02 The Author of Our Faith

Living Faith Seminar, Audio:  The Author of Our Faith

What is our hope? Jesus Christ, the hope of glory to have Christ within us. Belief is receiving into the heart those things that God has given us. The grace of God is the Holy Spirit, the gift that comes as a result of receiving the gift of Jesus Christ. By the Holy Spirit are given more gifts. The law are principles of behaviour, instinctive or written. Works are the product of the work that is done. We are created in Jesus Christ unto good works.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

We want to look at Jesus and Him as the Author of our faith. An author is someone who writes. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, it’s actual matter. It’s the evidence of things not seen. Jesus said that if you have faith like a mustard seed you can say to a mountain be plucked up and cast into the sea. This actual matter is the seed and it needs to be written. The author of that matter, that substance is the actual matter of a thing as apposed to the shadow. The Old Testament is full of shadows all to lead people to faith. When faith would come, then those shadows could be done away with. So those who had faith as they did those shadows they look beyond to the real thing. Abel saw the real thing. How does the bible use the word substance? Can it be written?

Psalm 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well.

This is a reflection of the manner in which man was created. The way the reproductive system operates in the womb and in animals. Marvellous are thy ways!

Psalm 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

When conception happens there is a joining of two cells that have half the genome and they are wrought together. Two become one. Those two make a seed. It’s curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Are you beginning to know what the substance is?

139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.

In conception does that joining all of a sudden create arms, legs, a head and a brain? Can it run straight away? No but does it have the information to do all that. In heaven, does God just have a piece of paper and jots down things? He can read the data contained in the genes. He can see the whole thing, it’s all there and nothing is missing yet you can’t see it. This roughing, this joining of the two makes this seed. Therefore substance needs to be written. That is why God can ordain things before they are. He writes them out. Not with ink, paper or on stone. He writes them with living information that creates itself. That is the power of the Word. Faith is the substance. That information that is contained in the gene will bring forth that which it says it will.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

It does say in the beginning the Word was created. In the beginning was the Word, it was there. There has never been a time when it was not there. If the Word were not there, nothing would be there. It is by the Word, the written information that things are made. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. The Word was God not a god but was God.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Do you know the Word was begotten? This Word was begotten because it became born in flesh. Therefore it became a son. Before it was born in the beginning it was the Word and the Word was made flesh.

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Do you realise that God became a seed? The almighty, the one that inhabits eternity whose name is holy became a seed voluntarily. While he was in heaven he didn’t think the things in heaven were to be comfortable while we were on earth. He loves us more than he loves his throne and heaven so he decided to be made flesh and dwell among us.

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

It’s such a sacred topic. It’s a deep topic. People err in that they believe you can’t dwell upon it. It’s a mystery and they say you can’t work it out so don’t think about it. What does the Bible reveal about the facts? What has God revealed about it? All the mechanics I cannot tell you but some things we do know and we need to consider those. We need to look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

The work of redemption is called a mystery, and it is indeed the mystery by which everlasting righteousness is brought to all who believe. The race in consequence of sin was at enmity with God. Christ, at an infinite cost, by a painful process, mysterious to angels as well as to men, assumed humanity. Hiding His divinity, laying aside His glory, He was born a babe in Bethlehem. In human flesh He lived the law of God, (MS 29, 1899).  {7BC 915.3}

How God restricted himself to become a seed, the seed in a woman’s womb, I cannot tell you how it happened but I can tell you it did happen and I can tell you it was a painful process. All that living information and living being collated into such a  small thing. We can appreciate it with how much information we can store on a small particle of metal.

By A Painful Process

John 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

Who was older? John was older but he says Jesus was before me. Here John sees in Jesus the lamb of God which was from the foundation of the world. He sees here is the Son of God. Who was Jesus father? God. Joseph was not his father. God was his Father. God supplied the male side to Jesus. Therefore he is the Father. He is literally the Son of God. What dwells in him?

