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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.
The Pearl of Faith (vs 22; John 20.29; James 2.19; Eph 2.8-9; Heb
11.1; Rom 4.19-21)[
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in
– In referring to the Pearl of faith, what do I
mean? I mean that a pearl is
something of great value, something to be desired, something one would
desire to possess. So it is with
Faith. Faith is something of
great value to every child of God, every born-again Christian.
It is something that only the redeemed can have and that the lost
world around us does not understand and cannot know.
But that does not stop them from claiming to have faith, only a
worldly kind of faith.]
[So let’s learn about
and the pearl it is to every Christian.]
The Definition of Faith
(John 20.29; Heb 11.1; Rom 4.19-21) - Biblical
Faith is not the same as cultural faith or worldly faith.
Faith in our world is often thought of as synonymous with belief.
People will often be found speaking of faith as if it were merely
belief. To our world, if you
believe something strongly you might be said to have faith in that thing or
[I have often asked Church
people, young and old,
“What is faith?”
The most common answer is,
something you cannot see.”
I think that many people actually base this idea of faith on the
Bible. Jesus said to Thomas,]
Jesus saith unto him,
Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed
are they that have not seen, and
yet have believed.]
[But faith and belief are two different things according to the Bible.
in the Bible is a noun and belief is a verb.
Faith is something tangible, belief is an action.
One might say that faith is our foundation and belief is the result
of our faith; belief is what we do as a result of our faith.
Concerning faith and belief James records,]
Thou believest that there
is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. ]
[Folks, will there be a devil in heaven?
No, not one.
Belief without biblical faith cannot save and belief in a false
worldly faith will lead one away from God and salvation, not toward God and
For by grace are ye saved
and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: 9 Not of works,
lest any man should boast. ]
[Biblical faith is essential for our salvation, for it is through faith that
we are born-again. Not mere
[The devil believes there is a Jesus.]
[The devil believes Jesus died on the cross – He was there.]
[The devil believes Jesus rose from the grave – He saw it happen.]
[The devil is not saved and will not be in heaven – He will be turned into
the lake of fire.]
[Biblical faith is something more than mere belief, and we must understand
what it is, so that we can make it our foundation in life.]
[If one is asked, “Is there a
biblical definition of faith given in the Bible, many would refer
Now faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.]
[In some modern versions of the
Bible this verse is rendered in a way that makes it appear as the definition
of faith. However, all of
Hebrews chapter eleven focuses upon the results of faith, not the definition
of faith. Hence, even verse one
is not a definition but is a description of the work of faith upon those and
through those who have Faith in God.]
[There is in the Bible a Biblical
definition of faith and we find it in Romans chapter four.
Now as we read this we must understand that this text is talking
about Abraham, who had received promises from God concerning a son that he
would have, but having not received this promise and He was now one hundred
(100) years old and his wife was ninety (90).
Having waited over twenty (20) years for God to fulfill his promise
our text reads,]
And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when
he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:
20 He staggered not at the
promise of God through unbelief;
but was strong in
faith, giving glory to God; 21
And being fully
persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
[Now the definition of faith is
found in verse twenty-one (21).]
[Received a Word from God – The promise.]
[Believed what God had said - He
was fully persuaded.]
[Acted upon his faith in God.]
[Now folks that is Biblical
faith. Faith is not that you
just believe something strong enough, it is that you believe what God has
said that He would do.]
[If there is no word from God
then there is no Biblical faith.
If there is no resulting action from your belief in what God has said then
there is not biblical faith.]
[Have you ever met someone who
said, “I’m saved I believe in Jesus.” And yet they are living in
presumptuous sin, looking like the world, smelling like the world, talking
like the world, acting like the world.
Folks, belief without action, is not faith.
The devil believes in Jesus but he is not saved.]
[Our Lord tells us, in our text,
to have faith in God. Do you
believe what God has said?]
[Do you believe,]
[That you are a sinner
lost and undone in your sin and if left in your sin you will go to an
eternal hell (Rom 3.23; 6.23) – Many might agree that they are sinners, but
they might think that they are not all that bad and they don’t really
believe that they deserve to go to hell.
My friend all sin deserves hell because God has said that sin, any
sin, will end in eternal death if left unatoned.]
[That Jesus Physically rose
from the grave and is your only hope for salvation?
(Romans 10.9) ]
[That you must call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be
[That there is coming a Rapture of the Church and a Great Tribulation Period
that will terrify this world and lead to the second coming of our Lord Jesus
[That there is coming a Judgment Seat of Christ and then the Great White
Throne Judgment? ]
[All of these things are written
in the Word of God and much, much more.
Things that we understand by Faith, because God has revealed them in
His written Word and we must believe them and allow them to mold our lives
and characters. If you really believe
the word of God then it will guide your choices, it will affect your
actions, it will transform your life.]
