For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast – Ephesians 2:8-9
Throughout the epistles, there isn’t much teaching by the Apostles on the subject of faith. The Apostles never told us to have faith because they knew we were born with it. Someone might say, “Well, Jesus asked His disciples, on several occasions, to have faith.” Understand that the disciples weren’t born again at that time; they lived under the Old Testament. Besides, salvation, which comes by grace through faith hadn’t been consummated at the time Jesus taught the disciples to have faith. However, in Christ, faith has been imparted to our spirits.
In 2 Peter 1:1, the Apostle Peter wrote, “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Notice those to whom Apostle Peter was writing: “…them that have obtained like precious faith….” That’s talking about every believer in Christ. We’ve obtained like precious faith with the apostles; we’ve received it. We didn’t have to manufacture or create it; it came to us in the Word, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul spelt out this same truth in his epistle to the Body of Christ in Romans 12:3. It reads, “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 to every man the measure of faith.“ This Scripture addresses all the saints in the Body of Christ; we that are born again! We were given the same measure of faith through the Gospel.
Now, the Lord Jesus made a profound statement with respect to what you can accomplish with that measure of faith. He said, “…verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you“ (Matthew 17:20). This is so inspiring; it means you can live a life of infinite possibilities, create your triumphant and victorious life, dominate, and rule your world through faith—the least amount of faith that you possess. This is awesome! Yet everyone has the responsibility to strengthen and multiply his faith.
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Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the ministry of your Word through which my faith is built strong. As I increase my faith by hearing your Word, and strengthen it through doing the Word, I am increasingly triumphant and victorious in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Romans 10:17; Romans 12:3