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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Do You Have Christian Faith?



During his ministry, the bible says that the Messiah (Jesus) asked the question, “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). In other words will there be any faithful people left when he returns to establish his kingdom.



The Messiah had faith, he had faith in the Father in all matters. It's written in the bible that he said “ Of myself, I can do Nothing!” (John 5:30), and “The Father that dwelleth in me,...doeth the works.” (John 14:10). All of the works the Messiah did was a direct result of the interaction and closeness of the Fathers holy spirit. 

Now for the question that most have never thought about. Did the Messiah raise himself from the dead, or did the Father raise the Messiah from the dead? If you really think about it, if the Messiah could have raised himself from the dead then he could not have really been dead. Obviously then the Father raised him from the dead. Yashua Messiah (Jesus) put his faith in the Father to raise him. This was a reason why he underwent much stress and actually sweat blood before the crucifixion. He did not want to die and asked the father to take this cup from him (Luke 22:42). He had the exact same faith in putting his life in the hands of the Father, and turning their whole entire life over as Shadrach Meshach and Abednego did before they were thrown in the fiery furnace. They did not truly know if the Father would save their lives or not, but they went ahead and kept the faith, the true biblical faith that they possessed (Dan 3:17).

The Apostles had faith also, these are the ones that walked with the Messiah when he was here on earth. All of them had the ability to recant their story and live, but the reality of what they experienced was more important then their own lives. They performed great miracles like the Messiah also. In fact, book of Acts talks about just the shadow of Peter healing people (Acts 5:12-16). There are great things the elect can do, for those who are called by the Father, and answer the call!

Unfortunately there is little faith to be found on earth at this point in time. Most have the attitude that if they could just see miracles or some other wonder, they would possess such faith. Any miracles that one can work, such as healing (James 5:14) is not a physical property, but rather is the spiritual evidence of faith. Faith is not a feeling, or something that we feel. Faith proceeds possession, it's confidence or assurance and has nothing to do with the 5 senses, it's a spiritual and not a physical property. It is best summed up in Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

Until those who are called will both put the trust in the Lord and follow his laws and commandments, (Rev 14:12) there will not be any physical properties of faith (miracles) in someones life until they at least develop the spiritual assurance of faith to begin with.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Frank, interesting subject and one that the mainstream churches trip up on.
    Do we have 'Faith in Christ' or do we have the 'Faith of Christ'?
    Big difference! Praise Christ!

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  2. Hi Scott, Glad to hear from you as always. The Messiah did preach a message when he was here and most people cannot see that. They seem to think he just walked about giving good advice and was just being a nice guy, and everyone should just love him and say the sinners prayer, then accept him into their life. But, as you know there is more than that to it and the bible says that we will be judged on our actions that come from the faith that we have after we are called, and not be judged by saying a prayer to bring him into our life. So it's not a matter of who you love, but rather who you obey. The real message of the bible is that we must die to ourselves to gain eternal life. only when we become an empty vessel is when the Father will fill us to be the men and women we should be, and yes I do believe we can work miracles when we are his children. I myself have prayed for a man who was close to dieing of Cancer 2 years ago. He was an ex-preacher we had absolute faith he would be healed and he is still alive today. This is only because of walking close to the Lord of Lords and having the faith. Anything and everything is not of myself but is from the Father.

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