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What Faith is, is the best kept secret (by satan) in the entire world. Everybody uses the word but few know what it really is. If one ever wished for proof that satan works and blinds religious men's minds, this is it. Obviously, its meaning can only be imparted by the Holy Spirit of God illuminating a man's understanding of His written Word.
John Calvin and Martin Luther had its meaning revealed to them by the Holy Spirit, if only in a miniscule glimpse, and tried to describe it in their writings. This is how God sparked the Reformation to save souls from the godless domination of Roman Catholicism, despite all the false reasons and practices and doctrines taught by the Reformers themselves. As one would anticipate, even this glimpse of meaning was erased from the minds of most men thereafter; even from the Synod of Dort or the later Westminster Confession of Calvinism, and certainly, from Calvinists today.
The Word of God (Bible) is very clear about what Faith is and describes it in great and plain detail. Part of the mystery of iniquity working within the minds of religious men is their total ignorance of what Faith is. Few modern teachers properly teach it. None define it.
TWO FALSE TEACHINGS SENDING MANY MILLIONS TO HELL:
(1) FAITH is taught to be a belief or trust or accepting of a person or promise. This is the lie of the devil taught through the ages. Anyone that believes this lie can be deceived to the place of believing any false doctrine. And most all believe and teach this total lie of demons as foretold in the last days (1 Tim 4:1). And those that teach that,
(2) BELIEVING is simply taught to be a mental notation (nothing more) of some acceptable type, as believing, trusting, or accepting anything about Christ as Savior only, guaranteeing immediate unconditional Eternal Heaven to them, as most all people teach today, are totally deceived. Also they teach that this mental notation replaces repentance, so repentance is seldom even mentioned except in passing today. These ALSO by very false teachers, teaching doctrines of demons (1 Tim 4:1). See New Age Doctrines First Began for a start of these basic Dispensational apostasies being taught today in all the world, as though it is unquestionable Truth since Christ.
FAITH "1. Now Faith is the Spiritual Being continuously making expectings: the convincing of things not made physically seen,
2. For by this the elders have been made witnesses.
3. Through Faith we are comprehending being now made complete for the Ages by the Words from God. In that out from not appearing, we are now to become made Spiritually seeing" (Hebr 11:1-3, The Pure Word, One Path Publish.).
In other words, faith is all in your spirit, inside your head "Words from God." inside the head of the Spiritual Being (Born-from-above person). So that out from what does not appear, we are Spiritually seeing. Faith is a "knowing" in our spirits imparted by the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. It is His Mind of Christ, His Faith, within a committing person's spirit (1 Cor 6:17). Notice, we didn't say, within a believing (having any mental notation) person's spirit.
Whereby, (1) we may "know" that He is in us (1 John 3:24 and 4:13-16), and (2) that we "know" what His will is (John 14:26) and may be thereby led by Him (Rom. 8:14-16) in all His ways (not ours). As many as have the Spirit of God, (know that) they are the Sons of God (Rom 8:14). For the Spirit bears witness with our spirit ( Rom 8:16 and 2 Cor 13:5).
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the Faith; prove your own selves. Know (epi-ginosko- fully knowing) ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" 2 Cor 13:5
"......Ye are the temple of the Living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people" (2 Cor 6:16). Faith is the Mind of Christ, within a person who is continuously by his choice repenting and committing to His Lordship.
Only Christ in us may impart to us whether we belong to Him or not (2 Cor 13:5; Rom 8:16, 14; 1 Jn 3:24; 1 Jn 4:13; 1 Jn 5:10-12; 1 cor 2:12-16; 2 Cor 6:16; Jn 14:16-20). Only Christ in us may impart to us what the Truth is of things about us. Only Christ in us may impart to us anything of Himself. He said that when He left the earth He would send the Holy Spirit to teach us and guide us in all Truth (Jn 16:13-15).
Those with this Faith are certainly nothing like the multitudes of raving, arm waving, screaming lunatics, we see on TV today, led by demonic leaders and teachers, telling them they are little gods and Christians.
Faith is the mind of Christ in us, through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Our mental obedience to give attention to the Holy Spirit in us is our measure of sanctification (being made Holy) and our measure of living and producing His works through His Faith in us.
