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Jesus, The Author & Finisher of Faith

Volume 3, Number 1

The faith of Jesus, Introduction Part 1:Over the past four and a half years, in Volumes 1 & 2 of Faith Studies, we have examined how the 16 Old Testament Saints named in Hebrews 11 were born witness to by their faith. Now, in Hebrews 12:1 the author, inspired by the Holy Spirit, exhorts the believing Hebrews to whom this book was written to remember the witness of faith of all those mentioned in the eleventh chapter and in Hebrews 12:2 he writes: "looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of (the word "our" is not in the original) faith,... Continue reading →

Jesus, The Author & Finisher of Faith

Volume 3, Number 2

The faith of Jesus, Introduction Part 2:In our last study we examined the Greek word "archegos," translated Author by the King James translators in Hebrews 12:2: "looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of (the word "our" is not in the original) faith, Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." This study will examine the word "Finisher" used in this verse as we learn how it was/is that Jesus "finished" faith.Although the Greek word "archegos," translated "Author" in Hebrews... Continue reading →

Faith and the Four Gospel Authors

Volume 3, Number 3

The faith of Jesus in the Gospel Accounts:Matthew, Mark, Luke and John each recorded the life and ministry of Jesus Christ according to their unique perspectives and as inspired by the Holy Spirit. The first three give a brief glimpse of His background and/or early 30 years of life and the rest deal with His three years of actual public life/ ministry.Matthew was one of Jesus' apostles. Before Jesus called him he was a tax collector or publican for the Roman government. In the first sentence of his book Jesus is introduced as the son of David and thus the... Continue reading →

Satan Trying Jesus' Faith in the Wilderness

Volume 3, Number 4

The faith of Jesus: Satan's testing in the Wilderness - Part 1:We observed in our last study that the first incident after Jesus' introduction into public life/ ministry was when the Devil tempted Him in the wilderness.Here we note the stark difference in (the first man) Adam's faith, or lack thereof, as compared to that of Jesus. Adam lived in a beautiful lush garden, with a helpmate God created from Adam's body to provide emotional, intellectual and physical companionship. All the food necessary surrounded him, just for the picking. All the animals created by God were his companions and playmates,... Continue reading →

Satan Trying Jesus' Faith in the Wilderness

Volume 3, Number 5

The faith of Jesus: Satan's testing in the Wilderness - Part 2:We continue here with the first incident after Jesus' introduction into public life/ ministry when the Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness where He existed for 40 days and nights without food and the Devil tempted Him. In this we see, at least in part, Jesus as the antitype of David when David went up against Goliath, as recorded in 1 Samuel 17 (Faith Studies Volume 2, No's 44 - 47.) At that time the faith of God's son Israel was tried for 40 days while the Philistine... Continue reading →

Satan Trying Jesus' Faith in the Wilderness

Volume 3, Number 6

The faith of Jesus: Satan's testing in the Wilderness - Part 3:The Gospel of Matthew (4:1 - 10) records three specific temptations of Jesus, as does the Gospel of Luke (4:1 - 12). The temptations in Matthew are similar to those recorded by Luke but there are differences in the circumstances, the words used to describe them and the order in which they appear in the two Gospels. We will address a possible explanation for these differences after we finish reviewing them.Our last study examined the Devil's first recorded temptation of Jesus in Matthew and Luke: "If you are the... Continue reading →

Satan Trying Jesus' Faith in the Wilderness

Volume 3, Number 7

The faith of Jesus: Satan's testing in the Wilderness - Part 4:Recap to date: The Gospel writers Matthew and Luke both record three temptations of Jesus by the Devil in the wilderness. We have already examined two in Matthew along with the two similar ones in Luke. The first had to do with turning stones into bread, to which Jesus quoted the Scripture passage: "man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live." Matthew 4:4 & Luke 4:4, as quoted from Deuteronomy 8:3. Our last study... Continue reading →

Satan Trying Jesus' Faith in the Wilderness

Volume 3, Number 8

The faith of Jesus: Satan's testing in the Wilderness - Part 5 - Recap:Our last four Faith Studies examined the three temptations of Jesus by the Devil as recorded by Matthew (4:1 - 11) and Luke (4:1 - 13.) We noted the temptations in Matthew are basically the same as those in Luke, but not exactly, and the differences were pointed out as we studied them. This study will attempt to explain those differences. First we note again that the Gospel writer Mark also alludes to the temptation/s, but without detail: "And straightway coming up out of the water, he... Continue reading →

Jesus, The Author & Finisher of Faith

Volume 3, Number 9

The Faith of Jesus:God's relationship with man has always been through His Word. Man's role has always been through faith in God's Word whether it was in innocence (Adam); conscience (after Adam's fall up to the flood); human government (from Noah until the promise to Abraham); the law (given through Moses) up until this age of Grace (as revealed to the Apostle Paul.) Thus throughout the Bible in ages past and present faith connects man to God, the created with the Great Creator. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe... Continue reading →

Recap of the "Faith" Words in the NT

Volume 3, Number 10

Faith lived and taught by Jesus:Before we proceed with our study of the faith of Jesus we must identify the various Greek words relating to faith in the New Testament and examine their use in the 4 Gospels recording His ministry. There are 7 different Greek words translated in the King James Bible with various English words having to do with faith or the lack thereof. Smith's Greek-English Concordance was consulted to determine how each Greek word was translated and where they are found in the four Gospels. These seven words are found 191 times in Matthew, Mark, Luke and... Continue reading →

The Centurian's Servant Healed

Volume 3, Number 11

A Centurion's Faith, Part 1: The men who wrote the Scripture were separated unto the task and inspired by the Holy Spirit in not only what they wrote but in the actual words they used, 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21. Our last study identified seven Greek words in the original New Testament having to do with various aspects of faith, i.e., faith, of little faith, believe, unbelief, faithful, etc. It is instructional to examine how each word is used and the context thereof so we will examine some of them in the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John where... Continue reading →

The Centurian's Servant Healed

Volume 3, Number 12

A Centurion's Faith, Part 2: Our last study pointed out the first time the Greek word “pistis,” translated with our English noun “faith,” is found in the New Testament: “When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” Matthew 8:10. Jesus was talking about a Centurion who asked Him to heal his servant who was at another location. (See Matthew 8:5 - 13) We noted the anomaly of this man's faith to the intent of Jesus' ministry, i.e., the Centurion was... Continue reading →

