Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
For the past week we have been discussing the passage above as it applies to the life and faith of Jesus as well as His children. In our last study we looked at what the faith of Jesus endured. In His life and in His death Jesus became the “Author and Finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2. That faith endured every weapon of the arsenal of Satan and brought Jesus off more than conquerer, in our same flesh and blood. And He proved that the law of God can be kept under even the most dire of circumstances. THIS is the faith of Jesus.
It was through the discipline of temptation, opposition, hardship and trial that the faith of Jesus was challenged and developed into patient enduring obedience. He always kept His Father’s commandments–even in the face of the uniting of church and state against Him. His confidence in the character of His Father was unshaken even when the Father turned from Him on the cross. God is love, and the faith of Jesus refused to cherish any thought to the contrary, even when staring into the second death of total annihilation. The Lord has not left us without understanding of what this meant to the Father. Even a brief meditation on the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham reveals the intense agony of the Father as He watched His Son suffer. (Genesis 22).
Jesus has given every one of us a “measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 What we do with it is up to us, and our responses our daily tests are a good indicator of how we will behave in bigger trials ahead. Revelation 13 clearly foretells a time when once again church and state will unite in persecuting power. The tortures of the past ages will once again become a reality, and according to Revelation 13:15, we also will face death. Will our faith hold? Will we have “the faith of Jesus”?
What does it matter? Why is our possession of the faith of Jesus so vital in the great controversy? I can state it no better than the late Donald K. Short in his book, “Made Like…His Brethren”, page 146.
“What is this need that drives God to such sacrificial devotion? A 6000-year courtship of frustration and rejection! What hidden value does the repentant bride possess that only He can see? In full view of the universe she is the canvas upon which He can paint the reflections of His attributes. No celestial resume’ could adequately represent Him and dispel the doubts and accusations that have taunted Him since Lucifer’s rebellion. She alone can open the chest of God and display the compassion and love that burns in His desire. She alone is the rib that rested in the cavity of His soul.”
The faith of Jesus is not about us. It’s about Him. And when we love Him Who first loved us, the faith of Jesus – that faith of which He is the Author and Finisher – will carry us through anything that faces us today or in the future. We will “open the chest of God and display” what God and His law are really all about, as by faith Jesus did on in His life, in Gethsemane, and on Calvary.