***We do not produce Righteous works (God-Works) by the Law or the dead letter scriptures given to natural men, which the deceived modern Pharisees only follow.***
Thereby, by our obedience to the Faith of Christ in us, we establish the Law (Rom 3:31), we few left in this day, who walk, not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit, fulfill the Righteousness of the Law of God (Rom 8:4), and establish the law (Rom 3:31), for Christ said, He came not to destroy but to fulfill the Law (Matt 5:17).
Faith is NOT an intellectual believing or trust of the dead letter of the written Word or any trusting acceptance of Christ as your Savior. It is nothing of man, for then, a man could boast. It is Christ (Himself) in you, the gift of God (Himself) in you (Eph 2:8-10) that produces the God-Good Works of God. This is why it is capitalized, it is Christ Himself through the Holy Spirit inside us, doing His Works-of-God, not our works.
And it is by this Works-of -God that FINAL JUDGMENT of all people, Saved or lost, are Judged to Heaven or hell, by one simple totally Impartial Just Judgment according to the sort of lasting works you have. (Rom 2:6-11; Rev 22:12; and over 50 other NT scriptures) "Do you have any Work of God? -OR- "Do you only have your own sinful-flesh-nature self-preference works?"
[[ NOTE, IMPORTANT NOTE IN THESE LAST DAYS OF THIS AGE. This is a far cry from what the so-called Emerging church is teaching today, and fast gaining world-wide acceptance, that we are all as mere humans little gods, who have spirit guides to teach and lead them by the universal "god-force"
in all physical substances. Today every so called Christian Seminary and Bible School in this country, except 17 in number, are supporting these teachings in outright teachings or books. This Emerging church is teaching that Doctrines and Prophecies in the
Holy Scriptures are not to be regarded, because the only
thing that matters is our realization by meditation that a "god-force," aided by inner spirit guides
is in all of mankind. They teach that some professing Christians are only
hindering our universal brotherhood of our inner-god-force from being achieved with universal peace of mankind. Satan is NOW achieving a total substitute for Faith of Jesus Christ as the means of our Salvation. Soon the anitchrist will appear, whom the world will worship. This is now year 2016. ]]
Through Christ's Faith (His Mind) within us, we experience Holy Spirit (1) salvation with (2) assurance and (3) leading and (4and 5) teaching and knowledge and revelations and (6 and 7) the fruit of the spirit and the working of gifts of the Spirit and (8) empowerment and (9) God's Works through us and by His Works we (10) shall be Judged by one impartial Judgment (of saved and unsaved) to Heaven or hell, "Do you have any lasting Work of God -OR- are all your works of your own mind and preferences? All must be through Faith alone (Rom 14:23; Rev 22:12). See Rom 2:6-11 and over 50 other NT scriptures concerning this impartial Judgment of all people.
And this Faith is not of man in any way, or man would be doing something by himself and for himself. He would make up whatever he thought appropriate and do it in the name of faith. This is feigned faith, "dead works" regardless of the outcome.
No man has the office of assuring another that he is born from above. That is the office of the Holy Spirit. Only God, the Holy Spirit, discerns the heart of a man. Only the indwelling Holy Spirit (Faith) may assure a man that He is a child of the Father.
The dragon (called the satan) has hidden from the minds of men what the scriptures in Greek and KJV translation plainly say about faith. [[ Despite all the faults and very grave errors of the KJV, it still holds the form of sound Words better than all modern translations, to reveal these Truths.]] Today, men are deceived into thinking that faith originates with man and is something of man, like trust or mental affirmation (believing), directed toward God, so they say they themselves have faith in God, not Faith of God. This New Age teaching of Dispensationalism, teaching that Faith (trust or believe) is an ability intrinsically in man himself at birth, so we can NOW have the introduction of the Emerging church teachings next that the universal "god-force" is inside all men at birth.
Through the centuries we can see that one heretical teaching of Catholicism, then the next Calvinism, then the next Dispensationalism, then the last needed Emerging church. Did not Christ and Apostles teach to not follow the traditions of man?
Look at this footnote for what a so-called NEW AGE Fundamentalist (against Ecumenicalism) Dave Hunt says about faith.2 MUST SEE FOOTNOTE 2.
