Does God have any faith in humans?
Consider what Jesus taught:
48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)
Perfection is an incredibly high goal.
But God has a plan. A plan that most who profess Christ do not understand. Many parts of His plan are laid out with His Holy Days.
In general, the world either is unaware of God's Holy Days, or they discount them as 'Jewish' and not applicable for Christians. But that is an erroneous view. Yet, because they do this, most do not observe God's Holy Days, but instead often observe compromised/demonic holidays (see also Should You Observe God’s Holy Days or Demonic Holidays?).
(A related sermon is titled: Does God have faith in humans?)
The Days of Unleavened Bread are seven days long. Seven is the biblical number of completion.
The Bible declares that the last day, the seventh day, of unleavened bread is to be observed with a holy convocation:
15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat — that only may be prepared by you. (Exodus 12:15-16)
8 Six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a sacred assembly to the Lord your God. You shall do no work on it. (Deuteronomy 16:8)
Well, by the seventh day of unleavened bread, Christians should have been avoiding leaven for the week, and hopefully paying a bit more attention to their own spiritual growth.
So, apparently God concluded that this would be a good time for a holy convocation, sacred assembly--in other words, church services.
The Bible says:
14 The Lord upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season. (Psalms 145:14-15)
The 'food' God has for His people on the seventh day of unleavened bread is spiritual. That is why this day is a holy convocation.
Jesus spoke about spiritual food:
31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."
32 But He said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know."
33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?"
34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.' 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors." (John 4:31-38)
The Apostle Paul wrote:
1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
So, is it your 'food' to do God's will and to support finishing His work in these last days?
Or are you improperly putting off doing what you should?
The last day of unleavened bread is a day to consider that.
Are you moving towards perfection?
You should be.
Notice what the New Testament Book of Hebrews teaches:
1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection (Hebrews 6:1)
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20)
Christians are to go on to perfection, and Jesus is our example.
Notice also something that Jesus taught:
9 ... "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
While we are not perfect in this life (cf. 1 John 1:10), we are to strive for perfection. God will perfect us if we submit to His mercy:
8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands. (Psalms 138:8)
The Apostle Paul taught that he was striving towards perfection as he had not yet attained it:
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)
Part of the purpose of the ministry is to help Christians become perfect. Notice some of the Apostle Paul's writing:
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:27-28)
28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. (Colossians 1:28-29)
12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12-13)
9 For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God, 10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith? (1 Thessalonians 3:9-10)
These passages help demonstrate that perfection takes time, teaching, and effort.
Notice that even Jesus was made "perfect" through His sufferings:
10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Hebrews 2:10)
And what about us? Notice what James was inspired to write:
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:2-12)
Christians have to endure.
We are not yet perfect.
Notice something that John the Baptist taught:
4 Now John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, 9 and do not think to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Matthew 3:4-10)
Do not tell yourself, "Hey, I keep the Sabbath and Holy Days, etc., so I have good fruit." The Pharisees and Sadducees did that, and were told they were a brood of vipers.
Do you bear good fruit? Do you support the work of God as you should?
Furthermore, in your personal life, are you setting the right example?
Back in 1983, the late Herbert W. Armstrong published the following:
How many times have you heard non-Christians, judging one who professes Christ, say in disgust, "Well if that's Christianity, I don't want any of it!"
How many judge GOD by the way professing Christians live? How many assume that one must live a perfect life, before he can become a Christian?
How many say, "If I could give up smoking, I'd become a Christian."
How many think a Christian is supposed to be perfect, never doing anything wrong? Suppose you do see or hear about a Christian doing something WRONG. Does that mean he is a hypocrite — that he is not really a Christian, after all?
Is it possible for one to actually SIN, while he is a Christian, and still remain a truly converted Christian?
I suppose many would reply in the negative. But here is a vital point you need to UNDERSTAND!
It's hard to believe but TRUE! Few know just what is a Christian. Few know HOW one is converted — whether suddenly, all at once, or gradually. Does conversion happen immediately, or is it a PROCESS? IT'S HIGH TIME WE UNDERSTAND!
The TRUTH is that there is a sense in which true conversion does take place at a definite time — all at once. But it is also true that in another sense conversion is worked out gradually — a process of development and growth.
Now NOTICE CAREFULLY!
WHEN does one really become a Christian? It is when he receives God's Holy Spirit. In Romans 8:9, we read that unless we have the Holy Spirit, we are not Christ's — not Christians.
