FAITH: beginning and end

OpenBible2“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

In the definition of faith, is 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.  God created heaven and earth in His mind, but there was no substance or evidence of His creation, no actualization, the earth was yet without form.  For God’s thought or idea of creation to become substance or matter would take God’s word, the works that brought His creation into existence.  Faith, like creation, requires works. There are works associated with the beginning of faith and there are works associated with the end of faith. 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 believing something in our mind does not make it a reality.  Christians believe in the Son, which is the beginning of faith. And many still believe Jesus will return, which also falls under the beginning of faith, as there no evidence to support this belief.  They have been taught to have faith in Jesus Christ, and to accept him into their heart as their personal savior, a level of faith that, by itself, has no power, as was spoken by James, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2:26.  As there could be no creation without works, there can be no salvation without works, the two allegorical. As it took works to bring God’s physical creation into existence, it takes works to bring our spiritual creation into existence, through which we receive internal salvation, which is the end of faith, as was spoken by Peter, “Receiving the end of your faitheven the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:9.

The carnal works of the law, a figure or type-and-shadow of the spiritual works, could not perfect them that did the service, as we see in Hebrews 9:9,10, but which were to be kept until the spiritual works could be completed, until  “the time of reformation,” when we form a new heaven and earth, through which our “first heaven and earth” passes away (Revelation 21:1). “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, referring to this new spiritual heaven and earth.  Jesus said he came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it, but it is not Jesus the person that fulfils or completes the law, but what Jesus personified, which is the word; the works of creation.  “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, and the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11); the works through which the creation was made, which is the end of faith as our works have been completed, made perfect.  To bring our new creation into existence is going to take works, which is synonymous with the son, as is written in the book of John, “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I said, I am the Son of God?  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works…”  The works of the Father are the works of creation, which is why Jesus, the seed or word of God, was with God in the beginning, through which the physical creation was made. Our 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, providing the details of this creation or salvation process.

Jesus does not care if we believe in him, which falls under the beginning of faith.  He wants us to believe the works, the word believe meaning to obey or put action to. These are the works that perfect our faith, completing it, which is the end of faith. Salvation, like creation, requires works. It took God’s Spirit and word to bring His creation into existence.  It takes faith and works to make our salvation a reality. As there were six days of works in the physical creation of heaven and earth (not to be taken literally), there are six metaphorical days of spiritual works in the creation of our spiritual heaven and earth, through which we receive true salvation.  These works are found in the first six churches in the book of Revelation. The message of the seventh church is for those that have skipped over these six days of works.  What they think they are in their mind is not what they are in their heart, says Jesus.  They are lukewarm, not on fire for God, which they would demonstrate by doing these spiritual works. They have been taught to think that Jesus did the works for them by dying on the cross. They have been taught to think that they have received salvation by believing in Jesus, which is only the beginning of faith.  To reach the end of faith will require them to do the works, which Jesus instructs them to do through the message of the seventh church, saying, “I council thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyeslave, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”  Revelation 3:18,19.  The word repent means to think differently.  Changing the way they have been taught to think about salvation is the beginning of the spiritual works through which they will receive true salvation… “Receiving the end of your faitheven the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:9.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000

EAST & WEST

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The Holy Bible contains all the spiritual knowledge we need for the salvation or healing of our soul, combining ancient practices of the east with the ancient instruction found in the Sacred Text of the west.

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD…”  Exodus 14:13

The word still means quiet self, be silent, keep (put to) silence.

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”  Revelation 8:1

Silence in heaven is the key to opening the seventh seal. Heaven symbolizes the mind. The seventh seal is the seventh chakra.

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”  Revelation 1:7

If this were about the physical eyes, it would be plural, not singular. This is about “the third eye,” the spiritual eye, through which we gain insight pertaining to the things we cannot see.

The verse is clearly about Jesus, symbolizing truth, which “cometh with clouds;” coming with or through the thoughts of that spiritual heaven called the mind. Truth comes to us through our mind by way of the Spirit.  East and west, Spirit and word.  The Spirit is the power that delivers the word of truth, first to our mind, and then to our heart if we don’t resist it.

“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:27

The “lightening” and the “Son of man” share the same symbolic meaning, which is truth.  Jesus was called the Son of man, the son symbolizing the seed or word of truth through which man is spiritually healed. There is mind-level healing and there is heart-level healing.  The two are not the same.  The former is accomplished through the power of the mind, the latter through the power of the heart, which is christ.

