Topic: The Doctrine of the Son – Part 3
Ministering: Pastor Emeka Egwuchukwu
Text: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:4-5).
What brings that which is called “our faith” is the believing of Jesus as the Son of God. This believing is different from what we had at New Birth, which regenerated our spirits. It is by this regeneration that our spirits have overcome the world. That is why we are told, “Greater is He that is in us…” (1 John 4:4). There is a sense to which this ‘greater one‘ refers to our spirits. The ‘greater one‘ is he that is greater than this world, sin and death. We did not have the knowledge of the faith that got our spirits regenerated because it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8)! We were helped with this faith to believer the gospel at New Birth. There are certain things that we cannot generate on our own. Apart from this faith, we also have repentance. Repentance is a gift of God- it is the power of God that makes a soul turn. It is worked out by the Spirit of God who convicts. This power of God is faith — only faith is able to turn a heart.
We must understand that repentance is a gift of God (2 Timothy 2:25). As simple as we take the issue of repentance, it is actually a function of the power of God. The Spirit of God is the One who has the ability to reprove the world of sin (John 16:8). He is the One with the activities of the faith that will make us turn. We are told that it is “By grace are ye saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). This is the faith for salvation; it is the faith of the Son. It is not the faith we are able to generate by ourselves. At New Birth, our souls could not have been able to generate the faith that regenerated our spirits. It is the same faith that saved our spirits that we are learning now for the salvation of our souls. This faith is not of us; rather, it is the gift of God. There are kinds of faith that are ours, like the faith of the Centurion (Matthew 8:10). There is a kind of faith that is imported; it is the faith of the Son of God.
At New Birth, our hearts were helped to believe a faith we did not know. This is what made Paul declare, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12). Paul believed in Him (at New Birth) but did not know Him. It was after he knew the One he believed in that he became persuaded that He is able to keep his soul and body which he had committed into His hands. It is when salvation has been completed in us that Jesus has appeared unto us. This appearance is by the understanding of the person of Jesus. This is where Paul got to when he said “I know whom I have believed“. Sometimes, God permits us to have a glimpse/foretaste of His reality and such moments can be so real. They fade away after a while because the soul is yet to lay hold on that reality, at such moments. We however need more than a foretaste; we need an ‘abiding reality’.
I believe that, as we progress in salvation, we will come into that place where we know He whom we have believed. The Lord keeps coming to us with foretastes of His reality so that we might keep progressing. Imagine what kind of reality we would hold on to when Jesus appears fully and becomes real in our hearts! We can even go through pains and trials at such moments, and not be perturbed. Now I understand why Paul was able to stay in his afflictions. That is why he said “none of these things move me” (Act 20:24). This was not just a claim or a confession; it was the function of a reality that he came into. This reality brought him to a place of persuasion. As we continue with the Lord, His reality in our hearts begins to get stronger and stronger. The faith that makes our souls believe is the power of God. The faith of the Son is the power of God.
Christ is the wisdom of God and the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:24). We can also say that the faith of the Son, which is in Christ, is the wisdom of God and the power of God. As you study and learn Christ, you learn the wisdom of God and the power of God. When Jesus is preached, there is ability (power) to cause hearts to believe. This is a gift that causes the Holy Ghost to take over the spirits of men, swallow up death, and raise them to life! It is power that makes this happen! It is at the moment Christ is preached that the activities of the Holy Ghost are initiated, to open hearts so that dead spirits can be raised. This operation happens so fast that even the soul knows nothing about it because it has been by-passed. The same faith that raised our spirits is the same faith that is being preached to us, so that we can now believe by knowledge and understanding.
All the “believing” you see John speak of in his epistles is not that which occurred at New Birth. Instead, they are those given birth to by knowledge. It is here you speak of believing that “Jesus is the Son of God” by reason of knowledge. It is such knowledge that brings you into full assurance and persuasion. This knowledge does not just come by confessing, it comes by understanding. Paul wrote, “And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead…” (Romans 1:4). What declared Jesus to be the Son of God is power, which is available whoever believes through the understanding that He is the Son of God. We will also be declared to be sons of God, when the activity of the power that made the Son of God is at work towards us. This power is according to the Spirit of Holiness (which is the spirit of separation). The Spirit of Holiness is the One who holds the power that separates us. This is why the Holy Ghost is called the “Holy” Spirit.
