Where does faith come from? One who reads the Scriptures would answer this way; Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Another might add that faith is a gift from God (Eph.2:8,9) and that would be true. Someone who dabbles in Scripture might say that faith “comes from within.” WRONG!!! We quoted Ephesians above and we will again. Ephesians 2 v. 1 states, “And you hath [H]e quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…” So, No faith inside. That implies that no one could ever reach up to God with “inside faith.” No one could simply “believe in (their idea) of “Jesus.” and be saved; for the Lord Himself said [salvation] is, with man …impossible. But, He then said that with God all things are possible. Salvation of man is possible with God. Our God saves men through sanctification, grace, and faith. As this is “verily, verily” good news we are still at square number (1) one. Where does faith come from?
What we do know is …….faith is, faith cometh, faith is a gift, and by the Grace of God we can be saved by God through faith. Yet we are still stuck. Where does saving faith come from?
Here is what we/me thinketh, The salvation of man was born in the Covenant between the Trinity in the awesome (word used properly) passage of Scripture of Isaiah 42 which is our eternal history. At the time of the Covenant (again Isaiah 42, and Psalm 2) I believe faith was born. The love and trust of the Word in the Godhead and the Godhead’s love and trust in the Word gave creation to Faith, which is called “the substance” in Hebrews 11.
So….then…in terms of time, the “Word became [F]lesh.” and she called [H]im Jesus. All that God’s beloved Son and our great Lord did for us was through faith in the Godhead and the Covenant (Is. 42 and Psalm 2)
We must now look to Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, the first one. In 1 Corinthians 13:13 we read this, “And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” Why is charity greater? Charity is greater because when one goes to Heaven faith and hope are no longer needed, but charity or love will last for ever in Eternity.
Now… we know that… faith is, faith cometh, faith is a gift, by Grace Faith can save and we think it was born in the Covenant. We also know that Christ lived His life by that substance of faith. We also know that by faith our blessed Lord and Saviour went to Calvary, not for His sin, but for all the sins of all of His people. We are also blessed to know that our Lord rose from the dead three days later after He openly spoiled the powers of darkness and took captivity captive.
We then go on to learn that the blessed Lord ascended into Heaven. But remember… faith is no longer needed in Heaven. Read Psalm 24 and you can learn what happened after He ascended into Heaven.
So now that He is enthroned in Heaven where He intercedes for us and where He is preparing a place for us what of His mighty faith?
Here it is….. When the Holy Spirit of the Godhead descended to dwell within Christ’s blood bought and eternally owned people He, The Holy Spirit, divided up into different measures (maybe decided at the making of the eternal Covenant) the very substantial faith of our Elder Brother, and placed and still places the very faith of Christ into his own (Galatians 2:20)!!!!!