There is a definite TIME when God's Spirit enters into one. At the very moment he receives the Holy Spirit, he is, in this first sense, converted. Yes, all at once! If he has Christ's Spirit, he is CHRIST'S — he is a Christian! He has been begotten as a child of God.
But does that mean his salvation is complete? Is he now fully and finally "saved"? Is that all there is to it? Is he now suddenly perfect? Is it now impossible for him to do WRONG?
NO! FAR FROM IT! But WHY? What's the answer? Why do so many misunderstand?
Here is the PLAIN TRUTH you need to know.
First, there are TWO conditions to becoming a Christian: REPENTANCE, and FAITH. These two we, ourselves, must perform. Yet no one can, of himself, say, "Oh now I see — I must repent. All right, I hereby repent." One does not just decide casually, as a matter of routine, to repent. WHY?
Jesus Christ said that none can come to him, except the Spirit of the Father draw him. God grants repentance. God calls one, and convicts the mind and conscience by his Spirit, working on the mind externally. Usually a real struggle goes on within. The person has been shaken to know he has done wrong — he has sinned. He is not only sorry — he abhors himself! He is brought to real REPENTANCE not only for what he has done, but for what he now sees that he is.
Yet he, himself, must make the decision. If he does repent, surrender to God and in FAITH accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior, then, upon performance of these TWO conditions, God promises to put within him the GIFT of the Holy Spirit. This is the very life of GOD — SPIRIT life. It imparts to him the very divine nature!
Then what, at that stage, has happened?
This new convert has only been begotten of God — not yet BORN. He has not received the full measure of God's Spirit Christ had — he is only a spiritual babe in Christ — he must now GROW spiritually, just as a newly conceived fetus in its mother's womb must grow physically large enough to be BORN as a human.
This new convert has now REPENTED, in his mind, from the depths of his heart. HE MEANS IT, too! In all sincerity, in his mind and heart he has turned around to go the other way — to live a different life. He is now a CHRISTIAN — he has received God's Holy Spirit. He really wants to do what is right — to obey God — to live GOD'S WAY.
YET HE FINDS HE DOES NOT DO THIS PERFECTLY! Many, at this stage, become discouraged. Some give up even trying to live a Christian life. And WHY? Because of the false notion that a Christian is one who becomes PERFECT at one fell swoop — or that one cannot become a Christian until he has broken all wrong habits, and made himself righteous.
It's vital to UNDERSTAND how true Christianity REALLY WORKS!
The newly begotten Christian must grow up, spiritually. What would you think of a human baby, who became 6 feet tall all at once, without growing up? The growing up process requires TIME. There is an instant when a person receives the impregnating Holy Spirit of God — when he first becomes a Christian. But he is only a spiritual infant. He must grow up spiritually.
The newly converted person, in his mind and heart, sincerely has ABOUT-FACED! He has actually gained contact with GOD and received God's Holy Spirit. God's own divine NATURE has now been conceived within him. BUT THAT'S ALL. It is merely conceived — not yet full grown! And his HUMAN NATURE is still there. It has not been killed or removed!
God's PURPOSE in having created humanity — in having caused YOU to be born — is to reproduce himself. And GOD, above all things, is PERFECT, RIGHTEOUS CHARACTER! God is able to create character within us — but it must be done as a result of our independent free choice. We, as individual separate entities, have our part in the process.
What is perfect character? It is the ability, in a separate entity, to come to the KNOWLEDGE of the right from the wrong — the true from the false and to CHOOSE the right, and possess the WILL to enforce self-discipline to DO the right and resist the wrong.
God's CHARACTER travels in the direction of his law — the way of LOVE. It is an outgoing CONCERN for others. GOD has that character! He has an outgoing concern for you and for me. He GAVE his only begotten Son to reconcile us to him, and make the JOYS of his character and everlasting life possible for us. He showers on us every good and precious gift. He even puts within us his DIVINE NATURE — when we repent and turn from the WRONG way of THIS WORLD, begin to resist it and turn TO him through faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior!
God's divine nature is the nature of love — of giving, serving, helping — of outgoing concern.
It is the nature of humility.
Now when one is converted — has repented, and turned from Satan's and this world's false WAY and has at once received God's Holy Spirit — his HUMAN nature, as I said before, does not flee. It, too, remains. It still exerts a pull. We still live in THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD, and it exerts a pull. God still allows Satan to be around — and HE exerts a pull.
So we now have THREE PULLS to RESIST — to OVERCOME! We must now overcome these three — Satan, this world and our own SELVES. We have to battle against these three, in order to develop and strengthen RIGHT CHARACTER within us. God says plainly it is THE OVERCOMERS who shall be saved — who shall REIGN with Christ!
