I'm not a prophet. I'm more a teacher. So "persuade" is on the top of my list.A prophet has a single goal: To edify, exhort and comfort. Do you see that "persuade" is not top on the list?
Or perhaps he was telling us that IF we had faith the size of a mustard seed, we can. BUT, he is implying, you DON'T have such faith -- nice try, he tells us. You have never turned water into wine. Nor if you got lucky and saw a "miracle" could you produce a second one on cue. Likely what you saw that was a "miracle" was simply getting lucky.This is a different principle: If Jesus is teaching us that WE CAN, independent of Him, that our faith, fully developed, is capable of changing topography, then "Have faith IN God" is entirely non sequitur to the point of distracting. He has equipped us to act in His Name independently.
I've told of a man I knew 3 years at my first church who was in a wheelchair. We had a prayer service and he was prayed for. He got out of that wheelchair and he walked along the altar. The next 3 years I never saw him out of that wheelchair. That was no miracle.
You tell of your own experience of a wedding -- yours or someone else's -- (which I'll likely get details wrong) where a storm was approaching. You commanded the storm to dry up / go away. The storm split in two, divided its way around the wedding and came back together on the other side and continued to storm going away. That is not a miracle. That is lucky. That was coincidence. Faith does not get lucky and happen once or twice. We have monsoons here in AZ, come and split a storm for me. (That's snarkiness; I'm not being mean.)
You see IF we had the faith of a mustard seed, then we would HAVE the faith of a mustard seed. Unless you can show me a verse that says that God takes away our faith that has been measured to us, or a verse that says that we use it up if we ... use it up.
I'll just leave this here.If I've been translating badly for decades,
It's like I said, we are all wrong. We just have times when we think we are right and we fight about it and rend each other like pit bulls. Then years later we discover something that changes things in how we understand what we fought for, long after we forgot that we ever fought over it.
If "in/of" was the only thing we had wrong, then impotent wouldn't be a worry, except for this. But the church is divisive, and thus it must be wrong. Somewhere. Everyone. So we are not simply an "in/of" away from any greater understanding.Unless my observation is correct and it strips the church of expectation, making us impotent. That passage is faith defining, and this discussion is one of the most weighty.
The good thing (maybe): God's got this thing. He's going to make sure that we get to the final chapter the way that he wants us to. And when we have opportunity in eternity to sit and ask about "in/of" we can hear Jesus say, "That's not important. Here, have some bread. Drink some wine. Let me tell you a story about when Gabriel...." And we all laugh.