Faith is Substance

Faith is substance (Hebr 11:1). Faith is facts. Faith is reality. Thus whatever we believe will become our reality. Peter for instance started out believing in his own abilities. At a certain point that was his reality. The substance was himself. Faith is more worth than gold so it is tried in fire and purified. The fact that he denied Jesus three times was merely a side-issue when his faith was tried. There was a glaring discrepancy between Peter’s substance and God’s substance. A correction was thus necessary. Basically Jesus said about Peter’s reality: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” (Rev 3:14) God let him thus face his own nothingness so that his faith reality could be aligned with God’s substance, that is, God is all in all.

If a big devil is your substance Jesus exclaims: “According to your faith let it be to you.” If all you can see is separation Jesus exclaims: “According to your faith let it be to you.” The ensuing agony of a substance incongruent with God’s is the purifying component which when mixed with God’s love leads to repentance. When we at last say as Jesus; I can only do what I see my Father is doing” we again hear the echo from above: “According to your faith let it be to you.” But now agony is turned into rest and peace.

To fully grasp how faith is substance we must first come to an understanding where we see that everything is inner consciousness. The substance is manifested in our inner man and when this is our vantage point we also learn that it is equally true that everything outer flows from inner. The continual expansion of the universe is a parable of our ever expanding inner consciousness as we are taken from glory to glory. In all its simplicity this means that our inner world continually in greater measure corresponds with God’s inner world. It is a progressive unveiling of our true and liberated personhood in Him. To be created in His likeness means that we are a fire of His fire; the embodiment of His desires and a manifestation and manifestor of His love, and hence forever included in the eternal triune conversation.

Faith was the substance through which God envisioned His creation, and consequently from this unwavering reality everything came into existence.

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7 Responses to Faith is Substance

  1. Brian Coatney says:

    Hi Ole, I especially like the turns of speech in the first two paragraphs. The truths are familiar, but you put them in such great prose there bro.

  2. Brian Coatney says:

    I’ve been teaching English 101 and 102 for 10 years now, and the more I do it, the more I think about what writing is. Many students come into writing classes weighed down with a multitasking do list that makes writing a drudgery for them. What we know as the law has bound them up, so that they know no joy in putting their inner selves onto paper; they think, “What should I say?” rather than “What is in me?” I read a sentence in Kierkegaard this morning that reminds me of this, where in “Works of Love” he says, “Then love loses its ardor, its gladness, its freshness, its primitiveness, the freshness of its life …” The simplicity of those is what lights up writing for me. Errors can be edited. Those are a detail.

    • Ole Henrik says:

      It must be great having a teacher like you! I am sure your students love you and your approach to both life and writing!

    • Nick Cabbiness says:

      Ahhh, love that perspective, Brian, as I think about how to teach writing to my students. “What is in me” sounds too subjective for most writing approaches, but how else can they care about it? Anything else is merely assignment.

  3. Load On says:

    Hi Ole, I like anything related to faith. What grows our faith? Answer: trials in which we must apply Faith; untested faith is pretty useless until it a load is placed on it and, like you say, becomes something of substance! Rock on, Dude, I mean brother! Tim

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