Jesus revealed the secret to His miracle-working power when He taught His disciples the law of one to one-hundred increase. He used this spiritual principle in His own ministry to exponentially increase His faith resulting in the unprecedented power to raise the dead, calm the roaring of the sea, and move mountains. The Master Himself made it clear that anyone could develop the highest level of faith simply by following the steps He laid out in His teaching on the mystery of the Kingdom, recorded in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew. He said… ~ “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12).
According the Cambridge1 Dictionary, “An exponential rate of increase becomes quicker and quicker as the thing that increases becomes larger.” A simple example of this is two men together can lift more than they can independently. Alone each man can lift 100lbs, but together they can lift 230lbs. The law of exponential increase enables the two men to lift 30lbs more together than they could if each one worked alone. The Bible states that exponential increase is a spiritual law that God Himself operates in the lives of His children who live by faith. Moses explains further the law of exponential increase in the Book of Deuteronomy. ~ “How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had surrendered them?” (Deuteronomy 32:30).
A Little Time
When He spoke of faith as a seed, Jesus revealed in the New Testament that the law of exponential increase is the key to developing the highest kind of faith. The Master not only tells His disciples that exponential faith was the secret to His mighty miracle-working power, He also takes the time to explain to them how anyone can develop their faith, like His, to even walk on the water, command the waves of a storm, and turn the water into wine. Jesus uses one of the most common examples of exponential increase to demonstrate how great faith is acquired. First, He states that all faith is increased the same way a seed is increased, which requires nothing more than a little time and the right conditions, yet is something so simple that, when the easy steps are followed, even a child can do it. ~ “So Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).
The Word of God
However, this is the place where most people get lost and miss the most important part. Jesus goes on to identify exactly how, like a natural seed, the right conditions must be met so that faith is ‘multiplied’ instead of simply ‘added to.’ He breaks down the seven spiritual conditions that anyone can practice and cultivate the type of faith that moves mountains and raises the dead. In the book of Mark, Christ expounds how faith like a seed can get to the exponential state to where it is actually producing 100 to 1. This is how Jesus developed such immense faith in His own ministry to heal the sick and cast out demons day and night, sometimes without stopping. He had, as He called it, faith as a seed, or what we would call exponential faith. Let’s take a look at what He said. ~ “The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts” (Mark 4.14,15).
Quantity of Seed
The first of the seven steps is to ‘sow the word.’ This is because faith comes by the word of God as is plainly recorded in the book of Romans. Apart from the word of God there is no faith (period). ~ “So then faith [comes] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10.17). If faith is required to heal a sickness or meet some financial need and the believer is sincere about increasing faith, the quantity of faith-seed or the amount of the word of God that is sown on a daily-bases will be carefully taken into account. A massive crop cannot be harvested if the farmer plants only a meager quantity of seed. Next…
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- Cambridge Dictionary, https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/exponential
- 1Corinthians 15.57
© L. Jonathan Blais 2021 All rights reserved. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.
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