HE THAT BELIEVETH HATH
a. In the midst of trouble, we have victory — peace, joy, wisdom, provision, etc.
b. In the midst of trouble, we experience all that the Cross of Christ has provided — health, freedom from sin and condemnation, freedom from lack, etc.
c. We have ability to accurately represent Jesus in this life, both His character and His power.
2. Reigning in life doesn’t happen automatically. We have to learn to do it. We are taking some time to learn how to reign in life. Phil 4:ll
a. We become God’s sons and daughters by our second birth. At the new birth, God puts His life and nature into us and we become literal, actual, sons and daughters of God. I John 5:11,12; II Pet 1:4
b. God puts His life in us, in our spirit, in the unseen part of us, and, in our spirit, we become a new creature — old things pass away, all things become new, and all things are of God. II Cor 5:17,18
2. You will never be any more God’s son than you are now, any more acceptable, any
more righteous, any dearer to Him than you are now.
a. That doesn’t mean your behavior, thoughts, and emotions won’t change any more than they have. They certainly will.
b. You are a spirit with the life and nature of God in you, and you are in the process of being fully conformed to the image of Christ (soul and body).
c. But, you are not God’s son or daughter because of your successes or failures in this process. You are His son or daughter because you are born again, because
you have His life in you, because you are a new creature.
3. When God tells us about what we are as His sons and daughters, what we have because we are united to Christ, He is not talking about something that will be true at
some point in the future, He is talking about present tense, unseen realities.
a. Not seen doesn’t mean not real. It means invisible, spiritual. II Cor 4:18
b. Unseen means you cannot perceive it with your physical senses, so God must tell you about it in the Bible.
c. We cannot see the real you, so we cannot see the changes which took place in you when you were born again.
d. Just because we can’t see the changes doesn’t mean they aren’t real — they are.
e. He that believeth hath eternal life, ZOE, the life and nature of God in him.
John 3:36; 6:47
4. Whatever is in that life is in us now because that life is in us. I Cor 1:30; John 15:5
a. I have these things, not because I believe I have them, but because I am a believer. Believeth means a believing one.
b. Believers have, not because of something they do, but because of something they are. Believers have because they are believers, not because they believe.
c. You believed to get that life. But, now that you have believed, you’ve got it whether you believe it or not.
1. Many Christians, new creatures, believers, believe they are unrighteous.
2. Their unbelief doesn’t change a thing. They are righteous because they are believers, not because they believe they are righteous. Rom 5:17; Rom 10:9,10; 3:26; I Cor 1:30; II Cor 5:21
a. Old Testament saints (Abraham, Moses, David) were spiritually dead and possessed the sin nature they inherited from Adam.
1. They had righteousness imputed to them (put to their account) because they believed in and trusted God. Rom 4:22
2. When they died, they did not, could not, go to heaven. They went to Abraham’s bosom to wait until Jesus paid the price for their sins. Then they went to heaven. Luke 16:19-31
b. Not one of the people Jesus interacted with during His earth ministry was born again — including the disciples, John the Baptist, or Mary, His mother.
c. None of them had the life and nature of God in them. None of them were united to Jesus as a branch to a vine.
2. Anything they got from God, anything God did to them or for them came from outside of them. In many cases, they had to possess it by faith.
3. When the people in the gospels were healed, something flowed out of Jesus into them and healed them. Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19
a. But, we who are born again are united to Jesus, to the life and power that is in Him. I Cor 6:17
b. We do not have to reach out and receive by faith. We did that when we believed on Jesus as Savior and were born again. John 3:16
4. The word virtue is DUNAMIS, and it means miraculous power, ability, force.
a. Mark 5:30–And Jesus, recognizing in Himself that the power proceeding from him had gone forth, turned around immediately in the crowd, and said, who touched my clothes? (Amp)
b. Acts 1:8–But you shall receive power — ability, efficiency and might — when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. (Amp)
c. Through our union with Christ, through receiving His life and nature, and the Holy Spirit, we have the power, might, and ability of God in us.
d. II Cor 4:7 (power); II Cor 12:9 (strength); Eph 1:19 (power); Eph 3:16 (might); Eph 3:20 (power); Col 1:11 (might); Col 1:29 (mightily)
e. Anything which is in that life is in us now. We don’t have to believe for it, we have it. We don’t have to reach out by faith and take it, we have it.
