The Revelation of Faith.

1 Timothy 3:8-9 (KJV) – Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. The word mystery simply means the secret of a thing. It means the hidden understand or value of a thing.

The word faith in the context of the New Testament Gospel simply means an absolute trust and dependence on God through Jesus Christ based on the knowledge of His word. Of no doubt, faith is a mystery. It is deeper than anyone can think or imagine. It is what defines a believer. It is the determinant of success and breakthrough of any believer in Christ Jesus. It is the only way to experience God through Jesus Christ. Faith is the reality of life in Christ Jesus. It is a lifestyle of believers.

1 Timothy 3:8-9 (BBE) – Deacons, in the same way, are to be serious in their behavior, not false in word, not given to taking much wine or greatly desiring the wealth of this world; Keeping the secret of the faith in a heart free from sin.

Faith is a mystery. The word mystery means the deep things about the faith or the secret things about faith. Faith is a deep thing and it is very spiritual. In this article, we shall reveal some deep things about faith. Faith is a subject that is very important to believers because it is the beginning and the end of our life as a believer. Everything in the kingdom of God rises and fall on the faith.

One Faith, One God

Faith is one and not many types or classes. The difference from one person to another one as believers as regards breakthrough with the application of our faith is the use or the expression of our faith. Ephesians 4:5 (KJV) – One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

The Expression of our Faith

We saw Jesus addressing people based on their faith during His earthly ministry. Some He called them faithless – Matthew 17:17 – Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me.

Mark 9:19 – He answered him, and said, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him unto me.

Some people Jesus told that their faith was little – Matthew 6:30 – Wherefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Matthew 8:26 – And He said unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

Matthew 16:8 – Which when Jesus perceived, He said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?

Some other people he told them they ha e great faith – Matthew 8:10 – When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Matthew 15:28 – Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Teaching classes of faith from all the scriptures above is an out of context message. Simply because Jesus was not teaching us the classes of faith. Neither was he teaching the forms or types of faith. What was the message behind the statement that someone was faithless? Or have little faith and great faith?

Faithless and Perverse Generation.

Matthew 17:15-18 (KJV) – Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for of times he falls into the fire and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil, and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

The disciples could not heal the sick on that day, eventually, Jesus came to their rescue and healed the sick child. Jesus must be very angry with the disciples simply because they are not drinking into His spirit. They are not able to fit into His shoes. Jesus called them a perverse and faithless generation.

Secondly, Jesus was sending a message out of that statement that it takes faith to do all the great works. Healing is by faith, prosperity is by faith, and breakthroughs come by faith. Without faith, life is at the mercy of chance. What gives control over life is our faith.

Faith is Spiritual

Why couldn’t they have faith and they have been following Jesus for a while? Faith is a spiritual force and being. It is the spirit of Christ that powers faith. They would not be able to have it and do what Jesus can do because the spirit at that time was not yet given – John 7:38-39 (KJV) – He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.

Faith is a thing of the Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12:7-9 (KJV) – But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

Every believer has the spirit of faith. It is a gift from God to all that believe in Him except if you have not received His Spirit which means you have not been born again. – 2 Corinthians 4:13 (BBE) – But having the same spirit of faith, as it is said in the Writings, The words of my mouth came from the faith in my heart; in the same way, our words are the outcome of our faith;

It was a promise of God from the beginning and prophesied by the prophet of the old covenant. –

Joel 2:28 (BBE) – And after that, it will come about, says the Lord, that I will send my spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will be prophets, your old men will have dreams, your young men will see visions:

The Apostles confirmed it – Acts 2:17 (BBE) – And it will come about, in the last days, says God, that I will send out my Spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will be prophets, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams:

We are in the days of the Spirit of God. And He lives in us forever. He is the one Jesus handed us over to. He is the comforter that we all have and the mentor God gave to us. The word of God in Romans 8:26-27 says he helps us. He is the Holy Spirit Jesus promised us – Ephesians 1:12-13 (KJV) – That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that, ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,

A believer cannot be faithless

Jesus told His disciples that they didn’t have faith or that they were faithless what was in the mind of Jesus Christ by that statement? Perhaps they are faithless because they did not have the spirit of faith in them unlike after the resurrection of Jesus Christ when they have received the Holy Spirit of promise.

