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And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. -Mark 11:22-24
In Kenneth Hagin's book, New Thresholds of Faith, he states that the margin of his Bible reads "Have the faith of God." He goes on to state that Greek scholars say that this should be translated as "The God Kind of Faith." This is one of the expressions and teachings that have been the hallmark of his ministry ± and one of the most criticized areas. Many of his critics have gone beyond just disagreeing with Rev. Hagin on this issue. Due to this teaching, some have accused Hagin of being "heretical" and a false teacher. The teaching of "The God kind of Faith" implies that God has faith. Hagin is not shy about stating this as he says in the same lesson that God believed and spoke the world into existence. This type of teaching has caused so many critics of the Faith Movement to condemn it, consigning it and Hagin to be heretical and cultic. It would have been helpful to us if Hagin would have given the names and book titles of the Greek Scholars he referred to when he made the statement. This may have been efficient to shut the mouths of his critics. Adding to the fact that Rev. Hagin does not waste time answering his critics, nor does he even read or listen to their criticism, it's not likely that we may find those Greek scholars that were referenced.
Why The God Kind of Faith Is Important
does the Word of God provide an "intellectual faith" or is there a supernatural element to the Faith that God provides? The Hebrew word translated "Word of God" in Romans 10:17 is the Greek word Rhema. 3:5-8) . "I don't have enough faith. 6:17. 2:13. Whenever I am challenged on the statement "The God-Kind of Faith" I always respond by asking. John 6:63. 11:6). 10:17). "What other kind is there?" Human faith cannot believe past that which it can see and we certainly don't want a devil kind of faith (James 2:19). (The Amplified Bible) God's Rhema Word has God's POWER to impart faith to the believer. at least the kind of faith that pleases God (Rom. No doubt that we use our minds to weigh and understand and accept as fact everything the Bible says (1 Thess. 2:13." Faith is a difficult thing to conjure up from within our human reasoning and understanding. 12:1-3). help thou mine unbelief. John 15:7). Rom. Rom.Though I face challenges in defending the teaching of "The God-Kind of Faith" I find that it is certainly a Biblical precept. "Lord. Bible Translations Affirming "The Faith of God" . so many Christians struggle with "faith insufficiency. He imparts life to the Word (Prov. Jesus' disciples asked Him for an increase in their faith (Luke 17:5). and an important one at that." (Rom." Considering the descriptions God gives of His own Word (rhema) throughout the Bible. I believe. and hearing by the word of God. The Faith that the Holy Spirit imparts as a result of His pure and perfect Word is the Faith of God. Eph. Man has always felt a lack of sufficiency in his faith. 8:8. Thankfully." The cry of so many is. However." (Mark 9:24) Even today. Heb. Luke 1:37 says this about God's Rhema: For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. I would submit to the reader that the faith given to us is supernatural (1 Thess. God has provided a means whereby we can receive the type of faith that he wishes to provide: "So then faith cometh by hearing. which means "the spoken word. 7:18. the Holy Spirit has also been gracious enough not to allow us to lean to our own understanding as we study and hear the Word. Nevertheless. One man with an epileptic son cried. or the God kind of Faith.
'Have faith of God. Therefore I say unto you. Be thou removed and be cast into the sea. Amen I say to you that whosoever shall say to this mountain. All things. Have faith of God.ye do ask. and shall not doubt in his heart.praying -. Because of this I say to you. All things. The Douay Rheims Bible) And Jesus. but believes that what he says will happen. whosoever says to this mountain. he shall have whatever he said. whatsoever you ask when ye pray. but shall believe that what he said shall occur. Therefore I say to you. saith to them: Have the faith of God. (Mark 11:22-24. and may not doubt in his heart. whatever you ask. believe that you shall receive: and they shall come unto you. Have faith of God.' and does not doubt in his heart. 'Be taken up and cast into the sea. And answering. © 1962-1998). all whatever -. Modern King James Version. "Have the faith of God. and it will be to you. Young's Literal Translation) And answering Jesus said to them. Be taken up. praying. it will be to him. Be taken up and be thrown into the sea. all things. but may believe that the things that he saith do come to pass. and be cast into the sea. Literal Translation of the Bible) And Jesus answering. Whoever says to this mountain. and does not doubt in his heart. and it will be to you. praying. (Mark 11:22-24. it shall be done unto him. and shall not stagger in his heart. and it shall be to you. believe that you will receive. Be moved and be cast into the sea. (Mark 11:22-24.My research has shown that there are Bible translations that affirm that Mark 11:22 can indeed be translated as "Faith of God" rather than "Faith in God. whatever you ask. for verily I say to you. that whoever may say to this mount. Therefore I say to you. believe that ye receive. saith unto them. For truly I say to you. believe that you shall receive them. he shall . it shall be to him whatever he may say." Take a moment to read through the translations below: And Jesus answering saith to them. but believes that what he says comes to pass. answering." Verily I say to you. Jesus said to them. whatever he says. (Mark 11:2224. but be believe that whatsoever he saith shall be done. For truly I say to you that whoever shall say to this mountain.