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Do you know why? Because in the beginning he was God. He became an unconscious babe from knowing all things to lying in a manger. In that substance I can tell you what was in that substance, the fullness of the Godhead bodily. It was all there written. The information of God condensed into a cell. This is the science of faith. It is far higher than the science this world can consider. The fullness of the Godhead was written. All the members are written in the books of heaven.

Psalm 40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me,

40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.

What law is that? The law of God? The principle of behaviour was written where? On stone? No it was written in genetic code, in Jesus Christ. All ten commandments. That is another thing that I can tell you was contained in this information. All the fullness of the Godhead bodily and the law of god, written there in genetic code.

Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

What was written of him in the books? It was written of him to do his will. Therefore when the seed had conception, the will of God was written right there. To do Gods will was in his heart. The law and God himself. All of heaven was in one gift and that gift was so small that you couldn’t see it. That’s why Jesus said if you had faith as the grain of a mustard seed. Why the mustard seed? Because it was the smallest of seeds, yet the biggest of herbs. He chose that tree to show how big and enormous was the information that was stored in such a small thing. If you have this seed, you can move mountains, you can overcome the world. This is the divine nature. What was written? It was written in the law that was instinctive and spontaneous. That’s what God gave to man. It was really a sacrifice because what he was before and after were two different things. He became a new creation taken from something that was already there. Who was the creator and wrote the code and delivered it to man?

How wide is the contrast between the divinity of Christ and the helpless infant in Bethlehem’s manger! How can we span the distance between the mighty God and a helpless child? And yet the Creator of worlds, He in whom was the fullness of the Godhead bodily, was manifest in the helpless babe in the manger. Far higher than any of the angels, equal with the Father in dignity and glory, and yet wearing the garb of humanity! Divinity and humanity were mysteriously combined, and man and God became one. {OFC 66.4}

He was writing our faith. He took all the power of the almighty God, all that is him and in him and put it and joined it with human seed. Divinity and humanity became one.

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

It’s not that God came and was standing in the room with us, God and us became one. God with us, his name shall be called Emmanuel.

The rich benevolence of God gave Him to our world, and to meet the necessities of human nature He took humanity upon Himself. To the astonishment of the heavenly host the eternal Word came to this world as a helpless babe. Fully prepared, He left the royal courts and mysteriously allied Himself with fallen human beings. “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” John 1:14.  {CT 259.2}

We considered what was written in the divine nature of Christ, the full need of the Godhead bodily, the law of God the Decalogue and then he came and joined himself to more information. That information came from a woman.

Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

He had to make his nature compatible with human nature, so he can plant his nature in humanity. Otherwise the genes don’t mesh. This new creature, we couldn’t be partakers of unless we could link up with it on the human side. He was made of a woman, made under the law. Was he a sinner? No but there was a law that he was under.

The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden “the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.” Romans 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour’s sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man’s nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.  {DA 48.5}

He became under the law, the law of heredity. He was in contact with the law that you and I find so hard to overcome. He did that so he could share our sorrows and our temptations. How was it that this law, this information that was contained from the woman’s side?

Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

The word according means in harmony with, in alliance with. In him is the fullness of the Godhead bodily, all power and the law of God. At the same time he had written in him the flesh of humanity. Was it according to the flesh of Adam before the fall? No it was according to the flesh of David. We all know the flesh of David.

Hebrews 2:16 For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.

2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

Why did he take on human nature? Why could he just come here as God and destroyed Satan and take us? He couldn’t do that because if he destroyed Satan, he’d have destroyed us too. He came here and partook of our nature so he knows our temptations and he can write a code that he can give to us.

