Two Types of Faith
original author unknown-edited by
Bill Fields, PeaceMakers.net
Indeed there are two types of faith, on this the Bible is abundantly
clear. One faith produces works and is fruitful while the other is barren
(James 2:14-26). If there is a faith that does not produce fruit, it is
not a saving faith (James. 2:14). We know that a true knowledge of God
will produce fruit (2 Peter 1:2-4) and therefore
we must conclude that this faith which does not save is not true knowledge
of God, but rather a bare outline- a shadow form of the truth (Romans 2:20)
which is available to all mankind (Romans 1:19).
Therefore there are those who have believed without the eyes of their
understanding being opened. Their belief is unfounded on any knowledge
of God and therefore was enacted by conjecture, by random and without good
reason (1 Corinthians 15:2). Their belief is based on a "knowledge"
which is academic and temporal in nature- a knowledge which is not true
knowledge (1 Timothy 6:20), a knowledge which is completely unable to regenerate
(1 Corinthians 1:17, 1 Timothy 6:21).
The spiritual truth in the Gospel falls upon their ears indecipherable
(1 Corinthians 1:18), and therefore they can grasp only the outline (Romans
2:20) but not the substance thereof (1 Corinthians 1:18). Their faith in
the cross is therefore of no effect (1 Corinthians 1:17) and they will
be confounded by the spiritual riches of the common man (1 Corinthians
1:27) who are preferred in the election of God (1 Corinthians 1:28) for
the purpose of denying man a share of the glory in coming to a saving faith
in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:29).
The invisible, spiritual knowledge of God contained in the seed of the
Gospel is not apprehended by them (1 Corinthians 1:23) but both apprehended,
comprehended and believed upon by the Elect (1 Corinthians 1:24). They
do not apprehend the truth therein because they are not of God- they are
not His, whereas those of God, those who are His, His chosen ones, His
Elect, cannot help but apprehend the truth therein (John 8:47). The Elect
do so because they are God's (John 8:47) and they are the sheep that belong
to the Shepherd (John 10:14) both Jew and Gentile alike (John 10:16) and
they hear and recognize the voice of their
Shepherd (John 10:3) and they right away know Who it is that calls them
(John 10:14) and they therefore have no other path but to follow Him (John
10:4). Because they know the voice of our Shepherd, there is some supernatural
recognition that occurs in our souls when they hear the Truth (John 10:14)
whether it be the Gospel or any doctrine. There is nothing that should
attract the elect to a different gospel (John 10:5) because the spiritual
"ears" of their heart recognizes not its voice (John 10:8). Therefore
there is no excuse for following false doctrines and false teachers.
Those who's faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2), evidenced by the
lack of fruit being produced (James 2:26) while thinking that they worship
God (Mark 7:7) even with all the right catechisms, baptisms and confessions
(Mark 7:6) substitute false "knowledge" (1 Timothy 6:20) for
true knowledge, and intellectually derived laws and doctrines for the true
doctrines of the Word of God (Mark. 7:7), holding a form of the truth (Romans
2:20) which is revealed even within their own consciences (Rom 1:19) but
lacking the substance of that knowledge (Romans 1:28) will be those who
stand before Christ the Judge and hear those awful words: "I never
knew you; depart from Me, those working lawlessness!" (Matt. 7:23).
All the time they were calling out "Lord, Lord" which is to acknowledge
that He is master and lord over all, and yet have no hope of entering the
Kingdom of God (Matt. 7:21). They are the foolish virgins who think they
are servants of the Bridegroom (Matt. 25:1) who even answer the call of
the Bridegroom (Matt. 25:6-7) but because they are foolish they lack the
necessarily oil (which symbolizes the Spirit) to serve the Bridegroom,
and therefore calling out very sincerely, "Lord, Lord open to us"
(Matt. 25:11) the door remains closed and the only reply is that "Truly
I say to you, I do not know you" (Matt. 25:12).
Just as not all Israel (nominal) is Israel (true) (Romans 9:6) neither
is all the Church (nominal) the Church (true). Unless the spirit of God
gives the elect knowledge (John 16:13) which they take hold of by faith
in the Gospel - and even that is a gift by the Spirit (Ephesians 2:9) God's
knowledge cannot be revealed by flesh and blood (Matt. 16:17) but by no
other spirit than the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:11-12). The worldly
man is not of God (Romans 8:9) and therefore cannot understand the things
of God (John 8:47, 1 Corinthians 2:14) which are spiritually discerned
(1 Corinthians 2:14) and therefore the academic knowledge (1 Corinthians
2:13) of and unfounded faith (1 Corinthians 15:2) in the Gospel is incapable
of saving anyone (1 Corinthians 1:17), bears no fruit pleasing to God (Matt.
12:33) and therefore the faith of that one is dead (James 2:17,20,26) and
incapable of saving him (James 2:14).
Not all faith is faith, but only that given by God!
Therefore His Elect may be far, far fewer than we ever imagined. There is a reason His chosen are called the "Remnant" (Romans 11:5). May Jesus Christ open your eyes and know that the spiritual condition of the western world is not as healthy as we might have imagined-this world very well may still exist solely for the sake of a very, very small number (cf. type of Lot), and as that number invisibly and unnoticeably dwindles in the context of an outwardly "healthy" Church, our redemption draws near, and may be even at the door.