102 – What is Faith?

 

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The world has created many superheroes that have superpowers. Some superheroes have the ability to fly. Other superheroes have super strength. Many children dream about what kind of superpowers they would have had if they were superheroes. But the superheroes of the world do not exist. They are all a bunch of lies.    

However, in the previous lesson, entitled “101 – Does God Exist?”, we saw that there is evidence for the existence of God. The existence of God is a fact, and not a lie. God’s predictive prophecies in the Bible prove His existence. But why does God have this ability to predict detailed future events with 100% accuracy? What does the Bible say about God’s superpower? Faith helps us to understand the answer to these questions.

 

1. What does the Bible teach is necessary to please God?

Hebrews 11:6  But without ________ it is impossible to please him

NOTE: The reason for this is that “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23), and of course sin cannot please God. Faith then must be very important.

 

2. How does the Bible say we should live?

Romans 1:17  The just shall live by  ________ 

NOTE: If God’s people are to live by faith, then it is necessary to know what faith is. Many people know what the definition of faith is, but they do not know what the thing is. They do not grasp the idea that is in the definition.

 

3. Where should we look if we want to know what faith is?

Romans 10:17  So then  _____  cometh by hearing, and hearing by the _______  of God.

NOTE: If faith comes by the Word of God, then it is in the Word that we must look for it.

 

4. Who in the Bible had great faith according to Jesus?

Matthew 8:5-10 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a _____________, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof, but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed . . . When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great  ________ , no, not in Israel.”

NOTE: Jesus is “the Author… of faith,” (Hebrews 12:2) and He says that the centurion had “faith” – yes, even “great faith.” There is what Jesus pronounces faith. When we find what that is, we have found faith. To know what that is, is to know what faith is.

 

5. The centurion wanted Jesus to heal his servant. How did he want Jesus to do it?

Matthew 8:8  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but ________  _____  ________  _______ , and my servant shall be healed.

NOTE: Now what did the centurion expect would do the work? The Word ONLY. Upon what did he depend for the healing of his servant? Upon the Word ONLY. Now, dear reader, what is faith? Faith is expecting the Word of God itself to do what the Word says and depending upon that Word itself to do what the Word says. Faith is understanding that God’s Word is always true, because the Word makes itself true.

 

6. How can God’s Word make itself true?

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick [alive], and ________

NOTE: God’s Word is a living Word. His Word has life. It is also powerful. The word “powerful” literally means to be “full of power”.

 

7. Full of what power is God’s Word?

Psalm 33:9  For he _______ , and it was done; he _________ , and it stood fast.

NOTE: Before He spoke, there was nothing. After He spoke, “it was.” Only by speaking, it was. What caused it to be? The Word only. God has a superpower: His Word is creative. That means that His Word is filled with creative power to create and accomplish whatever He wants His Word to accomplish. Humans do not have this superpower. Our word is descriptive. Our word describes things, but cannot create things. The centurion in Matthew 8 knew that God’s Word was creative, and therefore He knew that Jesus could heal his servant by speaking the Word only.

 

8. What does God say will accomplish what He wants?

Isaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my _______ be that goeth forth out of my mouth: ____ shall not return unto me void, but ____ shall accomplish that which I please, and ____ shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 NOTE: God does not need to do something apart from His Word. The creative power in His Word will do what He pleases.

 

9. What is the difference between man’s word and God’s Word?

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should ____

Hebrews 6:18 in which it was impossible for God to _____

NOTE: Why is it impossible for God to lie? It is not impossible for God to lie only because He does not want to lie, but also because He cannot. And He cannot lie, because it is impossible. Why is it impossible? Because when He speaks, the creative power is in the Word spoken, so that “the word only” causes the thing to be so. This is the difference between the Word of God and the word of man. Man may speak a word and it not be so because there is no power in his word to perform the thing spoken. Man must do something in addition to speaking the word to make his word true. But when God speaks, the thing is. It is, simply because He has spoken. The Word accomplishes that which He spoke and it is not necessary that God, as man, must do something in addition to the Word spoken. God speaks “the word only” and the thing is accomplished. Thus man can lie, because to speak something that is not, is to lie. And man can lie when speaking what is not, because there is no power in his word itself to cause the thing to be as spoken. With God this is impossible. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). When man points at a blind man and says that he is a blind, then man is simply describing the other man. When man points at a blind man and says that the blind man can see, then man will be a liar. Not so with God. God’s Word is creative and not descriptive. When God points at a blind man and says that he can see, then the blind man will see, because the creative power in God’s Word will make him to see. 

 

10. How did God create the universe?

Psalm 33:6  By the _______ of the LORD were the heavens made;

 NOTE: He who understands what faith is knows that the Word of God is creative and therefore able to produce whatever God speaks. Therefore, we can understand, and not guess, that the worlds were produced, were made to exist, by the Word of God. That is why “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” (Hebrews 11:3). Understanding faith, that God’s Word is creative in nature, should settle the question of evolution versus creation forever. “God… calleth those things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17).

 

11. What is the evidence that God’s Word has creative power?

Isaiah 42:8-9  I am the LORD: that is my name… Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: _________ they spring forth I tell you of them.

Isaiah 48:3  I have declared the former things from the _____________; and they went forth out of my ________, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to _______

 NOTE: God’s fulfilled predictive prophecies are evidence that God’s Word is creative in nature. In the previous lesson, entitled “101 – Does God Exist?”, we saw that fulfilled predictive prophecies are evidence for the existence of God. What is a fulfilled prophecy? It is simply God’s Word saying that something will happen, and then it happens exactly like His Word said it would. Why? Because His Word has creative power. This is also why when the Word of God is spoken for a certain time, as in a prophecy for hundreds of years in the future, when that time actually has arrived, that Word is fulfilled. It is not fulfilled because God did something apart from His Word, but because the Word was spoken for that specific time, and in that Word is the creative power which causes the Word at that time to produce the thing that was spoken by God.

 

12. What is the Bible’s definition for faith?

Hebrews 11:1 Now ______ is the substance of things hoped for, the ____________ of things not seen.

 NOTE: Because God’s Word has creative power and so is able to produce in very substance the thing which the Word spoke, it is plain enough that faith is the substance of things hoped for. And because God’s Word has creative power and therefore is able to produce and cause to appear what otherwise would never exist, and never be seen, it is plain enough that faith is “the evidence of things not seen.”

 

Summary

God has a superpower: His Word is creative. This superpower also includes many other superpowers because God’s Word has power in itself to fulfil whatever that Word should do. If God says that there should be birds, then His creative Word will make birds. If God says that He can fly, then His creative Word will make it possible for Him to fly. That is why the Bible teaches that “with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). This also means that God, unlike man, can never lie, because His Word is creative and not descriptive. It was also this creative Word that created the universe. Genesis 1 records how God spoke “and it was so”. God’s fulfilled predictive prophecies, as seen in the previous lesson, entitled “101 – Does God Exist?”, are evidence that God’s Word is creative in nature. Fulfilled predictive prophecies do not only prove the existence of God, but also prove the creative power of His Word. It is a fact that there is a God that exists, and that His Word has creative power.

Your Response

Do you accept that God’s Word is creative and therefore His Word is always true?