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
unpunishedhe 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
14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before
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
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."
Our faith in Jesus as Saviour should not waver.
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