|Torrey - Man -10.4- The Results of Faith|
IV. THE RESULTS OF FAITH. Ephesians 2:8 — "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
First Proposition: We are saved through faith.
Salvation is God's free gift; faith appropriates to itself this gift freely offered to all. Romans 1:16 — -"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." The gospel has power to save, but that power is displayed only in those who believe. (See, also, 1 Timothy 4:10 — "For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.") Salvation is a manifold process, but every factor in it depends on faith. ( Acts 10:43 — "To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.") We receive remission of sins through faith. God offers forgiveness to all men on the grounds of the shed blood of Christ. The one who believes appropriates to himself individually this universal offer of salvation. Romans 5:1 — "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Galatians 3:13 — "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."
We are justified by faith. On the ground of Christ's having been made a curse for us, God offers justification to us. This offer is appropriated by faith. John 20:31 — "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
We receive eternal life through believing. Belief in Him who is the life ( John 14:6) makes that life ours. Life is in Him ( 1 John 5:11); by our believing in Him, this life enters into us. John 1:12 RV — "But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name." Galatians 3:26 — "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
We receive the right to become sons of God by faith. In His only begotten Son, God makes to man the offer of adoption into His family. We appropriate this offer to ourselves by believing in His name. 2 Peter 1:4 "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (see context, verse 5.)
We become partakers of the divine nature through faith in the exceeding great and precious promises of God. Acts 26:18 — "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."
We are sanctified by faith. God offers to us in His word sanctifying grace.
By faith we appropriate this sanctifying grace to ourselves. Acts 15:9 — "And put no difference between us and them purifying their hearts by faith."
Our hearts are cleansed by faith. There is heart-cleansing power in the word of God. (Compare to <19B909> Psalm 119:9, l l — "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.") Christ dwells in our hearts through faith(see Ephesians 3:17 RV — "That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith . . ."). God presents Christ to us by His Spirit through the word. Faith lays hold upon Christ thus presented and He comes to dwell in our heart and work all His glorious work within. 1 Peter 1:5 — "Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."
We are kept through faith by the power of God unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. God provides keeping, His own almighty power to keep. Faith simply lays hold of the almighty, power divinely provided. 2 Corinthians 1:24 "Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand."
We stand by faith. By faith we enter into or appropriate to ourselves the grace of God wherein we stand. Romans 5:2 — "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." 1 John 5:4-5 — "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" Ephesians 6:16 RV — "Withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one."
By faith we get the victory over the world and over the evil one. God freely provides for us and offers to us overcoming grace in Jesus Christ. By faith we appropriate this overcoming grace to ourselves. Hebrews 4:1-3 — "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto you was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world."
We enter into rest by faith. From beginning to end, at every step, salvation is by faith. God freely offers to us in Jesus Christ a manifold salvation; forgiveness, justification, eternal life, the right to be His sons, participation in His own nature, sanctification, heart-cleansing, an indwelling Christ, keeping unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time, power to stand, victory over the world and the evil one, rest. We appropriate to ourselves every item in this salvation by faith. By grace are we saved through faith from first to last. Matthew 9:22,29 — "But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.... Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you." James 5:14-15 — "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
Second Proposition: We receive physical healing through faith.
God has provided for us and offers to us physical healing and strength in Jesus Christ. Matthew 8:16-17 — "When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.'' We appropriate it to ourselves by faith. We miss it by our unbelief. Mark 6:5-6 — "And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hand on a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching." John 12:46 — "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness."
Third Proposition: We pass out of spiritual darkness into light by faith in Christ.
By nature we are all in darkness and children of darkness. God sends Jesus into the world to be "the light of the world" ( John 8:12). The light there is in him, the light He Himself is, streams into our hearts when we believe in Him ( John 12:36). Faith opens the window and lets the light in. John 14:1 RV — "Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me."
Fourth Proposition: We are delivered from all anxiety of heart by faith, faith in God and Jesus Christ. (Compare to Isaiah 26:3.) John 6:35 — "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never' thirst."
Fifth Proposition: We are fully and forever satisfied through faith in Jesus.
God has provided for us and offers to us full satisfaction for every desire of our spirits in Jesus; by faith we appropriate this satisfaction to ourselves. 1 Peter 1:8 RV — "Whom not having seen ye love; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory."
Sixth Proposition: Through faith in Jesus Christ, we rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
In no other way can we get such joy. John 7:38-39 — "He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" Seventh Proposition: Through faith in Jesus Christ, we become fountains from which rivers of living water flow.
This is through the Holy Spirit who is given to those who believe in Jesus Christ. God has given to the crucified, risen, and glorified Jesus His Spirit for His body, the church ( John 7:39; 14:12; Acts 2:33). We appropriate this promise of God by faith. The Spirit comes upon us and makes us fountains of living water. Matthew 21:22 — "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." James 1:5-7 — "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord." Mark 11:24 RV — "Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye have received them, and ye shall have them."
Eighth Proposition: We receive the answer to our prayers when we have faith that we have received.
God is willing to answer prayer. But He demands, as a condition of answering, that we shall believe His naked promise and believe the prayer is heard and that the thing asked is ours. Matthew 21:21 — "Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, if ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done." John 14:12 — "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." Hebrews 11:32-34 "And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah; of David also, and of Samuel, and of the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens."
Ninth Proposition: We receive power to work wonders through faith in God and Jesus Christ. "Power belongeth unto God" (Ps 62:11). But the power that belongs to God is at the disposal of His children. We lay hold of it by faith. God's power is the reservoir, our faith is the supply pipe; therefore, according to our faith is our experience of the possession of God's power ( Matthew 9:29). Unbelief limits our power, or rather the flow of God's power into us. Matthew 17:19-20 — "Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove: and nothing shall be impossible unto you."
John 1 1:40 — "Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?"
If we believe, we shall see the glory of God. It is our wretched unbelief that is shutting many of us out of seeing it in our own lives. Hebrews 6:12 — "That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promise." Luke 1:45 RV — "And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord."
Tenth Proposition: Through faith we receive the fulfillment of God's promises.
The actual enjoyment of God's promises is conditioned upon our belief of them. No matter how explicit a promise may be, the thing promised becomes ours only upon condition of our believing the promise. James 1:5-7 — "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth 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."
The promises are for us; they are all yes and amen in Christ ( Corinthians 1:20), but they become actually and experimentally ours only as we reach out the hand of faith and appropriate them to ourselves. As far as we believe we receive ( Mark 11:24 RV). We get what we believe for ( Hebrews 4:1-2 — "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.") The fulness of God's blessing is for those who claim it and in so far as they claim it. Joshua 1:3 — "Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses." Mark 9:23 — "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
Eleventh Proposition: All things are possible for him that believes.
By faith we lay hold of God and His almightiness. Faith can do anything God can do.
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