Faith Is No Mere Work Of Mortals

Koinonia: Is Faith Merely Assurance? – Heb 11:1 Monday with Mounce 160.

“the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27. Faith is subsistence. It not only obtains notitia, assensus, and fiducia, but I would add potentia… and much more. Calvin considered all the workings of the Holy Spirit’s gifts to be the proper substance of faith. “To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power… 2 Thessalonians 1:11. Hebrews 11:1 is the author’s summation of all that went before in the work of Christ. Union with Christ is indissoluble and the knowledge of that is, according to 1 Cor 2, “not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” It is that substance, the substance of the promise perfected in us, Christ himself. Indeed faith sees our current reality as the fulfillment of the future. As Ephesians views it, we are now seated with Christ in heaven blessed beyond measure. Jesus’ prayer in John 17 that we be in him and he in us is an accomplished fact for we have been given the mind of Christ to which the Holy Spirit bears testimony in power. A man crossing a bridge has full confidence in doing so when he is watching himself crossing it from the safety of the other side.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:3-14

When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. Psalm 73 ESV

It is good to be near God.

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