Centurians in the NT

Volume 3, Number 13

A Centurion's Faith, Part 3:The fact the noun “faith” is first used in the New Testament (NT) when Jesus described the faith of a Centurion in Matthew 8:5 - 13 is what brought us to that passage and was the subject of our last two studies. (We also examined Luke 7:1 - 10, which describes the same incident from Luke's point of view.) It was noted that while commenting about the Centurion's faith Jesus also made the dismaying observation that none in Israel had as much faith as this Gentile Centurion. The record is silent as to his name or... Continue reading →

The 10 Centurians in the NT

Volume 3, Number 14

The Centurions, Part 4:This concludes our study of the Centurions; each commanding 80 to 100 Roman soldiers (a Centurion of Centurions, or Chief Captain, was in charge of up to 1000 or more soldiers.) There appear to be 10 such Roman Commanders mentioned in the New Testament (NT.) We began our study of them because the first time the Greek word “pistis,” translated with our English noun “faith,” is found in the NT is when Jesus described the faith of one in Matthew 8:5 - 13. (See also Luke 7:1 - 10.) Jesus observed that none in Israel had as... Continue reading →

Jesus Uttered "Faith" 23 or the 24 Times in the Gospels

Volume 3, Number 15

Faith in the Synoptic Gospels as taught by the Greek word “pistis” - Part 1:Volume 3 began our study of Faith in the Gospel accounts of Jesus' earthly ministry - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. He was the Word of God in flesh, John 1:1; the Son of God, Matthew 3:17, etc; the Son of Man, Matthew 9:6; Mark 2:10; Luke 5:24; and He was/is the Author and Finisher of Faith, Hebrews 4:2. When He walked this earth He did what none other has ever done; His faith was flawless; He was faith personified, Galatians 3:23 - 26. To understand... Continue reading →

\"Faith\" Taught by Jesus

Volume 3, Number 16

Faith in the Synoptic Gospels as taught by the Greek word “pistis” - Part 2:We are studying how the Holy Spirit used the Greek word “pistis,” translated with our noun “faith” the 24 times it is found in Matthew, Mark and Luke (not used in John.) Jesus is recorded as having uttered this word all but once out of the 24. In our last study we identified a group of 8 incidents where it is used 14 times to describe the faith of 13 individuals who approached Him for healing and/or forgiveness of sins. They believed Jesus was Who He... Continue reading →

Peter's Faith Tried by Satan

Volume 3, Number 17

Faith in the Synoptic Gospels as taught by the Greek word “pistis” - Part 3:We continue with our examination of the 24 occasions the Greek word “pistis,” translated with our noun “faith” is found in Matthew, Mark and Luke (never in John.) Part 1 (Vol 3, No 15) described 8 incidents in which this word is used where Jesus alluded to the faith of 13 people as the key to their healing or forgiveness of sins. Part 2 (Vol 3, No 16) covered 4 incidents in which this word is used where Jesus told His disciples what they could accomplish... Continue reading →

Faith Omitted from the Law by Israel's Leaders

Volume 3, Number 18

Faith in the Synoptic Gospels as taught by the Greek word “pistis” - Part 4:We continue our examination of the Greek word “pistis,” translated with the English noun “faith,” found 24 times in Matthew, Mark and Luke. (It is not found in the Gospel of John.) Jesus is recorded as having uttered it 23 times while His disciples did so once. Part 1 of this series (Vol 3, No 15) described 8 incidents in which Jesus alluded to the faith (pistis) of 13 people as the key to their healing and/or forgiveness of sins. In Part 2 (Vol 3, No... Continue reading →

The Faith of the Son of Man

Volume 3, Number 19

Faith in the Synoptic Gospels as taught by the Greek word “pistis” - Part 5:We continue our study of the Greek word “pistis” translated with the English noun “faith” found 24 times in Matthew, Mark and Luke. (It is not found in the book of John.) Jesus uttered it 23 times, His disciples once. Part 1 of this series (Vol 3, No 15) described 8 incidents in which Jesus alluded to the faith of 13 people as the key to their healing and/or forgiveness from sins. In Part 2 (Vol 3, No 16) we studied 4 incidents in which Jesus... Continue reading →

Background of "Faith" in the Bible

Volume 3, Number 20

Faith in the Gospels - a look back & forward:In the original languages in which it was written the Word of God was perfect, like everything God created. The Holy Spirit even chose the words used in the original to convey His ideas to man when He inspired the authors of Scripture. But when that Scripture was translated into our language there were, in some cases, no words to convey the exact meaning in the original. Then, many of our English words have assumed different meanings as generations have come and gone. To compound the issue various scholars have established... Continue reading →

Recap of the "Faith" Words in the NT

Volume 3, Number 21

Greek words translated faith, faithful, believe, of little faith, unbelief, etc. in the New Testament:We began studying the subject of faith in the New Testament over a year ago. Our methodology in doing so is to examine how different words having to do with faith are used in their various Scriptural contexts and from that attempt to derive what our Lord has for our understanding. For the purpose of this study I am using the King James version of the Bible and as with any version it should be noted that some Greek words in the original manuscripts are translated... Continue reading →

The Faithful & Wise Servant

Volume 3, Number 22

The word “Faithful” in the Gospels - Part 1:The Greek word “pistos,” usually translated “faithful,” occurs 66 times in the New Testament. In this and the next few studies we are attempting to understand what Jesus Christ taught with this word during His earthly ministry. Pistos/faithful is found 12 times in the Gospels, i.e., Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which is significant in that 12 is the number for governmental perfection in the Bible and thus is indentified with the nation of Israel. Jesus Christ's earthly ministry was to the Nation of Israel, Matthew 15:24 and Jesus uttered this word... Continue reading →

The Faithful & Wise Servant

Volume 3, Number 23

The word “Faithful” in the Gospels - Part 2:In Part 1 we examined the teaching of the word “pistos,” translated “faithful” where it is used 7 times in 4 different passages in Matthew and Luke. It is used once each in 2 passages indicating that the faithful and wise servant is one who is constantly waiting and watching for his master's return, Matthew 24:45 - 51 & Luke 12:41 - 48 and 5 times in 2 passages indicating the faithful and wise servant is also one who is diligent by doing something to invest and increase that with which he... Continue reading →

Thomas & "Faithful" in the Gospels

Volume 3, Number 24

The word “Faithful” in the Gospels - Part 3:In Parts 1 & 2 we looked at 11 of the 12 occasions the Greek adjective “pistos,” translated “faithful” is used in the Gospel accounts and found that Jesus Christ was the only one to utter this word in these passages. He did so to teach His people, the Nation of Israel, that:1) The faithful and wise servant is one who is constantly waiting and watching for his master's return, Matthew 24:45 - 51 & Luke 12:41 - 48.2) The good and faithful servant is one who is diligent to invest and... Continue reading →

