The Measure Of Faith

 Speaking of Jesus Christ: "For  he  whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure [unto him]." (John 3:34) This  verse  implies  that we received a  smaller  measure,  even smaller than that and here is why: "He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all." (John 3:31)

Here  John  tells  us that we can't begin to  speak  of  heavenly things because we are earthly until we lay these bodies down. And here is proof of that: Still  speaking of Jesus, "And what he hath seen and heard,  that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony." (John 3:32) Interesting, no man receiveth his testimony even though we have a small  measure of the fullness of faith, which means our  measure is pretty minute.

Again  Scripture  reassures us that we "all"  have  received  and still  cannot  hear our Master's testimony. "And of  his  fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." (John 1:16) "The  Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things  into  his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and  he that  believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath  of God abideth on him." (John 3:35,36)

In Colossians we find that we are complete, which means we do not need  to be slain in the spirit or think there  are  differences. Some say that we all have to speak in tongues or have to have the power  coming through us to put people under the power as a  sign of truly being saved. "For  it  pleased  [the Father] that in him  should  all  fulness dwell;" (Colossians 1:19) "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:" (Colossians 2:9,10)

"When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear  with him in glory. Mortify therefore your  members  which are  upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate  affection,  evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which  is  idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:  In  the which ye also walked some  time,  when  ye lived  in them.

"But now ye also put off all these; anger,  wrath, malice,  blasphemy, filthy communication out of your  mouth.  "Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old  man with  his deeds; And have put on the new [man], which is  renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is  neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision,  Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all,  and  in all.  

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy  and  beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness,  longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another,  if any  man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave  you, so  also  [do] ye. And above all these things [put  on]  charity, which  is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God  rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body;  and be ye thankful.

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever  ye  do in word or deed, [do] all in the name  of  the  Lord Jesus,  giving thanks to God and the Father by him."  (Colossians 3:4-17)

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