Paul in Hebrews 2:5-9 – For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified saying, “What is man, that thou are mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crowned him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under His fee. For in that He put all in subjection under Him, He left nothing that is not put under Him. But we see not yet all things put under Him. But we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace should taste death for every man.
… and John in Revelation 5:6-14 – And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
.. both think that Jesus is already in charge of the world. [N T Wright p16]
“Beyond the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees does not mean “more of the same, or the same only more intensely, as the Scribes and Pharisees”, it means something different, something deeper something that you can live in reality with, something from and with God. Performance has nothing to do with it, it is all about humbly learning to relate moment by moment to Christ. Do not begin at the question “What do I do and what do I not do?” You can not do what Christ did, you can only “learn” to do what Christ tells you to do, that is Discipleship. if you do begin with what you do and do not do, you will be starting from a condition which leads to “earning” or which leads to legalism and which can not lead to spiritual formation. The motive for “seeking” must be to find Christ first, and then Christ’s will for my life because Christ first loved me and He want’s what is best for me and who I am. What you do and what you don’t do will come as a result of the search; it is not a motive or qualification you satisfy before hand. Failure in our terms is unavoidable. Success in our terns does not depend on you or what you can or can’t do. Success includes failure in our terms. If I concentrate diligently (prayer, study, obedience, the disciplines) on Christ, and seeking Christ, He will do the rest when, where and how He wants it done. “Do not try to do what I tell you to do, try to let Me do it for you. First you will only succeed with the little things but as you learn so I will do greater and greater things in you..” [Jesus]” [Dallas Willard]“There is no salvation possible to us unless Jesus died on Calvary’s cross. Now the death of the Lord Jesus is absolutely unique. It is substitutionary. There is no death like Jesus’ death – this must stand as absolute in our thinking. His substitutionary death in space and time in history on the cross had infinite value because of who He is as God. Thus nothing need be added to the substitutionary value of His death, nor can anything be added. He died once for all.” [Francis Schaeffer – True Spirituality page 36-37] – this is the “faith OF Christ“.The difference between faith “IN” Jesus Christ and the faith “OF” Jesus Christ …
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”[Galations 2:16-20 only in the KJV not in the NIV]
C S Lewis, in one of his essays, describes two faiths – FAITH A which leads to FAITH B, both are FAITH, but without FAITH A it is impossible to move to FAITH B. (the disciples journey of sanctification) and says “As soon as we have Faith- A in the existence of God, we are instructed to ask from God Himself the gift of Faith-B.” [Is Theism Important?]
I believe the reason for this is because SIN B has moved us into SIN A and nobody in the condition of SIN A can be aware of either their personal SIN A or SIN B without FAITH B.
FAITH A – personal faith IN FAITH B – faith of Jesus Christ
FAITH B – the faith OF Jesus Christ (the only means of overcoming SIN A and/or SIN B)
SIN A – personal sin
SIN B – collective sin (the FLESH, the WORLD and the DEVIL)
The substance of faith is Jesus Christ Himself. The Person is the power in “faith”.
We do not have faith in Jesus Christ crucified, we have faith in Jesus Christ.
We do not have faith in the Bible, the Gospel or in faith itself; we have faith in Jesus Christ the man, the person. The “treasure in the earthen vessel” is “the relationship with Jesus” which is the gift of “faith”. “God’s Kingdom is His Son in our lives moment by moment and us – ”Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God”. [Eph5:21] Faith is the gift or the result of ongoing interactive, experiential relationship to Jesus Christ. Jesus, Himself is the vision. Visualization — is a right brain activity—it is also a vital characteristic of our “will” leading us, another right brain activity.
CO-INHERENCE – SUBSTITUTION – EXCHANGE – Jesus takes my burden, so I can take someone else’s. [Charles Williams]
Beautiful – have someone take your burden and be free, and choose to take someone else’s burden.