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The faith of Christ in us makes our perspective all humanity.

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Faith of Jesus Christ

 

Intro:

 

2 Corinthians 13:5 2 Corinthians 13:5Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you be reprobates?
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, when he told the Corinthian church: "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified."

 

"Jesus Christ is in you" in a verse quoted earlier—Galatians 2:20 Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives 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.
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: "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).

 

Faith in Jesus Christ -- “In the moment”, “In the Church”, “Together in thought”, “In a commitment”. Do these phrases mean “believing in moments”, “believing her Church”, “believing there is thought together”? Or do these phrases mean that one is doing something because of the moment, the Church, thought, commitment?

 

Benefit Statement:

 

Faith in Jesus Christ is doing something BECAUSE of Jesus Christ. What is HE doing? Good question …that requires examination. Self-examination to see if we are doing what Christ is doing. Faith is THE substance of things unseen. It is the EFFECT because of Jesus Christ’s faith. What does HE have faith in, do things because of, lead us to perform substance of what we do not see …yet?

 

SPS: Are we in THAT faith? The Faith of Jesus Christ.

 

Body:

 

  • James 2:1 James 2:1My brothers, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
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    1My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.

G4102 πίστις pistis pis'-tis From G3982persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:—assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

Revelation 14:12 Revelation 14:12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
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12Here is the patience of the saints; here£ are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

Hebrews 12:2 Hebrews 12:2Looking to 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.
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2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy[doxa – glory] that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Why do this? He HAD the Joy already. Why give it up, and come here only to look forward to what he had and gave up? Is there more to it?

John 17:13 John 17:13And now come I to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
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13And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy[chara – joy] fulfilled in themselves. 

John 17:24 John 17:24Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which you have given me: for you loved me before the foundation of the world.
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24Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory[Hebrews 12:2 Hebrews 12:2Looking to 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.
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doxa – glory]
, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

John 1:18 John 1:18No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
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18No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

1 Corinthians 2:9 1 Corinthians 2:9But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.
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  9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 

7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory [doxa]8Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory[doxa].

Christ came to earth, after lowering Himself to do so, and endured the cross for the Joy and Glory set before Him so God’s Children would SHARE in that Glory He once had and has again!

2 Peter 1:1 2 Peter 1:1Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ:
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1Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

WHAT could Jesus Christ possibly NOT see, or have need to HOPE for? To see OUR part in this – we need to see Christ as a human being as well as God. What was it like for HIM?

  • "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14 John 1:14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
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    , Philippians 2:6-8 Philippians 2:6-8 [6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.
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    [lowered
    ).

How could someone who is spirit, having lived for all eternity in the past, become human? Was Jesus a human being just like us? And when He was a human being, was He still God? To grasp what HIS faith was as a human, we must grasp what HIS life was as a human.

Jesus was prophesied to be "God with us"  Matthew 1:23 Matthew 1:23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
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23“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,”£ which is translated, “God with us.” ). Jesus was a human being and He was also God. There was never a time when He ceased to be who He always was. His identity did not change. When He was in the womb of Mary, He was God. When He was a baby boy lying in the manger, He was God. When He was a youngster growing up in Nazareth, He was God. And when He was dying, He was God. HE said He was limited – WE are too!

As a spirit being, prior to His human birth, He was infinite in knowledge, power and presence. As God He would know everything and have unlimited power to act on any object, anywhere. But if He was human, He could not do everything. He would be limited to the normal abilities any normal human being would have. He could not have been both infinite and finite simultaneously.

A physical body with physical limitations

When Jesus became flesh He was still God in terms of His identity, but He was nevertheless a human being in every sense of the word.

Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
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 Jesus suffered physically and died. tells us that He was made "perfect through sufferings." Physiologically, He was a human being just as we are human, subject to death. "Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil" (verse 14, NRSV). He was made flesh "that He ...might taste death for everyone" (verse 9).

Jesus suffered terribly when He died, as is evident in the crucifixion accounts. When the spear was thrust in His side, water and blood poured out. His body was the same as ours. There can be no doubt that He felt physical suffering as genuinely as we do when He was beaten and scourged, when the crown of thorns was shoved onto His head and when the nails were driven into His wrists and feet.

  • Jesus felt human emotions – We do too, but HOW do we deal with them?

Jesus also experienced many of the same emotional and intellectual qualities we do. He thought, reasoned and felt the full range of human emotions. He had strong affection for people (John 11:5 John 11:5Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
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; 13:23; 19:26). He felt compassion and pity for those who were hungry or physically or spiritually afflicted (Matthew 9:36 Matthew 9:36But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
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; 14:14; 15:32; 20:34).

