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Excerpt from book: One Hundred Faith Facts


100 Faith Facts

Faith is vitally important to our lives. Many believers have heard and embraced the message of faith, yet are  not getting the results promised in the Word of  God. In One Hundred faith facts, Austin examines the other spiritual  virtues and principles essential to our faith life. The following is an excerpt of chapter 1, What faith is.


Chapter 1:What is Faith?

In the introduction, we discussed the importance of living by faith in these last days. By faith we are to live our whole Christian lives (Hab. 2:4, Rom. 1:17, Gal. 2:20, Heb. 10:38). It is vital then, that we have an understanding of what bible faith is. The word faith is mentioned 245 times in the New Testament alone, whilst the verb believe with a similar meaning is mentioned 268 times! If we are to live by faith, we need to understand what it is and how to apply it in our lives. In this chapter, we will define faith and some of its characteristics. In later chapters, we will discuss how to apply and live by faith.

 1.  Faith is a Firm Persuasion, Conviction and Trust  God.

The word “faith” is the Greek word “pistis” and means “…persuasion, credence: conviction (of religious truth or the truthfulness of God), esp. reliance upon (Christ), and constancy in such a profession.”1 Faith is being convinced, persuaded in the faithfulness and truthfulness of God; His Word and character.  E. W. Bullinger defines “pistis,” “faith” as a “…firm persuasion, the conviction which is based upon hearing, not upon sight, or knowledge: a firmly relying confidence in what we hear from God in His Word.”2 Faith means that we rely upon, trust in, confide in, and take refuge in God and His promises. It is to believe that God is who He says He is in His Word. It is to believe that He will fulfil all His promises spoken to us personally as individuals and corporately as a Church.

Faith is an act of the will, a decision of the heart to believe and actively trust God in our lives (Prov. 3:5-6, Rom. 10:10). It is having a daily relationship with God, knowing that He cares about every aspect of our lives (Matt. 6:25-34). Faith is trusting God to save us (Eph. 2:8), deliver us (Heb. 11:34), keep us (1 Pet. 1:5), heal us (Matt. 8:17, 1 Pet. 2:24), prosper us (3 John 2) and ultimately resurrect us (1 Cor. 15:51-58). Faith moves us out of self-dependency to God dependency. It is a supernatural trust in a supernatural God. Faith is a supernatural grace rooted in the heart moving beyond the realms of reason and sight: “It is the nature of faith to believe God upon his bare word…it will not be saith sense: it cannot be saith reason: it both can and will be saith faith, for I have a promise for it.”3 Faith rests assured in the bosom of our Heavenly Father confidently trusting Him in all things.

2. Faith is Divine:  Eph. 2:8, Gal. 2:20:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God…” Eph. 2:8

We all possess a natural human faith that we use on a daily basis. This faith operates in the natural realm, governed by the five senses of taste, touch, sight, smell and hearing. This natural faith is grounded in the five senses. It is rare that it can believe in things that cannot be investigated by these five senses. However, the faith God imparts to us is divine. It has its beginnings in Him and is spiritual (Mark 11:22, Gal. 2:20, Eph. 2:8, Heb. 11:3). Divine faith comes by the hearing of the Word of God (Rom. 10:17, Eph. 2:8). It is God given faith of the heart that relies and trusts in Jesus for salvation. It is the faith resident in God Himself whereby He created the universe. It is supernatural faith coming out of His spiritual nature (Mark 11:22, Heb. 1:3). Divine faith goes beyond natural faith for it is a real spiritual substance imparted to our hearts when we believed upon Jesus for salvation (Eph. 2:8). It is not grounded in sense evidence but in the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). Natural faith fails, but the God kind of faith endures under all circumstances and trials (1 Cor. 13:13). This faith in us will overcome and change the natural circumstances of our lives that seem impossible to sense and reason (1 John 5:4). An example of this is seen in the life of Abraham who believed God's promise to him of a son despite his natural circumstances (Rom. 4:19).