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

God cannot be tempted. Do you know why? Because sin is not instinctive to him. People say you can be tempted from without. Here are two laws, the law of righteousness and the law of sin in our members. It is something engrained in our natures to disobey. Which is easier, to sin or obey? To sin, why? Because it’s instinctive. Can I tempt you to be obedient in my fallen nature? It’s impossible with man to keep God’s law. Impossible. Why? Because instinctive and spontaneous behaviour is so much stronger than a piece of paper. Therefore even if I wanted to be obedient and break on of the commandments then I have broken them all. To be obedient is to be perfectly obedient. Can I be perfectly obedient? No. God, in his nature has is no sin. Can you tempt him to sin? Can you bring him something external and tempt him? People asked how did Adam and Eve sin? Eve was beguiled. She didn’t know what she was doing, she was tricked. But Adam had something that was inside of him, the love of his wife. So who sinned? By one man, sin entered into the world. Adam sinned. God cannot sin because a temptation that is purely external is not a temptation. Something external can tempt me but there needs to be something internally for it to hook onto. When he is drawn away by his own lusts. Something external finds a hook and draws him. That is temptation. If they resist that, it is not sin. Temptation is not sin. If there is nothing to hook onto internally, there is no sin. If I were offered blood soup it would be very easy for me ot say no but if I were offered a vegemite sandwich it would be easy for me to say yes as that instinct is in me. When Jesus came it was instinctive for him to obey God according to the mind but it was also instinctive in the flesh to disobey. That gives the possibility of sin.

Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

The flesh puts some motions forward. Your head is the chairman. Your flesh proposes I think we should sin. Your head says go sin. Sin presents options to do. But the flesh without the consent of the mind cannot do it. Just like a motion without the consent of the majority cannot be passed.

Those who claim that it was not possible for Christ to sin, cannot believe that He really took upon Himself human nature. But was not Christ actually tempted, not only by Satan in the wilderness, but all through His life, from childhood to manhood? {OFC 66.6}

Our Saviour took humanity, with all its liabilities. He took the nature of man, with the possibility of yielding to temptation. We have nothing to bear which He has not endured. {OFC 66.7}

There’s a battle that is possible to lose or two win. Anything else than that, if Christ did not have our sinful flesh in his flesh, he couldn’t have been tempted. He could have never sinned, it would have been impossible for him sin.

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.

Praise the Lord that he didn’t yield, but it was a battle. People say Christ didn’t sin because he was God. The divine nature is the only source of overcoming but he had to exercise himself the same way we have to. Looking at the substance that was written in the genetic code were two opposing factors. One was the divine nature, the other was the sinful flesh according to the flesh of David. That was the information written. But there was more, not just the line up that Mary had through the ancestors.

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

53:5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

What did he bare? Your sins and my sins. The things that we have done in our body. The cultivated tendencies that we have done. Did Jesus Christ cultivate any sinful tendency? He didn’t cultivate anything. He has written no script to add to sin but we have. We can be born to sin and add more sin to pass onto our children. We add information to pass on. We write it. Be it known, Christ did not write any more sin than what we have done but he bore our sins. Did he have a backpack and collect the sins? What does the bible say about him carrying our sins?

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

This is a direct quote from Isaiah. He bore them in his body. What does that mean? That means that they were placed in there by the hand of God into the code. He didn’t do them, we did them. When we sin, where is it written? In heaven. Do your and my sins get recorded in heaven on a piece of paper or in genetic code? God takes our sins and stores them into his Son.

Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

He was prepared to carry the sins of the world. It was a creation that was to redeem you and me.

Lamentations 1:12 [Is it] nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted [me] in the day of his fierce anger.

Was the cross a day of judgement? Absolutely. God’s wrath was poured out on Jesus on the cross so we can avoid it when it comes. But if we don’t believe this in our heart we will feel it.

Lamentations 1:13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate [and] faint all the day.

1:14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, [and] come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into [their] hands, [from whom] I am not able to rise up.

Some people say, how can Jesus have been tempted? He doesn’t know what its like to struggle against cigarettes or to be addicted to drugs. The sins that we do in our body were laid in his body, wreathed into him by the hand of God. He suffered it. Therefore he’s been tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. He never added to writing sin. In him dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily. The law of God was written in his heart as an instinctive principle of behaviour in the mind.

Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Can you see what was written in Him? This is scientific. Because it was history. No scientist can do their tests but it is still provable in the next few lectures. Do you believe what the Bible has communicated in regards to divinity and humanity becoming one? If you don’t believe, you can’t be saved.

The ladder is the medium of communication between God and the human race. Through the mystic ladder the gospel was preached to Jacob. As the ladder stretched from earth, reaching to the highest heavens, and the glory of God was seen above the ladder, so Christ in His divine nature reached immensity and was one with the Father. As the ladder, though its top penetrated into heaven, had its base upon the earth, so Christ, though [He was] God, clothed His divinity with humanity and was in the world “found in fashion as a man.” The ladder would be useless if it rested not on the earth or if it reached not to the heavens. {CTr 88.2}

DNA is a ladder. This ladder reaches to heaven. It is divine. It reaches earth because it’s human. What is a ladder useful for when it doesn’t reach where it wants to go? People want to chop the bottom of the ladder off. Which half do you chop off? He is God and that ladder reaches to heaven but it is right on the earth before you so you can step onto it. It’s not a few meters above so you have to keep jumping. No. He came down to my depths. He bore my sins. The sins I have done, Jesus bore them in his body. Then when I suffer and am in anguish over what I have done, I look to Jesus because he says I know how you feel. I have wept too. Jesus is a never failing helper. Now the battle begins. That is how Jesus came. He knows your sufferings. Not just having a knowledge. He knows it because became he bore it, every one of them. Whether male or female, there is no male or female in Jesus. Jesus has the virtue in him. This battle comes because he is in a position now where he has carried all that we have done. All the cravings that have come against us have been placed in him. At the same time all the Godhead bodily is there too. We have a battleground, a fight and exercise to do. This is what Jesus has done in writing the genetic code.

Matthew 26:37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

26:39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt].

Can you see a battle here? Did Jesus flesh want to go to Calvary? No, his flesh didn’t want to go. The human nature was saying, no I don’t want to do it. He was heavy. He cried out to God and said, not the will of the flesh but the divine will because that is in my heart.

Matthew 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

The disciples had yielded to the flesh and fell asleep. What did Jesus say?

26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.

How did Jesus know that? Because he was experiencing it. Christ had compassion on them too although they utterly disappointed him. Of the people they were all sleeping but he wanted them to encourage them. He understood what they were struggling against.

Matthew 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Christ was battling and as he was, he did the Father’s will. As he did that will, he was writing some genes and code for you and I there in Calvary.

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

What a struggle.

Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Jesus was engaging in a warfare of mind over flesh, spirit over flesh and he was victorious. He was a victor. As he said, I can’t feel you Lord but your will be done. He cried out, it is finished and he died. What was finished?

Romans 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

Jesus Christ destroyed the carnal nature.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

There’s a fight between the substance of sinful flesh and divine nature. They fought on Mount Calvary. As they fought, the divine nature dominated the human nature. So which gene is dominant now?

Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Which is stronger? The stone or the genes? Your genes are much stronger than the stone from Mt Sinai. We cannot obey the law because we’re not born again. That wish is in the flesh is of the flesh. Jesus Christ condemned sin in the flesh. That victory created the gene that Jesus Christ passes onto his followers doesn’t just have the divine and human nature connected, it has the divine nature dominating the human nature. Jesus Christ wrote that. He wrote our faith.

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;

He did two things on the cross. He abolished sin in the flesh and at the same time he took away the shadow. When you have faith, faith is the substance as opposed to the shadow of it.

Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

This is the gospel, this is the ladder, the genetic ladder that is divine and human. A gene is now implanted in that makes the divine dominate.

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

He became the writer of that gene.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith;

Do you believe it? Do you receive it? I pray that we can receive what Jesus has written. We didn’t have any part in this. We have nothing to boast about. We only made it harder for him. He has given us a gift we don’t deserve. That is the faith of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Posted on March 12, 2011, in Living Faith Seminar, Sermons For Sabbath and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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