\"Faithful\" in the NT

Volume 3, Number 25

The word “Faithful” in the Gospels - Part 3 - Recap:Our last three studies (Vol 3, No 22 through 24) explored the use of the Greek word “pistos,” translated “faithful” found 12 times in the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John where Jesus Christ's earthly ministry is recorded. We found He was the only one to utter this word in these accounts and He did so, as recorded 11 times in Matthew, Mark and Luke to teach His people, the Nation of Israel, some of the requirements for being admitted to His Kingdom here on earth. In these passages He... Continue reading →

\"Of Little Faith\" in the NT

Volume 3, Number 26

Of Little faith - Part 1 - Care or Anxiety addressed:Seven different Greek words were identified in the New Testament (NT) that convey the idea of faith/believe or the lack thereof and were listed in Faith Study Vol. 3, No. 21 dated September 15, 2009. My goal is to examine every passage these words are found in order to understand what the Word of God teaches about faith/ believing. We are presently in the Gospels, i.e., Matthew, Mark, Luke and John where we have examined 2 words thus far; “pistis: usually translated “faith” and “pistos,” usually translated “faithful.” Today we... Continue reading →

\"Of Little Faith\" in the NT

Volume 3, Number 27

Of Little faith - Part 2:January 1, 2010 was the sixth anniversary of Faith Studies. Over the last 6 years, 94 have been sent through cyberspace to about 450 e-mail addresses. As with any human endeavor there are bound to have been errors along the way, certainly in grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, but I hope none in the presentation of God's Word. There are two things I'd like to remind you of at this time: 1) if you change your e-mail address and you wish to continue receiving faith studies please let me know about the change; 2) feedback... Continue reading →

\"Of Little Faith\" in the NT

Volume 3, Number 28

Of Little faith: Part 3 - Fear & Doubt addressed:We are studying the Greek word “Oligopistos” translated “of little faith,” found 5 times in the New Testament: four in Matthew and once in Luke. Part 1 examined how Jesus Christ used this word to rebuke His followers for their Care or Anxiety: “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye (Oligopistos) of little faith?” Matthew 6:30. A parallel passage, almost word for word, is found in Luke... Continue reading →

\"Of Little Faith\" in the NT

Volume 3, Number 29

Of Little faith: Part 4 - Doubtful Reasoning addressed:Our study continues in what the Word of God teaches with the Greek word “Oligopistos” translated “of little faith,” found 5 times in the New Testament; four in Matthew and once in Luke. Recapping thus far: Part 1 examined how Jesus used this word to teach His followers about Care or Anxiety: “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye (Oligopistos) of little faith?” Matthew 6:30. A parallel passage,... Continue reading →

\"Of Little Faith\" in the NT

Volume 3, Number 30

Of Little faith: Part 5The Greek word “Oligopistos” translated “of little faith,” is found in 5 passages; four in Matthew and once in Luke and we have examined 4 of them. Our study today looks at the 5th occasion this word is used, which involves an incident that is recorded by two Gospel writers: Matthew 15:39 - 16:12 and Mark 8:10 - 21. But although both Matthew and Mark record this incident, only Matthew uses the word “Oligopistos” translated “of little faith.” In the context leading up to this Jesus fed 4000 men, in addition to women and children with... Continue reading →

\"Of Little Faith\" in the NT

Volume 3, Number 31

Of Little faith: Part 6 - Recap:In our last 5 studies we examined each text in which the Greek word “Oligopistos,” translated with our English phrase “of little faith” is used. It is found only 5 times in the New Testament; four in Matthew and once in Luke. Today's study recaps the teaching it conveys. This is based on the premise that the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of Scripture, including the individual words they used. (This is not to say the Holy Spirit dictated what to write, it is to say the writers were inspired to write.) Nothing is... Continue reading →

Review of "Faith" Words in the NT

Volume 3, Number 32

Status update:Again, it is time for a reminder of where we are in this study, especially for new readers. For a period of four and a half years we studied faith in the Old Testament; primarily, but not exclusively, focusing on the 16 Saints named in Hebrews 11 who were born witness to by their faith (Volumes 1 & 2.) Then in June 2008 we began in the New Testament. Our methodology is to examine all contexts wherein seven different words relating to faith are used. The King James Bible is being used and as with any version there are... Continue reading →

The First Three Times of Believe & Faith in the NT

Volume 3, Number 33

Dateline: Kona, Hawaii“Believe” vis a vis “Faith” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 1:The purpose of this entire series of studies is to understand faith in the Bible. To do this in the New Testament (NT) we are examining each context of Scripture where 7 different Greek words in the original that are related to the concept of faith are found. The 7 Greek words are generally (but not always) translated with our English words 1) “faith,” 2) “faithful,” 3) “of little faith,” 4) “believe,” 5) “believe not,” 6) “unbelief” and 7) “that believe not.” We've finished with the... Continue reading →

Believers Throughout Israel's History

Volume 3, Number 34

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 2:Our last study pointed out three incidents in five passages recorded in Matthew, Mark and Luke in which Jesus used the Greek word “Pisteuo,” usually translated “believe” to teach, among other things, that to believe is to have faith:1) The Centurion who sent emissaries to advise he was not worthy of Jesus entering his house and (he believed that) all Jesus had to do was to say the word and his servant would be healed. “When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you,... Continue reading →

Zacharias Struck Deaf & Dumb as a Sign

Volume 3, Number 35

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 3:We are examining the use of the Greek word “Pisteuo,” usually translated “believe” in each of the 35 occasions Matthew, Mark and Luke used it. Our last two studies revealed how Jesus uttered this word 5 times during 3 different incidents to teach, among other things, that to believe is to have faith. Now, I hope to categorize the 35 occasions believe is recorded by the three Gospel writers in order to see what this teaches.Three points to remember as we proceed: 1) for now, we are dealing with only three synoptic... Continue reading →

God's Word to Zacharias, John the Baptist's Father

Volume 3, Number 36

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 3:We are examining the use of the Greek word “Pisteuo,” usually translated “believe” in each of the 35 occasions Matthew, Mark and Luke used it. Our last two studies revealed how Jesus uttered this word 5 times during 3 different incidents to teach, among other things, that to believe is to have faith. Now, I hope to categorize the 35 occasions believe is recorded by the three Gospel writers in order to see what this teaches.Three points to remember as we proceed: 1) for now, we are dealing with only three synoptic... Continue reading →

