dead.
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  • "Through Him we have received grace and apostleship
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  • "for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,
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  • "among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.
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  • "To all who are in Rome, beloved of God,
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  • "called to be saints, grace to you and peace from God
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  • "our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • That verse we talked last week and verse eight it says,
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  • "First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all,
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  • "that you're faith is a spoken of
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  • "throughout the whole world."
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  • That your faith is a spoken of and then in verse nine
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  • it says, "For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit
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  • "in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing
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  • "I make mention of you always in my prayer."
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  • Again, we are talking about verse eight,
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  • "Your faith is a spoken of throughout the whole world
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  • "that you have declared your faith throughout
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  • "the world."
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  • NLT translation says, "Let me say first of all
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  • "that your faith in God is becoming known
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  • "throughout the world."
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  • Philip says, "I must begin by telling you how I thank God
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  • "through Jesus Christ for you all since the news
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  • "of your faith has become known everywhere."
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  • West Translation says, "Your faith is constantly
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  • "being spread abroad in the whole world."
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  • And then again Young's Translation says,
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  • "Your faith is proclaimed in the whole world."
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  • This word proclaim,
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  • proclaimed in Greek is kataggello,
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  • the way I read it.
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  • K-A-T-A-G-G-E-L-L-O.
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  • It means, it comes from the root word of kata,
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  • K-A-T-A, means an intensifier
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  • or down and a ggellos messenger
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  • or a ggello, messenger, to declare, to report.
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  • So it literally means to declare down.
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  • It means to announce with focus upon the extent
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  • to which the announcement or proclamation extends
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  • and sought to proclaim throughout.
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  • It means to declare plainly
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  • or openly and loudly,
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  • declare openly and loudly.
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  • This idea of the keeping the faith to yourself
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  • is not a biblical concept.
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  • Our faith to ourselves only is good
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  • for those faith that does nothing for anybody.
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  • They keep it to yourself and don't share it with anybody
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  • but the faith that saves, the faith that manifest
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  • the power of God, that faith needs to be declared
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  • because everyone needs to know.
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  • If you find a cure for cancer, what are you gonna do,
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  • keep it to yourself?
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  • No.
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  • You will announce it in all medical science institutions
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  • and discoveries and labs and they will
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  • make more of that vaccine or whatever you found cure
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  • and then they spread it so that they deal
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  • with the idea of cancer.
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  • So, something that has benefited you
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  • and can benefit others, you cannot keep to yourself.
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  • You must spread it.
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  • So, openly declaring it
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  • and loudly talk about your faith.
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  • Again it's been sent
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  • and writes it in the word studies concerning kataggello
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  • says to proclaim with authority as commission
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  • to spread the tidings throughout
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  • down among those that hear them
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  • with the included idea of celebrating or commending.
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  • So again it's a declaration of
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  • something that has happened to us,
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  • a declaration something that has been given to us,
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  • a declaration, a proclamation of
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  • our faith in Christ.
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  • This is the faith in Jesus.
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  • The Bible says the faith of
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  • the gospel, the faith of the gospel.
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  • Or you could say the faith of Jesus Christ.
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  • Remember what Paul said in Galatians chapter 2:20.
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  • He said, "I was crucified with Christ.
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  • "I no longer live but Christ lives in me
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  • "and the life that now I live, I live according
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  • "to the faith of the Son of God."
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  • Other translation, few other says "In this faith
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  • "in the Son of God."
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  • But most translations and the Greek is
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  • write King James is correctly translated, it says
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  • "The faith of," because if you're dead,
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  • you don't have your own faith.
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  • So you couldn't use your own faith to communicate with God.
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  • So it is a faith of God,
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  • faith of God,
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  • faith of God in
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  • in God,
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  • faith of God in God.
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  • Now again the faith of God
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  • and Peter tells us he writes to the believers
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  • in Second Peter chapter one, verse one it says,
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  • "To those who have obtained like precious faith
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  • "through the righteousness of our Lord
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  • "and Savior Jesus Christ."
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  • So, the faith that we have is not a faith
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  • that we mastered of, it's not a faith that we read
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  • a lot of books or a lot of Bible that we got now.
