What is the Substance and
evidence of things not seen?

In the previous study on the "Light of the Gospel", the illustrations, which helped to shed light on the problem this world is facing, can also help to shine some light on the concept of faith. According to the Scripture, the definition of faith, is the substance and the evidence of things hoped for, which is hard to be seen. And although the things we hope for are hard to be seen, the substance and the evidence of those things can be seen.

(a)

In the picture labeled as "a", you see a light bulb, due to no power of its own, fulfilling the function for which it was designed--to give Light from the Power Source. This appears to be a perfect picture with the perfect set of conditions. Yet the conditions can only remain perfect as long as the power from the source continue to flow to the light bulb. The bulb cannot ask questions or respond to answers as it shines the light from the power source. It simply gives light from the source of power.

Like a light bulb, a righteous man, due to no power of his own, can live righteously, only as he allows the Power of God to shine through him. All the things that the Power of God is able to do through him, gives substance and evidence for the faith of the righteous man, who is relying on the Power of God for the Source for his Light. The focus then on this type of faith is simply the trust of the righteous man that God will continue to do HIS Will through him. He simply chooses to submit to the Will of God that he might do HIS will and continue the flow of HIS Power.

Other than the option of becoming a blown bulb, the light bulb has no choice but to give light coming from the source of power. But a righteous man can become like a blown bulb, which gives no light from the Power source due to the deceptions in following the Way of God. He becomes unrighteous in his attempt to use his own strength to shine the Power of God. To do this, he must disconnect from the Source of God to rely on his own strength and power. This brings about a set of conditions in picture "c".

  (c)

Apart from knowing the Will of God through our connection to HIM, the entire world would be lost in darkness and death. No one would know the Way to reestablish connection to God. Everyone would be following his own way and proclaiming to know the way to joy and happiness. Some would present the Way of God as doing their own thing, and doing that, which is pleasing in their own sight. But all the ways of man will only continue the deception that has already altered the Way of God in the heart of man from the beginning.

Yet, God has given a set of conditions to reestablish connection with HIM that we might again see HIM face to Face. Without this reestablished connection through the Way of God, man, who dwells in total darkness, will not and cannot stand in the Light of God's glory. For within the second of the appearing of the LIGHT of God's glory, the unrighteous man will be destroyed by HIS brightness; just as darkness is destroyed or removed at the presence of a light filling a darken room. However, because of God's Love, which is extended towards us, HE revealed to us the Knowledge of HIS Way, as that Light of God, Who will reestablish the connection to HIM before that day of the LORD shall come. It is through HIS Way, that HE enables man to be restored back to the Way of God through faith. This is illustrated by the simple illustration in picture "b".

(b)

The conditions set before man is the Law of God, which reveals the problem of man's separation from God. We only need to break one of these Laws, and man is back in darkness again. The Law by itself cannot keep man from disconnecting from the Way of God. It only shows us the problem. Yet, man cannot reestablish the connection and maintain the Way of God's connection by breaking HIS Law. This is why God revealed HIS Light through a connected servant of the Way of God, Who said, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God" (John 3:16-21).

Although the light bulb in picture "b" is disconnected, we can see the cause of the problem as to why the light bulb cannot give light from the power source. We see this not by the light bulb, which is disconnected, but by another source, which reveals the condition. The other light source is given not to condemn the condition of the disconnected light bulb, but to reveal how it might be restored to the power source. Although we are able to see the Way of restoration, we see this by the Light of faith and not by the sight of man. In other words, it is because of the other source of light shining in the room that we are able to see the true solution to the problem. Without that source of light shining in the room, we would not have known the cause of the problem.

Some might focus their attention on that, which is seen with the eyes, because of the light that is shining on it, and they might call this faith. But faith, as it is defined in Scripture, is the focus on that, which is not seen with the eyes. Yet, we accept and believe in that, which is not seen, because of the substance and the evidence of that, which is seen with the eyes. An example of this could be seen in picture "b".

The substance and the evidence in picture "b" reveals that the light bulb is no longer in the dark as to its condition. But how is this revealed? This revelation is made known not by the light bulb, which is disconnected, but by a source that is not seen in the picture. The evidence of that source is that the disconnected light bulb stands in the substance of that light source, which is not seen. Yet, some will argue that there is only one light bulb in the room, because they focus only on that which is seen in the picture. As we study the Scripture, the Light of God is revealed, and the collection of evidence as it is seen reveals the Source of that Light. It is by faith, or the evidence and the substance of that Source, which reveals the Truth to those, who truly see.

As we stand unrighteous before a righteous God, HE reveals the Light of HIS Son that we might be restored to Him--the Light of Life forever. We are led back to God as we follow by faith--the substance and evidence of the Light of HIS Son, Who reveals the LIGHT of the Father to men.

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