2024/02/18

Hearing of Faith

Passage: Gal. 3:2-6
Service Type:

Hearing of Faith
Preached by Apostle Aje Pelser
Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town, Feb 2024

Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatian churches and explained how the just will live by faith and experience the fulness of God's Spirit, versus through the works of the law.

Gal 3:2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—
Gal 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
Gal 3:4 Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?
Gal 3:5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:6 just as Abraham "BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS."

here are some supernatural results of the hearing of faith.

1. We receive God’s Spirit by the hearing of faith.
Rom 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

It is important to hear the Word of God preached by a sent one in your life. Then continue the hearing of faith by saying it out loud to yourself in prayers and meditations.
Muttering the word of God to yourself in prayers helps to embed it in your spirit, soul and body.
I found that writing out the specific scriptures that speak to me in the morning, or during hte devotional times, helps to make it part of the fibre of my being.
Dancing out the prophetic worship we sing, helps us to gain muscle memory of what the Spirit of God is saying to the churches.
We write songs that contain scripture and release the frequency of God’s Spirit for us today, and it becomes a wavelength that communicates God’s Word to our generation.

2. We are perfected by the Spirit of God based on our hearing of faith.
Heb 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
As an artist, I understand what it means to be a ‘work in progress.’ There are moments in the process of creating a great work of art, that the artist pauses and stands back to gain a new perspective of the work. Some paints need to dry before adding the final layers that will make the scene ‘pop’ and stand out. Balance is restored in the overall colour scheme and focal points direct the gaze of the viewer. The final touches are coming, but through faith and patience the artwork is completed masterfully.

3. Our suffering produces perseverance and releases glory in our lives by the hearing of faith.
Rom 5:3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
Rom 5:4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Rom 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Tribulation is a constant pressure over time that produces good fruit in our lives. Think of the orange juice analogy! Squeezing produces nourishing juice with good vitamins for a healthy being!
Knowing you are loved of God while you are going through some tribulation is essential for your hope not to be disappointed.
Suffering produces a glorious outcome in the end! A weight of glory rests on you if you go through suffering for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

4. The gifts of the Spirit operate in and through us by the hearing of faith.
The hearing of faith will produce a miraculous life. As you hear more about the gifts of the Spirit, your faith is activated, and the power tools of the Holy Spirit begin to operate in your life.

Rom 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;
Rom 12:7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
Rom 12:8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
1Co 12:8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,
1Co 12:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,
1Co 12:10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
1Co 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

5. We are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus through the hearing of faith.
Righteousness is a gift from the Lord that Jesus paid for on the cross. We are right with God through faith in Jesus.
The hearing of faith on all aspects of righteousness will make us right in those areas if we agree with the Words we hear from the Bible.

For Salvation
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Rom 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."

Noah’s example
Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

Abraham and Sarah’s Example
Gen 15:5 Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be."
Gen 15:6 And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
Gal 3:11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."

Jesus’ work of reconciliation in righteousness
2Co 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.
2Co 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Instances where the Spirit of the Lord was received by the hearing of faith:
Jesus and the disciples
Joh_14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
Joh_14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Joh_15:26 "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

Act 1:4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me;
Act 1:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
Act 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

Act 2:3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Act 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Peter at the home of Cornelius
Act 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.
Act 10:45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
Act 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,
Act 10:47 "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"

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