讀經：來十一1、5 ～ 6，三7 ～ 8 上、12 ～ 14 上，四7
叁 信的意思乃是信神是，我們不是—來十一5 ～ 6、1 ～ 2，林後四13、18：
一 人非有信，就不能得神的喜悅，不能使神快樂—來十一6 上。
六 以諾被接去以前，已經得了蒙神喜悅的見證（來十一5 ～ 6）；以諾與神同行三百年，晝夜不斷上行，運用信心信神是，每天更接近神，更與神是一，直到『神將他取去，他就不在世了〔不在世，直譯，不是〕』—創五22 ～ 24，參歌八5 上。
一 以諾的賞賜乃是達到生命的最高程度—逃避死亡—來十一5 上，林後五4，羅八6、10 ～11，五17。
二 主是賞賜者，我們需要作尋求祂的人—詩二七4、8，四二1 ～ 2，四三4，七三25，一一九2、10。
三 我們是憑信而活的人，望斷以及於那賞賜，就是在千年國裏對基督極點的享受，像摩西一樣，堅定不移，如同看見那不能看見的主—腓三14，來十一26 ～ 27。
伍 信心乃是生根於神在祂的聖言裏所立約給了我們之大而永遠、神聖的事實；信徒主觀的信是在他們的靈裏，使他們調和的靈成爲信心的靈—林後四13 與註2：
五 我們必須運用我們信心的靈，相信我們是神的兒女和神的後嗣這事實—羅八16 ～ 17。
八 我們抵擋魔鬼，是藉着在主觀的信上堅固，相信神保護的能力和愛的關切—彼前五8 ～ 9：
3 我們必須運用我們信心的靈，相信主的復活叫撒但蒙羞；復活的生命就是死所摸不着的生命，越過死的生命，是超出死的範圍之外的，是從死裏出來的，是死不能拘禁的—徒二23 ～ 24，腓三10，西二12 ～ 15、20 ～ 21，三1，約十四30。
4 我們必須運用我們信心的靈，相信主的升天遠超過撒但的能力—弗一20 ～ 22，二6，六11、13。
八 在重生時，我們信入了基督，也憑信接受了那靈，作福音終極的福；而後，神將那靈繼續不斷的供應我們，而我們接受那靈乃是藉着聽信仰，是一生之久、繼續不斷的事—加三2 ～ 5、14。
十二 我們藉着信，就能在一切受苦和艱難的環境中得勝—來十一33 ～ 34。
十三 我們是因信蒙神能力保守，我們也是因信得着能力—彼前一5，太十七19 ～ 20，二一21 ～ 22。
柒 『弟兄們，你們要謹慎，免得你們中間，或有人存着不信的惡心，將活神離棄了。總要趁着還有稱爲「今日」的時候，天天彼此相勸，免得你們中間有人被罪迷惑，心就剛硬了。「你們今日若聽見祂的聲音，就不可硬着心」』—來三12 ～ 14 上：
一 『離棄』也有『轉離』的意思；當我們運用信心的靈，一直使我們的心轉向主，帕子就除去了，我們就能以沒有帕子遮蔽的臉，觀看祂這位榮耀的神，使我們不斷得着祂同祂信之元素的灌注，好叫我們能因祂作我們的信而活，留在漸漸變化的過程裏，從一種程度的榮耀，達到另一種程度的榮耀，而成爲與復活並得榮之基督同樣的形像—林後四13，三16 ～ 18，參創一26，賽四三7。
三 我們勝過魔鬼，那控告我們弟兄的控告者，是藉着宣告神聖的事實，就是我們自己所見證的話（啓十二10 ～ 11）；我們乃是跟從主，祂抵擋仇敵，不是用自己的話，乃是一再的說，『經上記着…』—太四4、7、10。
捌 我們這些有信心的人乃是『今天』的人；實行主當前行動最新的路，頭一點乃是我們爲着『今天』的生活和工作，裏裏外外、在素質和經綸上被那靈充滿並充溢—徒二4，十三52，來三7 ～ 8 上、13 ～ 14，四7：
The Intrinsic Significance of Faith
Scripture Reading: Heb. 11:1, 5-6; 3:7-8a, 12-13, 15a; 4:7
I. Faith is the substantiation of God's facts:
A. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”; the word substantiation means the capacity to make something real (colors are substantiated by our eyes, sounds by our ears, etc.); thus, it is one thing for objects to exist, and it is another thing for these things to be substantiated.
B. All of God's facts recorded in the Bible are real; however, these facts can be substantiated only by faith, because faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
C. We need faith to substantiate a spiritual, divine fact, just as we need eyes, ears, and hands to substantiate physical objects; faith is not a mental understanding of a truth; it is the seeing of a divine fact and the substantiation of it; the accomplished facts of Christ's person, living, and work must be substantiated by us; that is, they must be made real to us.