[Faith in God is not just
believing something strongly, it is believing what God has said, and
deciding to walk with God based upon His Word regardless of what might be
happening in the world around you.]
The Power of Faith (vs 23; Heb 11) [–
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say
unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and
shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he
saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. –
Biblical faith is incredibly powerful.
It is supernaturally powerful.
According to our text Faith in God can move mountains, and it does.
It has the power to change lives and mold communities and cultures.
Heaven and earth are moved by biblical faith.
Do you believe
that? I have already mentioned Hebrews 11, now lets look at this
text again and see just how powerful Biblical faith really is.]
[Faith Materializes the mysterious (Heb 11.1) – Now faith
is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. –
What does my belief in the revealing Word of God make real to me?]
[The Resurrection of my
Lord Jesus Christ is real to me because of the Word of God.]
[Heaven To come is real to
me because of the Word of God ]
[The Rewards to be awarded
at the Judgment Seat of Christ are real to me and I strive for them because
of they are revealed in the Word of God.]
[Faith Justifies the faithful (Heb
11.4) – By faith Abel offered unto
God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that
he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet
speaketh. - Abel was righteous because Abel was faithful and obedient.
Abel offered what God asked for; Cain offered what he expected God to
accept. As we come to God we
must come God’s way. Biblical
faith results in obedience to God.
[Faith Eternalizes the diligent (Heb
11.5-6) – By faith Enoch was
translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had
translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he
pleased God. 6 But without faith
it is impossible to please
him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and
that he is a rewarder of
them that diligently seek him.
- Enoch was translated, he did not see death. Because he pleased God.]
["Without faith it is impossible to please God. (vs
[Faith Energizes the remnant (Heb 11.7) – By faith
Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,
prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the
world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
-Noah was moved with fear.
Noah had heard from God.
Noah had never seen rain nor a flood. God spoke and Noah believe God and
went to work. His Faith was
displayed by his actions and his faith saved his family.]
[Faith Personalizes the promise (Heb 11.8-19)
By faith Abraham,
when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for
an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
By faith he
sojourned in the land of promise, as
in a strange country,
dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same
promise: 10 For he looked for a
city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker
also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was
delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful
who had promised. 12 Therefore
sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead,
so many as the stars of the
sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not
having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were
persuaded of them, and
embraced them, and confessed
that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things
declare plainly that they seek a country. 15
And truly, if they had been mindful of that
country from whence they
came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better
country, that is, an
heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath
prepared for them a city. 17
By faith Abraham,
when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises
offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it
was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God
was able to raise
him up, even from the dead;
from whence also he received him in a figure.]
[Faith Dignifies the persecution (Heb 11.36-40) –
36 And others had trial of
cruel mockings and
scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn
asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in
sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not
worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and
in mountains, and in
dens and caves of the earth. 39
And these all,
having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some
better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. ]
[2 Timothy 3:12
Yea, and all that will live
godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. ]
The Persuasion of Faith (vs 24; Psalm 37.4) [–
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye
desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive
them, and ye shall have
– Many people look at this verse and mistakenly
think that this verse says that whatever they want, if they can believe that
God will give it to them when they pray and ask for it, then they will have
it. This is a name it and claim
it religious belief. But what
does the whole counsel of God teach us?]
[Desire and Faith -
. . .
What things soever ye
desire . . . –
What happens to your
desires when you get saved and strive to walk with God?]
Delight thyself also in the
LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.]
[Now, some folk think that this
verse says that if you love God then God will give you whatever your little
heart desires. But the true
meaning of this verse is that when you delight in the Lord God then His
presence in your heart and life will transform your desires so that you will
desire what God desires. When
that happens you will then begin to pray the desires of God, which have
become your desires, right back to God and you will receive those things
that God wants.]
[Now, you must understand that
the only things anyone could ever really ask God for is what God has already
revealed that He is going to do.
Any other prayer will be born of doubt and presented with doubt.
Abraham could pray for a son in his old age because God had already
told him that a son would be given to Him.
Abraham could head to the mountain to sacrifice Isaac expecting as he
went that he would see Isaac resurrected that day, because of the promises
that God had already given to him.
God said that His seed would be as the sands of the earth through
[So I must ask you, what is in
the heart of God? Is that what
is in your heart too?]
[If you get in touch with the
heart of God then, though your adversaries place mountain sized hurtles
before you, you can merely pray and all of the power of heaven will come to
your aid and those mountains will be removed.]
[So do you have faith in God?]
[Are you in touch with the heart
and mind of God?]
[Have you heard a Word from God?]
The Promise of Faith (John 3.3,16; Rom 10.9) [– If you will hear
the Word of God, believe what God has said, and act upon what God has said
you too can be born-again.]
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I
say unto thee,
Except a man be born
again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. ]
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ]
That if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. ]
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