"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path". Ps 119:105
What is Faith?
The Greek word for faith is 'pistis'. This word ‘pistis’ can be defined as a conviction or belief about man's relationship to God and divine things. It generally includes the idea of trust and holy fervour which is born of faith and joined with it. In other words in biblical terms it is the conviction that God exists and is the Creator and ruler of all things. It is the conviction also that God is the provider and the one who bestows salvation in Christ, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God. Thus Paul defines faith as:
Thus knowledge, belief, understanding and faith in God’s word, convince that the things spoken of in scripture are indeed true. Faith is vital to salvation, indeed Paul continues and warns us that:
Hebrews chapter 11 gives a wonderful list of many of the faithful whose lives are recorded in scripture. Examples of lives that we would do well to emulate and follow. Of all the faithful Paul lists in Hebrews chapter 11 we read:
Paul then lists in verses 32-40 all the things that these faithful men and women did and suffered in God’s service. All these who were faithful had one thing in common. They all heard the Word from God, they all believed, they all had faith and most importantly they all acted upon their faith. This is the great lesson that comes shining through scripture to us in our day, that faith must be something living and active in our lives. Regarding faith James writes:
So then it is easy for a person to say that they have faith, but the truth and depth of their faith is shown by what they do. Faith has to be something that is active in our lives, shaping our characters, how we think, how we behave and what we value.
We all fail in some way to obey the Word of God and do what pleases Him, but He is willing to count an active faith as righteousness. Now of Abraham's faith we read:
Abraham was fully committed to God and fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Now Paul continues to say that this record of Abraham's faith is also written for our benefit:
So we can be saved through faith. But that faith must be based upon what Paul calls ‘sound doctrine’ and not be something inactive and expressed in words only, thus failing to affect our lives. Such an insipid faith based upon wrong beliefs will not save.
Jesus asked the question, "when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8. Paul speaking of the days prior to the return of Christ warns:
‘The faith’ is that one pure gospel message that was believed and taught by the Apostles and early disciples. It is this simple faith that Jesus questioned if he would find at his return, a faith that Paul warns that many would turn away from.
The only source of the Truth is the Bible. So then, seek out for yourself from it’s pages the true gospel message and put your faith in that message. Then once you have found it as Paul writes:
"Prove all things. Hold fast that which good". 1Thessalonians 5:21