This is the third post in a series about the New Covenant that Jesus has made available to us.
What does it mean to believe and have faith?
What you believe about Jesus will entirely determine who you become in Him.
Many of us under-estimate how important what we believe is. It’s vital. Check this out. Jesus said: According to your faith be it done to you. Matthew 9:29,
Check it out – in three different versions of the bible.
Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” (NASB)
Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you;
He touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe.” It happened. They saw.
So now we must consider, we all believe in Him, we have faith… then can’t we do greater things than Him? Part of the reason is we misunderstand what it means to believe in Him. It means:
- to agree that what the bible says about Jesus is true
- and then to trust in Him and to rely on Him and lean on Him
To agree with what the bible says
How how can you agree with the things that should be happening, if you don’t know what those things are? For example, the New Testament The NT part of the bible is absolutely full of promises for those who will believe in Him.
Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ.
For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body, and you are complete through your union with Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe.
When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. It was a spiritual procedure–the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. – Colossians 2:8-12
In those 4 verses Paul explains 3 tremendous things that Jesus did for us:
- you are complete through your union with Christ – the fullness of God lives in you!
- the cutting away of your sinful nature
- you were buried with Christ … and … raised to a new life
It says right there that this happens “because you trusted“.
Comprehending what He did is vital
I pray that you will comprehend the fullness of these statements and trust. No wait, let me quote Paul’s prayer, his is FAR better:
I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called.
I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people.
I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else in this world or in the world to come. And God has put all things under the authority of Christ, and he gave him this authority for the benefit of the church.
And the church is his body; it is filled by Christ, who fills everything everywhere with his presence. – Ephesians 1:15-23
Holy guacamole! Did you get that? The very same power that raised Christ from the dead… is in us who believe in Jesus. There’s so much more… please grab your bible and eat ravenously from Colossians.
Did you notice the following words Paul was speaking to BELIEVERS? Paul is “asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give”…
- to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding,
- grow in your knowledge of God
- your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand
- I want you to realize
- begin to understand
We are not called to eat from a tree of knowledge of good and evil (for example going into a third heaven, or opening doors, or fiddling with dominions – which is all a new gnosis etc.). No. We are called to have a deep and abiding understanding of what Jesus did for us. He wants you to have spiritual wisdom and understanding, growing in our knowledge of God, hearts being flooded with light so that you can understand, to realize, to begin to understand.
Then we are to trust in, lean on and rely upon
Clearly there is something to learn about what Jesus did for us, about who He is… and if we embrace it, we will see our lives change for the better.
Consider Peter. He was in the boat and He said to Jesus “Lord if it’s You, then tell me to come out onto the water”. Peter had grasped that Jesus had the ability to do anything He wanted! So Peter reckoned correctly that if Jesus wanted Peter to walk on water… then he (Peter) would be able to do it.
This shows how important it is to know and understand who Jesus is. If Jesus can speak a whole universe into being, then surely He has heal your friend? If Jesus has the fullness of God in Him and Jesus is in you… then you have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead… inside of you!
At first that can be easily misunderstood to mean that you are now God, or something idiotic like that. No it doesn’t mean that. It simply means that if you have Jesus inside you (and you do) then you can pray to God for the healing of a person and you know that the power of Jesus is present to heal and then… caboom… they get healed. Really… all things are possible.
As our mind are renewed, we will more and more confidently call on Jesus for things, because we’re convinced He can do them. Like Peter, you will begin to walk on water. Like Peter, doubting makes you sink. The only anti-dote to doubting, is to believe, rely on and be renewed in your mind.
How do we become renewed? The washing of the word. Read read read the bible. Start with Colossians. 😀