Look at this footnote to see what is carefully taught today by an New Age Ecumenical "answer men," Hank Hanegraaff about what faith is.1 MUST SEE FOOTNOTE 1
It is by the Grace of God (HIS method) and through His indwelling Holy Spirit of Christ, HIS Faith or the Faith of God (HIS means), that you are being (present active indicative) saved (perfect passive participle--periphrastic--emphasizing the continuous now verbal aspect of being saved, passive, not of ourselves). Both the Grace and Faith is of God Himself producing HIS works (Eph 2:8-10). His Faith is bringing to us: (1) salvation, (2) assurance, (3) leading, (4 and 5) our teaching and knowledge, and (6 and 7) the fruit of the Spirit (His works) and the gifts of the Spirit. We do NOT of ourselves have Faith. We only "are having" Faith of Him Who "is indwelling" us. Christian living is intended to be a "now" kind of LIFE in us, totally given and producing by CHRIST HIMSELF ONLY; not that any man can boast in any manner.
Most everyone, by accepting men's teachings (Calvinism and Dispensationalism), say they are saved by their faith "in Christ" that saves them. IF it is their faith (as their own mental notations or trusting or even committing), then they are being saved by themselves. They are being saved by their own so-called faith or their own efforts. Talk about a "works" salvation, this is it in red flags.
*****Think with the good mind that God gave you, THINK.***** It has to be of God, lest any man boast. But their thinking is only that of Pharisees, trusting in their own trusting (Luke 18:9-10) and following the teachings invented by men (Mrk 7:9; Col 2:8). Our Lord said the scribes and Pharisees would in no case (not one) enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt 5:20) !! THINK !
Believing IS COMMITTING to HIS LORDSHIP. (Commit means put yourself under orders of another)
" 'Believing' is a very bad translation of pisteuo.' "
Faith and believing are two distinct separate words, used entirely differently in the scriptures. They cannot be synonymous. Two different words. Child simple. "Every word of God is pure (Prov 30 5) as silver purified seven times in a furnace of earth, preserved forever" (Psa 12:6-7).
Saving Faith as used in the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit is NOT TRUST or COMMITTING !!!
Faith is NOT YOU believing or accepting some facts.
Faith is NOT YOU trusting.
Faith IS THE MIND OF CHRIST in your spirit
after (with) BIRTH FROM ABOVE !!! JOHN 3:7
See footnote 3 and footnote 4. These footnotes (as all footnotes in this website) are vital to your understanding, many with extensive research and explanations.
All prepositions as used in the scriptures DO NOT imply faith as an efficient or ultimate cause of salvation, there is NO "on the basis of" or "on account of" uses given to faith in the Greek NT.
Eis faith , "for the result" Rom 4:5, 9, 22 Abraham faith is counted eis righteousness Rom 10:10 with the heart man believeth eis righteousness Faith is always represented as the means (by, dative; or dia, through, as genitive) of justification (to make righteous) or salvation (RESTORATION). Justification (to make righteous) is never "on account of" or "because of" faith (accusative), but making righteous is always "on account of" Christ or "because of" Christ (accusative).
Ek faith , "out from faith" Rom: 5:1 being justified ek faith, we have peace with God.
Dia faith , "Through" (genitive) Eph 2:8 by grace are ye saved dia faith. (Dative case without preposition, dia) faith , "by," not causal Rom 3:28 justified by faith (dative) without the deeds of the law
[ Ek faith, dia faith (Gal 2:16, 21), and dative case faith are often translated "by" faith, but never causally.]
Note !! dia (accusative) , as dia ten pisten "on account of" or "because of" faith. Thereby faith is made the ground or "cause of" salvation. This is never used in NT relating to faith !!!! No where in scriptures does the Holy Spirit allow any writer to use this prepositional phrase in accusative case. Such is the precision of the Holy inspired scriptures,the Word of God.
CHRIST is always the cause, HIS GRACE is always the method, HIS FAITH is always the means.
