It’s the foundation but is it all there is?
Do you get it now?
It speaks of not faith itself being the pleasure, but it being what makes you & your service pleasurable to God.
Merely believing it would rain yet going out without an umbrella is pointless.
E.W. Kenyon calls it “Mental assent”: you agree it is true but it has no effect on your life.
So then what it says is that faith helps you please God.
But Faith itself is of two levels or forms:
• The Primary faith which we call “belief” and
• The higher form of faith called “knowledge”.
Belief is powerful because it forms the core basis of every man. I dare say everything we know (including about ourselves) starts out here.
You board an Airplane and you don’t know the intelligence and emotional/mental status of the pilot sometimes even his name, but you believe he’s equipped to take you safely.
You had no knowledge the day of your naming, and before you learned to read your birth certificate you had to grow trusting that the name you were called was really what your parents gave.
The atheists who say creation story is false and that there is no God because they can’t see Him were themselves not present to witness Evolution.
No one cares about my fears because it didn’t stop me.
You had no knowledge then to be first-hand certain.
Even if they tell you, you didn’t see for yourself. The possibility of falsehood arising shows it’s based on Simple faith.
Unlike simple faith that merely has the “what” of life, knowledge has/seeks to gain the “how” & “why” of life.
This outta say something.
Fun fact: The name Jesus Christ in all the varied uses (including “Jesus”“Christ”) is present more times than any other.
How knowledge was a thing of joy & gratitude for the apostles to have and for all to gain.
While simple faith is enough to get one saved, if one remains there they are susceptible to the deception of the enemy. When the hard questions of life come, simple belief will need a resting platform.
For instance mystifying Christ and denying His humanity or humanizing Him and denying His divinity.
Have you ever seen a person giving a sales pitch with a firm knowledge of what they’re selling?
Their face is bright with confidence.
You can’t hide Jesus the Light.
If you try seek knowledge in anything else you would be lost.
Though you started out believing you know your family now; who they are, what they can do.
Come over into Faith:
Faith is of two stages: If you have BELIEVED simply (which is enough to save you), it’s time to grow in KNOWLEDGE which will establish you.
Wow! you made it to the end.
God bless you! 👍🏾