The Power of Faith in God
< Genesis 3:1-7 >
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast
of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman,
‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?’
And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the
trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the
midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall
you touch it, lest you die.’’ Then the serpent said to the woman,
‘You will not surely die.’ For God knows that in the day you eat
of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing
good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for
food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to
make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her
husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were
opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves
together and made themselves coverings.”
Chapter three of the Book of Genesis records the Devil’s
work, where the cunning serpent tempted Eve and made her fall. To
defeat such works of the Devil, we must use the weapon of our faith
placed in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. In other words,
faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the weapon that
defeats Satan. There is no other weapon but only faith in the gospel
Word of the water and the Spirit that can enable us to fight and
overcome Satan. In contrast, when one departs from this faith in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, no sooner does he leave
than ends up surrendering himself to Satan and falling into his
How Can We Be Freed from
Genesis 2:16-17 say, “And the LORD God commanded
the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not
eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’”
God clearly told Adam and Even not to eat of the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil. However, the serpent, the most
cunning of all beasts, asked Eve, “Has God indeed said, ‘You
shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” The woman then
said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the
garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the
garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch
it, lest you die.’”
When we examine Eve’s response here carefully, we
can see that by the time she said, “Lest you die,” her faith in
the Word of God was already shaken and confused. Even now, Satan’s
temptation still continues to visit us, the believers in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, on a constant basis. The Devil is always
challenging God with his wiles and evil tricks.
However, we can still overcome Satan’s temptation,
and this is achieved not by anything else, but by our faith in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit. Everyone can receive the remission
of his sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
and he can also obtain everlasting life, follow the Lord, and attain
Eve said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you
touch it, lest you die.” From this, we know that she had already
lost her faith. She didn’t grasp the exact Word of God. So the Devil,
realizing Eve’s lack of faith, immediately attacked her. Saying
to the woman, “You will not surely die,” the serpent planted doubt
in her mind. As Eve’s mind was planted with words that made her
doubt God, she ended up ignoring His Word and ate the fruit of the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil. My fellow believers, it
is when people do not believe in the gospel Word of the water and
the Spirit, the Word of God, that their hearts are shaken.
God made human beings slightly inferior to angels.
In other words, mankind is one move behind the Devil. After all,
isn’t the Devil a fallen angel? The Book of Isaiah writes about
the fallen angel Lucifer as the following: “How you are fallen
from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down
to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in
your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above
the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights
of the clouds, I will be like the Most High’” (Isaiah 14:12-14).
God brought down this proud angel and his follower
angels, and it is this angel driven out of Heaven who is Satan,
the Devil. Cast out onto the domain of the earth, Satan seduced
mankind to stand against God, knowing that God had made it according
to His image.
The Weapon of Victory Is
the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit
Why do we need faith in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit? It’s because there is nothing else but only this faith
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that enables us to stand
against the Devil. The Devil is one who stands against God. And
he also stands against mankind, as he stands against God’s Truth.
What can fight back this enemy is faith in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, the Word of God. Faith in the gospel Truth is the
best weapon, and this gospel Word brings victory to its believers.
If we believe in God’s Word, we can be freed from temptation by
faith and enjoy God’s blessings.
My fellow believers, it is absolutely indispensable
for us to have faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
We are nothing without this faith in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. I beseech you all to believe in the righteousness of
God and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We can
all triumph if we believe in God’s righteousness, but if we do not,
then we will be destroyed by Satan.
For one to live a proper spiritual life, he must have
faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the gospel of God.
There is no other way. It is only when we believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit that we can confidently profess to believe
in God and His Word. Believing in the Lord’s righteousness is our
weapon. Our own will, passion, or strength is not the weapon that
enables us to overcome Satan. Our own man-made thoughts or logic
are not the proper weapon, but to believe in the Lord’s righteousness
is our spiritual weapon.
After receiving the remission of my sins, the more
time went by, the more I realized just how pleased God is by faith
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and how indispensable
this faith is to us.
My fellow believers, the reason why I keep speaking
about this faith time after time is because you have to realize
just how indispensable faith really is. The relationship between
human beings also requires faith in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. As we need faith in our human relationships, so is faith
also indispensable between God’s Church and its saints
In other words, even between one human being and another,
a healthy relationship can be maintained only if there is faith
in the Truth. Unless we have faith in the righteousness of God,
distrust can come between us over even tiny affairs, and then the
Devil, taking advantage of this, would bring mutual misunderstanding
and, in the worst case, even the destruction of faith. For us to
believe in God and trust in another human being alike, what we need
the most is faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We
must have faith in the gospel preached by the people of God.
