Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Yesterday we talked about patience a bit. It’s interesting to find the attribute of patience here connected with faith and obedience. As I’m pondering those last four words, “the faith of Jesus” this morning, I feel like Job–I need to place my hand over my mouth.
Faith is defined in Strong’s Concordance as, “persuasion, credence, moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher),…” Hebrews 11:1 gives us the famous definition as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith, then, has the ability to create within the heart the hope and evidence to cling to that which is desired. An example of this could be when Jesus prayed in Psalm 22:2, “but Thou hearest not…” (His feelings and emotions), but faith, which is persuaded of the character of His Father, says in vs 24, “…but when he cried unto Him, He heard.” This is why I believe, as John 17:3 says, that a true understanding of God’s character and an intimate connection with Him are the essence of eternal life.
So often we maybe feel a little like Peter; “…though all men should deny You, yet will not I!” But we must remember we’re made of the same stuff Peter was. The almost scary fact is that the Bible says that Jesus was “made like unto His brethren.” Hebrews 2:17 “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren,…” Was Jesus like Peter? like me? Did He struggle with the same temptations to fear and doubt as I do?
I am going to suggest that unless we understand how fundamentally LIKE us Jesus was made, we cannot truly understand what the faith of Jesus is. We have to understand the ground from which “the faith of Jesus” was built. And we will talk more about that tomorrow.