III.D.3.b A Salvation to be Revealed

PART  III  –  Application to Pentecostal Theology

Subpart D  –  The Positive Confession Movement

Article 3  –   The Genuine Positive Confession

Section (b)  –  A Salvation to be Revealed

By Daniel Irving

a.   Salvation through Confession of a Hope

b.  The Revelation in Sanctification

c.  Windows of Heaven Opened for the Heavenly Hope

d.  Jealousy; the Rage of the Heathen

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THE GENUINE POSITIVE CONFESSION; A SALVATION TO BE REVEALED

a.   Salvation through Confession of a Hope

As related in the previous article entitled; Application to Second Definite Work, most denominations of Christianity accept there is a time wherein a man, woman or child, truly believes unto a change of heart if they will act upon that faith so as to make a profession of Jesus Christ and follow him into water baptism.  This is the same principle expressed by Paul in the profoundly simple statement:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.                                                                                      Rom 10:9

 As also related through these articles relating to the Positive Confession error, this Pauline doctrine of the mouth’s confession was distorted through a teaching which developed into the doctrinal system known as Positive Confession Theology; originally formulated by the controversial theologian, E.W. Kenyon.  Kenyon’s doctrinal misconstructions found entrance into the Pentecostal Movement of the 1920’s and 1930’s, but truly flourished within the Charismatic movement of the latter half of the twentieth-century through some particularly high-profile ministries. Price Charles 01 Modern Positive Confession teaching has developed into a distinctive religious culture under such banners as Word of Faith given its emphasis upon the spoken word as the means of giving a material activation to faith.  As explained by Dr. Charles Price (see article I.J.3 The Real Faith; the Testimony of Dr. Charles Price), the Positive Confession movement’s definition of faith is dangerously false.   

We are shown what is the genuine positive confession by the apostle Paul.  Paul is even so specific as to tell us what is the true “word of faith:” where he writes:

. . . the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart – that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”                                                                                      Rom 10:8-9

Notice what is the result of the mouth’s confession . . . “you shall be saved.”  Does Paul point to health or material prosperity?  Does he point even to such good things as stable families, employment, or any measure of success in this life?  Paul does not say, “Confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and you shall not become sick, or know trouble,” rather he says, “Confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, [and] you shall be saved.”  But when we envision a material objective in confessing Christ, we aim low of the mark.  We deploy faith in a mean and carnal way.  Therefore Jesus told us:

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness;  and all these things shall be added unto you.                               Matt. 6:33

The Lord commands our focus to be on things above.  We are to desire the things of heaven rather than the things of earth.  Heaven 01Our hope and our affections reside in Christ, Who will justify, sanctify, and glorify His elect.  Our “faith” is not to be spent upon the things of this world which stand antagonistic toward Christ and His purposes.   Therefore Paul exhorts the Colossian believers: 

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.              Col. 3:1

The assurance all men have that Jesus was raised from the dead is the assurance of faith. This is something that only God can give.  We cannot will ourselves to believe.  We do not recite positive statements and Bible verses in an effort to force God’s hand.  For it is God’s will we must want, and not our own.  When God gives us faith, it is often to do a thing we would not within ourselves choose to do.  This can only be accomplished through having a hope based in something higher than our earthly condition, and more substantial than the things of the body and this temporal world.  This is an assurance from God through the agency of His Spirit.  This revelation is by faith, and it has application in the present-tense hope (as regeneration) and a future fruition (as the Regeneration.)  Because the revelation is by faith, God may grant it even now by revelation, even if its fulfillment is not yet.  This is what it means to hope.  And this hope even constitutes our salvation.

For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hopeFor why does one also hope for what he sees?   But if we hope for what we do not see, with perserverance we wait eagerly for it.                         Rom. 8:24-25

This is the true principle of faith; that which empowers hope in what we cannot see; things laid up for us in heaven with Jesus Christ.  This is Paul’s meaning when he states: 

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;  and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.                     Rom. 10:10

It is this confession of our hope that strengthens us in the salvation of God.  Therefore Peter tells us to confess that hope.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:                    I Peter 3:15Road Blind Hill

To confess Jesus Christ in a spirit of meekness and fear is to demonstrate the true faith.  And so, faith, is that which sets us and keeps us upon the pathway of hoping for a salvation to be revealed.[1]  When we experience faith, and follow it with a mouth’s profession, we are begotten unto a process of hoping in God:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope  by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.              I Peter 1:3

And it is remarkable in what order Paul relates what are the three pillars of our redemption, when he writes:

But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.                    I Cor 13:13

Faith stands predecessor to Hope, a process whose fulfillment is Love.  Faith is that which forms the basis of hope.  Faith and hope bring that fulfillment of the Law, which is the love of God; not as abstract principles, but faith and hope, having as their object the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is the Faith that God gives:

Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.            I Peter 1:21

By these things we understand that the faith of God is not that which considers the material world a thing to be held.  This is contrary to an immense proliferation of Word of Faith teaching, which has presented Faith as a principle through which men may utilize spiritual means to manipulate the material realm for their own earthly purposes.   

b. The Revelation in Sanctification

This process of hoping in Christ is even the process of our sanctification.  By hoping, we are purified through the agency of God, as His Spirit reveals Christ to the inner man.  Therefore:Almanor 01

. . .  every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.                                                        I John 3:3 

Having been established by faith, the revelation of Jesus Christ and His righteousness must ultimately come, and that, through the faithfulness of God:

For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.                                                                                    Gal. 5:5

This is even the work and purpose for us having received the Spirit.  For this breaking of Sin’s bondage and entry into righteousness is itself the entry upon the covenant of His mercy.  There is a truth in the heavens to be revealed to the earth; the mercy of God and free pardon poured upon humanity at the place of the cross of Jesus Christ.  Recall the chorus of the old hymn:

Mercy, there was great, and grace was free.  Pardon, there was multiplied to me.  There, my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.    