3. Faith is a Gift from God: Eph. 2:8:

“…it is the gift of God…”

This divine faith is a gift from God. No one earns faith, it is a gift. Since it is divine faith, from God's very being, it is obvious that human beings do not naturally possess it or can acquire it themselves. God gives it to us as a gift. We cannot believe by our own ability, but need the assistance of the Holy Spirit who imparts faith to us to believe in Jesus. In Ephesians 2:8, it is referred to as a gift. The word “gift” is the Greek word “doron”, which means “a present:…gift, offering.”4 Faith is a “gift of God”, whether it be saving faith, the measure of faith to exercise spiritual gifts or the gift of faith imparted by the Holy Spirit to do extraordinary works (Rom. 12:3, 1 Cor. 12:9, Eph. 2:8).

 4. Faith is of the Heart: Mark 11:23-25, Rom. 10:9:

“…shall not doubt in his heart…” Mark 11:23

“…and shall believe in his heart…” Rom. 10:9

The heart is the centre of our being. In the scriptures, the word heart and spirit are sometimes used interchangeably. Faith resides in the centre of our being, our hearts our spirits. Romans 10:9, says that we believe with the heart for salvation. At conversion, we were given the faith to believe upon Jesus as our Saviour (Eph. 2:8). Faith operates in and from the heart. Unless we believe God with our heart, we do not really believe God at all. Many believers confuse head faith (mental assent), with heart faith. Mental assent is agreeing with the truths of God's Word; that Jesus is saviour (Luke 2:11), redeemer, provider (Matt. 6:32), healer (Matt. 8:17), and sanctifier (1 Cor. 1:30). Mental assent is an important ingredient to faith. We must have a correct doctrinal understanding of God and His Word. However, if this knowledge remains only in our minds, and we fail to put it to work for us, it will do us no good; it is mental agreement with no corresponding actions (James 2:14). Heart faith is a relationship with God that trusts Him to do what He says He will do. It is a decision of the heart to believe the promises of God. It is a conviction and knowing of the heart, a spiritual knowing. In the natural realm, the heart of man is a living organism. In the spiritual realm, the centre of our being is our spirit. It is living and pulsating with the life of God. Faith resides in this living part of our being, our spirit. Mental assent is an intellectual agreement to bible truth, but it does not really trust God. Faith that resides in our spirits is alive and will produce tangible results in our lives (James 2:17).

 5. Faith is a Spiritual Law: Rom. 3:27:

 “Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.”

To say that faith is a Spiritual Law is to describe it as a principle or a settled rule of action in the spiritual realm. It is the “rule” and “law” of the Kingdom of God. It is through obeying this law of faith, by exercising our faith in God and His promises that we receive everything that we need from the Lord (Mark 11:23-24, Rom. 3:27). In Romans 3:27, Paul uses the expression “law of faith” to denote this principle or law whereby all things are received from God. God has determined that faith is to be the principle or law by which we are to receive anything from Him (Heb. 11:1, James 1:6). God's kingdom operates by spiritual laws and principles. Faith is the method of operating in God's kingdom (Rom. 3:27). If you believe God with your heart and fulfil the conditions of His promises, your prayers will be answered (Mark 11:23-25, Luke 17:6). All through the bible, we see men and women using their faith and receiving answers to their prayers (Heb. 11:1-40). In the natural realm, money is the means of purchasing and exchanging goods. In the spiritual realm, the realm of God's kingdom, faith is the principle whereby all things are received from Him. All our prayers must be in faith, believing that God hears us and gives us our requests that are in accordance with His Word (Mark 11:23-25, Heb. 11:6, James 4:3,).

 6. Faith is a Spiritual Substance: Heb. 11:1:

 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

The biblical definition of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1: “Faith is the substance of things...” From this scripture, we learn three essential truths about the nature of faith. Firstly, that faith is a spiritual substance, secondly that faith is the substance of things hoped for and thirdly, that faith is the evidence of things not seen. We will look at these three points in the following Faith-Facts.  

