The Greek noun often translated ‘#faith’ in our English Bible texts is ‘pistis’.It's verb form is ‘pistueo’, which is often translated ‘believe’.

#Pistis is the personification of good faith, trust and reliability. It also means ‘firm persuasion’, ‘belief’, ‘assurance’, ‘firm conviction’, ‘faithfulness’. True faith is not in, or for, a desired outcome. It is in God, and our trust in Him is based on our knowledge of His nature.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen… But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:1,6

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones." Proverbs 3:5-8


"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God". Romans 10:17

Faith is #trust in God, and it is built on what He reveals to us about Him – through His #word. Therefore, to build our faith, we must first hear according to God’s word. Our primary source of God’s word is our canon of Scripture – the Bible.

"And we have the prophetic word made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit". 2 Peter 1:19-21

"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:14-17

"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." Romans 15:4

‘Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God's mouth...’ (Deuteronomy 8:3)

#living by faith means living by what God says in every situation. All of the scriptures (including the writings of the apostles) are inspired by God, and are profitable for doctrine (teaching), rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, to equip us to do every good work. The amount of God’s word you have imbibed is directly proportionate to the faith you have.

Faith, (which results from our hearing and believing the word of God), equips us to do good works. This is why faith without works is #dead.

The goal or purpose of faith is the #salvation of the soul, to be found completely blameless.

"...receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls".
I Peter 1:9

…who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith being much more precious than gold that perishes, be found to praise and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:5-9

There's a lot more in the Believer's Bible class (2) – 'Faith Towards God' where we see the heroes of faith, the goal of faith (in details), tests and proof of faith, levels of faith and what faith is not.

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