Faithfulness is one of nine fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 of which it is said “against such there is no law.” The only way in which we will be able to possess this precious fruit in our life is through hearing and study (Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 2:15). Knowledge is an essential element in all of faith, and is sometimes spoken of as an equivalent to faith (John 10:38; 1 John 2:3). Faithfulness is an essential element that each and every Christian must possess in order to go to heaven; “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev 2:10).
The Word “Faithfulness”
Faithfulness is the Greek “pistis.” There are 244 uses of the word “pistis” (faith) in the King James Version of the New Testament. It primarily means to have a “firm persuasion” which is usually gained from having a conviction based upon hearing. It is used in the New Testament to mean “faith in God or Christ, or things spiritual” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, New Testament, p. 222). Vine’s goes on to say: Continue reading » Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness
In Galatians 5:19-21, the sin of envy is mentioned along with 16 others by the apostle Paul as one which, if practiced, will keep one from entering the kingdom of God. There may be some that just don’t place a great deal of emphasis on this particular sin. Yet it is listed in verse 21 just before murderers. Of all the sins that could have delivered our Lord and Savior to be delivered to the cross, it was the sin of envy that is mentioned in Matthew 27:18. There has been much writing and lessons presented on the sin of adultery which is mentioned in the same text (Galatians 5:19), but very little has been written on the subject of envy. It would do us all so much good to find out more about this word “envy” to know how serious a sin it really is.
The Word “Envy”
Envy is the Greek “phthonos.” “It is the feeling of displeasure produced by witnessing or hearing of the advantage or prosperity of others; this evil sense always attaches to this word (Vines Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, New Testament, p. 204). It is further defined as: “having hatred or ill will; to look askance at, in upon; a feeling of discontent and ill will because of another’s advantages, possessions, etc.; resentful dislike of another who has something that one desires; desire for some advantage, quality, etc. that another has” (Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition). Continue reading » Works of the Flesh: Envy (Envyings)
Many people in the world today will do something, and then afterward, will stop and question whether or not those things that they did were right. But what about Christians? Do Christians do things that are questionable in God’s sight? Sadly, I must say that they do. There are Christians that use various ways of trying to justify their actions, even when they know that it is not completely pure. We need to learn to call things exactly as they are in this life. We need to know what is black and what is white. But before we can do this, we must first understand what sin is.
What is sin? Sin is doing anything that violates God’s law of righteousness. In 1 John 5:17 it says: “All unrighteousness is sin…” and “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). When we transgress or do things that are against God’s law, then we have committed sin. It doesn’t matter what we do, if it is something that is not approved of by God, then it is sin, and all sin is BLACK. Continue reading » Calling Black Black, and White White