My sins are forgiven, continue to be forgiven, and will be forgiven through all eternity. I know that by faith. Nothing is more important to me or anyone else than this forgiveness. Knowing it is vital. I can't see the forgiveness I possess, but faith is superior to sight (2 Cor 5:7). If I step off a cliff, I will go over and down. I can say I know that, but it isn't less than I know that my sins are forgiven. God says my sins are forgiven. I know they are.
Faith is the threshold through which knowledge comes: knowledge of God, of salvation, of righteousness, of understanding everything else. Colossians 2:3 says that "in [Christ] are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." The whole history of mankind is understood by faith. How we got there and continue being here is known by faith. The future is apprehended by faith. All spiritual matters, which are most important, are recognized by faith. We understand the purpose of everything by faith. We know what to do by faith. How families work is known by faith. Whether we've done wrong is discerned by faith. I can keep going.
What comes through faith is pure because faith itself is pure and what comes through faith is pure. Faith is a gift. I mentioned that in part one. The faith by which we access or obtain the knowledge is the "faith of Jesus." The New Testament certainly teaches "faith in Christ," but it also teaches "faith of Jesus," what Jesus calls "my faith" (Rev 2:13, 4:12), a genitive of possession. Since it is his, we do not get it except from Him. The knowledge of God comes by divine origination and the pathway it takes is faith. You don't get it except by faith. And faith itself is divine, so it is pure. Sight comes with impurity. Actual faith doesn't.
Jesus in Luke 11:52 talks about the Pharisees taking away "the key of knowledge." Faith in Jesus Christ or faith of Jesus Christ is the key of knowledge. One could say Jesus opens up the door to all knowledge, like He did for the Apostle Paul, but that occurs by faith.
Someone has said, "What you see is what you get." It's not true. You don't know always what you are getting from what you see. What you see isn't necessarily what you think it is. You can be fooled, and what it is that you see is itself a lie.
Many doctrines of scripture now through the centuries have been challenged by man's observations, his sight. Man sees something that he then thinks contradicts a teaching of the Bible. He considers his sight to be superior to the doctrine, because it is "evidence." He thinks evidence is how someone obtains knowledge and evidence by definition is something he can touch or observe.
At one time, men considered faith superior to observation. They got truth, goodness, and beauty from God. The founding fathers of the United States were from this era and they had the notion that men were endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. Think of that! Too bad, I guess, that they didn't come from a later period where that could be debunked by humanists.
I come to a couple of areas of application (next time).