FAITH & SALVATION

OpenBible2“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, things not seen) and the end of faith (the substance, the evidence).  The beginning of faith is an analogy to the beginning of Creation.

“In the beginning God created heaven and earth.”   Genesis 1:1.

God envisioned His creation.  But there was no evidence.  Nothing has been made yet, as we see in verse 2.  For the thought or idea to become substance (matter) would require the word of God.  The seed of God.  Every thing is made by a seed.

“And God said…” Genesis 1:3

“And the word was made flesh…”   John 1:14

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”  Luke 8:11

“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”   John 1:3

God’s thought of creation became a reality through His word; through the works that brought His creation into existence.  Faith, like creation and salvation, requires works.

“ Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”  James 2:26.

We are given a number of examples of the works associated with the beginning of faith in the book of Hebrews, each one having to do with external salvation, which started with a thought.  Noah, believing in his mind that a flood was coming, began the works of building an ark.  Just because we say something with our mouth, think or believe something in our mind, does not make it a reality in our heart.  Saying we are saved because we have accepted Jesus into our heart does not make it so.  To be saved we must accept the spiritual Jesus into our heart.  The spiritual Jesus is the word of God, truth, through which we truly become in our heart what we think we are in our mind.

“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:”  Revelation 3:17

Christians say they “believe” in Jesus.  This is the beginning of faith.  But this elementary-level faith is not enough to save us.  Salvation, like creation, requires works.   Jesus said, “believe the works,” the word “believe” meaning “to obey or put action to,” referring to the spiritual works of God, through which we receive internal salvation.  This is the end of faith.

“ If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works…”  John 10:37,38

“Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter 1:9.

As it took works to bring God’s physical creation into existence, it takes works to bring our spiritual creation into existence.  The carnal works of the law, a figure or type-and-shadow of the spiritual works, could not perfect them that kept them.

 “… which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.”   Hebrews 9:9,10 

They were to keep the carnal works of the law until  “the time of reformation.”  When we do the spiritual (internal) works of the Father, through which we form a new heaven and earth.

“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:18

Jesus is speaking of a spiritual heaven and earth.  The “first heaven and the first earth.”

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away…”  Revelation 21:1  

Jesus said he came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it.  It is not Jesus who fulfils the law.  It is the works of the Father that fulfils the law.

“ If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works…”  ~ Jesus

The works of the Father are the works of creation, the works being synonymous with the word, the seed, the means by which all things are made.  We have six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works to perform.  The spiritual works of creation are found in the beginning and end of the book of Genesis, which means creation.  The beginning of Genesis gives us an overview of the creation process.  The end of Genesis, where Jacob tells his twelve sons what will befall them in the end of days, gives us the instruction for the salvation process.  Salvation through creation!

“Receiving the end of your faitheven the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter 1:9

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000

THE GODHEAD

 

Father Son Holy Spirit

The Principles of Creation.  The Foundation of Spiritual Truth.

Principle: a basic truth, which applies to both the physical and the spiritual.
Foundation: the basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported.

“In the beginning God created heaven and earth.” Genesis 1:1.

To create is to have the thought.  Nothing has been made yet.

And the earth was without form… ”  

To bring heaven and earth into existence would take two things. 

And the Spirit of God moved… “And God said…”  Genesis 1:2,3 

Spirit and word.  Energy and seed.

“And the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.”  Luke 8:11

The two divine attributes of the Creator and Creation are symbolized in scripture by the “two witnesses,” and the “two olive trees” or “two olive branches,” which Moses and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb, Elijah and Elisha, and John and Jesus personified.

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… male and female created he them.”  Genesis 1:26,27

We were physically made after this likeness when our father, sowed his seed, by his energy (male) in our mother (female), as God sowed His word, by His Spirit (male) in mother earth (female).  We are spiritually made in the image of God when the holy spirit sows the seed or word of truth in our heart.  We see the image of God in the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The Hebrew name for God is ELOHIM, revealing God’s image: EL = God the Father.  OH = the Son.  IM = the Holy Spirit; the I AM, revealing the Godhead.  Some Christians say there are three persons in the Godhead, while others say one, proclaiming Jesus is God.  The truth is, the three are of one, as God, spoke His word, through His Spirit.  And as man, sows his seed, through his energy.   

