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THE LIFE OF FAITH
by James Manning  
12/28/2012 / Christian Living


The Just Shall Live By Faith

Romans 1:16-18
King James Version (KJV)
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

In verse seventeen of this context it says, that the righteousness of God is revealed therein - therein what? the righteousness of God that is in the gospel is revealed from faith to faith.

Therefore, we know that he is talking about the revealing of the people of God, because the people of God are the righteousness of God in Christ on planet earth.

2 Corinthians 5:21
King James Version (KJV)
21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Right at this very moment you are the very state of being the righteousness of God.

Because the life of righteousness is such a powerful life, I can tell right now, that it is a life that the people of God are yet display on the earth.

You see, just as Jesus became the very state of being sin without committing a single act of sin, the body of Christ on earth at this very moment is the very state of being righteous without committing a single act of righteousness.

Jesus did not live an error free life because he was God, but he was able to live an error free life through the power of the Holy Spirit, and this same Spirit has been given to the church as a gift from God.

So that Just as Jesus was able to live an error free life while in the very state of being sin, you and I can live a error free life right now here on earth even though our bodies have not changed. The Holy Spirit will override your mortality causes you a mortal to live like immortal.

Awake To Righteousness

1 Corinthians 15:34

Awaketo righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Ephesians 5:14
Wherefore he saith,Awakethou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

The church is still sleeping and do not know it, we are still in the dark, and what exactly does it mean to walk in the dark? Walking in the dark is the same as walking after the flesh.

Now hear this, it is impossible to be awake to righteousness and sin at the same time. As long as we areconscious of sin we will not be conscious of righteousness. Remember, we are talking about the operation of God, and all things are possible with God.

Righteous surroundings are entirely different from that of sin. When you become righteous conscious you will literally began to live in God's reality. You will walk as Jesus walked, you will no longer live with the awareness of the sin of the flesh. This is the place of living that the Father has planed for his children.


It's Time To Wake Up

Romans 13:11
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time toawakeout of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Who we really are as the sons of God will not be made known unto the world, the heavenly host, nor to the devil and all demonic forces until we are awaken, All creation is waiting for us to wake up. You as the body of Christ is the sleeping giant that the devil don't want awaken. To be awaken is to no longer walk after the flesh, nor to have any share in the works or activity of the flesh. It is when God's activity because your activity through the power of the holy spirit.


Your life is hid with Christ in the word (God)

Colossians 3:1-4
King James Version (KJV)
3If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Now get this, if the righteousness that is in the gospel has to be revealed, then that tells us that righteousness hidden in the gospel, your life is hid in the gospel, and it is revealed to you through hearing the gospel with understanding.

What I want you to see is that your life is hid with Christ in the gospel, word or seed of God and need to be revealed to you, and it is revealed to you from faith to faith as you hear the word of faith.

Romans 1:16-18
King James Version (KJV)
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;


In verse seventeen it says that the righteousness of God is revealed and in verse eighteen it says that the wrath of God is revealed. The wrath of God comes from the same source as the righteousness of God, it is hidden in the gospel. in fact the righteousness of God and the wrath of God in this context are the same.

So it is at the revealing of the righteous people of God that the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness; God's righteousness is wrath to all ungodliness and unrighteousness. When righteousness shows up, wrath shows up because the two are the same.

The world not will know how God thinks about ungodliness and unrighteousness until it is reveal through the revelation or manifestation of his people in the earth.

It is the manifest presence of righteousness that means wrath to the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.

The life of righteousness that is hidden in the gospel is revealed from faith to faith, therefore, the just shall live by faith.

In other words, it is faith that activates your new life that is in Christ Jesus and hidden in the gospel

To live by faith, is for the Christ life, the resurrection life, to be manifested in your mortal body from faith to faith.

What Is Faith?

If resurrection life is to be manifested in your mortal through and by faith, then it is most important that you both know and understand what faith is.

Most of us look at faith as a means to help us get through or by while we are here on this planet, or we look at faith as a force to help us live the good life, such as to be healed when we are sick or not to get sick, or a way to be successful in life, but it is a whole lot more than that.

When you move into this life all the things of the earth become subject to you, you are the master in him.

