What is faith? How do you get faith?

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:

Faith

  • 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: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 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. 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: 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: 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: 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.

Predestination verses Freewill

The doctrine of predestination in the bible teaches that the preplanned will of God is established and unchangeable (Deut 8:3; Is 46:10; 55:11; Eph 1:11). The reality of predestination renders all of creation subject to a predetermined destiny designed by God before the foundation of the world (Eph 2:10; 2Tim 1:9). Both the Old and New Testament reveal this reality for those with eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is speaking to us (Matt 13:10-16). This reality is a hidden mystery and unable to be comprehended by all. The mystery of truth is held secret and available only to the children of God (1Cor 1:18; 2:7; 2Pet 2:12). Although all hear the message of truth, only the children of God have the ability to receive what they hear. Look at the following passage:

John 10:24-28 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, how long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. 25 JESUS ANSWERED THEM, I TOLD YOU, AND YE BELIEVED NOT: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

As we are continually shown in the bible, Jesus spoke the truth and demonstrated the works of God to many people, yet, we find out that some were not able to comprehend the message. Even more so, the people who could not comprehend the message of God and therefore could not recognize Jesus as the Christ of God, actually wanted to kill Him. You may not realize it, but this very example unveils a truth that God had revealed thousands of years before. Below, I have listed references in scripture that speak of the predestined reality of God. I must first warn you that the scriptures you are about to read may very well oppose what you currently know or believe to be true. However, per Paul’s communication:    

 2 Timothy 3:16 ALL SCRIPTURE is given BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

As we move forward, there may be some sacred cows or commonly held beliefs that you live by but are in need of correction. The following information starts with a word study from the Greek Origin. The Greek and transliterated version of the word is provided along with the definition. In some cases the same Greek word is translated differently in certain scripture references but it is the same word. Also, in order to dispel any confusion I have listed the Strong’s number beside the word to clarify. For example, the word PROGINOSKO is translated FOREKNEW in Romans 8:29, but FOREKNOWN in 1Peter 1:20. In both cases it is that same Greek word PROGINOSKO. Keep this in mind as we move forward.

Foreknew (PROGINOSKO 4267)

1.     To have knowledge beforehand

2.     To foreknow, of those God elected to salvation

3.     To predestinate

Rom 8:29 For those He “FOREKNEW 4267,” He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the first born among many brethren.

Rom 11:2 God has not rejected His people whom He “FOREKNEW 4267.” Or do you not know what the scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?

1Pet 1:20 For He was “FOREKNOWN 4267” before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.

If you look at number 2 for the above definition of PROGINOSKO translated FOREKNEW, it actually says that GOD ALREADY KNEW AND ELECTED THOSE FOR SALVATION. Romans 8:29 says that he predestined those he FOREKNEW 4267. What is this communicating to us? More importantly, if the scriptures are to be believed (2Tim 3:16), what is this verse communicating to us about the freewill doctrine many are taught from childhood?

The freewill doctrine I am referring to is the message that teaches that we must either choose Jesus as Lord or go to hell and experience eternal death. I must admit, as a kid my focus was not really on Jesus when I was taught this freewill message of condemnation (2Cor 3:9). Honestly speaking, I was focused on the not burning in hell for eternity part. In that regard, if I had been told you must believe in a goat in order to escape hell, out of fear, I would have said I believe in a goat. Once again, the key issue that I was most concerned with was the staying out of hell part. Notice, this message causes the person to be completely consumed in what THEY have to do to save themselves, rather than salvation being a complete work of God. Now, if you’re focusing on self, how can you look to Jesus as your savior? The simple answer is that you cannot follow after Christ if you are focused on self. So, once again, what is this scripture communicating to us? In Romans 8:29 we find that the scripture reveals that the freewill doctrine being taught by many today is error. When the child of God is living life based on a false supposition or what they suppose to be true but is actually error, the result is a lack of spiritual development. The result of the lack of spiritual development is not seeing God Almighty for who he really is and therefore not understanding our identity in Christ.  Judging by the fact that this same freewill doctrine is the most prevalent teaching in the church, it means that we have a church full of babes and unlearned in the scriptures of truth (1Cor 3:1; Heb 5:12-14). Until the Father releases the anointing for deliverance, the child of God is held back in understanding by the power of sin (Acts 26:18). But like Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus, all the children of God will have their appointed time of revelation. I believe that we are at that time and that the truth of the Gospel will not only be preached by the anointing of God, but the ears that hear will be anointed to hear and receive. It all starts with the fundamentals which I believe to be the child of God’s understanding of their eternal salvation and how it was obtained (Heb 6:1, 2).

