Our Lord Jesus faced a great challenge that preachers face today. He had an audience who weren’t growing in Wisdom (in The Spirit) as they grew in stature (in the natural - Lk. 2:52). Therefore remained shallow in spiritual understanding without the exception of the Lord’s disciples who could hardly interpret every inspired word Christ Spoke
It may therefore interest you to know that many of the exciting faith messages of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John where we easily relate with God’s Promises for The Natural Life has to do with The Beginning or Foundation of Faith!
The Lord started out by promoting an aspect of Faith (Faith Towards God) via Carnal Ministrations, i.e. via messages that men could carnally or physically relate with. He had to leave the aspect of unveiling Spiritual Ministrations (i.e. spiritual promise hidden in the Parables) to the apostles who later broke down his parables into counsels that would Build Us Unto The End of Faith (1Pet. 1:9)
Jn. 3:12 ‘If I have told you Earthly Things (i.e. things that take place on earth including new birth), and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of Heavenly Things (i.e. things that take place in heavenly/spiritual places which we meant to fellowship with while on earth, things that glorious angels desire to know but can’t because its only given to man – 1Pet. 1:12/Heb. 2:6)?
Jn. 16:12 ‘I have yet MANY THINGS to say unto you, but ye cannot BEAR them now’ (i.e. things pertaining truth which must be unveiled by the Holy Spirit)
The kind of Faith that Christ was promoting in the synoptic gospels like in Matt. 11:29 was one which believers could relate with from spiritual Childhood unto Teenage years, but this certainly can’t take us into Adulthood (i.e. spiritual maturity/Sonship).
Young believers in the early years of the Christian faith are mainly faced with Mountains/natural Problems and there is a recipe of faith that empowers them to overcome such challenges. This recipe is a Faith is found in The Milk of God’s Word, an elementary or foundational aspect of the principles/doctrines of Christ, please see Heb. 6:1-2
Mark 11:23 ….that whosoever shall say unto This Mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
So, with all the manifestation of gifts of the Spirit that made believers in the Corinthian Church prosper outwardly, the intelligence of sin still hold them captive, because sin was spiritual and it takes a transformed/spiritual soul to overcome it. They were therefore at the mercy of receiving a more spiritual meal which was a faith described as “THE FAITH OF THE SON”
This is why:
- John’s testimony in 1Jn. 1:1 was that a saint who started initially with the Beginner Courses of Faith but was later weaned from it and built by the Faith of The Son to an extent that his soul could laid hold of very Thronic life resident in God which our recreated Human Spirit partook of at New Birth!
- Apostles Paul had to prepare the Ephesian and Colossian churches for a deeper Faith through ministrations that reveal Christ after they cooperated with the necessary initial faith weaning process. This was the legal ground for Paul to pray to the Father to ‘Open The Eyes of Their Heart’ (Eph. 1:17-18)
The same God that has been christened ‘Jehovah Sharp Sharp/Jehovah Now Now’ in my generation is the same God that kept Father Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Zachariah, Hannah, Mary e.t.c. waiting for decades, all because He actually wanted to give them something beyond the natural, something beyond what the ‘average Christian’ would celebrate as ‘breakthrough’.
You may therefore agree with me that ‘There is a Faith that would Build or lead unto Perfection! When The Church is United in this Faith, believers would attain a spiritual stature that can ‘House The Father & The Son’ (Jn. 14:21/23) like we ‘Housed the Spirit’ (Jn. 14:16) when we got born again. Until then, there would be no clear distinction between what a believer and an unbeliever seeks!
If not You, WHO? If not Now, WHEN? If not Here, WHERE?
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