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  • First initial faith came through reading the scripture
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  • hearing the message of the gospel.
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  • But once we believe the faith was given to us
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  • by God through Jesus, the faith of Jesus.
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  • Again, nothing is of us.
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  • If it was of us, if I could master, upgrade our faith
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  • then I would be boasting before God.
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  • Now remember in the Old Testament the system was different.
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  • It was based upon people's work
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  • and that's why in the four gospels you have little faith,
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  • you have great faith.
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  • Jesus talks to the disciples remember
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  • when they couldn't cast out the devil
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  • out of that man's son and Jesus says to them.
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  • He says, "You of little faith," in Mark chapter
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  • nine or is it Luke chapter nine.
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  • So, but in Jesus turns to Centurion
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  • in Matthew chapter eight and it says,
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  • "You have a great faith that I haven't even seen
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  • "in all this realm."
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  • Also Jesus refers the great faith to another person.
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  • Both of them are outside of the household of God,
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  • outside of Israel.
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  • One was the Centurion man, Matthew chapter eight.
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  • One was that Canaanite woman in
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  • Matthew chapter 25, had a daughter that was demon possessed.
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  • So now in the Old Testament because of their activities
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  • toward believing in God, then their faith could be more,
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  • a lot, the faith could be little based upon
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  • how they reacted toward what they heard.
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  • So, but in the New Testament the faith is
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  • there's no measure of faith
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  • because we all have the faith of God.
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  • So this idea when I've heard this many pastor say that
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  • and it's not according to the scripture.
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  • When they say brother or sister, have faith in God.
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  • What do you mean have faith in?
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  • Do they have faith in God?
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  • That's why they're up there and praying.
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  • That's why they come to church, they have faith in God.
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  • What they mean is that you need to have trust God more.
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  • They're saying to people to do something.
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  • It's like I go to a mechanic and I say to a mechanic,
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  • he tries to fix my car and my car is not fixed
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  • and I turn to him and I say be more mechanic,
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  • be more mechanic.
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  • Can you look at this car and be more mechanic.
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  • Funny it is, we wouldn't be more mechanic.
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  • He can't be any more mechanic than what he is.
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  • He's a mechanic or you go to a doctor
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  • and the doctor can't fix you and you say "Doctor,
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  • "hey doc, be more doctor.
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  • "Be more doctor, can you be more doctor today and
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  • "really get rid of this stomach ache
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  • "or whatever it is."
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  • God cannot in the new covenant
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  • everything we have received this as a result of
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  • the grace of God and the abundance of the grace of God,
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  • and through Jesus' death, burial, resurrection.
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  • So the faith that we have is not measured
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • That's why Paul says we have faith.
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  • In Second Corinthians chapter five, verse seven,
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  • he says we have faith.
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  • So and Peter tells us we have like precious faith.
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  • Now remember what Jesus said.
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  • He said, "He who believes in me shall do the same work
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  • "that I do even greater works than this
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  • "because I go to the Father."
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  • Jesus said when He goes to the Father,
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  • those who believe in Him will do the same kind of work
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  • that He has done.
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  • Now, it's very interesting that you look at the church,
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  • the apostle's, right after the resurrection of Jesus,
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  • right after Jesus was raised and the Holy Spirit came
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  • and they all were baptized in the Holy Ghost
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  • and they became born again.
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  • The whole thing changed.
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  • I mean the whole mindset of those believers changed
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  • from being scared and being behind the door.
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  • Peter stood among the people and starts preaching,
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  • proclaiming Jesus.
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  • And 3.000 people got saved that day.
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  • And another day He walks into the temple
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  • and sees a lame person with John and
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  • they grab that man and stand him up
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  • and the guy gets healed after 38, 48, 40 some years
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  • of being paralyzed.
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  • So that faith, how did they get it?
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  • I've heard many people called the scripture Romans 10:17,
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  • "Faith comes by hearing and hearing of the word of God."
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  • But the faith that Romans is talking about,
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  • the faith that unbeliever, unbelievers faith comes by
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  • we keep telling them about Jesus
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  • and that word going to them and creating faith in them
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  • and then they finally accept.
