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The Greatest Faith

 

 

By

Wm West

Statement of Declaration: The author of this work believes without reservation, that the King James Bible is more than just a priceless work of literary art, which it is. But it is has indeed been preserved without error by God's providence as an infallible book that the common man in the English speaking world can hold and own, and the light it can give rest entirely on that man's faith in it and its Author. And all those who believe otherwise have either been duped, have an unclean motive, are just ignorant or see no issue of importance in having God's word readily available in an infallible form. No amount of linguist ability can give any extra light if there is doubt to its content, the Holy Spirit will not honour anyone that want to subject this English Bible to an inferior position.

Yours truly,

A saved beggar from a dung heap.

 

 Wm. West

 

1Sa 2:8  He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, [and] lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth [are] the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them.

 

 

 

 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

 

Faith is a word used loosely my many, back in the 70’s a phrase that was often heard was “keep the faith, or just have faith”. These were empty ambiguous slogan, which were generic at best. There are similar to the phrase; have faith in God, and the rest of the vague claptrap. They never defines which “God” or in the case of faith, FAITH IN WHAT? This undefined faith is used to pacify all and offend none. For I can have faith

in a lie or a false prophet or cause. A perfect example is Alcoholic Anonymous slogan let go and let God. But the truth is A.A. believes in worship of a “god”, as you understand him, which is sheer mental idolatry, for if it is not the God of the Bible then your faith is a molded mental image. This is no better then fallen down in front of a craved stock of wood; it is just a little more refined and within acceptable limits. (After all one can be a pagan, but it is socially unacceptable to be referred to them as such; the term irreligious person is fitting)

  History dictates that the faith many - had were in falsehood-, be it Stalin, evolution, The Divine Wind, Hitler, Karl Marx or snake oil. Millions - had faith and have trusted in delusions. So this being the case -, and it is! Let us look at a few verses to bring us back to reality, as there is no book on the face of the Earth, which can do this, except the Bible.

 

   Job 12:16 With him [is] strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver [are] his.

2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

1Ki 18:26-29 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed [it], and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But [there was] no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar, which was made.  (27)  And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he [is] a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, [or] peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.  (28)  And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.  (29) And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the [time] of the offering of the [evening] sacrifice, that [there was] neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

 

  The three examples above plainly speak of false faith. The first two tell us that if you do not received the truth you will receive a lie. AND GOD WILL PROVIDE A LIE AND A DECIEVER FOR THOSE WHO REJECT THE TRUTH. In short, God will give a man over to a reprobate mind. For even a man who claims not to have faith in anything will have faith in himself.

Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

    The last set of verses, which would benefit you to read, answers the notions of just being sincere and earnest in what you believe in justifies the belief.

No one could doubt the prophets of Baal display earnestness; cutting and lancing oneself till the blood poured is sure sign of faith. And if faith without works is dead,

They had – works, but faith in a lie does not change the lie, it only hides it. A friend of mine  once said, “choose your lollipop, there are all kinds of flavours”. The truth is, you're just being another sucker for the devil!

 Many a devout Roman Catholic is burning in Hell, not because of their works, but for the object of their faith. Faith in the saints, Mary, baptism, good works or a church may give an object for your faith, but it is misguided faith at best.

 

The Bible is a book of absolutes, and the only absolute means of salvation is total trust in the propitiation for our sins, which is faith in Jesus Christ. He

willingly became a substitute for our sins by paying the ultimate price ----Death on the cross of Calvary.

 Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Joh 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

And the same can be said of any religion, which places faith in any other means of salvation. And this means Baptist as well (like shaking the preacher hand and joining the church.).

  Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

(If there is a different way then Jesus was a liar and we’ll all join him in hell.)

 

   So what does this have to do with “THE GREATEST FAITH”?

 Well, plenty!  The biblical order of study is to show the natural before the spiritual.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

{Gen 4:1-2 Rom 5:19,Gal 4:31}

For before we can speak of true biblical faith a brief discourse was needed of false faith.

 

 Now to the subject at hand, “THE GREATEST FAITH” or who in God’s Holy Writ had the greatest faith. It could not be Jesus Christ our Lord because of the definition of faith itself. Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

   Jesus, being God in the flesh knew the future and could see the beginning from the end. Jesus also is the object of our faith and we are to seek him. The Son never had to seek the Father, for he is a member of the Godhead and these three are one.