The East is associated with the Spirit and the Mind. The Spirit works through mind-body disciplines or practices such as yoga to bring calmness to the mind, and wellness to the body. During the practice, one is encouraged to “trust the breath,” the breath symbolizing the spirit. When the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, they were to trust Moses, symbolizing the Spirit of God. But they resisted, forfeiting what comes with the holy spirit working through the mind, which is tranquility.  In stark contrast is the anxiety that is possessing the minds of so many these days, the cause of panic attacks.  So many on anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs. Clearly, man is resisting the holy spirit, whose deepest purpose is to bring us into the truth regarding the source of this anxiety and depression.

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do aways resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.” Acts 7:51.

In the eastern practice of yoga, one is often led to put his hands to the third or inner eye, which is associated with higher consciousness or spiritual sight—the meaning behind the mythological Cyclops.  Another example of the spirit working at a mind-level is the eastern practice of Reiki, performed through a technique similar to the laying on of hands for the treatment of physical, emotional, spiritual or mental disease.

It’s when we combine the ancient practices of the east with the ancient instruction found in the Sacred Text of the west, that we activate the ultimate healing power called christ.  When meditation is performed following the ancient instruction of the Holy Bible, the 7th chakra is opened, through which the deepest level of the soul is healed.  The Spirit, activated or manipulated through ancient practices of the east, while evoking a response that can heal mind and body, cannot, by itself, heal the sub-conscious, which is the heart— the deepest and most important aspect of the soul.  To heal the heart requires us to follow the ancient instruction of the Sacred Text of the west.  The Spirit, in conjunction with the works of the Word, has the power to heal us mentally, emotionally, and physically, which is salvation of the soul.  Moses, in conjunction with Aaron, led the children of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt, symbolizing the addiction of The World.  Physical bondage or addiction is of the mind and body.  But the source that drives it is the spiritual bondage of the heart.  To be delivered of our spiritual bondage requires what Jesus calls the regeneration.

“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”  Matthew 19:28

The word regeneration means the act or process of re-forming. As Spirit and word formed the physical heaven and earth, spirit and word are needed to form our new spiritual heaven and earth.  The word is the works of creation, which Jesus instructs us to believe, which means to obey or put action to.  Those that are in the process of the regeneration are metaphorically sitting upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel, which are the works that brings of their new creation into existence.

Judgment is symbolized in scripture by fire.

“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”  Revelation 3:18

Perhaps you have heard new age teachers talking about the “violet flame,” their understanding of which will be limited to the source through which they received it, through the Spirit, which makes it an incomplete truth. To receive complete truth on these spiritual matters will require us to incorporate the Word. The gold tried in the fire symbolizes the purity that comes through the judgment.  A “flame” is part of the fire. The seven colors associated with the twelve tribes of Israel or twelve sons of Jacob are the seven colors of the rainbow. And what do we find at the end of the rainbow; upon the conclusion of our spiritual judgment?  Gold, symbolizing purity. The color “violet” is associated with Naphtali, a son of Rachel’s bondmaid, symbolizing bondage.  This is where we make the transition from seeing the bondage of our mind to seeing the bondage of our heart. This is where we make the transition from the kingdom of heaven, symbolizing the realm of the mind to the kingdom of God, symbolizing the realm of the Heart- the throne of that healing power called christ.

It is time to incorporate the Word, which provides us with the ancient instruction through which we are made holy.  It is time to bring a deeper meaning to the many religious ceremonies and celebrations through the Word.  Let’s look at the eastern festival called Holi, also known as the “Festival of Love,” the “Festival of Colors,” or the “Festival of Spring.”  It celebrates the eternal and divine love of Krishna, and signifies the triumph of good over the evil.

The east is associated with the Spirit of God, which is Love. However, it is through the spiritual works encoded in the Sacred Text of the west, which the colors represent, that we reach Love, which is why Jesus said, you can’t come unto the Father except by me, which is to say, you can’t come to Love except through truth, which being the word of God, is the spiritual works or instruction through which we are made holy, triumphing over evil. East and West.  Spirit and Word.  Love and Truth.  Christ. The spiritual anointing through which we are healed on a soul-level.

Christianity, the religion of the west, is not the source for the Word of God.

Paul the Liar

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2001