Eph2:8-10 One Foundation: Faith in Christ
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## One Foundation (3): # Faith in Christ [(Elbing Catechism)](https://archive.org/details/catechismorbrief00elbi "ref") [(Workbook)](https://archive.org/details/catechismworkboo00unse "ref") --- # What must we **do**
to be **saved**? >>> + salvation is not **universal**: + Christ **died** for all, but + not all will be **saved**: --- ## One Foundation
1. **Creation** (who *God* is)
1. **Fall** (who *we* are)
1. **Redemption** (how we are *saved*) 1. Divine **Provision**
1. Human **Response** + **Faith** in Christ
+ **Life** and Conduct
>>> + last week: **God's** plan to save us + this + next week: our **response** --- ## Week 3: Faith in Christ 1. Saving **Faith** 1. New *Birth* and Godly *Life* 1. Being Made **Holy** 1. *Justification* 1. *Sanctification* 1. The **Sacraments** 1. The *Church* of God 1. *Baptism* 1. The *Lord's Supper* >>> Outline for today: + What does it mean to have **faith** in Christ? + Are we **holy / righteous** in God's sight? + What are the **sacraments**? + holy (set aside, special) rituals + **symbolic** meaning --- These have been written
so that you may **believe**
that Jesus is the **Christ**, the **Son of God**; and that believing
you may have **life** in His name.
John 20:31 (NASB)
>>> + **purpose** why John recorded gospel: + **believe** (faith) in Jesus: + is the **Christ** + is the Son of **God** + have **life** in Him (regeneration) + repentance ⇒ **faith** ⇒ new **life** + so what does **faith** entail? --- Q.125: What does **true faith** imply? A: Real **repentance** and **sorrow** for sin:
that we become **convinced** of our sinfulness,
and **repent** thereof. >>> + **repentance**: + recognize we are utterly **lost** without Christ + **turn**: change of heart --- **Cast away** from you all the **transgressions**
that you have committed,
and make yourselves a **new heart**
and a **new spirit**! **Why** will you die, O house of Israel?
For I have **no pleasure** in the death of anyone,
declares the Lord God; so **turn**, and **live**.
Ezekiel 18:31-32 (ESV)
>>> + God **desires** that all may be saved + but we must **turn**: + **away** from sin + selfishness + **toward** God + **new heart**: --- He **saved** us, not because of **works**
done by us in righteousness, but according to his own **mercy**,
by the washing of **regeneration**
and **renewal** of the Holy Spirit
Titus 3:4-5 (ESV)
[Great Smoky Mountains, USA. Jordan Whitt](https://unsplash.com/photos/b8rkmfxZjdU "caption") >>> + regeneration: born again (Nicodemus) --- Now faith is the **substance** of things **hoped** for,
the **evidence** of things **not seen**. By faith **Abel**, ... **Enoch**, ... **Noah**, ...
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
>>> + "substance" (ὑπόστασις): support + NAS/ESV: assurance + NIV: confidence + "evidence" (ἔλεγχος): proof + NAS/ESV: conviction + NIV: assurance + **life** of taking God at His Word --- # What kind of **faith**
saves us? >>> + **repent** (turn): + away from sin + toward God + **believe**: Christ, Son of God + **live**: taking God at His Word --- ## Week 3: Faith in Christ 1. Saving Faith 1. New Birth and Godly Life 1. **Being Made Holy** 1. **Justification** 1. **Sanctification** 1. The Sacraments 1. The Church of God 1. Baptism 1. The Lord's Supper >>> + justification: deemed **righteous** + no longer under **judgment** + sanctification: cleansed **holy** + **clean** vs unclean + set **apart**, distinct, not common / defiled --- We beg you on behalf of Christ,
be **reconciled** to God. He made Him who knew **no sin**
to **be sin** on our behalf, so that we might become
the **righteousness of God** in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (NASB)
>>> + become **righteousness**: justified + through **unfairness** of sin **imputed** to Christ --- But now that you have been set **free from sin**
and have become **slaves of God**, the **fruit** you get leads to **sanctification**
and its end, **eternal life**.
