Faith is such an important part of the believers life that we are admonished at least four times that that is how we live (Habbakuk 2:4, Romans 1:17. Galatians 3:121, and Hebrews 10:38), and Hebrews 11:6 says without it, it is impossible for us to please God. Why is faith so important, because God will always call us to do something outside of our human strength, Would he tell us to do something that we are incapable of doing. In other words, does He expect us to believe on our own. This thought-provoking question actually reveals an amazing truth. We did not use our own faith to get saved. It was the faith of God. Dr. Moss are you intimating that God gave us His faith to believe. Absolutely. Let me prove it.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. You can interpret this scripture in two ways and that not of yourselves (that) the that its speaking of is talking about salvation—yes—it is a gift of God, not something you earned. But that “that not of yourselves, that is a gift of god is also saying the “that” refers to the faith that you used to get saved is also not your own—it’s not of yourself, it is a gift of god. god knew what our assignments would be and what kind of father would make us completing the predestined already finished assignments based on a dispersion of levels of faith. No, he gave us the gift of faith—his faith. This is an established principle in scripture—that is just as clear. You have to be born again by God’s word because His word contains His faith. The faith it takes to believe that your sins are forgiven, that God became flesh and actually died and suffered our punishment; you can’t believe that with just human faith. You have to receive that from God. So God’s word bring his faith and the point is the faith you used for salvation wasn’t your faith—it wasn’t human faith, it was god’s supernatural faith that was given unto you.
People use this example to explain that everybody has faith. You use faith all the time. Take a chair, for example: it takes faith to sit in this chair. How do you know this chair will hold you up? They would use this as an example of faith. They would say, it is faith to go through an intersection when you have a green light. You are using faith that the people on the other side are going to stop at a red light. They say it is a faith to sit in an airplane and fly somewhere. You don’t know what makes an airplane work. How do you know these things? You are doing things that involve faith. Yes, this is a degree of faith but it is a human faith. We are created in god’s image and god created us faith beings. So every person saved and nonsaved has faith in them because that was a part of god and it is a part of us, but that type of faith i just explained is a human faith based on the five senses (what you can see, taste, hear, feel and smell). If you started getting on an airplane and you heard terrible noises in the engine and saw the engine catch fire and it started taxiing down the runway and it was going to take off, you would say something about it, because your sense knowledge would say no, there’s something wrong with this airplane. And you would do what you could to stop this thing. If you start through an intersection, you usually glance to see if the other people stopped and if you saw someone bear through that intersection, you wouldn’t keep going. Even at a green light, if you saw someone coming from the other direction, you would stop. And when it comes to sitting in a chair and you saw that it had three legs or it was wobbly, you wouldn’t sit in that chair because of your sense knowledge. All of these are an example of a human faith because it was based on something physical or tangible; based on what you could see, hear, taste, smell, and feel.
HUMAN FAITH VS. SUPERNATURAL FAITH:
Let’s use our example: sitting in a chair. Salvation would be like a person sitting in a chair that they couldn’t see. With a human faith a person would not do that. They wouldn’t put themselves in a place where they would hurt themselves if they couldn’t see or feel something. And yet when it comes to believing god for the forgiveness of our sins, you had to believe in things you couldn’t see. And how can you do that? You can’t do that with just a human faith. You can not only save yourself—that salvation is of god, but the faith that it takes to believe for salvation is of God (is God’s faith) not your own. You were born again not by just putting your faith in God, you were born again by the faith of god.
We were so destitute that we could not only not save ourselves, but we also couldn’t even believe that our sins had been forgiven. We had to have that good news come to us and take the faith of god out of that and use it for our salvation. If this isn’t clear, consider the apostles comments to the church at Galatia:
Gal 2:16-20: 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Notice it says twice in this verse a man is not justified by the works of the law…but by the faith of Jesus Christ, not just faith in Jesus Christ. Yes, of course, we put faith in what Jesus did for us, but it goes on to say in that verse that we also have to use the faith of Jesus (the same faith he has) to be justified. We used his faith to put faith in what he did.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Notice, Paul didn’t say he was living by faith in the son of God. We’re not saying that this is wrong. We do live by putting faith in god, but he said I am living by the faith of god. Now, there are different translations that say this differently, but I believe this is the accurate translation because again in vs 16 and 20, three different times Paul talks about having the faith of Christ not just faith in Christ.
Do we need more faith? No, Jesus said you just need to use what you have. You have enough to see a sycamine plucked up and planted into the sea and since it’s his faith it has the potential to accomplish anything that Jesus accomplished and that’s the reason the bible says, “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. (John 14:12).
If this is so, then what’s the problem? Jesus answers this for us in Matthew 17:17, but you’ll have to wait until the next issue of the transformer for this pivotal teaching shift. It will change you forever.
Belinda G. Moss, PhD
Dread Champion Rouser (DCR)
Dr. Belinda G. Moss, Founding Director, the Transformer eNewsletter, Co-Founder of PB Success Unlimited, Inc., and Executive Director at Soteria Christian Center International. She is an author, motivational speaker, preacher, life coach, personal mastery consultant, and suicide prevention specialist. Dr. Moss has dedicated her life to serving God and humanity.