Amplified: But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned [them], (Amplified Bible - Lockman)
KJV: But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
NKJV: But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
NLT: But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. (NLT - Tyndale House)
Phillips: Yet you must go on steadily in all those things that you have learned and which you know are true. Remember from what sort of people your knowledge has come (Phillips: Touchstone)
Wuest: But, as for you, be remaining as you are in the things which you learned and have been assured of, knowing the persons from whom you personally learned them (Eerdmans)
Young's Literal: And thou -- be remaining in the things which thou didst learn and wast entrusted with, having known from whom thou didst learn,
|YOU HOWEVER CONTINUE: Su de mene (2SPAM): (2Ti 1:13; 2:2; 1Ti 4:16)
In the preceding section Timothy has been warned about guaranteed persecution and deepening deception so that he might be prepared to endure hardship and to fulfill his ministry. In these last 4 verses Paul reminds Timothy that his ultimate source of power to stand firm will come from the Scriptures learned, shown to be reliable and sufficient in the lives of those who had taught him (2Ti 3:14, 15) and firmly grounded in the fully inspired Word of God (2Timothy 3:16; 3:17-note).
You however in the NASB softens the Greek which is more accurately rendered But you which sets up an emphatic contrast with the evil men just described.
However then stands in contrast to the many who will plunge deeper and deeper into the cesspool of deception and darkness (2Timothy 3:13-note and 2 Timothy 3:2ff-note), Timothy is to stand firm on the solid rock of God's unchanging word. This verse begins with the emphatic you (su) which we last saw in (2Timothy 3:10-note). The man of God must pay careful attention to himself and the Scriptures if he is to resist the enticing lure of doctrinal infidelity. As opposition increases, the Scriptures become the believer’s reliance and bulwark.
Proverbs reminds us that
Peter adds that
As Hiebert emphasizes
Continue (3306) (Meno) means to abide or remain in the same place over a period of time. The present imperative calls for a constant, habitual way of life. Timothy is to be a "man of the Book" and thereby armed against the snares and insinuations of seducers. In light of the deepening degradation of these self-willed deceivers it is imperative that Timothy firmly adhere to the divine truth he had previously heard and accepted. Thus Paul commands Timothy to continually abide in the Truth he had learned. Dwell in it and live in it and do not "proceed" or "advance" away from it like the false teachers. To continue however means more than merely continuing in orthodoxy. It calls for a commitment to live and abide in what Timothy had learned. Why? Because it is your very life! (Dt 32:47).
All true progress must be within not away from the fundamentals of the faith found only in the faithful Word. Are you wondering about or wandering from the "word of truth" (see 2Timothy 2:15-note)?
Are you reading or listening to liberal pastors or teachers who are adding to or taking from the complete revelation of divine Truth? Then run, flee for your spiritual life and
How precious that in his childhood, Timothy was given something to continue in!
Are you giving your children the "gift that keeps on giving?"
Kelly translates continue as stand by commenting that
Mt Henry has an excellent reminder for all "young Timothys":
Oswald Chambers exhorts us writing...
Brothers and sisters let us press on for the prize (Php 3:14-note) and
Hall echoes the charge that...
As Paul reminded Timothy, many others did not continue but went "straying" (1Ti 1:6), "suffered shipwreck" (1Ti 1:19), had "gone astray" (1Ti 6:20), had "turned away" (2Timothy 1:15-note), "deserted" (2Ti 4:10-note; 2Ti 4:16-note).