Repent & Believe the Gospel of the Kingdom

Volume 3, Number 37

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 5:We are examining the use of the Greek word “Pisteuo,” usually translated “believe” in each of the 35 occasions Matthew, Mark and Luke used it. Two studies ago (Vol 3, No 35) we considered the first time in New Testament (NT) history “believe” is recorded as having been uttered, that being when the Angel Gabriel told the Priest Zacharias that because he did not believe (God's Word as delivered by Gabriel) that his wife Elizabeth was going to conceive and bare a son he would be rendered deaf and dumb until his... Continue reading →

Repent & Believe the Gospel of the Kingdom

Volume 3, Number 38

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 6:In our last study we began examining the third time the Greek word “Pisteuo,” usually translated “believe,” is found in New Testament history. That was when Jesus Christ Himself uttered it at the beginning of His ministry: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:14 & 15. I identified five elements in Jesus' statement to be examined:1) The... Continue reading →

Repent & Believe the Gospel of the Kingdom

Volume 3, Number 39

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 7:Two studies ago we began examining the third time the Greek word “Pisteuo,” usually translated “believe,” is found in New Testament history. That was when Jesus Christ uttered it at the beginning of His ministry: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:14 & 15. I identified five elements in Jesus' statement that need to be understood:1) The... Continue reading →

Repent & Believe the Gospel

Volume 3, Number 40

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 8:Three studies ago we began examining the third time the Greek word “Pisteuo,” usually translated “believe,” is found in New Testament history. That was when Jesus Christ uttered it at the beginning of His ministry: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:14 & 15. I identified five elements in Jesus' statement that need to be understood:1) The... Continue reading →

The Parable of the Sower

Volume 3, Number 41

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 9:We are examining the Greek word Pisteuo, unusually translated “believe,” found 248 times in the New Testament (NT) and have begun in Matthew, Mark and Luke where the following individuals are recorded as having used this word:1. Once by the Angel Gabriel sent from God to speak to the Priest Zacharias, see Vol 3, No 35,2. Once by Elizabeth, wife of the Priest Zacharias, mother of John the Baptist, speaking to Mary, mother of Jesus, see Vol 3, No 36,3. 25 times by Jesus Himself,4. 5 times by Chief Priests, Scribes &... Continue reading →

The Parable of the Sower

Volume 3, Number 42

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 10:We are studying the 25 instances in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke where Jesus is recorded as having said the word “believe.” Our last study examined the parable of the sower, which is found in all three Gospels, Matthew 13:3 - 9; Mark 4:1 - 9 and Luke 8:4 - 15. We found that only Luke uses the word believe when recounting what Jesus said: “And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out... Continue reading →

Jesus Teaches Child Like Humility

Volume 3, Number 43

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 11:We continue examining the Greek word Pisteuo, translated “believe” in Matthew, Mark and Luke, where the following individuals are recorded as having uttered it:1. Once by the Angel Gabriel who was sent from God to speak to the Priest Zacharias, see Vol 3, No 35,2. Once by Elizabeth, wife of the Priest Zacharias, mother of John the Baptist, speaking to Mary, mother of Jesus, see Vol 3, No 36,3. 25 times by Jesus Himself,4. 5 times by Chief Priests, Scribes & Pharisees,5. Once by the father of the demon possessed boy,6. Twice... Continue reading →

Jesus' Parable of the Two Sons - Representing Israel

Volume 3, Number 44

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 12:We continue in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke with our examination of the Greek word Pisteuo translated “believe.” To date we have considered 10 of the 25 times Jesus Christ is recorded as having uttered this word in these 3 books. Today we find He used it 3 times in a lesson He gave to Israel's Chief Priests and Elders, condemning them because they refused to believe John the Baptist's message of repentance. This was just after they are recorded as having used the word “believe” while reasoning among themselves... Continue reading →

Raising 12-year old Girl from Dead & Healing the woman

Volume 3, Number 45

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 13:To date we have considered 13 of the 25 times Jesus Christ is recorded as having uttered the Greek word Pisteuo translated “believe” in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Today, we find Jesus using this word while bringing a 12-year-old girl back to life from death. This incident is recorded in all three Gospels, Matthew 9:18 - 26; Mark 5:22 - 43 & Luke 8:41 - 56, but only Mark and Luke record that He used the word believe. Each account differs slightly based on the observations of the respective... Continue reading →

Jesus Casts Out the Demon from Boy

Volume 3, Number 46

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 14:(Demon Possession/Spiritual Wickedness - Part 1):To date we have considered 15 of the 25 times Jesus Christ is recorded as having uttered the Greek word Pisteuo translated “believe” in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. In this study we find Him saying believe twice when He cast an evil spirit/devil-demon out of a young boy after His disciples were unable to do so. During this incident, the father of the boy also uttered the word “believe” once. The account of this incident is found in all 3 gospels, Matthew 17:14 -... Continue reading →

Jesus Casts Out the Demon from Boy

Volume 3, Number 47

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 15:(Demon Possession/Spiritual Wickedness - Part 2):We have begun a study of the incident when Jesus cast a spirit-demon out of a young boy after His disciples were unable to do so. This account is found in all 3 gospels, Matthew 17:14 - 21; Mark 9:14 - 29 and Luke 9:37 - 45, however Mark gives the most complete description of the event:“And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly... Continue reading →

The Doctrine of Devils

Volume 3, Number 48

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 16:(Demon Possession/Spiritual Wickedness - Part 3):Our last study examined the incident recorded in Matthew 17:14 - 21; Mark 9:14 - 29 and Luke 9:37 - 45 when Jesus cast a demonic-spirit out of a boy. We noted this activity is mentioned a number of times in the Gospels, so it appears demon possession was fairly common in Israel during the three years Jesus ministered there. It was also noted that the Old Testament only refers to something similar on two occasions, neither of which describe demon possession like in the Gospels.Today we... Continue reading →

Incorruptable Heavenly Spiritual Bodies

Volume 3, Number 49

Dateline: Kodiak, Alaska“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 17:(Spiritual Wickedness and Our Heavenly Hope - Part 4):Our last study dealt with the opposition or battle that believers face; spiritual wickedness in the heavens: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies.” Ephesians 6:10... Continue reading →

