Spirit of faith

“But I have intelligence and understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Who does not know such things as these [of God’s wisdom and might]?
“I am a joke to my friends;
I, one whom God answered when he called upon Him—
A just and blameless man is a joke [and laughed to scorn].
“He who is at ease has contempt for misfortune,
But misfortune is ready [and anxiously waiting] for those whose feet slip. – Job 12:3-5

Where can the righteous turn when their close friends have spiritual amnesia and reinterpret every act of kindness and sacrifice as selfishness and self glory?

Jesus is the only righteous man, but then all of us have be made righteous through the grace of God and have become justified – our spirits made perfect and complete in Him.  We put on His character mantel – righteous, truly gracious, pure heart, sincere souls, who have the truth of grace in us and are followers of Christ.  This decision, this gift, have made us a prey, a laughing-stock to an evil generation – no different from Noah and Loth and others who lived before the times of Job, nor those who lived after him.

By natural reason we can know God with certainty, on the basis of His works. But there is another order of knowledge, which we cannot possibly arrive at by our own powers: the order of divine Revelation. Through an utterly free decision, God has revealed Himself and given Himself to us. This He does by revealing the mystery, His plan of loving goodness, formed from all eternity in Christ, for the benefit of all people. God has fully revealed this plan by sending us His beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had, who wrote in Scripture, “I believed, therefore I spoke.” We also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and will present us [along] with you in His presence.  For all [these] things are for your sake, so that as [God’s remarkable, undeserved] grace reaches to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of [our great] God. – 2 Corinthians 4:13-15

YHWH has in his “hand” or power the “soul” or life of “every living thing” and the “spirit” or life breath of all “flesh of man,” all humankind, or, according to the Septuagint, “every man.” – Werner Commentary

This is the difference between theology and a person experiencing being taught by the Spirit. Theology is very clear and right, but it is all in the head. When you are dealing with the hurting problems of life, you must add a deeper dimension — that compassion that Jesus manifested, that sympathy of touch that identified with the hurt and opened the door of the spirit to receiving what light might be given through the words.

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