Writing the Vision October 2017
Minister: Rev. Helen Oyegoke
Text: 1 Peter 1: 3-7
The reason for the faith that is being taught is to bring us to a place where we can receive God. To handle this faith that is not seen would mean that we would have to tailor our lives to the invisible. The undoing of man, however, is that which is seen. The faith towards God is meant to train us to handle the faith of the Son. Man was not meant to inherit the visible, he is destined to inherit that which is not seen. The visible things however, are meant to be used. The Bible lets us know that the visible things of this world perish with use (1 Corinthians 7:31). They do not cause us to appreciate. The things that cause us to truly appreciate are the things of God.
Faith comes by much hearing and we must of necessity subject ourselves to the learning of the invisible till we come to a point where it is tangible, although not seen (2 Corinthians 4:18). The inheritance of man is described to us as “incorruptible”, “undefiled” and one “that fadeth not away” (2 Peter 1:4). The teaching of the faith towards God is not material-centered, it has embodied within it, its leading, its faith, its discipline and its Spirit.
Man is limited by what he sees but God is, in these times, restoring to us faith to receive the unseen, the incorruptible by raising our sight and discernment to where we see Him. This is done to us as He downloads to us the things that make Him up. When we align our lives to what we are being taught and the spirit of the words, we begin to live the life of the message. The faith to lay hold on Christ is being painted through the preaching of Christ to bring us to the place where we are empowered to handle the incorruptible which is God, though unseen yet tangible.
We are begotten again unto a lively hope to lay hold of an inheritance that is incorruptible. This inheritance is delivered unto us through the preaching of the gospel. The Old Testament is from God while the New Testament is of God. What the new testament delivers to us are not things created but things uncreated, which are the very substances of God. The Lord is moving the church to a place where she can exercise faith for the unseen (2 Corinthians 4:18). The incorruptible is delivered to us through preaching.
Our temptations are manifold because we must lay hold on the unseen, however, the things that constitute our temptations are things created. When God wants to raise a man, He doesn’t change the circumstances that surround him, rather, He raises him to a point where he is higher that the circumstances.
It is more valuable for a man to be arrayed with substances of the incorruptible. We should not be afraid when we are taught the doctrine of the faith of the Son when, hitherto, all we might have known is faith towards God. This transition is necessary if we are going to lay hold on eternal life. The faith of the Son is the vehicle through which immortality is delivered to us.
The true inheritance of man is the substance that is found only in God, comprising a promise and the contents therein. This is what we are called to have faith for.
Eternal life is achievable. In this dispensation God has determined that man will know him, for, eternal life is the knowledge of the true God and His christ (John 17:3). If we can know this life, we can handle it. What delivers godliness to man is the faith of the Son because the principles of godliness are righteousness, which when obeyed, alter man by purging him from corruption. Godliness is needed to cause a man to hope for eternal life.
Whatever is corruptible does not transcend time. This is why nothing that is corruptible can be taken beyond the grave. The beauty of the incorruptible is that they remain with us, even after this life and, as a matter of fact, the amount of incorruptible substances that we have acquired while here on earth determine our status in the world to come.
The essence of these teachings is to enable us to come to a point where we know that there is something more than what men see till we become lovers of that which is unseen. A man that is able to trap substances that are not seen will soon notice that the things which are seen come chasing after him. This principle can be found in the words of Jesus when He said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to it” (Matthew 6:33).