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  • It doesn't talk about a believer's faith
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  • because once they believe, the faith of God enters,
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  • the righteousness of God enters,
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  • the sanctification of God enters and so on.
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  • So, they couldn't work it.
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  • You couldn't worry.
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  • You couldn't get more faith
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  • by reading more Bibles.
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  • Now you could, you strengthen your faith.
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  • Your faith can be strengthened, you know what it is
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  • and you can use it more but you couldn't get more of it.
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  • It's like this table is full of food
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  • and foods that of I don't know what they are.
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  • Because I don't know what they are, they're all mine,
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  • they brought them to me.
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  • I was in a wedding, a Persian wedding
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  • and you got to come to a Persian wedding.
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  • I walked into this room, there were all kind of fruits
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  • that you could ever imagine.
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  • I go "Wow."
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  • I love fruit and so I said I'm gonna camp here,
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  • I'm not gonna go anywhere.
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  • And so I sat there and there were bunch of fruit.
  • 00:14:37.270 --> 00:14:41.160
  • I was just going at it.
  • 00:14:41.160 --> 00:14:43.070
  • I knew there is a good meal coming up but
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  • I got to take care of the fruit first.
  • 00:14:46.010 --> 00:14:48.030
  • But there were fruit that I didn't know what they were.
  • 00:14:48.030 --> 00:14:50.200
  • Now, they were mine.
  • 00:14:50.200 --> 00:14:51.230
  • I could grab them and eat them
  • 00:14:51.230 --> 00:14:53.140
  • but because that I didn't know what they were,
  • 00:14:53.140 --> 00:14:56.210
  • I didn't eat of it.
  • 00:14:56.210 --> 00:14:59.040
  • The same thing is with faith.
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  • Faith is something like this big spread that God
  • 00:15:01.100 --> 00:15:04.090
  • has given us belongs to us
  • 00:15:04.090 --> 00:15:07.260
  • but because I don't know what it is,
  • 00:15:07.260 --> 00:15:09.160
  • I don't know how to use it then I will use it.
  • 00:15:09.160 --> 00:15:12.230
  • Now somebody comes along and says I'm not using it.
  • 00:15:12.230 --> 00:15:14.240
  • They say you need more faith, you need more faith
  • 00:15:14.240 --> 00:15:17.050
  • but wait a second, I got all of these.
  • 00:15:17.050 --> 00:15:19.080
  • What do I do with all of these, I have it.
  • 00:15:19.080 --> 00:15:21.240
  • I don't need more of it.
  • 00:15:21.240 --> 00:15:23.060
  • I need somebody to tell me what it is first
  • 00:15:24.050 --> 00:15:28.010
  • and how I can use it and that's the life that we've had
  • 00:15:28.010 --> 00:15:33.010
  • is that we always, because our mentality is based
  • 00:15:33.030 --> 00:15:37.050
  • upon the law.
  • 00:15:37.050 --> 00:15:38.260
  • So we always refer to the law for fostering God's people.
  • 00:15:38.260 --> 00:15:43.200
  • We always refer to the law for making them holier, better,
  • 00:15:43.200 --> 00:15:47.220
  • more sanctified, more faith, more action, more giving.
  • 00:15:47.220 --> 00:15:52.060
  • We'll always use the law,
  • 00:15:52.060 --> 00:15:55.050
  • the stick if you would to get people to do something
  • 00:15:55.050 --> 00:15:59.260
  • that is already in them and is already given to them.
  • 00:15:59.260 --> 00:16:04.100
  • And the reason for it is because we do not know
  • 00:16:04.100 --> 00:16:09.070
  • the new covenant.
  • 00:16:09.070 --> 00:16:10.170
  • Simple, do not understand what Jesus
  • 00:16:10.170 --> 00:16:13.090
  • has accomplished in His death, burial and resurrection.
  • 00:16:13.090 --> 00:16:16.140
  • We know some part of it.
  • 00:16:16.140 --> 00:16:18.200
  • We're forgiven and even that the churches struggle.
