When you ask Christians about faith, most likely there are a few different answers you will hear in response. One of the first is that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 1:3). Although this is a scriptural answer, if we are going to be honest with ourselves, it does not help us with the general confusion that seems to shroud this subject. A truth spoken is not the same as a truth revealed. In other words, one can repeat an answer that has been given for a certain question, but it does not mean that the answer is understood. It is similar to cheating on a test, all you have to do effectively is to copy the right answers. However, which one of us would want a pilot who did not truly understand how to fly, rather he/she just knew how to repeat the correct answers? You get the point. Other answers to the faith question that we hear are that faith is belief, as well as faith is something everyone has. Even when we look at the Hebrew and Greek definitions of the word faith, it seems that there is still a bit of confusion on what faith is. It seems that the idea of what faith is, gets confused with what faith does. See the following:
- Strong’s H529 – ’emuwn – faithfulness, trusting
- Strong’s H530 – ’emuwnah – firmness, fidelity, steadfastness, steadiness
- Strong’s G3640 – oligopistos – of little faith, trusting too little
- Strong’s G4102 – pistis – conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it
Notice in the definitions above, the word faith is actually defined by itself on some occasions. I liken it to asking for the definition of an airplane and when the definition is given, it reads, “an airplane that flies.” I know this sounds silly, but this is what I notice when I look up definitions, as well as when I listen to the different ways faith is defined. You will also notice words used to define faith such as belief, steadfastness and trust. Here is the problem with using those particular words to describe faith. If those certain words define faith, does faith define those words? For example, if someone was really steadfast at something, could we now say that they are really faithful? Or in other words, would we liken Hitler’s steadfastness in his attempt to take over the world as a show of great faith? One of the definitions of faith above says, conviction of truth of anything. Hitler had great conviction, does that mean he was full of faith? Can you see the contradictions? Terrorism is performed in the name of God by individuals who are full of great fervor. Should we classify those individuals planning and performing terrorist acts as people of great faith? Absolutely not. Therefore it leads us back to our original questions. What is faith? And, how do you get faith?
In order to get a clearer understanding of faith, we must first understand its origin, afterwards, we can then understand what it is and how it is obtained. Simply stated, faith is an attribute or power of God and therefore originates from within Him. The word attribute is defined as a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something. Another word that will help us in this study is the word inherent. The word inherent means existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute. As the Almighty God and creator of all things, the faith of God is the only source of faith, although that same faith is reproduced in countless others. Think of it in regards to the example of the first apple seed. The nature that resided in the first apple seed created, is the same nature that has been reproduced over many thousands of years in countless numbers of apple trees. Countless reproductions, yet only one nature and therefore one origin. Just as the apple tree example, the law of the seed gives us an understanding of the transference of the faith of God. The faith of God is an inherent quality that exists only in the nature of God. Therefore in order for one to actually have the faith of God it has to be passed down by inheritance through genetics, just as the apple tree produces after itself. This law of transference is an unbreakable principle that has been established by God Almighty. In the world today, many speak of faith as if it is merely an exercise of will power and therefore motivated by mere intellect. This is an incorrect idea and actually a perversion of the truth which serves to cover up the fact that faith is an inheritance of the child of God. See the following definition:
Genetics – The study of heredity, or how the characteristics of living things are transmitted from one generation to the next. Every living thing contains the genetic material that makes up DNA molecules. This material is passed on when organisms reproduce. The basic unit of heredity is the gene.
The definition of genetics is simply another way of explaining what we read in the following verses:
Gen 1:11, 12 And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Faith is an actual substance resident within the nature of God and can therefore be genetically transferred through the reproduction of God. The reproduction of God Almighty has a name, we call Him “Jesus the Christ.” In other words, when God the Father reproduced after Himself, He brought forth the Son, and through genetic transference, He passed the fullness of Himself into Jesus. Keep in mind, He was not known as Jesus in eternity past, before this world, He was known as the Word of God (John 1:1-3). See the following verses:
Col 1:15 Who is THE IMAGE of the invisible God, THE FIRSTBORN of every creature:
Col 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
Col 2:6-10 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Let’s take a moment to gather what we have uncovered so far. We know that faith is an attribute, characteristic or we could also say that faith is a power or ability of God the Father. Next, we have discussed genetics and inheritance, whereby we understand how a set of attributes can be transferred. Then we see the fulfillment of this transference through God the Father bringing forth the First Born of all creation, the Word of God, also known as Jesus Christ. The above mentioned scriptures provide proof that Jesus has indeed inherited the fullness of God (Col 1:19; Col 2:9). So, we know where faith comes from, we know that it is a power of God, and we know that He transferred not only faith but all His fullness to the Son through inheritance. We know this to be true, because the same law of inheritance controls the way we reproduce in the earth. In order for a law to produce in earth or the natural realm, it must first be established in the heavens or the spiritual realm. In other words once something is established by God, like the law of inheritance, nothing can overthrow it. See the following passage:
Acts 5:38, 39 And now I say unto you, refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39 BUT IF IT BE OF GOD, YE CANNOT OVERTHROW IT; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
Now that we have established what faith is, where it comes from and how it is transferred, we can now dispel the myth that everyone has faith. Contrary to what many believe, not everyone has faith. This misconception is easily cleared up by a brief study into the book of Romans and 2Thessolonians. The verse that gives the impression that God has given everyone a measure of faith is Romans 12:3. See the following:
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, TO EVERY MAN THAT IS AMONG YOU, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
I would like to first point out the “TO EVERY MAN THAT IS AMONG YOU,” phrase in this verse. This is a letter written to the Roman church and therefore the believers. Paul did not address this letter to every man, not at all, he was very specific as to who he addressed this letter too at the beginning of this writing in chapter 1, as well as the first verse in chapter 12. See the following verses:
Rom 1:5-7 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: AMONG WHOM ARE YE ALSO THE CALLED of Jesus Christ: 7 to all that be in Rome, beloved of God, CALLED TO BE SAINTS: grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
You will notice that Paul addresses this letter to all those called of Jesus Christ, called to be saints. Later in Romans 1:12 Paul mentions the phrase “mutual faith.” In other words, he is writing to all those who have the faith of God, or in other words the children of God. This is where our brief study in genetics above, comes in handy. In order for someone to have faith, they would have had to receive it genetically. Therefore, all those who are born of God, are born with faith through inheritance. Paul is addressing this letter to those who are of the family of faith. See the next verse:
Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed FROM FAITH TO FAITH: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.
