Faith is a spirit that we have to possess. We travel toward God’s future bearing one another’s burdens, caring for and mediating the grace of God to each other. The word of the Gospel spoken through the church and its ministers, faithful to the Apostles and alive through the power of the Spirit, is the word of God spoken and heard in the present. And here I intersect one of the great contributions of Karl Barth when he cancelled his Christian Dogmatics project after writing maybe 700 pages and commenced anew with his life long magnus opus Church Dogmatics. Change ). The immediate face-to-face encounter ends but a new mediated encounter begins. We don’t become righteous by having the correct beliefs. In my blog, I have addressed the importance of understanding the differing cultural makeup that exists in the great rainbow of varying ethnic, national, and religious societies that makeup the earth. With Paul “I am not ashamed of the Gospel”. 13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. NIRV It is written, “I believed, and so I have spoken.” (Psalm 116:10) We have that same spirit of faith. ( Log Out /  Jesus said, “I have come to seek and save the lost”. Sin denies this ‘higher than I’, priority of God. I BELIEVE,THEREFORE I SPEAK, Sandton, Gauteng. Enter your email to receive the Existence and Faith blog in your inbox: This blog chronicles Dr. Dan's teaching experience in Asia. Recently I was asked to make a simple direct statement of my Christian faith. This way of approaching ethics does not of course discount the diverse passages found in the Bible about right and wrong but it does transform and shine light on these passages. The Holy Spirit empowers us to do both. The spirit of faith operates in this manner: “I believe and therefore I speak.” We are made in God’s image and this is how God works. But the Spirit, again and again, calls the Word to life. I believe in the change that is empowered by repentance and repentance by grace. This is the seed and root of “lost-ness”. The truth that is theological and spiritual in origin has, as Pascal urged, two points of contact within us – the head and heart. “I Believe, Therefore I Speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13 ESV) Here’s a thought: If we are ever going to survive the trials of this life and escape with more than just our sanity, then we have got to start thinking differently… about a lot of things. I Believe, Therefore I Speak. (Psalms 116:10) We become righteous by trusting God and living from Him. We "believe" we want a Rolls Royce, and so we "speak" it into existence. This manuscript is a practical tool for readers to use for a variety of reasons. After we come to faith, we are privileged to speak about our faith and share our faith. But here, lest I wander from the point at hand, my aim in this introductory paragraph is to follow after and as it were exploit Paul’s correlation of believing, including what he believes, with his ministry. Paul, himself an Apostle, wrote to the Corinthian believers who were becoming increasingly idiosyncratic in their understanding of the Christian faith “for I delievered to you…what I received (received – literally handed on to me from the other Apostle – disciples). The recent shape of mission for me, for what it is worth, God knows, has been teaching Biblical Studies and Christian ethics to fledgling seminaries all over the Far East, in China, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, and India. Hope is apocalyptic, that is to state hope awaits the public unveiling of what is hidden from sight but known by the Gospel to be a present reality. It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak. In fact, I believe the matter goes deeper than this. No exertion of human will, intellect, or emotion can bring the Word of God to life in the soul, in the church, or in the world. The church is like John the Baptist who said “I must decrease he must increase’. Numbers 14:6-9 As the sweet psalmist wrote “I believed, therefore I spoke.” 2 Corinthians 4:13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak, 14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. ‎“The author tackles a practical topic from a place of personal experience. God has given us, through His Word, the ability, the privilege, the right, and the authority to speak as He speaks, to think His thoughts, and walk in His ways. I believe there is real “lost ness” in this world, and in all of us, but through the Gospel of Christ, the lost are found. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak (2 Corinthians 4:13). We need not stagger at the promise of God because of unbelief, fear, or the cares of this world. Jesus said go to the ends of the earth and preach the Gospel and Jesus’ refers to himself as the Son of Man, not some women and men but humanity. We must study this Scripture to hear God’s word with due attention to its time and culture, attending to the great theme that it is organized around – the Covenant God made to Abraham. From this phrase we are supposed to understand that David, who had a "heart after God", vindicates the practice of "speaking into existence" our own carnal and materialistic dreams by "faith". This phrase comes from a messianic prophecy in Psalm 116:10 and is quoted by Paul in II Corinthians 4:13: "I believed and therefore have spoken. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise! Just like God does, you see. This is a sermon based on 2Corinthians 4:13-18,… Between the word given in scripture and a person who believes this word, a miracle must subtle occur. It is time to be a voice for the Lord, proclaiming His glory and His good news, bringing light and joy to … So he was proud to make the words of the psalmist his own: “‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ With the same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak” (4:13). As such it reflects some of the ways I have come to grasp the Church’s truth and made sense of it so as to communicate it to others hopefully with a degree of relevance. The second of these indicates that the truth of which the Sacred Tradition sponsors, also speaks to our souls – our existence – our dreads, our fears, our guilt, our sorrows and regrets, our disenchantments, disappointments with life, our greed, lust and anxieties, and chiefly, the transience and brevity that holds our being in its grip. With the same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak” (4:13). This self imperative Paul the missionary lived under is no less obligatory today. Many are driven by anxiety, straining to secure the basic means of life, lost to its real end and purpose. And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak. Not of me and of my faith - or at any rate of me and my faith only in so far as it is pertinent. 2 Corinthians 4:13And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak, In this message I will be showing you biblical examples of persons who have walked in great levels of faith, simply because they understood this important faith principle. "I believe and therefore I speak." "I believe and therefore I speak." 3. Whenever the church fails to attend to Paul’s exposition of baptism it is a short step from sacrificing its distinctive teaching to ancient ideas of water and spiritual/moral cleansing. Inside this confession I have made my profession of faith taking care to accentuate how the common faith makes sense to me (intellectually and experientially), all the while committed to staying faithful to the ‘common faith’ (cf for instance the Apostles Creed). Readers will find the credibility in the author’s voice refreshing as they follow the informative direction. The Gospel is not only a private soul affair. In the Gospels, we read about the earthly Jesus of Nazareth, a particular man in a particular time and place. Here everyone learns to serve the common good and the needs of others. Christ in heaven did not hand over his saving power to the church. Understanding what I have come to believe is the key to understanding what shapes and empowers my experience and ministry. Indeed the gospel is a universal evangel to be preached to all people. More than a personal virtue love is the commitment to prioritize the common good and the good of others above oneself. We are persecuted, but we never have to stand it alone: we may be knocked down but we are never knocked out! This is the spiritual freedom to downsizes the prerogative to rule from above and bend under others to serve them, carry their burdens, and attend to their needs. I believe, therefore I speak of the God in whom I believe and of his liberating truth. The balance of the sentence requires the parallelism to be this, "According to that which is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak," namely, without fear, amidst "afflictions" and "deaths" ( 2 Corinthians 4:17). The macro vision of Scripture is the promised coming kingdom, which through the resurrection of the crucified Jesus made its debut. 2 Corinthians 4:13-18. “Not by might nor by power but by Spirit saith the Lord”. In his parables, Jesus spoke of the lost and the found but being lost and found is, however, not a one-size-fits-all matter. Ps 116:10 (NKJ) "I believed, therefore I spoke..." A slogan verse of the "faith" movement. The Spirit protects the freedom of God and creates the freedom of all womankind and mankind open to the Gospel. It is from this position, in pursuit of this understanding I have scripted the following. Mat 5:10 When we think of being a peacemaker we think of resolving arguments, bringing an end to strife. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. What is the benefit of speaking? Forgiveness is the pinnacle of love because it overcomes hostilities, offenses, and injuries and in doing so restores harmony and unity whether the community consists of only two or a multitude. Passionately (according to its root meaning) because we know action, in itself, will not carry the day. The spirit of faith operates in this manner: “I believe and therefore I speak.” We are made in God’s image and this is how God works. Since we have that same spirit of faith, which corresponds to what is written: “I believed; therefore, I have spoken,” we also believe, and therefore we speak. 2. I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted: I believed. I. Preach Your Convictions. 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