Charles Capps – Concepts of Faith #54-Substance of Things part 1Otis Rodgers October 15, 2019 4 Comments
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Well I don’t know about you but I hope for what God’s given me – the promises of God. 2 Peter 1 says God has – given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness. – How is He giving it to us – through exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature. – In other words, God has already said yes to all the promises of God. The Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1 said, “All the promises of God are yes! And amen!” In other words, God’s already said yes and we should be saying amen, or so be it. In other words, that’s the way it is, regardless of what you face in life, that’s the way it is… but the substance of things. I wanted to point out one thing that the Greek word that’s translated “substance” in Hebrews 1. Well, let’s go ahead and read just a little more of that because I want to bring out something else there. Hebrews 11:3 says – Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. – In other words, the world was made out of something you couldn’t see. Now sometimes people say the world was made out of nothing. No the world was made out of something and that something was God’s faith. Faith is the substance of things. Well, God created things with His words. Now see, you only get about 2 verses into Genesis until you see God calling things that are not as though they were with words! I mean there was darkness out there and the Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters. But no creation took place until words were spoken. And when words were spoken, God looked out and said, “Light be!” And light was and He brought it into existence. Faith in the Word of God, I call faith God’s divine energy. It’s resident in His Word and that’s what He’s telling us here in Hebrews. – Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God. – Now whether you realize it or not, you’re framing your world daily by the words that you speak. Because we’re created in the image of God and in His likeness. God expects us to speak in line with His Word. But so many times, we’ve got off track and you know we say all kinds of things until we get to the point that we don’t release faith in words. Jesus said, “I speak only that which I hear my father say.” Now that didn’t’ mean that He went around just quoting Scripture all the time because He had other things to say and other things to do but He never spoke anything that was contrary to what the Father said. And He said, “I do that which I see my Father do, I speak that which I hear my Father say.” Now the Bible said through the Apostle Paul that we are to be imitators of God, as dear children. Or followers of God, the Greek word translated follower there is imitator. Be ye imitators of God as a child would imitate his parents. Well we can understand then if God created man in His image and His likeness, He expects us to create our world. Not that we’re going to create worlds or planets, but we’re going to arrange our world with our words. Faith is the substance of things. So, faith is giving the … one translation says it this way, “Faith is giving substance to the things hoped for.” We hope for what God has given us, don’t we? So let’s go Romans 1 and listen to what the Apostle Paul said concerning the invisible things. This sounds like a paradox but let’s read it, we’ll begin here with verse 20 – For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: – Now how in the world can you look at invisible things? But that’s what the Scripture says. See if we back up just a little bit, to verse 19 – Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and the Godhead; – Now what he’s telling us here is man is created in the image and likeness of God. Now the Bible tells us that God is a spirit and we also know that there is a Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Three-in-one. Three personalities in one, all come together in one Godhead, three personalities. The Father has a body, He appears in the Bible. Talked to Abraham, looked like a man, talked like a man, talked to Abraham face to face. So here’s the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Man is created in the image of God. See Jesus is the physical manifestation of God on the planet. And the Holy Ghost is spoken of in the Scriptures, all the way through the Scriptures as our teacher or our guide. Jesus said when the Spirit of Truth is come, He will teach you all things, He will guide you in all truth, He will take … and show it to you, and He will show you things to come. Now man is a spirit being, he has a soul and he lives in a body. He’s a triune being. You see my physical body, this is my earth suit. But the spirit man on the inside is the real me. And then the soul of man, spirit, soul and body, man is a spirit, he has a soul and he lives in a body. Now the soul is sort of elusive, it’s kind of hard to explain but here’s the way the Lord explained it to me. The soul of man is his will, mind and emotions. We know that that’s his guidance system. So the Holy Spirit is the inner link, you see, that links the spirit to the body, the soul is interlinked and links the spirit to the body. And Jesus was the physical manifestation of God on the earth. So my physical body is represented by Jesus who was God, manifest in the flesh. So He was the physical manifestation of God on the earth and God dwelt in Him. Then the Holy Spirit represents the soul of man, which is the inner link that interlinks the spirit to the