Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Growing In The Word Series

Word family: Faith, faithful, faithfulness.
Synonyms: Believing, belief, confidence, trust
Related ideas: Trustworthiness, receiving or accepting, assurance of hope,
Greek References: πιστις pistis 4102 (Strong) cf 4103
Definition: Faith is full acceptance of the gospel of Christ --belief in its facts, commitment to its principles, trust in its Author, acknowledgement of his authority, confidence in his promises, obedience to his commandments.

Faith for all
John 3:16 “God so loved the world... that whoever believes may... have everlasting life”
Romans 1:16-17 “salvation for everyone who believes”

Faith for living
Galatians 2:20 “...the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God...”
Ephisians 2:8-10 “By grace you have been saved through faith... created in Christ Jesus for good works...”
Jude 1:3 “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints”
James 2:14-26 “faith worked with his works, and by works faith was perfected... by works a man is justified, and not by faith alone.”

Faith for perfection
Philippians 3:9 “...not a righteousness of my own... but that which is through faith in Christ... the righteousness which is from God by faith”
Hebrews 11:1,6 “Without faith it is impossible to please God”
Hebrews 12:2 “Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith”

Comment: Protestant reformation theology held that faith is entirely a work of God for his chosen who are saved by faith alone. Paul's teaches “the obedience of faith” (Rom 1:5) agreeing with James that one is saved by faith and works together, not by either alone. (Source: www.simplybible.com)

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