1Jo 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

 Jesus, of course is the Word, according to John 1:1.

  Therefore we are left with saved sinners, the saints of God. Nevertheless the chapter of the hero of faith lists many with great faith.

Hebrews chapter 11 is not a complete list, as the person with the greatest faith is not found there. Yet, to prove my point let us go there.

Heb 11:1-40 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  (2) For by it the elders obtained a good report.  (3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  (4) By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.  (5) By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  (6) But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  (7) By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.  (8) By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  (9) By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as [in] a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  (10) For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker [is] God.  (11) Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.  (12) Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.  (13) These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  (14) For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  (15) And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  (16) But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.  (17) By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten [son],  (18) Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:  (19) Accounting that God [was] able to raise [him] up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.  (20) By faith Isaac blessed Jacob

and Esau concerning things to come.  (21) By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, [leaning] upon the top of his staff.  (22) By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.  (23) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw [he was] a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.  (24) By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;  (25) Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;  (26) Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  (27) By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.  (28) Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.  (29) By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry [land]: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.  (30) By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.  (31) By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.  (32) And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and [of] Barak, and [of] Samson, and [of] Jephthae; [of] David also, and Samuel, and [of] the prophets:  (33) Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,  (34)  Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.  (35) Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:  (36) And others had trial of [cruel] mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:  (37) They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;  (38)  (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and [in] mountains, and [in] dens and caves of the earth.  (39) And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:  (40) God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

 

  A reading of the chapter clearly points to great acts of faith, which are not to be diminished. Yet, in many of these saints had the advantage of hearing

the voice of God or seeing his mighty works or coming from homes where they were taught both fear and faith in God.

 A harlot and a thief presented the greatest acts of faith, while the harlot Rahab’s faith was moved with great fear and love for her household, the thief on the cross had greater faith.

 Rahab’s faith is in line with Noah according to Writ.

Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

 Heb 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

Joshua 2:9-12  And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.  (10)  For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that [were] on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.  (11)  And as soon as we had heard [these things], our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he [is] God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.  (12)  Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token:

 Rahab was an outlandish woman, a gentile, and a harlot. Therefore, nothing in her background and her sordid life would suggest great faith. Nevertheless she put her own life on the line by lying to the king of Jericho and hiding the spies, due to fear and had faith that God might spare her if she hide the spies.

  Fear and faith compliment one another.  Psa 33:18  Behold, the eye of the LORD [is] upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

  The one with the greatest faith is not found in the Faith Chapter. This soul was unnamed, yet in a few short verses displayed more faith then any other character in the Holy Writ. And his conversation and conversion does more to discredit false doctrine than any other in the entire New Testament.

Luke 23:39-43 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Now seeing that it is against Scripture to add to God’s writing revelation, we can only go by the written account.

Proverbs 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Deuteronomy 12:32  What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Revelation 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

 

 

            THE OTHER THIEF        

I am the other thief, I was on Calvary’s hill

I saw the man called Jesus whom the soldiers killed

I heard the foul cursing, mockery and spew

And Jesus cried forgive they know not what they do

I felt the nails also for they were in my hands

Yet amid my pain and suffering I also cursed that man

II

The other thief there with me also shared the pain

But he cried Lord remember and his soul he gained

Now he no longer suffers, but I have this flame

If I could be renailed, I would do the same

Remember me; remember me, I remember well

Better to trust him on a cross then feel the flames of HELL

Wm. West

 

 

Notice these seven obvious things about the repetitive thief!

1.     He feared God

2.     He rebuked one of own for not fearing (most men keep their mouth shut.)

3.     He stood up for Jesus Christ ( this man hath done nothing amiss)

4.     He knew his guilt, before man and God ( we indeed justly; for we receive the due rewards of our deeds)

5.     He called Jesus Lord

6.     He believed in a resurrection ( remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom)

7.     When Jesus promise him he would be in paradise the conversation ended, for that was enough. (He believed in eternal security )

 

 

 But perchance these seven items are not enough to sway you. So, let’s dig out the treasure of the Writ.

Job 28:1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold [where] they fine [it].

What did the thief see with the natural eye?

