The Transforming Power of Faith
“All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every man to his own way; and the Lord hath laid upon him the iniquity of us all,” Isaiah 53:6.
“What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one,” Romans 3:9-10.
“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world that come to naught: But we speak the wisdom of Yahweh in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which Yahweh ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory. But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which Yahweh has prepared for them that love him, but Yahweh has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of Yahweh,” 1 Corinthians 2:6-10.
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of Yahweh which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of Yahweh; Even the mystery which hath been hid for ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints; To whom Yahweh would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory, Colossians 1:25-27.
Yasha said to the rich young seeker that called him good Master, “Why call me good, there is none good but one, and that is Yahweh,” Mark 10:18.
The above scriptures do not seem to agree with the eleventh chapter of Hebrews. In that chapter we find a list of “good” and “righteous” souls according to the standard we judge by.
Before we can estimate the degree of anything, we must have something to use as a comparison. Having only seen small creeks and branches, I looked at the Mississippi River and marveled at how wide it was—that was before I saw the Pacific Ocean. I looked at the Petite Jean Mountain and staggered at its height, but that was before I knew about Mt. Everest. I looked at the love and sacrifice of my parents, of the integrity of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther. I thought that was love at its highest pinnacle, but that was before I met the Savior.
Before the Son of Yahweh came as a sacrifice, mankind could not comprehend the depths, width, and height of the wisdom, mercy, and love of Yahweh. They could only compare with the best among them. The Son knew the Father and could compare with the highest realm of love; therefore, he could truthfully say, “There is none good, but one, and that is Yahweh.”
All spiritual growth must come through faith. “He that comes to the Father must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. We must believe and then receive. Our minds (our believing faculty) limit our spiritual achievements. If we do not see him as good and a rewarder of goodness, we cannot love him as we should. There would be nothing to attract or draw our spirits toward him.
When our spirit yields to the truth (Yahweh), we can control our minds and our bodies. The spirit, mind, and body become one in function.
The veil of the temple that rent when Christ died was symbolic to the veil of the fleshly mind that separates man from the Holiest of Holy where the presence of the Lord dwells. Prior to the sacrifice of Christ, no one could go into the natural Holiest of Holy except the high priest, and he could go only once a year, and then, not without sacrifice of an animal for his own sin. We know the veil of the Holiest of Holy was only a symbol of the real veil. “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Yasha, by a new an living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say his flesh;” Hebrews 10:19,20.
Our minds hold the key to the overcoming power. If we could only see that a right mental concept of the Spirit’s ability in us will open the door to an abundant supply, we would stand in awe with a determination to excel.
When the graves opened and this veil was rent at the crucifixion of our Savior, it opened a way for us to approach the throne of Yahweh. Previous to his death this way had not been opened unto men. Because mankind could not grasp or believe a reality that they had never known. We were created with a creative brain, a brain that has the ability to reproduce anything that was brought onto our mind-screen. If we could create an image on our mind-screen we can materialize it into matter.
These are the words of Yahweh: “Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do,” Genesis 11:6.
Believing and casting an image on your mind-screen amounts to the same thing. “Yasha said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth,” Mark 9:23.
Mankind used this ability to create, but he could not imagine himself being in the image of Yahweh, I dare say very few can place this image on their mind-screen today. But one man did about two thousand years ago.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Yasha: Who, being in the form (nature) of Yahweh, thought it not robbery to be equal with Yahweh,” Philippians 2:5-6. “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,” Hebrews 1:3.
Do these scriptures sound blasphemous? Have you read Geneses 1:26-27? “And Yahweh said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…So Yahweh created man in his own image, in the image of Yahweh created he him; male and female created he them.”
Adam had a problem with this thought too—he could not imagine that he, a man of clay, could ever express the image of Yahweh.
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of Yahweh, should shine unto them,” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
Can you see how important it is for us to grasp this truth so we can come forth in His image? Some will think I am speaking blasphemous. But read the next verse that is written in First Corinthians 15:49, “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”
We should strive to grasp the full meaning of our inheritance in Christ. We are heirs of Yahweh and joint heirs with Christ. This being so, we are destine to inherit all things. I must say it is impossible for joint heirs to each inherit all things. That is, if we are talking about material substance. But if we are talking about attribute and fruit of the Spirit, we can each inherit all that the Father is. I know the danger of standing on this ground, nevertheless I am standing.
We are changed as we receive deeper revelation, or in other words as we imagine Yahweh to be, so we become.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit,” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NIV).
Sometime I wonder what people hear when ministers say that we are the temple of Yahweh, or a minister says, “The Father and son will make their abode in us?” Someone may answer, sure we will, but that will be in heaven. But no way can we turn this scripture into a future tense statement.
Stephen, speaking to a group of stiff necked and hardened religious leaders, made this statement, “You are—present tense— the temple of Yahweh.”
This is a powerful statement. We are created for the Spirit of the Most High to inhabit. If we understand what this verse says it will leave us standing in awe. Who can perceive such an earthshaking thought?
The Spirit and the Power that created the universe is pleading for an invitation to make His abode in us. Who am I to reject such an invitation? We are the buildings that were created to house the Spirit of the Living God. In John 15:3-5, Yasha said, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
Again Yasha expresses the same thought in John 14:23, “…If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
This statement is full of information; it reminds us that we were created to become his temple or house. He assures us that he will respond to our love for truth and righteousness. If we love him, we will keep His Words.
In as much as the Master states that He and His Father will come unto the person that loves Him and sincerely keeps his word, indicates that there was a time in this person’s life that neither the Father nor the Son were making their abode in him. Obedience and love for the Anointing (Christ) and the Word precedes their moving into our temple; the love of the Anointed Word must come first.
The world has gotten wise; they are making an attempt to get in on the inheritance without bothering with a born-from- above experience. Also, many Christians have started to voice the idea that all people, whether sinner or saint, stands equal in Christ, but the Word of the Lord stands secure. Even the servants fall short of the inheritance. Only the birth children can receive the inheritance. Paul reaffirms this statement in Romans 8:14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of Yahweh, they are the sons of Yahweh”. The Lord also made it clear that “the servant abides not in the house for ever: but the Son abides ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed,” John 8:35-36.