by Rex Rouis
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the (spoken) word of God. Romans 10:17
Faith, the Bible says, comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. It does not say, “Faith comes by reading,” or, “Faith comes by hearing a Preacher.” Faith comes by hearing God. God speaks faith to our hearts, and the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, is the designated speaker. He is the Person who speaks the Word to our hearts and causes faith to come alive.
The Holy Spirit has been given and He is inside of all Christians, to lead us and to speak to us. It is the great promise of the Father. Now we are to continue the works of Jesus on this earth.
However, I am telling you the truth: It’s good for you that I’m going away. If I don’t go away, the helper won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7 God’s Word Translation
I can guarantee this truth: Those who believe in me will do the things that I am doing. They will do even greater things because I am going to the Father. John 14:12 God’s Word Translation
Jesus said that He did not speak on ‘His own initiative’ but rather only spoke what the Father told Him to say. Now Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will not speak on ‘His own initiative’ but will take the words 0f Jesus and speak them to us. Now we are to speak what the Holy Spirit speaks to us.
For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. John 12:49
“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. John 16:12, 13, 14, 15
Notice that Jesus transfers what is His by first ‘disclosing’ them to us through the work and voice of the Holy Spirit. I believe this is referring to the speaking of faith to our heart as mentioned in Romans 10:17 above. This word from the Holy Spirit is what brings substance and reality to our hopes, and ultimately makes them visible.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. Hebrews 11:1 Holman Christian Standard Bible
Oh, how we must become reacquainted with the Person of the Holy Spirit! He is the active agent of the Godhead at work in the world today. All that we have in God comes through Him. And if we are in the family of God, He lives inside of us. And this is what Paul has to say:
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2:12-14
‘Now we can agree on the right definition of faith if we say that it is firm and certain knowledge of the divine good will toward us, based on the truth of the free promise in Christ, and both revealed to our minds and sealed on our hearts through the Holy Spirit.’ John Calvin