The first three sections on the study of faith gives us an over view on how we can come to Know the Truth by faith in the Word. The Father has made it known to us through HIS Word, that if we would continue in HIS Word, we would know the Truth and the Truth will make us free.

In order to know the Truth of God, we must have faith and believe in the Word of Truth that He might guide us into Knowledge of Himself. For this reason the Word said, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones" (Proverb 3:5-8).

It is clear that there are no men on earth who can guide us into knowledge of the Truth other than the Truth Himself. In revealing His will to the Father on our behalf, the Word said, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth" (John 17:17-19).

Like the woman at the well, Jesus says to us, "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:14).

Notice that this Water comes to us by faith through our receiving of the Word of God. By receiving the Word of God, He enables us to be born of God. He is the Water of Life, Who springs up in us unto Everlasting Life. The physical baptism by water is a symbol to men outwardly of a spiritual conversion that takes place within the heart.

The Word said, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)" (John 7:37-39).

Notice the reason why the Holy Spirit was not yet given. John noted that it was because Jesus was not yet glorified. In turning to the Word for the Truth on how He is glorified, He said in His prayer to the Father, "I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them" (John 17:8-10).

Based on the evidence thus far, we can see that believing in Christ is important in order for us to have the Holy Spirit. Looking again at the definition of faith, we understand how, through receiving the Word of God, He enables us to comprehend and believe in the things not seen by our faith in Him.

Some might question if the things of God can be understood without first receiving the Word of God. In answer to this question we can look to the Word, Who spoke by Paul to the church at Corinth and said, "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man" (1 Corinthians 2:14,15)

The natural man born of the flesh might look at the evidence seen by the spiritual man who is born of the Spirit; however, he is unable to comprehend the true meaning of the substance found in that which is seen. To the natural man the things of God are foolishness.

The natural man sees nothing of value as he looks at the temporal things that can be seen. He will
therefore conclude that the spiritual man speaks of foolishness.

The Spiritual man born of the SPIRIT through the Word will see the Truth in the same evidence that is seen by the natural man. However, his understanding of Spiritual things will be understood only as he looks upon the evidence in the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God, Which is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. Through the Light of Christ, the Spiritual man will understand with the mind the Truth of God through the temporal things that can be seen.

The Spiritual man will see the Eternal things of God as he looks upon the temporal things. He will
comprehend the Spiritual things in the Light of Christ as he continues to behold Him day by day.

Solomon-a man of great wisdom, who was fill with the Spirit of God said, "Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things" (Proverb 28:5).

In His prayer to the Father, Jesus said, "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight" (Matthew 11:25, 26).

According to what Jesus said in His prayer to the Father, it would appear as if the Father were hiding the truth from us, but is this really the case? In speaking to His Son, as revealed by faith through the earthen vessel Ezekiel, the LORD said, "Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee.

"Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel; Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

"Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear" (Ezekiel 3:1-11).

Through HIS Word the LORD spoke to Isaiah and Isaiah said, "I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed" (Isaiah 6:8-10)

Notice that in order for Isaiah to go on his mission for the Lord, he had to first receive the Voice or the Word of God. The LORD said unto him through the Word, the people will hear, but will not understand. So it is possible for man to hear the Word of God or to read through the Scriptures and not understand or see and perceive the real meaning. Without the Spirit of God working in our hearts, we cannot begin to understand the things of God.

Ezekiel, the vessel of the Word said, "The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying, Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house" (Ezekiel 12:1, 2).

In both examples presented here, we find that in each case the Word of God presented to the prophet the exact message given to Him by the LORD that He would present Himself through the prophet to the children of Israel. And although the names of the prophets were different, one of them was called the Son of man revealing to us the eternal through the natural. It was the Word of God Who came to the prophet with a message from God to give to the people. These examples reveal how the Word would come to His disciples and through them speak the will of God to the world.

After fulfilling the will of the Father in coming to earth to dwell among men, the Word said to the people that sat before Him, "Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

"Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

"For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them...

"All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world" (Matthew 13:9-17, 34, 35).

The prophets and righteous men could not see the eternal things of God, because
they were the temporal things through whom the Word of God revealed the eternal
things to those who would come after (meaning us).

Not only did many prophets and righteous men desired to see those things, which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world, but men and women today who study the Word still desirer to see the things of God through the Word. In his second letter addressed to the church at Corinth, Paul answers this question regarding whether or not God has willed that the truth should be hidden from us.

He said, "If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them" (2 Corinthians 4:3, 4).

Speaking to the Hebrews about the Word, Paul said, "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil" (Hebrews 5:8-14).

Paul also wrote to the church at Corinth, and said, "I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)

Notice that Paul's problem was not with the Word's ability to reveal the Spiritual things of God through him, but with the ability of the people to discern the Spiritual things HE would impart to them through him by HIS Word.

The Word revealed to the Jews the concept of receiving Spiritual meat when He said to them, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

"They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

The Father has given to us HIS Word as the Bread of Life.

"For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, that ye also have seen me, and believe not.

"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

"The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?

"Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

To the spiritual man, the Bread of Life will be received as His Spiritual Flesh and Blood,
but the natural man would not understand.

"The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

"For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

"Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

"From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." (John 6:27-69)

The Bread of Life that proceeds from the Father is the Bread that man shall live by.

Peter testified that Christ is the only One we can turn too for eternal Life. It is He, Who said, "...It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). It is through Christ-the Word that the Father reveals HIS will to man.

It is clear that there are many things that God is willing to reveal to the World, but because of the dullness of our minds like many of His disciples, we will say as the Jews have said, "This is an hard saying; who can hear it? And because men are unable to comprehend HIS Word, they turn and walk no more with Him.

It is the lack of faith or the ability to see the things of God through the things He has made that has caused many to doubt the Word of God. Even after presenting to the Jews the truth about eternal things, they murmured at Him. And because He said things which were hard for them to understand, many of them turned and walk no more with Him.

The spiritual things He imparted to them appeared to be foolishness in their hearts and their inability to comprehend His words prevented them from receiving HIS Truth. They could only see Him as one who grew up with them, having a father and mother whom they knew.

But Peter, speaking for the twelve disciples said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." It was this acceptance of the Word of God in his heart that caused Peter to make this proclamation. It is this acceptance of the Word of God in our hearts that will cause us to see and hear the Truth of God and follow Him wherever HE leads.

This event was and is a perfect illustration to show how dull our minds can be in our ability to comprehend the things of God. John painted the perfect picture of this event when he said of the Word, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not...

"[That] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:4, 5; 9-14).

Again, Peter testified of the Word and said, "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

"Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:

"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever" (1 Peter 18-23).   When we receive the Word of God in our hearts by faith, we have received the Power, Who enables us to become children of God.


Notice: To fully understand the concept of faith, read each section in the order presented.

1. What is Faith?   2. Through Earthen Vessels   3. Through the Word   4. Discerning the Word
5. Receiving the Word   6. One with God   7. Working with God   8. Glorifying the Word

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