"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
Faith Brings Understanding
By Robert Cobb
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”(Heb 11:3 KJV).
Faith in Christ is the prerequisite to pleasing God. The Scriptures are very clear on this vital issue. If we are to properly understand the Scriptures, we must first have a heart that has been purified by faith (cf. Acts 15:9). The natural mind approaches the Scriptures from the standpoint of explaining them while the spiritual man looks into the Scriptures in order to believe them.
The Lord Jesus told us in Matthew 13:19 "When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart . . .” Hearing the Word of God preached is essential to believing, but if we do not receive what we have heard then it is swiftly removed from our grasp by the evil one. This is because we have an enemy that stands ready to distort and confuse anyone who will refuse to believe Christ. “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have” (Lk. 8:18). Christ did not leave the presentation of this vital subject to the theologians; He personally presented the facts of the case in detail so all those who would believe Him would be comforted with the promises associated with believing.
We understand because we believe. The natural mind is only concerned with figuring out how things work. It is not enough to approach the Scriptures with this kind of mindset. When we expose ourselves to the Word of God we are empowering the Holy Spirit to work in our renewed minds, in order for us to understand the purpose of God. It is only then that we can make proper judgments in our daily walk with Christ.
The truth concerning the creation of the world is very clearly laid out in Scripture. Yet there has been no end to the controversy concerning this truth. Instead of men reading the Scriptural account and believing it, they have come up with "reasonable" theories, which replace the powerful reality of the Genesis account with a more palatable humanistic approach to creation.
Some have even thrown overboard the entire Scriptural account for the so-called "big bang" theory. This is evidence of an unbelieving heart that departs from the living God. The reality of God and Christ will be evident on the Judgment Day. On that day men will no longer need faith to see the invisible things (cf. Heb. 11:1). The validity of truth will become evident in every person who ever lived. All will stand before the God that created them and shall give an account of the deeds done in the body. Faith will give way to sight. Then, the scoffers will cease their troubling chants of unbelief forevermore. Then, those who believed the record, which God has given of His Son, will be granted crowns of righteousness that will never fade away.
Faith is not of this world. If we are to be pleasing to God we must believe that He IS and that he will reward all those who seek his face (Heb. 11:6). Faith proceeds from God to all those who will hear His voice. The Scripture tells us that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Faith’s primary function is to enable us to believe God regarding His Christ. Yet today it is all too often thought of as a tool by which we might receive earthly fulfillment and monetary gain. Faith gives substance to what God has said. It puts teeth in the promises of God and it removes the fear of the tormentor.
Faith delivers us into the realm where “with God all things are possible” (cf. Mt. 19:26). It properly associates us with the world to come and disassociates us from the present world that is soon to be destroyed. It does not ask us to pretend or assume but rather, it reveals that which God has accomplished in Christ for us, and the knowledge of that drives us further than the commandment ever could. ─Robert Cobb
"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).