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Faith, the Gospel, and God's Day

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SPECIAL DAY COMING
FAITH: THE CORRECT RESPONSE

SPECIAL DAY COMING

MEN HAVE HAD THOUSANDS OF YEARS TO RUN THE PLANET. GOD HAS A SPECIAL DAY COMING. HE WILL UNDO ALL OF DAMAGE WE HAVE CAUSED IN ONE DAY.

12 For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up and high… 17 The haughtiness of people shall be humbled, and the pride of everyone shall be brought low; and the Lord alone will be exalted on that day. (Is 2:12–17 NRSV)

    1. God’s Day separates this age from the age to come

31When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats… 46Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Mt 25:31–46 NIV)

    1. The Gospel Promise: Things won’t always be this way. God’s Day will separate the momentary troubles that we experience now from the unending joy that we will experience in the age to come

17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is (presently) seen, but on what is (presently) unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Co 4:17–18 NIV)

17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us… 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Ro 8:17–25 NIV)

FAITH: THE CORRECT RESPONSE

FAITH IS THE CORRECT HUMAN RESPONSE TO GOD’S PLAN TO REDEEM THE WORLD

    1. Key Passage: Abraham believed God’s plan, God considered it righteous

2 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” 4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Ge 15:1–6 NIV)

1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 …and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Ge 12:1–3 NIV)

    1. Faith means conforming our lives to the message

2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. 4 “See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his (or ‘it’s’) faithfulness— (Hab 2:2–4 NIV)

5 “Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. 6 I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own. (Hab 1:5–6 NIV)

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” 38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” 39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. (Heb 10:32–39 NIV)

    1. Discipleship: Receiving Jesus’ testimony about history and living life accordingly

46Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? 47 I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. 48 That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built.49 But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.” (Lk 6:46–49 NRSV)