Believers’ Convention 2015
Morning Session – Day 4 (Wednesday, 19th August 2015)
Speaker 3: Pastor Emeka Ministering
1 John 5:1-10
Vs 4 – “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”.
We can all see that, “the victory that overcometh the world is our faith”.
“Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness.”
The faith which is called ‘our faith’ that has ability to overcome the world is also called ‘the faith of God’s elect’ in the book of titus.
The whole scripture from Genesis to Revelation are books of substance. The whole bible is a Book with seeds, and these seeds are the substances of faith. There are different types of seeds, but I am talking about the seed which the husbandman gives.
It can also be said this way – the whole bible is filled with testimony. Let me give this example – A corn seed is a seed, but inside of it is a record; a life is finding expression from the inside. When you place a seed on the table and it is just like that it is just really a record. On earth, you bear witness to the seed which Heaven bear record with. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost bear record. They only bear record to “that seed” – God is truth, the Son is also truth.
When Jesus came to the earth, He didn’t come as the word; He didn’t have this record, But the Father kept giving Him substances of life. He kept growing in life.
“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.”
The grace taught Him. By the time the Son was 30, His soul had come into an order. By the time He was going to the cross, His soul was not just that of the Son of man, but that of the Son of God. Before He died, jesus said something in the book of John.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”
This was not just a positive confession, He had become it. He said: “…I am the truth…” (John 14:6), He wasn’t saying ‘I speak the truth’.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.
The Father committed things to the Son; He committed substance to Him. When you plant a corn seed and it grows,you see it interpret itself. All that comes out from the seed had been programmed in it. All the seed needs to do is to find the ground. The ground is the heart. I am using a corn seed but I am referring to something in the Spirit. God is a husbandman and He has seeds; But there is that particular seed He gave to the Son.
The underlying principle to all seeds is faith – “Faith is the substance of things hoped for,the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
Every faith has its promise, and this is what the hope of the faith captures. When the hope is painted, then the seed comes to your heart and begins to express.
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth”.
They did not receive “the promise” but they received the hope, that the faith had promised. But there is “The promise” which they did not receive. But the seed has its promise.
I have heard someone say that we make things difficult for ourselves. He said ‘faith is faith’ no need disturbing yourself. But there is “The seed” that was given to jesus that made Him attain the stature of the son of God. It will take time to see this seed, because it’s by process. Jesus went through the process of allowing the seed to grow to attain the stature of the son of God.
You can also see that the Bible speaks of what the substances of the blood of Jesus speaks. So ‘faith is not faith’. There is a faith which the blood of Abel speaks of; But the blood of Jesus speaks better things.
“And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel”.
Though the blood of Abel spoke of something good but it was still limited. That faith birthed sons like Seth. I call this the Adamic testament. This is what Abel lived by. Enoch was translated by this faith also.
Where can the faith of Abraham be placed, because there is something about the faith of Abraham. But all these faith still points to “the faith”.Abraham morphed as he walked; Abraham’s soul trapped life to a measure.
Looking at Cain and Abel, this is what happened when Adam was raising them. Adam also had to teach his children, but Cain was hearing another voice, sin had been talking to him. Cain seemed to be the smart one, and Abel seemed to be the foolish one, but abel was the one learning faith with his whole hearth.
You can’t know faith in your smartness. It has to be revealed to you. One very common language of the American is “He is a smart guy”; But you can’t be smart when coming to God. The door to knowing God can’t be opened to us if we come by our smartness. Faith always tells us to agree so that we will know, because it must be revealed. By this, God is telling us that He will not reveal anything to us if we don’t believe. So we have to believe.
There is something about our mind. It has used the knowledge of good and evil, so it plays prank on us. This is why God shuts down our minds. One way He does this is by the manifestation of the Spirit. He can cause a man who is a professor to roll on the ground.
The mind of Christ is Spirit, it is arranged to carry spirit. Sound mind is a spiritual mind. Something has to happen to your mind, because your mind can be so religious and worldly.
There are different faith manifestations in the book of Hebrews. It’s like that because there are several manifestations of the word of God.
One can be a champion in one of the faith. If God brings me to a place where I have the faith that can move mountains, I can interpret the tongues of angels and understand mysteries, but may not know the very seed of God. This is why when God comes and shows us the real seed, we disagree. We disagree because “The Seed” take us through the process of shedding flesh so we can attain the stature of Christ.
There are some obedience that takes time for me, sometimes it takes me 1 year to fulfil one obedience. This means I need enough time, so that I can come into life.
My parents have the Assemblies of God background. At a time, my mum felt I was not moving along with the will of God. One day, my mum came to our church and she heard me speaking in the gifts of tongues and interpretation, and she was wowed. She had seen these things before and she was no longer seeing it. So when she saw that manifestation in my life, that’s when she just told me to continue in this path.
Something also happened when my aunt who raised me came visiting. She is a Baptist and I also have a Baptist background. There is a way Baptists are arranged. The Baptist I came from did not speak in tongues. I left, and before I came back I began to speak in tongues. The elders in the church had to call me into order because they don’t believe in tongues.
I also had a friend who was into business and when he became a Christian, his business really started growing. At that time, I was going through dealings, but he was getting things by faith. I wanted tell him that there’s something greater than receiving things by faith, but I didn’t want to discourage him.
Faith is a sign that a soul is alive. When a soul can’t respond by faith, the soul is dead. Where God was going to, was to bring us to a place where we will handle a faith that would give us God. We should just continue. What this faith will deliver is God. When God’s own seed was born, something was said in Hebrews.
“For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him”.
What is being delivered to us is a forever seed; He said “Let all the angels worship Him” (Hebrews 1:6) – He is better than them; He is higher.
Let’s look at the word ‘Overcometh’. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).
‘Overcometh’ is a present continuous word as it was used in that scripture. It means that by the reason of substance, one is better. You have not overcome when you are not better than a cherubim. They are the best of the present creation. We have heavens where we want to go to but our Lord was made higher than the heavens because He was born – We have to be born.
You can’t inherit when you are not born. As a servant, you can’t inherit, you have to be born. Your inheritance is not this present creation. Your inheritance is the world to come which we preach.
“For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak”.
God has ordained that this seed will be in the mouth of preachers and will be sown in the hearts of men. Men that God will be taking in these last times are those that will decipher all the different kinds of seeds. They would know the incorruptible Seed.
It is in this Seed that we find Testament. The strength of faith is its testament. We ought to contend for this faith which was delivered unto the saints (Jude 3). I want us to know that there is faith towards God, and there is the faith of the Son of God. The Faith of the Son of God is what will deliver His testament (His life) to you.