Faith, Hope, and Charity (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will be taking a look at faith, hope, and charity to learn how they work together. Our goal is to acquire a further understanding of their meaning in the Scriptures, for they are the footing on which the more abundant life rests. In this byte we will briefly look at all three and concentrate on each one in particular in other Bible bytes.

I Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Once, I was told by an individual that “charity was the best gift a person could receive from God,” and he got this idea from the verse above. However, the Bible doesn’t say that charity is the best gift, rather the Bible says charity is “the greatest.” Also, the Bible does not state “faith and hope are not really as good.” The reason that charity is the greatest is because it is a God-given master key for unlocking our own faith, and faith opens up to us and reveals “the hope of His calling” (Ephesians 1:18). So with charity, our faith and hope are energized.

“Faith” is the Greek word pistis, and means believing, believing faith. “Hope” is the Greek word elpis, and it means future hope, it is usually in the context of the hope men and women have for the return of Christ (still a future event). “Charity” is the Greek word agapee and means the love of God.

I Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.

“For now we see through a glass, darkly;” means that today we do not know it all, even with all the abundance that God’s Word reveals to us. This phrase is in reference to our believing faith, “for we walk by faith {believing}, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). The next words, “but then face to face” means when we meet Christ “face to face,” because of our hope in his imminent return. “Now I know in part;” is again in reference to our believing faith, to believe what we do know. “But then shall I know even as I am known” is again in reference to our hope, when we will receive all that we have hoped in because then we will have been perfected and will be enjoying our lives with God and with Jesus Christ in eternity.

Charity, the love of God we have will activate our faith, our believing faith to love as God’s Word encourages. Charity energizes our believing faith, and our believing faith will appropriate the revealed promises of God. Our believing faith energizes our anticipation in the hope of Christ’s return for us, and our hope is a necessary ingredient for living charitably. This is why all three are so wonderful and worthy of our taking the time to understanding them more clearly, and I am sure they will give you great inspiration, as well as great expectations.

The vehicle to help facilitate our believing and inspire our hope is charity, yet all three of these are important to living our lives in true godliness. “And now abideth {remains here for you} faith, hope, charity.”

God Hears Us

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 5:14 – And this is the confidence that we {can} have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Notice that John states “if we ask any thing according to his will.” Knowing the will of God becomes significantly important when wanting to request and receive anything promised to us in God’s Word. Once we become acquainted with God’s Word, the Word itself will begin building our confidence and believing faith so that when we do ask God for something we will know that God hears us. Then we can not only expect what we ask from God, but we will also receive from Him as well.

I John 5:15 – And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

“Whatsoever we ask” is quite incredible, because when we ask for anything in God’s Word, we will have the actual petitions that God desires to hear. The more we realize that God hears us, the greater our believing becomes, and the more we will receive from Him.

Psalm 36:5-10:
-5:  Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and they faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
-6:  Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
-7:  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
-8:  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
-9:  For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
-10:  O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

As our confidence in God’s Word grows in the heart of our hearts, then the blessings in His Word (like those in the Psalm above) can become for us realities.

In time, we can find ourselves not simply looking at the Bible as mere words on a page, but rather, we can find ourselves immersed in them because we will know that God hears us, and with that renewed confidence we will begin enjoying all the blessings of God (Ephesians 1:3-4).

Have a great day building confidence in God’s precious Word to you, knowing that God indeed hears you.

The Faith of Jesus Christ!

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified– Galatians 2:16. Justified means just as if I’d never sinned, being made free from guilt, and thus we present ourselves before God as those who are righteously acquitted of any wrongdoing. The faith of Jesus Christ has already given us our justification before God, rather than being justified by any of our works. The Greek word for faith is pistis and means believing. Our complete justification is given to us based not on works but rather on the believing faith of Jesus Christ himself, who gave himself for us.” ~LMJ~

Walking with God

“Walking with God in right believing sounds like a pretty easy road to follow; however, from time to time in life we may make mistakes because no one is perfect, and at other times we may succumb to temptations. Sometimes we may think (or at least wonder) will God ever want me back after this? The answer is: OH yes – a thousand times a thousand He will take us back into His loving arms and spiritually cleanse us from our sins (I John 1:9) so that we may again walk with God in right believing. God’s loving embrace uplifts us into His own unending grace that is upon our very lives, for our names are written in the pages of the living memory (of the book of life) of God Himself.” ~LMJ~

Shout for Joy!

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart– Psalms 32:11. When we are glad in the LORD for His love upon our lives, then genuine rejoicing in the LORD will manifest itself, whelping up into thankfulness that we know God. Even David lived his life as one forgiven and who was enabled to shout for joy. We may rejoice because God has made us righteous, as completely righteous as God is (II Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9), because of His Son, Jesus Christ. So shout for joy! We who continue to come to our God in prayer with thankfulness and with believing that He does indeed answers us, will (without a doubt) also absolutely recognize that God sees us as His upright in heart. The life that Christians can enjoy in knowing God’s healing will reveal to us life more abundantly. God sees you in Christ, as His upright in heart.” ~LMJ~