The Faith of Jesus Christ

"The faith of Jesus has been overlooked and treated in an indifferent, careless manner. It has not occupied the prominent position in which it was revealed to John." (1888 Materials, p.211)

Please read this page in connection with the following pages and you will surely be blessed - SAVED IN OR FROM SIN? and ENOUGH WITH THE SMOOTH SERMONS and THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST

Many people today proclaim to have faith 'in' Jesus Christ, but are rejecting the power of faith. Faith in Christ is proclaimed in such a loose way today, that the true meaning has been lost in the majority of minds. We have all sorts of people proclaiming faith in Christ today, from the people that fill the pews in churches, to pop, rock and movie celebrities. Now we know this is an important issue for the last days, because Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:5 that there would be people who have a 'form of godliness, but deny the power thereof'. So the purpose of this page is to bring light to the true faith of Jesus Christ, and reveal what this 'power' is that the majority of people are missing in their lives.

The last day saints are revealed in this verse ... Revelation 14:12 ...'Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.'

It's interesting that the majority of professed Christians today separate the law and the gospel, and yet Revelation 14:12 brings the law and the gospel together. The saints living in the last days according to Revelation 14 are those who are both keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ. So these saints are both living in the gospel and also keeping the law of God. Now I really believe there is a better way to understand this verse. I believe we could read it as follows:

'Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God,
AS A RESULT OF the faith of Jesus.'

And therein lies the power of Christ in us. The simple fact is, Revelation 14:12 says that the end time saints are keeping the commandments of God. Something that the vast majority of professed Christians today refuse to acknowledge can be done. And what are they refusing? They are refusing the power of Christ in them. Professed Christians today are happy to proclaim to be believers and followers of Christ, but they reject the power that is found in the true faith of Jesus.

"Oh, we are all sinners! - no one can keep the commandments!"

We have all heard this statement many times. The problem is, those who make these statements are mixing truth with error. Yes, we are all sinners, because as the Bible says we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But where does the Bible say that no one CAN keep the commandments, through Christ in us? There is not one verse in the Bible that says we cannot keep God's commandments. Not one! And what are we doing by thinking and proclaiming that we cannot keep the commandments? We are focusing on ourselves, instead of Jesus Christ! The EXACT same mistake the Jews made! We are looking at the written law instead of looking at Christ!

This is serious friends! Satan is herding the masses down the 'broad way to destruction'. This is the way that proclaims a gospel without obedience, a faith without any power! And oh, how many Satan has in this trap! And Christ will say unto those .... 'depart from me, ye workers of iniquity!' (Matthew 7:23)

So what does faith of Christ mean?

So what does it really mean to have the faith of Christ, as Revelation 14:12 states concerning the end time saints? It means that the saints have accepted the righteousness of Christ in their lives. They have allowed Christ to live His perfect life in them. And that is made manifest in the obedience to all of God's commandments. The faith of Jesus does not diminish or 'destroy' the law but rather fulfils or 'brings full meaning' to the law as Jesus stated in Matthew 5:17. The faith of Jesus magnifies and expands the law in all its glory. Yet most of the Protestant churches perceive the faith of Jesus as being against the commandments of God given in the Old Testament. But this is a completely wrong view.

For instance, when reading Paul's writings in Romans and Galatians, many professed Christians believe that Paul was doing away with God's 'Old Testament commandments'. Whereas in fact, Paul was simply doing away with the Jews' own system of law keeping - ie, salvation by law keeping and circumcision. The whole problem with the Jews and even some of the Gentile converts was in the way they kept the law. They did not unite it with the faith of Jesus. They continued to look to the written law, instead of looking to Christ. And this way of law keeping will get you absolutely nowhere!

"No man can rightly present the law of God without the gospel, or the gospel without the law. The law is the gospel embodied, and the gospel is the law unfolded." (E.White, Christ's Object Lessons, p.128)

Hence, why Christ said He came not to abolish the law, but to 'fulfil', which in the truest sense, means 'to bring full meaning'. So Christ expanded the commandments of God the Father. He brought light to the law. He lived the law of God. He did something that we can never do on our own - keep the commandments of God. This is why we need the faith of Jesus in our lives, so that we may become partakers of the divine nature and keep the commandments of God.

