ABOUT FAITH

Luke 17:11-19 reads:  “And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.   And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:  And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.  And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.  And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” 

There are MANY different ways the Bible defines faith.  We are going to see from scripture how vitally important faith in who God is, and what He says, is.  Ultimately, it is a matter of WHOLENESS spiritually.  In the passage above regarding the ten lepers, all ten obeyed Jesus, which is a trial in and of itself; by going to show themselves to the priests.  That act was the law and custom of the day.  It is of great importance to note that one must also be willing to accept Christ’s mercies in the WAY and METHOD God chooses.  A good example of this is in 2 Kings, chapter 5.  Naaman was a Syrian captain in the army who had leprosy.  The prophet Elisha told him to wash in the dirty Jordan River seven times to be healed.  At first he refused to do it.  He was angry about the method of his healing.  He wanted something more star-studded because he thought of himself as more of a celebrity.  In the end, it was one of his servants that persuaded him to follow the seemingly foolish and simple instructions that ultimately resulted in his healing.   

All ten lepers were cleansed and healed.  But the scripture says in verse 15, only one “turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God”!  How beautiful it was to Jesus that the man desired to give honor and praise to the One who authored the healing than to be cleared through the authorities and placed back into society, or reconciled with family, friends, and the world.  Jesus told the man, who happened to be a Samaritan, or non-Jew; that he was made WHOLE.   

What does that mean?  Some commentaries say the Samaritan was more spiritually minded than the Jews.  Some say his salvation was made complete by worshipping and glorifying God.  What comes to my mind is, a PROPER response to a touch from the Master!  If we love Him, if we trust and obey Him, if we believe and have faith in who Jesus Christ was, is, and is to come; then we can’t HELP but worship and praise Him.  According to Jesus, this man’s faith was complete!  In the book of James, chapter 2, he calls it “saving faith” and “professing faith”.  On the flip-side, the ingratitude expressed by the Jews was an offense and a sin to Jesus, and is an example of how few “return”, or TURN to Christ to give thanks in a proper manner.  According to James’ inspired view of that moment, he declared, “faith without works is dead.” 

How glorious it is that Jesus was praising this man’s faith because he took the time to acknowledge Him.  There are other men and women in scripture who were acknowledged in like fashion:  In Genesis chapter 4, Abel is said to have offered a more excellent sacrifice than his brother Cain; God testifying of his gifts and declared him righteous.  Enoch’s testimony in Genesis chapter 5 is that he “pleased God”.  Abraham “believed” God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the “Friend of God.”  Noah, in Hebrews 11:7 says, “…being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of righteousness which is by faith.”  God tells us, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  (Matt. 7:7)

John 14:11-14 states:  “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me: that is to trust, rely on, cleave to, and obey; the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”  This is the recognition God desires, as Jesus referred to in our main text.  And, “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”  The sum of this, if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. 

We cannot be saved into God’s family, and enjoy eternal life with them in Heaven, unless we have faith to believe his plan of redemption for humanity.  That is what John 3:16 is all about.  “For God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” 

WHO is your faith in today?  WHAT is your faith in today?  What would Jesus say about us if we met Him on the street seeking a saving, healing or delivering touch?  I would like to think he would say to me, as He did to the Canaanite woman in Matthew chapter 15, “O woman, GREAT is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.”  That is my prayer for all of us!

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5 Responses to ABOUT FAITH

  1. Keri Nesser says:

    Awesome Blogpost thank you for sharing.

  2. awitness says:

    Thank you for the positive feedback. God bless you!

  3. Wonderful post thank you for sharing.

  4. Nita Surano says:

    Great article thank you for sharing.

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