Dr. William DeShone Rosser, Pastor
Katie Beard, Director
Christian Education Ministry
The Christian Education Ministry will develop, foster and promote Christian educational programs that will equip the Mind, Body and Spirit of children, youth and adults for discipleship.
Where Does It Originate? God or Us
Written by: Katie Beard, Director
Christian Education Ministry
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
I would like to share with you this month, information gathered because of my research on the origin of Faith and where it originates from God or Us? I wanted to share this information because of a Sunday school lesson discussion concerning the ten men Jesus cleansed of leprosy which is found in the book of Luke 17. The question asked by our teacher was, do we think the 9 men who did not come back to thank Jesus for their healing, had faith? Well, the correct answer is no, they did not have faith. They only had physical healing of their bodies, but no spiritual healing of their soul, due to their lack of faith in the healer. Only the Samaritan men returned to thank Jesus and give God glory for his healing of leprosy had faith. According to Luke 17:17-19 KJV, “And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” Let me now share why the nine who did not return, had no faith.
Many feel that a person must exercise faith to become saved because we read in many places in the Bible where it teaches that we are saved through faith. Ephesians 2:8 KJV “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Luke 18:42 KJV “And Jesus said unto him, receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.” Here are two verses which seem to indicate that our faith is the one that saves us and heals us. The question is not whether salvation or healing can come by faith, the question is, where does the faith come from to believe. Faith is manifested in two ways and that is belief and action on that belief (James 2:14-26).
These two methods show that a person does have faith, but it still does not tell us the origin of our faith and that is what is at the heart of this writing.
In the early church after the giving of the Holy Spirit, God made faith one of the gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:9 KJV “To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;" In 1 Corinthians 12:9, God had included the gift of faith as one of the spiritual gifts but then later on as the provisional gifts started to wane, God had made sure the gift of faith continued. At first, there were only some who had the gift of faith but then God made the gift of faith a fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22 KJV “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.” Now faith, being a fruit of the Spirit, is given to every believer when they become saved and are indwelled by the Holy Spirit.
So now that we have seen that the Bible is clear that faith is now a fruit of the Spirit and given to those who become saved. This means that there is an order: First, salvation, then faith, then belief which is built upon that faith, then as we continue to believe and act, we become faithful.
We have clearly seen that faith is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and only those who are indwelled by the Holy Spirit can have faith. Spiritually dead people cannot generate anything spiritually, just as a physically dead person cannot generate anything pertaining to physical life. So, it is important that we know that salvation, faith, and belief are part of the Christian walk. It is always salvation first, never faith first!
Your humble servant, Katie
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