If you preserve the truth it will preserve you in the hour of temptation (cf Pr 4:8),
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Standing or Falling? - Part of the training to be a US Secret Service agent includes learning to detect counterfeit money. Agents-in-training make a thorough study of the genuine bills--not the phonies--so that they can spot the fake currency immediately because of its contrast to the real thing. The child of God can learn a lesson from this. While it is helpful to study false religions and be fully aware of their dangerous dogmas, the best defense against such error is to be so familiar with God's Word that whenever we encounter error, we will spot it at once and won't fall for it. Today many are being led astray because they don't recognize how they are being deceived. For example, if a person isn't solidly grounded in the teaching of salvation by grace, he may swallow the line of the legalists who inject human works into the matter of being saved. If he is not well instructed about the person of Christ, he might accept the error of those who deny the Savior's deity. A thorough knowledge of essential biblical doctrines is the only way to detect counterfeits. Let's be diligent in our study of the Word of God. Then, instead of falling into error, we will stand firmly on the truth. --R W De Haan
Lord, grant us wisdom to discern
The truth You have made known,
And may we not believe one word
Beyond what You have shown. --DJD
Beware! Error often rides to its deadly work on the back of truth! --Spurgeon
IN THE THINGS YOU HAVE LEARNED: en hois emathes (2SAAI) :
Learned (3129) (manthano [word study]- TDNT says is derived from a root meaning to direct one's mind to something) has a basic meaning of to learn with the idea being to gain knowledge by instruction or to come to understand as the result of a process of intentional inquiry and observation. The aorist tense speaks of a historical fact, a past completed event - he had learned indeed learned these things.
Manthano is related to the Greek word for disciple (mathetes = learner, pupil) referring to one (like Timothy) who puts himself under the teaching of someone else (like Paul) and learns from him. The aorist tense identifies the "learning" as a past completed action (historical event). John had a similar thought -
The best antidote for deception is the truth of God's Word is the "things you have learned". This was true for Timothy then and it is just as true for you and I today in a time when even supposed bastions of the Truth such as many seminaries and pulpits are departing from the sufficiency "pure milk of the Word". (see note 1 Peter 2:2)
It is a blessed state to
Mt Henry adds that it is important
AND BECOME CONVINCED OF: kai epistothes (2SAPI): (cf 1Cor 15:1, 15:2) (Acts 17:31; Ro 14:5; Col 2:2; 1Th 1:5; Heb 6:11; 10:22)
Become convinced (4104) (pistoo from pistos = faithful) means assured, made certain and the aorist tense identifies that a past completed action (historical fact). Timothy not only learned the great truths of the faith, but he had become personally assured of them as well. Timothy had an inner conviction concerning the truth and reliability of these things and such confidence produces personal stability. Without this conviction of heart, it would have been difficult for Timothy to hold fast in the things he had learned amid so many persecutions and deceptions.
Hiebert adds that on the other hand
KN OWING FROM WHOM YOU LEARNED: eidos (RAPMSN) para tinon emathes (2SAAI): (s1Thessalonians 2:13-note)
Knowing (1492) (eido) refers to absolute, positive, beyond a doubt knowledge. It means to see with the mind’s eye and signifies a clear and purely mental perception. The perfect tense speaks of the permanent or abiding state of Timothy's knowing. The Scriptures had been taught to him by those whose lives witnessed to the reality of their faith. Timothy knew that Paul was imprisoned for the sake of the gospel, and that the gospel was not just worth living for but worth dying for.
Whom is a plural pronoun (less reliable manuscripts have singular) which would include the OT prophets ("speaking" through the Scripture), Timothy's grandmother Eunice, his mother Lois (2Ti 1:5-note), and his mentor Paul (2Ti 1:13, 2:2, 3:10-see note 2Ti 1:13, 2:2, 3:10). To successfully learn spiritual convictions from others and to hold them as your own, it is necessary not only to hear them clearly taught but to see them consistently lived. In other words, although the content of the teaching is obviously of critical importance so too is the character of the teacher ("you followed my teaching, conduct...2Ti 3:10-note').
Learned (3129) (see manthano above)
Timothy's personal knowledge of his teachers assured him of the reliability of the things he has learned. Writing to the new converts in Thessalonica Paul said
Similarly, in his parting challenging exhortation to the Ephesian elders Paul said
So we see Paul continually backing up the words of his lips with the works in his life, a profitable practice for all believers to continually strive to imitate (1Cor 11:1)
Note the important distinction Paul makes, as "things learned" refers primarily to CONTENT, whereas things Timothy had "become convinced of" refers to CONVICTION. Timothy had not only "learned" the truth, but he had "become convinced" of it. "Convinced" is used in secular Greek writings to describe a theory or hypothesis which one had confirmed. You might be asking "So what is the significance of the things we "learn" and those we "become convinced of"? Succinctly stated -- We hold the former while the latter holds us!