One of the most important truths that the child of God learns by the Spirit of God, is how their eternal salvation was secured. The following definition of the word predestined helps us to understand this truth. See the following:

Predestined (PROORIZO 4309)

1.     To predetermine, decide beforehand

2.     In NT of God decreeing from eternity

3.     To foreordain, appoint beforehand

According to the definition above, take a minute to consider what predetermine and to decide beforehand means in regards to your salvation. Also, think about God decreeing something from eternity or before the world was formed in regards to your salvation and let that resonate within you. The idea that the word predetermined conveys to the child of God is life changing in regards to your understanding of eternal salvation. In the following scriptures we will see how God Almighty actually foreordained or appointed beforehand, or before the world was formed, your salvation. Furthermore, the fact that this work of salvation was done before your existence in the earth and therefore without your knowledge or consent, we can get a clearer picture of why the message of Christ is called the gospel of peace. It tells us that we were predestined according to God’s will unto salvation and not that of our own doing. This is important because when God declares a thing, not one word will return unto Him void (Is 55:11). In other words, if understood correctly, it is a guarantee of the child of God’s safety. See the following verses where the word predestined is used by the Spirit of God.

Acts 4:28 (NASB) For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose “PREDESTINED 4309” TO OCCUR.

In the above scriptures we see that although the cross of Christ looked as if it was a loss for the child of God, it was actually a predestined plan of God (Acts 4:28). Once again, think about this reality child of God. Although it looked as if the enemy was successful in his desire to destroy Christ, it was actually a prearranged design of God for Christ’s death on the cross as well as His resurrection. It is important that you understand this predestined reality as it pertains to the life of Jesus, the first born of all creation, because you will then be able to see how this reality pertains to you as well.  In other words, once the child of God learns of his or her origin in Christ, we are then able to learn of our shared inheritance with Him. I will explain more of this mystery going forward, stay tuned. See the following:

Rom 8:29, 30 For those whom He FOREKNEW 4267, He also “PREDESTINED 4309” conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He “PREDESTINED 4309” these He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

Child of God, what I am about to uncover is a mystery held secret by God since before the foundation of the world (1Cor 2:7). This very same wisdom was predestined by God for you and I to learn by revelation during this appointed time period. This wisdom in some cases was never known by many of our ancestors before us (Eph 3:5). Paul revealed this mystery and it was also taught by the apostles during their time. However, although the message was preached and the mystery taught, according to the planned times and seasons of God the mystery has not been fully received by the church. Paul and others declared it during their time, but the full reception of this revelation to the body of Christ corporately I believe is upon us now. Think about what the angel revealed to Daniel, the prophet Daniel was told some things that were not to be revealed during his time but were going to be revealed in later generations (Dan 12:4). The fact that God has revealed this truth to me means that he has revealed this truth to other children of God in this world as well. This leads me to believe that the time for increased understanding in the child of God’s identity and inheritance is upon us. Let’s dig into Romans 8:29 to help uncover this great mystery.

Romans 8:29 says, for those whom He FOREKNEW 4267, He also “PREDESTINED 4309” conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

You will notice that the word FOREKNEW (PROGINOSKO 4267) is used in this verse. Previously we found out that this word means: to have knowledge beforehand; to foreknow, of those God elected to salvation; to predestinate. So we could read it:

Rom 8:29 for those whom God predestinated unto salvation, He also “PREDESTINED 4309” conformed to the image of His Son, so that He (His Son) would be the first born of many brethren;

The next step is to look at what it says about those whom God foreknew/predestinated unto salvation:

He (God the Father) also PREDESTINED 4309 them CONFORMED 4832 to the image of His Son

