On faith and its attributes…(part 1)

This one is a re-post from my friend’s facebook note. My response (comment) to this was:

i had a d’vine appt w/ ds entry. sipd every word like d cofi m havng now. we wer jus praying prayrs of faith kanina. Haha. I agree, oh dat he would stretch r capacity! Oh dat he would stretch r FAITH! Tnx 4 d tag.ü

Some five years ago, God gave me the word FAITH. Since then, I had asked, sought, read, tried to study… what the huge word meant. The past months, I am experiencing some kind of a release of that word’s revelation in my life. Years back I thought I was striving to understand in futility. But I realized now that through those years, God was growing faith inside me. I want more of that fruit in my life. But I am thankful now for the impossible things that God has given me the courage to believe for. It’s a crazy thing, but when you believe it, you just do, and you’re sure that you do. That’s why it’s called NOW FAITH (Heb. 1). Thanks Jim for this post. It’s so refreshing to read!

On faith and its attributes…(part 1)
by Jim Leandro Cano on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 2:48am

I have embarked on the journey of seeking what faith really is. Hebrews 11 is a very meaty chapter that deals with the subject-matter. I read Matthew Henry and Adam Clarke’s commentaries, but I find Matthew Henry’s insights very stunning and striking. Most, if not all, of which will be quoted are excerpts from Henry’s Commentary aside from the Bible. 

The first verse is powerful. It not only shows what our faith should be, but shows the type of faith that Christ has that makes Him deserving of the name FAITHFUL.

Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV)

“Now faith is the assurance of things  hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (NASU)

I thought this was just something for myself. My faith is being sure of what I hope for and certain of what I do not/cannot see; the assurance/substance of that which I hope for, the conviction of things not seen. But we’ll understand more when we see it from God’s perspective. HE IS SURE of what we hope for, even in the times when doubt clouds our mind, HE IS CERTAIN of what we cannot see, like what He has called us to be!The same goes with regard to other people. Even as Christians, there are times that we do not have faith in other people, maybe even other Christians, but HE DOES! HE IS SURE AND CERTAIN of what we cannot see in other people. I believe that to have true faith is to be CONSUMED BY HIS FAITH. Hebrews 12 says that He is the Author and Perfecter of faith. It starts from Him and ends with Him. Heb 11:6 says that, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God…” And so we must ask of Him because it is, in a scientific term, synthesized, by Him! haha. He stimulates, stirs up, puts faith, that we may be faithful like Him! We cannot obtain this sureness and certainty if we do not fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith. There is no other way. We cannot have faith in others if we do not have that faith that Christ has for them. It is as simple as pursuing Christ and being consumed by Him that we may emanate nothing else but Him. =)

On the first three verses:

“Christ dwells in the soul by faith, and the soul is filled with the fullness of God, as far as his present measure will admit; he experiences a substantial reality in the objects of faith.”

Christ dwells in the soul by faith, by being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we cannot see, AND the soul is filled with the fullness of God. The fullness of God! God is willing to give all of Him, but we can have only so much as our capacity so admits. Oh what is it to be really filled with the fullness of God? Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead, living in us and through us, permeating every thought, intention, motive. Yes, the very the depths of our heart, the inward man.

When M.Henry mentioned the underlined phrase, it struck me so deeply. To me, the underlined phrase means that we can only have so much of Christ as far as our capacity so admits; how much of Him can we contain? Oh that Christ would stretch our capacity! That He would give us new wineskin for the new wine that He so wants to pour on a daily basis (Mark 2:22). We can’t contain what He wants to pour on us today if our wineskins, our ways are still the old ways. Imagine if we remained as we were x-number of years ago, even as Christians, we cannot receive what He has in store for us right now. We cannot have fresh manna.

Many times we have barriers that become hindrances to our receiving the fullness of God. In our Animal Science class, I learned that the reason why asthmatic people only get so much air or have the difficulty to get air rather, is because their bronchi (air passages) to the alveoli (where gas exchange occurs) is clogged with so much things. Sometimes, this also happens when we eat things or are exposed to things that we are allergic to. The body does not accept these and so reacts. There are things in life that cause us to sin and stumble and we still expose ourselves to them deliberately, eventually we find ourselves having a hard time breathing in the Spirit of God. Just as Oxygen is ever-present around us, so is the Omnipresent God, but we can only breathe in so much as our spiritual air passages are clear (of sin and fleshly desires).

To be continued….


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