The key to spiritual stability in the midst of a sea tossed by ever increasing waves of wickedness and wayward teaching - Trustworthy teachers (Eunice, Lois, Paul) and a firm foundation (the sacred writings).
Keep Going! - In his early years, British statesman Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914) taught Sunday school. His favorite Bible verse was Ge 12:5, "They went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came" (KJV).
That verse was a motto well-suited to a man of his iron will. It also gave him a biblical basis for citing two qualifications for success in life. One is to have the right destination—"They went forth to go into the land of Canaan." The second is to keep going after we have started—"into the land of Canaan they came."
As the apostle Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, he knew that he would die soon, and he reflected on his life. He was not a leaf tossed about by the winds; he was an arrow headed for a target. Paul found his direction and destination in his relationship with Christ, and he wanted to cultivate in Timothy the virtues of a well-lived life. He offered himself as a model: "You have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance" (2 Timothy 3:10). "Stay with it," he seemed to be saying to young Timothy.
Keeping Christ uppermost in our lives will keep us headed right and will give us the strength to keep going. — Haddon W. Robinson (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
My life, my love I give to Thee,
Spelling Problems - My mother was moving from the house we had called home for 36 years, and we were cleaning out the treasures. As I rummaged through my stuff, I discovered something I felt would be instructive for Steve, my 10-year-old fifth-grader. It was my old fifth-grade spelling book. I thought I would show him how much tougher things were back in those days. But when Steve and I later compared his book with mine, we agreed that his words were harder!
As I considered this, I began to think about the culture in which our children are growing up. It is not just spelling that is harder. Life itself has added layers of toughness since my school days.
With so much overt sinfulness being pushed a child's way, it could be harder to resist temptation and to do what is right. New negative influences challenge a young person as he tries to make wise choices.
Yet the answer is the same as it has always been. "From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures"--that was how Paul characterized Timothy's training (2Tim. 3:15). This is still the way it should be for our children. No matter how tough the times, the solutions are always spelled out in God's Word. It's one book that never changes. — Dave Branon
Begin to train them early
2Timothy 3:15 and that from childhood you have known (2SRAI) the sacred writings which are able (PPPNPA) to give you the wisdom (AAN) that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (NASB: Lockman)
Amplified: And how from your childhood you have had a knowledge of and been acquainted with the sacred Writings, which are able to instruct you and give you the understanding for salvation which comes through faith in Christ Jesus [through the leaning of the entire human personality on God in Christ Jesus in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]. (Amplified Bible - Lockman)
KJV: And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Phillips: and how from early childhood your mind has been familiar with the holy scriptures, which can open the mind to the salvation which comes through believing in Christ Jesus. (Phillips: Touchstone)
Wuest: and that from a very young child you know the sacred scriptures which are able to make you wise with respect to salvation through faith, that faith which is in Christ Jesus. (Eerdmans)
Young's Literal: and because from a babe the Holy Writings thou hast known, which are able to make thee wise -- to salvation, through faith that is in Christ Jesus;
|AND THAT FROM CHILDHOOD YOU HAVE KNOWN: kai hoti apo brephous (ta) hiera grammata oidas (2SRAI): (2Ti 1:5; 1Sa 2:18; 2Chr 34:3; Ps 71:17; Pr 8:17; 22:6; Eccl 12:1; Lk 1:15;2:40)
It was at the knees of his “grandmother Lois, and [his] mother Eunice” (see note 2 Timothy 1:5) that Timothy appears to be led to saving faith, and it was in their lives that he first saw the power of the gospel to produce genuine godliness. By Jewish custom children were taught God's Law at a very early age, and were encouraged to commit it to memory.
