Faith In Order To Know
The Abilities of the Spiritual Man
Faith To Know What God Already Knows
Elder Jeff Winfrey, Pastor
Dawson Springs Primitive Baptist Church
101 East Walnut Street
Dawson Springs, KY42408
I) A contrast between the natural and the spiritual man (1 Cor 2:9-16)
A) The natural man does not know of the preparations of God
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1) Eye hath not seen
Joh 3:3 …Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom ofGod.
2) Nor ear heard
Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
3) Neither have entered into the heart of man
Joh 12:39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
Joh 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
B) God reveals these things to the spiritual man
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1) A revelation in the heart of the regenerate child of God
Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Mat 13:11 …Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 16:16 …Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
2) A revelation in the scriptures of God’s eternal plan of salvation
Eph 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words…
Eph 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
1Pe 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you…
1Pe 1:12 …which things the angels desire to look into.
C) A natural man cannot know the secrets of another mind or the things of God
1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
1) A man cannot know the secrets in another man’s mind
Dan 2:29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
Dan 2:30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living…
2) Neither can he know the things in God’s mind
Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord?…
D) The spiritual man receives the Spirit, so that he might know the things of God
1Co 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
2) But the spirit which is of God
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
3) That we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1Jn 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1Jn 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things….
E) Things taught not in natural wisdom, but by the Holy Ghost
1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1) Not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth
1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
2) But which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things…
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things…
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…
F) The natural man’s unwillingness and inability
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God
Joh 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
Joh 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
Joh 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
2) For they are foolishness unto him
1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1Co 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
1Co 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
3) Neither can he know them
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
4) Because they are spiritually discerned
1Co 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:…
G) The spiritual man has discernment that the natural man cannot understand
1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1) But he that is spiritual judgeth (discerneth) all things
Pro 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
Psa 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
2) Yet he himself is judged (discerned) of no man
Pro 28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
Psa 92:6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
H) The natural man has no knowledge of God’s mind or of the spiritual mind
1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?
1) In reference to man knowing the mind of God
Isa 40:13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
2) In reference to the natural man knowing the mind of the spiritual man
1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
I) The spiritual man has the mind of Christ
1Co 2:16 …But we have the mind of Christ.
Joh 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
II) Faith to know what God already knows
A) Faith the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
1) Something with substance has realness to it and can be taken hold of
—Faith allows the regenerate mind of a child of God
—To actually take hold of that which literally exists out of his reach
2) Something that gives evidence bears witness to truth
—Faith causes the witnessed truth to be known as a reality
—Faith bears testimony of the unseen; allows the invisible to be seen
3) So the one possessing God’s marvelous gift of faith
—Has abilities beyond the realm of natural possibilities
—Abilities that allow him to hold things that cannot be held
—And to see things that cannot be seen
4) Faith is given so you can know things that the natural mind cannot know
—Without the gift of faith, there is no understanding of spiritual things
B) Faith in its proper perspective
1) The tendency to underestimate the miracle of faith
a) Natural man does not innately possess or exercise faith
—Faith is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)
—Faith is a fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22)
—Jesus is the author of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
—It is given unto us to believe on him. (Philippians 1:29)
b) The same power that was worked in Christ to raise Him from the dead
—is worked in us who are enabled to believe. (Ephesians 1:17-20)
c) So the faith that is in man is not of man
—It is a wonderful and miraculous gift from God to man.
2) The tendency to overestimate the role of faith
a) Faith is not the channel through which man has eternal life
—But the channel through which man can know he has eternal life
b) Faith does not give eternal life to a man
—Faith gives to a man the assurance that he has eternal life
c) A person should be cautious about putting too much faith in his faith
—Faith is too unfaithful to be depended on to secure eternal life
d) The apostles’ faith was declared to be “little faith”
—If that is so, what can be said of the tiny faith of other believers?
e) The faith of a grain of mustard seed is said to be able to move a mountain
—If faith cannot move the mountain, can it to move one to heaven?
f) If “help-thou-my-unbelief” kind of belief is the basis for salvation
—Who can be assured of being saved?
