AUTHENTIC KINGDOM-FAITH


The Faith in you is not of you. It is to you; through you.

O for a faith that will not shrink, tho’ pressed by every foe;

That will not tremble on the brink of any earthly woe.

That will not murmur nor complain beneath the chastening rod;

But in the hour of grief or pain will lean upon its God.

A faith that shines more bright and clear when tempests rage

without,

That when in danger knows no fear, in darkness feels no doubt.

Lord, give us each such faith as this and then what’er may

come,

We’ll taste, e’en here, the hallowed bliss of our eternal home!

— William H. Bathurst, 1831

In the Kingdom of God and Kingdom Faith there are similarities in which the

two subjects cannot be separated. Like all other administrations of the

Kingdom of God, faith is not native to our planet. Authentic faith is projected

into our cosmos from the Great-Other-Realm. Therefore, the faith at work in

us is not an attitude or mental effort on our part. Nor is it merely our religious

concept or ideology.

Faith is a trans-earthly power. Faith is native to the other realm and is only a

visitor in ours. Initially, faith came to us because of our "hearing the word of

God", Romans 10:17, our responding to it, and God then imparting to us "a

measure of faith." Romans 12:3. Scripture makes it very plain that faith is a

gift. Prevenient grace–that is, grace which precedes salvation–provides us

with the potential to accept or reject saving-faith. Thessalonians 4:8. Luke

10:16. John 12:48. Having received the gift, it is then our responsibility to

add to faith "virtue, knowledge, self control, etc." II Peter 1:5. Without this

participation on our part there can be no release of faith as a power. It is

God’s intent that the faith which initially drew us from our unsaved state to

Christ continue to expand for the rest of our lives. There is no concluding

point in the development of faith. People who experience no visible

demonstration of faith should examine themselves for the absence of the

virtues Peter identifies. An unfaithful man or woman can never become a

person of faith. Can they be religious? Yes. They can learn religion like they

learn biology, history, math, etc. But, having accomplished that, they still can

be devoid of all true spirituality.

The dictionary definition of faith is vastly insufficient. It identifies faith solely

as religious persuasion, moral conviction, conscientious sentiment, credence,

etc., but offers no comment about faith being a spiritual force. Wherever

Christians have accepted this secular concept it has stripped them of faith’s

purpose and power. For that reason, much of what the public calls "faith" is

nothing more than religious presumption and a poor imitation of the genuine.

It is a deceptive counterfeit, rising from man’s soul--not his spirit--and

remains powerless because it has no vital connection with the Kingdom of

God. In the approximate-eighteen instances of healing for which we have

detailed descriptions in the ministry of Jesus, in twelve of those cases He

pointed to the person’s faith as being the moving factor. Why was this so?

These individuals were already connected spiritually to Heaven’s resource. In

His home town of Nazareth, Jesus "could do no mighty work". Why?

"Because of their unbelief". Mark 6:5. Faith was absent. Probably, the people

would have denied this lack. They attended Synagogue regularly. They

quoted Scripture. Like many Christians today they were sincerely religious–

but had missed the reality of a living, viable, faith.

Please hear me carefully on this point: Much more was involved than Jesus’

sovereign power to heal the people of Nazareth. Of course, He had the

power! He said, "All power has been given to Me in Heaven and earth."

Matthew 28:18. We do not question His power. Even so, this identifies one of

the most glaring failures in the field of Reformed Theology. All too-

frequently, believers in this theological camp blame their own failure on God’s

sovereignty. I know. I did it for thirty years. But it is a "cop-out", a false

"security-blanket", by which I justified my own absence of Kingdom power. If

tragedies occurred, children died, churches failed, or something evil happened,

I could always say "It was God’s will." Even though that statement came from

my own lips–I must now acknowledge it was heretical. Hear this carefully:

God’s sovereignty will never violate His Covenant. That is impossible. Jesus

ratified the New Covenant with the sprinkling of His own blood. Hebrews

9:13-15. In Nazareth, it was not God’s sovereign choice to abandon the sick and

hurting. The people failed to receive because they failed to believe. Jesus said

to a father who was distraught over his dying child, "If you can believe, all

things are possible to him who believes." Mark 9:23. Why do people not

believe when the gospel-offer is made? They reject the Holy Spirit’s

prevenient grace. The choice is theirs. If you failed to read these explanatory

verses when I gave them above, read them now: Thessalonians 4:8. Luke

10:16. John 12:48. Scripture carefully explains that people have the power to

reject, resist, grieve, quench, deny, the Holy Spirit. In a parable, Jesus

compared these people who hear the word but in whom it takes no root to

"stony ground". Mark 4:16.