Barclay (critique) adds that "It was the glory of the Jews that their children from their earliest days were trained in the law. They claimed that their children learned the law even from their swaddling clothes and drank it in with their mother’s milk. They claimed that the law was so imprinted on the heart and mind of a Jewish child that he would sooner forget his own name than he would forget it. (The Daily Study Bible Online)
Have known (1492) (oida) is perfect tense and conveys that idea that Timothy's knowledge of the "Sacred Writings" began in earliest childhood and continues through the present time. He cannot recall a period when he had not known the sacred writings.
Mt Henry adds that
In Timothy's case the teaching was clearly effectual for "true learning". May all Scriptural teaching to young ones be so effectual.
Albert Barnes adds that...
Why should parents be diligent to assure that from childhood their offspring know the sacred writings? Contemplate these illustrations:
Daniel Webster stated that
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As a teenager, J. Stephen Conn sensed God calling him to be a preacher. But he felt a certain disadvantage. Because he had been saved when he was 7 years old, he would never be able to hold an audience spellbound with stories of a wicked past. So he asked God for permission to backslide—just long enough to get some experience in a life of sin to “enhance” his preaching later on. Deep within he knew that God would not answer such a request, so he decided just to preach the Bible without a dramatic testimony. Some time later Conn wrote, “For the past 11 years I’ve been pastoring a church. I realize now what a great testimony I really have. God not only has the power to deliver from sin, He has the even greater power to keep from sin. God not only saved my soul—He saved my entire life!” (from Our Daily Bread)
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Children can surely come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as amply testified by the following well known believers...
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THE SACRED WRITINGS: (ta) hiera grammata: (Da 10:21; Mt 22:29; Lk 24:27;24:32 24:45 Acts 17:2; Ro 1:2; 16:26; 1Cor 15:3;15:4 2Pe 1:20;1:21)
Sacred (2413) (hieros) meant pertaining to that which is holy or of transcendent purity. Hieros was used in secular Greek of that “belonging to or connected with the gods” and thus meant “holy, hallowed, consecrated” describing earthly things devoted or dedicated by man to a god or to the service of a god.
Writings (1121) (gramma from grapho = engrave, write) in singular means that which is written and can refer to a letter (ie, a character) or to any writing, document or record. Here with the modification of sacred (hieros) grammata refers to the Old Testament Scriptures.
Here Paul applies hieros to the Scriptures or the sacred writings, this exact term being found in the writings of Josephus and Philo and there also referring to the Old Testament Scriptures. Among Greek speaking Jews, of which there were many in the time of the early church, the Jewish Scriptures (OT) were often referred to as hieros grammata (sacred writings).
Sacred points to the esteem and veneration in which the Hebrew Scriptures were held by the Jews and the Christian churches and which gave Timothy the knowledge of divine things. And God will use such men as vessels of honor. It is thus not surprising to read that the famous missionary physician David Livingstone gained a New Testament in Sunday School when only age nine by repeating the 119th Psalm on two successive evenings with only five errors.
John Quincy Adams once wrote that...
Homemade Religion - The idea is becoming increasingly popular—people thinking they can believe in Jesus while accepting unbiblical teaching. Although professing to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, some feel it's okay to also follow the teachings of Buddha or Krishna. They feel that having an additional belief is simply another step toward spiritual fulfillment.
Chuck Colson, who has examined this trend, says that "instead of adhering to a specific set of doctrines, they feel free to pick and choose from all the various belief systems, or to create their own tailor-made religion." He cites studies to show that people claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ have embraced reincarnation, astrology, and communication with the dead.
This is dangerous ground. The true believer knows that Jesus Christ is the only way to God (Acts 4:12), and that the Bible, God's inspired Word, is the only true source of instruction (2Ti 3:15,16). All beliefs and practices relating to spirituality must be based on biblical truth—not on how appealing they may sound.
Don't trust a homemade religion that contains a little of this and a little of that. Make your faith all about Jesus, and test everything by God's Word. Then you can't go wrong. — Dave Branon (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
The Bible is a lamp from God,
Godly Grandmothers - A little boy described grandmothers like this:
Timothy is a prime example of how a young life can be greatly influenced by a grandmother, especially if she is a godly woman. He held a position of great responsibility in leading the congregation at Ephesus. It was a difficult assignment for a young man who was timid by nature. To help his young protégé stand firm, the apostle Paul reminded him of the faith of his grandmother Lois (2Ti 1:5). It isn't hard to imagine her playing with him when he was little, teaching him Scripture passages, putting him to bed with hugs and kisses and childlike prayers, and in the process nurturing the faith of her grandson.
