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We all begin from the same mustard seed of faith that is present and common to all men.  This faith that makes all men equal in the eyes of God, for God has given all the ability to believe.  And this ability to believe is exercised with the freedom of choice that He gave Adam and every son of Adam.

Adam had the choice to believe God when he was warned of the eating of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil as well as the choice to disbelieve what Eve had told him.  Adam chose to listen to Eve and believe what she said and so paid the consequences.  Every son and daughter of Adam of sufficient maturity is given that same faith – the ability to believe – and can exercise his or her gift of choice with it.

Even an atheist has use of that same gift that a God believer has.  One uses it to choose not to believe that there is a God and the other uses it to believe that there is a God.  For those who believe that there is a God… they can continue to believe and choose to believe those who come with a message about God and of God.

As Jesus said to the chief priests, “For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did.” Even disciples of Jesus can still exercise their free choice of believing what and who is speaking to them, and at no stage is this ability to believe and the gift of choosing what to believe ever taken from men… from antichrists to apostles.

As it is written: When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen Him, they did not believe it. As one can see, even the faith of an apostle can stop him from believing the best of news… news that some would say is too good to be true, and so we chose to place our faith in the lesser and more obvious things… the baser things.

  • Easier to believe that there is no God rather than there is a God because we cannot see Him.
  • Easier to believe that God lied about the effect of the fruit rather than that He told the truth.
  • Easier to believe that following a set of traditional rules and laws of worship concocted by men would give us more righteousness than an open admission to the truth:  That all men are sinners in need of repentance and forgiveness.
  • Easier to believe that He is still dead rather than He is alive.

That is the effect of our faith and our use of this faith, this common faith of men.  However, this seed of faith, properly planted, can yield forth a massive tree and can be used to move mountains, as Jesus said.  The problem is not whether we have it or not nor is the problem about quantity.  We all have it and we only need a mustard seed’s worth.  The problem lays in whom we choose to believe.

Man’s biggest problem is that Adam chose to believe in the one he knew less rather than the One he knew more.  God had spent time with Adam before Eve came along and had taught Adam, walked with Adam and shown him the animals and the power of his tongue so that whatever he called the animals they were.  And the second problem of man is that we do not bother to come to know the One we believe.  As such, we have the tendency to not believe the One we know and we do not know the One we believe, but rather, we tend to believe the one we do not know and not know the One we believe.

Such a mixture is the reason why religions thrive amongst all manners of men from atheism to all forms of worship of gods, even of God.  Even antichrists know there is order and therefore design in the materials they know, but they refuse to believe in the order that brought forth the material they know.  For when you recognise the order of the material realm, you have acknowledged the existence of design and the acknowledgement of design means there is a Designer – G.O.D. – Great Omnipotent Designer or Good Orderly Design.

However, we are not here to judge others, but to begin the judgment within the house of God and so your faith, elect, will be the standard by which judgment can be made.  For our forefather of faith is not Abraham, no, he is our cousin of faith.  For the true origin of faith of an elect – one who is set apart – rests in Noah, the father of all men who live on the Earth now through his three sons – Shem, Ham and Japheth.  And this is the faith:  By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.  By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Noah believed the One who spoke to him, who told him to build an ark, even though he did not know Him, and by fulfilling the words spoken to him, Noah came to know more of God as the flood came as promised when the ark was completed, and truly he and his family were kept safe through it.  So Noah – the man who believed God – became the first knower of God who keeps His word.

Now consider the faith of the eleven who did not believe the message of Mary Magdalene that Jesus was alive and that she had seen Him.  Were those men like Noah, hearing a message from someone they did not know?  No, for Magdalene had been with them since Galilee, and more importantly, was she telling them something they had never heard of?  One who was dead is alive again!  Was such a news strange to their ears… those men who no more than just over a week or ten days ago had been reclining at the same table as a man who died, was buried and was raised to life?  Lazarus himself.  Yet they disbelieved what they heard.

As such, elect, your faith – though it stems from the faith common to all men and may be no more than that of a mustard seed – is set apart not because of its quality or quantity only, but rather, it is set apart in the Person it is invested in.

It is not the message that determines where you invest your faith, nor is it the sign or wonder that determines where you invest your faith, so that a woman bearing a fruit that looks desirable for food will not cause you to stumble and so you will be kept safe from the prostitute and her charms.  Even though, in keeping with your forefather Noah, the message may spur you into action because of holy fear and the fulfilment of the message may cause you to sacrifice and worship Him who spoke and fulfilled His words.    But going on beyond that of your heritage and leaving behind those who still did not believe even after they had spent three years with Him, the faith of an elect is invested in the Person they have come to know.

