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A Second Look at Faith

In Christian circles, we talk much about faith. Still, the question about faith that I am asking here sounds strange in most of our faith discussions: “Does Jesus have faith in you?”

In John 2:23–24, we’re introduced to a group of people who had faith in Jesus: Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men.”

In this case, the King James Version translation fails to express an interesting play on words that appears in John's original Greek. We could restate those verses as: “Many had faith in Jesus’ name because they saw His miracles; But Jesus did not have faith in them, because He knew all.”

In other words, here was a group of people who believed in Jesus, but He did not believe in them. While they passed the “faith test” of today’s “only believe” experts, they ultimately did not have the commitment to Him that was essential to enter into a covenant of commitment to Christ.

They believed Jesus in their minds, satisfied that He was the Messiah. But they did not believe Him with their hearts and lives—or welcome His full impact in their lives. And genuine, Christ-focused faith will always change lives, because it involves absolute belief and complete trust in Him. That kind of faith is something you don’t just dabble in; you stake your entire life on it.

So what kind of faith do you have? A doctrinal, checklist faith that says, “Yes, I believe that Jesus is the Messiah? . . . Yes, I believe that Jesus is able to do the miraculous. . . . Yes, I believe that Jesus is the Savior of the world.”

Or do you have the kind of personal, life-changing faith that says, “Where He may lead me, I will go, for I have learned to trust Him so . . . ?” Doubtless, it is this kind of faith that marks the believers whom Jesus has faith in.

So, then, “Does Jesus have faith in you?”

—Arlin Weaver

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