Got Faith?

The “Just” shall live by faith (Hebrews 10:38). But what is faith? Harper’s Bible Dictionary says faith is:

An act or state of acknowledging the existence and power of a supreme being and the reality of a divine order.

The acceptance as real or true, that which is not supported by evidence of the senses or by rational proofs.

An affirmative response to the will of God as revealed, especially by Jesus Christ. It is thus a compound of belief, trust, and an attitude of mind, will, or spirit.

What Jesus said about faith:

When Jesus departed from there (the ruler’s house), two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” Matthew 9:27-29

Passage Analysis:

Notice in verse 27 the men were following Jesus crying out “Son of David have mercy on us”.

It appears they cried out for some time before Jesus answered them.

Albert Barnes said “They had followed him, but thus far he had not seemed to heed their cries, and he entered the house as if he did not intend to regard them in order to try their faith.”

Determination and Perseverance Rewarded:

But they  followed him into the house. “They showed a determination to persevere until they obtained what they asked.”

And Jesus said to them: Believe ye that I am able to do this?  “To work such a miracle. Though they had followed him and cried after him, yet he required of them an open profession of their faith in regard to his power.”

They said unto him: “Yea, Lord,  We have no doubt of this. We came with that assurance: we have followed thee with that belief. It was on this simple profession of their faith that the miracle was performed.”

Answering life’s challenges with an open profession of faith will be rewarded by pursuing Christ with determination and perseverance.

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