Notice, from faith to faith can now be understood in light of our brief study in genetics. We can totally understand, why those with the faith of God can understand and are able to receive the words of faith spoken to them. The words spoken from the Father of faith, to the children of faith, are understood because they are of like kind. The purpose of the word of God spoken in the earth, serves to reveal the difference between the children of God in the earth, verses the children of the wicked one. We will discuss this more later, but for now see the next verse.
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, BRETHREN, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Once again, notice the theme, in the beginning of Romans 12, we see that this letter is being written to the BRETHREN. So we can now read the verse in context, see the following verse:
Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, TO EVERY MAN THAT IS AMONG YOU, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man (AMONG YOU) the measure of faith.
If you are still not sold, see the following verse:
2Thes 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men HAVE NOT faith.
Now that we have discovered that not everyone has faith, we can dig deeper into the truth of how the child of God received it. We have already discussed how a set of attributes passes from one person to another, so how do you imagine that you got faith, child of God? If your answer is by inheritance, you’re absolutely right. However, if I asked you how this happened? Most likely you would say that you inherited it by asking Jesus into your heart. This answer would be incorrect. See the following passages:
Rom 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of THE FAITH WHICH HE HAD yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
Notice, the above passage is referring to Abraham having faith, although he lived thousands of years before Jesus was born into the earth. Therefore, we know for a fact that faith is not transferred by asking Jesus into our hearts. How do we know this? Because according to scripture, Abraham had faith and he did not ask Jesus into his heart. As a matter of fact, Abraham is known as the father of the faith (Rom 4:11). Need more proof, see the following:
Heb 11:4 BY FAITH Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Heb 11:5 BY FAITH Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Heb 11:7 BY FAITH Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Heb 11:11 THROUGH FAITH also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
Now that we have shown how faith is NOT transferred to the child of God, let’s find out how it is.
Earlier, I explained how Jesus inherited the fullness of God and now we are going to uncover the truth that the child of God received it the exact same way. Before we move on however, I would like to mention that the following information has been a mystery held secret from the foundation of the world. Jesus spoke about this mystery, before explaining the truth about the child of God’s origin. Why is your origin important? Because, if you know who you came from, you can then trace your genetic heritage. See the following passages:
Matt 13:34-38 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 the field is the world; THE GOOD SEED ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE KINGDOM; BUT THE TARES ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE WICKED ONE; the enemy that sowed them is the devil;
In the passage above, a hidden secret is discussed and then it is declared what that secret is. Jesus says the He sowed the good seed and the devil sowed the tares or evil seed. At this point, you may be wondering what this information has to do with our original question about faith. Let me tie it in for you, the fact that there are two types of people in the earth from birth, according to Jesus, illustrates how one person inherits faith and another cannot. Jesus said he sowed the good seed, therefore whatever Jesus sowed, will come forth with the characteristics and abilities of God, one of which being faith. Vice versa, Jesus says that the devil sowed children into the earth as well. Can you see why the children of the wicked one could not inherit faith? Simply put, their father is the devil and therefore transfers his nature and characteristics to his children. See the following passage:
John 8:38-45 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, if ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, we be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, if God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 WHY DO YE NOT UNDERSTAND MY SPEECH? Even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Now, consider the following scripture:
Heb 11:3 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.
