Appropriation of Faith
John 1:16-17: And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (NKJV)
How could power from heaven be pure in us any other way than through Jesus Christ? As Paul states in 2 Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (KJV) Within our frail, earthly body or vessel, resides this priceless treasure of power: this grace and truth through Jesus Christ. I am forever glad that God made the provision for me to receive this heavenly download. This download cleanses me like water and surges through me like electrical power.
For a better understanding of this heavenly download, let’s consider this analogy. Water runs through pipes; electricity runs through wire; and grace and truth run through Jesus Christ. In order to turn on the water or the lights, it is important that I go to the source. When I have identified the source properly, or appropriated my faith properly, it is amazing how “I really get it”. It is necessary that I appropriate my faith in the water valve or in the light switch before anything is released to me. It is the correct appropriation of faith that causes me to take the correct action. It is then through this faith that I can receive what the water pipe or the wire has to offer. I have now entered into a relationship with the water and the power: a relationship that is not a theory but a heavenly experience.
Now, let’s pursue this cleansing of water further. Have you ever experienced the two D’s: Dirty and Depressed? Dirty comes from the lack of water and depressed comes from a lack of power. This dirt can only be washed away by the One who can effectively do the washing. Only Christ has this authority to say when a man or woman is clean. Let’s read what He said.
Matt 8:2-3: A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean.”
John 15:2-4: “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.”
Luke 7:48: Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
I am so relieved that our Lord has the final say on this washing. When I appropriate my faith in the One who has the water, the river of grace, and the power, the strength of truth; then the cleansing will take place. If, however, I appropriate my faith in man for an acceptance, which interpreted is the “fear of man”, it will be a very unpleasant experience. Could the need of acceptance be a type of “washing” that we are looking for so that we will feel complete? Could it be that we are looking for acceptance in all the wrong places? We must remember that there is only One who can do this job of cleansing correctly: it is not man, but God.
Many blessings, Alan