Greetings Brethren:

We (FreedomJournal) will keep the Faith to our journey's end.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal August 3, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.




In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

While Faith and Belief are rarely used in the Old Testament, it is used almost 500 times in the New Testament. Jesus explains "what is faith in Luke 17. Here we see Jesus teaching about forgiveness and faith. As we pave the way for the healing of our Lord and savior, we bear witness to His messages on faith.

Luke 17:5. "And the Apostles said unto the Lord, increase our faith."

The scripture prior to this verse reveals that Jesus was warning the religious leaders who taught as hypocrites. (See Matthew 23:15 and 13-36. Jesus Condemns the religious leaders). These leaders were creating an evil system. Teachers have a great responsibility. They should be guided by the Holy Spirit and seek to do no harm. (See James 3:1. The teacher's responsibility).

Luke 17:3. "Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him."

To rebuke does not mean to point out every sin we see. However, a rebuke means to bring sin to the attention of the person in an effort to restore them to God and God's people. Thus the Apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith because they realized that it would require strong faith to comply with the strict laws noted by Jesus.

Meanwhile Jesus did not respond directly to the question because the amount of faith is not as important as the sincerity of one's faith. Here we see that faith is total dependence on God and a willingness to do his will. Faith is not for show. Faith is a complete and humble submission to Gods will and the will to carry-out what God calls us to do.

Luke 17:6. "And the lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of a mustard seed,"

The amount of faith is not as important as the right kind of faith. A mustard seed is very small but it is alive and growing. Thus, the tiny mustard seed is compared to the growing faith of a believer. A little faith planted in God will grow and develop as one grows in the Word.

The joy that faith brings is found in Romans 5:1-5. Again we note that an understanding of faith will allow believers to better understand how faith relates to healing.

Romans 5:1. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Peace with God is a different kind of peace. This peace is possible because Jesus paid the price for our sins with his death on the cross. God has noted the requirement of faith since the days of Abel in the Garden of Eden. (See Hebrews 11:4-6 and 1-40. The great heroes of faith).

This passage in Romans reveals that faith means the faith in the Gospel of Christ. Hence your faith is revealed in Christ and not the Law of Moses. Thus throughout the Book of Romans Paul reveals that our faith should be in Christ and not the law that the Judaizers preached which caused confusion especially among the Gentiles.

Romans 5:3. "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience."

The glory will be received in the future. Thus, we find joy in tribulations. However it is not the pleasure of tribulation that renders glory, but the good fruit that results from the patience gained from enduring.

Paul tells us that trials and tribulation will help us grow. We rejoice in suffering because we know that God is using life's trials to build character. Meanwhile our patience is developed, our character strengthened, our trust in God is deepened and we gain greater confidence about the future. (Also see James 1:2-4 and 1 Peter 1:6-7).

Romans 5:5. "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us."

The three elements of the Triune are involved in salvation. We have received the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son (see Acts 1:18). The Holy Spirit fills our lives with love and allows us to live by His power. Thus, we would be fools not to serve Him. The Holy Spirit thus has a distinct relationship to faith. Therefore, we see the essence of faith and the Holy Spirit in the miracle of healing.

Cont. Part 35: The Apostle Paul and Faith




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