What is Faith?
The true test of faith is the Word of YHWH. So what is faith? Who has it? Faith is not something exclusive to religious people. Actually, we ALL have it. As much as people try to turn faith into some kind of mysterious, magical, inexplicable thing, it really just means TRUST.
We all know that the elect are “saved by faith,” but if every man has faith, does this mean all men are saved? Or rather, are there some criteria to the APPLICATION of our faith that are necessary for our faith to be SAVING FAITH?
First off, we need to distinguish between FAITH and SUSPICION. If I have FAITH, it will produce ACTION. If I have SUSPICION, I will evaluate the probabilities and maybe do something or maybe not.
James 2:18 A man may say, “You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith BY MY WORKS.”
For a person to have faith… saving faith… perfect faith… the faith MUST produce works:
James 2:14 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man says he has faith, and has not works? Can faith save him?
James 2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Faith in What? Works?
Naturally, it also matters in what we put our faith. Who do we trust??? Despite our words and personal delusions, the true object of our faith is clearly evident in the things we do (our works): So we must have works, but not just any works: our works are works of OBEDIENCE to the will (Law) of our King, whom we serve:
Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the Prophets, according to the COMMANDMENT of the everlasting YHWH, made known to all nations FOR THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH.
And as much as good works (of obedience to the Law of YHWH) are desired by Him, works of disobedience and transgression against His holy Law will be rejected:
Matthew 7:19-20 Every tree that doesn’t bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
And if we only read the next three verses in the same chapter, we see exactly what KIND of “fruits” we’re talking about here:
Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that says unto me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; BUT HE THAT DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER which is in heaven. MANY will say to me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works?”
And then I will tell them, “I never knew you: DEPART FROM ME, YOU THAT WORK LAWLESSNESS.”
Consider that passage for a second. These people were doing many things YOU AND I think of as GOOD WORKS, but are they the SAME good works that YHWH REQUIRES OF US?? Obviously they weren’t. What the Almighty calls “GOOD,” and what WE call “good,” are TWO DIFFERENT THINGS!
Faith Without Works
“Practicing lawlessness,” means living like there are no Laws. Have you been taught that the Ten Commandments no longer apply? That the feasts of YHWH were just “Jewish traditions?” That the Laws pertaining to the foods we eat are nothing more than “Jewish dietary customs?” So, which is it? Were these traditions of man, or “Thus saith YHWH?” Did Jews invent the Sabbath day, or did our Creator institute and observe it “in the beginning?”
You will also note from the above passage that those people will be told by Messiah in judgment that He never knew them. The churches today teach that all we have to do is “invite Jesus into our hearts” to be saved, but does the Bible say that anywhere EVER?? Actually, no, it says quite the opposite!
1 John 2:4 He that says, “I know Him,” and doesn’t keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Have you been taught theories and interpretations as to why certain parts of the Word don’t apply to you? Many people have been sold these fables. So then is our FAITH really in our interpretations or is it in the Word?
With our Christian, western, 2,000 years removed theologies, men teach one another to trespass against the Laws of our Creator.
Matthew 5:19 Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men to do so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
They teach against the most BASIC TRUTHS of the Word which have existed since the beginning:
Deuteronomy 13:4 You shall walk after YHWH your Elohim, and fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him, and cleave to Him.
But these doctrines that teach that the Law has passed away are actually training people to sin in IGNORANCE. By redefining what a ‘sin’ actually is, we deceive one another into breaking our covenant with the Almighty:
1 John 3:4 Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the Law: for SIN IS the transgression of the Law.
But What About Grace?
When somebody tries to teach you that “Jesus replaced the Law with grace,” or that “the Law was nailed to a cross,” remind him of what the first begotten Son of YHWH Himself said about exactly that:
Matthew 5:17-18 “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fully preach. For verily I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle SHALL IN NO WISE PASS from the Law, until ALL BE FULFILLED.
So, look outside and tell me what you see:
Is there a sky above? (Yes)
Is there land beneath? (Obviously)
Was the Messiah a liar? (Of course not)
Then is it in any way possible that the holy, eternal, liberating and perfect Law of YHWH has disappeared?
Where Do I Go from Here?
If by now you’re thinking maybe you need to learn what “the Law and the Prophets” that Messiah spoke of are all about, they are what we know today as the “Old Testament.” The first five books (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) are the absolute most important books in the whole Bible. These are referred to throughout the Bible as “the Law.” The remainder of the books of the “Old Testament” are referred to as “the Prophets.”
To follow a “New Testament only” doctrine that claims the “Old Testament” has been replaced / done away with / spiritualized / was only figurative, or for any other reason is no longer the will of YHWH and the standard of living for His people is not only to violate the Law and the Prophets, but also the very words of the Messiah whom such teachers claim to follow.
So, in the end, we ALL have faith. The question is, do we put our faith in the Word of our Creator or in the teachings, traditions, religions and institutions of man?