It is necessary to present Scriptural evidence that we might build our faith on the Word of God and not on the wisdom of man. This evidence Paul said was given, "That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God" (Ephesians 3:16-19).

Paul continued by saying, "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 15:4-6).

The teachings presented by the followers of Christ are to be presented in accordance with the One Mind and the One Mouth, Who is the Word of God--Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul also said, "(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love" (Ephesians 4:9-16).

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Everything that is presented to the church (the body of Christ) through these ministers of the Word
must come from the Word of God and not man. The Word is the unifying Power of God.

Notice that according to the servant Paul, it is He the Word Who fills all things with Himself through His servants whom He gave to the church, that by Him the church might be edified and be perfected by Him. We receive Knowledge, which the Father grants to us freely through Him according to the riches of His glory, which He received from the Father. HE-the Father strengthens us with Might or Power by HIS Spirit, Whom HE has sent to be in the inner man.

It is Christ the Word, Who works the will of the Father through His servants, that through them He might impart to the church the knowledge of God, that all might comprehend with the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, Who imparts Himself to us as the Knowledge of God that we might be filled with all the fullness of God.

Paul again reveals to us plainly Who it is that dwells in our hearts by faith, and for what purpose He dwells there when he said, "Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But 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. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:6-16).

Now that we understand to some degree the concept of faith by the Word, this passage of Scripture presented to us by the Word through His servant Paul makes more sense. It is the Word, Who does His teaching through His servants. Understanding this concept of faith, Paul testified in his letter to the church of Corinth and said, "Now thanks [be] unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one [we are] the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who [is] sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

"Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some [others], epistles of commendation to you, or [letters] of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: [Forasmuch as ye are] manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

"And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [is] of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

"But if the ministration of death, written [and] engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which [glory] was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

"For if the ministration of condemnation [be] glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away [was] glorious, much more that which remaineth [is] glorious.

"Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, [which] put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which [vail] is done away in Christ.

The heart of the natural man cannot comprehend
the Truth of the books of Moses.

"But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 2:15-17; 3:1-18).

The heart of the spiritual man will comprehend the Truth of Christ
as he beholds the glory of Christ through the written Word.

Notice that Paul wrote not only of himself when he stated clearly where their sufficiency came from. He noted that God has also made them able ministers of the New Testament, not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter profits noting, but the Spirit gives life. The word "also" indicated that it is the Spirit, Who works also with and through His disciples in ministering to us the written Word.

Paul pointed out in his letter to the church, that many have read the books of Moses with a veil over their eyes. Today many are still reading the Scriptures with a veil over their eyes. They are unable to behold the glory of God through the evidence He has provided. HE has provided this evidence to the Church for the revealing of HIS Truth and for the edifying of His body-the Church. But because this evidence (the Written Word) has become glorious in our eyes, we find it difficult to perceive the Truth it reveals.

However, when we shall see by faith the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, the veil which is upon our minds and hearts will be taken away. And that which appears to be glorious in the temporal things will fail to compare to the Eternal things of God.

Through the Word, the Father sent a message to the prophet Hosea to speak to the children of Israel. HE said, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children" (Hosea 4:6).

The priest of the Lord, are to receive that which the Word of God has ministered unto them, and having received the Word, they were to minister the same Word of God to the church, that we all might be one in Him. By rejecting the Knowledge given by God through HIS Word, men cut themselves off from our only source of Life found in the Word.

The Word revealed that it is He, Who dwells in our hearts by faith, that He might sanctify us and cause us to become One with Him and the Father. Through the disciples, the Word illustrated to the church how we might become One with Him. Paul said in his letter to the church of Ephesus, "Grace [be] to you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:

"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:

"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

"Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],

"Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all" (Ephesians 1:2-23).

With the Word in His members, we become One in Him with the Father and through His members the Word draws to Himself those who are yet separated from Him. Just as the Father worked through the Word to restore HIS disciples unto HIMSELF, likewise the Father will work HIS will through HIS Word in us to accomplish HIS will. Some of the members of the body of Christ are Ministers, Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, and Teachers who co-operate with Him and the Father in edifying and building up the body of Christ.

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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