body. And God is a spirit, so God is a spirit, the Holy Spirit represents the soul of man and the physical body represents Jesus, so we’re a triune being. Now he’s telling us that we can see the invisible things of God, how the invisible things of God clear to be seen. How? Through the Scriptures, by revealing the Word of God. Now knowing this, then we know that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Now when we talk about faith being the substance of things, I want us to go over there to Hebrews 1 and we’ll find here that it says – God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Now notice, the worlds were made by the Word of God. Now you have only but to go to John 1 and you find John saying – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – And he goes on to say in verse 14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. – Now, if the Word was with God and the Word was God, then Jesus was the personification of God’s Word. Now I want to say that again. Jesus was the personification of God’s Word. He was exactly what God’s Word is. God’s Word is truth. He said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” So He was the personification of all truth. God’s Word was manifest in physical flesh. I think one translation says it this way – the Word took upon itself flesh and dwelt among us. – Now all things were created by words. Now remember what Hebrews 11:1 says – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – The word “substance” there in Hebrews 11:1 is the very same Greek word translated in Hebrews 1:3 is translated “person.” He says – Who being the brightness of his glory, – referring to Jesus – and the express image of his person, – or express image of his substance, it’s the very same word that’s translated in Hebrews 11:1 as “substance.” So Jesus is the exact expression of God’s substance. In other words, in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, the Word was God… now let me say it this way. If the Word was with God and the Word was God, In the beginning, the Word is still God today, and I’m talking about God’s Word. It’s still God, or Lord, or Ruler over every situation in life. The Word of God is above all principalities, powers and might and dominion. He’s exalted His Word, God’s Word is exalted in the earth and it through Jesus. Now watch this – Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person (God’s person), and upholding all things by the Word of his power – Now if he’s have said by the power of His Word, that might have meant there was some power in His Word but maybe not all power. But notice the way they word this, the Holy Spirit inspired the writer to word this, He upholds all things by the Word of His power, revealing that’s where His power is – in His Word. Jesus is the Creator of the whole universe. He is the Word personified. – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. So Hebrews 11:1 could be stated this way, that faith is the person of things, or personality of things hoped for, it’s the evidence of things not seen. We could say about this verse that Jesus was the exact expression of God’s substance. And does that not correlate with everything the Scripture says? Certainly it does. It is revealing that In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, – the Word was God, and that’s how we can clearly see the invisible things of God. Because they are manifest in things that are made. Now that’s what Paul said in Romans 1. He said, – we can see the invisible things of God, the invisible things of God are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made. – Now let’s talk about that for just a minute. You know the copying machine, somebody made that thing, didn’t they? Now a copy machine, have you noticed that if you take this Bible and lay it on the copy machine and punch that little button and put that lid down, if you don’t you’ll be like Paul and won’t be able to see anything for 3 days you know? (Laughs) And did you know that you don’t have to proofread the copy? Isn’t that amazing, that you don’t have to proofread the copy? Why? Because it’s the exact duplication of what you put on there. Every I will be dotted, every T will be crossed, it will be the exact form that it was when you put it on. Because it’s a copy machine, it duplicates, it’s called a duplicator. It duplicates, it doesn’t change anything. Now stay with me, I’m driving at a point here I want you to see it. God’s Word produces after it’s kind. Now if you put the Word of God on the inside of you until it abides in you like Jesus said, if you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask what you will, say what you will, and it shall be done. You create images with words. Words create images on the inside of you. And they will produce after it’s kind. If you get the image inside of you that thank God when I give, it’s given unto me, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, you’ll see yourself prosper. IF you get the image inside you that by His stripes you were healed and 1 Peter 2:24 says – Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. – You get that image on the inside of you, you’ll come to the conclusion that we’ve already been healed as far as God’s concerned He doesn’t have to do anything. So that image gets formed in you, it has to abide in you. Don’t cast it out, it has to abide in you. Then you can see how it duplicates itself. God’s Word produces after it’s kind. The Law of Genesis says everything produces after it’s kind. Now when you get over to Genesis 8, do you remember the Tower of Babel? Now