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A promise has to be made before one can have faith in the person who promised. To have faith in Jesus is to believe in him that he can deliver whatever he promised. It is to count on him as one who can fulfill his promises. It goes without saying that to have faith in him, is to accept his deity, his Messiahship, his Sonship and his power to transform us into his mindset (Phil. 2:5), and into his "Body" (I Cor. 12:27). And this faith is well-founded and well-grounded, with substance and evidential, as in "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen" (Heb 11:1). As important as our faith (in) him is, of and by itself, it is nothing without the faith (of) Jesus in the Father. The Father has to promise, before faith in his ability to fulfill what was promised is summoned. Jesus' faith in the Father started and initiated all that has been subsequently promised. His faith in the Father is absolute, having been the only one who was with him even before creation (John 1:1-3). This is the faith-to-faith principle as in: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. - Romans 1:16-17 The "father of the faithful" is Abraham (Gal. 3:6-8) and we are the sons of Abraham. But, the faith of Abraham was in El Shadddai, YHVH Elohim, Jesus the Creator, the God that he knew, to deliver his promises. But before Abraham's faith, his Creator/Jesus also has faith in the Father who no one has seen (but Jesus). So from the faith originally (of) Jesus/Creator in his Father, it transcended from YHVH ELOHIM's promise to Abraham and to others. Indeed, from faith to faith. This faith (of) Jesus is based on a covenant. As there were covenants between Abraham and God, Israel and God, new Israel and God, all of these covenants were after the unwritten covenant way before creation, between YHVH ELOHIM/Jesus and God the Father. But, what was covenantly promised by the Father to Jesus, even before the creation of the worlds? This promise was not preached as a specific unwritten covenant and has not been understood as such until this time, in this generation. This covenant, way before all other covenants that followed, essentially is for YHVH ELOHIM to die (Rev. 13:8) as incarnate Jesus, as payment in full for the sins of YHVH's creation, to reconcile us to the Father. In return, the Father would resurrect Jesus to receive the promise of the Spirit to dwell in the "fleshly tables" of our heart. This will then transform us into the "body of Christ" as an eternal salvation, and be "higher than angels"(Heb.2:5-18). The Father is creating not a plant- kingdom, not an animal-kingdom and not even a human-kingdom. Historically and futuristically, all human kingdoms will be destroyed. There will be a fulfillment of the "dream of Nebuchadnezzar" (Daniel 2). It will be a god-kingdom, a "new creation" within the "body/church of Christ". Jesus' faith is in the Father whose promise is for mankind to be "in the body of Christ". This will be fulfilled. His faith in the Father is on solid grounds, as our faith in Jesus is.
This may be a surprise to some but the faith we use after the advent of Jesus' death and resurrection is a gift from God, Ephesians 2:8-9, and that faith is really Jesus' faith, Hebrews 12:2, 'Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.' We don't have to struggle to, or ask God to, have/give us more faith because we have Jesus' own faith as a gift. The 'faith of Jesus' is also in Romans 3:22, Galatians 2:16, 3:22, and Revelation 14:2. All these should be read in the KJV because, for some unknown reason in later translations, the wording was changed to 'faith _in' Jesus rather than the 'faith _of' Jesus. When personally considering your own faith those two words, of and in, make a huge difference in how y ou feel about your faith. I am much more confident knowing I have Jesus' own faith instead of something I can generate. God's wonderful gifts of mercy, grace, and love are complete and is why He gave us Jesus' faith as well, knowing we would struggle with faith otherwise. Jesus did everything for us already and all we have to do is imitate Him instead of struggling to' earn' salvation and/or come up with faith by personal effort.
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