" (Gal. answering. does this mean that we can take the statement "the faith of God" and imply that it is "The God Kind of Faith?" Well. and has no doubt in his heart. have faith that it has been given to you. but His faith. In the Original 1599 Geneva Bible notes on Mark 11:22 says "The faith of God is that assured faith and trust which we have in him. and the translators of the Douay Rheims Bible were not the only ones who believed this to be the correct translation of Mark 11:22. the faith of God. the same perhaps as "the faith which is of the Son of God. or. Be taken up and be put into the sea. he will have his desire. Whatever you make a request for in prayer. One finds it's origin in God Himself while the other finds it's source in us." A small note on Mark 11:22 in R. all things whatsoever ye pray and ask for. (Acts 3:6. "faith in God. if this had been the thought. Worrell. it would have been easy to have expressed it in the Greek. Torrey's Treasury of Scripture Knowledge says. A. and you will have it. Have God's faith. and those who have real faith have His faith.have it. operating through His obedient children.S. Truly I say to you. The late Greek Scholar. I believe that Jesus is telling us in Mark 11:22 that the source for the faith that we need to move mountains comes from God Himself. These two prepositions describe the source of your faith. said to them. Robert Young. but has faith that what he says will come about. and ye shall have them.A. translators generally render this. "Have faith in God. I say to you. (Mark 11:22-23. before I answer that. 9:34) A. believe that ye received them. Faith originates with God. Therefore.S. The Worrell New Testament) So far we see five translations that confirm that Mark 11:22 can be translated "have the faith of God" vice "have faith in God. Whoever says to this mountain. can accomplish this. 2:20) This mountain: nothing short of the faith of God can remove mountains. However. Worrell said this in his notes on Mark 11:22-23: Have the faith of God. let's read two other Bible translations of Mark 11:22-24 that might just make this implication: And Jesus." but." Don't let anyone tell you that it does not make a difference whether we us of or in when dealing with Mark 11:22." So perhaps the margin of Kenneth Hagin's Bible was not totally wrong after all. (The Bible In Basic English) . For this reason I say to you.
' though the genitive does not mean 'in. This is quite dishonest on the part of this critic.T. author of the outstanding book. research done by Joe McIntyre.(The Jewish New Testament by David Stern) Have God's faith!!! (BBE) What other kind of faith can God have other than His own kind? Have the kind of trust that comes from God!!! (JNT) What kind of trust would God give us other than His kind of trust? My dear reader. "Have the kind of trust that comes from God! Yes! I tell you that whoever does not doubt in his heart but trusts that what he says will happen can say to this mountain. The quote is from a well known Greek Scholar named A. and it will be yours.He responded. I do not see anything heretical or cultic about the phrase "The God Kind of Faith. whatever you ask for in prayer. 'Go throw yourself into the sea!' and it will be done for him." On the contrary. which seems to still be the most popular and most widely read version." . Therefore. Perhaps. Robertson. Kenyon: The True Story" shows that one Greek scholar taught that the phrase. trust that you are receiving it. As Pastor McIntyre also points out in his book. Thus in Mark 11:22 we rightly translate 'have faith in God. Kenneth Hagin was right when he stated that Mark 11:22 can be translated as "The God Kind of Faith. one popular critic of the Faith Movement who references Robertson's work to speak against this translation fails to quote him completely. we will see other passages translated using the preposition "of" rather than "in. "The God Kind of Faith" can is indeed a correct translation. I tell you. I will give you the quote from Pastor McIntyre's book: Here again we must appeal to the root idea of the genitive as the case of genus or kind. The resultant idea is due to the context and one must not suppose that the Greek genitive means all the different English prepositions used to translate the resultant idea.W." Other Scriptures In The KJV Affirms The Faith of God If we go back to the King James Version.' but only the God kind of faith. "E.
