Posted by: thaishin | December 26, 2015

Is our faith given by God or can we grow it?

Question from moody radio listener:

Romans 12:3 says we are distributed a certain amount of faith but Romans 10:17 says faith comes from hearing the word of God. If we are distributed our faith, then it cannot grow but can our faith grow?

Answer from the two Michaels from open line moody radio:

Romans 12:3 the phrase measure of faith is really debated. I think the best understanding of that phrase in Romans 12:3 is not so much that we are given an amount of faith though that is frequently understood that way. The idea is the word measure can actually mean an instrument that we can measure ourselves against and what we can measure ourselves against is faith, that is saving faith. We are all saved by grace through faith, then we are going to think accurately and humbly about ourselves. So if we see ourselves against the standard of saving faith, then I am no better than Rydelnik and Rydelnik is no better than me and we are no better than you are because we are saved by faith. Having said that, that’s about saving faith but in Romans 14, we have another aspect of faith – our strongly held spiritual beliefs or opinions. In Romans 14:1, it says as to one who is weak in faith, welcome him but not to quarrel over his opinion. One person has faith that he may eat anything while the weak person eats only vegetable. So we have here people who are strong in their spiritual beliefs and others who are weaker and even others who are weak can grow strong as they become informed about what scripture says about the host of different issues. Their strength can grow and develop but that’s a different aspect of faith than saving faith. I think God imparts to us the ability to have saving faith. I am not sure that that grows but our ongoing relationship with God based on our knowledge of the truth of the word, that can grow and that can deepen and become much stronger.

Romans 12

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  -kjv

Romans 10

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  -kjv

Romans 14

1Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. -kjv

Above explanation given on moody radio openline on December 12, 2015.

 

 

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Responses

  1. We should…no not one….criticise another for his lack of faith. Perhaps each of us from God has been given different amounts. If we need more faith or if we think we need more the scripture states to READ THE SCRIPTURES. Is not this command a great idea for understanding every topic about the BIBLE. WE may not understand because we do not read and study God’s Holy Word.


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