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Genuine Faith (4 of 20)
I Peter 1:7-9
February 16, 1997
There are several kinds of faith mentioned in the Scriptures ...
"Great faith," Matthew 8:10 (Centurion)
"Little faith," Matthew 14:31 (Peter)
"Mustard seed faith," Matthew 17:20 (Disciples)
"Weak faith," Romans 14:1 (Believers)
Rome"Unfeigned faith," 11 Timothy 1:5 (Timothy, Lois, Eunice)
(Undisguised, not hidden)
But here in I Peter 1:7 we find what Paul calls "genuine faith," which means the real thing. This word has been translated several ways.
KJV ... "trial of faith"
RSV... "genuine faith"
NKJV ... "genuine faith"
NIV.... "faith of greater Worth"
NEB... "faith, which has stood the test"
A. T. Robertson in Word Pictures of the New Testament translates it, "the proof of your faith." This, then, is the real thing, "It is faith that comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)
You can see again that the topic is still salvation, (Verse 9) "Receiving the end of your faith - the salvation of your souls."
Ninety-seven percent of the people in this country believe in God, but that doesn't mean they have genuine faith.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus told about these people, who did great and mighty miracles. They "prophesied in Jesus' name, cast out demons in Jesus' name, and did many wonders in Jesus' name," but He never knew them, and He said to them, "Depart from Me you, who practice lawlessness." (Matthew 7:21-23) (Religion and faith are not the same.)
Three Christians appeared at the Pearly Gates to enter Heaven.
When the first Christian appeared before St. Peter, the angel asked, "What is the meaning of Easter?" He hemmed and hawed, finally saying, "It's ... it's a holiday when eggs are colored and..." St. Peter sent him to Hell.
The next guy walked up and asked to be admitted. St. Peter asked the same question: "What is the meaning of Easter?" The fellow said, "Well, there's a rabbit, and he hops here and there... " "To Hell!" ...
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