Faith is a real spiritual substance. It is the substance of the things hoped for. Spiritual things are real, in fact more real than natural things (2 Cor. 4:18). For instance healing is a real transference of the tangible healing anointing of God into your spirit then into your body. The things of the spiritual realm are real. It was the spiritual realm that brought the material realm into existence (Gen. 1:1, John 1:1). It was through faith that God created the worlds (Ps. 33:6, Heb. 1:3). Faith must therefore be substance and “tangible” to create things that are material. The heavenly spiritual substance of faith that came out of God’s own being created the material universe that we now see. Faith is a spiritual substance. Spiritual things are substantial, they have tangibility. In his teaching on the resurrection body in 1 Corinthians 15:44, Paul teaches us that there is a natural body and there is a spiritual body. The spiritual body that we will receive when the Lord returns, is a real body composed of spirit (1 Cor. 15:44). Faith is a “heavenly material”, it is substance, otherwise it could not affect and change the physical, natural realm (Matt. 17:20).

 7. Faith is the Substance of Things Hoped for: Heb. 11:1:

 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for.”

 Secondly, we learn that faith is the substance of things, that is, it substantiates, or gives substance to the things we are hoping for. The Greek word for “substance” is “hupostasis” and means “a setting under (support)…concr.essence… foundation.”5 It means that which is a foundation or structure for something else. Thayer defines the word as “confidence, firm trust, assurance…”6 It is the confident assurance that the things hoped for (prayed for) are coming to pass. Our faith stands in the place of the things hoped for until they are manifested in our lives. When we think of the words, “confidence, assurance” we think of a sense or a feeling of certainty. Now faith does have these qualities yet goes beyond them. The “confidence” and “assurance” of faith is concrete, real, spiritual. It is a spiritual substance, a real spiritual presence in the heart of the believer. In this verse, faith is the foundation or structure of things hoped for, i.e. things being prayed for. This can be interpreted to mean that our faith gives reality, substance to the things we believe for. We could say that faith is the foundation, structure or “spiritual raw material” of the things we are hoping for to happen.

Now the “things” we are hoping for include the fulfilment of the words and promises of God in our lives. For instance, you may believe God for healing based upon His healing promises (James 5:14-15, 1 Pet. 2:24). Your faith stands in the place of your healing until the manifestation comes into being. Your faith is the foundation and substance of your healing, actually imparting reality to this “thing” hoped for. Barnes comments that faith is “…something that imparts reality in the view of the mind to those things which are not seen, and which serves to distinguish them from those things which are unreal and illusive. It is that which enables us to feel and act as if they were real, or which causes them to exert an influence over us as if we saw them.”7 Faith makes real the unseen things of the spiritual realm. To make these things real to us, faith itself must be a real spiritual substance.

8. Faith is the Evidence of Things not Seen: Heb. 11:1:

“…the evidence of things not seen…”

Thirdly, we learn from Hebrews 11:1, that faith is the “evidence” of things not seen. The things not seen pertain to the spiritual realm and the realities of our salvation. Although these things are not seen, they are real, in fact more real than that which is seen (2 Cor. 4:18). The Greek word for “evidence” is “elegchos” and means “proof, conviction, evidence, reproof.”8 Thayer says it means, “…that by which invisible things are proved and we are convinced of their reality.”9 The existence of our faith is the proof or evidence of the existence of what we do not see with our natural eyes. The presence of faith in our hearts is proof or evidence of the existence of what we do not see. Or to put it another way, the living faith that we may sometimes sense, as we trust God to fulfil His written or spoken Word to us, is the proof that He will do it. Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Evidence is proof of the reality of something, proof of its existence. We have the evidence of the thing by faith. This faith is the “receipt”, the proof of the exchange that occurred in the spiritual realm between God and ourselves when we prayed for our needs and requests to be granted to us.