Jesus told them that they must tarry in Jerusalem until they have an encounter with the Holy Spirit – Luke 24:49 (KJV) – And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

At the same time that the apostles are faithless also means an expression of their faith at that time. A faith you have and did not use is as though you did not have it. But whichever it may be, for a believer in Christ Jesus you cannot and can never be faithless. Do not allow anyone to intimidate you that you are faithless. Why? Jesus relates with us by His spirit of faith – Romans 12:3 (KJV) – For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt with every man the measure of faith.

If you are born again. You have received the spirit of God. And that is the spirit of faith. How? Simply by the confession of Jesus Christ and not the confession of your sin. It is the confession of Christ Jesus that saves you not the confession of your sin. Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The Little and Great Faith.

These are an expression of faith. Jesus here was not attacking them actually He was revealing to us about their responses to the challenge at hand through faith. It was not about types or forms of faith. A lot of people are looking for great faith daily. They run from pillar to post. Valley to mountains, jumping from church to another Church. Do not stress yourself, faith is one and it does not have sizes but the expression is what Jesus was speaking about.

Ephesians 4:5 (KJV) – One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

It is the faith of Christ Jesus or the faith in Jesus Christ. – Romans 3:22 – Even the righteousness of God which is by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Galatians 2:16 – Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 3:22 – But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. All of us have the same faith and it makes us become the sons of God – John 1:11-12.

Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

The faith is one and it is received at the point of salvation – 1 Peter 1:9 (KJV) – Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

It is called the end of faith by Basic Bible English version see it here… 1 Peter 1:9 (BBE) – For so you have the true end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Jesus the End of our Faith

Of course, faith is one, and all believers in Christ Jesus has it. It is the evidence of true salvation that lives with us. Meaning the faith is the end of our salvation. With faith you are saved to keep on enjoying the goodness of God.1 Peter 1:9 – Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

A man or woman that have received Jesus into his or her life and walking in the leading of the Holy Spirit in the first place can never be called faithless because it takes faith to be saved and the spirit he or she has received is a spirit of Faith which is called the spirit of Christ. Secondly he or she cannot be looking for more faith. Faith is not in sizes because Christ is our faith according to Romans chapter twelve and verse two.

When you have received Jesus Christ you have received the end of faith, No more searching for Faith. All you need is an expression of that faith which differs from one person to another and that is the reason why we cannot have the same result as a believer because the usage of our faith are not the same.

Jesus is the end of our Faith – Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Basic Bible in English put it this way – Hebrews 12:2 (BBE) – Having our eyes fixed on Jesus, the guide and end of our faith, who went through the pains of the cross, not caring for the shame, because of the joy which was before him, and who has now taken his place at the right hand of God’s seat of power.

Meaning when you receive Jesus you have the end of faith. When you receive Jesus into your life you have the end of faith. I want to correct this error that we do make. Saying that we gave our lives to Christ. It is very wrong and not true. Jesus did not collect life from anyone. But He gave his own life for everyone.

If you have given your life to Jesus you should die really.  When he gave his own life He actually died. The right statement is that I receive the life of Christ or I dedicated my life to Jesus. In other words, I surrender my life to be used by His life I have received. Apostle Paul said that “the life he lives now is by the life of Christ in him not his own life anymore. That is it! – Galatians 2:20 (KJV) – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Jesus said – John 10:11, 17-18 (KJV) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. Therefore doth my Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

At the time Jesus said I have not seen this kind of faith in Israel. Yes, it was true, a lot of places He went, people did not believe him. Even he could not heal people from his own home simply because they did not believe. Mark 6:5-6 (KJV) – And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folks, and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

So when Jesus sees real faith with great expression he will talk about it with amazement. And when He sees people not expressing the faith he will as well be amazed and speak or addressed them based on their level of expression of their faith either as faithless or little faith and so on.