2:11-12 Many of the different translations I have sought on the above verses differ in how they translate the above verses.. that we might be justified by the faith of Christ. 22-23 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands. For example.. Rom. who hath raised him from the dead. and come short of the glory of God. and gave himself for me. -Col. -Gal.. this verse is translated as "the faithfulness of . 3:3. yet not I." In many of the modern translations of Romans 3:3.Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law. and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.Even the righteousness of God which is byfaith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned. who loved me. 2:16 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live. -Eph. but by the faith of Jesus Christ. wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God. even we have believed in Jesus Christ.. 2:20 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence bythe faith of him. 3:11-12 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? . 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. most of the older versions are consistent in translating Galatians 2:20 as "faith of the Son of God" while many of the newer translations have interpreted this verse as "faith in the Son of God. in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism. -Gal.
We would then become dependent on the power of faith itself (as the critics already claim that we do) rather than on the one in which we should place our God given faith.God" vice "the faith of God. the type of faith that is produced in us by God Himself. The greatest variety of interpretations are to be found in Colossians 2:12. in which you were also raised with Him through faith produced within you by God who raised Him from among the dead." One translation interprets it as "God's faithfulness that worked when He raised Yeshua from the dead." "Faith in the working of God. God does not impart faith in the individual that gives him or her a separate power apart from Himself. the three most interesting translations of Colossians 2:12 is below: Ye are buried with Him in baptism. Some have translated this as "faith in the power of God. 2:12. who hath raised Him from the dead. that the Greek Word "pistis" is used in this passage which is translated "faith" in many other passages of the Bible. (Col. having been buried with Him in your baptism. Wesley New Testament) These translations see the faith that we have in Jesus Christ being raised from the dead as a faith that is produced in us by God Himself. this faith finds it's object in God Almighty Himself." It is to be noted however. 2:12. wherein ye also are risen with Him through the faith wrought by the operation of God. God is both the source and the object of our faith (Acts 27:25). . (Col. Third Millennium Bible) having been buried with Him in your baptism. Allow me to state for the record that I do not have any problems with the above translations as all of them convey a truth. What other kind of faith will God produce in us other than His own kind? I submit to the reader that if he or she really want to see the results in their lives that only comes as a result of exercising faith. Weymouth Bible). in which you were also raised with Him through faith produced within you by God who raised Him from among the dead. 2:12. they will do what they can to receive the God Kind of faith. We will deal with the subject of God's faithfulness in a later lesson. Though I believe in the God-kind of faith. However. Returning to the translations." (Jewish New Testament). (Col.
it is an object born in ignorance concerning the teaching of the God-Kind of faith. then He really isn't God. So. what object outside of Himself is He placing His faith in? Is this object GOOD. If it is GOOD. He knows that because we live in physical bodies and we live in a physical world. He stated to me that. by definition. and faith is only as good as the object that you place it in. especially if they are thinking of faith on a human level. 11:1)." It's an understandable objection. "If God has faith. spiritual realities are so often difficult for us to discern. or more correctly. Unlike us. then why isn't IT God? So. Faith. God has complete and perfect confidence in His power and ability to bring to pass that which He decrees. God knows how we struggle to trust and believe Him and His Word. requires that a being places belief in something OUTSIDE of itself. if God has faith. God the Holy Spirit imparts life in His Word and produces faith in us which causes us to have complete unwavering confidence in what we do not yet see in the physical (Heb.This is the highest type of grace. 12:3). If we looked at the word "faith" as confidence and certainty. Answers to the Objections Concerning "The God Kind of Faith" The "God-Kind of Faith" teaching has caused quite a stir in the body of Christ and has raised many objections. It also tells me that the person has no understanding of what "faith" is. God is never ever tempted to DOUBT . His Deity is undermined. An objection to the teaching of "the God kind of faith" is excellently summed up by one young man who debated me on an internet discussion forum. then who does God have faith in? To say that He has faith in Himself is a non-sense statement. I think we could say that if God has faith. Yet when we meditate upon God's Word. Mental acknowledgment of God's promises have failed us every time. However. hyperCalvinistic view of God's sovereignty. They have never denied sovereignty of God but do not interpret this attribute of God as traditional Christianity has done. we could get a better understanding of the teaching that God has faith which He imparts to every man (Rom." The faith teachers have certainly done away with the traditional. The majority of the objections are a result of several books written that present the modern Faith movement as "cultic" and "heretical. We do not see them. It shows that the person does not understand what is being taught by those who teach faith in this manner. We believe them because we know that God would not lie but the real test comes when it is time to appropriate them.