Only this faith in God’s Word can bring victory in
all things. Faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the
bridge that connects mankind to God. Once we have faith in the Word
of God, we can discern Satan’s lies, but if our sight is not based
on this faith in God’s Word, then there is no way we can discern
Satan’s work. It is by believing in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit that we can discern the Truth from falsehood.
Therefore, above all, we must have faith in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit without fail. As this faith is indispensable
to our human relationships, so must we have it in our relationship
with God as well. This thing called faith is so essential. What
would we be without faith in God? What else is there in this world
to believe? Absolutely nothing else in this world is believable.
The Bible says that to disbelieve is sin (John 16:9).
Although God the Father had placed all our sins on the body of His
Son Jesus Christ, this sin of not believing in the Word of Jesus
still remains. Indeed, the only condemnable sin remaining in this
world is the refusal to believe in the Word of God proclaiming that
the Lord has blotted out all our sins with the gospel of the water
and the Spirit.
Do your hearts have faith in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit? Small disbeliefs make us drift away from the righteousness
of God, and doubts about His Word break down our relationship with
God. Do you have faith in the Word of God? Do you have faith in
God’s Church? Do you have faith in your leaders? Do you have faith
that God’s Church is right? Do you have faith that it is you who
are to save souls through the gospel of Truth?
We need faith in all aspects of our lives of faith.
Not only do we need faith when we face God’s Word, but we also need
faith in all our lives of faith. Whoever receives the remission
of his sins through his faith in the Word of God will come to see
everything as beautiful, and his heart will also enjoy peace.
As we carry on with our lives of faith, with what
do we discern the cunning wiles of the Devil? We discern them with
our faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. It is this
faith in the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit that discerns
Satan’s wily tricks. Anyone without this faith is bound to stumble.
You’ve probably seen many who stumbled because of
the lack of this faith. Those who are tormented by sin even as they
claim to have the gospel of the water and the Spirit suffer because
they have no faith. And it’s because of the lack of faith that those
who fall into falsehood easily are prone to proceed toward the world
so recklessly according to whatever fits their own opinion. They
do this because they do not believe in God’s righteousness with
their hearts. Therefore, unless one believes in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, destruction is all that awaits him.
Faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, which
we believe in, is so indispensable that whereas one can be wholly
saved from his sins and become God’s child by believing in this
gospel of Truth, if, on the other hand, he does not believe in this
Truth, then he will become completely God’s enemy. Those who do
not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit still remain
sinful, as they are unable to receive the remission of their sins,
and therefore they are not God’s children; if they are not God’s
children, then they are standing on Satan’s side; and thus, by not
believing in the gospel, they have become God’s enemies.
Nowadays, if we stop by a Christian bookstore, we
would see all kinds of rubbish, not even worthy of the paper that’s
printed on. When we analyze such Christian books written by church
leaders or theologians, we see just how far their wrings deviate
from the Word of God. Since they do not have the knowledge of the
righteousness of God, nor any real faith in it, they can’t help
but produce such rubbish. Some people lay stress on their legalistic
faith, while others launch Christian community movements, arguing,
“Preaching the Word is not everything, but the proper Christian
life must be the one that saves the poor and the oppressed from
It’s because these people have broken away from faith
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that they are being led
in the wrong direction, and as they continue to be deceived by the
cunning Devil, they are heading toward an even more mistaken path.
You, too, should take a look at your faith and examine
it. You need to ask yourselves, “Do I really believe in God’s righteousness?
Do I really trust in God’s Church?” Faith in God’s Word is indispensable
to you. And if you have really been born again by believing in God
and His Word—that is, the gospel of the water and the Spirit—then
this faith should not be allowed to waiver back and forth, but must
be firmly grounded.
Some people, while they have faith in God, do not
have faith in His Church, and so many of them have left the Church
and gone astray. Of course, some return back to the Church after
a while, but what a waste of time is this? To live without believing
in God’s righteousness is to waste away one’s life in vain. Unless
we live by faith, no fruit of righteousness is manifested, with
nothing to show.
What God wants from us first of all is our faith in
the Word of His righteousness. God does not want anything else from
us, but He only wants true faith from us, which enables us to follow
His Word. What God eventually inquire of us are these: “Did you
believe in Me? Did you believe in the Church that I established?
Did you believe in the servants whom I appointed? Did you believe
that I have saved you from your sins? Did you believe in this Word
of the Scriptures?” God is asking us to say yes to these inquiries
by faith. If we cannot yield this faith, then we are all too insufficient,
and therefore when we are weighed on God’s scales, we will be disqualified.
