Lk. 17:5; 2nd π Jn. 2:5 π Eph. 3:12
“And the apostles said unto the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’” ( Lk. 17:5; top )
Faith is a principle of active, total trust in Jesus, which is ready to go forth at every word He speaks. ( “Whatever He says to you, do it.” – Jn. 2:5 ) This is the whole man rightly related to God, like the Son was to the Father. Then He supplies the faith to accompany His proposals. “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him (Jesus).” ( Eph. 3:12; top )
We have often thought faith was a tangible thing with which, when applied like a credit card, we could buy spiritual gifts and gain prosperity and success. But there is more to it than that. You can be intellectually intimate with the Scriptures and never be intimate with Jesus or the Father. Jesus’ faith was perfect because He was one with the Father. How close are we willing to get to the Father? It isn’t suggested in the Scriptures that we are to proclaim our doubts, nor our great spiritual experiences; however our paramount necessity is to keep at one continually with the Lord.
Abraham’s faith was purified by his experience of the obeying of the Lord’s request to sacrifice Isaac. God must work in us as He did in Abraham, to purify areas in us that have not been touched by God, to give us increased and perfected faith.
What happened to the disciples after they had uttered Lk. 17:5 ? (top) They ended up forsaking Him and fleeing from Him after His arrest. This and Peter’s denial shows they were concerned with self-interest and self-preservation. But after the crucifixion and Jesus’ resurrection and Pentecost, they never lacked for faith. They had not only increased in faith but secured their faith and lost their self-interest and self-preservation.
From then on, God made their choices for them; they had increased faith to believe God would do right.
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