Nº 16 · July - August 2002

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The Second face

The Christian life has two faces: the subjective and the objective. One is invisible; the other visible. The first one - faith - is like a deep river that flows through the most secret plaits of man's heart. From the day that it comes into place, it begins a healing, transforming and consoling work. From these secret depths, it offers Christians the resources needed to transform everything that they touch. It is God's own life that has established itself there, and thanks to faith will never again to be removed. Everything that will later be real and visible - on the glorious day when the Lord Jesus Christ is manifested - begins in the corner where the blessed faith of the Son of God has been sheltered.

The second face - works - are a concrete and palpable expression of this subjective faith. There is no possibility of expressing our precious faith externally, but rather through the good works of righteousness. True faith claims the presence of works as a delicate adornment for all to see.

In this issue we wanted to approach this second face of the Christian life. The apostasy that we can begin to see in these times in which we live makes an urgent call to silence deceitful and incredulous mouths, by means of the works of faith, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. A faith as precious as ours demands such a complement. Will we refuse to do it? We ask the Lord that these messages would supply the present need of our dear readers. May the Lord Jesus Christ be praised now and always!

 

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How Do We Land Our Faith?
(Bringing Our Faith Down to Earth)

The Christian life can be compared to a flight on an airplane, its take off, soaring into the heights, its cruising over the clouds, and its landing. Of all these instances, the most delicate seems to be the last one. What does it mean "to land" a life of faith? Here is a call to true godliness, and a prophetic word of warning because of lurking danger.

A Kingdom of Grace
The Sermon on the Mount is much more than a valuable lesson. It is a message that seeks a place in the human heart in order to bring about a work of transformation there, so that the character of Christ may be expressed in the earth.

A Superior Righteousness
The Lord Jesus Christ, as the sovereign King of the Kingdom of the heavens, demands a righteousness from his subjects that is much greater than that of the law. How could they complete it if the Law itself was impossible to complete?

Hear, Do and Teach
In these three words one finds the order in which the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ must be lived. The first thing that a man needs is 'to hear' Christ and 'to hear' of Christ. Then, one must endeavor to incarnate these words in their life so they can, with the resources given them, 'do' what He (Christ) wants. Then, if it is the case, they may 'teach' with a firm support of life.

Knowledge That Produces Life
During and after the apostolic era, Gnosticism and its followers caused a great deal of damage in the Church. They introduced a purely intellectual "faith," separated from the life and behavior of believers. Given such a situation, the apostle John wrote his letters that have a special validity today.

The Vision of God's Throne
There is an unmovable throne established in heaven, from which our walk and service is continually evaluated. If we come closer to him today in search of his help, we won't run away terrified in the hour of judgment.

Drunk With His Spirit
Being full of the Holy Spirit is not only a charismatic reality, but is also -and especially- living Christ's life in daily chores.


EDITION TEAM: Eliseo Apablaza F. | Roberto Sáez F. | Gonzalo Sepúlveda H. | Claudio Ramírez L.
GUEST CONTRIBUTORS: Rodrigo Abarca B. | Rubén Chacón V. | Marcelo Díaz P.
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RANSLATION Spanish-English: Andrew Webb | Robert Huskey
WEB DESIGN: Mario & Andrés Contreras


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