Here it is child of God, the key to a changed life. As I mentioned previously, it is not that this message has not been declared beforehand, because it has. However, the revelation of the message preached I believe is now upon us by the time of the Father and the working of the Holy Ghost. I am merely communicating what was communicated to me by God. Just as God communicated the revelation of this mystery to me, it is He that will enlighten your heart as well. With that said, pay attention to the statement He also PREDESTINED them CONFORMED to the image of His Son. Now consider the word CONFORMED and what it means:

CONFORMED – SYMMORPHOS (G4832)

·      having the same form as another, similar, conformed to

·      jointly formed

At first glance, this word does not seem to add much, but when you understand being of joint form or having the same form as was a predestined design by God the Father, it takes on an entirely new meaning. What we are taught, is that we are to be CONFORMED to the image of Christ after the resurrection and after we choose Him as Lord. Can you see why this misinterprets what the scripture says? The verse tells us that we WERE PREDESTINED CONFORMED. In other words, when the first born of all creation was brought forth or formed, WE WERE JOINTLY FORMED WITHIN HIM. If you are still not able to see it lets add the other part of the verse:

Romans 8:29 for those whom He FOREKNEW 4267, He also “PREDESTINED 4309” CONFORMED 4832 to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

Can you see it? “So that He would be the firstborn of many brethren;” child of God, this is the in Christ revelation. This is what it means to be in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4). Jesus Christ is our origin, when He was formed, we were within Him. The freewill doctrine taught today is a message of orphans coming to God to be saved. The message of the gospel is a message of God’s children from the beginning realizing a salvation that has always been waiting for them by inheritance. With this in mind, now we can understand what Jesus meant when He spoke about the children that God had given Him (Heb 4:13). We can understand what Jesus meant when he said that we were out of this world (John 15:19). We are genuinely, from our origin in Christ before the foundation of the world, not of this world. One of the definitions of brethren used above is having the same national ancestor. In other words, we just as our Father Jesus the Firstborn of all creation, are of the lineage of God the Father, this is why we are called children of God. Do you remember what God told Jeremiah? Before you were in the womb I knew you (Jer 1:5). Also, now when you read Gen 1:26, when it says let us create man in our image and likeness we can understand the truth of this statement. The bible says Jesus is the image and the likeness of God the Father (Col 1:15; Heb 1:3). Now we find in Romans 8:29 that along with Christ, the child of God was jointly formed in the image of the Son. Think about it child of God, Jesus is the express image of the Father and we are the express image of Jesus. This is the mystery of our inheritance in Christ since before the foundation of this world. Can you see the reality of our inheritance?  Remember, this is a PREDESTINED reality, therefore, this truth did not happen as a response to a confession for Jesus Christ. This reality was a planned salvation by right of our inheritance in Christ before the foundation of the world. As you mediate and study on this I pray that the Father would cause this truth to become clearer by the leading of the Spirit.

Now that we have uncovered the true identity of the child of God and our origin, we can dig into other verses that reveal our predestined reality.

Predetermined (HORIZO 3724)

1.     To define, to mark out the boundaries or limits (of any place or thing), to determine, appoint that which has been determined according to appointment, to ordain

·      For every place you see 3724, it is the word HORIZO translated PREDETERMINED. While reading the following scriptures especially Luke 22:22 you will notice that the word DETERMINED is used. This is the same HORIZO 3724 word that is defined as PREDETERMINED. Why is this important? It actually communicates to us what Jesus believed. See the next verse.

Luke 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was “DETERMINED 3724”: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

Now read it inserting the word PREDETERMINED.

Luke 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was “PREDETERMINED 3724”…

If Christ Himself walked a PREDETERMINED path, are we somehow greater and able to live by a different reality? Can we do something the creator of heaven and earth could not do (John 1:3; Eph 3:9)? Absolutely not! According to the will of God and His timing, we can understand what Jesus meant when he boldly declared “I can of mine own self do nothing (John 5:30).” This is in stark contrast to the message of choice for salvation whereby a declaration of freewill, you take hold of salvation according to your decision. As we explore more scripture, according to the Father’s will, I pray that the eyes of our hearts be enlightened to the truth of this message of Christ.

Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the “DETERMINATE 3724 or PREDETERMINED” counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

In Acts 2:23 Peter said that Christ was delivered by the PREDETERMINED 3724 counsel and foreknowledge of God. This statement is actually a confirmation of what was spoken in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah 53:10 says that it pleased God to bruise Him and put Him to grief.