I admonish you all to realize just how important faith
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit is. It is my sincerest
desire that all of us, God’s people, would have faith in His righteousness
based on His Word. It is God who established His Church, appointed
the leaders in this Church and raised His workers; and He works
together with this Church. I admonish you all to have faith in the
righteousness of God.
My fellow believers, do you have such faith, believing
in the righteousness of God, relying on Him and uniting with Him?
If you have this faith, then you can overcome any temptation and
any tribulation that might come to your way. Faith is what is most
important to those who have been wholly born again by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Just as what is most
precious to the righteous is faith in the righteousness of God,
so is Christian life is made possible only by this faith in God’s
righteousness. And you can be transformed by God only when you have
faith in His righteousness.
What achieves everything is faith. Faith in the righteousness
of God is akin to a panacea. When we fail in our endeavors, lack
the strength, and cannot move forward any longer falling into our
weaknesses, what delivers us from them is also faith. Therefore,
faith in God is the most imperative. “God, I believe. I believe
that You will deliver me.” We will be delivered from our weaknesses
if we believe in God, but if we do not, then there is no way to
escape from them. That’s why the predecessors of faith always spoke
about true faith.
You have to know how to listen to the elaborate voice
of God, hearing what God is now saying to you. When you listen carefully
to the Word of God, you will hear that God is speaking about faith.
Jesus said to Peter, “I will make you a fisher of men.” Jesus Christ
said this because He saw Peter’s faith in Him. When God finds faith
in our hearts, He begins to nurture us as His servants and workers.
In other words, it is not based on what God sees in our human selves
that He nurtures us to be His servants, but it is based on our faith.
And for the workers whose faith is ready, God may send them anywhere
and everywhere. If one has the belief, “God is holding me,” then
he is invariably sent somewhere to preach His gospel.
What about Peter? He was a seaman. Do you know how
rough seamen can be? There is no foul language that escapes them.
They swear so much that if there were a cussing contest, they would
easily win the first prize. That’s because to survive in the rough
sea, they themselves have to be rough.
When the gathering storm begins to rage in the sea,
they have to harbor their boats and tie them together to prevent
shipwreck. We can imagine how a father might converse with his son
while hurriedly going about this. The father might say to his son,
“You little scum, hurry up!” and the son might then say, “Screw
you! Mind your own business!” That’s because if they were even slightly
late, their boat would go under. As the waves crash in, they can
hardly hear what each is saying while trying to tie the boats. So
they swear because they can’t hear gentle, soft-spoken words, and
it is in the thick of all this cussing that they can communicate
with each other.
Peter was such a seaman, and this is the kind of man
whom Jesus met. Peter was an ignorant man. However, the Bible writes
that those who considered this Peter as an ordinary and uneducated
man were amazed to see him preaching the Word of God so effortlessly
(Acts 4:13). From his humble origin, Peter was indeed an uneducated
and inarticulate man, but when we look at his two epistles (1 &
2 Peter), we see the profound Word of God written in them. So insightful
is his writing that we ourselves are led to wonder, “Was this really
written by a seaman?” Peter spoke of such profound things that people
were amazed and found it hard to grasp that he had written these
two epistles. It was through Peter’s faith in Jesus Christ that
God spoke His profound Word of faith. Peter’s knowledge derived
from his faith in Jesus Christ. It was this faith in Jesus Christ
that made Peter His disciple. Faith is so powerful like this.
Faith is utterly indispensable. Peter became a fisher
of men precisely because he believed in what the Lord said, “I will
make you a fisher of men.” Whatever God said to us, it will come
to pass without fail, but it is only when we accept it into our
hearts by faith that we can witness the Word of God being fulfilled
exactly as it is. You must grasp just how important faith is.
All the servants of God written in the Bible had faith.
If this is the case, then you, too, should have faith in God and
in everything He said. Only then can you unite your hearts with
God and do His work. So, my fellow believers, do you really believe
in God? Do you really believe in His Word? Do you have faith in
God’s Church, and in the servants raised by God? Those who have
such faith are blessed.
We can win only if we have faith. Our faith in the
righteousness of the Lord is our weapon. God works in our lives
when we believe in His Word and trust in Him. God does not work
through us if we do not believe in Him, but if we indeed do believe
in God, then He works through us, and therefore His work and blessings
are manifested through us. Unless we believe in God, we will fall
into sin. Since not believing is sin, everything that is not done
by faith constitutes sin, and that is why disbelievers cannot be
remitted from their sins. We should work by faith. We need to learn
to reach faith through all things. It is faith in God that leads
us to a victorious life.