God is a wise Father who knows how to help grandmothers--and all of us--to influence young lives. — Haddon W. Robinson
TIPS FOR GRANDMOTHERS
WHICH ARE ABLE TO GIVE YOU THE WISDOM: ta dunamena (PPPNPA) se sophisai (AAN):
Able (1410) (dunamai) means to have power by virtue of inherent ability, referring to the inherent ability of the Scriptures to give wisdom (cf "the gospel...the power of God for salvation" Ro 1:16). They are able to do what NO secular writings can do.
Able is present tense pointing to the continuous and abiding power resident in these writings. An intellectual apprehension of the truth of Scripture does not assure salvation. Scripture has no magical power that guarantees personal salvation to those who know its contents.
In First Thessalonians Paul emphasizes the "ability" of God's Word to "energize" those who are willing to believe it writing...
we also constantly thank God that when you (Thessalonians) received from us the word of God's message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work (energeo ~ energizes) in you who believe (present tense). (see note 1Thessalonians 2:13)
In Romans Paul explains that..
Writing to the church at Colossae Paul teaches a similar truth about the power of God's Word...
(The Gospel) which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing (What is bearing fruit? The Gospel of God which is utilized by the Spirit of God), even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it (the Gospel) and understood the grace of God in truth (See note Colossians 1:6)
Give wisdom (4679)(sophizo from .sophós cp sophia) means to make wise. Wisdom by itself is not the end and is of no eternal value, unless it leads to relationship with Messiah. An important distinction needs to be made here for Jesus while in Jerusalem warned the Jews that
The point Jesus was making is that the Jews had searched the sacred writings but failed to gain the wisdom that pointed to salvation in the Messiah. Why did they fail to gain this wisdom? Jesus told them
To avoid the false trust against which Jesus warned—of trusting the KNOWLEDGE of Scripture alone to give eternal life — Paul, like his Lord, makes clear that the words in sacred writings do not in themselves have power to save but rather that the wisdom they impart leads to salvation through faith. Even to this day the reading of the Torah in the synagogue is accompanied by great ceremony, but tragically although they search the sacred writings they fail to receive the inherent "wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in" the Messiah, because as Jesus said, they are "unwilling to come to" Him. Timothy although a Jew (mother Jewish, father Greek) was willing "to come to" Him.
Dear reader have you like the Jews searched the sacred writings, yet failed to surrender to the Sacred Writer, "the Word" Who "became flesh...full of grace and truth"? (Jn 1:14) To reiterate, the Scriptures do not save, but they are able to make a man wise unto salvation. Children may know the Scriptures, and yet not be children of God.
Marvin Vincent has an interesting note on "able to give...the wisdom" --
The study of the Scriptures as valuable as this pursuit is will not save the soul unless there is faith in
As John Wesley says
THAT LEADS TO SALVATION THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS: eis soterian dia pisteos tes en Christo Iesou: (Ps 19:7; Jn 5:39;5:40 Act 10:43; 13:29;13:38, 39 1Pe 1:10, 11, 12; 1Jn 5:11,12 Rev 19:10)
That leads (1519) (eis) is a preposition of motion into any place or thing. Figuratively eis marks the object or point toward which anything ends marking that which any person inclines toward or becomes, in this case salvation
Salvation (4991) (soteria from soter = Savior in turn from sozo = save, rescue, deliver) (Click in depth discussion of related terms soter and sozo) describes the rescue or deliverance from danger, destruction and peril. Salvation is a broader term in Greek than we often think of in English. Other concepts that are inherent in soteria include restoration to a state of safety, soundness, health and well being as well as preservation from danger of destruction.
(1) A physical deliverance - rescue from danger deliverance, preservation, safety. For example the writer of Hebrews records that...
(2) A religious technical term describing safety of the soul and so in a spiritual sense referring to salvation
(3) A Messianic deliverance at the end of this present age.
