Faith in Jesus Christ, an Eternal Principle

William Fullmer DVM By William Fullmer DVM, 27th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Faith in Jesus Christ is essential element in our lives.

“…the just shall live by his faith"

The Old Testament Prophet Habakkuk said, “…the just shall live by his faith”, implying that faith should be at the center of our lives. (Habakkuk 2:4 KJV)

Jesus Christ also taught the importance of faith during His ministry. In Mathew 17 we read account of a father who had presented his son to the disciples to be healed, but they were unable to perform the miracle. The father not willing to give up, then approached the Savior who was able to “rebuke the devil” (Mathew 17:18 KJV) and healed the boy. The disciples who were obviously distressed at their inability to heal him inquired of the Savior as to why they were unsuccessful. The Savior taught them that they lacked the necessary faith to perform the miracle. He taught them the principle of faith by comparing it to a mustard seed, teaching them that if their faith were even as small as the seed they could accomplish great things in His name.

The Savior reiterated this teaching when he withered the fig tree and told the disciples that this act was just a small example as to what was possible through the exercise of faith. (See Mathew 21:19-22 KJV) Timothy taught “…through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,” (Hebrews 11:33 KJV).

It is also interesting to me that the Savior taught that faith is in a sense a two way street. For instance, the faith to heal is connected to the faith to be healed. On numerous occasions in connection with the Savior performing a miracle he would commend the person for their faith saying “thy faith hath made thee whole” (Mathew 9:22 KJV). Luke recorded a perfect example of this in the request of a Centurion to the Savior to heal his servant, he believed that Jesus could “…but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.” (Luke 7:7 KJV) Of him the Savior marveled; “…I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel…:” (Luke 7:9 KJV), obviously from these examples both the giver and the receiver needs faith.

As we develop more faith in Jesus Christ we will be able to do more in His name. We will be blessed with an increased capacity and ability to fulfill His work and follow in his footsteps. Just as Able offered “By faith offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice” (Hebrews 11:4 KJV), we will have an increased ability do His work. We will follow James admonition that we might be “…doers of the word, and not hearers only...” (James 1:22 KJV)


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Dr. Fullmer graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He also graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Sciences and f

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author avatar Jack Vorster
28th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank for sharing this. Having made a study of this I found it remarkable that Jesus should "credit" some with “thy faith hath made thee whole”. The truth is, people were placing their trust in Jesus to perform the miracle and it was their faith in the faith of Jesus that brought it about. Perhaps Galatians 2:20 accentuates this fact in that we now live our lives by the faith of Jesus. Note "of" and not "in". Many other verses in the New Testament of the Old King James also point to the faith "of" or "his" faith when it comes to applying our faith. We can do all things "through Christ", which strengthens us. And we now have the "mind of Christ" Also, Jesus is the "Author and finisher of our faith" He is faith itself and and we have faith in that faith, for without Him we can do nothing - and within Him we live, and move, and have out being. (Acts 17:28)
Having faith as a grain of mustard seed is an act of sheer confidence in the attributes of Christ within us.

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author avatar William Fullmer DVM
28th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you for your insights and comment.

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