About faith as a "means of" RESTORATION. FAITH IS THE MIND OF CHRIST INDWELLING US, the means. Faith is not an agent (an efficient cause), but faith is an instrument (a means of) Justification (righteousness = right-related, TO MAKE RIGHTEOUS), Sanctification (TO MAKE HOLY), and ultimate Salvation (RESTORATION). No scripture says we are saved by faith alone. Faith is the means of salvation, not a cause alone. Christ is the cause. God's grace is His method. Faith is His means in His method. FAITH IS NOTHING OF NATURAL MAN.
God's GRACE is: "God's Method (Mind of Christ within you, Faith, the means), through your obedience, doing what you cannot do." Or, "Christ in you, through your obedience, doing what you cannot do."
The Calvinist cry of the Reformation, "By faith alone, through grace alone," is not even close to explaining salvation. Even Luther and Calvin themselves had much explaining and correcting to explain this very misunderstood statement in itself, even in their very poor understandings of everything, they knew better, than taking it literally.
But the modern "grace" regardless Dispensational salvation apostasy today, for the past 110 years in the USA, now in most all churches takes these infantile Lutheran and Calvinist statements literally, THEN totally redefines faith and grace to support their demonic self-seving, redefining their humanistic self originating mental notations as faith. Remember: Man's teachings of Dispensationalism is satanic apostasy hidden in every doctrine. They even redefine who Christ and God is. ......But who truly realizes this today?
Nowhere is Faith represented as some once-for-all-one-time ground of merit for Justification (righteousness), Sanctification (Holiness), or Salvation (Restoration), in an individual's existence. Faith (indwelling Mind of Christ displayed in gifts, revelations, assurance, empowerment, teachings) is simply an instrument, means of, the saving work of the Holy Spirit of Christ within our hearts, whereby a sinner is brought into a living obedient personal relationship with God the Father Himself.
It is "Christ in you, the hope of glory." Hope is an expectation, not a guarantee. "But now you who are being (present--time continuously, active--by own volition, indicative--in reality) in Christ Jesus, Who from God, has become (aorist pass. indicative--in reality) to us (in present time, on this earth) Wisdom, righteousness, Holiness, and Restoration: (1 Cor 1:30). Christ is "the cause of" our justification (1347, dikaiosis, becoming righteousness), sanctification (38, hagiasmos, 10x, personal Holiness), and Atonement (629, apolutrosis, 10x, Restoration); not faith (pistis). His Faith (Mind of Christ in us) is "the means of" accomplishing all these in our present personal living, His salvation, in us and for us, as we gladly and continuously yield ourselves to His service and quidance.
The Trinity has provided salvation for us only through Christ, JHWH of OT Himself, through our commitment to His Lordship. He then imparts His own indwelling Faith (mind of Christ) in our spirits as a means of imparting His wisdom righteousness, sanctification, and redemption to us in actual fact of present daily Living.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, causes our salvation in every aspect; Faith is His indwelling means of accomplishing this in us, for us, and through us. This, His Faith, without works is dead (James 2:17-24).
If Faith were simply a man trusting or believing or even committing to Jesus as Lord, then his salvation would derive from his own efforts, he would be saved by his own works, wouldn't he? And on what basis would he serve in eternity, after flesh disappears?
But faith is of Jesus Christ Himself, by Jesus Christ Himself indwelling us, and for the purposes of Jesus Christ Himself, Who is our Savior "by means of" His indwelling Presence, faith alone. Obedience of Faith is required of us as bondservants to our Lord. We are bought with price. And our Lord does the works, not us (John 5:30; John 6:38; John 14:10; John 20:21; John 17:21-23; and 2 Cor 6:16, etc.)
After the Garden, God safe guarded the Tree of Life in His Son, only in Him is Life eternal (1 Jn 5:11-12). No man this side of Heaven possesses Life eternal as his own possession. If he did, he would be flesh (sin-nature) combined with an eternal Nature. God forbid. This is why God removed man from the Garden in the first place (Gen 3:22-24). Eternal life is now offered in (ev) His indwelling Son only, this side of Heaven (1 Jn 5:11-12).
About works effecting our salvation. Salvation is not merited by OUR works of any kind (Gal 2:16-21; Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Rom 3:19-28). Combining human works with a so-called faith as being meritorious for salvation nullifies the unmerited Grace (method) of God, His saving grace (method) as our salvation (Titus 2:11-15).
