Faith- reflexive functionalism

There is only one faith. Whenever God chooses man  as in the case of Moses, He is making what is already there to make fit for his Purpose. In refusing to be called the son of the Pharaoh’s daughter (He.11:24) he had faith. It was from God but it had to be of quality shall we say heroic? He became a hero of faith when God visited him to make him one. Wonders and miracles were the means to instill faith in Moses.

Reflexive functionalism denotes faith that operates between a child of God and the Father. In Him we have been adopted as sons and reflexive in the sense we respond as sons. The faith that we exercise is like the DNA  that establishes who our Father is. As sons we function as our Father in our conduct towards others. (Mt.5:43-47). Quality of our prayer also changes.We need not pray ‘as the heathens do’ The Lord’s prayer is concise and it is the Amen in acknowledging the loving kindness of the Father.Mt.6


Reflexive Functionalism does not allow me draw upon the faith of any other but from God direct.

God in the former times allowed his angel go down at a certain season into the pool by the sheep market in Jerusalem and trouble it. Whosoever entered into it first, no mater what disease they were suffering from was healed. The man who had an infirmity for thirty-eight years had faith but required help. If it were not for it would he have patiently lain there all these years? Advent of Jesus into the world was to make faith inherent in man connect with God and not having to depend on others. Jesus did not take him by the hand into the pool but instead told him to rise, ‘take up thy bed, and walk’ and he did. Reflexive functionalism worked here. His faith connected with God and he witnessed Jesus before the Jews (Jn.5:1-15).

We have an example of principle of faith and it connects with God.

In order to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt God caused a strong east wind all through the night and made the Red sea a dry land (Ex.14: 21-28). They walked along in the midst of the sea and they walked in faith. ‘The people feared the Lord and believed the Lord …(Ex.14:31). In the following chapter we read that they glorified God. What about the Egyptians who took the same road? They had no faith but the thought of annihilating the children of Israel. Faith of one cannot be conveyed to another as he would convey his property through a legal deed. Principle of faith connects man with God, face to face or as one to one.


Jesus the light of men

When Jesus came to this world he took on the form of man sharing the same problem of human existence with others. He was sent from heaven so as the Son of man he could say, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work (Jn.9:14-KJV)”. Being with God from the beginning Jesus Christ qualified himself as light. So his words carry a different reading being sent from God. Of which we have this in the gospel of John: “…(He) dwelt among us; and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the glory of the only Begotten of the Father…(Jn.1:14)” Jesus could see himself from both positions as God the Son and as well as Son of man. We shall see the light of men stood in comparison with the Father of lights (Jas.1:17). “I am the Light of the world; He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (Jn.8:12).” To sum: light that proceeds from father of lights equips those who exercise faith become light themselves. Here we have reflexive functionalism in a nutshell. Faith is the operative word.

When we speak faith that works what does that mean? Faith triggers you to respond. Is it not?

When the Holy Spirit clues in “Let there be light”; and there was light,” it implies the command as word component of faith. We shall now examine this.

When the Spirit annotates the creation narrative we need understand it is his task to tag two creative narrative accounts so a diligent reader can follow Light that sets as Greater light and the Lesser light. It is of the self-same faith, which is one. Therefore the Spirit gives the light that rules the day its sign while the light that rules over the night has its own. Greater light and lesser light have significance in terms of divine Will.

There is a distinction as God is Thought, Will and God revealed. In sending His son to the earth it was his Intent in control: light was to bear witness of his glory. The earth He has given to man (Ps.115:16). So the Son as Captain of salvation for mankind represents lesser light. Ministry of the Son of man consequently was to set an example for mankind, the light separating the children of light from that of darkness.



About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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