2 Peter 1:3-4 ...'According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.'

"We need not retain one sinful propensity. As we partake of the divine nature, hereditary and cultivated tendencies to wrong are cut away from the character, and we are made a living power for good. Ever learning of the divine Teacher, daily partaking of His nature, we cooperate with God in overcoming Satan's temptations. How this is accomplished, Christ has shown us. By what means did He overcome in the conflict with Satan? By the Word of God. Only by the Word could He resist temptation. 'It is written,' He said. And unto us are given 'exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.' ... Every promise in God's Word is ours ... When assailed by temptation, look not to circumstances or to the weakness of self, but to the power of the Word. All its strength is yours." (E.White, The Faith I Live By, p.23)

Does the divine nature of God sin? No! And we can be partakers of this divine nature that does not sin. But how can we be 'partakers' of the divine? By the faith of Jesus Christ! The Faith of Jesus contains the power to produce the keeping of the law in us. Yet without the faith of Jesus, the Law will always be a yoke of bondage, but in Christ we can truly be free from the carnal mind and we can say "oh, how I love your Law" (Psalm 119)

Proverbs 3:5-6 ...'Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and HE shall direct thy paths.'

Jude 1:24 ...'Now unto HIM that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.'

2 Peter 2:9 ...'THE LORD knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.'

Romans 8:37 ...'in all these things we are more than conquerors THROUGH HIM that loved us.'

John 14:23 ...'Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make our abode with him.'

Galatians 2:20 ...'I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live BY the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.'

What do these verses tell us? Do they tell us that we do the work ourselves? No, because we will fail everytime! These verses are telling us that it is CHRIST HIMSELF who does the work in us. This is the power of the faith of Jesus. This is the power of the gospel! Having the faith of Jesus means to have Jesus live His life and faith in us. Through our surrendering to the will of God, and forsaking sin, the Lord will dwell in us through His Spirit. Thus, having Jesus in us, making us partakers of the divine nature, enables us to 'keep the commandments of God'. This is the power that the majority of Christians are missing in their lives.

"None need fail of attaining, in his sphere, to perfection of Christian character. By the sacrifice of Christ, provision has been made for the believer to receive all things that pertain to life and godliness. God calls upon us to reach the standard of perfection and places before us the example of Christ's character. In His humanity, perfected by a life of constant resistance of evil, the Saviour showed that through co-operation with Divinity, human beings may in this life attain to perfection of character. This is God's assurance to us that we, too, may obtain complete victory. Before the believer is held out the wonderful possibility of being like Christ, obedient to all the principles of the law. But of himself man is utterly unable to reach this condition. The holiness that God's word declares he must have before he can be saved is the result of the working of divine grace as he bows in submission to the discipline and restraining influences of the Spirit of truth. Man's obedience can be made perfect only by the incense of Christ's righteousness, which fills with divine fragrance every act of obedience. The part of the Christian is to persevere in overcoming every fault. Constantly he is to pray to the Saviour to heal the disorders of his sin-sick soul. He has not the wisdom or the strength to overcome; these belong to the Lord, and He bestows them on those who in humiliation and contrition seek Him for help. The work of transformation from unholiness to holiness is a continuous one. Day by day God labors for man's sanctification, and man is to co-operate with Him, putting forth persevering efforts in the cultivation of right habits. He is to add grace to grace; and as he thus works on the plan of addition, God works for him on the plan of multiplication. Our Saviour is always ready to hear and answer the prayer of the contrite heart, and grace and peace are multiplied to His faithful ones. Gladly He grants them the blessings they need in their struggle against the evils that beset them." (E.White, Acts of the Apostles, p.531-532)

Having a 'form of godliness' without the power thereof, will gain us nothing! Please surrender to Jesus Christ. Look to His life and allow Him to live His perfect life in you. Then you will have the power to overcome all things and keep the commandments of God.