Ep 29 – XTreme Faith: Attitude
Hi there tom mahairas and I’m here with it’s all greek to me and I want to continue our extreme Faith series, The X Faith. And we’re gonna look at the X Faith, the attitude of faith, the answer of faith and the action of faith in three different lives. Vicky and I are going to go into a discussion on this. So we want you to come and join us and call other people to invite them to come and see. It’s all greek to me. Thank you again for coming and joining us in this study. It’s very exciting for us. Hi there, it’s tom and Vicky mo mahairas and we’re so glad you’ve rejoined us again for it’s all greek to me and to be able to follow the series that we’ve been on on extreme faith and we’re looking at faith last time around we’re talking about little faith and here we are today talking about extreme faith, great faith. And there are three main illustrations, great attitudes of faith grade answers of faith and great actions of faith. We’ve picked out these illustrations, we want to look at them uh mega psT uh photos psT this this much faith and so Vicky is gonna start with the first illustration Which is the Great Attitudes of Faith Luke 7, 1 through 10. It’s actually in two of the gospels in Matthew chapter eight and luke chapter seven. So we’ll read the uh luke account, the centurion and the sick personal assistant the servants soldiers. So Vicky’s gonna pick it up when he had completed all his discourse in the hearing of the people, he went to camp Ernie. Um and his centurions slave models was highly regarded by him. Was sick and about to die. When he heard about jesus, he sent some jewish elders asking him to come and save the life of his slave. When they came to Jesus, they earnestly implored him saying he is worthy for you to grant this to him, for he loves our nation and it was him who built us. Our synagogue is worthy is axios because he not only loves our nation, but he built the synagogue. He was the big man in town, not only politically, but here graciously doing these incredible things for the jewish community. Uh we’re gonna continue verse six Now Jesus started on his way with them. And when he was not far from the house the centurion sent friends saying to him, Lord, do not trouble skill or yourself further for I am not worthy for you to come under my roof. For this reason I did not consider myself worthy to come to you, but just say the word, the logos and my servant will be healed. For I also a man under authority Xia with soldiers under me. And I say to this one go and he goes and to another come and he comes until my slave do this and he does it first nine when jesus heard this, he marveled at him and turned and said to the crowd that was following him, I say to you, not even in Israel, have I found such great faith, It’s incredible not even in Israel have I found such great faith Tostitos uh pieces, right, when those who had seen, who had been sent returned to the house, they found a slave in good health, Yano, which we get the word hygiene from, he was physically healthy. Now this, this slave that was dying and note that uh one more thing is he wondered, thought Mazo Mazo is the word for miracle in greek. And uh uh Jesus was looking at this centurion and realized he was seeing a miracle that in all of Israel, he hasn’t seen any things like this, like this kind of faith that this Gentile centurion had to believe that Jesus, all he would have to do is say the word and then there’s only one other reference to this word in the new testament and it is Mark 66, Jesus really was rejected at Nazareth, at his own hometown, in his own synagogue. When he opened the scroll and read from Isaiah 61 they had no belief, he, he wondered at their unbelief. You see that right here in Mark 66, he, it was like, it was like this strange in a negative way. Now, evil thing that it was going on and he uses the same word uh in greek sometimes you do that, the, the contrast emphasis of a particular word, stressing how could this be? What kind of, what kind of thing is this like? You can’t even believe it? Well, that was the positive way when the centurion had the faith, it was the negative weight when his own village took up stones to kill him because they rejected the fact that he was the messiah. And then jesus made the statement, remember Vicky that a prophet is not without honor except in his own in his own hometown. Let’s go to the next piece right here. Tostitos from torsos so much and the demonstrative pronoun of does this or that properly. So that much in this, that’s what that word is so much he couldn’t he could not comprehend why they had such, you know, uh, terrible feelings towards him in his hometown, in such great faith with the centurion. All right, let’s move on here. And it talks about greatness, much degree in time, quality and quantity. This was a great, this was a great word. So why don’t you pick it up and read some of the scripture verses where the word logos issues because he attach is faith lois the word and authority together with pieces that when you say the word and you have faith or pieces in the word. It’s because of the authority that you’re under that you’re able to understand this. So let’s read these words. The logos. Isn’t that the same word in the beginning? Yes. And genesis 11. Right, right. So God created and he spoke to the logos right? And he says that in john chapter one verse one in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. But in the beginning was the logos and the And the lowest was Jesus Christ. But in the beginning in Genesis one it repeatedly says and