Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Potter and the clay and the importance of understanding what is means to truly believe.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Pisteuo means a strong conviction that is based on an established truth, by which, (established truth), one can lay his full confidence on that truth and reveal his commitment through obedience to that truth.
Any definition, such as one that simply makes believe an acceptance of certain facts and stops there, is not what the Bible means by the word believe.
JAM 2:19, You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
The doctrine of efficacious grace which is the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in making the faith of the spiritually dead person effective for eternal salvation.
Common and efficacious grace emphasizes the total helplessness of the spiritually dead person. Salvation is accomplished by faith alone in Jesus Christ, the one thing that God the Holy Spirit can make effective.
Faith is to be accompanied by some measure of works, such as trusting, cleaving, relying on someone or some thing.
This does not mean that salvation by faith is just believing that someone exists,
it is believing that the object of your faith is worthy enough to be trusted, to cleave unto, and to rely upon.
The word translated to believe is pisteuo which is used 251 times.
The word believe in the original language of the ancient world which we call koine (common) Greek does not mean what we understand it to me in our vocabulary.
an intellectual acceptance of a stated fact.
JOH 1:7, This man came to witness, that he might testify of the Light, that all men might believe in it [adhere to it, trust it, and rely upon it] through him.
JOH 1:12, But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name–
JOH 3:16, whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
JOH 3:18, He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation–he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]
JOH 4:48, Then Jesus said to him, Unless you see signs and miracles happen, you [people] never will believe (trust, have faith) at all.
believe which means to trust in, cling to, and rely upon Jesus Christ, our only Savior.
God tenderly and lovingly uses the wheel for turning and changing one’s movement of life as He molds you and shapes you for the purpose of His glory on the wheel.
As the divine potter of love, He also yearns to remove and break the hold of certain areas of our life that are robbing us and cheating us out of having His hightest and best.
2CO 6:2b, Behold, Now is the day of your deliverance.
In HEB 12:27 the expression, Yet once more, denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, in order that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
HEB 12:28-29, Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken [we are protected by the power of potter and the word of the power], let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
Many times we need a thorough housecleaning of the soul to get rid of all the garbage that we have picked up along the way of during our lifetime, and so that the unshakable things of life stand clear and uncluttered.
Your potter has the ability and the power to remove those things in your life that can be shaken, (such as money, power, wealth, people, fame, family, pleasure, relationships, etc.)