1. The NT, especially the epistles, list about 130 things which are in us, are true about us, because we are new creatures — righteousness, peace, patience, joy, victory, authority, healing, etc.
2. That raises certain difficulties. How can I be a new creature and feel like this? I can’t possible treat people like Jesus did. I’m too impatient. How can I be healed? I still hurt! etc., etc., etc.
3. In the last lesson, we said, you must understand, when you talk like that, you are talking about sense information.
a. You are giving the testimony of your senses. It is accurate as far as it goes. But, there is more to the story than what you see and feel.
b. II Cor 4:18–There are actually two sources of information available to us, seen and unseen.
c. The unseen is more real than the seen because it created and will outlast the seen –and it will change the seen if you will side in with it.
d. Just because you can’t see the new creation you have become and the life of God in you doesn’t mean it’s not real.
4. We could say it this way: There is true and there is truth. The two are different.
a. True is what you see and feel (sense information). Although it is real, it can change.
b. Truth is what God says in His word, the Bible (revelation knowledge). It cannot change. Matt 24:35
c. And, God’s truth can change your true if you will side in with it. John 8:31,32
5. You side in with (take sides with) the truth (God’s word) by saying it and by doing it.
C. Through the new birth, God has made us masters who can reign in life with words. Rom 5:17;
I Yûhenna 5: 4; Rev 12:11
1. We must learn to speak God’s word about ourselves and our situation despite what we see or feel.
2. The Holy Spirit is here to do in and through us all that Christ did for us on the Cross.
a. He does it through the word of God. When we find out from the Bible what God has done for us through the Cross of Christ and the new birth and side in with it (speak it out, do it), the Holy Spirit makes that word good in our experience.
b. Rom 10:9,10–The word confession is HOMOLOGIA which means to say the same thing as. When you confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior, you said what God says, and He saved you.
3. Saying the same thing God says is a vital part of Christian life. Heb 4:14; 10:23; 13:5,6
4. We live by faith, walk by faith, overcome by faith — and faith speaks. II Cor 4:13
a. Faith is the action you take in the face of contrary sense evidence. You say what God says despite what you see or feel.
b. When you speak out what God says about you and your situation despite what you see and feel, you are applying truth to what is true — and truth will change the true.
5. I John 5:4–Overcomers (which we are) overcome by faith. We could say it this way — we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Rev 12:11
a. The Blood of the Lamb (Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross) made it possible for us to receive the life and nature of God through the new birth which in turn made us new creatures.
b. Testimony = evidence given. We overcome by speaking God’s word about what the Blood has done for us. We give evidence (speak God’s word) for the things God has done in us through the new birth.
c. God’s record is that He has given to us eternal life. I John 5:9-11 (same Greek word) –And this testimony is that God has given us eternal life, and this life is given through union with His Son. (Williams)
d. We give testimony (say) that the life of God is in us and that we are what God says we are, have what He says we have, and can do what He says we can do.
6. That’s how Jesus lived when He was on earth. We are to walk as He walked. I John 2:6
a. Jesus spoke the truth in the face of true. True = He was a Jewish carpenter. Truth = I am the light of the world. John 8:12
b. Jesus was, is, the light of the world. He just didn’t look like it. How did He act like what He was? He said He was the light of the world.
c. John 5:36-39–Jesus had the testimony (word) of His Father about who He was and He spoke it out. He confessed it.
d. Eph 5:8–You were darkness. Now, through the new birth, you are light. How do you act like it? You say it.
7. This is a whole lesson for another time, but consider: Jesus did things with words.
a. He taught us the value of words — the authority and power in words. He spoke His Father’s words.
b. With words, He healed people, raised the dead, turned water into wine, made bread increase, stilled storms.
c. His word in our lips will do what the Father’s word in His lips did. As He is in this world, so are we, through the new birth. I John 4:17