D. Believing is exercising our spirit of faith (2 Cor. 4:13) to substantiate the divine facts; once we believe by saying Amen to God's word, we substantiate the divine facts, and we have them; Amen does not mean a wish for something to be accomplished, but a declaration that it will surely be accomplished, and that there is no doubt about it; when we believe, we are accepting what the Lord has already promised to do.
II. Faith is the substantiation of the substance of the truth (Heb. 11:1), which is the reality of the contents of God's New Testament economy:
A. Such a faith is allotted to all the believers in Christ as their portion, which is equally precious to all who have received it—2 Pet. 1:1; cf. Col. 1:12.
B. As such a portion from God, this faith is objective to us in the divine truth, but it brings all the contents of its substantiation into us, thus making them all, with itself (faith), subjective to us in our experience.
C. It is like the scenery (truth) and the seeing (faith) being objective to the camera (us); but when the light (the Spirit) brings the scenery to the film (our spirit) within the camera, both the seeing and the scenery become subjective to the camera.
III. Faith means that we believe that God is and we are not— Heb. 11:5-6, 1-2; 2 Cor. 4:13, 18:
A. Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, to make God happy—Heb. 11:6a.
B. To believe that God is, is to believe that He is everything to us and that we are nothing—John 8:58; Eccl. 1:2.
C. To believe that God is implies that we are not; He must be the only One, the unique One, in everything, and we must be nothing in everything—Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5.
D. To believe that God is, is to deny our self; in the whole universe He is, and all of us are nothing—Luke 9:23.
E. I should not be anything; I should not exist; only He should exist—“it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ”—Gal. 2:20.
F. Before Enoch's translation, he obtained the testimony that he had been well pleasing to God (Heb. 11:5-6); Enoch continually walked upward with God day and night for three centuries, exercising his faith to believe that God is, becoming closer to God and more one with God each day until “he was not, for God took him”—Gen. 5:22-24; cf. S. S. 8:5a.
IV. Faith means that we believe that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him—Heb. 11:6; Gen. 15:1; Phil. 3:8, 14:
A. Enoch's reward was the highest degree of life—escape from death— Heb. 11:5a; 2 Cor. 5:4; Rom. 8:6, 10-11; 5:17.
B. The Lord is a rewarder, and we need to be His seekers—Psa. 27:4, 8; 42:1-2; 43:4; 73:25; 119:2, 10.
C. We are those who live by faith, looking away to the reward of the uttermost enjoyment of Christ in the millennial kingdom and, like Moses, persevering as one seeing the unseen One—Phil. 3:14; Heb. 11:26-27.
V. Faith is rooted in God's great, eternal, and divine facts covenanted to us in His holy Word; the believers' subjective faith is in their spirit, which makes their mingled spirit a spirit of faith—2 Cor. 4:13 and footnote 2:
A. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that God is love—1 John 4:8.
B. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that God's grace is sufficient—2 Cor. 12:9.
C. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that Christ is able to save us to the uttermost—Heb. 7:25.
D. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that we are in Christ, that Christ is in us, and that we and Christ are one—1 Cor. 1:30; Col. 1:27; John 14:20; 15:5.
E. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that we are God's children and heirs—Rom. 8:16-17.
F. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that we have been made full in Christ—Col. 2:10.
G. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe in the fact that we are the temple of the living God and that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within us—1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16.
H. We withstand the devil by being firm in our subjective faith in God's protecting power and loving concern—1 Pet. 5:8-9:
1. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe that the Lord was manifested for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil—1 John 3:8.
2. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe that the Lord's death has destroyed him who has the might of death, the devil—Heb. 2:14.
3. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe that the Lord's resurrection has put Satan to shame; the resurrection life is a life that cannot be touched by death, that transcends death, that is beyond the boundary of death, that comes out of death, and that death cannot hold—Acts 2:23-24; Phil. 3:10; Col. 2:12-15, 20; 3:1; John 14:30.
4. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe that the ascension of the Lord has put Him far above the power of Satan—Eph. 1:20-22; 2:6; 6:11, 13.
5. We must exercise our spirit of faith to believe that the victory of the Lord is complete and that our whole life is included in this victory; we must see that we have already overcome and that we fight from a position of victory in order to maintain our victory; we can overcome because we are all included in the Lord as the leading Overcomer; He is the Head, center, reality, life, and nature of the man-child, and the manchild as the following overcomers is the Lord's Body—Rev. 3:21; 12:5.