 9. Faith is a Work of the Spirit within us: Eph. 3:16-17:

 “…to be strengthened with might by his spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith”

Natural human faith cannot believe in a supernatural God and receive Jesus as saviour and Lord. Only divine faith does this. We have already mentioned that faith is a gift from God. Actually it is directly given to us from God the Holy Spirit, who continues to strengthen our spiritual man to believe God in and for all things (Eph. 3:16). Without this strengthening of the Holy Spirit within us, our faith would be weak and powerless. The Holy Spirit works faith in us by strengthening us to believe God’s promises. He is the “spirit of faith” (2 Cor. 4:13). He imparted faith to us when we first believed upon Jesus (Eph. 2:8-9); He gives us the gift of faith (1 Cor. 12:9), and develops the fruit of faith in us (Gal. 5:22). Without His continual infilling (Eph. 5:18), our faith would be lifeless, unable to get results. This is where many believers miss it. They do not realise that even when believing God, they need to be continually filled with the life of God, the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). The Holy Spirit energises our faith. Our faith needs to be anointed faith, filled with the life of God not mental agreement that many have instead of genuine bible faith. To keep our faith alive, our spirits need to be continually filled with the power and life of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 3:16, 5:18).

 10. Faith is a Spiritual Power or Force: Gen. 1:1,   
       Heb. 11:3.

To say that faith is a force is to say that it has strength, energy and active power. Faith has all of these, for it is the very power of God. Through it, God created the material universe. Faith therefore is a creative force; it brought the material realm into existence out of nothing. We can see that this spiritual force was used to create this material universe, for science teaches us that the universe is in a state of expansion. Scientists reason that this expansion was due to a “big bang” that occurred at the beginning of the universe. However, they have no satisfactory explanation how this energy came into being to create the material universe. As believers, we know that God created the universe through the spiritual force of faith released through His words:

 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Gen. 1:1

 “…And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” Gen. 1:3

Scientists know that there is a power causing the universe to expand outwards, and that it had a beginning in time. We know that this power and force that brought the universe into existence was God’s spoken Word. The Psalmist declares that God created the universe through His Word:

“By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.” Ps. 33:6

Therefore, the universe was created by God’s Word. His words contain His faith.

Romans 10:17 says:

 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

So God’s written Word, the scriptures,  contains the faith substance, the faith material, the same material that He used to create the universe in Genesis 1:1, 2ff. Faith is therefore a spiritual power and force in that it creates and changes the natural, physical realm. Jesus taught us about the power of faith in Mark 11:22-23:

 “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, that 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.”

 Now we know that the mountain Jesus is speaking about can refer to any difficulty in our lives. However, Jesus was not just speaking figuratively. He was teaching a powerful spiritual truth that faith could affect and even move physical objects. You see Jesus had earlier cursed a physical object, the fig tree and it withered (Mark 11:14). Note also that He told them to “have the faith of God.”  This is the literal translation of Mark 11:22. What is the faith of God? It is the same faith we see God using when He created the world and spoke to the planet to bring forth light, life and vegetation (Gen. 1:2, 3, 5, 6, 9). Jesus used the God kind of faith when He spoke to the fig tree and told His disciples they could do the same (Matt. 21:21). Faith therefore is a spiritual power and force that can change the natural realm.

 11. Faith is an Eternal: 1 Cor. 13:13:

 “And now abideth faith, hope and love…”

Paul teaches us in 1 Corinthians 13:13, that faith, hope and love are eternal. This means that we will always be exercising these virtues, even in Heaven. Remember faith pre-existed this natural realm for it was in God before He created this natural realm. Faith is eternal for we will always need to trust in the infinite God, seeing we are finite in our understanding and knowledge (Is. 32:17). Marvin Vincent commenting on this verse in 1 Corinthians 13:13 says: “…The essential permanence of the three graces is asserted. In their nature they are eternal.”10 

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Excerpt 2: Spiritual Identity

Excerpts from book: "Our Life in Christ Jesus." 150 New Testament Word Studies from the Epistles of the Beliver's Spiritual Identity in Christ Jesus. 


Many believers do not know who they are in Christ and what he has done for them in salvation. These word studies taken from my book:"Our Life in Christ Jesus, Word Studies on the Believer's Identity, Position and Blessings in Christ Jesus from the New Testament Epistles"  examines the believer's union with Christ Jesus. These word studies are designed to help you walk in the fullness of your life in Christ. If you would like to purchase this book,  go to the book catalogue page.


