I hear members of the Body of Christ speak on the faith that they have, but I don’t hear them speak on the faith that they need to bring to pass the things that they hope for as needed. We all have faith in Jesus, or we would not be a member of his body, the church; however, the saving faith that we used to receive Jesus has come and done what it came to do: it gave us what we hoped for as we became saved. I believe that the challenge that many members have with faith is that they think it is all stored up in their faith inventory; and that faith is just there ready to be applied to bring to pass that in which they hoped for next. I believe that faith can be viewed for example sakes, like parts at an auto repair shop: the parts for the most part will come to the auto repair shop when the supplier hears from the parts manager by placing the order for the parts hoped for: then they will come. Now the auto repair shop will already have a measure of parts maintained for basic repair needs, just like every other auto repair shop will have in their measure; however, for the parts in which the auto repair shop hopes for that are not already in their measure of parts, those parts will then come by the supplier hearing, and the supplier hearing from the auto repair shop. It is the same way with faith. We don’t know by chance what is up next for us to have need of; and neither do we know what our ordered steps by the Lord will take us into to by intent creating things for us to hope for. So just like the auto repair shop, we do have a measure of faith that is given for basic operation and function; but if we don’t have the faith for it already in our measure, how will it come? Measured Faith Isn’t Your Hope For Faith.
Romans 12:3 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. We all have the measure of faith dealt to us; and it is by this measure in which we can do the basic functions and operations of life everyday. If I think about everyone who qualifies for SSI, I am fully aware that other sources of income will be needed for things beyond the basic needs. We are blessed to not have to depend on measure faith for all the things in which we hoped for, for we would not be able to store and know the amount of faith that would be needed to have been dealt to the measure given. I will not disagree with, or challenge one who believes the measure of faith given was given to those of the grace of Christ. However, I can not see how any man, save or unsaved, would be able to function and operate daily without all men being dealt some measure of faith. Ephesians 4:7, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” The gift of Christ is unto salvation, and to be unto salvation one must be a member of the Body of Christ. There is also no doubt that God created all man, and that he has done things for all of man to survive whether they accept his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, or not. As I understand it, God so loved the world, not just the world to be saved, let’s read it: John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” There was much faith in the world way before Jesus’ arrival; therefore, any faith given to any, measure or for Ark building purposes, would have been faith given to those without yet the gift of Christ. Measured Faith Isn’t Your Hope For Faith.
So as I now look at the Roman century to whom Jesus gave one of the highest measures of edification in which can be given to any man; the path of faith becomes much clearer. Matthew 8:10, “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” First of all, this centurion is not of the Jewish belief, and he is definitely not one of the disciples. Secondly, we can not say that this faith, in which Jesus himself describes as being so great, is not according to the measure of the faith given by the grace of Christ. The gift of the grace of Christ is still a work progressing unto the hour to be at hand: we are not there yet. And lastly, but there are more, I just don’t need more: the faith of the centurion did not come from the Holy Ghost for he has yet to fall: we are not there yet either at this stage. However, we can go old school to find the faith of the centurion: before him, him presently, and after him. Now before the centurion, when God was looking for the father of faith: Genesis 12:1 &4, “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee. 4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.” So Abram at the time, heard what had been said, and moved on what he had heard. Now when it was presently the centurion, having a servant at home sick of the palsy, and grievously tormented. Then Jesus said that I will come and heal him. Matthew 8:8, “The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. So the centurion heard what Jesus said, and received it as being done. Now when it is the future, after the centurion; and it is now you and me. Do you have the faith that you need to bring to pass that in which you hope for. It is not the measure of faith in which I will ask you about, and it will not be about the gift of faith from the Holy Ghost in which I will ask you about. We will acknowledge that you may have both; however, since the centurion had neither while receiving one of the highest measures of edification from Jesus himself concerning having so great faith, I will only ask you this. Have You Heard Yet What You Have Been Hoping For? Romans 10:17, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. When you hear what you have been looking for, then faith has come, and you must then only believe it as you move on it. The thing that the centurion had to go along with the faith that he heard from Jesus, “I will Heal him” is that he believed without any doubt. Once you hear your faith come, you got to ask yourself the question. Can I believe this substance that has come with faith, without any doubt? As one of my favorite actors would reply, Well, Can you? Measured Faith Isn’t Your Hope For Faith.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.