Word Study ("The Word of Faith")
From Faith and Victory Church's "A Word in Due Season" Newsletter
says, "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee,
even in thy heart: that is, the Word of Faith,
which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with
thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised Him from the
dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart
man believeth unto righteousness; and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation."
We, as Paul said here, preach the Word of Faith,
indeed, Paul states that "we" preach that Word
of Faith. This means that Barnabas, and all the
teachers and ministers that Paul counted in that
"we" preached the same precious Word of Faith as he did.
He said in Galatians 1:6-12 that if any man, or even
an angel came preaching any other gospel, which, he said, is not
another gospel, for the true Gospel is "Good News," then that man,
or being, is accursed!
Not my words, mind you, Paul's! Strong words!
This Word of Faith is all inclusive as well. Let's look at the words
we have bolded in the above verse, Saved and Salvation.
The Greek word translated in the King James Version as "saved" here
is the word "sozo", pronounced, "sode-zo". It means in the
literal Greek, "saved, delivered, healed, protected; to be made
whole spirit, soul, body, financially and socially!" This touches
every area that has to do with the tripartite being of man! (1
Thess.5:23) Your spirit is born again, a joint heir with Jesus
(Romans 8:17!) Your soulish area, that is, your mind, will and
emotions, are set free by the peace of God that passes all human
mental understanding (John 14:27, Phil. 4:7). Your physical body is
made whole and well and you have the ability to live in divine
health because Jesus bore your sicknesses and carried your diseases
(Matt. 8:17). By His stripes you were healed on the Cross nearly
2000 years ago (1 Peter 2:24!) Jesus was made poor so that you might
be made rich (2 Corinth. 8:9). God is pleased with His servant's
prosperity (Psalm 35:27)! You have favor with God and man socially
(Acts 2:47)! The redemption that Jesus bought for us on the Cross is
complete in every way. It doesn't fall short in any area.
The word translated "salvation" in the Greek is "soteria,"
pronounced, "so-teer-e-ah," and is simply the noun form of the Greek
word "sozo." The exact same word is translated, "health" in
Acts 27:34, where Paul exhorts the men on the ship with him,
"Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for is for your
health: for there shall not a hair fall from the head of any of
you." The men on the ship with him, out of fear that the ship would
sink and they would be lost at sea, were fasting. Paul had seen a
vision of their deliverance, and exhorted them to build up their
strength by eating some meat. He assured them that it was for their
"soteria," that is; their health, deliverance, well being.
How much more is believing that Jesus is our personal Lord and
Savior, and that God raised Him from the dead "taking meat" of the
Word of Faith for our "soteria!" (1 Corinth. 3:1-3)
Why is Romans 10:8-10 a "synopsis" of the whole Gospel? How is it
the summation of "the Word of Faith, which we teach?" Because it is
the pattern of believing and receiving from God in every area that
pertains to our life in Him. We believe in our heart and confess
with our mouth, and we are born again (Romans 8:9, John 3:16.) We
believe with our heart that Jesus is Lord of our healing, and
confess that we are the healed with our mouth, and we are made
physically well (Psalm 107:20.) We confess that Jesus is Lord of our
mind, that we have the mind of Christ, and His peace rules our minds
(1 Corinth. 2:16, Phil. 4:7). We believe that Jesus is Lord of our
finances, giving us direction and taking control in that area, and
we confess the blessing of God as obedient tithers and givers, and
we receive the windows of heaven being poured out on us (Malachi
3:10-11)! We believe with our heart, and confess that Jesus is Lord
of our relationships, and He leads us in that area (Prov. 13:20).
Never forget that Romans 10:8-10 gives you the Gospel, the "Good
News" in a simple way. You can use this to show others the
simplicity of the Gospel, and that we have a loving Heavenly Father
that has graciously provided for us in every area of life!