No human being is strong enough to do this BY HIMSELF! He must seek, and IN FAITH receive, the help and power of GOD. Even with God's power he will not overcome such forces easily, or all at once. IT IS NOT EASY! Christ plainly said the way to ultimate salvation is hard, difficult. It's a constant BATTLE — a struggle against self, the world and the devil. The creation of CHARACTER comes through EXPERIENCE — it takes TIME!
THIS development is a PROCESS. It is a matter of GROWTH — DEVELOPMENT. It requires, to become PERFECT, full and right KNOWLEDGE of the very Word of God — because Jesus taught that we must live by EVERY WORD OF GOD.
The natural, unconverted mind cannot fully and rightly UNDERSTAND the Scriptures of God. The acquisition of this KNOWLEDGE, in itself, is a procedure requiring TIME. It is the DOERS of this Word, not hearers only, who shall be saved.
But can any man DO, immediately and all at once, this new WAY he now learns about? Can any man, all at once, break all HABITS he now sees are wrong? No, he finds he has a FIGHT against acquired former habits.
He still has this PULL of human nature to overcome. This nature is A LAW working within him. The apostle Paul calls it the law of sin and death.
Paul was converted. Paul was a real Christian. He had repented, accepted Christ and received the Holy Spirit. With his MIND, he wanted with all his heart, and in real intense sincerity, to DO God's WAY! But did Paul DO it perfectly?
Let him tell. LISTEN!
"For we know that the law is spiritual," he wrote, "but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I … Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me." He is speaking of human nature within him. He continues, " … for to WILL is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do … O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Rom. 7:14-15, 18-19, 24.) Then he thanks God that GOD WILL — through Jesus Christ, and by the power of his HOLY SPIRIT. BUT IT TAKES TIME!
The truly converted Christian will find that he often stumbles, under temptation, and falls down — even as a physical child, learning to walk, often falls down. But the year-old child does not get discouraged and give up. He gets up and starts out again. THE TRULY CONVERTED CHRISTIAN IS NOT YET PERFECT!
God LOOKS ON THE HEART — the inner MOTIVE — the real intent! If someone is trying — if he or she gets up whenever he or she falls down, and in repentance asks God's forgiveness, and sets out to do the very best NOT TO MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN — and to persevere with renewed effort to OVERCOME, God is rich in mercy toward that person in his or her striving to overcome.
Speaking to CONVERTED CHRISTIANS, John writes, " … these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin … " (even though he ought not) " … we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for OUR sins . " (I John 2:1-2). Yes, for the SINS of converted CHRISTIANS. Such people often are under heavier temptation than before conversion. They are STRIVING against sin — STRIVING to overcome. But they are not yet perfect. Sometimes they are caught off guard. They may actually sin. Then they WAKE UP, as it were, and realize what they have done. They REPENT. They are filled with remorse — truly sorry — disgusted with themselves. They go to GOD, and CRY OUT for HELP — for more power and strength from God to OVERCOME!
This is the WAY of the Christian!
It is the way of a constant BATTLE — a striving against SIN — a seeking God in earnest prayer for help and spiritual POWER to overcome. They are constantly GAINING GROUND. They are constantly GROWING in God's KNOWLEDGE, from the BIBLE. They are constantly rooting out wrong habits, driving themselves into RIGHT habits. They are constantly growing closer to GOD through Bible study and prayer. They are constantly growing in CHARACTER, toward perfection, even though not yet perfect.
With Paul, they say, "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I FOLLOW AFTER … Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, FORGETTING those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS"! (Phil. 3:12-14.)
But, someone may ask, what if one's life is cut off, and he dies before he has attained this perfection? Is he saved, or lost? The answer is that we shall never obtain absolute perfection in this life.
I said, earlier, that a person who is converted does receive the Holy Spirit at a definite time — all at once! Not the full measure Christ had — he is not at once full grown spiritually — only a spiritual babe in Christ. Yet he is then a changed, converted man — changed in mind, in attitude, in the direction he has set himself to strive to travel. Even though he has not yet reached perfection — even though he may have stumbled under temptation and taken a spiritual fall — as long as, in his mind and heart, he is earnestly striving to travel GOD'S WAY, to overcome and grow spiritually — as long as God's Spirit is in him — as long as he is being LED by the Spirit of God, he is a begotten SON of God.
