Please give my sweet friend Misty Keith back to My Messy Desk for this week’s great word! We use this one all. the. time. So, it’s a good idea to know exactly what we’re talking about!
The word “faith” in Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament, has no less than five word translations. Some of the most notable translations from the Old Testament are amen, batach, chasah, yaqual and quwah. While noting that the Hebrew language uses words that are designed to help form mental pictures, faith is most commonly seen as amen which means to believe, to put your trust in or to lean on Yahweh (God) for support.
The Greek word for “faith” in the New Testament is pistis. In the Greek language, the word faith is not limited to a mental asset or to believing certain ideas. The word single word faith encompasses all of the following words: faith, faithfulness, reliability, promise, pledge, proof, trust, confidence, the act of believing, the content of “what” is believed, all that the gospel stands for, what is given evidence to and the system of doctrine or morality particularly referring to the Christian faith.
There are over 475 instances within the English Standard Version of the Bible where the word faith can be found. It can be seen from the very first page of the Scriptures, appearing numerously, all the way until the last page of the Bible.
The most basic definition of faith is the substance of hope and the belief of things not seen. Hebrews 11: 1 (ESV) says “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Let’s look at the meaning of faith a little further. Faith can also be defined as trust, putting our trust or our belief in the promises of God and His Word. Leaning on God for support.
Faith is a requirement for every person who believes in the LORD, His Son Jesus, The Holy Spirit and the Bible. In fact, a person cannot approach God without faith in His Son Jesus Christ. Nonetheless, neither can a person please God without faith in His Son Jesus (Hebrews 11:6).
Faith is a covenant word. Meaning in order to understand it, we also have to see faith in terms of relationships. Our commitment, our trust and our human reliance on a reliable God binds together to form a covenant between humanity and The Most High God. God shows Himself faithful and people respond with faithfulness. God by His grace makes a promise and then commits Himself to His people.
To say that you have faith, is to bind yourself to that which you have faith in. Keeping in mind that when you profess to have faith, it does not say much about you, but rather it says so much more about who or what you have faith in. God is a trustworthy God and He uses faith as the instrumental cause of salvation.
Faith is a free and unmerited gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8) It comes by hearing it and hearing it comes by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) Therefore, faith is to be regarded, protected and established for the sake of spreading the gospel.
Faith, but not only faith…….there is a difference between having a form of faith only and having a saving faith. The Bible tells us that even the demons believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (James 2:19). A saving faith is to not only believe, but to also put your trust in Jesus Christ. Belief and trust must go together to have authentic saving faith.
Faith helps us to see the unseen and believe the unbelievable. This is not a blind faith, but a faith grounded in God’s Word. Several Scriptures point to the Bible being written so that you many believe, also that the gospel is spoken so that you may believe and that the Scriptures are searched daily so that one may believe. God directly imparts faith through the instrument of His Word. Faith is believing that if God said it, I believe it and that settles it! “for we walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
How do we show our faith? By being faithful. We show our faith by our works and by obeying God and His Word. We are also called to imitate our faith by loving other people. This includes those who are most like us and easy to love as well as those who are different from us and harder to love. We will be known by the kind of faith we imitate. Let us imitate the love of Christ wherever we go and in doing so, we help others come to faith in Jesus Christ.
For those wanting to study the word faith on a much deeper level, start by looking in a Bible commentary, a concordance, a Bible dictionary, or an Interlinear Bible. Walk through the suggested Scriptures on the word faith and then look up the original language from the Scriptures on a website for Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic. Another suggestion may be to do a Bible study by topic on the word faith. Check sermon notes from some of your favorite teaching pastors or Bible teachers. Some great resources for study are Blue Letter Bible, Bible Hub, Bible Gateway, and Bible Study Tools.
*Painting by Lindsey Keith who will be featured in the September 2016 Masterpiece Monday.
Hello, my name is Misty Ann. I am a daughter of the King of all Kings, wife to Richard, Mommy to Reagan (11 years), Kylee (8 years), and Karis Delaney (6 years). I am a teacher by trade, an encourager and up-lifter by calling and a writer by practice. I enjoy being a friend to those who will have me.
I understood from early adulthood and beyond that I would never fit. The Lord helped me to realize that He called me to stand out and because of this, I am forever grateful and at peace with how He has made me and who He has made me to be.
I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.
You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;
Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul. (Psalm 139:14 – The Voice)
Just A Little More About Me…..
My family and I live just outside the Austin, Texas area. I homeschool all three of my children and teach Reading for a private college in the Master’s/Credentialing program. I stay busy and enjoy the hobbies of Reading, Writing, Scrap-booking, Bible-Journaling and Running.
As a family, we attend Hill Country Bible Church. We enjoy traveling and take “family fieldtrips” often. All of life is an adventure and we are thankful for every life lesson that the Lord teaches us in the process.
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