Romans 6:22 (ESV)
>>> + v20-21: slave to sin + ⇒ fruit of shame + ⇒ end is death --- As **obedient** children, do not be conformed
to the **passions** of your former **ignorance**, but as he who **called** you is holy,
you also **be holy** in all your conduct
1 Peter 1:14-15 (ESV)
>>> + standard is **God** + not **other** people + not graded on a **curve** --- For by a single **offering**
he **has perfected** for all time
those who **are being sanctified**.
Hebrews 10:14 (ESV)
>>> + last week: single offering + has perfected: finished justification + being sanctified: in progress --- # Are we **righteous** in God's eyes? # Are we **holy**? --- ## Week 3: Faith in Christ 1. Saving Faith 1. New Birth and Godly Life 1. Being Made Holy 1. Justification 1. Sanctification 1. **The Sacraments** 1. **The Church of God** 1. Baptism 1. The Lord's Supper --- To the **church** of God that is in Corinth,
to those **sanctified** in Christ Jesus,
**called** to be saints together with all those who in **every place**
**call** upon the name of our Lord **Jesus Christ**,
both **their** Lord and **ours**
1 Corinthians 1:2 (ESV)
>>> + this is the **church**: + **sanctified** + **called** together + **call** upon Christ as **Lord** --- And let us consider how to **stir** up
one another to **love** and **good works**, not neglecting to **meet together**,
as is the habit of some,
but **encouraging** one another,
and all the more as
you see **the Day** drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
--- ## Week 3: Faith in Christ 1. Saving Faith 1. New Birth and Godly Life 1. Being Made Holy 1. Justification 1. Sanctification 1. **The Sacraments** 1. The Church of God 1. **Baptism** 1. The Lord's Supper --- Go therefore and **make disciples** of all nations, **baptizing** them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, **teaching** them to observe
all that I have commanded you.
Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)
--- Q.146: What is the **purpose** of baptism? A: It **identifies** the believer with his Lord. + It is also an **ordinance** of Christ
serving as a **sign** + of being spiritually **born** of God, + of **putting on** Christ, + and of being **united** with the Church. + It is the evidence of a **covenant** with Christ.
--- We were **buried** therefore with him
by **baptism** into death, in order that, just as Christ was **raised** from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
we too might walk in **newness of life**.
Romans 6:4 (ESV)
--- ## Week 3: Faith in Christ 1. Saving Faith 1. New Birth and Godly Life 1. Being Made Holy 1. Justification 1. Sanctification 1. **The Sacraments** 1. The Church of God 1. Baptism 1. **The Lord's Supper** --- When He had given thanks, He broke it and said,
“This is My **body**, which is for you;
do this in **remembrance** of Me.” ... “This cup is the **new covenant** in My blood;
do this, as often as you drink it,
in **remembrance** of Me.”
1 Corinthians 11:24-25 (NASB)
--- Let a person **examine himself**, then, and so
eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks
without **discerning** the **body**
eats and drinks **judgment** on himself
1 Corinthians 11:28-29 (ESV)
>>> + "discern" (διακρίνων): **judge** back-and-forth + distinguish, separate, recognise distinction + body of **Christ**: recognize uniqueness of sacrifice + **own** body: judge by God's standard + body of **church**: called out from the world --- # What is the symbolism of **baptism** and **communion**? --- For by **grace** you have been saved
through **faith**. And this is not your **own doing**;
it is the **gift of God**,
not a result of **works**, so that no one may **boast**
Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV) (p.1/2)
>>> + Christ showed **grace** to us + free **gift** + Our response is to **trust** Him + repentance, belief, life --- For we are his **workmanship**,
created in Christ Jesus for **good works**, which God prepared beforehand,
that we should **walk** in them.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) (p.2/2)
>>> + God **formed** us for good **works** + not **passive** enjoyment + **next** time: what are these **good works**? ---