Little faith is enough

For a confirmation that Jesus Christ was not teaching the types or the levels of faith when he spoke of the faithless, little faith and great faith, etc. He taught the disciples that the little faith is enough. You do not need great faith. If you can use your little faith Miracle like a mountain moving one will happen. Wow! Yes! That simple? It is the scripture and Jesus speaking there and the scripture can never be broken glory to Jesus.

Matthew 17:20 (BBE) – And he says to them, Because of your little faith: for truly I say to you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Be moved from this place to that, and it will be moved, and nothing will be impossible to you.

The problem of the believers not getting results when we cry to God for a need is actually not because we have little faith. It is an inability to use little faith. A believer in Jesus Christ who has his spirit in Him does not have “no faith” problem and have no “little faith” problem but the “faith usage” problem or expression. Jesus said, “the little faith” is enough.

Even if it is as little as the seeds of mustards it is enough. Until you see the seed of mustard you cannot really understand this. The seed of mustard is too small that you cannot really hold it like an object. So tiny a seed. Every time I see the seed of mustard I tell myself I am great! I can make it. Because I believe my faith in expression is bigger than this tiny seed of mustard.

Developing your faith

The way to increase the performance or the expression of our Faith is by continual feeding on the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. The word of God there means the word of Christ. It was Jesus Christ that was referred to as God in that version. And that is very correct because Jesus Christ is the God that operates for the God the father and even the Spirit – 1 John 5:20 – And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Colossians 2:8-9 – Beware lest any man spoils you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. {Rudiments: or, elements} {Make a prey: or, seduce you, or, lead you astray} 9 – For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Let me read that verse from another version that narrowed the word of God in that verse to Jesus Christ – Romans 10:17 (BBE) – So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Please note my word… I mean the word of Christ. Not the words of Moses or Elijah or Ruth or Jeremiah. I am not saying don’t read about those people ok? I mean the faith that will work wonders for you will come only when you hear about Christ and His finished work for you. It is great wisdom to concentrate your study or reading energy on stuff that will be profitable to you than mere things,

If Christ is our Faith the teaching of Christ is the only way to develop the faith of Christ. Hebrews 12:2 (BBE) – Having our eyes fixed on Jesus, the guide and end of our faith, who went through the pains of the cross, not caring for the shame, because of the joy which was before him, and who has now taken his place at the right hand of God’s seat of power.

James 2:1- My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

Growing your faith

2 Thessalonians 1:3 – We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

Let us read from another version for better understanding – 2 Thessalonians 1:3 (BBE) – It is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, because of the great increase of your faith, and the wealth of your love for one another;

That Paul said that their faith grew exceedingly what was Paul talking about? Can your faith grow just like animal and plant grows? But Faith is one and it is in Christ and Jesus is the end of Faith? If something comes to an end does it moves or changes size again? Even for plant and animals once they get to the last phase of increase in size they stop. They can be fatter or slimmer but not shorter or longer anymore.

What was in the mind of Apostle Paul here so that we just do not apply this scripture directly and begin to cause problems for people, who will be trying to do the thing that is not possible. Trying to grow their faith literally. You cannot take that for a type of faith as well. Not exceeding faith. No! That means the day you read from a version that uses increase instead of exceedingly you will preach the increasing faith. That is confusion.

What Paul was talking about is the same as what Jesus meant. It is talking about the way you react to Maters based on faith. Your reaction by faith. It means the way you use your faith. Faith is your greatest weapon of war as a believer –  1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

1 John 5:4 (KJV) – For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.

Without faith, you will never be able to please God. – Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for him that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Don’t even try to please God by what you can give or do it will not get His attention except they are done by faith. Only Faith that you express in his name gets him pleased with you.

Mark 9:23 – Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Mark 11:20-24 – And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter calling to remembrance said unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursed is withered away. 22 And Jesus answering said unto them, Have faith in God. {Have…: or, Have the faith of God} 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he said. 24 Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he said. 24 Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Conclusion

Faith is one. Jesus is the end of our faith. This faith we received at salvation and it is everything that defines a believer. It must be expressed to deliver the goodness of God packaged in it. It is a finished package. It does not change size but expression changes from time to time and from one believer to another believer.

Please note that the scriptures used in this article are from the King James and Basic Bible in English version.

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