The idea of salvation is that the power of God rescues people from the penalty of sin, which is spiritual death which is followed by eternal separation from the presence of His Glory. Salvation delivers the believer from the power of sin (see discussion on Romans 6-8 beginning at Romans 6:1; 6:2; 6:3)
Salvation carried tremendous meaning in Paul’s day, the most basic being “deliverance,” and it was applied to personal and national deliverance. The emperor was looked on as a "savior" as was the physician who healed you of illness.
It is interesting that Collin's (secular) dictionary defines salvation as
In short, this so great a salvation is not just escape from the penalty of sin but includes the ideas of safety, deliverance from slavery and preservation from danger or destruction.
It is important to note that salvation by faith is not a NT truth previously unrevealed but in fact is clearly present in the sacred writings.
For example, Paul repeatedly quoted Genesis 15:6 in the NT emphasizing that when Abraham
Paul referring to (Gen 12:3) says that
Peter in telling the Gentile Cornelius about Jesus referenced the OT saying that
Note: For Paul's Scriptural definition of the Gospel (1Co 15:1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6, 7, 8) and discussion see notes
Through (1223) (dia) is a preposition which in this verse serves as a marker of the means by which one event (faith in Christ Jesus) makes another event (salvation) possible
Faith (4102) (pistis) is synonymous with trust or belief and is the conviction of the truth of anything, but in Scripture usually speaks of belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it.
Faith is a firm persuasion or belief in the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pistis is not just a mental assent but is a firm conviction and surrender to the truth of the Gospel which is evident by a moral conduct that arises from that surrender. In sum, faith shows itself to be genuine saving faith by producing a changed life (cf 2Cor 5:17).
As pistis relates to God, it is the conviction that God exists and is the Creator and Ruler of all things well as the Provider and Bestower of eternal salvation through Christ. As faith relates to Christ it represents a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through Whom we obtain eternal salvation and entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. Stated another way, eternal salvation comes only through belief in Jesus Christ and no other way.
Wayne Grudem defines faith that saves one's soul...
Biblical faith is not synonymous with mental assent or acquiescence which by itself is a superficial faith at best and not genuine (saving) faith. For example, the apostle John distinguishes two types of belief (using the related verb pisteuo but still illustrating a truth relevant to the discussion of the noun pistis), one of which is only superficial...
In another example of belief that fell short of genuine saving belief John records that when Jesus spoke to the Jews "who had believed him" (John 8:31) but as their subsequent actions demonstrated their belief was not genuine for Jesus accused them declaring "you are seeking to kill Me" (John 8:40) and after several heated exchanges, these same "believing" Jews "fulfilled prophecy" and indeed sought to kill Jesus, picking "up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple." (John 8:59).
True faith that saves one's soul includes at least three main elements (1) firm persuasion or firm conviction, (2) a surrender to that truth and (3) a conduct emanating from that surrender. In sum, faith shows itself genuine by a changed life. (Click here for W E Vine's similar definition of faith)
The highly respected theologian Louis Berkhof defines genuine faith in essentially the same way noting that it includes an intellectual element (notitia), which is "a positive recognition of the truth"; an emotional element (assensus), which includes "a deep conviction of the truth"; and a volitional element (fiducia), which involves "a personal trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, including a surrender … to Christ." (Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1939)
Charles Swindoll commenting on faith and obedience in John 3:36 concludes that...
Note that faith is only as good as its object which in this case is Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
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When missionary John Paton was translating the Scripture for the South Sea islanders, he was unable to find a word in their vocabulary for the concept of believing, trusting, or having faith. He had no idea how he would convey that to them. One day while he was in his hut translating, a native came running up the stairs into Paton's study and flopped in a chair, exhausted. He said to Paton,
John Paton had his word: Faith is resting your whole weight on God. That word went into the translation of their New Testament and helped bring that civilization of natives to Christ. Believing is putting your whole weight on God. If God said it, then it's true, and we're to believe it.
Nothing before, nothing behind,
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Personal Application (adapted from Barnes):
In addition we learn