Your faith equals to the very substance of all that you are in Christ Jesus. It is your faith that enables you to live bodily in the reality of Almighty God. Through faith you are directly connected to the life of God bodily.

It is your faith that enables you to talk, walk and act like God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit here on planet earth.

Faith Is The Substance

Hebrews 11:1
King James Version (KJV)
11Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Let me first point out that this verse is not giving you a definition of faith, but is telling you what faith is like when faith has been activated. But what is Faith?

The word 'faith' is an old English word that was a household word in the time of James the King; but because it was an important word in the bible we used it mainly inreligious settingsand held it as a sacred word, and as a result the word lost its meaning.

We come up with our one hundred plus definitions of the word and yet we are still scratching our head in an effort to discover its meaning.

The word that we use today that best defines this word is the English word 'persuasion'. It is God persuading his people of who they are in His son. Now back to our text,

Hebrews 11:1
King James Version (KJV)
11Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


Now get this setting, the setting is that of a court room, and words like 'substance' and 'evidence' are court room terms.

Here we are in a court room, we have the accuser, theJury, the accused and the judge.

The court room is is where you reside in the world, the accuser is the devil, the accuse are the saints of God, and the judge is the almighty Father God.

But what I want you to see more than anything else at this time is that you are the accused in the court room.

As the accused, once you enter into the court room all substance and evidence to prove your innocence should have already been gathered.

My point is that we have used Hebrews eleven one as a motivator to go and get faith orpersuasion, But, you are already in the court room and on trial and it is your faith that is providing substance and evidence.

You faith or persuasion is both the substance and evidence of what you hope for. The terms 'hope for' and 'not seen' are the same, because hope can not be seen, hope is of the future. The hope is all that you are in Christ Jesus that is set to be manifested in the future.

The power of faith is that faith makes future substance a now substance, faith brings what can not be seen into the seen. Now exactly what is the future substance that can not be seen? It is who you are in Christ Jesus, it is your life. Remember, your life is hid with Christ in the gospel or seed of God, and that is where this hope is.

The hope of the gospel

Colossians 1:23
King James Version (KJV)
23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Whenever the gospel is preached, the hope is preached. When you preach the true gospel you are preaching your life. In fact, the only gospel that the world will ever hear is the gospel that is seen as it is lived through the people of God.

If Our Gospel Be Hid,

3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Your gospel is your life, and if your gospel or life be hid it is hid to those who are lost. Now get this, it is not our job to add people to the family of God, that is God's job, but it is the responsibility of those who have been added to the body of Christ by God, to manifest the life that was hidden in the gospel to the lost, because until your light is shining they will remain in the dark, and all the good talking in the world will not change that. My time is not spent trying to communicate to the world but to the people of God, because we as the people of God need to take our place as the light of the world. And then the world will see and many of them will come to our light, saying, I want what you have.

Matthew 5:14
Yearethelightoftheworld. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Isaiah 60:1-3
King James Version (KJV)
60Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lordis risen upon thee.
2For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but theLordshall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

The darkness is covering the people of the earth right now, if you don't believe this, let me prove it to you, I want you to close your eyes and erase all external light from the earth, and tell me what do you see? Your answer should be darkness, all you can see is darkness. That darkness is what man became, it is not normal. The darkness that you see through out the earth is there as a result of what man became, he became darkness, he's not just in the dark but he is darkness, and so were you at one time. The light is set to come on or shine in these earthen vessels, and when it does, it will rise like the earth's sun to give light to the lost.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4
King James Version (KJV)
3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Ephesians 5:8
King James Version (KJV)
8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

You were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, therefore walk as children of the light, that is, as children of God, for he is light.


There is only one thing that can stop the mouth of the devil and that is when he sees the body of Christ walking like Jesus walked.

And how did Jesus walk? most people when they think about the walk of Jesus they think of him only in line with what he did in ministry, and this is what get us in trouble, because we want the ministry without the strong foundation that Jesus ministry operated out of, which was the life that he lived unto God his Father.

We can not walk like Jesus walked until we reach that abiding position that has been prepared for us, and we can not say that we are abiding in him and not walk as he walked.


And how did he walk?

1 John 2:6
King James Version (KJV)
6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

If one say that he is abiding in him, he ought to walk even, now notice the word 'even' as he walked. The word 'even' in this context means exactly. If I am abiding in him I should walk exactly as he walked. How did he walk?

1 John 3:5-6
King James Version (KJV)
5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

Not a single act of sin or missing the mark came from Jesus, he lived an error free life before the Father God, and for you and I to say that we are abiding in him we must be without error or sin, not a single act of sin is to come from us. Remember, this is the operation of God, and all things are possible with God.

John was talking to a people who were still walking after the flesh, and to walk after the flesh is to walk after the devil. We must enter into the place of abiding, and we do this by faith.

Whosoever is born of God

1 John 3:9
King James Version (KJV)
9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

The seed of God will remain, abide or continue in him, and he can not sin, it is impossible for him to sin because he is born or conceived of God.

Now, the abiding, remaining position is a fixed position, and once you enter into this position you are there to stay, and this is why I can say that this is a position that the body of Christ here on earth is yet to enter into.

Now this is not the operation of men, but it is the operation of God through faith or persuasion. What's impossible with man is possible with God. God can and will make it so through the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is your persuasion of this life that causes this life to be manifested in your mortal body, causing you a mortal man or woman to live like an immortal.

The Operation Of God

Colossians 2:12
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of theoperationof God, who hath raised him from the dead.


You have been raised from the dead with Jesus through the faith or persuasion of the operation of God.

The operation of God is this, Jesus became a man, in the very likeness of sinful flesh, he was made of the seed of Abraham and David the bible teaches. He took the place of the first man that God made and just as all men were bone of the bone and flesh of the flesh of that first man, now all men are bone of Jesus bone and flesh of his flesh.


Therefore, whatever Jesus did body all men did it with him because we are bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.

When Jesus died bodily on the cross, we died with him because we are bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.

When Jesus was buried in the grave we were buried with him bodily because we are bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.

When Jesus was raised from the grave on the third day bodily, we were also raised from the dead bodily with him because we are bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.

And when Jesus ascended into heaven bodily and sat down on the right hand of God, we also ascended into heaven and sat down on the right hand of God, because we are bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh, and what he did bodily we did with him because we are in him.


But you must be persuaded of the operation of God. Your persuasion is empowered by almighty God, and it is God that does the persuading, you do not persuade yourself. God persuades you as you hear his word, and we must trust him to do so. If you refuse to hear on God's terms, you can forget it because it want happen any other way.

Uniting With Him In Faith

Ephesians 4:13
King James Version (KJV)
13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

The measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ is all that he is right now bodily seated at the right hand of the father, and this is what we are to be here in this present evil world.

But we will never be this until we unite with him in faith and knowledge. We must have the same knowledge and same persuasion that He has concerning this Christ life. we must all see the same thing, there can not be any division whatsoever,

This is the true ministry of the five ministry gifts that are made mention of in the previous verses, and with all do respect, we have been doing everything but this, we are so busy trying to reach the world until we have left the body without proper care. For my people are destroyed for the of the lack of knowledge says the Lord.

If you teach them how to enter into this life you will never have to teach them how to properfinancially, because this life will become like a magnet that attracts everything that is needed. for all these things shall be added unto you says the Lord.


You will never have to teach the man are woman who has entered into this life how to get healed, because they will not be sick. And this is one of the reasons they are sick all the time because they expect to get sick and then get healed.

Apostle James said, 'if' there be any sick among you, but there should not be, but if there is it is because they have not entered into this life, so you let them call for the elders and let them anoint them and pray over them, but the Apostle Peter pointed out that by the stripes of Jesus we are healed. In God's reality healing is a one time thing.

If you are bone of Jesus bone and flesh of his flesh, then as he is at the right hand of the father God bodily, so are you in this world.

1 John 4:17
King James Version (KJV)
17Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

If as he is, so are we in this word, will you please tell me something, is he broke? Is he sick? Is he weak? Well, as he is so are you in this world.

Are you mad at me for saying that? I do hope not, because in fact, you should be rejoicing.

My friend, I am not speaking to you on the bases of human experiences, but I am talking you according to the faith or persuasion of the operation of God, for this, is a God thing.

Started his ministry as a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal church and later became an associate pastor in the Missionary Baptist Church. James graduated from the Word of Faith Bible School in 1983. He is a certificate holder with Rhema Bible School. James founded and pastured the Shinning L

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