There are different kinds of spirits. There are angels that God made spirits (Hebrews 1:7). These kinds of angels are so high and for this reason are referred to as “spirits“. The substance of their make is mysterious because their content is spirit. It is very difficult to find them because their operations are invisible. These spirits were made so high because they were to speak of God at a high pedigree, yet they are not called holy spirits! The Holy Spirit is a classified Spirit, and is not to be compared with other spirits. This is why we are to test every spirit whether they are of God (1 John 4:1). The antichrist spirit is the perverted form of the spirit (angel) called Lucifer. He tries to counter the operation of the Holy Spirit who has the power to reveal Christ — yet, he (the spirit of antichrist) will not be able to achieve it. He will not succeed in this venture because he cannot!
The Spirit of Holiness is the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost can come as the “Spirit of Truth” (John 16:13) and can also come also as the “spirit of Holiness” (Romans 1:4). This same Holy Ghost is the “Spirit of the Father” and the “Spirit of Jesus Christ“. He is also referred to as the “Spirit of the Prophets“. He cannot be caught! Whatsoever He wears, He manifests and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3). Jesus was made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). He became sin for us. He was not a sinner, but He was made sin. It is worse to be made sin than to be a sinner. Jesus, being made sin speaks of Him becoming one with sin and dying, as a result. It is this same Jesus that the Spirit of Holiness came upon and separated from sin and death. This activity is what is called resurrection. Jesus came out as Righteousness! He came out as the Son of God.
No matter how much your soul has mingled with or married sin, it can come out as the son of God if only you would be consistent in knowing Him whom you first believed (at New Birth). There is grace given to us to tame sin and not continue in it, but there is a grace that abounds to salvation/resurrection (which separates from sin). When the waters of grace abound towards you, it brings you out as the son of God. What brings us to the place of total freedom is to be born. Jesus said, “If the Son of man shall set you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). It takes the Son to set you free, severing you completely from sin. Jesus (Who is being taught) is the solution to sin. This is why He that believes that Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world (1 John 5:5). The world itself is called sin. Our believing that Jesus is born of God makes the power that made Him a Son (power of resurrection) available to us. It is this power that we need to be completely separated from this world (sin).
To be separated from sin is to be separated from this world. You cannot be in this world and be free from sin. It is the Son of God that sets us free from sin and He does this by exposing us to His faith, which is His gospel. This gospel is giving to us the power and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24). The victory that overcomes the world is “our faith” (1 John 5:4). This faith is nobody else’s but that of the Son of God. The power of the Son of God is made available when we believe in the faith of the Son of God by knowledge. Without our souls coming to the understanding and agreeing that Jesus is the Son of God, we cannot overcome the world. It is when we go through the process of understanding and believing that Jesus is the Son of God that we are being born of God. At the end of this process, our souls would have overcome the world. At this point, our souls would have come into complete alignment with our spirits and we would no longer be entities of this world in our souls — meaning that, our souls would have become new creation just as our spirits are. Such a soul has now become like the soul of the Son of God, such as have never existed before.
Paul told us, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:20-21). This conversation is faith, which is imported from above. It is from this height that we look for the appearance of our Savior Jesus Christ, who will change our vile bodies to be fashioned like His own glorious body. If He has a plan to change our bodies to be fashioned for the world to come, how much more our souls! The body cannot be changed and fashioned to become like Jesus’ and the soul is left out. As a matter of fact, it is the change of the soul that necessitates the change of our bodies. When a soul has been fashioned to be like the soul of the Son of God, then it has also become son of God. It is at this point that the waters of resurrection take over the soul to give birth to the (new) soul.
Fallen spirits and the devil know that Jesus is better than all angels! Jesus was declared to be the Son of God right in the midst of angels and fallen spirits likewise. These spirits know that many of us are not yet assured that Jesus is the Son of God; that is why they come to us with lies. They are liars! The contention that has unleashed this level of wickedness is because of the saints. This is to make sure we do not follow this understanding and doctrine to the end. They know that if we follow this knowledge (that Jesus is the Son of God) to the end, there will be a harvest of many sons. Jesus is the first born among many sons who are destined to become His brethren (Romans 8:29). Jesus’ faith is born of God. This is why John said, “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God…” (1 John 5:5). Anyone in whom the activities of this faith (faith of the Son) have been completed becomes the “Who” that 1 John 5:5 speaks of.
May the Lord help us in Jesus name! Amen!