Faithful and True

If you had to describe Jesus in one or two words, what would you say? Honestly, think about it. Savior? Son of God? He is described a lot of ways in the Word of God. He’s the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Son of God, the Word made flesh. He’s the sinless Lamb of God, slain for the sins of many, and the only One found worthy. He’s the balm of Gilead and the Rose of Sharon. He’s the bridegroom and He’s seated on the throne with the Father. He’s the head of the church and the greatest missionary there will ever be. He’s the intercessor’s example. He’s the yoke destroyer and heaven’s greatest idea. His face shines like the sun and His eyes burn like fire. He’s the Holiness of God wrapped in flesh that the grave couldn’t destroy. How could you describe Him in a word or two? With that in mind, I find it interesting that in Revelation 19:11- 12, 16, when John, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote of Jesus’ return, He didn’t call Him Jesus. It says,

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but Himself”

The Bible could have described Jesus in endless ways, but it tells us He’s called Faithful and True. Earlier in Revelation He is called “the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation” (Rev. 3:14)

That word faithful literally means “full of faith” but can also mean trustworthy and able to be relied on. It’s a word that is used to describe God many times throughout the Bible. Let’s look at a few more Scriptures:

Therefore, he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (Heb. 2:17)

Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. (Heb. 3:3)

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Heb 10:23)

The Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. (2 Thes. 3:3)

if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself. (2 Tim. 2:13)

Those are just a few of the numerous verses in the Bible that describe God and Jesus as being faithful. Now when I think of faith, I think of believing God, of trusting and acting on His word. So I ask you, how can God Himself be full of faith, if faith is believing in God? See, the thing is that faith isn’t just a feeling of believing in God. The Bible tells us that faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1) and that there is actually a gift of faith that’s different from the faith that every believer has. Faithfulness is actually something we can’t understand with our natural minds because we live in a temporal world. Think about it. Everything around us is constantly changing. Time, seasons, people. Every second of your life, you’re aging and changing. You will never be the same person you were the moment before. People change, shaped by decisions they make and circumstances they’re in. Nothing remains the same—except for One thing. Isaiah 40:8 tells us,

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”

The only thing that is absolutely unchanging, fully true and absolutely without wavering is the Word of God and Jesus is the embodiment of that Word! That is why He can always be relied on and why we can’t trust Him and receive that truth with our natural minds. We have no capacity to understand what it is to be completely true and without conflict or change, in the natural. Faith isn’t just believing God. Faithfulness is actually an essence of the character of God. It’s part of who He is and when we hear His Word. Romans 10:17 tells us,

“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

Faith comes. It doesn’t say “you muster up faith” or “you feel faith.” Faith isn’t a feeling. It’s spiritual—it’s an aspect of the character of God. He’s the only one who is absolutely full of trust and trustworthy. He knows all things and holds all things together, with absolutely no shadow of turning or conflict of truth. When we receive faith by hearing His word, part of His own faithfulness is imparted to us in order to receive truth! Faith isn’t just believing. It’s the mind of heaven being imparted into your spirit so you can be like Jesus. Hebrews 4:2 tells us,

“For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.”

When we receive faith and choose to act on it and walk in it in truth, we are united with Jesus and His body and we become a demonstration of heaven. By faith, we aren’t trying to do spiritual things in our own strength. We are walking with the DNA of Jesus, the faithfulness of God Himself, and that changes us from the inside out. So often, we try to work out our problems in our minds and solve crisis with our hands, thinking that if we can do a good enough God we will be found faithful. However, faith is not ever going to be something you can create in yourself. Hebrews 6:17-20 says,

“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Jesus, the Word of God, called faithful and true, is the sure and steadfast anchor of our souls.
On his thigh is written King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is where our faith comes from. We are told throughout the Word of God to stand strong (Eph 6), to hold fast our confession without wavering (Heb. 4:14), to grow in the grace of God. We have a responsibility as believers, but never forget that we are not the anchor of our own souls. The anchor of your soul is the One who is faith embodied. He is absolutely true, full of light, and fully able to do every single thing that He has promised! God is faithful and only in Him, we are faithful too!

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