Foundations in Faith

What follows is an outline study of the foundation of a believer's faith in Jesus Christ. If you have not yet given your life to the only Savior Jesus Christ, see "Why Be Born Again?" on this site, to learn about this most significant decision of your life! Far too many of us have allowed religious tradition and the voices of others to tell us who we are and what we must do to please God. In fact it is not what we must do but who Jesus is and what He has done that gives us peace with God, and permits us to "walk in the works" which the Father has prepared for us.

Read and prayerfully consider the scriptures contained in this outline. Try not to hear the words as if spoken by someone else. Let the Holy Spirit quicken their meaning to your mind as you read, and let Him teach you what He meant when He caused them to be written.

"Let each one be fully convinced in his own mind…" I commend you to His Word.

Identity of the Believer

In Christ

A new creation .....2 Corinthians 5:17-21

In the spirit

One spirit together with Christ .....1 Corinthians 6:17

In the flesh

Crucified with its passions and lusts .....Galatians 5:24

In the mind

Having the mind of Christ .....Philippians 2:5,8

In the self

Walking after the manner of the spirit .....Galatians 5:16 and 25

In the world

As ambassadors of Christ .....2 Corinthians 5:20

In the Presence of the Father

Seated with Him in heavenly places .....Ephesians 2:6

The New Creation - Who am I?

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 If we are in Christ we are a new creation;
Old things are passed away; and all things are new.
We are reconciled to Him by Jesus Christ,
We have been given the ministry of reconciliation.

Ephesians 4:1-7 The exchanged life = One body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all. (Who are born on His Spirit).

Galatians 1:6-9 One gospel
Romans 1:16 The power of God

One In Christ

Ephesians 1:3-14
Blessings are in Christ
We are holy and blameless
We are adopted as children of God
Through His Grace we are accepted in the Beloved
In Him we have redemption
The Mystery is made known in us
In the fullness of times
Gathered into One in Christ
Sealed by the Spirit
The Spirit is the down payment on our redemption

Galatians 3:26-29
We are all children of God by faith in Christ
We have been baptized (immersed) into Christ
No partiality, no distinction
Abraham's seed (Christ) and heirs

Romans 5:1-11
Justified by faith in Christ
We have Peace with God
We stand in Grace
Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts
While we were sinners Christ died for us
We are reconciled, how much more shall we be saved from wrath
In Christ we have received reconciliation

Oneness is of the Spirit

John 17:11, 20-23
We are one as Christ and the Father are one
Not only His disciples but all of us who have believed them
Christ in us and the Father in Christ
Made perfect in one
That the world may know

I Corinthians 12:12,13
Unity in diversity; All drink into one Spirit

Galatians 5:16, 18
Walk in the Spirit
Led by the Spirit, not under Law

Ephesians 2:14-18, 22
He is our Peace
Abolished the enmity, the Law of commandments
Made one new man
We all have access to the Father by one Spirit
In oneness we are a habitation of God

Oneness is openness

Hebrews 4:12,13-16
The Word of God is living
It is powerful
It is sharp enough to divide soul and spirit
Discerns the thought and intentions of the heart
All are open and naked before Him
Oneness in the Perfect Law of Liberty

Romans 3:21-31
Righteousness apart from Law
Righteousness of God is by faith of Christ
There is no difference
The Law is perfect, redemption is by faith

James 1:17-25
First fruits of His creatures
Receive the word with meekness
Look into the Perfect Law of Liberty

Our walk in Oneness with Him

Romans 6:1-14
Dead to Sin, alive unto God
Buried in death, raised to life in Christ
Yield your selves to God as instruments of righteousness
Sin has no more dominion over us

Galatians 5:13, 14
Called to liberty
By love serve one another
Love your neighbor as yourself

Galatians 5:22-25
Fruit of the Spirit
Fulfills the Law
We have crucified the flesh (carnal nature)
We live in the Spirit, let us walk in the spirit

Ephesians 2:20, 21
Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets
Christ Himself is the Chief Cornerstone

Our walk in the world with Him

Ephesians 2:6, 8-10
Raised with Christ, seated with the Father in Christ
Saved by Grace through faith
Not of works, we are His workmanship
Created in Christ Jesus unto good works
God prepared our works, we just walk in them

Ephesians 4:1-3
Walk worthy of our vocation
Keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of Peace

Our life in the Presence of the Father

Hebrews 4:14-16
We have a High Priest who feels our infirmities
Enter boldly into the throne room

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