Thus our deliverance from Sin and progress in holiness which constitutes our sanctification, is a fulfillment of the faith of Abraham, and a fruition of the hope held at the time of initial regeneration. Thus faith begets hope.  Hope that is persevered within, begets the love of God that is the image and sanctification of Jesus Christ.

c.  Windows of Heaven Opened for the Heavenly Hope

In the revelation given John, we read:

Therefore rejoice ye heavens and ye that dwell in them.  Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.                   Rev. 12:12 

How does the Devil know that his time is short?  He knows his time is short based upon a pronouncement from heaven:

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christfor the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;  and they loved not their lives unto the death.                        Rev. 12:10-11IMG_1005

The final tier of overcoming in this world is to love not our lives unto the death.  This is as much a part of overcoming as the power of the blood and the word of our testimonyLoving not this life is a process beginning with establishment under the blood of Christ, and continuing through the cleansing waters of sanctification.  Having been established in these, we may be called unto faithfulness through death.  Jesus said:

“He who loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.  If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall My servant also be; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”                                                                                      John 12:25-26

God will honor those who follow Jesus Christ in His blood witness.  Therefore the tables are turned in heaven:

  Therefore rejoice ye heavens and ye that dwell in them.  Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.                    Rev. 12:12 

d.  Jealousy; the Rage of the Heathen

At the time Jacob appeared before Pharaoh, he was 130 years old.  He told Pharaoh that his life had been unpleasant, and yet he did not tell Pharaoh that they had been “long”.  No, but rather Jacob told Pharaoh:Pharaoh Receives Jacobs Sons

“The years of my sojourning are 130; Few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, Nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning.          Gen. 47:9

Normally when we describe a period as being “unpleasant,” we describe it as being “long.”  But this is not our true condition.  Our years are unpleasant, but we also recognize that they are painfully short.  For even an unpleasant life is precious.  We have been made subject to futility, and the best life has to offer will end in death.  Psalm 89 says:

Remember how short my time is:  wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?                                                                                      Ps. 89:47

Strangely, Satan himself shall be made partaker in the futility of a short existence.  He shall suddenly realize “his time is short.”  This same vanity and futility of existence shall apparently be awarded to Satan as the entity through whom came the offense.  Therefore, it appears that Satan’s days shall become as the days of a man.

The kingdom of God shall become highly magnified and desirable in the consciousness of created things, and to be found outside of the kingdom of God is to become conscientious of a witness within oneself that one’s time is agonizingly short.  For prior to this time men’s eyes were mercifully covered and their consciousness’ dimmed so that they did not perceive of their death.  The life of the natural man is to “. . . eat, and to drink and to enjoy. . . ”[2], for as Solomon tells us, a man:

. . .  will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.                        Eccl. 5:20

Man as a creature has but a short time.  To identify with the creature rather than to the Creator is to identify with one’s own mortality rather than the eternal life that God has prepared for humanity by virtue of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Prior to the awakening of the creature, unbelief dominated his thinking and his spirit.  Natural things were the focus of his pursuits and hopes.  But when men are called of God to lay down this life under the apprehension of the kingdom of God, the tables have turned in the spiritual realm.  No longer is the man content to eat and to drink, to marry and to give in marriage as if life were to go on without end.  The man understands very keenly he has one short life to live, and that it is best lived in the laying of it down for the purposes of God in Christ.

On the other hand, when the unsanctified enter upon this same knowledge, and apprehend in the spirit the very fleeting nature of natural existence, they shall receive the terrible witness of Satan coming down to them.  They have chosen this world, and they shall receive its god.  Their prince has been deposed and comes down to them with this dreadful witness.  While the world is receiving the witness of perdition, the children of God will simultaneously be entering into His rest buoyed by the abiding knowledge that their existence is open-ended, for they have – eternal life.

The consciousness of eternal life allows us to enter into His rest.  tumultuous battleThe consciousness of the wicked that they will perish only serves to enrage their spirit against the children of God.  This is why the psalmist asks;  “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” [3]  They rage for the reason given in the Proverbs;  jealousy is the rage of a man.” [4]  There will be an intense jealousy against the sanctified that will be manifested by those of the world’s spirit; the Satanic  antithesis to holiness.   Because the lost have been awakened to their own mortality, they shall act out precipitously against Christ and those that belong to Him.

Saul acted out precipitously when he offered the sacrifice without Samuel.  As his own mortality was upon him, he could not look beyond his own temporal existence in order to identify with the eternal purposes of God.  We identify with the eternal purposes of God at the moment we experience the true heart’s faith; the moment we make the genuine positive confession:

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”                                                                                       Rom 10:9

Again, does Paul point to health, material prosperity, stable families, employment, or any measure of success in this life? Fire Sky 07 If our eye be single upon the things of God that are stored up for us in Christ, then God may bring a Divine installment of His power.  If the true hope of our heart is upon: knowing God, receiving the Holy Spirit, abiding in His presence, acquiring His knowledge, attaining unto His holiness, then He can bring upon us the fire from heaven that is the true Spirit and the REAL FAITH.


[1] I Peter 1:5

[2] Ecclesiastes 5:18

[3] Psalm 2:1

[4] Proverbs 6:34

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About Lamp-Stand

I was converted to the faith of Jesus Christ in 1982 at which time I received water baptism and Spirit baptism. In the Spring of 2008 I was led of the Spirit through a process of repentance upon which I had an encounter with Christ that worked a profound change upon my inner being. I became aware that I had been forgiven a great debt of sin. I soon felt the Lord's direction that I close my office that my energies not be divided from the study of doctrine.
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