  • 00:16:18.200 --> 00:16:22.120
  • We have eternal life, that even there is a struggle.
  • 00:16:22.120 --> 00:16:25.240
  • Some believe that you may lose it
  • 00:16:25.240 --> 00:16:27.280
  • and then we will be ruptured, that even there's a struggle.
  • 00:16:27.280 --> 00:16:31.170
  • We may, we may not, we may stay and so on and so forth.
  • 00:16:31.170 --> 00:16:35.040
  • So, have all kind of theories and theologies
  • 00:16:35.040 --> 00:16:37.240
  • because lack of knowledge,
  • 00:16:37.240 --> 00:16:41.050
  • fullness of the new covenant, Jesus' death,
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:44.180
  • burial, resurrection.
  • 00:16:44.180 --> 00:16:46.100
  • So once we understand that then they grab,
  • 00:16:46.100 --> 00:16:50.190
  • we've been given little nuggets here, little nuggets there
  • 00:16:50.190 --> 00:16:54.050
  • because we don't know what this is
  • 00:16:54.050 --> 00:16:56.170
  • so we grab a little bit.
  • 00:16:56.170 --> 00:16:58.110
  • Don't you do that in that table, I did it.
  • 00:16:58.110 --> 00:17:00.280
  • I didn't understand those fruits so I grabbed
  • 00:17:00.280 --> 00:17:02.230
  • a little bit of it and I said, "Let me try this.
  • 00:17:02.230 --> 00:17:05.070
  • "Let me see what it is."
  • 00:17:05.070 --> 00:17:06.180
  • I didn't know how to open it.
  • 00:17:06.180 --> 00:17:08.050
  • Do I eat the skin?
  • 00:17:08.050 --> 00:17:09.030
  • Do I eat on the inside?
  • 00:17:09.030 --> 00:17:10.150
  • It was like that day I was at a store
  • 00:17:10.150 --> 00:17:13.050
  • and excited about buying pomegranate
  • 00:17:13.050 --> 00:17:15.060
  • and a lady walked by me, she said, "What are these?"
  • 00:17:15.060 --> 00:17:17.200
  • I go, "These are pomegranates."
  • 00:17:17.200 --> 00:17:19.270
  • She goes, "I've never seen them before.
  • 00:17:19.270 --> 00:17:21.250
  • "What do you with them?"
  • 00:17:21.250 --> 00:17:22.280
  • I go, "You eat them. They're fruit.
  • 00:17:22.280 --> 00:17:25.000
  • "This is all you eat and you got to open them
  • 00:17:25.000 --> 00:17:27.080
  • "and there are seeds on the inside."
  • 00:17:27.080 --> 00:17:28.190
  • A lot of people don't know
  • 00:17:28.190 --> 00:17:29.230
  • because they haven't experienced it,
  • 00:17:29.230 --> 00:17:31.200
  • the same with the new covenant.
  • 00:17:31.200 --> 00:17:33.100
  • Because they don't know it, they grab little bit of
  • 00:17:33.100 --> 00:17:35.060
  • and they feed you that little bit
  • 00:17:35.060 --> 00:17:37.090
  • and they use Romans 10:17.
  • 00:17:37.090 --> 00:17:39.090
  • They feed you with that and then they say
  • 00:17:39.090 --> 00:17:41.220
  • in order for you to have more faith,
  • 00:17:41.220 --> 00:17:43.140
  • you got to work at it more, you got to get more,
  • 00:17:43.140 --> 00:17:46.120
  • you got to study more, you got to pray more,
  • 00:17:46.120 --> 00:17:48.260
  • you got to give more and on and on and on.
  • 00:17:48.260 --> 00:17:52.140
  • So, that's where the lack has been
  • 00:17:52.140 --> 00:17:55.280
  • but the faith of God is in us,
  • 00:17:55.280 --> 00:17:59.100
  • the faith that was in Jesus is in a believer
  • 00:17:59.100 --> 00:18:02.160
  • or else a believer couldn't do the work that Jesus
  • 00:18:02.160 --> 00:18:05.230
  • commands them to do.