Jesus Casts Out the Demon from Boy

Volume 3, Number 50

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 18:(Spiritual Wickedness - Part 5):On June 16, 2011 we began examining the occasion when Jesus cast a demon-spirit from a boy after His disciples were unable to do so (Vol 3, No 46.) Our study of the word “believe” brought us to this passage where Jesus used “believe” twice during this encounter, advising the boy's father what was required to heal his son. The father responded that he believed but asked Jesus to help him in his unbelief. All 3 gospels record this incident; Matthew 17:14 - 21; Mark 9:14 - 29... Continue reading →

Conscience

Volume 3, Number 51

Conscience: I wrote this article 30 years ago for the May 1981 edition of the Berean Search Lightlight:What does the Word of God say about conscience? At least part of the definition of “conscience” in Webster's Dictionary boils down basically to this: If a person follows his conscience, that is, if he does what he believes is right and good, he will be happy and content in that part of his life. On the other hand, if he does something against what he believes is right, that is, against his conscience, he will fell guilty and unhappy. Of course, there... Continue reading →

Jesus Casts Out Demons

Volume 3, Number 52

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 19:(Spiritual Wickedness - Part 6):We took a little side trip in our last Faith Study with an article examining conscience in the Scriptures. Today we continue our study of the incident when Jesus healed the demon-possessed boy after His disciples were unsuccessful in doing so. Three gospels record this; Matthew 17:14 - 21; Mark 9:14 - 29 and Luke 9:37 - 45, but Mark gives the most complete description of the event:“And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And... Continue reading →

Jesus Expels Demon from Boy

Volume 3, Number 53

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 20:(Spiritual Wickedness - Part 7):We continue our study of the incident when Jesus healed the demon-possessed boy, as recorded in all 3 gospel records; Matthew 17:14 - 21; Mark 9:14 - 29 and Luke 9:37 - 45. Today we'll discuss why Jesus' disciples were unable to heal the boy while Jesus had no problem in doing so. The passage in Mark reads as follows:“And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him,... Continue reading →

Jesus' Teaching about Believing during the Tribulation

Volume 3, Number 54

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 21:We continue reviewing the use of the Greek word Pisteuo, translated “believe” in Matthew, Mark and Luke, where the following individuals are recorded as having uttered it:1. Once by the Angel Gabriel who was sent from God to speak to the Priest Zacharias, see Vol 3, No 35,2. Once by Elizabeth, wife of the Priest Zacharias, mother of John the Baptist, speaking to Mary, mother of Jesus, see Vol 3, No 36,3. 25 times by Jesus Himself,4. 5 times by Chief Priests, Scribes & Pharisees,5. Once by the father of the demon... Continue reading →

The Unjust Stewart

Volume 3, Number 55

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 22:Part 1 of the Unjust Steward:We've studied 20 of the 25 instances in Matthew, Mark and Luke where Jesus is recorded as having uttered the Greek word pisteuo; usually translated “believe”. Today this word brings us to Luke 16, a very unique chapter in the Bible. Unique for several reasons: the parable Jesus taught His Disciples in verses 1 - 13 appears to teach that the conduct of an unjust Stewart was praised by the owner; the story Jesus told about the rich man and Lazarus in verses 14 - 31 is... Continue reading →

Jewish Hyprocrites and Believers Waiting for the Kingdom

Volume 3, Number 56

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 23:Part 2 of the Unjust Steward:Our last study was about the lesson Jesus taught His disciples with the parable of the unjust steward in Luke 16:1 - 13. We came here because we've been examining every occasion the Greek word pisteuo; usually translated “believe” is found in Matthew, Mark and Luke and it is used in Luke 16:11. However, it is not translated “believe” but instead “commit to trust” in the King James and “trust” in both the NIV and NIrV versions. We saw where Jesus taught His disciples several things with... Continue reading →

The Trial & Crucifiction of Jesus Christ

Volume 3, Number 57

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 24:The question for this study to answer; why didn't Israel's leaders believe Jesus and what made them hate Him so much? Our study of the Greek word Pisteuo, usually translated “believe” in Matthew, Mark and Luke brings us to two incidents that highlight the unbelief of Israel's leaders. The first was when Jesus was tried or examined by the Chief Priests and Scribes; the second when the Pharisees mocked and taunted Him while He hung on the cross. Their hatred flies in the face of the fact He had done nothing but... Continue reading →

The Two Disciples on the Road to Emmaus

Volume 3, Number 58

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 25:Our last study examined the reason Israel's leaders didn't believe Jesus and hated Him to the point they had Him crucified. Today we look at why Christ's own disciples didn't believe reports He had risen from the dead, Mark 16:12 & 13 & Luke 24:13 - 35. This incident begins with two disciples, one named Cleopas, leaving Jerusalem the day Jesus rose from the dead to walk the 6 miles to Emmaus. They were discussing the events of the last 3 days when Jesus joined them but they didn't recognize Him. Jesus... Continue reading →

Christ's Great Commission to Israel

Volume 3, Number 59

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke -Part 26:Jesus Christ's Commission to His 11 Apostles:For those who are new to Faith Studies, the intent or goal since I began publishing them in January 2004 has been to understand faith, as revealed in God's Word. It was noted then that the English word faith is only found twice in the King James version of the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 32:20 & Habakkuk 2:4. However, the Habakkuk passage is quoted 3 times in the New Testament (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38) where the Greek word “pistis,” translated faith, is used. The methodology used... Continue reading →

Christ in the Temple & on the Cross

Volume 3, Number 60

Vol 3 - No 60, August 23, 2011Dateline, Tunis, Tunisia:“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 27:Israel’s Chief Priests, Scribes & Pharisees, 1 of 2:We’ve been studying the 35 occasions the Greek word Pisteuo, unusually translated “believe,” is used in Matthew, Mark and Luke:1. Once by the Angel Gabriel sent from God to speak to the Priest Zacharias, see Vol 3, No 35,2. Once by Elizabeth, wife of the Priest Zacharias, mother of John the Baptist, speaking to Mary, mother of Jesus, see Vol 3, No 36,3. 25 times by Jesus Himself, Vol 3, No’s 33, 34 & 37... Continue reading →

The Hypocritical Belief of the Scribes & Pharasees

Volume 3, Number 61

“Believe” in Matthew, Mark & Luke - Part 28:Israel’s Chief Priests, Scribes & Pharisees, 2 of 2:Five (5) passages in Matthew, Mark and Luke record the Chief Priests, Scribes and Pharisees as having uttered the word “believe” during two incidents. Both occurred during the third and last Passover week of Jesus’ three-year ministry. Our last study examined the first incident and today we go to the second. Briefly reviewing the first incident from our last study: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey while being acclaimed by throngs of people shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is... Continue reading →