5. We have taken some of the things Jesus said to unregenerate men (not born again people) and have misunderstood those things and their connection with new creatures.
a. In the OT, under the Old Covenant, God would decree (say) something to or about His people. When they believed what He said, God made it happen.
b. Abraham became a father by God’s decree. Gen 17:5
1. Because God is so reliable and His word is so effective, once He declared Abraham a father, it was as good as done. Rom 4:17
2. However, Isaac, Abraham’s son, did not exist at that point. He did not come into existence until the moment of his conception.
c. God declared that the land of Canaan belonged to the Hebrews, the physical descendants of Abraham. Gen 15:18-21; Deut 1:8
1. God is so reliable and His word is so effective, that the land could be spoken of in the past tense — I have given it to you — even though the Hebrews did not physically enter the land for many years.
2. And, the people had to believe God’s word. Those who believed entered the land. Those who did not believe did not enter in. Num 14:27-30
6. However, there are things that are true about us now, not simply because God says it or decrees it, but because He has done it.
7. When we were born again, the life and nature of God came into us. Whatever is in that life is in us now.
a. It’s not there by decree — God said it so it is as good as done but not actually done yet. It is there in actual fact — an unseen spiritual reality.
b. For example — I am healed, not because God said it and I believe it, but because the life of God is in me. Health is in me.
c. The same life that came out of Jesus and went into people during His earth ministry and healed them is in me now because I am a believer — whether I believe it or not.
8. The epistles are written to born again believers. Nowhere are believers told to believe and have faith. Instead, they are told what they are and what they have because they
are united to Christ. And, then, they are told to walk in the light of it.
a. The question is: When did you receive the life and nature of God?
b. You received it at the new birth when you believed on Jesus.
2. If we make some distinctions here, it will help us understand the point.
a. Are we talking about something you actually have in you because you are born again and have the life and nature of God in you?
b. Or are we talking about something for which you have God’s word so it is as good as done because He is faithful, but it hasn’t actually happened yet?
c. Let’s list a few examples for the sake of understanding.
1. Things I have whether I believe it or not because I am born again — righteousness, peace, joy, healing, sonship, authority, access to God.
2. Things I must believe I receive when I pray because I don’t have it yet — a laborer into someone’s life; direction for something; a new job; a spouse.
3. In saying the things we are saying, we aren’t contradicting major faith teachers, we’re coming at it from a different angle.
a. Every new creature is healed whether they know it or believe it or not.
b. However, God wants people healed so much, He has many ways to get people healed — even new creatures.
1. Laying on of hands and anointing with oil — the sick can see and feel, and from that point on, they can believe they receive, believe they are healed.
2. Healing anointings (gifts of healings) — something outside the sick person comes into them if they will believe they receive.
4. When we are talking about the things that are in us because we are born again, we are talking about unseen realities.
a. These things are in you whether you believe it or not. But, if you will believe it (act on it, act as though they are in you) you will experience them.
b. Faith principles are involved in that.
1. We must accept what we cannot see based on God’s word.
2. We must take God’s word as our evidence over and above what we see.
3. We must say what God says, not what we see or feel.
1. Faith is acting on God’s word. Believing is acting on God’s word as we would the word
of a banker or a lawyer or a doctor.
a. If a bank statement says I have $1000.00 in the bank, I don’t try to believe it, wonder if I have the faith to believe it, I accept it and act on that word = live my life as through it were so because I really do have $1000.00 in the bank. I just can’t see it.
b. The issue isn’t — do I have enough faith — the issues are: Is the man trustworthy, reliable? Does he have the power to make good what he said?
c. Is God telling the truth when He says I am righteous, I am a new creature, I am healed, righteous, free from the dominion of satan and sin?
2. Because we are born again we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ. Eph 1:3
a. We don’t need faith to get any of those blessings. They are ours because we are born again.
b. He that believeth hath. He who is a believer, is born of God, is a new creature — hath.
3. Now, it is a question of us taking our place as sons and daughters of God and enjoying our rights — walking in the light of what we are and have.
4. Now, we simply know what God has made us, has given us through the new birth. We thank Him for it, and act on His word as we would the word of a banker or a lawyer.