  • 00:18:05.230 --> 00:18:07.140
  • Remember He doesn't say great believer,
  • 00:18:07.140 --> 00:18:09.140
  • He doesn't say a old believer,
  • 00:18:09.140 --> 00:18:11.060
  • He doesn't say a mature believer.
  • 00:18:11.060 --> 00:18:13.020
  • He says a believer shall do.
  • 00:18:13.020 --> 00:18:15.020
  • Romans or John chapter 14, verse two,
  • 00:18:15.020 --> 00:18:17.210
  • shall do the same work that I do even greater than these.
  • 00:18:17.210 --> 00:18:20.230
  • Why?
  • 00:18:20.230 --> 00:18:21.200
  • Because I go to the Father.
  • 00:18:21.200 --> 00:18:23.100
  • So again we have been given
  • 00:18:23.100 --> 00:18:26.120
  • a tremendous faith that
  • 00:18:27.170 --> 00:18:30.230
  • we need to declare it.
  • 00:18:32.110 --> 00:18:33.270
  • Now, go over to the book of Romans chapter nine,
  • 00:18:33.270 --> 00:18:38.270
  • Romans chapter nine
  • 00:18:39.050 --> 00:18:41.270
  • and we're gonna look at a couple of verses.
  • 00:18:41.270 --> 00:18:44.090
  • Romans chapter nine, verse nine it says,
  • 00:18:44.090 --> 00:18:46.280
  • "For this is the word of promise."
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  • I'm sorry, Romans chapter 10, verse nine.
  • 00:18:51.150 --> 00:18:54.180
  • Romans chapter 10, verse nine.
  • 00:18:54.180 --> 00:18:56.290
  • We're losing scriptures all day today.
  • 00:18:57.280 --> 00:19:00.240
  • Romans chapter 10, "If you confess with your mouth
  • 00:19:00.240 --> 00:19:04.140
  • "the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God
  • 00:19:04.140 --> 00:19:07.210
  • "has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
  • 00:19:07.210 --> 00:19:10.240
  • "For with the heart one believes unto righteousness,
  • 00:19:10.240 --> 00:19:13.190
  • "and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
  • 00:19:13.190 --> 00:19:18.030
  • So this is how faith came.
  • 00:19:18.030 --> 00:19:20.050
  • Our faith came by accepting Jesus'
  • 00:19:20.050 --> 00:19:25.000
  • death, burial and resurrection.
  • 00:19:25.000 --> 00:19:28.190
  • That's the definition of faith
  • 00:19:28.190 --> 00:19:31.220
  • and the definition of the gospel.
  • 00:19:31.220 --> 00:19:34.150
  • Faith in what?
  • 00:19:34.150 --> 00:19:37.170
  • Somebody may ask.
  • 00:19:37.170 --> 00:19:38.270
  • Faith in Jesus' death, burial and resurrection
  • 00:19:38.270 --> 00:19:43.270
  • and those three acts by believing in those,
  • 00:19:43.270 --> 00:19:48.070
  • Bible says you will become a born again,
  • 00:19:48.070 --> 00:19:52.170
  • a new creation person in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:19:52.170 --> 00:19:56.240
  • So our faith came by hearing that word about His death,
  • 00:19:56.240 --> 00:20:00.230
  • hearing the word about His suffering in the Hades,
  • 00:20:00.230 --> 00:20:03.200
  • hearing the word about He's being raised on the third day.
  • 00:20:03.200 --> 00:20:07.250
  • Once we accepted that, faith of God
  • 00:20:07.250 --> 00:20:12.120
  • came into our heart by the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:20:12.120 --> 00:20:17.040
  • the deposit of the life of God.
  • 00:20:17.040 --> 00:20:19.070
  • Jesus said, "He who believes in me has life."
  • 00:20:19.070 --> 00:20:22.260
  • That's Zoe, that's God's life.
  • 00:20:22.260 --> 00:20:25.050
  • So the moment you believe the life of God
  • 00:20:25.050 --> 00:20:27.150
  • came into your spirit and deposit it,
  • 00:20:27.150 --> 00:20:30.050
  • revived your spirit man and then deposited the life
  • 00:20:30.050 --> 00:20:33.080
  • of God in it and made them brand new,
  • 00:20:33.080 --> 00:20:37.110
  • alive onto God.