The Mysteries of the Kingdom of God - Parable of the Sower

Volume 3, Number 62

Vol 3 - No 62, November 5, 2012The Mysteries or Secrets of God - Part 1, Israel’s fate as revealed to the Disciples & the Apostle Paul:We’re taking a little side trip from the study of Faith to examine the Greek word “musterion,” always translated “mystery or mysteries” in the King James Version. This study is adapted from a presentation at West Valley Grace Fellowship on October 21, 2012. “Musterion” is found 27 times in the New Testament: once each in Matthew, Mark and Luke; 20 times in the Pauline epistles and four in the book of Revelation. Strong’s Greek... Continue reading →

The Revelation of the Mystery or Secret to the Apostle Paul

Volume 3, Number 63

Vol 3 - No 63, November 22, 2012 - ThanksgivingThe Mysteries or Secrets of God - Part 2 - as revealed to the Apostle Paul: This is the second study in a series tracing the use of the Greek word “musterion,” translated “mystery or mysteries,” found 27 times in the King James Version; once each in Matthew, Mark and Luke; 20 times in the Pauline epistles and four in Revelation. It generally refers to secrets God kept until the time He appointed to reveal them. In part 1 we examined two of them; 1) the one Jesus revealed to His... Continue reading →

The Passing of Sign Gifts & the Secret of the Rapture

Volume 3, Number 64

The Mysteries or Secrets of God - Part 3 - as revealed to the Apostle Paul:We are examining secrets God kept until the time in history when He revealed them to those inspired to record Scripture. We are doing this by tracing the use of the Greek word “musterion,” translated “mystery or mysteries,” which is found 27 times in the King James Version; once each in Matthew, Mark and Luke; 20 in the Pauline epistles and four in Revelation. Part 1 of this series examined the three references in the Gospels, each documenting the occasion Jesus explained to His Disciples... Continue reading →

The Mystery or Secret of God's Will

Volume 3, Number 65

Vol 3 - No 65, January 8, 2013The Mysteries or Secrets of God revealed to the Apostle Paul - Part 4:We continue examining the secret/s God revealed to the Apostle Paul by tracing the 20 occasions Paul used the Greek word “musterion,” translated “mystery or mysteries,” in his epistles (as we have already observed, this word means or refers to a secret or secrets). Today we go to Ephesians where “musterion” is found six times, the most often in any New Testament book. This is consistent with the fact Ephesians contains the capstone of truth for the church of this... Continue reading →

The Mystery or Secret of Christ - Gentiles are Fellowhairs

Volume 3, Number 66

Vol 3 - No 66, January 31, 2013The Mysteries or Secrets of God revealed to the Apostle Paul - Part 5:We continue examining the mysteries God revealed to the Apostle Paul by tracing the 20 occasions Paul used the Greek word “musterion,” translated either “mystery or mysteries,” in his epistles. As previously observed, this word means or refers to a secret or secrets. It is found 6 times in Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians, the most often in any New Testament book, which is consistent with the fact Ephesians contains the capstone of truth for the church of this age,... Continue reading →

The Mystery or Secret of Christ and the Church

Volume 3, Number 67

The Mysteries or Secrets of God revealed to the Apostle Paul - Part 6:We continue examining the various aspects of the mystery that God revealed to the Apostle Paul by tracing the 20 occasions Paul used the Greek word “musterion,” translated either “mystery or mysteries,” in his epistles. This word refers to a secret or secrets. It’s found 6 times in Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians, the most often in any New Testament book. This is consistent with the fact Ephesians contains the capstone of truth for the church of this age, the Body of Christ, which is made up... Continue reading →

The Mystery or Secret of the Gospel or of God

Volume 3, Number 68

The Mysteries (Secrets) that God revealed to the Apostle Paul - Part 7:We’re almost finished examining the 20 occasions Paul used the Greek word “musterion,” translated either “mystery or mysteries,” in his epistles. This word refers to a secret or secrets. Today we consider the last time this word is found in Ephesians and the 4 occasions it occurs in Colossians.The last time Paul uses “mystery” in Ephesians is in reference to the mystery of the gospel. The unique gospel message Paul preached and wrote about in his epistles is the Word of God and in this verse he asked... Continue reading →

The Mystery or Secret of Iniquity

Volume 3, Number 69

The Mysteries or Secrets of God revealed to the Apostle Paul - Part 8:Still taking a brief break from the study of faith we continue examining the 20 occasions Paul used the Greek word “musterion,” translated either “mystery or mysteries,” which actually refers simply to a secret or secrets. I stated last time that today’s would be the last in this series having forgotten two references so it appears we’ll have a few more on this. In this study and the next we consider 2 Thess. 2:7, which reads “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who... Continue reading →

They Mystery or Secret or Iniquity

Volume 3, Number 70

The Mysteries or Secrets of God revealed to the Apostle Paul - Part 9:Our last study was the first of a two parts on 2 Thessalonians 2:7: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” In order to fully understand this verse we need to understand the context in which it appears so the last study provided an explanation of the verses leading up to it. You can review it on my website if necessary but I’ll briefly recap last week’s study of 2 Thessalonians... Continue reading →

The Mystery or Secret of Godliness

Volume 3, Number 71

The Mysteries or Secrets of God revealed to the Apostle Paul - Part 10:(Defining Godliness and the Secret Thereof)This concludes our study of the Greek word “musterion,” which actually refers to a secret or secrets but is translated either “mystery or mysteries.” (It’s found 27 times in the New Testament, 20 of which are in the Pauline epistles.) Our text today: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” 1 Timothy 3:16. To... Continue reading →

Believed Not & Recap of Faith Words in the Gospels

Volume 3, Number 72

Those who believed not:After a 10-study side trip (Vol 3, No 62 through Vol 3, No 71) examining the mysteries, or secrets revealed in New Testament Scripture we return to our primary subject of faith. Our method is to study the passages in which the Greek words translated “faith, faithful, of little faith, believe, believe not, unbelief” are found. The entire Word of God, including the individual words therein, were inspired by the Holy Spirit, 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17 & 2 Peter 1:21, so by studying each occurrence of a word and comparing it to its use elsewhere we... Continue reading →

