Words from the Heart for Sunday October 4th, 2020
Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
John 14:11 (NLT)
Canadians are a measurably religious people. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, about 76 per cent of Canadians either claim some sort of religious identity or consider themselves members of a specific church or denomination. A 2017 Angus Reid poll similarly found solid majorities of Canadians claiming to believe in fundamental religious concepts like the existence of God, divine intervention, and heaven. Though most Canadians are Christians, rising immigration from countries outside Europe has seen Canada grow far more religiously diverse in recent decades.
The foundation of Christianity is faith. We come into relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. We walk by faith as we trust Christ for our daily needs and walk in daily victory. Jesus spoke about belief and trust regularly. In John 14:11 he said “Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.” Since the birth of the Church, theologians have struggled with how to understand the mystery of God. It is clear from Scripture that God is One, but is a trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, each of whom Scripture clearly teaches are divine. And Jesus says that belief in the inseverability of the persons of the Triune God is essential. He goes on to say that while we may not understand the mystery of the Trinity, we can see the impact of the unity of the Godhead in the ministry of Jesus. Only because of His union with the Father was he, and is he, able to heal, forgive and transform. Witnessing this births faith in us.
These have been words from the heart.