The Faith of Jesus. Jesus enjoyed a sublime and wholehearted faith in God. The human Jesus saw God as being holy, just and great, as well as being true, beautiful and good. All these attributes of divinity he focused in his mind as the “will of the Father in heaven.” Jesus’ God was at one and the same time “The Holy One of Israel” and “The living and loving Father in heaven.” In the face of all the natural difficulties and all the temporal contradictions of mortal existence, he experienced the tranquillity of supreme and unquestioned trust in God and felt the tremendous thrill of living, by faith, in the very presence of the heavenly Father. Jesus’ great contribution to the values of human experience was not that he revealed so many new ideas about the Father in heaven, but rather that he so magnificently and humanly demonstrated a new and higher type of living faith in God. Never on all the worlds of this universe, in the life of any one mortal, did God ever become such a living reality as in the human experience of Jesus of Nazareth. Theology may fix, formulate, define and dogmatize faith, but in the human life of Jesus, faith was personal, living, original, spontaneous, and purely spiritual. This faith was not reverence for tradition nor a mere intellectual belief that he held as a sacred creed, but rather a sublime experience and a profound conviction which securely held him. In life’s trying situations, he unfailingly exhibited an unquestioning loyalty to the Father’s will. And this superb faith was undaunted even by the cruel and crushing threat of an ignominious death. The Son of Man was a splendidly unified human personality; he was a perfectly endowed divine being; he was also magnificently co-ordinated as a combined human and divine being functioning on earth as a single personality……….. The faith of Jesus visualized all spirit values as being found in the kingdom of God; therefore he said: “Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus saw in the advanced and ideal fellowship of the kingdom the achievement and fulfillment of the “will of God.” The very heart of the prayer he taught his disciples was: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done.” To Jesus prayer was a sincere expression of spiritual attitude, a declaration of soul loyalty, a recital of personal devotion, an expression of thanksgiving, an avoidance of emotional tension, a prevention of conflict, an exaltation of intellection, an ennoblement of desire, a vindication of moral decision, an enrichment of thought, an invigoration of higher inclination, a consecration of impulse, a clarification of viewpoint, a declaration of faith, and a transcendental surrender of will.

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