Heaven's Embassy

Manifesting God's Government on Earth

A Personal Kingdom Theology

Posted by heavensembassy on January 10, 2009

The next few the Thoughts from the Ambassador will be about developing a personal kingdom theology.

 

Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the assurance (substance KJV) of things hoped for, the conviction (evidence KJV) of things not seen. (NASB)

 

Hebrews 11:1NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (AMP)

 

That verse to many Christians is known as the definition of what faith is, even though it is more of a description of what faith does. Faith is an extremely important facet in the life of a believer, and it is essential to have an understanding of what faith is in order to develop a personal or collective theology. I would like to argue that to truly develop a theology one must separate from this concept of faith two other terms that are nonchalantly deemed synonymous with faith—religion and spirituality. We often use spirituality, religion, and faith as interchangeable terms. However, they are conceptually different, yet not mutually exclusive. They are each a synecdoche (a part that represents the whole) of theology. By being able to understand how we relate to our God we can have a better grasp on worshipping and experiencing the Divine despite our situation and geographic location in life. This experience with the Deity is profoundly important, because man was formed to be filled with forever, because God has placed eternity in men’s hearts (Ecc. 3:10). Therefore, I believe that to have a thorough grasp on our world, it is important to view the sometimes simultaneously expressed but individual components of the theology that every human develops—faith, religion, spirituality.

 

            Faith is described as the assurance or substance of things hoped for. The Amplified Bible translates the meaning as the confirmation or title deed of things hoped for. The Amplified’s use of title deed is interesting, because it gives us an image of a person with the deed, technically owning a piece of merchandise, like a car; however, the person has not yet received the vehicle. However, the car that is promised by the dealer is demonstrated by a piece of paper. A piece of paper that cannot be driven, that in no way looks like an automobile, that is only a promise. Our faith is similar to this, people who practice other religions even share this concept of faith—that faith is the representation of what we will eventually receive. Despite are current situation, faith speaks to an assurance of already receiving our hope, whatever it may be. As well, faith serves as the foundation, proof, conviction, or evidence of things not seen. This aspect of faith makes it reasonable that it is the least malleable component of our theology. Faith is our evidence in the court of the unseen, and it is the only proof to which we can demonstrate against doubt. Your faith should be completely unshakeable and incapable of wavering. However, a reasonable and responsible question for the reader would be is, “Faith in what?” And it is at this critical juncture that we have to ask ourselves, “What do I believe? What is the role of the Divine in my life? How do I place myself in God’s plan? What do I believe about God’s Son? What characteristics do I believe that the Higher Power has? How relatable and reliable is the Deity that I venerate?” These questions and many more should bombard your brain as you determine what it is that you believe and what is nonnegotiable. Don’t get too uncomfortable. There is some assistance in solving these questions if you are like most us and have difficulty answering them for yourself.   (Be on the watch for the next part of this essay on this heavensembassy.wordpress.com!)

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