  • 00:20:37.110 --> 00:20:39.020
  • Not a perfect spirit as we said.
  • 00:20:39.020 --> 00:20:41.250
  • There is no such thing as a perfect spirit among humans
  • 00:20:41.250 --> 00:20:45.230
  • because we still live in a world that
  • 00:20:45.230 --> 00:20:49.250
  • we contain the spirit.
  • 00:20:49.250 --> 00:20:52.130
  • That's why Paul says in Second Corinthians chapter seven,
  • 00:20:52.130 --> 00:20:56.260
  • verse one, it says,
  • 00:20:56.260 --> 00:20:58.220
  • "Cleanse ourselves from the filth of the spirit."
  • 00:20:58.220 --> 00:21:01.260
  • He mentioned the spirit, soul, and body.
  • 00:21:01.260 --> 00:21:04.180
  • So, filth of the spirit are usually spiritual things
  • 00:21:04.180 --> 00:21:07.250
  • that we allow to get in that is not from God.
  • 00:21:07.250 --> 00:21:11.100
  • And so Paul says we need to clear our spirit man,
  • 00:21:11.100 --> 00:21:15.270
  • the false teaching, wrongful teaching.
  • 00:21:15.270 --> 00:21:18.000
  • These are all stuff that gets into our spirit man
  • 00:21:18.000 --> 00:21:20.210
  • and junks comes out, I mean unclean stuff comes out.
  • 00:21:20.210 --> 00:21:25.050
  • I just had a letter from a woman.
  • 00:21:25.050 --> 00:21:27.240
  • She just wrote confusing stuff
  • 00:21:27.240 --> 00:21:32.010
  • about demons and this thing and that thing.
  • 00:21:32.010 --> 00:21:35.070
  • Because she has been wrongfully taught,
  • 00:21:35.070 --> 00:21:38.020
  • so her spirit is full of junk in it,
  • 00:21:38.020 --> 00:21:42.040
  • and because her spirit is full of junk then she speaks junk.
  • 00:21:42.040 --> 00:21:47.040
  • And instead of somebody giving her life,
  • 00:21:47.110 --> 00:21:50.100
  • the word and clear all that she's received from God
  • 00:21:50.100 --> 00:21:53.270
  • then instead confusion comes out.
  • 00:21:53.270 --> 00:21:55.230
  • So, but we have the capacity of
  • 00:21:55.230 --> 00:21:59.250
  • containing God's life, God's faith,
  • 00:21:59.250 --> 00:22:02.090
  • containing God's righteousness and so on.
  • 00:22:02.090 --> 00:22:05.220
  • Now the word First Thessalonian chapter one, verse eight.
  • 00:22:09.130 --> 00:22:13.040
  • It says like this.
  • 00:22:13.040 --> 00:22:14.260
  • First Thessalonian chapter one, let's go over there.
  • 00:22:16.210 --> 00:22:20.150
  • First Thessalonian chapter one,
  • 00:22:20.150 --> 00:22:22.140
  • and verse eight.
  • 00:22:24.130 --> 00:22:27.230
  • Here's Paul speaking and he says in verse eight,
  • 00:22:27.230 --> 00:22:30.160
  • "For from you the word of the Lord has
  • 00:22:30.160 --> 00:22:35.140
  • "sounded forth."
  • 00:22:35.140 --> 00:22:37.040
  • The word of the Lord meaning the gospel.
  • 00:22:37.040 --> 00:22:40.100
  • "Not only in Macedonia and Achaia,
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:45.090
  • "but also in every place.
  • 00:22:45.090 --> 00:22:47.040
  • "Your faith toward God has gone out
  • 00:22:47.040 --> 00:22:49.290
  • "so that we do not need to say anything."
  • 00:22:49.290 --> 00:22:52.100
  • Again, when it says your faith has gone forth,
  • 00:22:52.100 --> 00:22:55.050
  • he's talking about our faith in Jesus' death,
  • 00:22:55.050 --> 00:22:58.270
  • burial and resurrection.
