Faith and Its Contingencies

This is a subsidiary post to Faith.

Luke 8:13  –  “they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away”

John 8:30, 31, 32  –  Note the “if” in John 8:1.

Acts 13:8  –  “seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith”  –  The full episode (Acts 13:6-12) indicates that the proconsul was not yet a believer at this point; preliminary to faith, he was seeking to hear the word of God.  Then, once Paul dispensed with the problem, the proconsul believed.

Acts 14:22  –  “encouraging them to continue in the faith”  –  There must have been a possibility of their “not continuing in the faith,” for you only encourage someone to do something when there is the possibility they won’t do it.

Acts 16:5  –  Presumably, without the work of Paul and Timothy, these churches would have gone unstrengthened.

1 Corinthians 16:13  – It must be possible to not “stand firm in the faith.”

Colossians 1:23  –  It must be possible to not “continue in the faith.”

1 Timothy 4:1  –  It must be possible for us to “fall away from the faith.”

1 Timothy 6:10 –  It must be possible to “wander away from the faith.”

1 Timothy 6:21  –  It must be possible to “go astray from the faith.”

2 Timothy 2:8 –  It must be possible for faith to be “upset.”

2 Timothy 4:7  –  It must be possible to “keep” or “not keep” the faith.

Titus 1:13  –  It must be possible to not “be sound in the faith” – that is, we might be “unsound” in it.

James 1:2, 3, 4  –  Our faith is tested, it is tried.  If we endure, our faith will be matured.  Otherwise…?

Jude 1:3  –  If Jude is encouraging his readers to “contend earnestly for the faith” there must be contingencies associated with their steadfastness or lack thereof.  In this regard, see Jude 1:5 below.

Jude 1:5  –  “the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.”  –  See also 1 Corinthians 10:5 and Hebrews 3:18, 19.

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