Acts 10:42 And He commanded us to preach unto people, and to testify that it is He which was “ORDAINED 3724 or PREDETERMINED” of God to be the Judge of the quick and the dead.

Once again, Acts 10:42 is saying that Jesus was PREDETERMINED of God…

Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath “DETERMINED 3724 or PREDETERMINED” the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation:

Acts 17:31 Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath “ORDAINED 3724 or PREDETERMINED”; whereof He hath given assurance unto all, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.

Rom 1:4 And “PREDETERMINED 3724” to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Heb 4:7 Again, he “PREDETERMINED 3724” a certain day, saying in David, today, after so long a time; as it is said, today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.

In the mouth of two or three witnesses let the matter be established. Jesus, Peter, Paul, and the writer of Hebrews all witness about the same predetermined reality. See for the following for proof:

Foreknowledge (PROGNOSIS 4268)

1.     Forethought, pre-arranged

Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and “FOREKNOWLEDGE 4268” of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

1Pet 1:2 Elect according to the “FOREKNOWLEDGE 4268” of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Just as God Almighty had a plan for Jesus, He has predetermined our lives and thereby our eternal destinies. Once again, the scripture says that in the mouth of two or three witnesses let the word be established (Deut 19:15). See the following scriptures:

Is 46:10 (NIRV) BEFORE SOMETHING EVEN HAPPENS, I ANNOUNCE HOW IT WILL END. In fact, from times long ago I announced what was still to come. I say, ‘My plan will succeed. I will do anything I want to do.’

Ps 139:16 (NIRV) your eyes saw my body even before it was formed. YOU PLANNED HOW MANY DAYS I WOULD LIVE. YOU WROTE DOWN THE NUMBER OF THEM IN YOUR BOOK BEFORE I HAD LIVED THROUGH EVEN ONE OF THEM.

Jer 1:5 “BEFORE I FORMED YOU IN YOUR MOTHER’S BODY I CHOSE YOU. BEFORE YOU WERE BORN I SET YOU APART TO SERVE ME. I APPOINTED YOU TO BE A PROPHET TO THE NATIONS.”

Predestination teaches that God alone has predetermined either eternal salvation or damnation for each individual. The following passage in Romans includes writings from Moses, Malachi, Isaiah, and lastly Paul and all are in agreement. See following passage:

Rom 9:10-24 10 And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would [a]stand, not [b]because of works but [c]because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed [d]throughout the whole earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. 19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel [e]for honorable use and another [f]for common use? 22 [g]What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience VESSELS OF WRATH PREPARED FOR DESTRUCTION? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.

In strict contrast to the message of predestination taught in scripture, the freewill doctrine claims that a person’s individual decision determines their ultimate destiny. Thus, the mantra, choose Jesus or go to hell.  If that doctrine is true, then what about Jacob and Esau? Contrary to what was demonstrated with Jacob and Esau in the above passage, the freewill doctrine teaches that our destinies are changed by our own decision or works. Once again, in the above passage it actually reveals the opposite reality regarding Jacob and Esau as well as Pharaoh. The scripture clearly shows that Jacob and Esau’s destinies were set even while in their mother’s womb. See the following verse:

Rom 9:11-13  for though the twins were NOT YET BORN AND HAD NOT DONE ANYTHING GOOD OR BAD, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would [a]stand, not [b]because of works but [c]because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

Child of God remember this statement, THE CHOICE FOR SALVATION IS NOT A CONDITION OF OUR SALVATION BUT A RESULT OF IT. In explanation, if God according to scripture predetermined salvation for the child of God, then the resulting action will be a response to Christ by that child. In example, Jacob was chosen and Esau was not. So, after they were born and Jacob was blessed by God, could he ever receive the credit for the salvation he experienced? Notice, there is no room for boasting in this scenario, the child of God’s response to Christ is an unintelligible and instinctual response to the destiny already established within him or her from the womb.  The child of God like a seed merely grows into his/her salvation, with all credit going to the creator of the seed (Matt 13:37, 38). Compare that to the assertion the freewill message teaches which puts the responsibility of salvation on man and thereby the credit for the decision. It is as foolish as giving a bird credit for its ability to fly or a fruit tree praise for bearing fruit. Notice, there are those in the world that do this type of idol worship, worshiping the creature rather than the Creator (Rom 1:25), but this is not the practice of the child of God. As long as the child of God is bound in the darkened reality of freewill for salvation, spiritual growth is impossible. The freewill doctrine actually teaches the worship of self, which is the basis of works for righteousness. If a person could actually rely on him or herself to acquire eternal salvation, it would actually make that person god. Why? Because, God Almighty is the only person who can claim this type of power to secure salvation. Can you see the deception involved in teaching this to the child of God? All of a sudden, the child of God is now in competition with God verses a child who is totally dependent on Him for their life. Can you see the confusion this creates in the mind of the Christian?

