By Donald Konick
Whatever you know, you learned it by faith.
Everything is done by faith, though no one really thinks this way. Think about it. First you think it is possible to do something. Then you say you’re going to do the thing. Then you do it. First you believe it’s possible. Then you say it’s possible. Then you do what you thought and said. That’s faith!
Nothing is ever done without thought. Nothing is ever done without saying you’re going to do it. You either say it to yourself in your mind or you tell someone. The doing comes last after thinking and saying. That’s the only way it works. Because God has ordained Faith to be the way things work. First you believe, then say what you believe, & then it is done. Does that sound familiar?
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5).
GOD spoke the universe into existence. First HE thought about it, then HE said it, then it was.
So what is real Faith? … it’s Light! Now, how can I say that? Because the Bible says that God is one… Father, Son, Holy Ghost. We are so used to reading the Bible as if God is separate… light here, love over there, peace next to this thing called righteousness… but God is one God in three persons. Sometimes the Bible presents God to us using theory; because theory breaks down how things work. It shows how the Father works, it shows how the Son works, & how the Spirit works. But what we don’t see is that They are all One in each other – A UNION! That union is indivisible… that is a paradox to our finite mind, and the only way to resolve it is by Faith in Jesus Christ. When we ask Jesus into our lives we become one with God, we are now part of that Union.
When I say Faith is Light… it doesn’t make sense. Why? Because when the Bible says Jesus, we see Him as a person, & He is, but at the same moment He is Light, & Love, & Righteousness, & all the rest that the scripture calls Him in all the different places it speaks of Him. He’s that all at once, all in one moment & that moment is eternal. We can’t see that because we are finite. So the Bible breaks it down for us so we can see & we see because the Holy Ghost reveals it to our spirits, because we have been joined to Christ, and that joining is by Faith.
Now, I can also say “God is Love & in Him is no darkness.” That is not written in the scriptures, but I (me) I can say that because I see it as true. It is true, because the Bible says that “God is light & in Him is no darkness.” But at the same time He is Love, & because He is One, there is still no darkness in Him as Love, because He is Light & Love at the same time… all at once. The only way to see any of this is by Faith, and that Faith is in us as Light!
The scriptures say “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity” (James 3:17). But I can say “The Spirit from above is first pure… etc.. etc.” or “The Jesus from above is first pure… etc.. etc.” Or “The Light from above… or the Peace, or the Love.. or Joy, Because they are who God is! What I have just said is NOT written in the Scripture, but I can say it… because I believe it & that is faith… my faith given to me by GOD. I Know it is True.
Maybe you disagree with me, maybe you say what I have written is not true. That’s OK, that is just unbelief in you & it doesn’t change my faith. Faith is the way, because God has said so… like… Someone once asked, How do we do the works of God? To that Jesus said “By believing on the one whom God has sent.”* It is “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”* And also “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”* Finally, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”* The Book of Hebrews in chapter 11 is all about faith. Faith is truly the only way things work, as in “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”*
So this Light, this Faith “… cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” And the Word of God takes all forms, like the Bible, but it also takes the form of the Person in a person. For that Person is God’s Word. The way to know is by how John tells us “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:”* So if we confess Jesus Christ then God dwells in us and that is God’s Word which is Jesus Christ & He dwells in us by Faith. That ultimately is how we overcome the world… “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”*
In the final analysis we live by Faith & it is God who decreed it “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”*
*1 John 4:2