What Is Faith?

  What is faith?  Faith is not sight.  Faith is the opposite of sight.  Faith is not mere intellectual assent.  Faith is a radical conviction, influencing decisively and forever, the trend and direction of a person’s life. 
The Bible defines faith in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Again the Hebrew writer states: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6

  Faith does not rest on demonstration but on a venture of the heart and mind.  All honest doubters end where the disciple, Thomas, did, on their knees before the Master in praise and adoration.

  Jesus blames no man for wanting to be sure.  Jesus never says to a man, ‘you must have no doubts.’  Rather, He says, ‘you must never profess a faith of which you are not absolutely sure and you must fight your battle until you reach your certainty.’ 

  Faith comes from trust, trust in the Word of God, the Bible.  People in the days of Jesus became believers by being beholders, we today, become believers by being readers or listeners.  John 20:30-31 “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.  But, these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” 
The Apostle Paul, divinely inspired, penned it like this:“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”  Romans 10:17 
Through the divine record, we see the divine revelation, Christ.  This risen Son of God, the living Lord, stands before us and by faith we see hands outstretched, wounds visible and hear Him say, “Reach your finger here, see my hands; reach your hands here, put it into my side, be unbelieving no longer, but believe. Happy are you who saw Me not, and yet have found faith.”
John 20:27 

  Nowhere is a person more likely to find Christ than in the company of those who love Christ.  Because they love the Lord, they love His Word, and seek to be obedient to it’s teachings.  The Bible is our only rule for faith and practice.

  We live by faith.  It is not a leap in the dark but a faith based on the testimony of others. God has revealed Himself to us through Jesus and recorded that revelation in the Bible.  By faith we are saved. That is, a faith that motivates us to be obedient to God’s Word.

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