In summation, the predestined reality is highly apparent to those of us with ears to hear and eyes to see what the Spirit of the Lord is communicating. This is a hard saying for some, because, it means just as there are those born of God unto salvation, there are those among us who are born of the wicked one unto damnation. The topic of the difference of the children of God and of the devil will be taught in an up coming article.

Understanding the difference between freeDOM and freeWILL

Please review the definition of the word freedom below:

Freedom

·      The POWER or right to act, speak, or think as one wants WITHOUT hindrance or restraint.

·       ABSENCE of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.

Please take note of the second bullet point where it says absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government. I would like to point out that there are no human beings on earth that operate without subjection to spiritual domination. For example, all humans suffer under the spiritual power of sin (Rom 7:14). One of the results of the domination of the power of sin is that our bodies are mortal and subject to death. Another result of the power of sin’s authority is that we are also subject to spiritual warfare that wars against our souls (1Pet 2:11). See the following verses.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

1Pet 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Per the definition and the above mentioned scriptures, it is clear that we DO NOT have freedom to act without spiritual restraint. According to scripture, there is an opposing despotic and demonic kingdom waging war against us. The reality is that we do not have freedom to act without restraint and therefore cannot have what is commonly taught and accepted as freewill. In other words, in order to have freewill, one must first have freedom. We do however, as children of God have an inherent intent to do what is right. As Paul mentioned in scripture, we know what is right to do, but how to perform it we know not (Rom 7:18). Rightly worded, the freewill doctrine that is taught today by well-meaning Christians should be called the GOOD INTENTIONS DOCTRINE. Yet, the point still remains, intent alone cannot secure salvation. The bible’s definition of freewill actually speaks of intentions, and not a person being endowed with freedom to act without restraint. The very scripture passage in Deuteronomy 28 used by many to preach the doctrine of freewill is actually a message of a lack of freedom. Think about what it is being communicated, if you do this, you will get that. That is the very definition of a conditioned based response situation and not that of a non-conditioned freewill response. If conditions exists, that means that there are limitations that one must operate under. On the contrary, freedom allows one to operate without conditions or limitations. Think about it, in the Deuteronomy 28 message, who is truly operating in freedom? The one making the rules to live by or the one bound by the conditions? Obviously, the individuals that are bound by the set conditions are subject to or constrained by the one creating the rules or boundaries. Therefore, we are not free to act without constraint and domination of another.

In this life there are always constraints, but the true child of God in spite of these constraints has an inherent desire to align with righteousness. This is one of the ways that the children of God are differentiated from the children of the devil (1John 3:10). In actuality, freedom per the definition reveals what only God has. God Almighty has the power to do whatever he wants without hindrance or restraint other than the restraints He puts on Himself. We, on the other hand, are placed under restraint from the womb. See the following:

Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: SO THAT YE CANNOT DO THE THINGS THAT YE WOULD 2309.

Would – thelō G2309 to will, have in mind, intend

·      to be resolved or determined, to purpose

·      to desire, to wish

·      to love

·      to like to do a thing, be fond of doing

·      to take delight in, have pleasure

As you can see, because of the warfare that is waging between the Spirit and the flesh within us, the scripture says that we CANNOT do the things that we desire, wish, love, delight in or intend to do. To be clear, the scripture is not saying that you cannot want to do it, not at all, it is saying that you have no POWER in and of yourself to accomplish or perform what you want. Thus, we do not have the freedom of will to do as we please as most define freewill. In other words, the idea of freewill as understood today is actually counter to biblical scripture and therefore opposes the truth revealed by the Holy Spirit.  See the following scripture:

Rom 7:18  for I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for TO WILL IS PRESENT WITH ME; BUT HOW TO PERFORM THAT WHICH IS GOOD I FIND NOT.

