Elements of Faith – Mystery
The Mystery of Faith
“that your faith might not be in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God”
1 Corinthians 2:5
The mystery of a living faith holds distinct elements that are manifested in the life of every true believer. For others, faith holds little or no mystery; their idea of faith is simply a statement of belief. It does not extend into the realm of the Spirit. It is a belief in His existence according to the beliefs and teachings they ascribe to, concise and logical without the wonder of God.
“Holding the mystery of the faith
in a pure conscience”
1 Timothy 3:9
Paul, speaking to Timothy of the true faith, (like all things with God), presents it as a mystery. It is a divine phenomenon. The relationship between humanity and its creator is the mystery. In the KJV, “mystery” is used 22 times by various authors in the New Testament. The use of this word is applied to many different aspects of God and His unfolding work within those who desire Him. God Himself is the great mystery and it is in our pursuit of Him that the various facets of Him are revealed.
“the mystery of the faith”
In our intense desire to know Him who is unknowable, we are struck with the power of His Word. There are many kinds of faith expressed within the world of religion. There is an article in the Greek that separates all other “faiths” from the true God-given, God-inspired faith of Christ Jesus Himself. It is “the faith” that Paul presents to us as a mystery. The heart that has touched its vibrancy knows inherently its great worth.
Paul spoke of this faith as the cause and the origin of the life that he lived in the flesh, in the now of life.
“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”
Galatians 2:20 (*by – Greek: instrumentality, through the means of)
The difference between religious faith and true faith will be distinguished by the life lived. “The Faith” is characterized by passion and intensity which is the means of continual growth and development.
It is this faith that Paul sets forth as a mystery. It cannot be held within the confines of doctrinal statements and the teachings of men. Its verity is obvious in the lives of those who know its fire and impulse. Religion rests in words while true faith is rooted in the life of Christ Himself.
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work”
The “faith of Christ” will produce an unction within to “DO the will of Him” and an earnest desire to finish the work the Father has intended for each of us.
Life is to be a holy adventure, a pursuit, an unending journey into the power and dynamic of the living Christ by virtue of “the faith” imparted unto us.
Faith without the works and dynamic of God pressing us to greater things is a dead one. There are many to whom faith is simply the door to some esoteric life in heaven with no concept that the life they live here and now has a bearing on their heavenly inheritance. The faith spoken of in the New Covenant is one that produces a “now” life by which others may see the evidence of Him in a growing manifestation.
The “faith of Christ”
must produce expressions of the Life of Christ.
“the life which I now live in the flesh”
The life we currently live is the revelation of our faith. To measure our faith by any other metric is a deceptive standard and a false comfort.
“I will shew thee my faith by my works“
The word and call of God are always upwards and onwards. His Call is to produce desire, not condemnation. He would draw us from our own stagnation and complacency into a larger, active life of walking in His graces. The purpose of true ministry is to draw the people of God into their own participation (fellowship) of the Mystery experientially. May we hear afresh His exhortation to us to the larger apprehension of the Mystery…
“And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ”
See Post: Be Enlarged
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(to be continued)