Faith: beginning and end

OpenBible4“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

In the definition of faith we find the beginning of faith (things hoped for, not seen) and the end of faith (substance, evidence). The beginning of faith is of the mind. The end of faith is an action of the heart; visualization and actualization.

The beginning of faith is likened to the beginning of Creation. God created the idea of heaven and earth in his mind, visualizing it. But to actualize it would take the word of God; the works that formed heaven and earth, which is the act of creation.

There are works associated with the beginning of faith and there are works associated with the end of faith. We are given a number of examples of the works associated wit the beginning of faith in the book of Hebrews, each one having to do with external salvation, which required mental belief and some outward action. Mind and body. Christian’s faith falls under the beginning of faith. They believe that Jesus Christ is their personal saviour, which is a mental belief. They believe in a physical Jesus, hoping for something that have not yet seen— a physical return. This is the beginning of faith. They will never experience the end of faith because they believe Apostle Paul, who teaches what he calls “faith in Christ,” which is nothing more than a mental belief. To reach the end of faith requires more than mental belief. It requires works, which Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles, claims are unnecessary. Paul teaches that salvation is a gift, not something you have to work for. All that is required, according to Paul, is faith in Christ— a mental belief.

The end of faith is likened to the act of Creation. In order for God’s concept of heaven and earth to become a reality would require God’s word—”And God said,” God’s word was the works of Creation. The actualization of God’s Creation.

“Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 

Creation and salvation are synonymous. Both require works, the works of creation a physical pattern for the spiritual works of salvation. James, brother of Jesus, said, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”  It is dead, having no power to save us. Faith alone cannot bring us salvation, as Spirit alone could not make creation a reality. Prayers, affirmations, and the like, have no power alone. They must be combined with works; with a deeper level of belief, which is why Jesus said, “believe the works,” the word believe meaning to obey or put action to. The works being the spiritual works that result in a spiritual creation and the salvation of our soul, which are the “greater works” Jesus spoke of.

As there were six days in the creation of heaven and earth, there are six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works in the creation of our new spiritual heaven and earth, through which we obtain true salvation. These works are found in the first six churches in the book of Revelation, the works of overcoming our false religious or personal beliefs, internal works that bring us to the end of faith, through which we actualize (make real) that which we hoped for.

Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2000)