Faith – do we have any? How do we know? Paulâ€™s great premise in Romans is put this way:
â€œFor in it [the good news that the man Yeshua proclaimed about the kingdom of Elohim] the righteousness ofÂ Elohim is revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, “The just [we (men) are made that way byÂ leaving the kingdom of our birth and coming into covenant with Yehovah at Passover] shall live by faith.” (Roman 1:17-18)
And Yehovah said the same thing through Ezekiel. He has not and does not change.
â€œBut if a man be just (we were made that way by grace in times past also), and do that which is lawful and right,… [if he] has walked in My statutes, and has kept My judgments, faithfully; he is just, he shall surely live, says my master Yehovah.” Ezekiel 18:5, 9)
Do not these last verses sound like â€œthe justâ€ not only start by faith but also continue in faith, living from â€œfaith to faithâ€? The righteousness of Elohim, the correct way for Yehovah’s people to live, is only revealed when His people display them for others to see. We are the light of the world when we obey Him. Hebrews says,
â€œfaith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
The writer is using repetition to make his point. Faith is tangible! Faith is the substance, the evidence of an invisible kingdom within His people, the things hoped for but not seen. His statutes describe how His people are to conduct themselves concerning loans, credit, interest, sexual behavior, planting a field, resting a field, eating, dressing, holy days or celebrations and a host of other commandments, statutes and judgments which He says are â€œfor our good!” (Deuteronomy 10:13)
Would there be any evidence or substance to convict us of being one from His kingdom? Do we even know what His ways are? Hebrews 11 is considered the â€œfaithâ€ chapter by many Christians and the saints listed there are the â€œhall of famers.â€ â€œThese all died in faith.“(Hebrews 11:13) They died in faith giving evidence and substance of an invisible kingdom. Faith and obedience can not be separated. Faith is action and actions have substance! Able offered a more acceptable sacrifice.
Noah, being divinely warned of thing not yet seen, prepared an ark. Abraham obeyed and went out not knowing where He was going. He dwelt in the land of Canaan as if in a strange country, an invisible kingdom. He looked for a city which has foundation whose builder and maker isÂ Elohim and whose cornerstone is the word of Elohim and precious to those who love it.
All these actions were the result of an unseen hope, an invisible kingdom. Let’s continue in the description, of these examples, of the faith we must exhibit if we are to please our the creator, Yehovah.
â€œThese all died in faith, not having received the promises (no one has yet), but having seen them afar off.”(Hebrews 11:13)
â€œExcept a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom ofÂ Elohim ” (John 3:3)
They saw something that most people do not see and they â€œwere persuaded of them, and embraced them,â€ they acted on them, kept them, gave evidence of them, showed substance of them. What is â€œthem?â€ The commandments, statutes, judgments and ordinances of an invisible kingdom. The promise we have is that there is â€œgreat rewardâ€ for obedience.
â€œFor you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of Elohim, you might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. [But for] Now the just shall live by faith.â€ (Hebrews 10:36-38)
These dear saints, and examples to us,
“confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth, they did not dwell in any kingdom of men. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country (an invisible kingdom). And truly, if they had called to mind that country from which they came out (Ur, Egypt, Babylon, Rome and every kingdom and nation on the earth) they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly (country); thereforeÂ Elohim is not ashamed to be called their Elohim: for He has prepared a city for them.” (Heb 11:13-16)
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (Jas 2:14-18)
So do we have faith? We do if we manifest Yehovah’s commandments, statutes, judgments and ordinances in our daily lives; that is the evidence of our faith! For a more in-depth teaching on faith please watch “Loving Yehovah God 101.”
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8 thoughts on “Precept 10 – Faith”
It is so neat the way God works in our lives. The LORD laid these things on my heart last Sat. I had picked up my Bible and flipped to Hebrews 11 & 12 and began to read and was so inspired that I just had to mention it on FB. Yesterday the Lord laid on my heart James concerning “faith without works”. The LORD reminded me that even the demons “believe” and shudder. It’s amazing to me how the LORD works through other followers that you’ve never even met. Thank you for your site. I found it through “Ourwholeheartedfamily”. I have learned a lot from you and Stephanie, Jim Staley and others. Before I had even heard of you all, the LORD had been working in my heart concerning WHO I AM? He took me to Exodus and I was amazed at what the Holy Spirit showed me concerning Gentiles. When I read the Exodus Story I was amazed that Gentiles were in the mix and that when you followed God’s instruction you would become as “one who had been native born to Israel”! In my spirit I always knew there was something else! We are Israel!!! When the reality hit me, I cried tears of thankfulness to my God who’s grace and compassion has no end! I’m still learning, but the Holy Spirit has given me such a desire to learn about his entire Word that is growing by the day!
I walked the aisle at 15. Made another decision to accept Christ at 25 and have been in the Southern Baptist Church ever since. My husband is a deacon, teaches Sunday School and I teach Sunday School. I hear and see so much in our church building that sounds like we are on the brink of really getting the whole picture. Other times, I just don’t know.
Thanks letting me share.
Lisa – It is so exciting to see what the Father, YHVH, is doing in your life. It sound like the light is just starting to pour in. You will find, as you embrace the light and begin to walk in it, most people will not listen or even accuse you of walking in darkness. But, if we walk according to the Law of Moses and the Prophets we can not go wrong.
My prayer is that you and your husband stays on the same page. My wife did not and it was a heart-breaker. Being a deacon could be a very hard place to be in if the ministry is not willing to move ahead.
The fear of man bring a snare, but those who trust in YHVH will be safe. Pro 29:25
That’s a sensbile answer to a challenging question
What we do or don’t do is the fruit and proof of what we believe. If we believe and trust in the words of the Creator, our actions will show it.
I’m impressed by your writings. Are you a professional or just very knowledgeable?
Thanks Tyya! I am just a guy who is trying to share with other what YHVH is teaching him.
Hello Michael, I so appreciate your teachings. It does not matter at times how far YHVH has brought us in His truth, if we do not live by faith.
Thank you for being such an inspiration to many of us!
I continue to be blessed and challenged by your teachings. Thank you for the time you take to share.