The body of Christ, the church, is admonished to “be established in the present truth.” We are to be in a stable walk with God that is called “the present truth.”
But what is this “present truth”? To find the answer, we have to go back to Pilate’s question, “What is truth?”
Of course, the answer to that question was looking back at Pilate. The Son of God said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” He is the “Word made flesh” dwelling among us. Truth is expressed in words, and Jesus/Yahshua is the living Word, the living expression of God’s thought, “the expressed image of the invisible God.” He is the embodiment of the expression of the will and Word/Logos of God. He is the truth. He is “full of grace and truth, and we are to be established in “the present truth.” We are to be stable in Him, the Truth, and we are to be stable in Him in the present–right now.
Since Christ is the truth, then how are we to be established in Him presently–right now? We arrive at spiritual stability right now by faith. For it is all by faith, by belief. But the word “faith” is one of those worn-out words that mean so many different things to people that its original meaning is lost.
“Now faith is…” Can we believe right now what He said without first seeing the evidence of its ultimate fruition? Can we believe His words when He said, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world” (Matt. 28: 20). His Spirit is with us though we cannot see it, for it operates like the wind which leaves behind evidence of its presence.
You can feel your skin cool as the wind breathes across your face. You can see the leaves murmur and quiver at its presence. So it is at this very moment with the Spirit–Him. He is breathing in and even through us. Yet we cannot see Him, for He is an invisible Spirit with great power to move things like the wind. “I am with you always,” He said. It takes faith to walk in this knowledge.
Faith of our Father Abraham
But how does His faith work? That’s right. It is His faith, not ours, that He has given us to work with. When we come to some knowledge of the truth, we must “reckon” it so, or count it as done. We should have confidence in doing this, for it is His word that we are reckoning done.
For the scripture says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was accounted unto him for righteousness.” In other words, our father of the faith believed what God said to him concerning having a son through Sarah–against all odds–and God considered Abraham righteous in His eyes because he believed Him when He said that Sarah, his elderly and barren wife, would have a son.
Abraham had to reckon it so–even though what God had promised was against everything that his five senses told him. When God told him to sacrifice this miracle son Isaac a few years later, Abraham could have questioned God saying, “Wait a minute, God. You promised that through Isaac I would have countless heirs. If I kill him, that will be impossible, and your word will not come to pass.” He could have used human reasoning, “leaning unto his own understanding.”
So what was in Abraham’s heart that led him to the mountaintop, knife in hand, intent on sacrificing his son Isaac? Was he just another brainwashed religious nut, or did he hold the secret to the very key that unlocks all the spiritual mysteries and riches of God?
He had the secret to faith, and it is this: He believed that since God had told him to sacrifice Isaac, even though he did not understand it, God would evidently raise up Isaac from the dead after the sacrifice was completed. For God had previously said that “in Isaac shall thy seed be called.” God had said that through his son Isaac, his seed would be innumerable as the stars of the heaven. “And he believed in the LORD/Yahweh; and He counted it to him for righteousness” (Gen. 15: 5-6; Rom. 4: 3).
Abraham believed God, “who quickens the dead, and calls those things that be not as though they were” (Rom. 4: 17).
Now, now, this same righteousness, this same state of being right with God, is ours–by the same faith that Abraham exhibited “if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus/Yahshua from the dead” (4: 24).
For we are the ones now in Isaac’s place, “presenting our bodies a living sacrifice.” And by believing that God will raise us up from the dead after we take our sinful hearts to the cross and let them die there with Christ, we can “walk in a newness of life” with His invisible Spirit as our heartbeat. We can walk in a righteous state like the patriarchs and prophets and apostles did centuries ago. By faith. By calling “those things that be not as though they were.”
This is how we will “be established in the present truth.” This is how we will please God. For “without faith it is impossible to please Him.”
We start out in His walk by believing in His resurrection in us. But believing for our new heart is just the beginning. As His Spirit grows in us, we will eventually believe God for the big one: We will look “for a city, whose builder and maker is God”–just like Abraham believed Him and looked for that same city. And that is the New Jerusalem, the literal heavenly city that will sit down on the exact spot on the earth–on the very land that God promised to our father Abraham!
“Believest thou this?” Kenneth Wayne Hancock [For much more on this, check out my books which you can find at the top of this page. Just click “Ebook…”]