If, anywhere along this life's journey, that life is cut short, such a man will be resurrected. It is only the foolish one who deliberately QUITS and GIVES UP — who REJECTS God, and God's WAY, and rejects Christ as his Savior — who turns FROM this direction of GOD'S WAY in his mind and heart — in his inner INTENT — who deliberately and intentionally in his mind TURNS FROM Christ, who is lost. If, once having been converted, having received God's Spirit, and TASTED of the joys of GOD'S WAY, one deliberately rejects that way, makes the DECISION, not under stress of temptation, but deliberately and finally, NOT to go God's way, then God says it is IMPOSSIBLE to renew such a one to repentance. He would have to REPENT of that decision. But if he WILLFULLY made it, not in a time of temptation, but calmly, deliberately, willfully, then he just WILL NOT ever repent of it.
But anyone who FEARS he may have committed the "unpardonable sin" — is perhaps worried about it and HOPES he has not committed it and still WANTS to have God's salvation — no such has committed it. Such a person MAY repent and go right on to salvation IF HE WANTS TO!
If YOU have stumbled and fallen down, DON'T BE DISCOURAGED! Get up and press on ahead! (Armstrong HW. Personal. Plain Truth, February 1983)
While the Bible mentions that striving for perfection is important for Christians, it also indicates that such striving leads to the development of character.
Character includes reputation, but it is more than that. But let's first look at some scriptures related to reputation:
11 Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right. (Proverbs 20:11)
2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; (Acts 6:2-3)
1 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); 6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:1-7)
Of course, some have false reputations. Jesus condemned people for that:
25 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matthew 23:25-28)
Character, while manifested in reputation, is real, whereas some reputations are not. Some appear real when they are not:
14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)
However, those who truly strive for perfection and not hypocrisy will, with God's help, build the type of genuine character that God wants His people to have.
Here are some passages from the Apostle Paul about character:
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:1-4)
Notice also that Paul commended Timothy for having proven character:
19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. (Philippians 2:19-22)
Character is built as one strives for perfection and endures to the end.
In the early 2nd century, Ignatius of Antioch taught about love, character, and Christ living His life in Christians:
…the believing have, in love, the character of God the Father by Jesus Christ, by whom, if we are not in readiness to die into His passion, His life is not in us. (Ignatius’ Letter to the Magnesians, Chapter 5. Roberts & Donaldson, Anti-Nicene Fathers)
So, early Christians valued character and believed that they needed to demonstrate proper character.
Does God have faith in His people?
Notice something from the late David Jon Hill:
One way that God demonstrates His faith in us is to give us His written word:
God would not have bothered to do that if He did not have faith we could make it.
God also gave a ministry:
You might be surprised by how many 'winds of doctrine' there are out there. Many 'new truths' are slightly repackaged old heresies.
God's plan includes His faith that His people will be able to make it. But is not always easy.
Consider that God's word also says:
So, both a warning and hope are given to us, as well as some actions to take.
God had a plan for humans before we existed as Jesus was "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8). Consider also:
The Father and Son had faith in humans to have a plan that involved sending Jesus to suffer and die for humans. If they did not have faith any humans would respond, they would not have had such a plan.
Getting Rid of Sin as We Strive Towards Perfection
In a sermon, Herbert Armstrong stated:
God has a plan for you.
What does God want you to do?
The Bible also teaches:
8 And what does the LORD require of you, But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).
Does God have a plan for humans? The answer is clearly YES!
The Bible teaches:
What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet (Hebrews 2:6).
God says humans (meaning both females and males) are different from the rest of creation, because humans are to be over all things.
In the Old Testament, Job understood that God had a plan for him when he stated to God, "You shall desire the work of Your hands" (Job 14:15). What Job meant was that after he was resurrected (this is discussed in the verses prior; see also What Did Early Christians Understand About the Resurrections?), Job knew that God had a specific plan, a "meaning of life," for him personally. Something for him to do in God's kingdom. God also has a specific plan for you.
In the New Testament, Jesus taught the same thing. When He taught:
In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself (John 14:2-3).
Jesus was saying that He would prepare a place for YOU if you were one of the Father's children. God has a plan for you! He has something for you to do!
But can you make it?
The Apostle Paul wrote:
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; (Philippians 1:3-6)
God has a plan for you that will work. That is why He laid out the Holy Days. He has faith in you and if you do not give up your faith in Him, He will be able to accomplish His plan for you.
A related sermon is titled: Does God have faith in humans?
Thiel B. Perfection? Does God have faith in humans? COGwriter (c) http://www.cogwriter.com/perfection-gods-faith-in-humans.htm 2016 0423
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