  • 00:22:58.270 --> 00:23:01.110
  • So when I say you have a strong faith.
  • 00:23:01.110 --> 00:23:04.190
  • What am I saying?
  • 00:23:04.190 --> 00:23:05.230
  • I'm saying you have a strong belief
  • 00:23:05.230 --> 00:23:09.060
  • in what Jesus has done in His death,
  • 00:23:09.060 --> 00:23:12.060
  • burial and resurrection.
  • 00:23:12.060 --> 00:23:13.220
  • That's what I'm saying.
  • 00:23:13.220 --> 00:23:15.230
  • If I see a person that is acting out upon that knowledge
  • 00:23:15.230 --> 00:23:20.230
  • of Jesus' death, burial, resurrection,
  • 00:23:21.020 --> 00:23:23.120
  • I would say he is a person, now as a human
  • 00:23:23.120 --> 00:23:26.090
  • again we cannot measure faith.
  • 00:23:27.070 --> 00:23:29.160
  • Faith is like how do you measure ocean?
  • 00:23:29.160 --> 00:23:31.270
  • Can you measure the ocean?
  • 00:23:31.270 --> 00:23:33.020
  • Can you measure the stars?
  • 00:23:33.020 --> 00:23:35.050
  • You cannot.
  • 00:23:35.050 --> 00:23:36.140
  • You can guess it but you cannot
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:38.290
  • because it's something beyond limit.
  • 00:23:38.290 --> 00:23:40.280
  • There is no limit to it.
  • 00:23:40.280 --> 00:23:42.210
  • God's faith there is no limits like God's love.
  • 00:23:42.210 --> 00:23:45.070
  • How much does God have love for us?
  • 00:23:45.070 --> 00:23:47.220
  • No limit, it's limitless.
  • 00:23:47.220 --> 00:23:50.050
  • It's finite, it's endless.
  • 00:23:50.050 --> 00:23:55.220
  • And so we as infinite, not finite,
  • 00:23:59.230 --> 00:24:03.210
  • infinite, infinite love.
  • 00:24:03.210 --> 00:24:05.030
  • So we can measure, we cannot measure
  • 00:24:05.030 --> 00:24:09.090
  • the faith of God but we're speaking human
  • 00:24:10.080 --> 00:24:13.020
  • when we say somebody, he's a strong believer
  • 00:24:13.020 --> 00:24:16.200
  • meaning they're acting out what they know.
  • 00:24:16.200 --> 00:24:19.250
  • They're acting out on basis of what they've been taught.
  • 00:24:19.250 --> 00:24:23.210
  • Now, I would say somebody is a strong believer
  • 00:24:23.210 --> 00:24:27.020
  • when I see the level of their understanding of the gospel
  • 00:24:27.020 --> 00:24:31.280
  • and they act on it.
  • 00:24:31.280 --> 00:24:33.220
  • Meaning level of understanding of Jesus' death,
  • 00:24:33.220 --> 00:24:37.010
  • burial and resurrection and the corresponder's action
  • 00:24:37.010 --> 00:24:41.190
  • toward what they believe.
  • 00:24:41.190 --> 00:24:43.250
  • If they believe
  • 00:24:43.250 --> 00:24:44.290
  • Jesus died for mankind
  • 00:24:45.280 --> 00:24:49.040
  • then I have to see that in action.
  • 00:24:49.040 --> 00:24:50.220
  • Are they proclaiming that to mankind?
  • 00:24:50.220 --> 00:24:54.100
  • Do they love mankind?
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  • Then I would say somebody who loves all people
  • 00:24:57.120 --> 00:25:01.130
  • whether they're Muslims or Hindus or Buddhist,
  • 00:25:01.130 --> 00:25:03.250
  • whatever they are.
  • 00:25:03.250 --> 00:25:04.230
  • I say that's a strong believer.
  • 00:25:04.230 --> 00:25:06.240
  • I like what Kenya says.
  • 00:25:06.240 --> 00:25:08.050
  • Kenya says, he says, "When I say I have faith,
  • 00:25:08.050 --> 00:25:11.090
  • "I have arrived.
