|Romans 10:17 |
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.5 [Faith comes by revelation: Christ, the Word in your heart, speaking to you from within your heart, Rom 10:8. The words I speak to you are Spirit and they are life-giving. John 6:63. Faith is a series of revelations. Do not assume that one revelation from God is your evidence of being saved; rather it is his call for you to seek him with all your heart and soul, as the first priority in your life. Christianity erroneously teaches that faith comes by belief in the message of the Bible; if so, then how did Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, etc. have faith when scriptures were yet to be written? From the Word of the Lord within: "Once again, my word is in your heart and mouth, which is there to obey. What is the evidence of your belief? — operational faith. Faith is to hear the Word of God and obey. Only those who want to be clean can hear. I am only reached by those with a penitent heart. The Spirit gives life with every word heard. Hear and live."]
5 Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. This is a critical scripture for understanding what is faith. The word of God is the name of Christ, John 1:1,14, Rev 19:13-16; and Paul just told us in Rom 10:8 that he preached the word of faith that is in your heart. So faith is hearing the word of Christ from within your heart, and recognizing it as the Spirit of God speaking to you, or Christ speaking to you; and believing it enough to obey. Thus to believe is: to believe, [trust, depend on, obey] on the word, Christ, heard in your heart. Blessed are those who hear the word of God [from within their hearts] and keep [practice, obey] it. Christendom would have you believe that hearing someone read the words of the Bible is hearing the word of God, and if you believe them, you are a "believer." But this only results in belief in a book and faith in the words in a book, Bible-faith.
There are two faiths, both with Christ as the object:
Christianity erroneously teaches that faith comes by belief in the message of the Bible; if so, then how did Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, etc. have faith when scriptures were yet to be written? If they tell you that "faith comes by hearing Bible verses (their word of God)," haven't they just cut Christ out of being the author and the finisher of your faith, by making the Bible their source of faith instead of the Living, speaking voice from heaven, Christ the Living God? If people insist that Bible verses are the "word of God," haven't they replaced Christ with the Bible — making the Bible their rule, their judge, their source of discernment, their authority — haven't they made the Bible their God? Think about it, even though it is a sad conclusion to make. Yet Paul has just told us that faith comes from hearing the word, which word is in your heart; so to have real faith, you must hear Christ from within your heart and believe whom you hear, to be the Son of God; and believe enough to completely obey him.
Paul clearly states that we must be taught by hearing Jesus speak to us:
you must not walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
Who being past feeling [pangs of conscience], have given themselves over to fleshly indulgences, to work all impurities with greediness.
But you have learned differently from Christ;
Assuming you have actually heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. Eph 4:17-21.
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
He will guide the humble in what is right and teach them his way. Psalm 25:8-9
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you shall go; I will guide you with my eye. Psalm 32:8
However when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. ... and he will show you things to come. John 16:13-14
But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit and whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things. John 14:26
Then, not a book about Jesus, but Jesus himself is the source and author of your faith: true faith, of which Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, Heb 12:2. By obedience to the word, Jesus, you have faith: For Jesus became the Author and Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him. Heb 5:9.
In this verse, (Rom 10:17), Most English Bibles translate ("word of Christ") instead of ("word of God'); click to see. This also shows that the original Greek (click here) could have just as accurately been translated as:
Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ. (and Christ does the speaking).
Look at the footnotes on this web page, which say: 1) the spoken word is much more likely, 2) the scribes of the early manuscripts were prone to change the translation from Christ to God, and 3) it could just as easily have been correctly translated as: Christ does the speaking.
Now realize that organized religion's scholars*, (schooled by men, not Christ), and Roman Catholic monks were doing the translating and copying of manuscripts, and none of them had a clue of what the true hope and promises of Christ were, see John 14 and John 17; therefore the prejudice of their religious training and order's pre-conceived beliefs would reflect in their choice of words. But since, "the Word of God" is the name of Christ, and since Paul said he preached the word of faith in your heart, it is clear Paul was explaining the Word, Christ, heard in your heart. Even the Bible refers to scriptures as scriptures and to Jesus as the Word of God. Despite the subtle inaccuracies of Bible translations, remember that the early Quakers only had the King James Version of 300 years ago; it was sufficient for thousands of them to reach purity, union with God, and enter the Kingdom of Heaven while alive on earth.
*In the 16th and 17th centuries, religious scholars who were trained in the languages of Greek, Hebrew, and Latin were know as "divines" because they supposedly had the heavenly tongues, and therefore they only could properly understand the scriptures. George Fox ridiculed this, saying "if knowing the three languages makes one divine, then Pilate was divine because he placed a sign on Jesus' cross, written in all three languages, which said: JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS."
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:16.
I only wish to learn from you this: Did you received you the Spirit by the works of the law or by faith in what you heard? Gal 3:2
He who supplies the Spirit to you, and works miracles among you, does he do it by the works of the law, or by the faith in what you heard. Gal 3:5.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Faith is a series of revelations." You sit and wait on God, listening, watching, and then obeying. His spoken words heard impart the life of God into your heart, John 6:63. You grow in faith with each revelation received. You must keep hearing and obeying until your sinful nature has been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, to then receive faith as part of the fruit of the Spirit, which frees you from the law and justifies you. You are saved through faith, and by faith your hearts are purified; but obviously in the beginning of faith, you are not purified, neither are you saved. Before purification and salvation, your faith must be tested in several trials, in which you must grievously suffer in order to be purified of sin. You must contend for the faith, grow in the faith, build up your faith, increase in faith, perfect what is lacking in your faith, fight the good fight of faith, until victory when your faith is finished by the finisher; faith is a process and a journey, the end of which is to see Christ bring your salvation, to bring your eternal life.
By the grace of His revelations, Jesus authors your faith, increases your faith, and finally perfects your faith, until you attain salvation, (freedom from sin), and later union with Christ and God. When you are in union with God and Christ, you no longer walk by sight; instead you walk in faith, hearing from the Spirit every and all words to speak, being shown by the Spirit everything you are to do, and being energized by the Spirit — thus you are doing the works of God, fulfilling his purpose in creating you. This walking in faith is walking in the light, love, and life; walking in the royal law of love; surpassing the law because you are under total control of the law-giver; no longer walking in restricted flesh, but walking as part of the body of Christ, wholly under control of the head of the one Church, Jesus Christ.