What is faith?

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This is an interesting question, but it is a very good question to ask.  The reason is because of what the Bible says in Hebrews 11:6.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

This verse says that it is an impossibility to please God without faith!  Wow! Notice that this verse tells what faith is.  It says that a person that comes to God must believe that God is and that God rewards those who diligently seek God.  So faith is believing in God.  Believing in God must be acted upon.  A person must “diligently seek” God.

To believe in someone means to confide or trust that person.  If I believe in a mechanic then I trust that mechanic; I believe he is good at fixing cars, and I believe that he will not try to cheat his customers.  He is a trustworthy mechanic, and therefore, I have faith in him.

Now the world tells us that if we believe enough in ourselves that we can accomplish anything we want.  This is not what the Bible says however.

John 15:4-6
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Jesus tells us here that we cannot do anything without Jesus.  Acts 17:28 says that in God “we live and move and have our being.”  It is by God’s grace that we have our health and our life.  We could have been aborted, we could be physically or mentally disabled, but by God’s grace we can live and move and be who we are.

Matthew 9:27-31
27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.
28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

 

This event is a perfect example of what the Bible means when it speaks of faith.  Jesus asked these blind men if they believed that Jesus was able to have mercy on them.  When they affirmed, Jesus said that it was because of this faith, this belief, that these men had that Jesus healed them.

We actually obtain God’s mercy for the consequence of judgment toward our sins by this same kind of faith.  There are so many verses that speak of believing in Jesus and believing in God.  Here are a few:

Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

 

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

 

John 3:15-18
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

 

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

 

Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

 

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

 

Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

 

Romans 4:20-25
20 He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he (God) had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him (Abraham) for righteousness.
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

 

Just like Abraham believed that what God promised to him God would do, we believe that God sent Jesus to this earth to die for our sins and raise from the dead.  Jesus was sinless, and His death payed for the sins of the world.  Anyone who believes in Jesus and believes God to forgive their sins through Jesus will be saved.

Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

 

This is why I preach that people might believe on Jesus and be saved.  I have heard many preachers say we should ask Jesus into our hearts, but first we must believe in Jesus, trust in Jesus, put our faith in Jesus because without faith in Jesus it is impossible to please God.  Then, as verse 13 says, we should call on God asking for His forgiveness for our sins.

Dear friend, God loves you, and He is willing to forgive you! Will you believe in God and in His Son Jesus Christ?

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One comment

  1. […]  (To learn about God’s plan of forgiveness see my other posts God’s Kingdom is Free , What is Faith?, and God Cares About […]

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