I honestly do not know what you are trying to say.
4WD~I did not purposely go into detail, because have said this and explained myself a few times over on this very subject.
Let us look at FAITH and its part in the life of a child of God. PART ONE
Faith is not our savior, for many scriptural reasons. Mainly, Jesus Christ is the reason we even have faith, he secured faith for us and is the fruit of the new man
that is created in us when God's Spirit births/adopts us into the family of God.
This mystery of Christ is a great mystery. The more I am exercising herein, the more I see into it and enjoy justification by Christ alone
, and more clearly see our believing cannot legally
justify us. I know the power to believe is from the Spirit, who is the life of motion of our faith. The life of faith is the life of Christ living in me
~ what faith is, and what it does, and wherein it differs from presumption, etc. God hath given faith to us to know, assent and believe the Truth. (Philippians 1:29; Hebrews 11:3, Acts 28:24) This encourages us to go to God for all we need. (Acts 26:18) This enables us to suffer for Christ. This enables us to not be terrified of our enemies. (Philippians 1:29,29) It makes our afflictions easy to bear. It enables us to obey. (Romans 6:17) It helps us to cleave to God, (Acts 11:23) and to His word, (Psalms 119:30,31) This helps us to hope in His mercy. (Psalms 147:11) Faith causes us to depend upon Jesus Christ alone for life and salvation
. What is more necessary and useful in this life than faith? There is a light in faith, and as our blind eyes and dark understandings are enlightened~Ephesians 1:18; 5:13; so accordingly, we are filled with the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:19) The fullness of knowledge is that perfection we are to press after. (Philippians 3:12, Colossians 2:2, 4:12) This shows us our justification to be in Christ alone
. And the seeking of a further measure of knowledge is a seeking to be justified. (Galatians 2:17) Because this knowledge is that which justifies our Conscience
as I said above. Faith cannot satisfy justice nor merit the pardon of the least sin
. Only Christ can do that
. And that exposition that gives most glory to Christ and least to man, I believe is the truth
Faith nor unbelief can make anything true or false, nor cause the being of that which had no being before. Therefore, when Christ, by His Spirit and Word of truth, declares and reveals to a soul that all his sins are forgiven and washed away in the blood of Christ, etc., it is a certain truth
, and it is “the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
” (Ist John 5:6) Therefore, seeing we are justified by Christ before we believed it, may we not believe that faith in us was either a cause or a means, or any instrument of it, but only a means of our receiving the knowledge of it, and of our enjoying the comfort of it
? The gospel of John was written for this very purpose~we must consider more of this later.
That faith or anything in us is not a cause, means, or condition, required to partake of the Covenant of Grace, justification, or salvation, but only fruits and effects of the Covenant
. That the Scripture holds forth justification by faith in a sense is very clear, but yet under no other consideration, but by way of evidence
; (Hebrews 11:1,2) as it respects the taking away of sin from off the conscience
; (the law could NOT do this!) for indeed the debt is paid by the blood of Christ alone, and we are therefore said to be justified by His blood. (Romans 5:9) For indeed, as Christ Jesus our Lord has paid the debt, “the Lord having laid upon Him the iniquities of us all,” so does He declare this satisfaction and acceptation of us in Christ by faith. Faith is the eye of the understanding
whereby the soul comes to see the great things which God the Father has prepared for them who love Him.
Many idolize their believing~(therefore their works) They live upon it; fetch all their comfort from it and not from God in Christ. The work of faith is only to assent to the truth of what the Spirit in the word says, and receive its testimony.
We must be in Christ, before
we can bear fruit; (John 15:4) therefore we must be in Christ, before we can believe
; he that hath the Spirit of Christ hath Christ. We have the Spirit of Christ before we believe
, therefore we have Christ before we believe. (READ Romans 8:9-11 several times so it can sink it!) Men are ordained unto eternal life before they believe. (Acts 13:48) Faith is a grace of the Covenant on God’s part to be given to those who are given to Christ; faith is given to some, that by it they may know their interest in Christ, and by it live upon Him. Faith is no condition of the Covenant
, therefore they mistake who conceive faith to be a condition of the Covenant, either required on man’s part to partake of the Covenant of Grace, or given to men, and then required of them as a condition; although the Scripture expresses, that he that believes shall be saved, yet is not faith any condition of salvation; but such expressions are to be considered as a declaration to us what persons shall be saved; namely, such as believe. It is an information to such as know not who shall be saved, and if any desire to know who shall be saved; the answer is, he that believes shall be saved. (John 3:16) If faith did give us interest in Christ, when faith did not appear to act, it would appear to us, that we had no interest in Christ, and that we were not justified by him.
It is not men’s believing, but the Object of faith, that gives faith its denomination, or name, for there be divers kinds of faith; there is a natural faith; (Luke 8:13) and a divine faith, or the faith of God’s Elect. (Titus 1:1) Faith and its object is not to be separated, because faith and its object is one and the same.
It is against truth and reason to believe that by believing I make myself a son, and God my father. If I believe myself to be a King’s son, will believing it make me so? If I believe brass is gold, will it be so? He that is a Prince knows not that he is so until sometime after he is so, yet he is a son and a Prince whether he knows it or believes it or no; therefore, believing makes us not sons, but by it we see ourselves to be sons and enjoy the comfort of it by believing. (Samuel Richardson 1650)
Some hold the act of faith is that which God accepts to Justification, but this is a mistake, because it makes Christ inferior to faith
, and in ascribing such an honor to faith, they dishonor Christ, for although they do not exclude Christ wholly, yet in the act of Justification, it gives all to faith
. They say, "as the act of Adam’s sin condemned him, so our act of faith justifies us.’" Adam’s sin was enough to condemn him and us, but our faith cannot save others, nor ourselves. They reply, "but we are justified by faith." Christ is called faith. “Before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.” (Galatians 3:23) “Before faith came;” which must be understood of Christ
. We are justified before God in His sight only by Christ. (Romans 3:24) “My righteous servant (Christ) shall justify many.” (Isaiah 53:11) We are not justified before God by faith which is in us
, but by Christ, by his blood; justified by his blood. (Romans 5:9) That which saves us is the blood of Christ; Jesus Christ hath loved us, and washed us from our sins in his blood. (Revelation 1:5) Also we are said to be justified by faith, because it is the instrument whereby we apprehend and apply Christ our Righteousness; by faith we know ourselves to be justified. (Romans 5:1)
Though faith be a grace of God, yet as it is an act, it is a work, and to be justified by it, is to be justified by a work of our own; for with the heart man believes. (Romans 10:9-10) That which justifies us, must be perfect, and so it is no act of ours
; for all our Righteousness are as filthy rags, etc. (Isaiah 64:6) Not of works, least any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:9)
The Scripture says, that "Christ dwells in our hearts by faith," but where does it say, that we are in Christ by faith?
The being in Christ, as in Ephesians1:4, is by election, and not by faith
. They rob Christ of the greatest part of his work and his glory, and give it to faith, and set faith in Christ's throne. And an hundred errors more may be reckoned up that will follow this opinion.
To believe that Jesus is the Christ implies a seeing and knowing all to be in Christ for life, and to trust in Him for pardon and life, and rest upon him for it. He that thus
believes in Christ, is brought over to Christ, and so centered upon Him, that he will not go from him. As Peter saith, “Lord, to whom shall we go; thou hast the words of
eternal life.” (John 6:68) “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”