God said and God said and God said and that’s the same thought that we’re trying to convey here. That believing in what is said creates the faith well and the and the results of it well if you believe you have to put you have to put power in God’s word before he does the miracle before the barrel who’s gonna come to you? You know we can’t see God literally iterate, you reckon it, we put all our faith in it. That’s what our trust in the amazing word of God romans 10 17. So faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of christ. So if your faith is small, spend more time reading God’s word, it’s just practical and he was 13 and he is the radiance of his glory and the exact representation of his nature and upholds all things by the word of his power. So here are physical things that are being upheld by the very word of his venom is his power and ecstasy. A both Hebrews 11 3 by faith. We understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God. so that what is seen was not made out of the things which are visible. It’s interesting the word prepared is got art easel which actually is talking about putting like a broken bone back together again or creating something, bringing this piece and bringing this piece together and creating something. And it’s interesting also that he does this out of nothing, there wasn’t something there and then he says, okay let me take this and this and put it together. No, no he creates this, he creates that and then he brings it together. Okay, so let’s go to the next one here psalm 33 6 by the word of the Lord The heavens were made their relief from out of nothing And by the breath of his mouth, all their hosts. For Psalm 33 9 for he spoke and it was done. He commanded and it stood fast, Second Peter 35 for when they maintain this it escapes their notice that by the word of God, the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water. So here you have God now creating with his word, he created the water. He created the land. And we see that in Genesis chapter one in the beginning time, God the the actual force and creator created meaning to create something out of nothing that is the matter the heavens, that is the space and the earth that is the physical, you know. And that’s all in genesis 11 and it’s repeating that second peter 35 for when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God, the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by the water it’s by the word of God that it all came. So let’s go to the next one and you read this one Romans 120 for since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen being understood through what has been made so that they are without excuse. So mankind is without excuse. God says that we this it takes greater faith to believe that we came out of a monkey than to believe that a supernatural being created with his supernatural power, the heavens and the earth and develop human beings like us that are so incredible. Our bodies, our minds, our spirit where we’re just so unique. We are unique. Everything. We’re made like we’re made in his image were not made in the image of a monkey. This right here, what you just said this right here really breaks the mole for evolution or any other type of how origin, how we when we arrived here. So it says for since the creation of the world again that is this is means you don’t start with something. He makes everything and this is this is impregnated in the very words thesis of the world. So he built the world created the world his invisible attributes. That means the invisible is not creating the visible. Is it saying his invisible attributes? His omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, the fact that he can do anything, His love, his holiness, the character of God, all of those invisible things that you can’t really see his eternal power. Vietnamese say only a Vietnamese and divine nature have been clearly seen. Now you can see the invisible. How do you see what an architect can do? Well you look at a bridge that he built design or you look at a building that he put up. How do you know what the invisible God can do? Just you look at the story heavens, you look at the planet Earth and you see all the way in which God formed and created everything being understood. It says through what has been made so that they are without excuse. You know, a world demands a world creator, a river demands a river creator everything that’s beautiful. You look at a flower and you’re like wow, look how beautiful this, Why is it so attractive to our eyes because the same maker that made our eye that is able to distinguish this flower from that flower can also appreciate that which is gorgeous and pretty like I look at you and I’m like basil, I love you. So what do you, what else do you have to say about this honey? We believe in the invisible because the bible says the heavens declare the glory of God and the earth shows forth his handiwork and day on today utter speech. The speech is not about us, it’s about the creator, Amen. So uh these are some of the words that we see in genesis 16 then God said uh and uh he constantly says there’s like in verse six repeats over and over let there be light, let there be stars. And he made the stars also let there be the physical uh land and everything that he created God said and then it goes on with the word uh these were the words we covered to pseudo species epo and this was very important people under the authority of someone working as a subordinate under someone doing something else implies operating directly under the efficient cause below