2:13 answer the question as to the object of God's faith (confidence. He is certain concerning His Word and His ability. Faith was never even an issue with God or man until the first man demonstrated a lack of faith by his disobedience (Gen. God does not even remotely consider that He could fail or that He may not be able to accomplish that which He has said He would do. So we have answered several of the objections to the teaching of the God-Kind of Faith without denying the deity or sovereignty of God. In another of the "cannots" that find in the Bible. God will continue on with His plan. he also will deny us: If we believe not. 14:23. 2:11-13 Again. even if we don't.Himself because He cannot be tempted with sin and that which is not faith is sin (Rom. So many people say that God can do anything. God cannot be tempted to sin. we shall also live with him: If we suffer. That. -2 Tim. Unlike man. certainty). He explicitly states that He cannot do. we see that God cannot deny Himself: It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him. 3:1-7). He wants His children to have that same confidence in Him that He has in Himself. I beg to differ. we shall also reign with him: if we deny him. Hebrews 6 gives us some more insight as to why the object of God's faith is Himself: . He cannot be tempted with evil and He cannot deny Himself. Therefore. What would do damage to the teaching of His deity and sovereignty would be for us to imply that God could ever doubt or disbelieve. The fact that God has confidence in Himself and is certain of Himself does not take away His deity or the fact that He rules the universe but strengthens this argument. I also believe that 2 Tim. the issue is not whether God has faith or not. He cannot be tempted to doubt and disbelieve in His ability to cause His Word to come to pass. This falls under one of the several "cannots" of God. God has complete confidence in Himself. yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. James 1:13-14). He cannot deny Himself which shows that He has complete confidence in Himself. Yet. There are some things that God cannot do and the Bible makes it clear what those things are. The issue whether God would ever question or deny Himself.
God's Word To The Nations Bible Translation interprets Heb. there was no one else He could swear to. God cannot lie (Titus 1:1-2) and Hebrews tells us that it is impossible for Him to do so." God based the fulfillment of His promised to Abraham. confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things. And so.For when God made promise to Abraham. He cannot lie or break a promise. If we did more of a study of what God cannot do. He gives us a measure of His own confidence and ability to fulfill His promises and act upon His commands. we might have a strong consolation. 6:13-18 Here is another one of the "cannots" of God. So He could swear to Himself simply because He has complete confidence in His own ability and character. because he could swear by no greater. Since he had no one greater on whom to base his oath. who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: -Heb. 6:13 this way: "God made a promise to Abraham. So who did He swear and make His vow and oath to? Himself. and multiplying I will multiply thee. God has complete confidence in Himself. Therefore. in which it was impossible for God to lie. . glory to His holy and righteous name. There is no one in the universe greater than God. Why did He make this oath confirmation to Himself to keep His promise to Abraham? Because He is the greatest in the universe. 6:10. He is not an unjust God who requires something of us without making the means available (Heb. When making an oath to Abraham. Wherein God. he based it on himself. 1 John 1:9). not so much on Abraham's on ability to appropriate the promise but primarily on His own ability to fulfill it. And He desires that you and I have this same confidence. he sware by himself. More of God's confidence could be supernaturally imparted into us if we understood God's self imposed limitations. he obtained the promise. after he had patiently endured. His immutability will not even allow Him to change His mind concerning any promise that He has made. Surely blessing I will bless thee. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. we would have more insight into the character of God. He is the creator of the universe. willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel. Saying.
with introduction by R. OK: Rhema Bible Church. E. 1934). Scott and others about 1880. Notes 1.S. Original 1599 Geneva Bible Notes can be graciously found at http://www. We will see that several men who are see today as great men also advocated this truth and also saw Mark 11:22 as our Lord teaching us to receive God's faith. The Vines Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words (New York: Thomas Nelson Publishers. Worrell. Robertson. Kenyon: The True Story by Joe McIntyre (Lake Mary. Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by Canne. Blayney. Ibid. The Worrell New Testament (Springfield. 1984) affirms that the word "nothing" was translated from the Greek word "Rhema. p.reformed.W.T. Missouri: Gospel Publishing House. The King James version uses the word "nothing" in the place of the phrase "no word.In our next study on "The God Kind of Faith" we will see that the modern day faith teachers were not the first to teach this principle the way we are presenting it here. TN: Broadman Press.org 6. New Thresholds of Faith (Tulsa. 1997) . 80 2. Kenneth E. FL: Creation House. 82 3. Browne. A Grammer of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research (Nashville. 500. As quoted in the book..A. A. 1985). A." 4." However. 1980) First published in 1904 5. Hagin. p. Torrey 7.