Faith: beginning and end

FAITH: beginning and end

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

In the definition of faith we find the beginning of faith (things hoped for, not seen) and the end of faith (substance, evidence). Visualization and Actualization.

The beginning of faith is likened to the beginning of Creation, in which God created heaven and earth; the idea or concept of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1), which had yet to come into existence as we see in verse two. Spirit was the first thing needed to bring God’s visualization of heaven and earth into  existence, the Spirit of God beginning to move (Genesis 1:2).  The second thing needed was the word. God spoke (Genesis 1:3), the word being the works that formed heaven and earth. Like Spirit, faith requires works in order for the things we hope for to come into existence; to become a reality.

So what are the works associated with the beginning of faith? We are given a number of examples in the book of Hebrews, each one having to do with external salvation, requiring mental belief and outward action or obedience. Mind and body. However, salvation of the soul is internal, and requires more than prayers, affirmations, and bodily practices. It is through the spiritual works associated with the end of faith that we receive the salvation of our souls, as it is written,

"Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 

Jesus said, "believe the works," referring to the spiritual works that fulfil the carnal works of the law. Paul deemed the carnal works of the law (the pattern for the spiritual works of God's spiritual law) unnecessary. Christians have accepted Paul's saved by grace and not by works doctrine. Grace is given to those engaged in the works, as "Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord" by performing the carnal works of building the ark. Christians have been taught that Jesus did all the works by dying on the cross. They just have to believe that. When Jesus said, "it is finished" he was referring to the works he performed while on this earth, his words and actions revealing the spiritual works through which man's spiritual debt is paid. Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also," referring to such things as physical healings, which were appropriate for the time, as it was in the carnal "era of Isaac." However, he goes on to say, "greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father." Jesus is about to make the transition from physical to spiritual, and so too are the works. What is greater than healing physical blindness? Healing spiritual blindness. The world has entered the spiritual "era of Jacob," in which we are to believe the spiritual works; the word believe meaning to obey; to put action to. The physical works that were accomplished through "the Christ" in physical form are now spiritual works to be accomplished through " the christ" in spiritual form.

"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."

As it was in God's Creation, the Spirit has no power without the word, being alone. It was the word of God that made His Creation, bringing it into existence. The works and the word are synonymous. God's word WAS the works of creation. It is through works that we not only show our faith, but give power to faith, through which we see "the substance, the evidence" of "things hoped for... not seen."

As there was six days in the creation of heaven and earth, there are six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works in the creation of our new spiritual heaven and earth. These works are found in the first six churches in the book of Revelation, through which we overcome every false religious or personal belief we have taken on throughout our life. Through this process we remove what has been keeping us from receiving what it is that we want out of life.

Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2000)