The act of calling things not as though they were has been done for centuries and is a common practice. The Bible speaks of this over and over when it comes to the things that are in Heaven, the things that are on Earth, or the things that are below Earth. In this article, you will see how these practices have held up even through the sometimes hard times of life.
Many Christians have a hard time with the idea that God can be compared to anything. This worshipful and reverential language is seen as not only blasphemous but also sacrilegious. This was the sentiment of many people in the early church, due to their belief that the power of God should be seen as something sacred, unspeakable, and non-describable.
The Peace of God Guards Your Mind and Heart Through Christ
In Philippians 4:7, the New King James Version says, “The peace of God guards your mind and heart through Christ.” Let’s look at this verse in more detail. We know that God qualified Abraham for eternal life when He called Gideon “you mighty man of valor.” And the peace of God guards your heart and mind through Christ, so that when things turn bad, you can have peace and rest.
Justification qualifies Abraham for eternal life
Justification is a doctrine of God, which Abraham possessed. According to this doctrine, Abraham was qualified for eternal life when God justified him. However, in the Old Testament, Abraham was not justified by works. Roman Catholics, who advocate the doctrine of grace-empowered works, appeal to Genesis 15:6 to back up their doctrine. But Genesis 15:6 contains no mention of merit or works; instead, it simply refers to faith.
Justification is the doctrine that God has declared a sinner righteous in advance of judgment. It is an important doctrine because it declares a sinner as morally upright and forgiven in God’s sight. This doctrine is the basis of Christian doctrine. It is an important part of our Christian faith, because it teaches that our justification can be a great blessing to others.
Abraham sought a vision of the future and a sense of eternal security. He believed that God would provide a Savior and bring him back to his land. But before God could grant him the vision of the Messiah, Abraham had to believe that his eternal destiny was secure. His faith would qualify him to enter God’s kingdom.
Justification is a legal and judicial declaration of righteousness. This process of righteousness results in the forgiveness of one’s sins. It results in the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to the believer’s account. As Luther noted, justification is not a change in nature, but the result of the righteousness of Christ.
God calls future promises as though they are already fulfilled
In the Old Testament, God made specific promises to people and groups of people. He promised Cyrus the Great that He would give him wisdom and riches, and he also promised him that he would punish his enemies. Those promises were made to him by name, and they were fulfilled. God also promised Cyrus that he would smash bronze doors and cut through iron bars.
For believers, these OT promises are especially important because they provide assurance that God will fulfill all of his promises. These promises are still bearing impact and bearing fruit, and they nurture present confidence in God’s faithfulness. Therefore, it is important for us to keep these promises in mind when interpreting Scripture.
The Bible includes many such promises, including the global restoration of Israel. The prophets even predicted the return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland, as well as the coming of the Messiah. While Israel is experiencing divine discipline and partial hardening, God’s covenants with Israel are still valid and will continue until Jesus returns. When the Messiah returns, Israel will possess the promised land forever.
In addition to God’s covenant with Abraham, God promised that his descendants would inherit the land. This land gift confirms the importance of work in God’s plan. Abraham’s descendants would become a populous nation, and they would need to engage in personal relationships, parenting, education, and social occupations.
God calls Gideon “you mighty man of valor”
Gideon is praised by God for his bravery. He believes that God’s word is true. God gives him his first task – tearing down the altar to Baal and putting up a new one. This task scared Gideon and his father’s household. He sneaked out of the city at night to complete it. Gideon is called “Mighty Man of Valor” by God.
Despite Gideon’s strength, he did not know his own strength. God had given him a mission to save the Israelites from the Midianites. He had no idea of what to do, but he was a man of integrity, power, and strength.
Gideon needed to trust in himself and God. With the help of God, he did amazing things. The Midianites had been attacking the Israelites for years. They were punishing them for disobedience. Gideon was the son of Joash, the weakest clan in the Manasseh tribe.
Before the battle, Gideon was very nervous. The Lord instructed him to spy out the enemy camp. He listened to the men and gathered information from them. One of them had a dream that he had seen a loaf of bread rolling into his camp. It collapsed his tent. That dream was a prophetic sign that Gideon would be victorious.
Gideon’s father had a sound argument to defend his son. The Baal tribe was offended by Gideon’s actions and could defend himself. It was a big move for God in the 19th century South Seas. The chief of the tribe converted to Christianity and destroyed their idols. As a result, the idols of his people became dumb statues.
God calls Abram “reputation, fame, glory”
Abram’s life was not a simple one. He was far away from his home, among foreign people, and had a difficult choice to make. Despite the pressures, Abram kept his faith in God. He followed God even though he was not sure where he should go next. One day, he came to the Oak of Moreh, where he heard the voice of God. He heard the voice of the true god, and he realized that pagan worship was empty and lacked fullness, while Yahweh worship was full and powerful. Abram was faced with a choice – to remain faithful to God or to go to the idolatry of his gods.
Abram’s journey was long, at times more than 800 miles, and included three major moves. He moved from Haran to Canaan and then to Bethel. At the same time, he left his family and friends behind in Haran. God did not tell Abram where he was going, but he told him to go. Abram and his family left Haran, bringing with them his barren wife Sarai and nephew Lot.
In Deuteronomy 7:7-11, God explains his election of Israel, based on his gracious love for Israel and faithfulness to his forefathers. In Hebrews 1:13-14, God’s relationship with angels is also explained. Abram is one of Israel’s “forefathers.” This is a profound lesson for us today, as we remember Abram’s role as the first Israelites.
God calls a monument by saying “you mighty man of valor”
We know of a man whom God calls a monument by saying, “you mighty man of valor.” Gideon was a simple man who worked as a thresher in a winepress. One day, he was hiding grain from the Midianites when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him. The Angel was a pre-incarnate appearance of the Lord and greeted Gideon with the words, “You mighty man of valor!”
Romans 4:17 tells us that nothing is impossible with God. Whether it’s facing fear head-on, forgiving someone who has hurt you, or overcoming a tough challenge, the truth is that if we put our faith in Him and allow Him to work in us, He can do anything. So don’t be afraid to call things what they are — things like sin and disease — because as Romans says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”