Faith, Hope And Love
In 1 Corinthians chapter 13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul s speaks about the sum of all Christian life in one chapter. While we are on the earth it is hard to see what really matters to God, but we are told clearly that only three things are important enough to last even into the after-life in Heaven with God, Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit and the angels. In the realm of the Spirit there are only three things that matter; faith, hope and love. These are the fundamental building blocks of all spiritual life and it is important that we understand how these things work together.
Faith and the Word of God
Our entire faith and Christian practice is based on the written word of God. No matter how diverse our doctrines, creeds and denominations we must all admit that what we know of Jesus is fundamentally from the word of God. We may elaborate on different things, flow in different gifts and emphasize different aspects of Christianity but at the end of the day, the foundation of all we know is from the word of God.
So immediately what confronts the Christian who wishes to come closer to God is the issue of faith and believing the word and promises of God in the bible. If you do not have faith in the word of God, then you will question everything including Jesus Christ Himself. Without faith in the word, you will question the Holy Spirit at every turn and your Christian life will be full of doubt. Without faith, there is no Christianity to speak of. Faith needs and anchor and a basis, for it to find a full expression and faith.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORD (rhema) of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:3) So by looking at our world today we can see aspects of God’s word at work. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:20).
So we look at the creation and through it we learn some important aspects of the word of God. In creation we see the orderly nature of God’s word. The animals were made in pairs, of male and female. There is definite order and sequence throughout creation. We can observe the consistency of the word in laws of gravity, climatic seasons, animals’ instincts and behaviour. God’s word gives structure.
What is the implication for us? Our spiritual lives receive basic structure from God’s word, but only if we have faith in the word and what the word exhorts us to. Faith in the word is not for just for the sake of having faith in the word, but it is so that we can actively practice what the word exhorts us to doing and so that we can receive the promises in the word of God. For us to have faith in Jesus we need a basic understanding of who He is, and we need some foundational structure for our faith to be strong enough to stand. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
Everything the bible ever speaks to us and exhorts us towards requires us to have faith for us to enter into. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) Faith is the primary expression of all spirituality and it is indispensible and it is eternal.
Hope and Faith
Now faith is the substance of thing HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews11:1) For faith to exist, hope must exist first. Hope is active and not passive. It is a habit that must be cultivated and sustained through prayer. We know what to hope for through the word of God which promises us many things. The word promises us, freedom from sin, communion and comfort from the Holy Spirit. The word promises us victory over Satan. The word promises the blessings of Abraham. So we see there are many things to be hopeful about in the word.
One needs to have hoped before they can have faith. You must live and be expectant and full of thanks giving for the fulfilment of God’s promises in your life. An anxious, worried, negative person cannot express faith. Before faith one must learn to have a positive attitude of hope. In the Spirit World I have seen the light of hope as a bright yellow light that creates an atmosphere around believers that is intolerable to demons of despair, doubt, unbelief, shame and depression. One must regularly exercise the practice of having hope, expecting the best and living a life full of thanks giving.
Once you have strong hope you can begin to exercise faith. It is faith that will change the circumstances of your life and allow you to inherit the promises of God, but before that you must have hope in God.
Love and Hope
The highest aspiration of all Christianity, regardless of denomination is recognized as love. The scripture makes clear the superiority of love. True hope is birthed from love. Love for God and love for others. Those who try to exercise hope without love will find that they are only able to exercise selfish ambition and lust. Hope without love is not hope at all; love for God and love for our neighbours. The Hope God speaks of is pure, and related to all creation and all people.For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. (Romans 8:19)
God’s love connects you to Him and His creation, including all people. Love allows you to tune your hope and faith for it to be strong. Faith and hope are not about extravagant selfish declarations, but it is based on extravagant love filled declarations. Have hope and faith, not for your own sake alone but for the sake of others as well. If you live for yourself you will die spiritually, but if you becomes as selfless as a child that is without guile, your spiritual life will be full of the light of love.
The love of Christ in the Spirit World appears like a bright white light, it feels like selfless unconditional pure benevolence. This light of Christ fills all of heaven and shines upon all the saints in heaven and all the angels in heaven. Even on the earth, those who realize the love of Christ in them are full of bright white light in their spirits. Faith and hope come naturally to these individuals. Love is the greatest thing in the spirit!