Chapter 3: Kinds of Faith
From John 11, we see that Martha had faith in Jesus as the Messiah that had been promised, not as the one who died and rose again for her. Thomas was also willing to believe if he saw the evidence.
There are two kinds of faith in contrast there:
1. Sense knowledge faith, where we see and believe.
2. Real faith where we neither see nor hear nor touch, yet believe.
The faith that men had in Jesus during his earthly walk was sense knowledge faith. A great body of Christians have sense knowledge faith, rather than the revelation that God has given to us.
Luke 24:10-13 gives a vivid picture of the condition of the disciples after the ressurection of Jesus. There was no saving faith on the part of the disciples. The knowledge of the substitutionary work of Christ did not come to them clearly until God gave it to Paul (In the epistles).
The Faith the disciples had in Acts 1-15 before the Pauline revelation was based on sense knowledge (Acts 2:1-4; 1 John 1:1-4). It is different from the kind of faith we have. We have not seen Jesus, yet we believe. The revelation of faith had not yet come then. God was dealing with them as children.
To attempt to get that kind of primitive faith as the disciples had will be to refute the word of God. They functioned in accordance with sense knowledge (Gal. 5). We should learn to walk by faith and not by sight.
The father gave the apostle Paul the revelation of substitution, new birth, righteousness, etc. The disciples didn’t have the revelation of it (Acts chapters 1-15).
Science is only a fragment of the body of truth gathered by the 5 senses, and does not . And as sense knowledge is limited, sense knowledge faith is limited.
Chapter 4: The different phases of faith.
Human Faith: Faith is the greatest element in advanced civilization. And as human faith gives birth to such achievements in the natural realm (cars, phones etc), so the believer’s faith in the Father and his word gives birth to spiritual achievements.
God is a love God, but is primarily a faith God. And as his children, it is natural for us to walk by Faith.
Creative Faith: Heb 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God. It was a fresh creation, ruled by words
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: – Hebrews 1:3
There are three great words used again and again in Gen 1: ‘Let there be’. Faith filled words brought the universe into being and faith filled words are ruling that universe today. Jesus gave us some illustrations of creative faith. Matthew 15:30-31 records that the maimed were made whole. The lame, blind, dumb came to him and he healed them all. Several women have had organs restored that were removed by surgeons during surgery. Creative faith is just as real today as it was when Jesus walked in Galilee.
Dominating Faith: This is faith that rules circumstances. In Heb 1:3 we see a picture of Jesus who being the effulgence of His glory and the very image of his substance of his power, when he had made purification for sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high. Here Jesus is not only a Creator but he also dominates what he has created. He rules the universe by the word of His power.
Matthew 8:26 shows Jesus dominating the force of nature.
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. – Matthew 8:26
Jesus ruled the waves and the sea. His authority staggered those who observed it.
In Luke 5:1-11, he ruled the fish of the sea, aiding Peter to catch fish.
In Mark 1:32-34 Jesus ruled demons and they recognized his dominion over them.
John 11:39-34, at the raising of Lazarus, he was master over death.
Jesus had dominating faith. He ruled the works of the devil. He was master, he commanded a tree to die, and it did. He was absolute monarch of the laws that govern the universe.
Religious faith: Religious faith is an absolute force today. Men have faith in creeds, in organizations, in their church, good works, kindly deeds. It is amazing the faith that the average man has in something he or someone else can do.
Faith in experiences. Men tell what they have felt, heard or seen. Some do not believe that they have received the Holy Spirit until they have had a physical manifestation. They do not believe they are healed until the pain has left their body. In this kind of faith, sense knowledge holds the place that the word of God should hold.
In Revelation Faith, the word holds the first place, it is not dependent upon physical evidence. Revelation faith believes that no word of God is void of power, and it rests in quiet confidence in what God has stated. It accepts the word as final without any other evidence. If the word declares it, that is enough. The sick one reads, surely he has borne my iniquities and carried my sicknesses, and he cries, Thank you father that I am healed. This is new covenant or revelation faith.
1. What is the difference between creative faith and dominating faith?
2. Why is revelation faith different from sense knowledge faith?
Ike Amadi’s Notes from Chapters 3 & 4 of E.W.Kenyon’s Two Kinds of Faith.
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