Word Study 11 from Romans:

In Christ Jesus we Reign in Life: Romans :5:17:

 “For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”

 In Chapter 5:12-21, Paul contrasts the effects of Adam’s disobedience, and Christ’s obedience upon the human race.  When God created Adam, He gave him authority and dominion over all His works (Gen. 1:26-28).  Adam’s disobedience gave Satan the legal right to rule over him and take dominion from him (Luke 4:6).  We as descendants of Adam have become slaves to Satan, sin and death.  Adam’s disobedience released death into the human race (vs. 12-14).  Christ Jesus, the incarnate Word (John 1:14), restored our position with God and headship over Satan.  His obedience to God, brought justification and life (vs. 15-17).  In verse 17, we are informed that we who believe on Christ Jesus and receive the gift of righteousness “shall reign in life.”  Barnes refers to this grace as "The abundant favour: the mercy that shall counterbalance and surpass the evils introduced by the sin of Adam."24  The gift of righteousness, frees us from all condemnation and sin, and causes us to “reign in life.” Righteousness means that we are in a position of fellowship with God, and have access to all His blessings (Eph. 1:3). Now since God originally gave man dominion over the Earth (Gen. 1:26-28), in Christ Jesus this dominion is restored. Because we are now in right standing with God, we can come before God boldly to ask for our needs to be met (Heb. 4:16). Righteousness causes us to “reign in life.” We can rule over our circumstances and Satan because we have access to God’s power. The word “reign” means rule, and the word “life" is "zoe" which refers to life in general and also the life that God imparts to us in Christ Jesus, divine life.  To say that we will “reign in life” not only means that we shall ultimately reign with Him in Heaven, but that we shall reign in life here on Earth.  Our right standing with God, results in confident prayers of faith that overcome all things (Mark 9:23, 11:23-25, 1 John 5:4).  We rule through Christ’s life in us over all things.  When Christ was upon the earth, He ruled over every situation and circumstance.  In Him, we too reign in life, having His victorious life in us, overcoming all that sets itself against us.  Our righteous standing before our Father in Heaven means that we have access to all the resources of Heaven.  Our righteousness means that we reign over sin and its effects, sickness, poverty and eventually death.  Praise the Lord!

Word Study 7 from 2 Corinthians:

We are New Creatures in Christ  2 Corinthians:  5 :17:

 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are past; behold all things are become new.”

 The context of this very famous verse is the death of Christ, Him dying for all and instituting a new order whereby we no longer live for self but for God (vss. 14-15). We should not judge other believers according to the flesh, according to their race, gender or class, because in Christ Jesus “all things have become new.”  Therefore, if any man is “In Christ” he is a “new creature.”  Hodge’s commentary on this phrase”in Christ” is revealing: “…To be in Christ is the common scriptural phrase to express the saving connection or union between him and his people.  They are in him by covenant, as all men were in Adam; they are in him as members of his body, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; and they are in him by faith, which lays hold of and appropriates him as the life and portion of the soul.  Rom. 8, 1.9, Gal. 5, 6.  This union is transforming.  It imparts a new life.  It effects a new creation.  This expression indicates not only the greatness and radical nature of the change effected, but also its divine origin.  It is a divine work, i.e. one due to the mighty power of God.  It is therefore called the commencement of a new state of being.  Eph. 1:19….”15

 The word “new” is the Greek word "kainos" and means “new, freshness”16 Thayer says it means, "…of a new kind; unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of…17 A new work has begun in us, Christ Himself is formed in us (Gal. 4:19).  This is powerful.  There is something brand new living on the inside of our spirits.  Heaven itself has come to live on the inside of our being.  This new spiritual nature will demonstrate the things of Heaven, unheard of to the natural man, such as tongues, interpretations, prophesies, groaning in the spirit and laughter in the spirit.  These things are new to us as natural men and women, yet it is the life of Heaven manifested through our spirits.  Hodge says of the word “new” that it refers to that which is “unimpaired, uncontaminated.”  In our experience of this fallen polluted planet, sin has affected everything. Both animal and human life has been affected by sin. Nothing is “new” on this planet. Everything that man makes comes from material that is under the power of sin and the curse (Gen. 3:17-18). However when God says that He has made us “new creatures” it means that the new life within us, is, holy, pure and undefiled by anything of this earthly realm.  God does not take anything from this realm of sin and death and put it in our spirits.  He does not even “patch up” or improve our spirits, but gives us a  brand new spiritual life that is “unimpaired” or  ” uncontaminated” by the fall and the sinful environment in which we live.

