Class Notes: 3/10/2021

Smyrna, the pivot for SPQR part 25; The faith rest drill

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2Tim 3 12-13; Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
Because evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Amos 8:11-12; "Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord God, "When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord.

12 "People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, But they will not find it.

Romans 1:18; For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

1Thess 5:3; While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.

Eph 6:10-12; Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His omnipotent power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

James 1:19-20; You know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

Rom 12:18-21; If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.

20 "But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

The leftists say they want unity but the only place where there can be any unity is if they agree with us that the Laws of Divine Establishment as written in the Constitution by our founders is the Law of the land and does not need any change.

Eph 4:13; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

Apart from that there must be division. 1Cor 11:19; For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved among you may become evident.

John 14:27; "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

1John 4:4; You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

We are in a study on Smyrna, the base of the pivot power for the first gentile client nation SPQR. We are in Rev 2:10; that starts with the mandate "not to fear what you are about to suffer"

This took us to study that of the faith rest drill where last time we noted James 2:21- 24; "Was not Abraham, our ancestor, justified (vindicated, validated, pronounced righteous) by accomplishments when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?

Yes, of course he was. You see that faith (the faith- rest drill) kept on working together with his accomplishments, and from these accomplishments his faith (faith-rest drill) was carried through to completion."

Abraham's justification by faith for salvation and eternal life is found in Gen 15:6, James 2:23a; "Abraham believed in the Lord and He imputed it to him for righteousness."

After he was imputed God's righteousness in his salvation Abraham's justification by working objects is described in James 2:21-22,24; This describes the post salvation extension of justification by faith-rest directed toward working objects.

Working objects are basis for the actions and deeds that are the result of the function of the faith-rest drill. This production is that are the result of believing and living on the basis of the belief in the reality of the promises contained in God's Word of truth.

The offering of Isaac was one of the unique functions of the faith-rest drill. It was the peak of Abraham's spiritual life. It is recorded in Gen 22:1-19; James 2:21-22,24; Heb 11:17-19;

"He believed that God was able to raise him (Isaac) up from the dead from which he received him back in an analogy." God had no intention for Abraham to offer a human sacrifice, but it was an evidence test. Is God and His Word more important to you than the most important thing in your life?

Abraham's justification by working objects is not the same as his justification by faith at salvation. The post-salvation fulfillment of the faith-rest drill is justification by consistent and persistent positive volition to God's Word of truth. The positional justification for salvation occurs in a moment of time.

Justification by faith for salvation is punctiliar action, justification by working objects through faith-rest is continuous linear action.

Abraham was called the friend of God because he completely executed the spiritual life of the Old Testament. He took the function of the faith-rest drill to the ultimate so God refers to him as the father of faith better understood to be faith-rest. When Abraham offered Isaac, he was vindicated, validated, pronounced righteous or virtuous because he believed the working objects by faith-rest.

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