You believe in God?  Good, so do demons and they tremble.  You believe in Jesus?  Well, demons know He is the Holy One of God… and you will be saved, even healed.  You believe that He was sent by God?  Wonderful… but, elect, do you believe in the One He has sent?

You see, elect, the apostles finally did believe in Jesus, for in John 16 they said, “Now You are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. Now we can see that You know all things and that You do not even need to have anyone ask You questions.  This makes us believe that You came from God,” to which Jesus replied, “You believe at last!”

However, no more than four days later, just four days, they were sitting in disbelief of the ones whom Jesus had sent to give them the proof and witness of the resurrection.  They had disbelieved the women’s message from the angels in Luke as Luke recorded for us:  But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. And when Mary went back the second time to tell them, they still did not believe her.

Now Jesus had told the 72 when He sent them out… as He was resolutely setting out for Jerusalem the final time, “He who listens to you listens to Me; he who rejects you rejects Me; but he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.” What then do you think just happened and who then do you think they really rejected and disbelieved when they did not believe Mary Magdalene whom Jesus had sent to them with this message:  “Go instead to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God’ “? A message she did not receive in a vision or dream, but from the lips of the Man she was holding with her arms so tightly that Jesus had to first say, “Do not hold on to Me, for I have not yet returned to the Father.”

They did not listen to Mary Magdalene, so then they did not listen to the One who sent Magdalene.  They rejected Magdalene, so then they rejected the One who sent Magdalene.  No wonder… Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; He rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.

Now Jesus has sent One far more important than Magdalene.  One who loves and knows Him more than Magdalene – the Holy Spirit Himself.  He who has been sent, as Jesus said, “…will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Do you think the Holy Spirit was not reminding them what Jesus taught them about clean and unclean food and the eating of blood whilst James was spouting his judgments and recommendations about making it easier for us gentiles?  Of course He was!  The question is, do you think they were listening?

They were listening alright… not to the One they knew but to the one they did not know.  For, elect, what do you know of James the Younger except that, being one of the sons of Joseph and Mary, he accompanied Mary to get Jesus when they thought He was out of His mind, and was one of Jesus’ brothers who did not believe Him? So, elect, Acts 15 records for us the disciples, including Peter, listening to a man who once thought Jesus out of His mind and who did not believe Jesus, instead of the One whom they should know, for He lives with them and is in them – the Holy Spirit.  He who would never have thought Jesus to be out of His mind nor disbelieve Jesus or else He would never have raised Him from the dead by His power and declared Him Son of God by His holiness!

The faith of an elect is to believe in the One whom Jesus has sent and to come to the place where he or she knows the One whom they have believed.  Remember Jesus had to say to Philip, “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?” as well as exclaiming finally, “You believe at last!”

The holiness – the set apartness – of your faith, elect, or the faith that sets you apart and the faith that makes a person suitable for election is this:  An elect believes in the One Jesus has sent and accepts what He says.  In order to do this, it goes without saying that an elect recognises the voice of the Holy Spirit and has watched the Holy Spirit do all that Jesus said He would do in their lives… to know that the Holy Spirit Himself does exactly what Jesus sent Him to do as Jesus did exactly what the Father sent Him to do.

As such, by your faith and through your faith in accepting the Holy Spirit, you have accepted Jesus who sent Him, and in using the time He has spent with you to come to know Him, you have entered eternal life already.  So then, the faith of an elect allows him to come to know the Holy Spirit, and by that knowledge knows that whatever the Holy Spirit has in mind must always bring glory to Jesus by bearing witness to the truth of His Person and works, to the glory of the Father.

That is why, elect, you who believe and accept the One sent by Jesus and have come to know Him will be told the much more that the eleven could not bear to hear.

So you are set apart, elect, by your faith.  Set apart even from apostles who did not accept the words of one sent by Jesus to stand with the one who accepted the words of the one sent to him by this same Jesus so that as soon as his hands were placed on him… Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.

By your faith you are saved…

and by that same faith you have believed in the One whom God has sent –

the One whom God the Father sent – Jesus…

the One whom God the Son sent – the Holy Spirit, the Lord.

You believe Him enough to know He would never teach you anything that Jesus has not taught, He would never tell you to listen to anyone who is not listening to Jesus, He would never guide you into anything that is not all truth (all truth, not some truth), He would convict you only of righteousness, He would tell you only what He has heard and make known to you what belongs to God.

So then, elect, as surely as disciples are witnesses of Jesus, which you are also, you are above all else witnesses that the Holy Spirit is sent by Jesus!  And as much as we listen to Jesus, so we also must listen and hear what He is saying to the churches as Jesus said, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” again and again and again. Amen.

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