The word “new” also refers to the new age to come, the age inaugurated by the death and resurrection of Christ, bringing in the kingdom of God.  Although the kingdom is here in Christ and us, it is not fully realised.  It will be fully manifested when He comes and begins His millennial reign on the Earth.  However, through the Holy Spirit, we participate in that age now.  In the new age, to come, there will be a new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:5). The word “new” used in Revelation 21:5 is the same Greek word "kainos."  ­The newness of the life imparted to us releases us into the age to come; we taste of the powers of the age to come (Heb. 6:5). The word "creature" is the Greek word "ktisis" and means “original formation, building, creation, creature.”18 Thayer says it means "creation, i.e. thing created."19 God creates new life in us in Christ Jesus.  This newness of life is the divine life, the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.  It is the life of Heaven itself.  The Holy Spirit manifests the life of Heaven to us and through us (1 Cor.­ 12:1-11; Gal. 5:22: Heb.­ 6:5). 

 “Old things are past away, behold all things are become new.” One reason many believers do not experience victory in their lives, is because they do not see themselves as new creatures in Christ Jesus.  Some still see themselves as sinners with the same problems they had before they were saved. They have not renewed their minds to the spiritual realities of their identity in Christ Jesus.  In the last part of this powerful scripture (2 Cor. 5:17), the Holy Spirit informs us that our former selves, practices and habits are passed away.  This truth should set us free.  We are told that the old nature and all its wicked habits have passed away (Rom. 6:6-7, 2 Cor. 5:17, 21).  As Charles Hodge says: “Old opinions, views, plans, desires, principles… new apprehensions of the destiny of man, and new feelings and purposes fill and govern the soul.”20  In Christ Jesus we are new creatures, our former unrenewed selves have passed away.

Word Study 7 from Philippians:

Christ shall Change our Bodies to be like His Glorious Body: 3:21:

 ”Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

 We look for the return of Christ who will change our bodies to be like His body (1 Cor. 15:44, 52).  The word “change” is the Greek word “metaschematizo” which means,” to transfigure or transfer, transform (self) to change.”10 The Lord will transfigure our vile bodies. The word "vile" is “tapeinosis” which means a “body of humiliation.” Because of sin our bodies have degenerated from the high position they were originally created in by God (Gen. 1:26-28, Rom. 7:18, 23).

