Bible Questions

Bible Questions

What is faith?

Faith is both a decisive act and a sustained attitude. It begins as an act, by which we abandon reliance on ourselves to merit salvation, have a firm conviction as to the truth of God's promises of mercy in Jesus Christ, and depend sincerely upon them. After this, faith becomes a habit of our life.

Faith rests on certain facts that the apostles were careful to preach (1 Corinthians 11:23; 15:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 4:1, 2).

These facts are easy to determine.

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31; Acts 9:20).

He died for our sins so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24).

He was buried and was raised to life again on the third day (Romans 4:25; 1 Peter 1:3).

His death and resurrection took place according to the manner in which God had promised beforehand in the Old Testament Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

On the grounds of what Jesus Christ accomplished we may receive forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, 39).

These facts have to be received (1 Corinthians 15:1).

The facts themselves have to be understood (Acts 17:2, 3; 18:4, 19).

Intellectual assent has to be given to them (Luke 24:45; Acts 28:27).

Faith makes walking with God the most important thing in life

A stand has to be taken then upon these facts (1 Corinthians 15:1).

This stand involves a personal confession of Christ as the Son of God (Matthew 16:16; Romans 10:10).

A personal belief that Christ died for our sins (Galations 2:20; 1 Timothy 1:15).

A personal belief that God raised Christ from the dead (Romans 10:9).

Thus faith moves beyond the facts to trusting a Person - the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31; John 1:12; 3:16).

The stand that is taken upon these facts - significantly known as 'the faith' (Jude 3) - involves the abandonment of all confidence in human merit and works for the obtaining of salvation.

No confidence in externals, whether of race, social status, religious zeal, or legal rectitude is allowed (Philippians 3:3-9).

No confidence in righteous things we may have done is permissible (Titus 3:5).

When we come to true faith in Christ, faith becomes then a sustained attitude of our life.

Faith makes us sure of what we hope for (Hebrews 11:1).

Faith makes us certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).

Faith becomes the principle by which we live (2 Corinthians 5:7).

We are defended in the battles of the Christian life by the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).

We fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).

Such a habit of faith in our life makes a tremendous difference to our life. The men and women of faith, described in Hebrews 11, who did not fully know 'the faith' of the gospel, provide helpful illustrations.

Faith makes us offer only our best to God - Abel (Hebrews 11:4).

Faith makes us reckon walking with God the most important thing in life - Enoch (Hebrews 11:5).

Faith makes us concerned for the saving of our family - Noah (Hebrews 11:7).

Faith makes us obey God, even blindly sometimes - Abraham leaving Haran (Hebrews 11:8).

Faith makes us live after the manner of refugees in the world, holding lightly to its possessions - Abraham and his immediate descendants (Hebrews 11:9, 10, 13-16).

Faith makes us change our mind about things thought impossible - Abraham and Sarah (Hebrews 11:11, 12).

Faith makes us render complete obedience to God no matter what He demands - Abraham and Isaac (Hebrews 11:17-19).

Faith makes us concerned for the spiritual well being of the generations to follow - Isaac blessing Jacob and Esau (Hebrews 11:20).

Faith gives us confidence in the face of death - Jacob and Joseph (Hebrews 11:21, 22).

Faith makes us co-operate actively with God's purposes as we know them - Moses' parents (Hebrews 11:23).

Faith makes us live a life that is different and separate from the standard set by the world - Moses (Hebrews 11:24-26).

Faith takes away our fear of people - Moses as to Pharaoh (Hebrews 11:27).

Faith leads to the activity that comes from obedience - the Passover and the crossing of the Red Sea (Hebrews 11:28, 29).

Faith brings victory and success - the fall of Jericho (Hebrews 11:30).