Did Jesus walk by faith the same as we do?

Jesus is the Son of God. He is God the Son. He is God. There should be no question about His deity. John made it clear in the first chapter of his book that the Word existed before the beginning of creation and that He was God and that He created all things. He also wrote that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus became the God man. God is infinite and is everywhere at the same time. In His human body Jesus could only be in one place at one time. He took upon himself human limits. God can hear the prayers of millions all at the same time and in hundreds of different languages. He can speak to the hearts and minds of millions of people all at the same time. Jesus could only speak in one place at a time. He could only hear what was within hearing distance of His two human ears. Once the Word became flesh He entered into the world of human limits.

God has always existed. He never changes. He has always had infinite understanding. He never went through a growing up period. We read this about the boy Jesus “And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom…” Luke 2:40 NKJV Jesus went through the growth stages of life. He was a baby, then a toddler, an adolescent and a teenager. He had to learn to walk and talk just like the rest of us. As a three year old He did not know He was the Son of God. Read my previous article on ‘Prophecy in the Life of Jesus’ to explore the process by which Jesus came to understand who He was.

The last words Jesus spoke before He died on the cross were “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” He died in faith trusting that His Father would accept His sacrifice for human sins and raise Him up from the dead in three days. It was not just at His death that Jesus had faith. He lived His entire life by faith, trusting in His Father and in His written word.

Are there any other scriptures that show us that Jesus walked by faith? Let’s look at
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.”  KJV
Unfortunately other translation such as the New King James version and the New International Version change this to our “faith IN the Son of God.”

Another verse that speaks of the faith of Jesus (not faith in Jesus) is Philippians 3:9 “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through THE FAITH OF CHRIST, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” King James Version. Again, sadly, the New King James Version and New International Version change this to faith IN Jesus. See also Romans 3:21-22, Galatians. 2:15-16,  Galatians 3:22 and Ephesians 3:11-12 . I will leave it to you to research the original Greek and see why it should be translated as the ‘faith OF Jesus’ rather than ‘faith IN Jesus.’

Why does it matter? Because there is a beautiful and wonderful truth here that our Lord Jesus walked by faith the same as we do! We read in Hebrews 4:15 New King James Version  “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Our faith, our trust in God, is often tempted in this life by doubt and fear. Our High Priest to whom we pray understands our temptations because He was “in all points tempted as we are.” It is a comfort to know that Jesus understands our difficulties because He has been through it Himself as a human.

When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness he preceded each of his temptations with the phrase “IF you are the Son of God….” He was attacking the faith of Jesus by trying to get Him to doubt that He was the Son of God. Jesus kept His faith in His Father and defeated Satan by quoting the Scriptures.

Jesus maintained and built up His trust in the Father by prayer and by the scriptures. We read that He sometimes spent the entire night in prayer. It was necessary to His Faith. We do not find in the New Testament that Jesus had any visions, dreams, or revelations to Him by angels. Prayer and the scriptures were His tools and weapons. Those are the same things that are available to every Christian.

Since He was walking by faith, trusting the Father and the scriptures, what about the miracles? Were those not accomplished by the God part of Jesus rather than the human part of Jesus? In my opinion, I believe the miracles were performed by the angels in response to the faith of Jesus. I will explain that in a future article.

It does not diminish my love, respect or worship of Jesus to think of Him as walking in human faith. Rather, it enhances it! It shows how much harder it was for Him to accomplish what He did for us and makes me to appreciate Him more and feel more closely bonded to Him! He lived and died in faith, trusting that He was doing the Father’s will and that His human blood sacrifice on the altar would be accepted by the Father as the atonement for human sins.

 

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