 “That it may be fashioned like”, the word “like” is the Greek word,”summorphos” which, means, "jointly formed, i.e. (figuratively) similar:--conformed to, fashioned like unto."11 Our bodies will be conformed, fashioned like His "glorious body."  The word "glorious" is interesting. It comes from the Greek word "doxa" which has various shades of meaning. Its common meanings are "dignity, glory, honour."12 However the meaning here is more than that; it implies that our bodies will be composed of the glorious spiritual substance that is Christ’s resurrected body. The word” glory” in the Old Testament ("kabod") generally means “heaviness.” When applied to God however, glory also speaks of His splendour and majesty, and refers to a spiritual manifestation of His divine being. The “glory of the Lord” often appeared to His people in a cloud, (Ex. 16:10, 24:2, 33:18, Ezk. 9:3). When God appeared, His glory was often in the form of a bright spiritual substance that radiated His divine presence. Moses’ face shone after he had communed with the Lord, because the divine presence (“glory”) was upon him (Ex. 34:29-35).  Christ Jesus has this spiritual glory. His transfiguration revealed His supernatural, spiritual, glorified being, that radiated light (Luke 9:32).  Before He went to the Cross, He prayed for the glory that He had with the Father in the beginning to be given to Him (John 17:5).  He is the Lord of Glory (1. Cor. 2:8). He now possesses a glorified spiritual body (Rev. 1:12-18).  When we say then that He will transform our bodies to be like His, we mean that we will have glorified spiritual bodies (1 Cor. 15:44, 54).  This is the result of His transforming power that causes us to go from “glory to glory” (See 2 Cor. 3:18). Our outward form (bodies) will become glorified, transformed into the same glorified body that the Lord possesses. The Expositor's Greek Testament commentary on this verse, states how this transformation will occur: "With Paul "doxa" (glory) is always the outward expression of the spiritual life (pneuma). It is if one may speak, the semblance of the Divine life in Heaven. The divine pneuma (spirit) will ultimately reveal itself in all who have received it as "doxa" (glory). That is what the N.T. writers mean by the completed, perfected”likeness to Christ.”  This passage combined with 1 Cor. 15:35-50 and 2 Cor. 4:16-5; 5, gives us the deepest insight into Paul's idea of the transition from the present life to the future.  He only speaks in detail of that which awaits believers, whether they die before the parousia or survive till then, a change will take place in them. But this is not arbitrary. It is illustrated by the sowing of seed.  The divine pneuma (spirit) they have received will work out for them a soma pneumatikon (spiritual body). Their renewed nature will be clothed with a corresponding body through the power of Christ who is himself the source of their spiritual life. The soma sarikon must perish (body of flesh): that is the fate of sarx (flesh).  If there is no pneuma (spirit) and thus no soma pneumatikon (spiritual body), the end is destruction. But the soma pnuematikon is precisely that in which Christ rose from the dead and in which he now lives. Its outward semblance is "doxa" a glory which shone forth upon Paul from the risen Christ on the Damascus road, which he could never forget. Hence all in whom Christ has operated as pneuma (spirit), will be "changed into the same likeness from glory (doxa) to glory."13 God does this through His energy, ability (“working”), whereby all things are made subject to Him; whereby He makes all things new and in harmony with the New Creation (Rom. 8:19: 2 Cor. 5:17, Rev. 21:1).  In Christ Jesus, we will receive a glorious spiritual body (See notes on 1 Cor. 15:44ff). Book Price:£10.00+£2.80 postage and packing total  £12.80

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 The Word of Faith Movement has been maligned and criticised by many in the Church today. Few understand what God is doing in raising up the Faith Message in the Earth today. In this booklet Austin explains the importance of the Faith Message and why all believers need to embrace it. He shows how the Faith Movement is restoring to the Body of Christ, the biblical message and principles of Faith and how through Faith we can receive every provision and promise of God for our lives and ministries.

Famines, wars, diseases, financial lack, terrorism, these are just a few of the perils of the Last Days that all believers have to deal with (Matthew 24:1-51, 2 Tim.3:1-5). Is there a way we can survive in these Last Days? Has God given us truths that will enable us to go through the trials and tribulations of these days? The answer of course is Yes. God has given Faith and through it we can overcome everything that is in the World (1 John 5:4). He has raised up  the Word of Faith Movement to teach us how to use our Faith to overcome in these Last Days. This booklet explains what the Word of Faith message is, and why it is vital that you embrace it if you are to be an Overcomer in the Last days. 74 A5 pages, 16,500 words Price: £5.00 + £2.80 postage and packing total £7.50

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 How do we get God to manifest his promises of healing, deliverance, prosperity and protection in our lives? In this booklet, Austin teaches the biblical principles that all believers need to know, understand and apply if they want God to move in their lives. Many believers are sick, in debt and under the oppression of the enemy. They have prayed, sought God,  been faithful to attend church and live holy lives and still see no breakthrough in  certain areas of their lives. Many of them have become despondent and some have even departed from the Lord because their needs have not been met.  A major reason many believers do not see manifestation of God's promises in their lives is because they do not know how the Kingdom of God works. They do not know the laws and principles that govern the manifestation of the promises of God  for their lives. In this booklet Austin teaches you about the   ten important principles you have to know and apply to get God to move and manifest his promises in your life.

45, A5 pages, 14,587 words Price: £5.00 + £2.80 postage and packing total £7.80

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