VI. All our spiritual possessions in Christ are realized and actualized by faith:
A. Faith opens the door to every blessing that is ours in Christ—2 Tim. 3:15; Eph. 1:3.
B. Faith cuts off the flesh with its natural energy and effort and gives us access into God's grace and a solid standing in grace, which is the Triune God processed so that we may enter into Him and enjoy Him— Rom. 5:2.
C. We are all “sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus”—Gal. 3:26.
D. The righteousness that is God Himself lived out of us is through faith in Christ; Christ Himself infused into us through our appreciation of Him becomes our faith, the faith of Christ that brings us into an organic union with Him—Phil. 3:9.
E. We are sanctified dispositionally, which is to be saturated with God as our possession for our enjoyment today and to be transformed by and with the holy nature of God—Acts 26:18; Rom. 6:19, 22; 2 Cor. 3:18.
F. The inward cleansing of man's heart can be accomplished only by the Holy Spirit with the divine life by faith.
G. Christ makes His home deep down in our hearts through faith; Christ's indwelling is mysterious and abstract, and we apprehend it not by our physical senses but by the sense of faith—Eph. 3:17.
H. At the time of our regeneration, we believed into Christ and received the Spirit by faith as the ultimate blessing of the gospel; after this, God is supplying the Spirit to us continually, and our receiving the Spirit is a lifelong, continuous matter by the hearing of faith—Gal. 3:2-5, 14.
I. We are inheriting the promises of God through faith—Heb. 6:12.
J. We have victory over the world through faith, by which we are enabled to overcome the Satan-organized-and-usurped world.
K. We have victory over the evil one by taking up the shield of faith, which is able to quench all the flaming darts of the evil one, which are Satan's temptations, proposals, doubts, questions, lies, and attacks—Eph. 6:16.
L. Through faith we are able to overcome in the midst of all our circumstances of suffering and difficulties—Heb. 11:33-34.
M. We are kept by the power of God through faith, and we have power through faith—1 Pet. 1:5; Matt. 17:19-20; 21:21-22.
VII. “Beware, brothers, lest perhaps there be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief in falling away from the living God. But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called ‘today,' lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin…‘Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts'”—Heb. 3:12-13, 15a:
A. Falling away also means “turning away”; when we exercise our spirit of faith and keep our heart turned to the Lord, the veil is taken away, and we can behold Him as the God of glory with an unveiled face, so that we may be continually transfused with Him, with His believing element, so that we can live by Him as our faith and remain in the process of being transformed from one degree of glory to another degree of glory into the same image of the resurrected and glorified Christ—2 Cor. 4:13; 3:16-18; cf. Gen. 1:26; Isa. 43:7.
B. We need to see that unbelief is the greatest sin; we are believers who walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7); a believer is one who does not trust in things that can be seen, but he takes certain unseen things, confesses them, and realizes them by faith.
C. We overcome the devil, the accuser of the brothers, by our declaration of the divine facts, which is the word of our testimony (Rev. 12:10- 11); we follow the Lord as the One who confronted the enemy not by His own word but by repeatedly saying, “It is written…”—Matt. 4:4, 7, 10.
D. We should not believe in our feelings but believe in the divine facts in God's holy Word; we must learn to declare the divine, mystical, and eternal facts of what the Lord has done, is doing, and will do in us, for us, and through us for the accomplishment of His eternal economy; when God says a certain thing, we should also speak that thing simply because the Bible tells us so.
VIII. As people of faith, we are people of “today”; the first point of the up-to-date way to practice the Lord's present move is to be filled with the Spirit inwardly and outwardly, essentially and economically, for our life and our work “today”—Acts 2:4; 13:52; Heb. 3:7-8a, 13, 15; 4:7:
“Forget about yesterday's enjoyment of Christ. You need a fresh enjoyment. You need something up to date. The Lord was there in Elden hall, but He is not there now. He is here presently moving in His recovery, and He is in you. Wherever you are, He is in you, and He is in you right now. Do you believe that He is repeating all the things He did in the past? He is not repeating anything. He is always going on and on and on. The Lord is working. He is moving.
“Are you a person of yesterday? All of us should be people of today. Every day is a today. With some people every day is tomorrow, and with others every day is yesterday…Do not look ahead to the future, and do not look back to the past. We are people of today. Do not talk about your old experiences in the past. Talk about your experience today… Every day is a today. We do not have yesterday. We had yesterday, but we do not have it now. We will never have tomorrow. All the time we have is today. Every day is a today. When we enter into the New Jerusalem, we will have today since every day in eternity is today. The only day we have is today. Be filled inwardly [with the Spirit] today. Be filled outwardly [with the Spirit] today. Be filled today." (The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1985, vol. 5, "The Way to Practice the Lord's Present Move," pp.484-485).