“That Thy Faith Fail Not”

“But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren,” (Luke 22:32).

Some might say that Peter’s faith failed when he denied our Lord those three times on the eve of Christ’s death. Were that so, then we would have to question every other aspect of Christ’s intercession, for then would we have an example of Christ praying for one of His own, and yet that prayer not being heard, putting in question every aspect of His work as Mediator! God forbid!

We know that God the Father, always hears His Son, and therefore we can say with confidence that Peter’s faith did not fail, because faith here is not a reference to something in Peter, but rather to Christ, the object of His faith. Christ cannot fail those for whom He came and fulfilled all righteousness. His work of righteousness is that which God has imputed once for all to sinners for whom He died. Peter failed, but His faith (Christ) did not. It is by the faith of Christ that sinners are justified, and not by works of the law – Galatians 2:16.

By K. Wimer

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