Servants' News

Jan/Feb 2002

Dominating Faith

by Morris. C Kerry, Jr.,
edited by Norman Edwards

Underestimating the work God wrought in Christ is a sin of ignorance.

Most of us are guilty of it. For some, Paul’s teaching has never become a part of our spiritual education. Some may touch on it, but for the most part very few actually grasp the meat of what God has revealed through Paul’s experience and teachings. For this reason we underestimate the work He did for us in the “New Creation”.

We also underestimate what He can do through us today, in our mortal flesh.

The secret of dominating faith—complete dependence on God—lies in getting a true conception of what Jesus actually did for us, and what we are in Him as a result of it, and what the Word promises we can do as a result of His finished work in us.

Some people may have good intellectual and scholarly knowledge of Paul’s teachings, however, unless this knowledge is acted upon, it is of no significant value.

Understanding the distinction between faith and belief, and their close relationship, is important here. Faith is understanding and trusting; believing is acting upon your faith. And when we know what Jesus did for us in His Substitution, then we dare to act on that knowledge; this is the highest order of faith—Dominating Faith.

Simply to admire it, to say that you believe it, but to refuse to act upon it, robs you of faith in the time of need.

When we come to know what He is and what He did for us, what actually belongs to us now, and what we may enjoy in our daily life, then this makes us victors.

When we know that Ephesians 1:3 is real, and that “…He (God The Father) has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus,” and we know how to assimilate that, how to enjoy it, how to enter into the riches of it, then we will appreciate our Master. And we can then truly say, “I am getting to know Him.”

Another point here that may help us understand dominating faith is on “hope”. Hope is the most beautiful child of the senses. The very word is filled with fragrance. However, the unthinking have often mistaken it for faith. Faith is always now. Hope is always future.

Even Abraham had to change hope into faith (Rom 4:18). There is always a battle in the spiritual realm to do this.

Hope is so vigorous; it is so full of vibrant enthusiasm. We should thank our Father for it, but it can never be associated with faith, or sit in the seat of faith, or hold dominion over faith.

Faith is a creative element of God. Hope paints the clouds at the setting of the sun and makes the dying day beautiful.

Faith is a rugged thing, a creative force, a dominating force. Hope cannot create, and its dominion is often dangerous.

Faith is a builder.

“Sense knowledge” faith has given us all our great financial structures. It has been the strength of the man of the senses. It has made him a victor in the war of civilization. (Consider the settling of America, or any other new frontier.)

But Spiritual faith grows out of the Word, out of the recreated spirit. Faith has given us all that is beautiful and real, all that is holy, all that is actually worthwhile in Life.

It has brought us into personal contact with the Creator of the universe. It has confessed Jesus as Lord.

It has challenged the love heart of the Father resulting in Eternal Life for us, and it has brought man into union with the God Family.

To know this, to believe this and then to act upon this knowledge, this is Dominating Faith.

Why can we talk about trust in Christian leaders, trust in Christian organizations, trust in doctrinal statements; trust in governments and trust in ourselves and most people accept it? But if we talk about having the same kind of trust—yes, faith—in the Bible, in the Word of God, why do we often find opposition?

People’s knowledge—some call it “sense knowledge”—does not produce dominating faith. It will never give the Word first place. It admires the Word, but does not do it all. Jesus set the example for us to learn of complete dependence on His Father.

Many religious books are written to show that the Bible agrees with the latest dictum of science. They may be helpful to encourage a skeptic to consider that God exists. But the mature believer should be far away from the approach that “God exists because men have concluded that His existence is logical”. We should know He exists because He exists in us!

If our focus is only on the preconceived ideas from “sense knowledge” faith, it is very difficult to give it second place, and give the Word of God its real place.

In the fight of faith, there is but one weapon—the Sword of the Spirit. “Fight the good fight of Faith...” (1Tim 6:12).

— Morris. C Kerry, Jr., edited by Norman Edwards

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