John 6:63 gives us a graphic portrayal of why our confession does not always produce the fruit, or harvest, desired.
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63 (KJV)
The Spirit (or our spirit by the Holy Spirit) is the only thing that really matters in the scheme of human affairs. It is the Spirit that quickeneth (vitalizes, revitalizes, gives life (zoe: God life; God time), makes alive!
Flesh (sarx: the human nature; carnal mindedness; human reason without the Holy Ghost), on the other hand, has no value or profit in the least. The carnal reasoning of the human nature, and it’s words, are profitless, useless, impotent and do not benefit at all.
You see, only the words that Jesus speaks to you are of any value!
Consider with me, if you will, the word zoe. Zoe includes in it’s meaning of God Life the idea of God Time. The quickened words (the rhema or hrema) that Jesus speaks to YOU are supernatural life and the time of vitalization (life giving) of those words given to you.
This is what happens when you read a verse of Scripture and it jumps off the page at you. Suddenly it takes on a personal touch and immerses you in it’s promise. You have then received the fruition of it’s creative power and potential.
The Bible is the Word of God. It is declared to be quick (living) and extremely powerful (Heb. 4:12). The Scripture also declares itself to be a dead letter.
. . . the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life. 2 Corinthians 3:6 (KJV)
Which is it? What, then, is being said? How does that which is dead (in it’s legalistic sense) become living and powerful?
The fleshly (sarx-ist) nature of man attempts to manipulate the letter of the law to justify himself and to have what he wants. Confession is made without real understanding of spiritual truth and seeks to satisfy self. This is defined by the Word as lust. The flesh parrot’s (or echo’s) the Word but does not abide, nor have any part with it, in it. The confession is useless, impotent, and has no benefit at all. It is not mixed with enabling faith because there is no real relationship between the One who gave the word and the one who repeats the word.
It takes revelation, a quickening, of the Spirit to bring the dead letter to life in each individual situation and circumstance of a person’s life. This is as true for those lost souls who respond to the Gospel as it is for we Christians who expect results from our confession.
Romans 10:17 teaches us that faith comes by giving audience to what was heard and that hearing comes by the God Words quickened by the Spirit. Having heard what Jesus said, we can then speak. This is the confession of faith that will bring the manifestation of the thing spoken.