John 13:21 John 13:21When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you shall betray me.
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21When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”   He could be distressed and troubled, as was evident to His disciples when He anticipated His impending suffering and death (Luke 12:50 Luke 12:50But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
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; John 12:27 John 12:27Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I to this hour.
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). He was deeply troubled when considering that one of His disciples would betray Him.

Jesus' intellectual abilities – Things Unlike Us and LIKE Us

John 5:30 John 5:30I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me.
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- Yet the Gospels clearly reveal that Jesus had knowledge of the past, present and future in a way that was far beyond what any ordinary man would have. However, these remarkable abilities were not something that He had inherently. They were given to Him by the Father. As Jesus clearly said, "I can of Myself do nothing"—that is, nothing supernatural on His own.

At the same time, He did not know everything. There was knowledge that He did not have and therefore asked to find out. He inquired from the father of the child who had the mute spirit, "How long has this been happening to him?" (Mark 9:21 Mark 9:21And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came to him? And he said, Of a child.
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).  WE see more than mankind does – BUT not everything – just like He did.

When Jesus gave the amazing prophecies about the end of the age and His return, He acknowledged that He did not know the exact time of His coming. "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Mark 13:32 Mark 13:32But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
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).

Jesus here is relying on the Father to present Him with the time of His return. This helps us to understand that the Father also gave Him the understanding of the hearts of men, prophetic events and other information that He wasn't told.

  • Jesus constantly depended on God the Father for guidance on what to do, what to say and how to answer, for insight into the hearts of men and for anything else the Father might see fit to give to Him. He relied on God the Father for help to obey, to have power over demonic spirits and to have strength to resist and overcome temptation.  I this YOUR actual TOTAL process – are YOU in this Faith?

Hebrews 5:7 Hebrews 5:7Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears to him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
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tells us, "In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission" (NRSV). As a human being, Jesus trusted the Father completely for the strength He needed to prevail against the forces that worked so fervently against Him. Forces against the Plan – therefore is it -  just YOU?

  • Could Jesus have sinned? We certainly can

This brings us to another question about Jesus' humanity. Was it possible for Jesus to sin? The Bible is quite clear that Jesus did not sin. Paul says that Jesus "knew no sin" (2 Corinthians 5:21 2 Corinthians 5:21For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
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). John confirms that "in Him there is no sin" (1 John 3:5 1 John 3:5And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
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). None of His enemies could convict Him of sin (John 8:46 John 8:46Which of you convinces me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do you not believe me?
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).

But could He have sinned? Hebrews 4:15 Hebrews 4:15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
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tells us that "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." If it wasn't possible for Jesus to sin, then was His temptation genuine?

It's more fitting to say that while He could have sinned, it was certain that He would not. He faced genuine struggles and temptations but refused to give in to the temptation to sin.

  • Are we going through trials as the faith of Jesus Guides us, as HE did? For Jesus to fully know how human beings have to deal with sin, "...he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested" (Hebrews 2:17-18 Hebrews 2:17-18 [17] Why in all things it behooved him to be made like to his brothers, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. [18] For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.
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    , NRSV
    ).

How could He be our example if He wasn't human and therefore wasn't tempted exactly as we are? This is why He had to be tempted in every way as we are. Yet He went beyond.If a person yields to temptation, he has not felt its full power but has given in while he has yet more to resist. Only the one who successfully prevails against a particular temptation and remains sinless knows the full extent of that temptation.  Active Approach?

Was He really God?

Jesus was God as the Bible explicitly says (John 1:1 John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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). What was the difference, then, between how He was God prior to His human birth and when He was a human being?

Philippians 2:6-7 Philippians 2:6-7 [6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
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 Paul tells us what He left behind and what He took upon Himself. "He, who had always been God by nature, did not cling to his privileges as God's equal." Instead He "stripped himself of every advantage by consenting to be a slave by nature and being born a man" (verses 6-7, NTME).

Verse 8 tells us that "he humbled himself by living a life of utter obedience, to the point of death, and the death he died was the death of a common criminal" (NTME).

In taking on the form of a human being, Jesus gave up the independent exercise of His attributes that He had when He was with the Father. This doesn't mean that He lost them but that, to become truly human, it was necessary that He voluntarily give up the ability to exercise them on His own. And having given them up, He no longer had these attributes inherently while a man. Indeed, as quoted above, Jesus clearly said He did not have the ability to perform supernatural works on His own: "I can of Myself do nothing" (John 5:30 John 5:30I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me.
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). He could exercise the attributes of divinity only in submission to the will of the Father. Like US.

