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Author: Ron Graham

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Word Study: Faith

Word family: Faith, faithful, faithfulness.

Synonyms: Believing, belief, confidence, trust

Related ideas: Trustworthiness, receiving or accepting, assurance of hope,

Definitions: 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.

Greek References: πιστις (pistis) 4102 (Strong) cf 4103


  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..."
  • Ephesians 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" (Romans 1:5) agreeing with James that one is saved by faith and works together, not by either alone.

Best lesson: Three Principles of a Saving Faith


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