these people were not Christians, you know, that built the Tower of Babel. They were devil worshippers. Here’s what God said of them, I want to read it to you out of the Bible so I don’t misquote it. This is in Genesis 11:6, – And the LORD said, Behold, this people is one, and they have all one language; – in other words, they speaking the same thing, the Bible says one lip. IN other words, they were speaking the same thing. – And this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, – nothing will restrain them! – From doing which they have imagined to do. – Now what they can imagine they can do! Imagination means image in nation. (Laughs) It’s the image that gets inside of you. What creates images? Words, words, words. Now they were off on a different track, they were using perverted faith. They’re using perverted things of the devil. But God said nothing will restrain them from doing what they’ve imagined to do. In other words, if they can conceive it in their spirit, in their heart, they can do it. Now we know they couldn’t build a tower all the way to Heaven, but they were just trying to get it up there where God couldn’t destroy it with water again. And it got them in a heap of trouble so He came down and confounded the language. And you know the story, God confounded their language. They were going to build a tower to Heaven. But now here’s the point I want you to see, that even devil worshippers, God said of them what they’ve imagined to do, nothing will restrain them from doing it. So we must confound their language. In other words, the words they were speaking had something to do with this. You get your mind and your voice hooked up with the Word of God and you’ll say the same thing the Word of God says. And if you can get an image of it, if you can see it on the inside, you can live it out on the outside. And that’s what faith is all about. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Now, the copy machine, the way a copy machine works or a lot of them work this way, they have carbon in there. And you can put that thing on there to duplicate it, and there’s an electrical charge. It polarizes that paper in certain places and that carbon will stick, it either sticks or doesn’t stick. I’ve forgotten which, but it’s because of that electrical charge that if you could pull that thing out of there before it went under the carbon, you’d say there’s nothing on this, just a sheet of paper, just a white sheet of paper. But it has been polarized and if you get it close to the carbon, it’ll stick. And it’ll be the exact words that you put on there. I mean it will not vary, not one iota. It will be exactly the same. Now what I’m saying to you is that God’s Word produces after it’s kind. Somebody said, “How do you know that if you give it will be given unto you?” Because you don’t have to proofread the copy. God didn’t lie and His Word produces after it’s kind. But you have to be able to see it. If you can’t imagine… one fellow said to me, a pastor said, he looked at a big house one time and he said, “I can’t imagine living in a house like that.” The Spirit of God spoke up on the inside of him and said “That’s one of the reasons you’ll never live in it. You can’t imagine it. You can’t see it on the inside so you can’t live it out on the outside.” Now this is what God’s Word is designed to do. Cause you to think like God thinks; think His thoughts after Him. And then you’ll be able to believe things that you can’t believe. Now you see, the copying machine, somebody made that thing. The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood the things that are made. So you can take a copy machine and understand how the Word of God works. Because the Word of God to the human spirit, it polarizes the human spirit. Polarizes you on the inside. I’m blessed coming in and going out, in the basket in the store, whatever I do will prosper. No weapon formed against me will prosper. If you get that engrafted into you to where it has polarized your spirit, you can walk out in the midst of curses and where there’s lack and all kinds of sickness and disease and it will run off of you like water off a duck’s back, it just will not stick. Why? Because the only place it will stick is where it’s polarized and it will repel everything else. Because the Word has polarized you to only attract what the Word says is yours. But now just turn that around. If you always say, “Well it doesn’t make any difference what I do. It won’t work out anyway, I always make dumb decisions when I get in a hurry.” You know, you’re polarizing yourself for failure. And the Bible says he shall have whatsoever he saith if he believe and doubt not in his heart, and believe what he’s saying will come to pass. Now see, there’s a reason Jesus said these things. Jesus didn’t quote Mark 11:23 to fill in pages of the Bible. “He shall have whatsoever he saith.” He did not say it to make it true. He said it because it was already true. That’s the reason He said it. Now that makes a difference. I’m going to say that again. Jesus didn’t say Mark 11:23 – 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 – to make it that way. He said it because it was already that way. Now what I want to show you is that God’s Word has the DNA of God in it. It will produce after it’s kind. It produces the exact same thing. That’s how we know that the promise of God is truth. Did you ever see a bird dog, a little bird dog pup just run out through the weeds, and just all having a fit out there, to be outside? But you know, he may have never been trained but that dog has a DNA and