Jesus performed many wondrous works, but He emphatically told His disciples that "I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works" (John 14:10 John 14:10Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak to you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works.
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). Again and again, Jesus declared that the works He did were the Father's, not His own, and He pointed to the works as proof that He had been sent from the Father (John 10:32 John 10:32Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do you stone me?
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, 37-38).

  • While in prior centuries Jesus had authority to speak as YHWH of the Old Testament, He now spoke and acted under authority to God and in full dependence on Him. "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner" (John 5:19 John 5:19Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise.
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    ). Is this HOW we speak and act?

The One who existed with the Father from before the beginning of the universe, now as a human being, explained the relationship: "I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things" John 8:28 John 8:28Then said Jesus to them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things.
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Jesus' salvation

  • Do you approach self – trusting in God and His Plan so that your very LIFE is less important? Jesus placed His entire future squarely in the hands of the Father. The self-existing One now would have no life unless it were through the Father (John 6:57 John 6:57As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me.
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    ). If He were to again have eternal life, He would now have to obtain it as a human being, in the same way you and I would achieve salvation—through submission to the Father and the resurrection from the dead. Do WE see and act accordingly?
  • Overcome sin or NOT – Which is YOU? Hebrews 5:9 Hebrews 5:9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him;
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    explains that Jesus became "the author of eternal salvation" by experiencing the process of salvation as a human being—with one exception. Jesus didn't have to repent of sin. But He did have to remain sinless. And "though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered" (verse 8).  

He was already perfect before His human birth. Now He was perfected as a human being.

Romans 1:4 Romans 1:4And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
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  4And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

He is "declared to be the Son of God ...by the resurrection from the dead".

Rom 1: 3 3Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

However, He already was the Son of God by virtue of who He was.

 His IDENTITY – NOT His supernatural attributes – any more than WE now.

Romans 8:14 Romans 8:14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
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14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Hebrews 2:17 Hebrews 2:17Why in all things it behooved him to be made like to his brothers, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
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It becomes clear that "in all things He had to be made like His brethren".

The enormity of the sacrifice Jesus made becomes difficult for us to comprehend when we realize the position He voluntarily put Himself in. His very existence was on the line. If Jesus had sinned, then who would be the sacrifice for Him? If He had made a choice to sin, just once, He would have incurred the penalty of death—death for all time. The very law that He spoke Himself as God from Mt. Sinai would require it.

Could God die?

When talking about God, some people don't like to consider the possibility that God could die. How could God cease to exist? As an infinite, immortal spirit Being, He couldn't. But if He volunteered to become a human being and to possess all the attributes of human nature and a physical existence, then He could die. And indeed He did die—and when He died, He was really dead. If He wasn't really dead, in the same way we would be dead if someone killed us, then it couldn't really be a genuine substitution—His life for ours.

It would have been only make-believe, an illusion. Not only did Jesus die, but He also could have died the death from which there was no resurrection—the death of a sinner without any redemption.

Conclusion: The Faith of Jesus Christ is the SAME Faith those who follow and imitate Him have.

  • Examine self for the Faith and find it – it is NOT human faith.

John 8:29 John 8:29And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
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29And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. His salvation was through the Father in whom He had complete confidence. That relationship was one that could only be described as total, complete and utter trust in and reliance on His Father. Jesus submitted His will to His Father (John 6:38 John 6:38For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me.
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John 17:5 John 17:5And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was.
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5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. He asked for no glory as a human being. He was obedient all the way to His death (Philippians 2:8 Philippians 2:8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.
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  • Who’s life is dependent on OUR submission to God? Just our OWN? Jesus knew  - do WE see ourselves WITH Him in Service to God’s Living Creating Plan? Or is this about OUR salvation …ONLY?

Close:

Was there ever a doubt in the outcome? There was none—not because He couldn't fail, but because He and the Father knew what each could do and would do. The strength of God is the greatest strength there is, and the faith of Jesus was absolute. WE are in the same exact position in the respect of eternity hanging balanced.

The Faith of Jesus Christ is what we must examine ourselves for. We must determine whether we are in THAT Faith as Jesus Christ experienced and give to His Brothers NOW.

Galatians 2:20 Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives 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.
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20I 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. 

It is the same faith through which we are saved.

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