Nowhere is the distinction between religion and true spirituality more

graphically displayed than in the difference between faith and its seducing

counterpart–supposition. It is even possible for believers to be seduced by this

subtle imitation of faith. Instead of hearing "what the Spirit is saying,"

Revelation 3:13, people are sometimes directed by circumstances. Supposition

caused Paul's shipwreck, Acts 27:13, Mary and Joseph's anxious days

searching for Jesus in Jerusalem, Luke 23:44,45, the Jews misjudgment of

Pentecost, Acts 2:15, and has brought frustration to millions of other confused

believers.

Because of that, I wish to "coin" a Greek word, peiro, into an English

application and join it with the word "faith". It helped me and perhaps it will

help you. Peiro means "to pierce through" and originates from the word peran

meaning "other side", "beyond," "farther," "over," "across." In Greek, the word

for faith is pistis. The combination of the two words allows us to visualize

faith’s purpose in penetrating our physical realm. This penetration is

absolutely necessary if there is to be miraculous healing, spiritual gifting,

deliverances, out-of-body transports, etc. "Peiros-Faith" is a force that comes

to our dimension from the other realm, passes through cooperative believers

here, then, like an X-ray, penetrates and effects change in the circumstance it

touches. Admittedly, the subject is beyond my explanation–but it is not

beyond our exploration. I simply want to explore "faith" in its potential to

interact both with our physical dimension of time and space while it maintains

a complete, uninterrupted connection with the Eternal Kingdom-Dimension

where it originates. In other words, faith is a symbiotic union of these separate

dimensions. It is a force. A power.

Faith Is A Non-Earthly Energy

Passing Through A Human To Bring About Holy Results

Love, like gravity, is the force which grasps, bonds, holds to itself. Faith,

working through this bonding-quality of love, grips and penetrates its subject.

Galatians 5:6. Like sunlight restoring vitality to a plant kept too long in the

dark, faith has the radiating power to change the spiritual environment around

it and bring life. You received initial faith as you were born again. Now, you

must strengthen and release it through love. In His ministry of healing, Jesus

was always "moved with compassion". By its very nature, therefore, faith

cannot lie on the surface of its intended target but must pierce the subject

needing change. Both a sending and receiving are involved. Perhaps we can

best illustrate that piercing with the male sperm penetrating the female ovum.

Only by the sperm’s pressing through the ovum-wall does conception take

place. When it does, there is an instantaneous explosion of incredible,

conceptual-power. If the sperm remains on the outside, nothing happens. In

every instance of faith’s having impact and success, change results from the

arrival of Kingdom of God dunamis into a terrestrial target. Without

penetration of the intended subject there can be no change. And without love

there will be no penetration.

As I understand it, this interaction of "peiros" faith—that is "faith" from the

"other side–the beyond–the outermost–the over–the across" is a coming-

together of God’s miraculous presence with the material substance of our

dimension. This transition has a parallel on the day of the Resurrection when

Jesus’ physical body passed through the stone wall of the room without having

effect upon either. Such a feat is not possible in our dimension of length,

breadth, depth; it is only possible if there is a "piercing through" this

dimension with peiros-power. When that happens, faith supersedes the

limitations of our material realm. Jesus was resident in both spheres–physical

and spiritual.

Paul, the greatest faith-writer of the New Testament reveals his dependence on

the "peiros" aspect of penetrating-faith in preaching the gospel. He said,"Then

after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took

Titus with me. And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that

gospel which I preach among the Gentiles ..." Galatians 2:1-2. What does he

mean by the expression "I went up"? Paul’s trip to Jerusalem was a physical

one; his trip into "revelation" was not. In it, Paul passed from one dimension

to another. In attempting to describe the experience he said, "Whether in the

body or out of the body, I cannot tell." Spiritually, he passed into the other

realm. II Corinthians 12:2-5. The Apostle exited the physical sphere and

entered the non-physical. He had a "peiros" transport to the "other side"of the

beyond–the farther–the over–the across dimension. After experiencing such a transport

his preaching brought phenomenal penetration of faith-power both to himself and

his hearers. In this capacity, Paul experienced a level of consciousness for

which we have no parallel. Probably–you, like me–have had encounters with

the Holy Spirit that totally defy human explanation. I am convinced the Holy

Spirit wants us to experience more. Why does it not happen? Our faith, as the

vehicle, is too loveless and undeveloped to take us there.

Over the years I met many trust-worthy and mentally competent people who

had "out of body" experiences. These individuals visited the peiros-realm.