C) Though faith is not the means to eternal life—It is still very important
1) Faith is not the means to man’s existing in the realm of eternal life
—Yet faith is the means to man’s awareness that he exists in that realm
2) There is a difference in having eternal life
—And having the assurance of knowing that you have eternal life
3) There is a difference in being eternally saved
—And having the peace that comes from realizing you are eternally saved
4) There is a difference in your existing in the state of having eternal salvation
—And your existing in the state of mind of knowing you have eternal salvation
5) The sole and only cause and basis of your having eternal life is Christ
—Yet the means to your aknowing that Christ is the cause and basis is faith
6) This makes faith of extreme value to you
D) The distinction between believing in Christ and believing in faith
1) A difference in falsely believing self as a part of the basis for eternal life
—And truly believing Christ to be the total means for this life
2) A difference in falsely believing your works or faith to be the source of salvation
—And accurately believing Jesus to be the sole source of salvation
3) Much difference in believing that your own works or faith is sufficient
—As opposed to believing that Jesus is completely sufficient
4) Doubt and lack of assurance in believing that the basis of salvation is in self
—Peace and confidence in knowing by faith that salvation’s basis is Christ
5) Faith is not essential for the possession of eternal salvation
—The possession of faith is essential for peace of mind about salvation
6) Both the eternal life and the faith are gifts of God by grace
—First God gives the life
—Then He gives the faith so you can know you have the life
E) How faith is connected to Christ’s work on the cross
1) Faith is not something for you to do to help Christ finish His work
—Faith is given so you can understand the finished work of Christ
2) Faith is given to you
—So you can know that your debt has been paid
—So you can know that your sins have been removed
—So you can know that no charge can ever be placed against you
—So you can know that you are righteous by the finished work of Jesus
3) The faith-gifted mind sees that the righteousness is not of self
—But is by the finished work of Christ on the cross
F) The things that you now know by faith, God has known all along
1) Your faith is not necessary for God to know what He already knows
—Your faith is not necessary for God to know Christ’s accomplishments
—Christ came to save His people from their sins, and He did it
—And God knows Jesus finished the work, whether you know it or not
2) If Christ did it, and God knows it, then it is reality
—It would remain reality, if nobody else ever knows or believes it to be so
—Lack of belief in that which is reality cannot make what is real to be unreal
—What Jesus accomplished is accomplished, even if nobody believes it
3) In the mind of God, Christ paid it all, and there is nothing left to pay
—No charge can be made against God’s people
—They cannot be condemned
—They are righteous by the finished work of Christ
—God has justified them (legally declared them to be righteous)
—And God knows it, if nobody else ever knows it
—And God has declared it, if nobody else ever declares it
G) Faith is God’s means for you to know some of what He has always known
1) God in His plan saw you righteous through Christ before time began
—God saw you as righteous when Jesus finished His work on the cross
2) At the time of your new birth God gave to you the gift of faith
—Through that faith you can know the things God has always known
—Through that gift of faith you can know the things of Christ
3) The gospel of the finished work of Christ is heard with ears of faith
—The reality of the finished work of Christ is understood by faith
4) The gospel tells you that Christ removed your sins
—Tells you that you stand before God robed in Christ’s righteousness
—And by faith you can see yourself standing righteous before a Holy God
5) You see these things by faith
—Faith even declares these things to you
—Faith did not cause you to be righteous
—Christ caused you to be righteous
—Faith did not cause God to see you as being righteous
—Faith allowed you to see yourself as righteous
6) If you by faith in the finished work of Christ have seen yourself to be righteous
—Then you can declare yourself to be thus
—As God looks on Christ’s work and declares you to be righteous
—You can by faith look on that work and declare the same
7) Justification is by definition the declaration of righteousness
—To be justified by faith is to see yourself as righteous through Christ
—And to declare yourself to be what God knew your were all along
—Your justification by faith is not related to how God looks at you
—Your justification by faith has to do with how you look at you
H) More on your righteousness and your declaration of your righteousness
1) Your works did not make you to be righteous
2) Your faith did not make you to be righteous
3) Christ made you to be righteous
—Christ is the only basis by which a sinner can be made righteous
—He is the only basis by which a sinner can be declared to be righteous
4) A declaration of righteousness based on anything else is a false declaration
—To declare a man to be righteous based on his works is wrong
—To declare a man to be righteous based on his faith is wrong
—To declare a man to be righteous based on the Christ’s work is correct
5) It is right for a man to believe himself to be righteous based on Christ’s work
6) It is right for a man to judge himself to be righteous based on Christ’s work
—A man who is in a state of righteousness by the work of Christ
—And who can see himself in this state of righteousness
—And who can declare himself to be in this state of righteousness
—Is justified by faith (in his own mind)
—Declared in his own mind to be what he truly is
7) The faith did not make the man righteous
—Christ did that
8) The gift of faith only declared to the man what Christ had already done
—In order that the man might declare himself to be what he already is
I) Concluding thoughts on faith
1) Faith is the God-given means
—Whereby a spiritual man can hold to the substance of his salvation
2) Faith is the Spirit-given evidence
—That lets a spiritual man see and know these unseen things to be so
3) Eternal salvation is totally of the Lord without means
—But the understanding of the salvation is by the means of God-given faith
4) Praise God for the grace of salvation
—And praise God for the grace of faith
—That gives the understanding of the grace of salvation