WHAT FAITH IN JESUS DOES
“Do not let your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.”
If we were less familiar with these words we should be more startled by their immeasurable meaning. One, who seems to be a man, asks all who will follow Him to give Him precisely the same faith and confidence that give to God. He would not abate His claims, though He was the most humble and the meekest of all men. And there is no other conclusion to which we can come to except that He was, and knew Himself to be, “God, manifested in the flesh.”
FAITH IN JESUS IS THE CURE FOR HEART TROUBLE.
It is of little use for us to say, “Let not your heart be troubled,” unless we can add, “Trust Christ.” Only if we can trust Him, can we be still and have our hearts untroubled. Only if we can shift the responsibility of our life on the care of our never-failing Redeemer can weeping be exchanged for radiant and unspeakable joy.
FAITH IN JESUS BRINGS US TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
“Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me.” Philip said, “Show us the Father.” And Jesus answered, “Believe, and you will know.” The world says, “Seeing is believing. The world finds it impossible to believe anything which cannot be seen with the eye. But Jesus says, “Believing is seeing.” Faith in Him provides us with the ability to see because of our belief.
The true way to know God is not by arguing about or seeking to verify His existence by intellectual processes. We can know Him by obeying the teachings and commands of Jesus. We come to know God by following in the footsteps of Jesus. We understand who God is by having fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ.
FAITH IN JESUS WILL MAKE OUR LIVES THE INSTRUMENT
THROUGH WHICH HE CAN WORK.
Jesus said, as recorded In John 14:12: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also, and greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father.” Put simply, Jesus was saying that “Anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing.”
Jesus is always the worker. One who follows Jesus, the worker, yields himself most completely to Him in obedience and faith. That one who yields completely in obedience and faith will become the instrument through which He will work most mightily.
Gary’s Wednesday Word Princeton Christian Church 16 June 2021