The Dream

FAITH: Beginning and End

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

In the definition of faith we find the beginning of faith- things hoped for; not seen and the end of faith- substance; evidence.

Visualization and manifestation.

The beginning of faith is likened to the beginning of creation... “God created heaven and earth,” the idea or concept of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1), the visualization of heaven and earth, which had yet to come into existence as we see in verse 2.

Spirit was the first thing needed to bring God’s vision of heaven and earth into  existence… “And the Spirit of God moved.”  The second thing needed was the word. “And God said…” God's word was the works that made heaven and earth. Like Spirit, faith requires works in order for the things we hope for to come into existence; become a reality.

So what are the works associated with faith?  We are given a number of examples of faith in Hebrews 11, each one having to do with some form of salvation or help from God, the result of ones mental belief or external action, all of which fall under the beginning of faith." Salvation of the soul, however, is the result of spiritual or mental and emotional works, through which we demonstrate a much deeper level of belief... "Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 

Jesus said, "believe the works," referring to this deeper level of belief.

There is belief that takes place at the mind level, which is the beginning of faith. And there is belief that takes place at the heart level, which is the end of faith. Christians are stuck in the beginning of faith, believing (having faith in) the doctrines of the Christian religion, which based on Paul's teachings omits the spiritual works associated with the end of faith, through which one obtains true salvation. The Christian religion teaches that Jesus does the works for us; that he finished those works for us.  All we have to do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, believe with our heart, and poof, we are saved, changed in a moment and a twinkling of an eye" as Paul claims. But this is not the level of belief that transforms the heart. The majority of Christians have yet to experience the spiritual works of salvation. They will come to know (in this life or in the afterlife) that they are not saved... “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jeremiah 8:20 

(Jeremiah's prophecies pertain to Judah and Jerusalem)

So, what is the soul, exactly?  It's defined as the vital principle in man credited to the faculty of thought, emotion, and action.  It's our thoughts and emotions that we need help healing. It starts with our mind; with the way we think. That was the purpose of John the Baptist, who embodied the Spirit attribute of God, the holy spirit moving us (from within our mind) causing us to repent; to think differently, reconsider or feel compunction. For the Christian (whose religion has become synonymous with his faith) the Spirit will move him to think differently, causing him to reconsider what he has been taught by the Church. The Spirit may cause us to feel compunction, which is a strong uneasiness caused by a sense of remorse or regret. This may be remorse for what we have done in our life, or regret for the choices we have made. Unfortunately, this often leads many to what they believe is the house of God, where many will buy into the Church's 'flash in the pan' salvation, a total perversion of God's word.

The first of our spiritual works takes place at a mind-level as we tear down these false religious images, cleansing that sanctuary called the mind. This is the spirit working at the mind-level, allowing us to pass through the veil of religious iniquity and enter the holiest place of all, symbolizing the heart. This is the point at which John the Baptist decreases and Jesus the Christ increases, as it is the spirit and word (christ) that works at the heart-level, cleansing the heart of its impurities, which is perfection. These are the spiritual works symbolically encoded in Jesus' parable... “clean the inside of the cup and the platter that the outside of them may become clean,” instructing us to purify the thoughts of our mind and the emotions/beliefs of our heart so our actions will become pure. This is done through that spiritual healing power called christ, activated through our great desire to heal that which is hidden within us; in the kingdom of God.

“…let us go on into perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God” Hebrews 6:1. 

Faith toward God is of the kingdom of heaven (realm of the mind), the beginning of faith, where we see the things we hope for through our mind’s eye. The end of faith is of the kingdom of God (realm of the Heart)where we do the deeper emotional work that results in a new creation.

To reach perfection we must "believe the works," which is to put action to the spiritual works that results in a spiritual creation...  ” a new heaven and a new earth,”  symbolizing "a new mind and a new heart.” The first six churches in the book of Revelation reveal the six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works that results in this spiritual creation. The works of the first four churches are to see the lies in the doctrines of religion; in the physical church, dying to these religious beliefs through a new way of thinking about them, drinking of the  “spiritual drink” or “new wine.”  The next phase of the healing process (what I refer to as the Sarah phase) is of the fifth church, where we will do the spiritual work of tearing down the false personal beliefs that are inhabiting our spiritual church or temple, dying to them.

Be watchful, and strengthen (be strong about) the things that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God” Revelation. 3:2.

Through this deeper emotional work, performed in the kingdom of God (realm of the Heart) our faith is made perfect. We reach perfection, receiving that which is associated with the end of faith, which is the salvation of our soul, the painful emotions associated with the false beliefs we accepted as truth healed once and for all.

Revelation 21:1-4

Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2000)
Author; The Bible Decoded; The Little Book for the Soul
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