Remote Preface to Reports


There are advantageous to seeing only the Table of Contents of BIBLE
REPORTS FOR BELIEVING, when opening the cover of the paperback
on Amazon.com, especially because of the uniqueness of the TOC of
the REPORTS book. Namely, using the section heads under each
chapter heading, you can rapidly like an index find what you are most
interested in Bible reports wise at the time. Take for example, if you are
interested at that moment of seriousness on the Bible, in the more
controversial predestination versus free will, or in the words of the Bible,
“many are called but few are chosen”; and you desire to focus in your
devotionals on the difference between the “called” of God’s people and
the “chosen” of God’s people, your eyes can quickly scan down through
the section heads of the chapters to rest on the page number for the
beginning of the section on “Many are called but few chosen”. Or another
controversial subject like “Popular Preachers of Prosperity”, granted less
popular now than before the economic collapse in this country; although
it is obvious that many of these popular preachers like Osteen are
holding out for a gold mine or oil well in every yard if the church
members have enough faith, only they have to wait 2 years.

1-1:  The 3 Major Divisions of the Reports Book.

You should know that these more controversial and lesser known Bible
Reports for Believing are in the middle section of the book.  And that is
the main purpose of this “Remote Preface to Reports”:  that is to identify
the 3 divisions of the TOC and the book itself as (1) solid Bible basis for
believing in the Life and Teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ centered
around the 7 miracle-signs of the Gospel of John, a fundamental and
selective establishment of a set of Bible reports to establish the Way of
Continuing Faith {it is the believe before the believing of the stated
purpose of John in writing the Gospel of John as declared in John 20:
30,31}; (2) then comes some of the more controversial reports of the
Bible on the Way of Continuing Faith like the Falling Away and how many
are called but few chosen, also how many popular preachers there are
that are preaching a false gospel of prosperity, and as such really if we
were intellectually honest should be called “false prophets” of whom
Jesus spoke as a charcteristics of the Falling Away “last days”; and (3)
distinctive Bible reports to describe the Way of Continuing Faith as
unique from both the American Democratic Faith and just plain faith,
where like Pastor James wrote, “the devils believe in God and trembe”;
but, of course, this kind of superficial faith without personal committment
neither provides salvation or continuing faith.

1-2:  Essential to the Main thesis of the book summarized in “The Way
of Continuing Faith” is the easily provable from Scripture distintinction
betweeen believe and believing.

Two Scritpures alone from the infallible Word of God support this
distinction and set up the main thesis of the Book, the first from the
Gospel of John and the second from the little epistle of I John.

1.  The stated purpose of the writing and distribution of the Gospel of
John.

With Matthew, Mark, and Luke already out there as Scriptures in the New
Testament world, the last living Apostle from the pastorate in the church
of Ephesus, had both the option and necessity of building on the
founding in those 3 other Gospels of the Life and Teachings of Jesus;
and having known from his own personal experience with the life and
death and resurrection of Christ, he was able to carefully select only 7
miracles of the many already in the 3 previous gospels, and some not
written, around which to wrap the life of Jesus itself, the teachings of
Jesus, the character of Jesus--just plain every thing about the life and
teachings of Jesus. Thus they are called “mircle-signs”, because they are
outstanding advertisements and indicators of not only the blessings of
God on the performer but also pointers to teachings and character and
personality.

“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples,
which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you
may have life in His name.”  (John 20:30,31)

Bare min at this time, you should see the “believe” and the “believing”;
and before the completion of the first third of this book as preliminary to
being a particpant of the Way of Continuing Faith of the second and third
of the book, to come to see this Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ, the
promised Messiah of the Old Testament, and as the very Son of God
Himself.  Of course this “life” implies the more abundant Christian life
and the eternal life to come, both symbolized by the Apostle John in the
“Rivers of Living Water” that would flow out of the life of the believing
believer.  In the Jeremiah of the Old Testament, God’s people of Judah
and Israel had forsaken the God who is the “fountain of living waters”, in
the New Testament of the Apostle John those living waters through
enough faith to create the 9 month new birth experience also create in
the believer the river of living waters that continue, like faith, to flow!

