Faith

Faith, Mercy, and Grace

Faith was a very important topic with Jesus from the very beginning. It is even more so now as we are to place our faith in him.

Matthew 9:29 - "Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you" (NIV)

Romans 3:22 - "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." (NIV)

Romans 3:25 - 27 - "God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith." (NIV)

In Philippians 1:27 (KJV), we see that we should be steady in one spirit and with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel:
"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;"

One of the more popular topics from Jesus in the discussion of faith is that of moving a mountain after the transfiguration as they are walking down an actual mountain. Even though Jesus is referring to "this mountain" when talking to Peter, James, and John, he then follows up saying that nothing shall be impossible to them

Matthew 17: (Also see Mark 9)
1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. (Note: they are going up an actual mountain.)
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, "Don't tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead." (Note: they are going down an actual mountain.)
14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him.
15 "Lord, have mercy on my son," he said. "He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.
16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him."
17 "O unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me."
18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"
20 He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (NIV)

Jesus again mentions faith and a mountain when he is giving the disciples insight into the withering of the fig tree.

Matthew 21: (Also see Mark 11)
18 Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry.
19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered.
20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" they asked.
21 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done.
22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (NIV)

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