Pay attention child of God, this is very important. Jesus explains to us that there are two types of people or kindred’s in the earth. He says one is of Him or was sown by Him and the other was sown of the devil. Next, he explains how those born of the wicked one CANNOT UNDERSTAND His speech (John 8:43). Then, we see that the only way to understand the things of God, like for instance, how the worlds were framed by the word of God, is through faith (Heb 11:3). In other words, the only way that a person in this world would be able to comprehend the gospel, is if they have faith already resident within them. Couple that with the fact that there is no other way to receive faith other than by inheritance, and what do we discover? Simply stated, the child of God was conceived in their mother’s womb with the faith of God already resident within. Furthermore, because we have this inheritance of faith, we are able to recognize our spiritual head or Father, the one who sowed us into the earth, Jesus, the Word of God. This is why we love Jesus and respond to His call, because we are born of God from the womb (John 1:13). In contrast, we see that others were offended with Jesus and could not understand His words, when He was in the earth. Keep in mind, that this was before his death and resurrection, therefore it proves that being born of God and born of the wicked one was already a reality. In other words, during Jesus time and before, there were those born with faith from the mother’s womb and those who were born without it. Jesus explains this secret to us in Matthew 13. Now we can understand why some received Jesus when he proclaimed the message and others sought to kill him. Just as the children of God are drawn to God and desire to do His will, the children of the wicked one desire to do evil. See the following verse again:
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
These counterfeit beings in the past and even today are dedicated to the destruction of Christ and all His seed. This maybe new information for you but as I mentioned previously, this is scripture and meant for the correction of wrong beliefs (2Tim 3:16). Over the years we have believed that we are born of God by accepting Jesus as Lord. This teaching is a deception, and its strategy is to hide the true knowledge of the child of God’s inheritance in Christ, from before the earth was formed (Eph 1:4). Our union in Christ or the Word of God preceded this world and therefore our birth into it (Rom 8:29). Furthermore, because of our origin in God from the beginning, when it was our set time to come forth into the earth, we were born of God from our mother’s womb (John 1:13). This is the reason we are able to recognize Jesus as Lord and why we are drawn to Him. In contrast, the children of the devil as Jesus teaches, cannot understand His speech (John 8:43).
The message of faith is a message of inheritance. In other words, it is not enough to merely talk about faith as if it is some type of mental fortitude that is activated by strong will power. Absolutely not, faith is an ability that can only be inherited from God and therefore initiated by Him alone. See the following passage:
Eph 2:8, 9 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.
Now that we have done a bit of background studying, we can move forward to more biblical proof of what has been presented thus far, is the truth. We are going to use two different examples to show the two types of birth. See the following passage:
Gal 4:22-31 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 BUT HE WHO WAS OF THE BONDWOMAN WAS BORN AFTER THE FLESH; but HE OF THE FREEWOMAN WAS BY PROMISE. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the Mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written, rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath a husband. 28 Now WE, BRETHREN, AS ISAAC WAS, ARE THE CHILDREN OF PROMISE. 29 BUT AS THEN HE THAT WAS BORN AFTER THE FLESH PERSECUTED HIM THAT WAS BORN AFTER THE SPIRIT, EVEN SO IT IS NOW. 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
Notice child of God this passage is referring to Isaac and Ishmael. It says that one was born according to the flesh and one according to the Spirit. In other words, how they were born determined their inheritance. Sarah said, cast out the son of the bondwoman, because he would not be heir with the son of the freewoman. Isaac was born of the Spirit and Ishmael was born of the flesh. In other words, Isaac was born of God from the womb and Ishmael was born of the devil from the womb. Also, as was noticed back in that time, the son born after the flesh or of the devil, persecuted the son born after the Spirit. Earlier, we proved that men and women had faith in the Old Testament time. We also discussed the law of inheritance or what we call genetics, namely how attributes are transferred from one to the other. Child of God, if you have ever wondered what faith is and where it comes from, I submit to you that this is your answer. Those born of God, are born from the womb with the attributes of God, and therefore faith is resident at birth. Those born of the devil, are born from the womb without the attributes of God and therefore lack faith. See the following verses:
Ps 22:9, 10 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
Ps 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
Can you see the connection between faith and inheritance at birth? Let’s look at another example that brings this truth to light.
Rom 9:10-13 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had CONCEIVED by one, even by our father Isaac; 11 (For the children being NOT YET BORN, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 it was said unto her, the elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
Please take note how this passage speaks of Jacob & Esau’s destiny being predestined before they came out of the womb. According to scripture, the way we come into the world determines our destiny. Therefore, the message that teaches that we must choose Jesus to obtain salvation is a message of error. The reality is, that the child of God was chosen before the foundation of the world and resident within Christ (Rom 8:29; Eph 1:4). Therefore the child of God inherited salvation at birth, like all our ancestors before us. As the scripture says, we brethren are as Isaac, born of the Spirit (Gal 4:28, 29). So, what does this have to do with faith? Simple, faith is an attribute of God and passed down to His offspring. Therefore, the faith that was needed to secure salvation was not a mental exercise of the intellect of man, but a result of the power of faith resident within the child of God, which was given at conception. The child of God was set up for success from the womb. We were given all we needed at conception in order to inherit salvation. Notice, this messages speaks of something that was done without the knowledge of the child of God, and therefore without our consent. Now you can read the following passage and understand, that your faith and resulting salvation, was a gift of God.
Eph 2:8-10 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. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
To learn more about the process of how we were created in Christ Jesus see articles: In Christ Reality, and Predestination verse Freewill. You can also listen too the audio entitled Inheritance.