Understanding the Mystery of the in Christ & Christ in you Reality

*Note to reader: Within this article you will notice scripture references after some of the sentences. I invite you to look up the references in order to verify what is being communicated.

When building a house, the foundation must be established on a solid and immovable surface. Can you imagine what it would be like to have your dream house built on sand? Whenever the first strong wind came about your dream house would collapse. I liken this example to the life of my Christian family in the earth. When the child of God is rooted in the firm foundation of truth, the winds of life may blow but we remain stable. One of the foundational truths that helps to fortify the child of God is the revelation of our in Christ reality. Over the years I have heard many teachings about the in Christ scriptures, but nothing ever resonated within my soul. I heard what was being said, but it transferred no illustration to my heart. For example, if I am teaching about an airplane, even though you may not be a pilot you start to get pictures going off in your mind’s eye of airplanes you have seen. This illustration conveys that you are actually tracking with what is being communicated. Jesus used this principle when teaching messages by likening spiritual things to things like yeast, the seed, wheat, tares as well as other examples. When teaching the gospel the anointing of the Holy Spirit allows the teacher to present messages that appeal to the heart of the listener. That same anointing to teach also works within the heart of the listeners to ensure reception. This operation of the Spirit of God works by the mutual faith of both the preacher and the hearer of the message being declared. This is what Paul referred to when he wrote to the saints in Rome. See the following passages:

Rom 1:11, 12 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; that is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith of both you and me.

Rom 1:14-16 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.

Notice in the passages above how Paul conveys the idea of faith being the mutual likeness that enables the saints to communicate and comprehend the gospel message. This can be a bit misleading because some Christians believe that everyone has faith. This assumption is incorrect and is the enemy of the child of God’s growing up in the knowledge of Christ. Some believe that Romans 12:3 says everyone has faith because God has given a measure of faith to all. My response to this message is to ask you to read who Paul was addressing his message too. See the following 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.

Notice who Paul is directing this message too. The first verse in Romans 12 lets us know who this message about receiving a measure of faith is pertaining too. Paul addresses this message to the brethren or in other words the children of faith. For more evidence see the following passage:

2Thes 3:1, 2 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

The fact that the child of God must come to terms with is that not everyone has faith. There are those amongst us who are not of us, or as the apostle John said, there are many antichrists (1John 2:18, 19). In other words, there are those amongst us that are the children of the devil from the womb (Ps 58:3; 1John 3:10-12). In the interest of giving an illustration, think about two differing lion prides in the wild. With untrained eyes we as humans do not notice the distinct differences between the two prides when observing both. However, for the lion there is no mistaking the difference between those within the family and those without. Lions can recognize other lions quickly by both sight and scent. Child of God, you may not realize it but all Christians are recognizable by both sight and scent in the spirit realm (2Cor 4:15, 16). The elect angelic host as well as the fallen angelic host and their kindred can identify the child of God immediately. Even from the womb of our mother’s, our inheritance of the substance of faith is evident to all beings that populate the spirit realm. It is only in the natural realm that the child of God struggles with the reality of their inheritance at birth. It is only in the natural realm that we have to learn the true spiritual reality of our origin. Many of us still believe that we made a choice for eternal salvation by choosing Jesus. It is not until God uncovers our eyes to the truth do we realize that we instinctively came to Jesus because we were born of the Spirit from the womb (Jer 1:5; Ps 22:9, 10; Gal 4:28, 29). The faith within in us led us to Christ, a faith we already had before we ever heard of Him. The power of sin in the earth casts a spiritual shadow that seeks to hide this reality (Is 42:6, 7; Acts 18:26; 2Cor 4:4). The result is the child of God’s warfare with works for righteousness. The influence of the power of darkness subverts the reality of our being born righteous from the womb (Jer 1:5; Ps 22:9, 10; Gal 4:28, 29; Eph 1:4; 2:10). The result is that the child of God is led to strive to be righteous which leads to condemnation, verses understanding that righteousness is our inheritance at birth. For more of an understanding about the inheritance of faith, see the article on the inheritance of faith and or listen to the audio entitled what is faith.

