“We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” 2 Cor. 4:18
“Yet I know in part, but then I shall know, even as I am fully known. And now faith, expectation, and love, these three abide.” 1 Cor. 13:12-13.
Faith, Hope, and Love are eternal things. They are eternal because they are of Christ.
Jesus is both the Author and Finisher of Faith. This eternal Faith is not of man. It is “the faith of the Son of God” Gal. 2:20.
Faith is God’s own revelation of Himself.
It is the Fathers view of His Son; it is His sight filling, even overwhelming our perception of reality. Eternal faith is God’s own knowledge continually establishing the Truth in our soul. It is a clear view of the Person of the Truth.
“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith” Rom. 1:17
This transition from “faith to faith” is more than coming from my own imagined beliefs about God to the faith of the Son of God. When Paul writes “from faith to faith” he is describing a work of the Spirit where we are made to see we have been carried out from an Old Covenant faith. This first faith, was when God promised Christ by using tangible things,“the things which are seen.” A New Covenant faith is a faith that causes the soul to “endure seeing Him who is invisible” Heb. 11:27. Faith is a the faculty of spiritual sight, created in you for Knowing Him, it is “in the sight of God”.
“We are not as the many, peddling the Word of God; but as of sincerity, but as of God. We speak in Christ, in the sight of God” 2 Cor. 2:17 LITV.
There is no shortage of faith teachers out there peddling the words of God for money. Their doctrine usually places the responsibility squarely on the believer to produce a faith that can obtain things. They point to “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” Rom. 10:17. This is assumed to mean that you should memorize Bible promises and speak the words out loud until a trusting belief in God is produced. This religious practice is out of order. It is speaking so that we may believe.
“Having the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,” 2 Cor. 4:17 also Psa. 115:1; & Psa. 116:10.
Faith comes from the inside out. It is the overflow of a heart “in the sight of God”. Christ in you is the One in view. We are not the source of anything accepted by the Father. Faith is required. But all that is required is also fully supplied of God. We are to trust Him for this “faith of God.”
“Jesus said to them,‘Have faith OF God’” Mk. 11:22 LITV, YLT.
The “faith of God” is the Mind of Christ working in you. I love the “of” because it points us to the source. Unless God is the source of the faith in you, you will be tossed by every wind of doctrine. If you are the source of your faith, your faith will be as shaky as you are. Unless Christ in you be the One you trust, then it is up to you to keep faith. Are you faithful to keep your faith or is faith something the Spirit animates in you? Faith is a fruit of the Spirit. Romans 12:3 says it is God who has provided “a measure of faith” to each.
Faith grows to the removal of our beliefs. All things must come to the cross; even my faith.
For some time I did factory work far from home. I worked 12 hour swing shifts and it was too far to drive home after working all night. So I got an apartment in town and came home on the weekends. This went on for years. One of my coworkers said, you must have “great faith” in your wife. But I cannot say that there was any greatness in my faith in her.
Great faith has never been necessary because I have a great wife.
If you have had much relationship with my wife you also know why I rest assured. The point is that great faith is only needful in the absence of a true relationship. When you truly know One who is faithful and true, then your need for great faith fades off into the background.
Before I knew Christ in His appearing I was involved with the “faith movement”. I sought out “Word of faith” teachers to encourage my faith. The fact is that my ignorance of the greatness of Christ left me with insecurities that made it necessary to aspire to have a greater faith.
But when I was turned to see Him, what a rest I found! How great a Christ I have seen! Seeing Him was the end of my faith movement.
And so the faith of the Son of God began to replace my empty beliefs about God. The answer is not really about having “our” faith increased. The answer is found in knowing Him. The appearing of Christ causes my own faith to become inactive in the coming of this eternal faith. There is no patting ourselves on the back for the faith of the Son of God. I cannot glory in this faith. It is not my own.
There are two kinds of faith. An Old Covenant faith: a faith for obtaining natural things, in contrast to our New Covenant Faith: a faith that receives Him: The faith for seeing and abiding in the invisible inheritance. The first faith is described in Hebrews 11:, The second, in Hebrews 12:.
In Chapter eleven, we see that even though they had a faith that “overcame kingdoms, worked out righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions quenched the power of fire, escaped the mouths of the sword, acquired power from weakness, became strong” etc, Heb. 11:33-34, “these all, having been testified to through the faith, did not receive the promise.” Heb. 11:39.
So we are to understand that even though this first kind of faith was good for obtaining a testimony; KJV says, “a good report”. But their testimony was only “good” to the measure that the things they acquired pointed to Him. They were commended in that they acquired the testimony of Christ, and a promise of the New Covenant. But the Holy Spirit is saying that now that the faith of the Son is come, this first faith is seen to fall short of the mark. That is why they looked for a better country, a “heavenly”“city”, Heb. 11:16.
The first kind of faith says things like “Faith is to believe in what you cannot see. The reward of faith is to see what you believe.” -Augustine.
But if our temporal kind of faith is rewarded with things that are visible to natural eyes, it has come to an end; It has come to a conclusion other Christ Himself. This is not the eternal faith that abides, 1 Cor. 13:12-13.
Don’t get me wrong. There is not a thing wrong with believing Him for provisions and health for ourselves and our loved ones. I recently obtained healing from an uncurable condition. And I am so very thankful to Him for all His benifits. But we must know that these things testify of a greater witness.
Do not settle for the testimony of Him. Press on to know Him in His appearing in you. This is the greater witness.
In seeing Him, we see the finisher of our temporal faith. We also see that our temporal faith was shakable.
So in Chapter twelve, we have come from “faith to faith” Rom. 1:17. From a faith that is looking to receive things that “might be touched,”12:18, visible things, (a mountain that “shook” Heb. 12:26), to a finished eternal faith.
This is a faith “looking unto Jesus.” Heb. 12:2. This is a faith where in Christ, you “are come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God” vs. 22. This is a faith that has seen and has received the the presence of the invisible God, He is the kingdom that “cannot be shaken” Heb. 12:28.
“With Christ I have been crucified, and I live no more, but Christ lives in me; and that which I now live in the flesh– I live by The faith of the Son of God, who did loved me and did give Himself for me” Gal. 2:20 YLT.
The faith of the Son of God is His faith living and growing within. In seeing Him, man’s faith is brought to the cross. Jesus Christ is the Man of Faith. He is One New Man, and He is in You. Look for His Appearing.
In His Appearing your need for your own great faith is put away by a true relationship with a far greater Christ.
Here are some examples where we are used to reading about faith “in” Him, but the literal translations show us that the original language was actually pointing us toward faith of God working in us.
“And on the faith of His name, this One whom you see and know was made firm by His name, and the faith which came through Him gave to him this complete soundness before you all” Acts 3:16 LITV.
“For what if some did not believe? Will not their unbelief nullify the faith of God? May it never be! But let God be true, and every man a liar” Rom. 3:3-4 LITV.
“Even the righteousness of God through the faith of Jesus Christ toward all and upon all those believing; for there is no difference.” Rom. 3:22 LITV.
“For a demonstration of His righteousness in the present time, for His being just and justifying the one that is of the faith of Jesus.” Rom. 3:26 LITV
“Having known also that a man is not declared righteous by works of law, if not through the faith of Jesus Christ, also we in Christ Jesus did believe, that we might be declared righteous though the faith of Christ, and not by works of law, wherefore declared righteous by works of law shall be no flesh.” Gal. 2:16 YLT.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” Gal. 2:20
“But the Scripture locked up all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to the ones believing” Gal. 3:22 LITV.
“And be found in Him; not having my own righteousness of the Law, but through the faith of Christ, having the righteousness of God on faith” Php. 3:9 LITV.
“Being buried with Him in baptism, in whom also you were raised through the faith of the working of God, raising Him from among the dead” Col. 2:12 LITV.
“My brothers, do not with partiality have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory” Jas. 2:1 LITV.
“Here is the patience of the saints; here are the ones keeping the commands of God, and the faith of Jesus” Rev. 14:12 LITV.
“What is seen was not made out of things that are visible” Heb. 11:3 ESV.
The point the writer of Hebrews is making is that the invisible God is the source of all visible things. So that we can know that the eternal realm is where you are to grow up to live and move and have your being. The goal is not about getting God to change the temporal realm. The goal is knowing Christ.
I used to assume that “kingdom come” would be when faith would finally come to be fulfilled by natural sight. When I prayed “let thy kingdom come in earth as it is in heaven,” My understanding was I was asking for something that would make faith inactive, something that could be seen of Him or His effects. But I asked amiss, My prayer was not in accord with His will.
This faith abides eternal and is never fulfilled by sight.
When Jesus told Nicodemus “Truly, truly, I say to you, If one is not born from above, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.” He was talking about the seeing of faith. He was saying that the Spirit would enlighten “the eyes of the heart” to know the invisible God. These spiritual faculties are given that we may see Him who is, and will always be, invisible to natural eyes and the natural mind.
Faith is eternal.
It is the revelation of Jesus Christ.