Isa 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

Psalms 22:6 But I [am] a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

Psalms 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

Psalms 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Isa 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

Mar 15:31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.

Psa 129:3 The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.

Isa 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

 

 

The thief’s natural eye would see just another naked Jew beaten to a pulp, whose face was marred, whip marks from scrounging, spit and blood upon a pulled out beard. 

  And this thief going through the same living hell, trust this dying man to be a resurrected king. What faith the thief had, why Jesus’ Apostles had fled and hid

But you say what would make the thief repent and become a trophy to the grace of God?

The highest example of man’s wrath was killing God’s Son, the Beloved. Yet, The Thief’s faith and conversion fulfilled Scripture.

Psa 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.

Those that crucified and reviled Jesus in mockery preached a message to this thief. For what they said in contempt, the thief turns into a Gospel message of faith.  I have taken the liberty to highlight some key words the thief heard.

Matthew 27:40-43  And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest [it] in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.  (41)  Likewise also the chief priests mocking [him], with the scribes and elders, said,  (42)  He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.  (43)  He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

Mark 15:32  Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

Luke 23:34-35  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.  (35)  And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided [him], saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.

  We have no way of knowing all that was said and – would only be speculation. However, the Gospel was presented to him.

 

Notice what defines the Gospel.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

1.      The thief  was dying and knew that Jesus would also

2.    He could see Jesus’ friends and mother and knew a burial was certain.

 

1.      He heard Jesus ask for forgiveness of others sins despite the mockery and the suffering he was going through.

2.    Jesus called God his Father and his enemies called him the Son of God and the chosen of God, the King of Israel and the Christ.

3.     Jesus saved others.

4.    Jesus could come down from the cross

5.     There was no hatred in Jesus’ voice, only compassion and forgiveness for others had him and communication with God. (Men do not die this way, while being tortured.)

6.    And could Jesus’ really destroy the temple and resurrect it in three days?

 

Every point of the Gospel was in earshot of the thief, and against negative evidences the Thief trusted Jesus Christ as both Lord and King.

 The definition of faith is meet and surpasses all before him.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

      Finally, the thief utterly destroys all false damnable heresies pertaining to salvation promoted by Papist, Protestants, Church of Christ elders, Mormons, Russelites, liberals, Christian Science (what an oxymoron). United Pentecostals, and any other advocate of similar persuasion.

1.      If Jesus did not save the thief, Jesus was an evil man or a ravening lunatic for lying and giving false hopes of paradise to a dying man.

2.      The thief never made amends to those he had stolen from.

3.      The thief was not baptized, unless you believe that he was pried off the cross, dipped him in water and then nailed him back.

4.      There is no record of him speaking in tongues, unless you called cursing at those who nailed him a “heavenly language.

5.      He did not become a member of any local church or local Baptist Church.       

Did I hear a Baptist Brider gasp?

6.      No last rites were offered, no wafers are mentioned, neither did he trust any priest at the foot of the cross nor turn to Jesus’ mother Mary for help.

7.      No foot washing, catechism classes, confession, or good works can be credit to him.

8.      Note! Best of all Jesus died before the thief. I repeat Jesus died before the thief . 

REPEAT after me JESUS DIED FIRST.

9.       This fact puts the thief under the New Testament!!!

 John 19:32-33  Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

Hebrews 9:15-18
(15) And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
(16) For where a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
(17) For a testament [is] of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
(18) Whereupon neither the first [testament] was dedicated without blood.



Unless you are predisposed to reject what the Holy Bible teaches in order to cling to your damnable heresies, the repetitive thief died under the New Testament which- makes him a Christian and part of the body of Christ; his bride with Christ being the Bridegroom), and a member of the New Testament Church.


Now, please do not start with a philosophical argument of God (which) will allow special dispensations under dire circumstances.

God is no respecter of persons. You either put your entire trust in Jesus Christ like what the thief did, or you’ll
carry your past verdict of condemnation and die to meet the other thief in hell.

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.


Revelation 21:8
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.


Please feel free to use this piece of material to lead others to Jesus Christ and straighten out the crooked road of heresy.



Wm. West


 

If you are not 100% sure that you are going to Heaven when you die, enter in at the the door:
 

John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

 

 

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