From where has sin originated? It began from not believing
in God’s Word. Had Adam and Eve believed in God, they would not
have stumbled over the wiles of the Devil. We must remember this.
However, by believing in the unseen God, and by believing in the
Word of this God, victory has come to our lives.
Only Faith in the Word of
God Is True Goodness
Chapter three of the Book of Genesis underscores just
how important it is to believe in God’s Word. Had Adam and Eve believed
in God absolutely and trusted in His Word without falling into their
own thoughts, they would have stood against the Devil when he came
to tempt them, saying, “What are you talking about? Stop spewing
out such nonsense! Don’t slander God! God is not evil. I believe
in Him!” Eve would have also said, “If I eat of the tree of the
knowledge of God, I will surely die,” and then the Devil would have
fled, realizing, “Oh, no! I tried to deceive but my tricks aren’t
However, Eve said instead, “Lest you die,” and so
Satan thought, “Yes! You don’t believe in God’s Word! You are my
prey now!” and the Devil blew doubts into her heart all he wanted.
So, as the Devil said, “In the day you eat of it your eyes will
be opened, and you will be like God,” Eve was tempted by this and
ended up eating the forbidden fruit, and she led Adam to eat it
Because of this, mankind came to have a standard of
good and evil different from God’s. But, is there true goodness
to mankind? No, all that human beings have is just evil. In fact,
we have no ability to discern good and evil, and there is nothing
correct in our standard.
If we had a standard to discern good and evil on our
own, wouldn’t this mean that we were no different from God? Human
beings, having eaten the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil, left God and sat on the seat of judge by themselves. We
must remember here that the Devil was brought down precisely for
this kind of arrogance, for trying to become God himself.
Only God is the One who exists by Himself, only He
is true, and only He is good. Only His Word is the never-changing
Truth, and only His Word is right. In other words, only God can
discern good and evil, and it is His standard that constitutes the
absolute standard of good and evil in this world.
As the Devil himself failed to become like God, he
is now inciting us to fall into disbelief, and thereby hurt God’s
heart, who loves mankind. Instead of being at the forefront himself,
the Devil eggs us on to challenge God—this is the wiles of
the cunning Devil. Since he is already doomed, he wants to take
us down with him.
My fellow believers, faith in God alone is goodness.
If there is any goodness to us humans, it is when we believe in
God and trust in His Word. Only faith constitutes our goodness.
None other than not believing in God is evil. All of us need to
have the belief that God takes care of and leads all the lives of
His people, from our brothers and sisters here attending at the
Mission School to His appointed workers.
God leads us according to His time, provides for our
needs in His time, trains us in His time, and sets us free from
our weaknesses in His time. We are not here in this same place forever
as we are, stagnant as faithless beings. One day, God will transform
you. It is faith that makes you and me live. This is what today’s
Scripture passage is talking about.
We have read and seen here how Adam and Eve fell into
Satan’s temptation by not believing God. For you and me alike, we,
too, will fall into the Devil’s temptation if we do not believe
in God. Preaching the gospel to souls is also made possible only
by faith. In fact, it is only by faith that we can live a victorious
life. There is nothing we can do but to believe in God.
And we should realize that when we seek to do God’s
work, if we are motivated by a desire to be praised by others, or
if we only want to work under propitious circumstances, then we
will not be able to do anything at all. Since faith grows when we
rise up to our challenge, we should launch and carry out God’s work
believing that under all circumstances, the will of God will be
When we read chapter three of Genesis and analyze
the cause behind the fall of Adam and Eve, we can realize that they
fell into sin because they did not believe in God. We must remember
that unless we believe, we, too, can very easily fall into sin.
But what happens when we believe in God? We are freed from sin.
We believe in God, who is not seen in our eyes. And
we believe in His Word. My fellow believers, it is this faith in
God that makes us whole. We are fully convinced that that God will
bless us His believers. And we are sure that our faith will lead
many souls to be saved. We believe that God’s Church will be established
all over the world by faith. We believe that by trusting in God,
everything will be provided for us and all our needs will be filled.
We believe that our lives will be made beautiful by faith. We believe
that through our faith in God, we will become wise. We believe that
whether our lives can or cannot be made righteous, wise, and beautiful,
all depends entirely on our faith.
Faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit leads
us to a beautiful life. At the very end of our journey, when we
look back our lives, we will come to confess that our faith in God’s
servants, in His Church, and in His Word has transformed our lives
We believe in the Lord’s righteousness.