Monday, September 14, 2009

Q&A - Did Christ walk in faith?

1st... If faith is believin in what we haven't seen then Jesus never lived by faith seeing how he has seen the father and heaven both! He's askin us to do somethin he never did... 2 live by faith. See Jesus was indeed made into a human with every emotion of a human and lived just as we do, sharing every aspect of a human except for 2 things... His diety and his first hand expirience of heaven. If the very foundation of our belief in Christ wasn't faith then this wouldn't bother me but faith is the foundation of our belief. So how could god ask us to do something he didn't do? Either Christ never lived by faith or our definition of faith is wrong

You are diving into some deep waters when you try to understand the hyperstatic union of Christ (He is 100% deity and 100% man). On top of that you are asking a questions pertaning to the understanding and defintion of faith, something that men of God have been plunging since the beginning of time. I say that to say I may not have a sufficient answer for you but I will give it a try.

Faith is a moment by moment trust on and in the character of God. So in that respect although Jesus had an intimate knowledge of God He was still fully human and had to walk by faith. Faith is never blind and there are four "steps" (although I don't like to give anyone a prescribed method apart from the Spirit of God giving them light on the subject) that I see in walking in faith.

1. Believe a promise found in God's Word (the Bible, logos) or God's Word (directly to you, rhema)
2. Take God at His Word - if there is doubt or double mindedness refer to the book of James
3. Reckon the Bible to be true - the word reckon is an accounting term meaning to account, to meditate, to think about (found in Rom 6)
4. Step out in obedience continually

I love what William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army had to say about faith and works...

Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs of men walking. First faith, and then works; and then faith again, and then works again—until they can scarcely distinguish which is the one and which is the other.

I also think that this video may be helpful

We also know that Christ was tempted just as we in his moment by moment walk it had to be mixed with Faith, just as we see in the garden of gethsamane...not my will be done but yours.

Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Thanks for the questions...If anyone else has something to add please do so...With His Great Love - Dave


Dave said...

Please feel free to leave your comments...iron sharpens iron

Anonymous said...

Appreciate your blog. Would love to talk sometime. I hope to be in FL the first two weeks of November, perhaps we could meet.

Jon Ymker