FAITH IS CROWN AND MORAL EXCELLENCE FIRST JEWEL
1 Peter 1:5-10 KJV 5 “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.10Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:”St. Peter writes few practical suggestions for Christian growth. Faith is the basic foundation on which the whole edifice of a Christian spiritual life is built upon. In fact, faith is like a crown decorated with seven jewels. This is stunning to find since God creates everything in a picture to His Son Jesus Christ and Himself. I think that scripture is in Colossians 1:15-18 yet the specific key verse here is in 16. “all things were created by him (Christ) and for him(Christ).”
*Interesting input through studying the scriptures and lead by the Holy Spirit.
The life journey of a disciple of Christ begins with faith. Indeed faith is a gracious gift of God. It is based on the knowledge revealed through the Holy Scripture. The object of faith is the living God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is not possible to please God without faith. (Hebrews 11:6) Whatsoever that does not originate with faith is
. (Romans 14:23) Here is another great scripture that points to our faith being the basis of everything we do. We are called to establish ourselves. I see this are building up a foundation to where Jesus can build upon us Himself. We are the Vessel He is the Potter. Look at Colossians 2:7 ” Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
Goodness or virtue or moral excellence is the natural divine quality that should be expressed in a Christian lifestyle. This is not an external appearance but an inner quality. In fact, St. Peter places virtue or moral excellence before knowledge. The world may prefer the other way around. Moral excellence is beyond legal and courteous requirements. For example, as required by Law, Pharisees paid tithes but neglected justice, mercy, and love. (Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42) This just shows you that wisdom and intelligence can lead to a haughty spirit rather than a humble spirit. Which also can mean the throne of our hearts can be stolen right back from Satan because of the desire of knowledge of good and evil rather than life. Which to me is the tree of life, Yeshua; Jesus Christ!
For example, a person may not verbalize his thought about his brother. Outwardly, the person is courteous and respectful, but inwardly he harbors hatred and bitterness. Even the very attitude and thought of hatred towards his brother is sin. Moral excellence in thought and attitude is a mark of a Christian that could not be scrutinized by legal measurements and social niceties. It is spoken by Jesus himself that you shall know them by their fruits. Here is a great question dealing with ourselves are we evaluating our own fruit and are we lead by faith?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you for dealing with us and our faith. We know that Jesus, you are the author and finisher of our faith. So, Lord, we ask of you more faith, so that we may walk in it and not by sight. Let us not walk in anything other than what you have taught. Our Lord, you are gracious and wonderful we thank you for your portion of faith to help us, guide us and strengthen us in solid foundations of faith. Let my faith become like a jewel in your sight. Let my faith please you, Lord, In Jesus Name We Pray Amen.
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