By faith, we view the things of substance in the earthen vessels, which reveal the treasures of Christ, Who in turn reveals through Himself the treasures of the Father that we might have hope in God.

When Philip ask The Lord to reveal the Father to him, Jesus was revealing to Philip The Evidence of The Father, or The Substance of HIM, WHOM no man has seen. Jesus is The Substance and Evidence of the Father.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not" (John 1:1-5). "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 1:14).

Everything came into existence by God working through and with HIS Word. By taking the form of flesh, Jesus the only begotten Word of God became the Perfect Vessel through Whom the Father could make HIMSELF known to sinful man. By revealing Himself--the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Jesus restored the connection between God and man and was again revealing in us The Image of Himself and the Father.

In speaking to the Pharisees, Jesus said, "I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

"Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am [he], and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

"As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:26-32).

In seeking to reveal Himself to the minds of the Pharisees, Jesus said to them, "I have many things to say and to judge of you". However, if He was going to share with them the things of substance, then they must first know from WHOM the Substance came.

Jesus then made it known that HE that sent Him is True and the things that He imparted to us in the world are things, which He has heard of HIM. In giving an example of what was said, the Father testified by the Word and said to the Pharisees, "When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am", then the Son testified and said, "and that I do nothing of Myself, but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things." Jesus further testified of the Father and said, "HE that sent Me is with Me: the Father has not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please HIM.

Again the Father testified through the HIS Word to those who believed on the Word and said, "If you continue in MY Word, then are you MY disciples indeed, and you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free."

Jesus said, as He spoke to the Jews and to His disciples which were in His midst, "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" (John 6:63-65).

Through Moses, another vessel of God, the Spirit spoke to the children of Israel and said, "Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he" (Deuteronomy 32:1-4).

The substance of this passage indicates that the person who presented this message, made his address to the earth, and that the inhabitants of heaven should listen to his words. In order for him to declare to the congregation the knowledge of God, he must first know the LORD. He knows also that the work of the LORD is perfect. He knows that HIS Way is Judgment and that HE is a God of Truth without iniquity, a God who is just and right. In receiving this knowledge of God, the children of Israel would have been attributed as a great people unto God.

We have often heard about the latter rain that shall fall in the last days, but this concept of the out pouring of the Holy Spirit refers more to a deeper understanding of the things of God which are received by faith, which is built upon the Word of God within our hearts.

The Word said as He prayed to the Father, "I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

"For 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. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

"While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 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.

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me" (John 17:6-21).

Jesus has revealed Himself through His prophets, and has testified beforehand the things that would happen to Him when He came to dwell among men. He also revealed Himself through the Law of Moses, the Psalm and the Scriptures, and has said of Himself, "Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me" (Psalms 40:7).

The book, which no man or angel can open; can only be comprehended by receiving Christ the Word. He is Wisdom, Understanding and the Knowledge of the invisible, or the things not seen. Through the Word we see the hidden treasures of Truth, Who leads the way to eternal life.

The Word said, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" (Matthew 7:7,8).

Philip, one of the disciples of Christ, desired in his heart to see the Father. And like Philip, we would say to the Word of God, "Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?

"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it]" (John 14:8-14).

By faith, we see the things of God through HIS Perfect Vessel, Who reveal Himself as Hid Treasure to our hearts, that we might have hope in God our Father.

Here again we see the concept of faith at work. The Word said that if we would ask, we would receive. Well, Philip did ask and he did receive. The Word is the Perfect Vessel through Whom the Father could make HIMSELF known to sinful man. Being the Word of God means that whatever it is that we desire from the Father, we got it directly from HIM through HIS Son. If it is our desire to know HIS will or to see HIS Image, all our answers are found in Christ HIS Son, because He is the image of the Father.

The Lord is both the Word of God and the Testimony of God. By Him the Father reveal His Will to all, and by Him we receive Witness, Who testify of the Father that we might have hope in God.

In testifying to the church, Paul wrote and said, "Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

"Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

"For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

"For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 1:3-31).

Paul, a chosen vessel by God, makes it known to the church that we have received grace and peace from God the Father and from HIS Son Jesus Christ. He also makes it known that in everything Christ enriches us with all utterance and all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in us, so that we lack nothing.

On the behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul is pleading to all who are in the fellowship with Christ, or the body of believers to speak the same thing. If we are true followers of Christ there should be no division of the Truth, or of Christ within His church. If the Lord is truly the Head of the Church and we are following Him to the Father, then we should be perfectly joined together in HIM by the same Mind and Judgment, Who has enriched us with all utterance and all knowledge that we should lack nothing.

Paul made it clear that Christ is the Power of God and the Wisdom of God, and by Him we are in Him, Who of God is made unto us Wisdom and Righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, whoever seeks to gain the glory, let him glory in the Lord.

As we seek to lift high the Word of God over the words of men, allowing the Power of God to speak the will of God through us, then shall we become One in Him. And the Word will testify to the Father by saying, "I am glorified in them", for we shall speak, and the Word Whom HE has sent will accomplish in and through us HIS will.

Understanding the concept of faith enables us to see more clearly the Truth of the Word, that the Word in us might reveal His light to the world of darkness. For this reason the Word said to His disciples, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven"(Matthew 5:16). It is the Father, WHO does HIS good works through Christ, Who does the Father's good works through us, that the Father might be glorified in the Son, and that we might become One in Him.

If we are enriched with all Utterance and Knowledge through Christ, how then do we discern the things of God through the Word?

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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