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The Faith of Jesus  
  Posted On : 05 Nov 2017   Posted by Fr. Aaron Techno  
 

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14:12).


This well-known verse is a wonderful description of those who are waiting for our Lord's return. There are, however, some conflicting opinions as to the exact meaning of this verse, in particular in regards to "the faith of Jesus." Some say it means faith in and some say it means faith of Jesus.

The original Greek of this portion of Scripture can be read both ways: faith in or faith of. For Christians, both aspects are of vital importance. I prefer to read this as "the faith of Jesus." This ties in with other portions of Scripture that literally read the faith of God or faith of Jesus. For example, in Mark 11:22, Jesus says, "Have faith in God." But the footnote states that the original meaning is, "Have the faith of God." 

But what does it mean to have the faith of Jesus? Many feel uncomfortable with verses such as Revelation 14:12 where we read "keeping the commandments of God" and having "the faith of Jesus" or when we read quotes such as, “God requires at this time just what He required of the holy pair in Eden—perfect obedience to His requirements” (Faith and Works, 52).

When we read such quotes we wonder if perhaps God is asking a little too much. How can we ever be as holy as the pair in Eden, perfectly created in all purity from the hand of God? Actually, the faith of Jesus and the faith in Jesus are inseparable. In fact, when we exercise faith in Jesus, we will then live out in our lives the faith of Jesus. We need not have any fear when we read verses that speak of being without spot or blemish before the throne of God, as long as we have a constant working experience with Christ. This is the faith of Jesus.

How do we put all this into real life? 
To understand this whole question of the faith in and of Jesus, we need to realize what it really means. While on the boat tossed on the sea of Galilee, Jesus rested in perfect peace and tranquillity. 

 

When Jesus was awakened to meet the storm, He was in perfect peace. There was no trace of fear in word or look, for there was no fear in His heart. But He rested not in the possession of almighty power. And it was not as the "Master of earth and sea and sky" that He reposed in quiet. That power He had laid down, and He says: "I can of mine own self do nothing." John 5:30.

He trusted in the Father's might. It was in faith - faith in God's love and care - that Jesus rested, and the power of the Word which stilled the storm was the power of God (Desire of Ages, 336).


Jesus was exercising faith. He laid down His power as Master of the universe, and simply had faith in what the Spirit could do.

As we study the life of Christ and the communion He had with His Father, we get a deeper understanding as to what the faith of Jesus is and the kind of faith we need. Jesus is our ultimate example. The power that was available to Jesus in His humanity is exactly the same power that is available to you and me today. This is the power that enables us to fulfill the commission of the saints in Revelation 14:12. This is the power that enables us to become overcomers and obey God's requirements.

Consider this example: If you wanted to cleanse your body of impurities, you would go on a cleansing diet, eating only certain cleansing foods and drinking plenty of water. You are not instantly cleansed of all impurities the very day you go on that cleansing. But if you persevere, the impurities will slowly be eliminated out of your system. 

We are to be on a spiritual cleanse with the Holy Spirit in our lives. In John 4:14 we read about how Jesus offered the Samaritan woman the water of life, which is Him. As we daily partake of that water of life, it cleanses us of all impurities. 

Nothing but the Blood
The pure blood of Jesus Christ justifies us (Romans 5:9). By accepting Jesus into our lives, we are covered by the righteousness of Christ. While we are being cleansed through the water of life, we must continuously be covered by Jesus’ righteousness.

The spiritual cleanse is a continuous growth process. I firmly believe that the spiritual and physical aspects of our holistic Christian experience are closely tied together. We are not just to take care of that which is spiritual, but ought also to take care of the physical aspects of our life (1 Corinthians 6). The self-control practiced in the physical diet is the same self-control that is to be exercised in our spiritual diet.

The faith of Jesus quite literally means Jesus lives in you through the Holy Spirit, and is ministering in your life. It is easy to talk about having faith in Jesus. James writes that even the demons believe yet they tremble. Sometimes we believe, and we don't even tremble. 

Having faith in Jesus will mean that we will have the kind of faith that Jesus did on Earth. "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with Me" (Revelation 3:20). When Jesus comes in, He will put you on that cleansing diet. His Spirit causes us to exercise the faith of Jesus. 

As Christ overcame in the faith He was exercising, so we are to overcome in the faith that He helps us exercise in our lives. "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne" (Revelation 3:21). 

Even though we, in the human flesh, have a hereditary desire to sin, Christ and the Holy Spirit will live in us and there will be a Supernatural Power working in us, enabling us to overcome that natural human propensity to sin. But we need to continue in that experience with perseverance. 

Justification is continuous in the process of sanctification. Being in that process means continual sacrificing, continual submission to Jesus every moment. In this condition, when the Father looks at you, He doesn't see your imperfect human condition that is in that process, but instead He sees Christ, His Son, ministering and working in you. The Father sees the perfect life of His Son; and the Father cannot reject the Son. You are covered by the righteousness of Christ. 

