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What Does It Mean to Believe?
Shalom, all my family and friends! I have a confession to make this morning; I have been hurt. It's my hurt to deal with, and I won't bring glory to this hurt by naming names. Needless to say, I am hurt. I am hurt, personally, because I have lost many family members and friends because I have left the Xian faith; folks, most of what the Xian churches preach and teach is fallacious ... learn to learn the Word of יהוה. Secondly, and even more important than my personal feelings, is that I am hurt over the apostasy of יהוה's people. True Believers and Followers have been called to be watchmen, and too many of us are failing in our duty.
I was wondering this morning, as I was going about my prep routine for the day, about what people believe. What is it that we believe? And, I thought that knowing what we believe is a good place to pick up some basic foundational roots. However, before we know what to believe, perhaps we should know what it means to believe. In answer to this problem of definition, I, again, went to my Bible, The Scriptures 2009 Edition.
Believe, Belief ...
In the Greek of the Messianic Writings we find the word pisteuo. In classical Greek the word means "trust", and this is confirmed by the Greek of the Septuagint which uniformly translates the Hebrew aman by the word pisteuo. You might ask: Why not then translate pisteuo by "trust"? However, many other words also bore the meaning of trust, so in this case we opted to use the word "belief/believe". So, when reading The Scriptures, bear in mind that it means much more than uncommitted believing. It means to trust, to rely on, and even to prove your belief by obedience. It has been said, "He who believes shall obey, for by his obedience he proves that he believes."
The Scriptures, 2009 Edition. (2014) Republic of South Africa: Institute for Scripture Research, South Africa.
Thank you, יהוה, for sending Your Son, יהושﬠ to earth, and into our lives. Thank you, יהוה, because, through Your Son, יהושﬠ, we are saved from our sins. Thank you, יהוה, for the redemption we now receive from all lawlessness. Thank you, יהוה, for destroying the works of the devil.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 1:21--"And she shall give birth to a Son, and you shall call His Name יהושﬠ for He shall save His people from their sins."
Titos (Titus) 2:14--"Who gave Himself for us, to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people, His own possession, ardent for good works."
Yochanan Aleph (1 John) 3:8--"The one doing sin is of the devil, because the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of Elohim was manifested: to destroy the works of the devil."