God's Promises to the Hidden Man
X. "After He Had Patiently Endured, He Obtained the Promise"
We see the mystery of purified identity through creationary promise in the lives of the Old Testament saints. Here we see the perfect harmony between holiness and faith. God gave Abraham promise of a son. This is a creationary promise. It goes beyond personal relationship with God. Yet the process of patient endurance Abraham suffered over the promise purified his identity. It added to his relationship with God.
Notice, please. God's promise of a son paralleled Abraham's natural desire for a son. The new parallels the old. But God was not afraid of reinforcing Abraham's natural-man desire. Instead, He used the promise to sanctify Abraham. Through the promise, God made Abraham a Father of Many Nations. This is the new identity. God started a new race with Abraham. God didn't reinforce Abraham's old Babylonian roots and family ties.
Now look. At the ripe time, the promise was fulfilled. Once Abraham's old identity was purged through the mess with Hagar and other trials, so purged that he himself was "as good as dead" (Heb. 11:12), then the promise came. Abraham's new identity was able and ready to receive the promise. In this the kingdom of God was brought to earth—through pure identity and creationary fulfilment—through holiness and faith.
Catch that balance one more time! God did not just call Abraham to holy relationship with Himself. Neither did He give a promise to reinforce Abraham's old lusts. He called Abraham to holy relationship through the promise.
This reality is repeated over and over in the lives of Bible saints. See Moses and Joseph. Both received promises that paralleled natural ambitions. Their new identity believed, and so did their old identity. They acted. Their old identity failed—Joseph to prison, Moses to the desert. Then their new identity ripened. Joseph went from shepherd to Egyptian. Moses went from Egyptian to shepherd! Then they received the promise. Both became rulers as promised—and both knew God.
Here is the balance between holiness and faith. Here is the completion of pure identity through creationary promise. This is the bringing of God's kingdom to earth. Jesus' prayer is fulfilled.
XI. Examining the Inadequacies of Holiness Teaching and Faith Teaching
Holiness teaching focuses on pure relationship with God. It rightly emphasizes pure identity through loss of old identity, hating our life in this world for Christ's sake. It brings us to first-level relationship with God, i.e., loving God alone.
But holiness teaching stops there. It denies creationary fulfilment. It does so because it can't see our relationship to creation outside our tainted idolatrous relationship to be avoided. And it can't see how creationary promise can bring us closer to God. In so doing, holiness teaching actually stunts spiritual growth and pure identity. Why? Because we cannot develop complete love for God unless we answer His call to us over His promises concerning creation.
Faith teaching focuses on restored relationship to creation. It rightly emphasizes the manifesting of God's power over creation through the miraculous—changing situations, bringing prosperity, curing disease.
But! Faith teaching almost entirely overlooks purified identity! It overlooks the problem of our present identities and our idolatrous attachment to creation that must first be dealt with. Faith teaching overlooks first-level relationship with God. It does not teach one to love God simply for who He is apart from what He can do for us.
As a result, most faith teaching serves to reinforce our idolatrous old-identities and relationship to creation! Faith teaching doesn't depend on the knowledge of God, but on knowledge of spiritual laws, concepts, and principles to make faith "work." Moreover, it abuses the sovereign anointings of the Holy Spirit to back its concepts of success through the manifestations it is able to bring to pass.
If we want to find the root for the incompleteness of both these messages—why holiness teaching is afraid to touch creationary promises, and why faith teaching is afraid to touch purified identity through suffering—it is because neither message knows how to cope with the truest faith that accepts failure on the way to success.
written from Pleasant Valley
Prince Edward Island, Canada
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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