Can I explain such experiences? No. Do I believe them? Absolutely. Don

Piper, a Baptist pastor in Texas, was killed in a car wreck, pronounced dead by

the police, and left unattended for and hour and a half. He was dead for 90

minutes. Don returned to earth when another Baptist pastor prayed for him.

His book, Ninety Minutes In Heaven, gives details of his lengthy peiros-visit

in Paradise. While my faith is strengthened by such testimonies it must be

confirmed by Scripture.

True faith originates in Heaven and manifests itself in the receiver on earth as

loving compassion and divine expectation. As it encounters the earth-realm

faith demands that earthly imperfections conform to the Divine perfection of

the Kingdom-realm. Faith never separates itself from its source of love. It is

like an electric wire with one end attached to the generator and the other end

to a light bulb. The generator is the Throne of Heaven and the source of all

true love. The bulb is the believer-

receiver. Love is always the identifying distinctive of Kingdom power. Where

the empowering and motivation is loveless, it is not faith, it is not Kingdom, it

is not God. Hope and faith are not the same. Both are to be cherished and

loved but only faith expects. When hope begins to expect it ceases to be hope

and becomes faith.

Why Is Faith Essential In Salvation

And How Does It Work?

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it

is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast ..." Ephesians 2:8-10.

In salvation, grace and faith are inseparable companions, both come to us from

the "peros" realm. Since they do not share our inferior nature they are able to

inject their own "peros" state into ours.

Grace exposes us to faith and makes it possible for us to receive it; similarly,

faith makes it possible for us to step into saving grace. In salvation, peros-faith

must first penetrate us then continue its journey out of us--"believing in the

heart" followed by "confessing with the mouth". There must be both the

"sound" received (into the heart) and the "echo" returned (out of the mouth).

Romans 10:10. Grace–as the companion to faith–follows that "echo", the Holy

Spirit transferring His regenerating-

power into man while transforming his nature from sin and uncleanness to the

imputed righteousness of Christ. In all this eternal activity of faith, grace,

regeneration, the Holy Spirit remains the active Agent. Man is the receiver

and responder. Faith and grace do not operate alone, each is dependent on the

other, both dependent on the Holy Spirit. We might liken the transition to the

sunrise; first, the faint glow of dawn, then the sun on the horizon, continuing

finally to the brightness of high noon. John Newton described the process

best:

"‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear---And grace my fears

relieved,

How precious did that grace appear, The hour I first believed!"

Faith is both a fruit of the Spirit and a gift of the Spirit. Of all the fruits and

gifts, it alone has that honored distinction of belonging to both expressions of

the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5: 22,23, I Corinthians 12:8-10. What we are being

told in these locations is that faithfulness in man's character as a "fruit of the

Spirit" must be present if faith as a "gift of the Spirit" is to work. That forever

settles the issue by saying that an unfaithful man can never become a man of

faith. Let me repeat that: An unfaithful man can never become a man of faith.

Can we prove that? Yes. "Faith works by love". If love, as the primary fruit of

the Spirit is absent there is nothing to motivate or release the power of faith.

Attempts to operate faith artificially (without love) are like trying to start a car

with the wrong key. It simply will not work. We can shout, praise, sing, clap

our hands, get excited, and throw all kinds of religious confetti into the air, but

when the noise has abated and the confetti fallen, faith will still be unmoved.

It will wait on love.

How does one experience "peiros-faith"? The Father’s agape love is projected

into our realm from the other dimension and is the intended companion of

faith. Faith will work automatically once true love has been released in you.

Without it, you remain as "sounding brass and tinkling cymbal". On the other

hand, Scripture makes it very clear that there may be a distinct, identifiable

moment in which the "door of faith" is opened to you. On the day of the

Resurrection: Luke 24:31,32, We read, "Then their eyes were opened and they

knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another,

'Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and

while He opened the Scriptures to us?'" Luke 24:44,45: "Then Jesus said to

them, 'These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you,

that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and

the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their

understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures."

How Do I Experience The Kingdom’s Peiros-Faith?

Present yourself to the Lord in complete submission and ask Him to "open

your door of faith". Jesus said, "Everyone who asks receives." It is God’s will

that you experience "peiro-pistis" Kingdom Faith and that you understand its’

origin, manifestation, and destination. Faith germinates in us like a grain of

mustard seed which grows underground, develops unseen, then bursts into the

light. With some, the process is slow. With others it comes like a burst of

light. However it arrives, be patient–but persistent–while the Holy Spirit

matures it in you. It is also beneficial to have anointed believers pray and lay-

hands on you. Whatever your choice, receive!

Lord, give us each such faith as this, And then what’er may come,

We’ll taste, e’en here, the hallowed bliss of our eternal home!