Faith That Overcomes the World

January 18, 2007

Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of God. They cannot hear without someone preaching to them, and they cannot preach unless they are sent. Only those who went to the Sender can be sent by Him. The atonement cover, namely, the mercy seat is only behind the curtain–his body–torn in two. The word of those who never went to the Sender leads us astray; it is a different gospel without grace and truth; eventually it never takes away sins. Those who are not sent don’t preach the word of God, but the word of man.The Truth says, “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).”

All those who don’t believe the truth but delight in wickedness follow the speech of man other than the logos of God. The Bible says, “…when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth (Luke 18:8)?” When the Lord again comes into the world, many people in the world will be like that as the prophecy says.

It is written, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth (2 Timothy 3:1-7).” And again, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4).”

The Bible refers to “faith that overcomes the world” as “precious faith,” “full assurance of faith,” “holy faith” or “faith working through love.” Those without this faith cannot please God. The kingdom of God is the place where the children who please God dwell forever with Christ.

True faith is certainly accompanied by the law and the good deeds to live by the Spirit. These deeds indicate keeping the new commandment. The new commandment is the law of faith. Many people think that works are related only to the old law. However, The fully assured faith saving the soul surely leads to the good deeds–to obey God and keep the new commandment.

The Truth says, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him (John 14:21).”

As for salvation, faith does not remain separately. Necessarily, faith, hope and love always abide together. It is not written in the Bible that we are saved by faith alone. It is written, “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has (Romans 8:24)?” And also, we cannot imagine salvation without love.

Figuratively speaking, Faith is “Jesus of Nazareth,” and hope “Christ Jesus,” and love ” Immanuel Jesus.” If anyone preaches a Jesus that lacks even one of these three, he preaches a different Jesus, deluding people. Those three names of Jesus agree as one. If anyone does not acknowledge Jesus as coming in the flesh–Jesus of Nazareth, he is an antichrist. Whoever does not acknowledge Christ Jesus (the Holy Spirit) will not be forgiven. Anyone who does not acknowledge Immanuel Jesus becomes an enemy of God and will be under eternal judgment.

Consequently, true life is another life that lives by faith. The message of the cross says that we must lay down our life to take this life. It is written, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him (Hebrews 10:38).” And again, “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4).”

“Faith that overcomes the world…” Thank you, Lord.

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