the genes of that dog make him a bird dog. Now there’s something about him different from other dogs. And when he runs up and smells his first bird, I mean he’s up at point, ,man, I mean he doesn’t know what’s happened but he knows something inside says, “There’s something there,” and he points, and he knows to point it. The DNA is in him. The genes of his mother and father are in him. And you see, we’re created in the image of God. We’re born again people. WE ought to be like our Father, God. We ought to speak words that will create. Now faith is the substance of things. Now where does the faith come from? From the Word of God. The DNA of God is in His Word and it will get inside you. Now take a Polaroid camera for instance. Somebody made it, didn’t’ they? Now you take that thing and the film in that camera is so light sensitive to when you expose it to something, the polarization of light captures the image on that film. Now if you .. you know, it’ll go “zoooop!” and it will come out and you pull it out and nothing on it. But it’s polarized; just give it a little bit and it will show up after while. And you see, some people might just throw it away and say it doesn’t work. Yea, it’s working. It just takes time for it to work. That’s the way some of you are about the Word of God. You confessed it 3 days and then quit. You didn’t get your spirit polarized so it’s not working for you and you gave it up before you got polarized on the inside. Did you ever see a magnet that you try to put it near some tacks and “smack!” they’ll just stick? Now if you turn it around to where it repels, and you can’t push it fast enough to get it to a tack. It’ll push them right off the table. Now here’s what I’m tying to get to you about the Word of God. If you polarize your spirit by the Word of God by confessing the Word, saying what God says, things will change on the inside of you. You’ll get an image of being successful, you’ll get an image of being blessed. You’ll be blessed coming in and going out, in the basket in the store, coming in and all those places. You’re just blessed because of the Word of God. Every promise produces after it’s kind. Every Word produces after it’s kind. If you speak words of faith, it’ll create faith. If you speak words of doubt, it’ll create doubt. So God wants you to release your faith in the Word of God. The invisible things from Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by things that are made. What people have made reveals how these things work. Isn’t it amazing that Jesus made it so simple? That He would take natural things and reveal how spiritual things work? It still works today and I tell you it still will work in your life. Just exactly that way. The DNA of God is in His Word. You get it on the inside of you, it will polarize you and bring you to the point that you can live out the reality of the promises of God. Hallelujah! Now, we want to make this offer this week. It’s a 2 tape series, called “The Substance of Things.” Now it’s the subject we’re talking about here. And I don’t know if we’re through with it, we may talk about it some more. But this is a 2 tape series, it’s in an album. Offer #2240, #2240 and it’s 2 audio cassettes for $10. We talk about a lot of details that we haven’t taken time to go into here on the broadcast but I believe this will be a blessing to you. Because there are some of you that have already understood that “there’s some things that I’m doing that’s not working.” And you need to change it. Well, thank God you can change it. Be a doer of the Word of God and you’ll be blessed in your deeds. So these tapes will help you understand how to put God’s Word to work in your life. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. It’s the evidence of things not seen. That’s Offer #2240, #2240, for $10 and it will be a blessing to you. I want to mention also, before we leave the broadcast that we have a Concepts of Faith Magazine that comes out quarterly, not monthly but quarterly. This one is the Second Quarter of 1999. It’s called, “Moses: God’s Composite of the Righteous Resurrection.” I have an article in there each quarter. My daughter has an article and my wife has an article in here. And we also have the radio log in most of them. Now this one doesn’t have a radio log, and it has an envelope inside if you want to write to us. But if you’d like to be on the mailing list, we have our itinerary in this, that comes out quarterly. So if you know where we’re having our meetings, it’s available to you and it will be a blessing to you. Also, we have to those that become partners with us we send out a letter monthly with a teaching packet in it on a different subject every month. This one’s called, “Unforgiveness, the Thief of Faith.” And this one’s called, “Christ’s Ascension and His Return.” And I believe you’ll be blessed by it. So if you’d like to be on the mailing list, or if you’d like to become a partner with us. Somebody said, “What does it mean to become a partner?” To become a partner means this: that you just simply give so much, whatever the Lord speaks to you, you give so much per month for the support of this broadcast. And it will be a blessing to you. That’s Offer #2240, 2 audio cassettes for $12. WE have a toll free order line, 1-877-396-9400, that’s 1-877-396-9400. Or you can write to me at Charles Capps, England, Arkansas, 72046. Well until next time, this is Charles Capps, reminding you that the devil is defeated, God is exalted and Jesus is Lord and He’s coming very soon! Don’t you forget it! 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