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The Faith that Saves (8 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
Now this morning... our study through the gospel of John brings us to chapter 4 verse 46 as we continue thinking under the heading: Behold the Lamb!
You see... that is the purpose of John's gospel! He says in chapter 20.31, ''but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.''
Now to understand what John meant when he said, ''but these are written'' ...you have to go back to verse 30 where he said, ''And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book.''
John recorded seven signs... seven miracles of Jesus to prove his deity and in proving it... that ''you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.''
Now do you see the words ''believe'' and ''believing'' in verse 31? They speak of faith! Bible faith! Saving faith! So John's talking about more than intellectual believing... he's talking about saving faith! He's talking about the kind of faith that gets a person to heaven! And do you know where saving faith come from?
Romans 10.17, ''Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.'' Now learn this about faith: faith is taking God at His word and then acting on it! And when you act on God's Word... you are exercising saving faith!
Now there is a difference between faith and foolishness. I read this week about a man standing before the pearly gates in Heaven. St. Peter asked, ''Sir, have you ever done anything of particular merit?'' ''Well,'' the man said, ''I can think of one thing. Once I came upon a gang of bikers who were threatening a young woman. I told them to leave her alone, but they wouldn't listen to me. So... I approached the largest and most heavily tattooed biker. I smacked him on the head... kicked his bike over... ripped out his nose r ...
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