In this article we will seek to understand and be established in what it means to be in Christ. The first hurdle we must clear is overcoming the idea of free will as we know it. Not one of us came into this world based on any free will of our own. In fact the bible teaches us that God Almighty planned the end from the beginning (Is 46:10). We are also told that before we came out of the womb that our days were written for us (Ps 139:15, 16). God backs this assertion up in many places in scripture but one of the most notable examples is when he speaks with Jeremiah. God told Jeremiah that before he was formed in the belly, that he was known and before he came out of the womb he had been sanctified, and ordained as a prophet unto the nations (Jer 1:5). What does this reveal to us? It reveals that we are here per the plan and timing of God and for his specific purpose. This is not a study specifically on the sovereignty of God but a foundational understanding is important as we unveil the mystery of the in Christ reality. You may be asking what one has to do with the other. What does the sovereignty of God have to do with understanding what being in Christ means? Simple, if you understand that you did not choose your timing of birth or who your parents would be, you can then understand that you owe the choosing of your heritage to God.

Next, with the understanding that it was God who chose your inheritance we can now discuss the child of God’s origin. By way of example, think about your father for a moment. Have you ever considered where you were before he and your mother met each other? The fact is that you were in your father. In other words, you were in the loins of your father in seed form. I fully understand that this is not an area that the logical or carnal mind can readily grasp but this is spiritual truth. Earlier, we established that Jeremiah was known before he was in the womb (Jer 1:5). With a bit of research you can also study how Abraham was told that Isaac would come from his loins and Sarah’s womb, and that kings would come from their union (Gen 17). It is highly apparent that God is not limited with time and that the future holds no mysteries for Him, who planned the end from the beginning. For a more specific illustration see the following passage:

Heb 7:9, 10 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

In the above mentioned scripture we find out that Levi was credited paying tithes to Melchisedec even though he had yet to be born. As a matter of fact neither had his father Jacob nor his grandfather Isaac been born. This example, as many others in scripture reveals the mystery of the cross of Christ. What we are seeing here is the law of inheritance. So, with this understood let’s go back to the question I posed earlier to you. Where were you before your mother and father met? You were in the loins of your father, therefore, after you were born your father was in you. The very seed of life that he passed on to your mother in the making of you, contained the life that was in him. In other words, your earthly origin begins from within your father. At conception your father passed off his life into you. We can now say that you were in your father, and now your father is in you. The same life blood that exists in your father first, now flows within you. You may not know this, but the woman does not offer any blood to the fetus in the conception process. Humans are of a paternal lineage, meaning the blood is passed on by the father. If you can see this truth then I want to take you even further back than your earthly father. As a matter of fact we are going to trace our ancestry all the way back to the first man, our father Adam. If you understood the example of your father then you should understand the example of Adam’s father. See the following verse:

Gen 1:26 And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In the above mentioned verse, the word God, is the Hebrew word Elohim. Elohim is the plural form of the word God which in our understanding, would be translated, Godhead. In other words, the Godhead said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness. With a brief study in 2Corinthians, Colossians and Hebrews, a very powerful truth about the image of God is unveiled. See the following:

2Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

Based on the verses mentioned above, we now understand that the Godhead made man in the “Image” of God. Who is the image of God? Jesus Christ is the image of God. In other words, Adam was brought forth from within the Image of God known then as the Word of God, today known to us as the Messiah Jesus Christ. See the following verse:

