Mark 11:22 contains an amazing, game changing truth that has been hidden from the body of Christ. Normally translated as “ Have Faith in God” KJV, ASV, ESV, GW, MEV, NET, NIV,  NLT, RSV. That identical four word phrase is the translation in every on of those nine main stream  Bibles. But in the original words of Jesus, recorded by Mark in Greek,  Jesus literally commanded us to “Have faith of God” 

The two letter word “in” replacing “of” totally changes the whole meaning of not only that verse but nearly the whole chapter. That error has robbed the whole body of Christ of the most powerful tool it has, the faith of God!

The only common translations that does justice to the original text is ”Jesus replied, “Let the faith of God be in you!“ Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭22‬ ‭TPT‬‬ confirmed in an attached footnote.

“And Jesus answering saith to them, ‘Have faith of God;“ Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭22‬ ‭YLT98‬‬

Ironically this amazing error has come about through lack of faith in God. The translators have in effect said we can’t possible have the same faith as Almighty God, and you can clearly understand that view point. If you say “Light be” as God did, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.“Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭KJV‬‬ I don’t think many of would expect to create a new universe with about a septillion of stars. That is 

1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars, source NASA.

However Jesus was teaching us the principles of the kind of faith the God uses. The kind of faith that he clearly expects his children to have. God created us in His image, so He expects us to act like Him. He hasn’t told us to create universes but He did tell us to preach and teach and heal the sick. So what is the God kind of faith.

The God kind of faith is the kind that Jesus first demonstrates in Mark 11:14-21. Then tells his disciples to use, Mark 11:22. Finally Jesus explains how to use it Mark 11:23-25. The God kind of faith first speaks words that specify the desired result then believes that it is done before it is apparent to the physical senses and finally sees the desired outcome. That is “The faith of God” in action. That kind of faith is so different to natural human faith where people say “seeing is believing”. Why would you want to believe when you can see it. You need to believe before you see it, and if you don’t you won’t see that. God Himself demonstrates His kind of faith 9 times in Genesis chapter one; Gen 1:3 God said…God saw, Gen 1:6, Gen 1:9, Gen 1:11, Gen 1:14, Gen 1:20, Gen4:24, Gen 1:26, Gen 1:29. So how do we obtain the kind of faith that Jesus tells us have, where does it come from?

“So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).“ Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭17‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

 But more of that in the next Blog…

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