Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
I want to look a little further today into the Faithfulness, truthfulness, certainty, and reliability of the Word of God. In our last time together we looked at the phrase, “This is a Faithful saying” a phrase Paul uses frequently to enforce the absolute trustworthiness of what he is about to say. We looked last at 1 Timothy 1:15. where Paul writes, This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom, I (Paul says) am chief.
The word “Faithful” comes from the Greek word pistos and means that which is objectively certain and trustworthy. It comes from the root pistis meaning; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction of truth, or the truthfulness of God and especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; and upon the Gospel as truth itself: – and is sometimes translated assurance, believe, faith, fidelity.
Actually there are three more words that are closely related each giving us a slight nuance of difference but each meaning something objective, certain, and true. That is what the gospel and the entire Christian message is all about. It is not a truth that springs from only from a person conviction or opinion, as in “what is true to me but may not be true to you.” This a Truth that transcends all time and that defines reality both here and hereafter. This is truth you will confront and deal with either here or at the Great White Judgment Throne of God. So let me read it once again: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of being accepted by every person, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Will you believe that and ask Him to save you right now?
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