the one directly making something happen in contrast to via which which stresses going through a middle man, this is what the centurion did. He understood that this man that he was talking to was under the authority of God and that he himself had the power to heal people and he said to him, I know what authority is, I tell this one do that and he does it, I tell that one come and he comes, he says just say the word, he believed fully that jesus christ was God in the flesh even though a lot of other people didn’t. And so God jesus christ said, wow, he wowed, jesus christ viki with his faith with his faith. Yeah, let’s go to the next one Janet Galatians 3 25 but now faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor Galatians 45 so that he might redeem those who are under the law. Now this we’re teaching the word under epo so under a tutor, under the law, john 1 48 Nathan said to him, how do you know me? Jesus answered and said to him before Philip called you when you were under the victory. So under literally under the power huh? He said I saw you, I saw before you so Jesus could see people before they meet him. He knew what was in people’s hearts, right? Yeah. He says that many times. I knew what you were thinking in your heart. Yeah. And uh and sold and of course sold under sin under sin. We are under the power of santa Lucia is the authority excuse to check out from. And then he me to be uh used of being as a right of privilege, authorization literally delegated power empowerment to operate decisively in a designated jurisdiction. So extra CIA a worth of power like Vietnamese are worth of power is unique in that it is delegated power. And so that’s what the centurion understood, that’s what he understood that jesus had all the delegated power and Jesus himself tells us in several other places that we’ll see in in the message this morning, hi there, this is thomas, mahairas and I’m just gonna continue with Vicki and I left off on the fact that jesus christ was so impressed and like he thought must say he the word is, he saw a miracle in front of him because the centurion, that was a roman, he just said to the Lord, jesus christ just say the word and he had enough faith to believe that everything was under the control of jesus christ. Now it reminds me of something that happened to me years ago when a friend of mine uh chuck Chastain said you know tom you love that car, that one’s yours and I mean he said that that car is yours, but I didn’t really believe him, I mean really, that car that he was talking about was the 1935 boat, tail speedster, uh you know, an auburn and I had just driven it and I’m like wow, what a car, I love this car we were driving, he had a clean a he was driving, I had this, he collected cars and of course it just, you know, I didn’t even think about that, it was for me About 10 years later and my son’s graduation, we stayed at his house and he said to me the same person Chuck said to me by the way tom when are you going to get your car that I gave you? So now I’m thinking what car he says, you know the guy when you were here, I told you that this was yours. I could not believe my ears. And this time I realized he was serious. So you know, sometimes people say things to us and we don’t take them seriously. When God says something to us, we need we need to take God seriously and faith is hearing what God says and taking him seriously and acting upon it. So when trump told me that the second time he says, what are you gonna take? Your car says, well, I’ll take it any time. I said, why don’t you send it to my house? And I gave him the address two weeks later, the car shows up in new york city and, and, and we have that car because he had given that car to us. Now look at this car, it was fabulous. And then uh, now I went ahead and gave it over to my son to. So I just want to praise God for this human illustration or even though that God had given it, it wasn’t mine until I actually took it. Oh, it was mine. But I hadn’t realized that it was mine until I actually acted upon his promise and received a gift. Let’s look at these passages of scripture concerning the faith and the authority to put ourselves under what God says So that we can realize the benefits. Ephesians 121, far above all, rule and authority and power and Dominion and every name that is named not only in this age, but also in that age to come. Colossians 1 16. It says for by him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether Thrones or dominions, rulers or authorities, all things have been created through him and for him. Uh Now Gilad rights uh that uh there are different categories of angelic structures. Uh and he talks about paul refers not only to good and bad angels to satan and the demons. He uses another group of words to designate ranks of angelic spirits. The terminology is as follows rule uh which is uh he like arcs in in the bible and then rule again. But this one is in the plural Principalities. That’s translated sometimes. Authority, excuse CIA. And authorities. Excuse excuse e a juicier authorities in the plural and then power Vietnamese and powers Vietnamese with an E I. S uh plural Thrones and Thrones and lordship, coyotes, lordships, curio deep tests uh uh we’re world rulers of the Darkness Ephesians 6, 12 and spiritual uh spirituality. Spiritual hosts of evil in the heavenly places. If he’s in 6 12. Authority of the darkness. The authority of the darkness, every name that is named heavenly earthly and subterranean beings Philippians 2 10. These are different categories of angelic beings when he uses the word