  • 00:25:11.090 --> 00:25:13.020
  • "I'm believing, I'm on the way, I'm walking."
  • 00:25:13.020 --> 00:25:16.110
  • When I say I'm believing it means I'm carrying this,
  • 00:25:16.110 --> 00:25:20.030
  • I'm coming along, I'm grabbing it,
  • 00:25:20.030 --> 00:25:22.110
  • I'm making it happen.
  • 00:25:22.110 --> 00:25:24.080
  • But when you say I have faith
  • 00:25:24.080 --> 00:25:27.030
  • that means you have arrived.
  • 00:25:27.030 --> 00:25:29.110
  • That's phenomenal.
  • 00:25:29.110 --> 00:25:30.240
  • When Paul says we have faith,
  • 00:25:30.240 --> 00:25:34.060
  • Second Corinthians chapter four, verse 13,
  • 00:25:34.060 --> 00:25:36.160
  • when he says I have faith because it is written.
  • 00:25:36.160 --> 00:25:40.250
  • Because we believe we speak, therefore we speak
  • 00:25:40.250 --> 00:25:44.060
  • because we believe.
  • 00:25:44.060 --> 00:25:45.210
  • So when I say I have faith, Kenya says
  • 00:25:45.210 --> 00:25:48.270
  • that means you're saying I have arrived.
  • 00:25:48.270 --> 00:25:51.060
  • That's phenomenal.
  • 00:25:51.060 --> 00:25:52.280
  • Did you know that all of us we have arrived
  • 00:25:52.280 --> 00:25:57.110
  • with God, we have arrived with God,
  • 00:25:57.110 --> 00:25:59.230
  • with the things of God, we've got it.
  • 00:25:59.230 --> 00:26:02.140
  • It's all being given to us.
  • 00:26:02.140 --> 00:26:05.020
  • Blessed be the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:26:05.020 --> 00:26:08.040
  • who has blessed us with every spiritual blessings
  • 00:26:08.040 --> 00:26:12.080
  • in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:26:12.080 --> 00:26:15.010
  • So now when you say I have faith
  • 00:26:15.010 --> 00:26:20.010
  • then that means you have something that you wanna declare.
  • 00:26:20.220 --> 00:26:23.230
  • You proclaim it.
  • 00:26:23.230 --> 00:26:26.240
  • And the Bible says in Acts chapter four, verse two, it says,
  • 00:26:26.240 --> 00:26:29.280
  • "Being greatly disturbed because they were
  • 00:26:29.280 --> 00:26:31.230
  • "teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus
  • 00:26:31.230 --> 00:26:34.230
  • "the resurrection from the dead."
  • 00:26:34.230 --> 00:26:37.120
  • They took him inside and said, "Hey,
  • 00:26:37.120 --> 00:26:39.000
  • "if you proclaim that stuff again,
  • 00:26:39.000 --> 00:26:41.090
  • "we're gonna imprison you."
  • 00:26:41.090 --> 00:26:42.240
  • Peter said we don't know.
  • 00:26:43.240 --> 00:26:45.120
  • Shall we listen to God or shall we listen to man?
  • 00:26:45.120 --> 00:26:47.140
  • Shall we listen to you or to God?
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  • This is a declaration of their faith
  • 00:26:49.190 --> 00:26:53.060
  • wherever they went in Acts chapter eight says
  • 00:26:53.060 --> 00:26:55.260
  • they proclaim the gospel.
  • 00:26:57.050 --> 00:26:58.260
  • So again we have much to cover
  • 00:26:58.260 --> 00:27:02.180
  • and we haven't but let me say this what Luther said,
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  • Martin Luther, the revivalist of the 15th century.
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  • Luther said, "The true Christian church
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  • "is the work of the word communicated
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  • "by every available means."
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  • The true Christian church is the work of the word
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  • communicated as a declaration of Jesus' death,
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  • burial and resurrection,
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  • communicated by every available means.
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  • For more of Pastor Reza's teachings and materials,
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  • please visit our website at www.rezasafa.com
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