Gen 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Adam’s flesh was made of the earth. Do you remember the example we discussed earlier regarding your mother and father? The father provides the life blood and the mother provides the womb. The above mentioned verse, follows the same pattern as the illustration of the father and mother example. In the above mentioned verse, the breath of life would represent the life blood or the seed from the man, and the body from the earth representing the womb. In other words, Jesus, the word of God is Adam’s father, and the earth would represent the womb of the mother. The apostle Paul actually calls the Jerusalem which is from above our true mother and thus we will receive the redemption of our new creation bodies at the coming of Christ (Rom 8:23; Gal 4:26; Phil 3:21). If you would like to learn more about Jerusalem which is now and the Jerusalem which is above see future article. For now, do you remember the illustration of how you were originally in your father, and after conception your father was in you? As we discussed, while you were in your father’s loins you were in him. Upon conception resulting from your mother and father coming together, you were transferred into the womb and now your father is in you. The same life blood that resides in your father now resides in you. Apply this same illustration to Jesus and Adam. Adam was first in Christ in seed form. Afterwards, upon his transference into the body, Christ was now in Adam. We could also say, the spirit life of Christ was now resident within Adam. Can you see how this applies to you also child of God? Do you remember the first hurdle we discussed earlier in this lesson? We discussed the fact that God Almighty planned our birth and how the days of our lives were written before there was one. Well, when the child of God does not realize that their life is made up of a destiny planned of God, they think that there life is based on their choices. The doctrine of choice is therefore in opposition to the law of inheritance, which is ordained of God. If we are blind to the law of inheritance, then the reality of our origin being in Christ is never understood. However, when God enlightens us to the fact that every child of God ever destined to be born into the earth, first dwelt within Christ, we can understand where we came from. This means that before the foundation of the world, the child of God was in Christ in seed form (Eph 1:4). What does this mean? Mainly this, we now understand that salvation was never a choice but an inheritance. See the following passage:

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.

The “Image,” later known as Jesus Christ, brought forth seed after His kind, our father Adam. Another example of this law at work is the example of our mother Eve being brought forth out of Adam (Gen 2:21-23). What is all this revealing to us? The in Christ reality means that you were in Christ before the foundation of the world. When God the Father brought forth the First Born of all creation, all the children of God were in Him. Therefore, just as one seed can reproduce countless others, so it is with Christ and His offspring. See the following passages:

John 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Heb 2:13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, behold I and the children which God hath given me.

Is this reality starting to resonate within you? Can you see how you were in Christ and now how Christ is in you? See the following verse as Jesus explains this clearly.

Matt 13:36-39 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; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Jesus mentions above that He sowed good seed, which was Adam, into the earth. Therefore all the children of God destined by God to come forth from within Adam were in his loins. Once again Jesus is revealing the law of inheritance at work. Notice however, the law of inheritance also works the same way for the children of the wicked one. You may be wondering how there can exists two types of seed in the earth if Jesus only sowed good seed. The angels of God had the same question. See the following passage.

Matt 13:24-30 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, the kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, an enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

You will notice in the above passage that Jesus explains how the tares or evil seed began to grow in the field or in the world. He says that while men slept, or in other words when Adam experienced spiritual death, or slept spiritually, the enemy Satan came in and sowed evil seed amongst the good. In other words, because Satan had the power of death (Heb 2:14), the invasion of sin and death into Adam’s being, gave Satan access to sow seed through the death that now flowed in mankind (Matt 13:25). This is why in Genesis 3:15 introduces the distinction between the woman’s seed and the serpent’s. Now you can understand what Jesus is teaching in the following passage:

John 8:37-45 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38 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.

Once again Jesus is revealing the power of inheritance. These imposters who were Jews by natural birth, were in actuality children of the wicked one by birth of spiritual death. Scripture reveals two types of births from the mother’s womb, being born of the spirit and born after the flesh (John 1:13; 3:6; Rom 9:6-13; Gal 4:28, 29; 1John 3:9, 10). Did you notice that the imposters in the passage above are telling Jesus that God was their Father? These antichrists beings are a perversion of what the Godhead sowed into the earth. Once again this is not a lesson on children of God and children of the wicked one, but this foundational understanding will help you understand the in Christ and Christ in you reality. For more information on the distinction of the seeds, see audio messages about the seed and being born again.

Finally, we have done enough research now to read some in Christ scriptures and actually track with what is being said. See the following verses:

Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us IN HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Eph 1:10, 11 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 IN WHOM also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

2Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us IN CHRIST JESUS before the world began.

There are more verses of course, but the above examples will suffice. When reading that you were in Christ before the foundation of the world does it resonate within? I am not suggesting that you are fully understanding everything, but do you at least have a picture of what the in Christ and therefore Christ in you reality is declaring. It is as simple as the orange seed that has the nature of the orange flowing through it. Although the seeds produced after the first orange tree are separate entities, the same nature flows through both. Because the second seed came from within the first, the first is resident within the second. In other words in order for Christ to be within the child of God, it means that you were first in Him. Now you can understand the following verse:

Heb 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren