The Fellowship that was Hidden in God! (part 4)

Posted Apr 19, 2015 by John Boskovic in Worship of True God Hits: 7,456

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Behold, if any should be lifted up (proud, presumptuous), my soul is not pleased in him: but the righteous shall live out of my faith. Hab 2:4 (LXX) (HOT)

Now the righteous shall live out of faith: and if any should be lifted up (proud, presumptuous), my soul is not pleased in him. But we are not of pride into perdition; but of faith into redemption of soul. Heb 10:38-39  [1]

 

Faith is the means through which we draw and receive life. The glory of this reality has been lost from sight as sin entered. A veil was pulled over it, and man was thrown into darkness.

Through faith we determine the source of our life. In whomsoever we place our faith, him we lift up, and he becomes the source of the life for our soul. Thus the position of faith determines whose we are, who our Father is, and to whom we belong. The true function of faith as well as that of the will in the determination of the source of the life for our soul; who we draw our life from, whose we are, what kind of soul we elect to be; is for the most part not understood. To take a glimpse at faith we need to go back to creation.

Many think of God’s creation as: God spoke and it was; and they are right for the vast amount of God’s creation. All those creations of God are what he spoke them to be. However when it comes to the creation of man, God did not speak man into existence. He did not create him by his word (nor any other beings created with the ability of free will and faith). He did not speak man or woman into existence for a very specific reason; he had a greater plan and purpose. Man was to receive God’s word by faith into his soul, so that he could enter into that fellowship-covenant of genuine faith and love as God purposes it to be

Man was first formed from the dust of the ground (without a word) into the likeness of God; then God breathed the breath of life into him, and man became a living soul (God had not spoken yet). Only after man was a living soul did God speak to him. Man had the choice of receiving God’s word into his soul by faith and living thereby, or rejecting it. While man was created default in the image of God, with his faith in God, he was not so programmed; his soul that was created was not programmed. The spirit (breath) that God gave to man in creation is endowed with the authority and power of a free will and faith. Here begins the consciousness of whether man would fulfill God’s plan and purpose or thwart it. If man would continue to receive God’s word into his soul willingly trusting him, he would enter into the fellowship of the begotten son; begotten of the Father’s spirit through faith; fulfilling God’s plan and purpose of him being the expression and glory of God.  Thus to man was given the power of defining and building his own soul through the bond of faith. By means of this bond of faith, love is established; without it love cannot exist.

The ability of faith is a divine attribute. Without it no fellowship can exist, because faith is the bond of fellowship. There is no love apart from faith, because love is but the result of faith. There is no mercy, grace, righteousness, truth, forgiveness, hope….all these are based on faith. Without faith one cannot be in the image of God. Where there is faith, all other divine attributes are possible, because faith is the means of receiving them. When faith is removed, every other virtue ceases.

Faith and free will are abilities of our spirit, which God gave to us in creation. These two abilities are the powers of our spirit by which we may elect to whom we belong; who we trust; which in turn defines who we are and want to be. Where our faith is defines our identity. The bond of faith makes us one with whoever or whatever we put our faith in. This is of vital importance to understand. Without this bond of faith there can be no oneness.

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. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (Joh 17:21-23) 

For this cause the Son of God gave us his glory; the glory of the only begotten Son. This glory is his faith. Through that faith we receive power to be begotten of the Father, and to enter into that everlasting covenant of faith that works love, to which the Father has purposed us since the foundation of the world.

There is a very real reason why the function and position of the will and faith is very poorly perceived, or not recognized at all. A subtle yet crucial move and redefinition of faith has occurred when sin entered. This move and redefinition of faith hid from the view and from the understanding the fellowship that is between the Son and the Father.

In part one I stated that Satan’s kingdom is based upon “substance” and God’s kingdom is founded upon the covenant faith of the Son of God. Since God’s kingdom is founded upon faith, then for Satan to be able to establish his kingdom, he had to do something to that faith to make it serve his kingdom. Here we will lay bare what Satan did to our faith to make it serve his kingdom, and how the Faith of the Son of God restores us to God’s kingdom.

At the entrance of sin, faith was first moved from God to oneself, and then redefined from WHOM to WHAT. There it is; one simple sentence! But it takes the life, death and resurrection of the Son of God, the receiving of his spirit, for the full meaning of it to be unveiled in us.

Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty; thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: Eze 28:17

Faith was moved from God to oneself, and then it was redefined

from

“whom you believe;

whom you listen to;

who your source is”

to

“what you believe;

what you think is right and good;

what you approve of”.

 

This redefinition of faith did not change the function of faith that determines the source; rather, having changed the source of our soul, it hid that bond of faith with self from view. A veil was pulled over it, and in its place an impostor faith was established (which is not faith, but belief) declaring what you believe. In this redefinition of faith, the actual source, “whom” one believes, was hidden, covered and obscured. Few understand that they actually believe themselves (whom); they think they believe facts (what). Thus the function of faith became hidden, and thus the fellowship that is between the father and the son was also hidden. This covering; this veil is over the eyes of every fallen man until the faith of Jesus is perceived and received. In the faith of Jesus, our eyes are uncovered so that we can see the true bond of faith.

In moving faith from God to our self, we lift ourselves up, and make ourselves the source of our life. But, when we believe our self, what is our actual source? We are dependent on the nature of our senses which are in the body (the substance) for input. Thus in listening to the serpent we effectively transferred faith from God to our being, substance; from the Creator to the creature. Now the body and its senses became the source, hence man became carnal. In this way Satan accomplished his purpose of making faith serve his kingdom which is based on substance; by moving our faith from fellowship with God; living by the spirit of God, to identify with the body, the substance. Our spirit in bonding with the body, through faith, redefined our soul by the nature of the body making it carnal, and we obtained a carnal mind, worshipping the creature (ourselves) rather than the Creator.

The serpent did not say to Eve: You should not believe God, believe yourself! But, he suggested something else that, when considered, produces precisely that transfer of faith from God to self.

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. Gen 3:1

Should we then be quite surprised and amazed to discover that all of us have been deceived, schooled and indoctrinated into this bond of faith with self? Believing ourselves!? This indoctrination is called and taught as: The Scientific Method of Learning.

To understand this we will look at what happened at the tree in the Garden, but before we do, we need to review a little background of what the scientific method of learning is.  

It is not a secret to any one of this generation that the Scientific method of learning, reasoning,  is based upon the premise that there is no God, and that its proponents vehemently defend this position; yet strange enough, we are all versed in the practice of the scientific method of learning and reasoning while professing to believe in God.

While the Scientific method of learning is based upon the premise that there is no God, for those who trust their father whether on earth or heaven, the serpent subtly suggests one of the following two premises.

  1. Your father does not know everything.
  2. Your father knows but does not have your interest.

The first, he largely uses against our earthly father. The second, he uses against both, our earthly father and our heavenly Father.

The scientific method of learning is the bond of faith with the substance; and the bond of faith with the substance produces the scientific method of learning; to ask and answer scientific questions, by making observations and doing experiments. The natural abilities of our being are advanced as the valid means of perception through our senses, as well as our ability to reason and judge the outcome. Thus is the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The steps of the scientific method [2]are to:

  • Ask a Question
  • Do Background Research
  • Construct a Hypothesis
  • Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
  • Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
  • Communicate Your Results

The above appear reasonable, sensible, harmless and wise. We have all been introduced to it, schooled in it, and most all practice it. In fact, it is the way fallen man thinks.

  1. Ask a Question. There are many reasons to ask questions. One of the most obvious is because we do not know the answer. But the big question is: Who are you asking? It is very proper that the child of faith will ask the father whatever the question may be, and will wait for and accept the answer from the father. The father’s answer is taken to heart and obeyed. Any further questions are taken again to the father, and the answers taken to heart and obeyed. There is no research that follows to see if it is so. The father is trusted, his answer is absolute. In the scientific method of learning and reasoning you are not supposed to ask your father the question, nor accept his answer. That is not scientific; that is faith! You are supposed to ask yourself the question; that is scientific! Scientific method does not allow for the existence of God. So, no father and no God! This removes faith from the Father to oneself.
  2. Do research. What kind of research? No, you may not find out what the father says, but you are to investigate the results of the experiments of others. In other words, only accept information from those whose information does not come from the father. By now you can see how faith has been moved and redirected, and is delineating the authorized source of information. That same function of faith, which before authorized input as valid, only if it comes from the Father, is now being used to exclude it, because its mandate has been redirected by the will. More research: use your senses. See what information you can gather through them.
  3. Construct a hypothesis. Use your own judgment! Now use the information from your senses and the results of other’s experiments to make a judgment. Now your own judgment is trusted, and the father’s judgment is not trusted.
  4. Now experiment, try it out, test your judgment, and subject it to the result perceivable by your senses.
  5. Analyze your data and draw conclusion. The resultant data perceived by your senses is to modify your judgment. Let your senses be the final judge. (You can now ignore what the father has said.)
  6. Communicate your results. Become a missionary, promoting the scientific method of learning to others, and the knowledge you have learned. Thus is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

We will now observe how the serpent utilized the scientific method of learning and reasoning to deceive Eve into moving her faith from God to herself (her substance, senses) at the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Having removed herself from the presence of Adam, exploring on her own, she became prey.

  1. He asked a question. Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? This question was directed to Eve. This should already have been a warning bell; questioning what the Father has said. He introduced premise two: Your father knows but does not have your interest.  Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened. Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. This was to move faith from implicit trust in God, to her own deliberation. Once Eve allowed this consideration, the rest was easy sailing. Now she would not go to ask God or Adam about the serpent’s assertion; now she would assess it herself. Thus faith was moved from God to herself. The rest follows.
  2. Now Eve would research the fruit. She had heard the results of one who seemed to have experimented. Now she made her own research; she used her senses: The woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes,
  3. Eve constructed her hypothesis: In her judgment, it was a tree to be desired to make one wise. She now believed her own judgment, based upon her senses and desire, that it was good. In her hypothesis she now believed that the fruit was good. Now she was not thinking whom she believed but she was thinking what she believed. Thus the consideration was no longer whom she believed but what she believed. The construction of a hypothesis is the confirmation of the transfer of faith to self and its redefinition from whom you believe to what you believe.
  4. Now for the experiment: she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.
  5. Analyze your data and draw conclusion: She used her senses to analyze what happened in the wake of having eaten the fruit. She did not die! She now knew something that Adam did not know! She was excited. Her senses transmitted that it was good, in fact delicious. Confirming her hypothesis, she drew the conclusion that it is good. Her belief that it was good was confirmed by her senses. Her senses were her final judge.
  6. Communicate your results: Now she became the missionary. She went to her husband and with excitement related the experience of her experiment. She gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Thus faith was moved. The sole purpose of the scientific method of learning and reasoning is to move faith from the Father to oneself (one’s substance). The practice of the scientific method of learning and reasoning is to maintain and confirm the bond of faith with our substance as source.  

This is what Satan did to our faith to make it serve his kingdom.

Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty; thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: Eze 28:17

Faith is the validator of source. Once faith has been moved from God to oneself, the natural abilities of our being become the validated means of perception through our senses, as well as our ability to reason and judge the outcome. Touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight and desire are then the primary sources which have been legitimized for knowledge and government of our being. To support his premise all that Satan has to do is bring out our desire. This is so easily done by any attraction (temptation) of the senses. It matters not how little or insignificant the experiment is. All that matters is that we have not asked the Father, but have experimented, trusting our senses. In this way our spirit in bonding with the body, through faith, redefined our soul by the nature of the body making it carnal. Thus is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Once faith has been moved to self, bonding with our substance, establishing our senses as the valid input, the scientific method of learning is automatically in effect. It is the way of thought. It is the way one thinks whose faith is in self. Here, nothing is ever known. Things are believed, presumed, assumed, assessed, feared, opined, hypothesized and experimented. Here truth is relative; there is no black or white. Things seem like, look like… Everything is a shade of grey. There is no contrast, all is similar. Each experiment provides ever new questions for further experimentation…Ever learning never coming to the knowledge of truth. Here, shifting change is the basis of life. Thus we are set on shifting sand. A house built on sand. When the storm comes, great is the fall thereof. It ends in death.

One believes himself; is a scientist, a promoter of the scientific method of learning and an experimenter when one leans on his own understanding and judges according to what is right in his own eyes. This is always done to accomplish and establish one’s own will.

There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is the ways of death. Pro 14:12 

The Son of God came to remove the veil which Satan put before our faces. This veil was put between our mind and our spirit. This was the veil between the most holy place and the holy place in the temple of God whose temple we are. This veil was rent at the death of Christ. Likewise this veil is rent in each of us only as and when we are nailed to Christ.

Unlike the subtlety of Satan, God speaks to us openly and plainly, so that we can consciously choose the way of life. God does not manipulate nor does he use guile to cause us to put our faith in him. At great cost He sent his Son to reveal to us the mystery of that fellowship in God, so that the way of faith would be revealed. Shall we continue our pursuit of the knowledge of good and evil, or shall we turn our faith in that implicit trust to our heavenly Father?

 

When thou art converted

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. Pro 3:5-7 

These scriptures express the way of faith. This is the way of thinking and reasoning which is of faith. There is no possibility of the scientific method of learning here.  Here is the way which acknowledges the Father, and has the Father as the source of our comprehension, understanding, desire, direction, knowledge and perception. This is the faith of the Son. It is the true position of faith when so covenanted by the will to believe the Father. Faith will then exclude from authority, our own understanding and the wisdom of our sight and senses, and will constrain us to accept only that which comes from the Father.

The faith of Jesus is solid rock. There is absolutely no place for hypothesis, much less experiment. When I trust the Father then his answer is absolute truth. When I trust him and not my desires and interests, then his judgment as to anything that I need to know and do is also absolute and true. That is the faith of the Son. If my father does not think that I should know something, then I do not want to know it. The Son holds no beliefs; he cannot, because he believes his Father. What his Father tells him is knowledge to the Son. Here truth is absolute; Things are black or white. There is no grey. There is that which is from above, and there is that which is from below. There is righteousness and there is sin. There is truth and there is a lie.

Now you might say: that is so unreasonable! This might seem childish. It might seem so immature to believe someone like that, so unreasonable, so irresponsible, foolish, and so childlike. Imagine, you are putting your life in his hands; he can do whatever he wants with you! These are all the telltale signs of a faith whose source is self. The truth is that those who are of faith are the mature ones. The trusting obedient child obtains its maturity from the father. The opinionated and disobedient shows its folly.

So what happened to this faith? To a certain degree it still exists in little children towards their parents. This is why Jesus said: Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mat 18:3 

You might say: But then, we would not know anything! Really? How long did it take Adam to learn about all the creation so that he could name it and look after it? God can give us knowledge in a flash if he sees so fit. The problem is what we will do with it. Can we be trusted with our life?

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Jas 1:5-8 

Let him ask in faith! When we believe God, then all that he says is received as knowledge and truth. It is the only way the commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength, with all your soul can be fulfilled. This is the way of the faith of the Son of God.

One might ask, what happens to our intellect, emotions and senses? Here is the simple answer: just like fire and water are good servants and bad masters, so likewise intellect, emotions and senses are good servants and bad masters. They need to be servants to the will of God, not interpreters of the will of God. Set your affections on things above and not on things of the earth. The only interpreter we can allow, if we want the truth, is the spirit of him who gave the word; our heavenly Father.

Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD is a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. Mic 7:7-8 

True conversion is the return of our faith back to the Father. It is not just being sorry for the wrong one did, and resolving to do right. True conversion is to receive the spirit of Christ so that in the spirit of the Son we turn our faith to the Father for him to be our source, and that we no longer listen to the flesh.

The Bond of faith determines: whose will.

The Bond of faith determines: whose righteousness.

The Bond of faith determines: whose judgment.

The Bond of faith determines: who justifies.

The Bond of faith determines: whose work.

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. Joh 7:17 

Here Christ lines out plainly how we may know whether something is from God or from self (of men). He says know! He did not say: believe that something is from God, but he said, he shall know whether it is from God. What is the requirement? He that will do God’s will – he shall know. If we want to do our will, then our faith will be in self. But if we will do his will, then our faith will necessarily have to be in Him, because it is the will that moves faith. Once we trust God, He will ascertain to us what is from him, and we will not believe another source.

When we accept only that which comes from the Father and nothing else, then we have ceased to trust our judgment and have put our faith in him. This is conversion. This is the faith of the Son. Then I was by him, as one brought up, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; …Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Pro 8:30, 33

 

On pain of death

Adam chose to move his faith from God and bond it with his substance, through love for Eve, who was of his body. That move of faith was no small thing. It should be realized that faith was moved from the Father to our substance on pain of death. Adam faced death in order to move his faith from the Father to himself. Up until then the word of God was life to his soul which was the life of the body. For him to move his faith from God was to sever his source of life, and the Father had said that if he should eat of it he would surely die.

In bonding his faith to his substance, body, being, flesh; Adam became carnal. He ceased to live by the spirit of God, and began living by the body. Now the body became the life for the soul. Thus the source was changed and the government altered. This is the function of the bond of faith. Wherever our faith is, from there we draw our life. Because faith determines the source of our life, the moving of faith in life is no trifling matter. It was on pain of death that faith was moved from the Father to our substance; from the Creator to the creature. Should we then find it strange that we again need on pain of death to move our faith back to the Father from the substance?

If any will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life (soul) shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life (soul) for my sake shall find it. Mat 16:24-25 

As long as, by means of our faith we have the substance for our source, our soul lives by the body; we draw our life from the body. Hence, to move faith away from the body is to forsake our life. It takes the dying to the substance to move our faith back to the Father. To do so requires us committing our spirit into God’s hands that he will give us life from above that we may live by him. To quit our judgment, we need to receive his judgment. To quit our senses we need to know his voice. This is a genuine transaction of ownership.

Know ye not, that so many of us as were immersed into Jesus Christ were immersed into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by immersion into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life… For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he lives, he lives unto God. Rom 6:3,4,10 

That bond of faith with the substance is also likened to our marriage to the flesh (sin). The law of the husband is in effect until one dies.

Or, are you ignorant brethren (For I am speaking to ones knowing the law,) that the law of the man is ruling as long as he lives? For the woman married to a living husband is bound to the law of her husband; but if the husband has died, she is unbound from the husband’s law. So then, of a living husband she will be called an adulteress, if she would become wife to another man; but if her husband be dead, she is freed from his law. She is no adulteress, though she becomes wife to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also were put to death to that law, through the body of Christ; into your becoming to another; to him who has been raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. (Rom 7:1-4)

In bonding our faith with the body, we have established fellowship with the flesh. That bond of faith with the substance establishes the marriage of our spirit to the flesh. Thus the flesh became that husband. If we are to move our faith back to God we must die to the flesh, or we shall be an adulteress.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Rom 6:16 

Perhaps one of the most professed while at the same time ignored realities is expressed in the above scripture. That which is professed is that fallen man is in bondage to sin, and thus will sin. That which is ignored is that we are so because we have yielded ourselves to be servants to sin. The yielding of ourselves as servants is through the bond of faith; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.

 

The treasures

By the time one is facing these realities of life, one has undoubtedly already gathered and acquired all sorts of treasures with which the heart is bound to the flesh, and perhaps sorrows and trash. Most would be glad to get rid of the trash, and trade it for something good. Much of the time that is what repentance is seen as; forsaking the things you know are bad (the trash). To a degree that is the preparation of the way; the repentance of John the Baptist. But the moving of faith from self, back to the Father is much more daunting. It takes the selling of our treasures, all of them, in order to obtain the pearl of great price. This is the immersion (baptism) into Christ.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. Mat 13:45-46 

No merchantman gives away his valuables for nought. But when he had found the pearl of great price, he went and sold … all … his trash? No! You can’t buy much with trash. He was a merchantman of pearls. He had to sell all his pearls, his treasures that he had acquired…all… in order to buy the pearl of great price. When all our treasure is sold, with it all the trash will go; for it is our treasures that bring the trash in. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Mat 6:21

The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is the life of the substance. As long as one’s faith is in the substance these are held as treasure, and to move our faith we must sell all that treasure to obtain the greatest treasure.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hides, and for joy thereof goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. Mat 13:44 

What is that greatest treasure that God is offering to us?

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Mat 16:26 

It is life; the eternal life. This life is found in the fellowship of the covenant faith of the Son of God. It is the basis of God’s kingdom.

God offers us life. He calls us to move our faith from the body, substance, which has only a temporal life, back to him, who is source of eternal life; that our spirit may receive his word into our soul, so that our mind and body may be governed by his spirit. Christ said it is the spirit that gives life, the flesh profits nothing. Sin has turned that upside down so that our soul obtains its life from the body to live by the desires thereof, but the body shall die, and such soul with it. Through Adam our faith was moved that we should live by the substance. In Christ our faith is returned back to the Father so that we live by the Father.

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Rom 5:19 

Those who receive Christ, the spirit of Christ, receive his faith. In him our faith is set free from its bond with the body, so that we live to the will of God, and no longer to the will of the flesh. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death; That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit; For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Rom 8:2-5 

In receiving Christ, his spirit, his faith; our faith is moved from the substance (the fellowship with the flesh) back to our heavenly Father.  We discover and enter into that fellowship which was secret since the world began. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 1Co 1:9.  For this cause the Son of God came to this world to reveal to us the life, the eternal life which is found in that fellowship with the Father, and to destroy the bond of fellowship with the flesh.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was unto the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard we declare unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1Jn 1:1-3 

Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Heb 2:12-15 

God gave us life. He gave us natural life. We did not ask for it. We did nothing to obtain it. We had no say in it. We simply were given it…for a time. We can do what we want with it. We can live it up to our body.  We can live, eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die. We can hoard wealth or spend it on pleasure. We can aim for success and pursue pride of life. We can devise, invent, discover and produce. All of it will be left behind and forgotten. For one thing is certain, we will take nothing with us, and the time will come when all the works of this world will be forever dissolved. Or, we can ask him to what purpose he gave us this life.

He will answer: My son, I gave you this life for which you did not ask and had no say so that you may choose whether you want to be my son; whether you will elect to trust me and live by every word from my mouth; whether you will elect to receive the spirit of my Son, to be begotten of my spirit, and live with me forever in the covenant of that faith. If you will enter into that covenant of faith, lay down your pursuit of the carnal life; forsake it, and give me your hand; and I shall give you life from above. I shall raise you from the dead that you may live with me forever, to an inheritance incorruptible. Death shall not have dominion over you again, for the life you shall have in me is the eternal life of my Son. Will you enter into the joy of your Father?

Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, even the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, as well as through the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. Rom 16:25-27

 


[1] In Habakkuk 2:4 the Hebrew Old Testament (HOT) uses the word עפלה  ‛âphal  aw-fal'  (Strong’s H6075 A primitive root; to swell; figuratively be elated: - be lifted up, presume).  In the Septuagint (LXX) that word is translated with the Greek word υποστειληται Strong’s G5288 which etymologically means to put, hold or take under. This same Greek word is used in Heb 10:38-39 where Habakkuk 2:4 is quoted and has been translated as withdraw, draw back.

One would ask the question as to why the Septuagint uses a word with an apparently contradictory meaning compared to the Hebrew Old Testament (HOT). Upon closer investigation it would be discovered that such is not the case. But that the Greek word υποστειληται actually does have the same meaning as the Hebrew עפלה  ‛âphal.  In the middle voice, depending on usage, it has a meaning which is still in usage in many kin languages. In English we have a similar expression when we say that someone got “carried away with himself” hence: proud, conceited, presumptuous, lifted up. It would stand that the translators of the Septuagint had this meaning in mind and not a contradictory meaning when they were translating Habakkuk 2:4.

The Daničić Serbo-Croatian translation of Habakkuk 2:4 actually uses this same expression “ponese, ponosi, ponos” which answers etymologically to the Greek word υποστειληται, and has the meaning of the Hebrew word ‛âphal: in effect: to become proud

When understood in the context of living by faith as these scriptures are speaking, we see how one is carried away with himself, when instead of living by faith - drawing life from God, he turns his faith to himself, trusting himself, and thus gets carried away with himself. Lucifer got carried away by his own brightness and wisdom. King Saul got carried away by his exaltation to King. When we understand the bond of faith, we see how that when faith is turned to self, one is carried away by self; the spirit becomes subject to self, put under self (substance).

So the Righteous live by faith (in God) and this is pleasing to God, and God can dwell in that person and have fellowship (pleasure); but if any man gets carried away with himself, removes his faith to himself, God shall have no pleasure in him (for God cannot dwell in such a person, he has no place there, thus he can have no pleasure in him). Without faith it is impossible to please God.

 

[2] http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_scientific_method.shtml