authority and he gives authorities delegated power. This is an understanding of the different rankings of the angelic beings and when we’re here on earth, how this works in government, the authority of government in romans 13 the the the various different places that deal with authority of a home authority in the church, authority in the world, they’re different authorities being under the authority. Now Jesus spoke and this authority jesus authority, he had authority to teach in Matthew seven, not as described what he did it with X. Acea incredible authority to forgive sins. Matthew 96 over unclean spirits In Matthew 10 1, jesus had all authority in heaven and on earth and he gave all authority to his disciples to go into all the world and to preach the gospel to everyone on this planet. He had the authority in heaven on earth under the earth to be able for us to go and to preach the gospel. Everyone, even when the nation itself is against God and God cause us to go, we are to obey God and sometimes you know, people have been persecuted, they’ve been killed, they’ve been put in prison, the property has been taken away but we must do and we must be faithful to God to let people know he loves them and jesus christ bled and died on the cross. For them. He was buried, he arose again from the dead. We must do this by the authority of jesus, christ, Jesus had both. All it says all authority and Tricia and power Vietnamese. Not only did he have delegated power, he had the force to carry out that power over the demons luke 4 36. Authority and power over all the demons luke 91. Authority over all the power of the enemy, the devil and the demons luke 10 19 and nothing shall injure you. He said in that in that verse, jesus has authority to send people to hell luke. Chapter 12 verse five, the faithful disciple will have authority over many cities Luke 19 and verse 17, Jesus has authority to make us Children of God john 1 12. But as many as received him to those, he gives the excuse to the right and the might to be able to become the Children of God. Even to those who believe on his name so receive and believe are synonymous in adverse john one in verse 12, Those who believe in his name, Jesus has authority to execute judgment. John 5 27, Jesus had authority to lay his life down and also to take it up again. John 1018, jesus has the authority over all flesh to give eternal life, john 17 and verse to the authority that people have is given from above from God john 1911 Acts 17, he said to them, it is not for you to know the times of the epics which the father has fixed by his own authority. All of the authority comes from God romans 13 1 Colossians 1 13 For he rescued us from the Domain of Darkness and or the domain of the exodus Era of Darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved son romans 12 10. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of God and the authority of his christ has come. For the accuser of the brethren is thrown down and he who accuses them before God day and night. And romans Revelation 20 verse six, Blessed and Holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of christ and will reign with him for 1000 years. Revelation 22 14, blessed of those who who wash their robes so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter by the gate into the city. The centurions, faith in Matthew, Chapter 85 through 13 It talks about this, this is the, the narrative. When jesus entered Capernaum a centurion came to him imploring him and saying, Lord my servant is lying paralyzed at home fearfully tormented, Jesus said to him, I will come and heal him. But the centurion said, Lord I am not worthy Axios for you to come under my roof, but just say the word, just speak the word and my servant will be healed for I also am a man under authority with soldiers under me and I say to this one go and he goes into another come and he comes and to my slave do this and he does it. And now when Jesus heard this he marvel method must say he saw a miracle, he was wow! He said wow! That is incredible that this centurion has that kind of faith and the bible says and said to those who were following truly I say to you I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. I say to you that many will come from east and west and reclined at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the Kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. This is talking about the descendants of Abraham who he refers to as the sons of the kingdom, the descendants of Isaac and Jacob and Judah who are physically in the flesh, the descendants. But you must be born into the family of God. You must be born again to enter into heaven, Jesus told Nicodemus in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth and jesus said to the centurion go, it shall be done for you as you have believed and the servant was healed that very moment and that is the story of the centurion that came to jesus. He was a gentile and yet Jesus told him listen the the Children of the kingdom are gonna be cast out. What was he talking about? He’s making it clear that it’s who is circumcised in the heart, who is a child of God? Spiritually. Are you spiritually born into the family of God? Have you come to God on his terms and repented of your sins and cry down and said oh God be merciful to me a sinner. You have to confess your sins and you have to believe that God loves you and that jesus christ died on the cross for you that he was buried and rose again from the dead. May God bless you and keep on following us on. It’s all greek to me with tom and Vicky.