KNOWLEDGE AND FAITH WORK TOGETHER — DALLAS WILLARD

Knowledge and faith go together

We don’t have to look very far into our own thinking and living to see the effects of either being sure of God or not being sure of God. I believe that scripture always presents real faith as something that is based on knowledge as well as something that goes beyond anything you could know, and involves a commitment to God and his kingdom. Those two things, knowledge and commitment, are not exclusive of one another; rather, they are related. If we do not have a knowledge of God at the foundation of our commitment, that commitment simply will not hold up. It will waver; it will not govern our lives. It will be like pulling a chair away from someone in the act of sitting down. We will not be able to hold on to our belief as God intends, by the action of his Spirit on our hearts and our minds.

Knowledge and faith are intended to go together. For example, when you read Hebrews 11, the great chapter on faith, you will see faith equated with a vision of reality. We are told that Moses endured as one who sees the invisible. Faith is not a mere thought that something is true or the hope or resolve to believe it is. As Martin Luther said in the preface to his commentary on Romans:

Faith is a living, well-founded confidence in the grace of God, so perfectly certain that it would die a thousand times rather than surrender its conviction. Such confidence and personal knowledge of divine grace makes its possessor joyful, bold, and full of warm affection toward God and all created things—all of which the Holy Spirit works in faith. Hence, such a man becomes without constraint willing and eager to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer all manner of ills, in order to please and to glorify God, who has shown toward him such grace. It is thus impossible to separate works from faith—yea, just as impossible as to separate burning and shining from fire.

From The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus. Copyright © 2015 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Does the Bible Really Contradict Itself?

Many progressive Christians and atheists try to argue that the Bible is full of contradictions, thus not to be trusted or very open to new interpretations. Author Frank Viola takes exception to this this. Here is a takeaway: “There are many so-called ‘contradictions’ in the Bible that people claim which really aren’t. Those ‘contradictions’ can be easily resolved if one exaamines the context, the original languages, the different ancient manuscripts, and the particular perspective of the biblical author. When one reads Scripture carefully, they will find that there are very few real contradictions in the Bible. The rest can be explained by varying perspectives or spiritual paradoxes.” From The Deeper Journey……………….

Why Study the Old Testament?

One of the main reasons for this blog is to point people to encouraging and helpful biblical blogs and websites. As such, this article is a little different because it points out a fantastic website called ThirdMill.org. This site provides FREE seminary-level courses from top evangelical scholars and seminaries. The following article is really the first lesson in a series called, “Kingdom, Covenants and Canon of the Old Testament, ” hosted by Dr. Richard Pratt, Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Editor of the NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible and a translator for the New Living Translation……………………

https://thirdmill.org/seminary/lesson.asp/vid/38/version//ft/m

3 Biblical Images of Shelter on Our Spiritual Journeys

I enjoy reading these little articles from Crosswalk. This one focuses on the image of shelter we can find in the Bible. Here is a takeaway for me: “When our journeys are difficult and our bodies remind us that this earth is not our permanent home, God does not leave us without help. He is always available to be a shelter for us to offer protection and grace.”

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/biblical-images-of-shelter-on-our-spiritual-journeys.html