And this is why those who claim to have the Holy Spirit will not continue in sin. When we realize that something you eat is harmful for us, what do we do? We stop eating it. The problem is some of us who are on the cleansing diet keep going back to the things that are bad for us. If we continue to cheat while on our cleansing diet, slowly but surely we will become unhealthy once again. 
    
In light of this, I will not wilfully continue in known sin when I have Christ living in me. If I am on the cleansing diet, I will be involved in the process of sanctification. The definition of sanctification is purification. The result of the process of purification is obedience to the truth, and purification or sanctification is a process that is facilitated by obedience to the word of God. The source of power to continue in this process of sanctification is the Holy Spirit. 

The Word of God reveals what needs to change in my life. The Spirit speaks to me through what I learn in the Word of God. When the Spirit is living in me I have the power to stay in the sanctification process and obey the truth. 

In Faith and Works we read, "Obedience to the law of God is sanctification" (85). What does this mean to us? The meaning lies at the root of our Christian experience, and it deals with a true, spiritual love.

In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind... and thy neighbour as thyself." The result of this love is the demonstration of its power in our life by our works towards our fellow man and our obedience to God (2 John 6).

Obedience is what the whole struggle between Christ and Satan is about. Satan accused God saying that God's laws were unjust and could not be obeyed. And there are many today who agree, saying, "It's impossible to obey the law of God. It's expecting too much to ask us to meet that perfect standard. We can't be perfect!" Of course, this is nothing new. They are just repeating what Satan said from the very beginning. But we make the whole life of Christ null and void if we hold to this opinion. Christ came to this world to prove that the requirements of God are just, and that by exercising faith it’s possible to obey God’s requirements. He came to prove that the commandments are indeed given in love, so we should obey them in love. 

With Jesus living in us we can exercise the faith of Jesus. The real problem today is that we don't want to surrender everything that we are to Christ. This is why He is not accomplishing this sanctifying work in our lives. The challenge to us is to go on that cleansing diet. Drink deeply of the water of life. Respond to the revelation of truth by allowing it to change what you are. 

In Revelation 14:5, we find a verse that often fills us with consternation: "In their mouth was found no guile, for they are without fault before the throne of God." How can I as a sinner be without fault before the throne of God? We can do this by allowing sanctification to take place in my life. 

 

That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 6:14).

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:14 ).


We do not have to fear the Word of God or the Spirit of Prophecy if we are covered by the righteousness of Christ. And the only way to be covered is to be continuously, from day to day, on that cleansing diet in that process of sanctification. 

How often do we stray from that diet? Are we constantly willing to give our lives to Jesus every day?

The power that was available to Christ is the same power that is available to every single person today. The Bible tells us this, and we must believe what it says. All those who are genuinely seeking can receive this power and exercise the faith of Jesus, through the power of God in their lives. 

May the Lord bless each of us as we continue to seek His Spirit, allowing Jesus to come into our lives after we have opened that door, that we may receive that reward He has promised us.

 

 
     
 
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    March 24th, 2019 EX 17:3-7 Third Sunday of Lent – Year A Readings Lectionary: 28 Reading In those days, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?" So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people? a little more and they will stone me!" The LORD answered Moses, "Go over there in front of the people, along with some of the elders of Israel, holding in your hand, as you go, the staff with which you struck the river. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horeb. Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it for the people to drink." This Moses did, in the presence of the elders of Israel. The place was called Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled there and tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD in our midst or not?" Responsorial Psalm PS 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9. R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him. R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides. R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Oh, that today you would hear his voice: "Harden not your hearts as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the desert, Where your fathers tempted me; they tested me though they had seen my works." R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Reading 2 ROM 5:1-2, 5-8 Brothers and sisters: Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For Christ, while we were still helpless, died at the appointed time for the ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Verse Before The Gospel CF. JN 4:42, 15 Lord, you are truly the Savior of the world; give me living water, that I may never thirst again. Gospel JN 4:5-42 Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" —For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.— Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink, ' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?" Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water." Jesus said to her, "Go call your husband and come back." The woman answered and said to him, "I do not have a husband." Jesus answered her, "You are right in saying, 'I do not have a husband.' For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true." The woman said to him, "Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem." Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything." Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one speaking with you." At that moment his disciples returned, and were amazed that he was talking with a woman, but still no one said, "What are you looking for?" or "Why are you talking with her?" The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people, "Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Christ?" They went out of the town and came to him. Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." So the disciples said to one another, "Could someone have brought him something to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, 'In four months the harvest will be here'? I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest. The reaper is already receiving payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For here the saying is verified that 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work." Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me everything I have done." When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world." Or JN 4:5-15, 19B-26, 39A, 40-42 Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" —For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.— Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink, ' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?" Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water. "I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem." Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything." Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one who is speaking with you." Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him. When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world."
     
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