2.  And just in case the Christian did not get the believe as initial faith and
the believing as continuing faith, the Apostle John spells it out clearly in I
John 5:13.

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son
of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may
continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”  (I John 5:13)

1-3:  The Apostle John, One of the Original Apologists.

You must notice the nature of Christian Apologetics in the way John
carefully choses only 7 miracles, and then weaves around these related
teachings and life of Christ Bible reports to convince the reader that this
Jesus of Nazareth is indeed the Christ, the Son of God.  Yet, unlike
much of the classical Christian Apologetics today, of the hard Christian
Evidences type and the more Philosophy of Religion type by Elton
Trueblood, John in no way strains to be apologetics, simply out of grace
and graciousness telling the story as He himself lived through it.  Again
to Simon Greenleaf, former Dean of the Harvard Law School, this was
the very heart of Christian Evidences in that the “testimony of the
evangelists--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John--would stand up as a prima
facie case in any court of law.

1-4:  “Reports” is a Pregnant Word in usage today and in the Reports of
Bible Reports.

Every student knows the adventure of writing Book Reports, and those in
flight test know likewise the chore of writing flight test reports.  In the
Bible, it actually takes several Hebrew and Greek words to express what
we try to do in English with the single word of REPORT.  We say that
God forgives our sins because He said that He would in the Bible; but
the fact that God forgives sins is part of the character of God, and God
forgives sins, and it is so written, based on what God is like.  So it is
also with REPORTS.  “Their sound has gone out to all the ends of the
earth”, from Prophets in the Old Testament days and from Jesus and
Apostles in New Testament times, because all these reports {and books
and chapters} are efforts to clarify to His own Creations what God is
really like!
And sometimes these Reports are believed, more often they are not
believed; and to most of humanity have fallen into the category of
“gossip” or “rumors”.  The Apostle John, a very practical pastor and last
living leader of Christianity, recognized this about reports of faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ.

“He came unto His own, and His own received Him not; but as to as
many as received Him to them He gave power to be called sons of
God.”  (John 1:12)

As long as there is a God up there in heaven who cares, which is
forever, the Bible Reports will continue, being always believed only by a
few.  Other Christian Apologists like the Prophet Isaiah and the Apostle
Paul joined in with Jesus and the Apostle John to continue in this age
long presentation of Bible Reports.

“LORD, who has believed our report?”  (Romans 10:16 and Isaiah 53:1)

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  
(Romans 10:7)

“Their sound has gone out ot all the earth, and their words {another word
for reports} to the ends of the world.”  (Romans 10:18 and Psalm 19:4)

Recommendation:  do not try to take all these Bible reports of 27
chapters on at one time, rather every now and then in a devotional
fashion look at the sections of the chapters to find a Bible question of
current interest and need; satisfy it by reading in the indicated pages.  
Slowly through the years the book will become familiar to you as sort of
a compendium of Scriptural information on the Way of Continuing Faith,
and finally you will come to the history in your life when you can sit down
to read it through.  Hope, the covers last; but if not, there is always the
availability in software form of BIBLE REPORTS FOR BELIEVING, and
Adobe PDF reader will read it for you if you desire!

1-5:  Please Get Accustomed to NOTES in blue being added in
paragraph, even in mid-sentence, and as comments inline with
Scriptural Quotes.

While teachers of English grammar may recoil in harrow {those same
teachers never told us that Hemmingway was written for a 5th grade
reading level}, the brain is the supreme multi-tasker of information; and
the human computer-brain does not think in a linear, sequentail, straight-
line fashion.  Get accustomed during the reading of BIBLE REPORTS
FOR BELIEVING to this thinking of multi-thought tasking, and you will
come to enjoy it.  Not only that, it will keep your very active brain from
wandering off on diversionary thoughts and imaginations.  For many
years, the average Amerian read at at 6th grade level; now, as teachers
of resume writing will remind you, the average American reads at a 3rd
grade level.  Not to discourage you; but BIBLE REPORTS FOR
BELIEVING is written at a two year college level, of necessity because
the New King James Version of the Bible is at that level!