“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with the God, and a god was the word.”  John 1:1  (Original Greek translation)
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God.”  John 1:1  (King James translation)

“A god was the word” has been changed to “the Word was God,” an error in translation that has Christians calling Jesus God, through which they are unwittingly denying the Son.

“The same was in the beginning with God.”  John 1:2 

Jesus was with God in the beginning, being the seed through which the creation was made.  

“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”  John 1:3  

All things are made by a seed. When seed is sowed in the earth, as truth is sowed in the heart, it does not produce its fruit in a day. 

“… Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once?”  Isaiah 66:8

The words of the Prophet Isaiah, which admonish the teaching that we are born [again] the moment we accept Jesus into our heart.  The spiritual Jesus is the seed of God.  This elementary-level of acceptance is not the sowing of God’s seed or word of truth into that spiritual earth called the heart

“Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods. If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came… [why] say ye of him, Thou blasphemest because I said, I am the Son of God.?  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not… thou you believe not me, believe the works…”  John 10:34-38 

Here, Jesus is teaching us that the works are synonymous with the son.  The way we bring fruit unto God, becoming a god or son, is through works.  Christians who follow the teachings of Paul are unwittingly rejecting the Son by omitting the spiritual works, which the Son finished, and instructed us to finish, saying, believe the worksthe word believe meaning to obey or put action to.  The works of a spiritual creation, which as gods, being made in the image of the God, we have the power to bring into existence. 

The word of God is the seed of God.  Having the seed of God makes one a god, not God.  In like manner, if the seed of the man is conceived in the womb of the woman, that seed becomes a son or daughter, not the father that sowed it.  Jesus is not God.  Blasphemy is to make oneself equal with God, or God’s power, which Jesus never did.  Jesus never said he was God.  There are two verses used to proclaim that Jesus is God.  The first, as discussed, a mistranslation. The second,

“I and my Father are one,”  John 10:30

a misunderstanding.  Jesus is not saying he is God.  He is saying that he and his Father are one with respect to the works of creation, God’s physical creation being a pattern or  instruction for the spiritual creation formed in us through spiritual works, which Jesus spoke of and demonstrated for us while he was on this earth. 

“ No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”  John 1:18

But Jesus was seen, being the seed or word of God made flesh.  Jesus said he proceeded and came from God.  The seed proceeded from the Father, sowed in the womb of Mary. 

“…neither came I of myself, but he sent me”  John 8:42

The seed does not sow itself.  Energy or Spirit is needed to sow the seed, whether it be in the earth, or in the heart.  There are two fathers, two seeds, two energies, and two creations.  The good seed, sowed through holy spirit, is attributed to christ. The evil seed, sowed through unholy spirit, is attributed to antichrist. 

“… He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”  1 John 2:22

One denies the Father and the Son literally by saying Jesus is God.  One denies the Father and the Son spiritually by omitting the spiritual works that are synonymous with the Son.  Christ is not Jesus’ surname. It is the spiritual power through which we perform these spiritual or internal works.  If we  have not been doing the works because we have been taught that Jesus finished them for us, we are antichrist; against the spiritual power needed for our new spiritual creation to come into existence. 

“ Ye are of your father the devil… When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”  John 8:44

Each of us acts as a spiritual father, having sowed spiritual seed through spiritual energy, in our spiritual mother.  We have all eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sowing good and evil seed in that spiritual earth called the heart.  In the process of time, the evil seeds choked out the good seed, as we learn from Jesus’ parables.  The unholy creation that has been formed in us is called “the first heaven and earth,” which passes away upon the formation of our holy creation, through six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works. 

“ And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and earth were passed away…”  Revelation 21:1  

The Godhead reveals the principles of creation, the foundation of all spiritual truth. 

 

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000