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by Norman P. Grubb

I have met only one candid gentleman in the Bible. I’ll shake hands with him one day and be glad to meet him, because we’re all dishonest except this man as far as I can see it; he’s the only man I know who confessed having a partial faith. And that is the unknown father of the demon-possessed son who met Jesus when he came down from the Mount of Transfiguration, the man who had previously asked His disciples to deliver his son and they could not. And you remember the incident when he said to Jesus in his agony, “If Thou can’st do anything, heal my son.” And Jesus swung right around on him and said, “If you can believe all things are possible to him who believes.” He put it back on him. What did the man answer? A delightful answer, a delightful, innocent, fresh answer. He said, “Lord, I do believe, help Thou my unbelief.” He said, “I do believe. Honestly, I don’t think I do believe. I do believe but I don’t believe.” That’s how most of us are when we are honest enough. That’s just honesty, that’s all. That’s getting up to faith. He looked in the face of Jesus, “I do believe that person.” He looked at his poor son and he said, “I can’t believe anything can be done.” And he was honest enough to say so. We’d say, “I believe, I believe, I believe,” and in our hearts we aren’t believing a thing. That’s our trouble. And God will meet the honest every time.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “The Obedience of Faith”