The Unbelief of Jesus' Own Family

Volume 3, Number 73

Unbelief in Matthew, Mark and Luke:Today we come to the last two in our study of all the Greek words meaning faith, believe, faithless, unbelief, etc., found in Matthew, Mark and Luke: 1) apistia, (Smith’s # G570) always translated “unbelief,” found 5 times in Matthew and Mark and 2) apistos, # G571) usually translated that believe not but sometimes as unbelieving, faithless, etc., found once in Matthew, once in Mark and twice in Luke. I find, however, that we’ve already studied all the passages/ incidents in which these two words are found when we studied the other words that... Continue reading →

Introduction of John - Compared with The Other Three Gospels

Volume 3, Number 74

Our last study finished an examination of every passage the Greek words listed below are found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. We’ll now consider these words in the Gospel of John. The following recaps their use in Matthew, Mark and Luke compared to the Gospel of John:1. Pistis (Smith’s Greek-English Concordance # G4002.), usually translated “faith,”•Occurs 24 times in Matthew, Mark and Luke•Not found in the Gospel of John2. Pistos (Smith’s # G4003), usually translated “faithful,”•Occurs 11 times in Matthew and Luke•Used only once in John3. Pisteuo (Smith’s # G4000), usually translated “believe,”•Occurs 34 times in Matthew,... Continue reading →

Introduction of John - Jesus the Author & Finisher of Faith

Volume 3, Number 75

Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 1:After having examined each occurrence of the words faith, believe and variations thereof in Matthew, Mark and Luke, we come to the Gospel of John, which is unique in many ways. For one thing, the Greek word Pistis, normally translated “faith” is not found in John but the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle to use the Greek word “pisteuo” (Smith’s # G4000), usually translated “believe” some 100 times. This accounts for almost half the 248 occasions its used in the New Testament (NT). (Acts comes in second with 39 and Romans is third... Continue reading →

Believing - Receiving the Word

Volume 3, Number 76

Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 2:Something to think about this Christmas:Our last study began an examination of the use of the Greek word translated “believe” in the Gospel of John where it’s found 99 times, more than in any other New Testament book. This study turns out to be apropos while most of the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ with the big exception of Muslims and Jews who don’t believe Jesus Christ was their Messiah. The second place the Apostle John used the word “believe” in his Gospel we find it teaches the elements or action... Continue reading →

Belief & Being Born of God

Volume 3, Number 77

Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 3:We are studying the word “believe” in the Gospel of John where it’s found 99 times, more often than in any other New Testament (NT) book. Our last study brought us to its second appearance where John writes, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man,... Continue reading →

Born Again or From Above in John

Volume 3, Number 78

Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 4:The Greek word translated believe is found 99 times in the Gospel of John, more often than in any other New Testament (NT) book. Two studies ago we came to its second appearance where John writes “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of... Continue reading →

The miraculous Signs in the Pentecostal Church

Volume 3, Number 79

Vol 3 - No 79, April 18, 2014Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 5:“After Passover (Easter) the Miraculous Sign Gifts in the Church at Pentecost”Our last few studies examined statements the Apostle John wrote in his Gospel, as well as in 1 John, specifically those where he describes the believers to whom he addressed as having been “born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:13 (see also 1 John 5:1); that unless a man is born again (born from above) or of the Spirit he... Continue reading →

Nathaniel & Signs in John

Volume 3, Number 80

Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 6:“And other words specific to this Gospel”Last November we began a study of the Greek word “pisteu’o” in the Gospel of John where it is used more often than in any other New Testament book. (I’ve incorrectly stated in the last few studies that it’s found 99 times in John. It actually occurs 100 times but is translated “believe” 99 times and “commit unto” once in the King James Version.) So far we’ve covered the first two occasions it appears; in Vol 3, No 75 we observed the first occasion where it’s used... Continue reading →

Jesus, The Son of Man & Other Titles

Volume 3, Number 81

Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 7:Our last study brought us to the 7th occasion the Greek word “pisteu’o” is used in the Gospel of John (where its found 100 times; translated “believe” in 99 cases and “commit unto” once in the King James Version). I purposely skipped over something Jesus said to Nathaniel in John 1:51 with the intention of coming back to it. In response to Nathaniel’s statement: “Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel,” John 1:49b, “Jesus answered and said unto him, because I said unto thee, I saw thee... Continue reading →

The Pharasee Nicodemus

Volume 3, Number 82

Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 8:The Pharisee Nicodemus, a Chief Ruler of Israel:To date we’ve studied 7 instances the Greek word “pisteu’o,” is used in the 1st and 2nd chapters of the Gospel of John (its found a 100 times in John; translated “believe” 99 times and “commit unto” once in the King James Version). As we continue into the 3rd chapter we find “pisteu’o/believe” 8 times, 7 of which were uttered by Jesus Himself after the Pharisee Nicodemus came to Him one night. In order to put Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus into context its necessary to go... Continue reading →

The Pharasee Nicodemus

Volume 3, Number 83

Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 9:The Pharisee Nicodemus, a Chief Ruler of Israel - Continued:We’ve studied 7 instances where the Greek word “pisteu’o,” translated “believe” is used in the 1st and 2nd chapters of John. In our last study we started in the third chapter and covered the first part of Jesus’ dialog with Nicodemus, John 3:1 - 10. In review - after Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born from above in order to see the Kingdom of God, John 3:3, Nicodemus asked how that could be, could he enter his mother’s womb to be born again?... Continue reading →

John the Baptist - Barren Jewish Women

Volume 3, Number 84

Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 10:God’s Gift of Life - John the Baptist:We’ve covered the first 14 occasions the word “pisteu’o,” translated “believe” is used in John; seven in the 1st and 2nd chapters and seven in the record of Jesus’ dialog with Nicodemus in the 3rd chapter. Today we come to its 15th appearance, that being in John 3:36 where we find the only record of it being spoken by John the Baptist: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of... Continue reading →

Samaritan Woman at the Well

Volume 3, Number 85

Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 11:The “Gift” to the Samaritan Woman at the Well; Part 1:Dateline: Ocean Shores, Washington(Correction in the last Faith Study; it appears the difference between the births of John the Baptist and Jesus must have been a few months instead of the 1 ¼ to 1 ½ years as stated.)Continuing our study of the Greek word “pisteu’o,” translated “believe” in the Gospel of John we come to John 4:5 - 42 where its found 4 times in the context of Jesus’ contact with the Samaritan woman at the well and His subsequent ministry to... Continue reading →