If salvation is in accordance with Grace, it must be through Faith alone, because if we have our own self originated works in salvation in any way, then True Faith is made void, and the promise may be nullified (Gal 5:4 and 9). Faith (Mind of Christ) in us must direct the work, as well as accomplish it.
"As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" (Rom 8:14). "Faith-works," through our obedience to His indwelling Spirit, are a bondservant debt (Rom 4:4). It is by faith that it may be by grace (Rom 4:16). "Faith-works" establish the Grace of God, not our works.
Our salvation by Christ's imparted indwelling "working-faith," relies solely upon the person of Christ in us, His merits, His Holy Life, and His death on the cross, His direction, for our forgiveness and acceptance to Himself. His work on His cross, vicariously removing our flesh natures and sins, make Him the Justifier Who may then Justly indwelt with His Righteousness of Spirit into His cleansed vessels, all who repent and commit to Him, "Who of God, is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and santification (personal Holiness), and redemption (Restoration) (1 Cor 1:30).
"Little children, let no man deceive you: he that is doing righteousness is righteous, just as He is being righteous" (1 John 3:7). Saving Faith is only given AFTER our repentant submission to Jesus Christ as Lord. Paul delighted to call himself His purchased bondslave. The Apostle, John, speaking of our Lord indwelling us says,
[[ The corrupt NIV translation says, "he who does right is righteous." This comes from a false understanding of faith and a complete mistranslation of Greek, even in their corrupt Alexandrian text, to fit their modern humanistic antinomian (no rules apply) misconception of faith = believe.
By this all men can believe (false faith) and direct his own "right" actions (Antinomian and Gnostic in origin). But scripture says, "....for all man have not Faith" (2 Thess 3:2). The KJV translation is certainly not inspired or without great inaccuracies and lies because of Calvinistic biases of the translators, but the modern translations are greatly influenced by their even more and worse biases and totally demonic doctrinal beliefs. ]]
"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself, but the Father that dwelleth in Me , He doeth the works" (John 14:10).
Then after his resurrection, the first thing He said to his disciples is, "Peace be unto you. AS MY FATHER HAS SENT ME, also I, I am SENDING YOU" (John 20:21). Double nominative for emphasis. "The father that dwelleth in Me, "He doeth the works."
[[ It is a Lord Jesus Christ salvation through Faith (Mind of Christ), not of "works" salvation of self "dead" works,"that any man could boast.". "It is by a gift of God (Himself INDWELLING YOU).....unto good (agathos, God-good) works" (Eph 2:8-10). "He doeth the works" (John 14:10). ]]
"Let no man deceive you, he that is doing the righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous" (1 Jn 3:7).To obey His direction, to work in His service, to fight His battles, to triumph in His victories, is our whole Life and joy as bondslaves. We have been bought with a price. He directs and empowers the works. He is doing the work.
"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17).
After Gracious Holy Sprit enlightenment and conviction, then our initial free choice of turning from self-directed living to absolute commitment to "Lord" Jesus Christ as our Life for all our future, we gladly become His willing bondslaves to direct us in His Work.
At our willing submission, He then indwells us by His Holy Spirit to equip, assure, teach, guide, and empower us by HIS indwelling FAITH (His Presence) for His purposes on earth and in the Heavenlies for Eternity. Praise His name, "Lord" Jesus Christ (Phil 2:9-11).
"Also in such a manner, faith, if it might not be having (pre. act. subj) works, is (pres. act. indic, in acutal reality) dead (nekros, body without spirit) being alone" (James 2:17). ".....the mystery.......made known to all nations for the RESULT OF obedience of faith" (Rom 16:26 and Rom 1:5).
Now pause, and think, is this your Life ? Does He indwell you ? Are you His devoted slave, doing His Work, as He guides ? Are you following Christ in you? Do you even have Christ in you? See Rom 8:14 and 16; 1 John 5:10; 1 John 4:13, and 2 Cor 13:5.
Remember, "without Faith (Christ in you, and His God-directed-works), it is impossible to please Him" (Heb 11:6).
For details concerning how Christ accomplished all this for us, see "I. Apostolic Teachings," in Justification - Teachings Today.
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