Principles of the Faith

The Kingdom of Heaven — The Kingdom of Heaven is our starting point, the beginning of a story in which our good King who loves and cares for all within His kingdom, gives all of us ALL of His attention equally. This is the ultimate result of our faith. It’s important for us to remember this since it is all too easily forgotten by so many believers.

The Son of God — Who is this king? How can one God be three in one? Deuteronomy 6:4 emphasizes that God is one: “Hear O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one”. The word one is used often in Scripture in ways that can help us to understand what it means for God to be “one”. For instance: “And it was evening and it was morning, one day” / “For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and they will be one flesh”. Likewise, our King is one, but He is so powerful and capable of all things that he can work in our lives as three different persons who comprise a single God. What are the ways in which God reveals Himself to humans? The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Let's start with the Son — Let’s open up to Romans 10:9–10 and Romans 3:25. We can see in these verses that faith in Yeshua is an inseparable part of our faith in God. This is a central part of the Good News of the Messiah. I am sure that everyone here knows this, but just as we are convinced of the Good News of Yeshua, we must also understand the centrality of the Holy Spirit in our faith in God.

Before we speak on the characteristics of the Holy Spirit, we should first establish that the Holy Spirit is one of the expressions of God among us. Read Acts 5:3–4. What is Peter doing here? Peter basically equates the Holy Spirit to God. Again, we must understand that the Holy Spirit is an inseparable part of who God is.

We are also warned regarding the Holy Spirit. Matthew 12:31–33 reinforces the view that God is all powerful. These verses show us how readily God forgives us and yet there are still clear guidelines that we are to follow in our relationship with God.

Read 2 Peter 1:20–21. What can we glean from this? We see here that it was by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that all Scripture was written. There was not one prophecy that came outside of the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit guided the writing of the Scriptures. In essence, the Holy Spirit is the extra, supernatural, power of God at work in the world. It is by the Holy Spirit that God gave us the Scriptures and it is by the Holy Spirit that He guides us as believers each and every day. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19–20. What can we learn from these verses? We learn that we are the temple of God with His Holy Spirit dwelling within us. What an undeserved privilege!

We are sinners — Why don’t we deserve the indwelling of the Holy Spirit? Because we are sinners. We were born sinners and unable to turn from sin except by the power of God at work in our life. There is no other way.

What does Yeshua say about this in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:13–14)? How can we walk this way? What must we do? We must repent. (See also: Acts 17:30 and Matthew 26:28).

We are to be ambassadors for God in this world — Our role in this present age is this: we are to be ambassadors for the Messiah in the world. We are to spread his light and to be in a close and personal relationship with him. He must be our closest friend, the one we turn to in every situation. We need to bring before him every pain, every fear, every concern in our life. Think about how you want your closest friends to approach relationship with you. Would you like it if they showed no concern for you and only came around when they wanted something from you? No. That's not friendship, that’s selfishness. God is so forgiving that even when we are selfish, He is ready to forgive us and move on the moment that we repent of our sinful ways. He has given us clear guidelines in Scripture for a healthy relationship with Him and we have only to live by them.

I will finish with this verse: “through [Yeshua] we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake” (Romans 1:5).

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