Samaritan Woman at the Well

Volume 3, Number 86

Believe in the Gospel of John; Part 12:The Gospel and the Samaritan Woman at the Well - Part 2:Many confuse the Gospel Jesus presented during His earthly ministry with the Gospel of the Grace of God that brings salvation today. This study examines the Gospel to the Nation of Israel, including those living during Jesus’ earthly ministry. Future studies will examine the distinct Gospel we are given to believe today, which the Lord Jesus Christ revealed from heaven to the Apostle Paul.The thought conveyed by the word “gospel” itself is sometimes misunderstood. There are two forms of the Greek translated... Continue reading →

Significance of the eight (8) Signs in John

Volume 3, Number 87

Believe - Part 13 - and the significance of the 8 Signs in the Gospel of John - Part 1:Jews require a sign while Greeks (Gentiles) seek after wisdom, 1 Corinthians 1:22. The Gospel of John records eight “signs,” only the 4th and 5th of which are also found in the other Gospels, the other six being unique to John’s Gospel. These eight signs were for the Jews to believe Jesus was Christ, The Son of God. •1st Sign - turning water into fine wine at a wedding, John 2:1 - 10•2nd Sign - healing the Nobleman’s son, John 4:43... Continue reading →

Significance of the eight (8) Signs in John

Volume 3, Number 88

Believe - Part 14 - the significance of the 8 Signs in the Gospel of John - Part 2:Dateline: Paso Robles, California.•1st Sign - turning water into fine wine at a wedding, John 2:1 - 10•2nd - healing the Nobleman’s son, John 4:43 - 54•3rd - healing the man who had been lame for 38 years - John 5:1 - 47•4th - feeding the 5000 - John 6:1 - 15•5th - Jesus walked on the water in the storm, entered the Disciples ship and they arrived immediately at the other side - John 6:15 - 21•6th - healing of the... Continue reading →

Significance of the eight (8) Signs in John

Volume 3, Number 89

Believe - Part 15 - the significance of the 8 Signs in the Gospel of John - Part 3:•1st - turning water into fine wine at a wedding, John 2:1 - 10•2nd - healing the Nobleman’s son, John 4:43 - 54•3rd - healing the man who had been lame for 38 years - John 5:1 - 47•4th - feeding the 5000 - John 6:1 - 15•5th - Jesus walked on the water in the storm, entered the Disciples ship and they arrived immediately at the other side - John 6:15 - 21•6th - healing of the man born blind -... Continue reading →

Believe, Life, Light & Truth in John

Volume 3, Number 90

Believe and other words in the Gospel of John - Part 16:“Believe” is found 100 times in the Gospel of John but it is not the only word used more often in John than in the other NT books, there are many others and all of them point to the purpose of John’s Gospel. The Holy Spirit inspired each of the Gospel’s authors to record Jesus’ ministry according to his particular view or perspective; Matthew presents Jesus Christ as God’s perfect King; Mark as God’s perfect Servant and Luke as God’s perfect Man. The theme of John is to present... Continue reading →

Jesus, The Bread of Life For Believers

Volume 3, Number 91

The Word “Believe” in the Gospel of John - Part 17:Today’s study is in the 6th chapter of John’s Gospel where Jesus addressed a group of Jews who wanted to make Him King but didn’t believe He was God’s Son in the flesh. Two events immediately preceded this incident; the 4th sign in John, when Jesus fed 5000 men plus women and children (probably about 10,000 total) with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes, John 6:1 - 15 (also recorded in Matthew 14:13 - 23; Mark 6:30 - 46; Luke 9:10-17), and the 5th sign, when Jesus walked on... Continue reading →

Feast of Tabernacles & Others

Volume 3, Number 92

The Word “Believe” in the Gospel of John - Part 18:The Feast of Tabernacles:The backdrop event in our text today, John 7:1 - 53 is the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. Three groups or categories of people are referenced in this passage: 1) Jesus’ brothers, 2) rulers of Israel referred to as the Jews, and 3) ordinary citizens of Israel referred to as the people. (Jesus’ Apostles/Disciples are not mentioned.) The word “believe” occurs 5 times in our text in reference to:•Jesus own brothers, i.e., Mary’s other sons, who did not believe in Him at the time of this incident, John... Continue reading →

The Woman Caught in Adultry

Volume 3, Number 93

The Word “Believe” in the Gospel of John - Part 19:The Woman caught in Adultery:After the Jew’s confrontation with Jesus while He was teaching in the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles, as recorded in John 7, everyone went home, John 7:53, and Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early the next day both the people and Jesus returned to the temple where He again taught, John 8:1 & 2. The Jews had marveled at Jesus’ knowledge, even though He had never studied with them, John 7:15. Now, in an effort to find fault with Him, some Scribes and... Continue reading →

Jewish Atheists, Hypocrites & Believers

Volume 3, Number 94

The Word “Believe” in the Gospel of John - Part 20:While reading an article on the internet recently I saw a link that took me to the web publication “Celebrity Tune” dated May 16, 2015 listing 46 celebrities quoted as claiming they are atheists: http://www.celebritytune.com/article/46-celebrities-you-wont-believe-are-atheists-video/1/. Among the avowed atheists are Lance Armstrong, George Carlin, Morgan Freeman and Bill Gates. But noteworthy for the purpose of this study are two quotes: “The Jewish-American comedian Sarah Silverman often uses religion as a punch line, saying she’s glad that the Jews killed Jesus, and she’d do it again in some of her sketches.”... Continue reading →

Eigth's (8th) Sign in John

Volume 3, Number 95

The Word “Believe” in the Gospel of John - Part 21:The 8th Sign in John’s Gospel, Chapter 21:John’s eighth sign: Jesus appeared to seven Disciples at the Sea of Tiberius one morning after they had fished all night without catching anything. Upon Jesus’ instructions they cast their net and pulled it back filled to capacity with 153 fish. This is the last of eight signs in John and is one of six that are not found in the other Gospels. (Only the 4th sign, feeding of the 5000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fishes, and the 5th... Continue reading →

The Son of God - of David - of Man - Titles

Volume 3, Number 96

The Word “Believe” in the Gospel of John - Part 22 - Final:The Titles - the Son of David, the Son of Man and the Son of God:Dateline: New Iberia, Louisiana:When the Word of God (the Second Person of the Trinity) came to earth, John 1:1, 2 & 14, He had many names/titles, i.e., Emmanuel, Jesus, Christ, the King of Israel, the King of the Jews, etc., each describing different aspects of His person, attributes and or mission. This study examines the significance of three (3) of His New Testament titles: The Son of David, The Son of Man and... Continue reading →