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New King James Version, Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
New American Standard Bible, Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen.
NASB 1995, Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
FAITH, faithfulness: ‘pistis’
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine.
Phonetic Spelling: (pis’-tis).
Definition: faith, faithfulness.
Usage: faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.
From Strong’s Concordance #4102, the Greek word, ‘pístis’. which comes from the word, ‘peithô’, means, to “persuade, or to be persuaded”. More correctly, it means persuasion; to be persuaded, to come to trust.
- Faith, ‘pistis’,is always a gift from God, and never something that can be produced by people. In short, ‘pistis’,(“faith”) for the believer, is “God’s divine persuasion“, and is therefore distinct from human belief, or human confidence, yet it involves it. The Lord continuously births faith in the yielded believer so they can know what He prefers, i.e. it is the persuasion of His will in the believer. (1 John 5:4).
“Pistis’, faith, in secular antiquity, was referred to as a guarantee, a warranty. In Scripture, faith is God’s warranty, certifies that the revelation He births in a believer will come to pass, His way.
Pistis faith, is also used collectively, seen in all the times that God has revealed, or given the persuasion of His will, which includes the full revelation of Scripture, (see Jude 3). Indeed, God the Lord guarantees that all of this revelation will come to pass! (Compare Mt 5:18 with 2 Tim 3:16).
‘Pistis’ Faith is always received from God, and never generated by us.
Romans 12:3 says, “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith,”.
Ephesians 2:8,9, says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast”.
Gal 5:22,23, says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Reflection: Faith is given, exclusively, to the redeemed. It is not a virtue that can be worked up by human effort.
- ‘Pistis’, Faith,enables the believer to know God’s preferred-will Accordingly, faith and “God’s preferred-will,(Strong’s #2307, ‘thelçma’) are directly connected in Scripture.
2 Romans 12:2,3, says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will, of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”
Hebrews 10:36,38, says, “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”
“BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM”.
1 John 5:4: “For whatever is born of God conquers the world; and this is the conquest that has conquered the world, our faith.”
- In sum, ‘Pistis’, faith,is a persuasion from God that we receive as He grants impulse. Faith is always the work of God and involves hearing His voice, whereby, the believer lays hold of God’s preferred-will, (J. Calvin).
More on what faith is and isn’t
- In Scripture, faith and belief are not exactly the same. Faith always comes from God and involves His revelation therefore faith is beyond belief!
- Faith is God’s work; faith is never the work of people. We cannot produce faith ourselves, nor can we “drum it up at will.” Rather, faith comes as Christ speaks His rhçma-word within (see Ro 10:17, Gk text).
- In all of Scripture, only the term faith is ever used in the following way: Ro 14:23: Whatever is not of faith(4102/pistis) is sin.” Heb 11:6: “And without faith (4102/pistis) 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 seek Him” (NASU).
Reflection: Nothing quite like this two-fold witness appears elsewhere in the Bible. These sweeping statements sober the heart and inspire the soul!
“Faith always pre-supposes revelation” (W. H. Griffith Thomas, Genesis, 55).
“Faith is always a response to a divine revelation” (W. H. Griffith Thomas, Hebrews, 143).
“Faith, both in its initiation and every step of the way, is Spirit given . Faith is God given” (W. Hendriksen, Galatians, 197).
“Faith precedes works, and is not something merely deduced by reason of existing” (D. Edmond Hiebert, Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians 1:11).
“Faith is always a gift of God” (L. Morris, John, p 520). “The basis of faith is God’s revelation of Himself . Christianity came to be seen as a faith event” (O. Michel, Dictionary of New Testament Theology).
“Faith is the divine response, wrought in man, by God” (from Berkof’s Systematic Theology, representing the views of Barth and Brunner).
“Faith always has the element of assurance, certainty and confidence, and evidential value substantiating the thing we hope for. With faith, there is no strain or tension; rather, it has the element of assurance and confidence in it. If there is strain or tension, that is, by trying to persuade yourself to keep from doubting, you can be quite sure that it is not faith. Faith is not the law of mathematical probability; faith is not natural; faith is spiritual and is the gift of God. You cannot command faith at will, faith is always something that is given, it is in-wrought by God; therefore, if you want to be a man of faith, it will always be the result of becoming a certain type of person” (M. Lloyd Jones, Romans, Romans 4:18-25).
“Faith is the divinely given conviction of things unseen” (Homer Kent Jr., Hebrews, 217, quoting Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, volume 2, 476).
“Faith is the organ which enables people to see the invisible order” (F.
- Bruce, Hebrews, 279).
“Right faith is a thing wrought in us by the Holy Spirit” (William Tyndale).
“We have made faith a condition of mind, when it is a divinely imparted grace of the heart. We can receive faith only as he gives it, but, you cannot manufacture faith, you can not work it up. You can believe a promise, and at the same time not have the faith to appropriate it. Genuine, Scriptural faith is not our ability to ‘count it done,’ but is the deep consciousness divinely imparted to the heart of man that it is done, it is the faith that only God can give. Do not struggle in the power of the will. What a mistake it is to take our belief in God and call of faith. Christ, the living word, is our sufficiency. (Charles Price, The Real Faith, Logos/publications).
Belief and faith are not exactly equivalent terms. When Jesus told people, “Your faith has made you well,” faith was still His gift (Ephesians 2:8,9). Any gift however, once received, becomes the “possession” of the recipient. Faith however is always from God and is purely His work (2 Thessalonians 1:11).
Note: The Greek definite article is uniformly used in the expressions “your faith,” or, “their faith”, (which occur over 30 times in the Greek NT). This genitive construction with the article refers to “the principle of faith (operating in) you” – not “your faith” in the sense that faith is ever generated by the recipient.
Reflection: Demons believe (and shudder), but they do not have, i.e., they do not experience faith!
James 2:19, “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder“.
(Note: the foregoing, in majority, is taken from Biblehub.com).
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Matthew 21:21, 22, informs and instructs us, “And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive it all.”
Let’s, by faith, join God in the Spiritual Battle of these Last Days. Let’s gird up, take up our Sword and Shield, and put the enemy to flight!
Your Brother and Friend,
Deleted: The word ‘faith’ occurs in scriptures over 230 times (NASB). Here are just a few of those verses
Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.
This word ‘pride’ is a profanity in the Hebrew language. It refers to being heedless and presumptive, unable to submit oneself to authority, as contrasted to living by faith which requires humility and subjection to God, alone.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
Matthew is reminding us of the natiure of God, YAWEH YIREH or Jehova Jireh, ‘the Lord wil provide’ or ‘God is my provider. Unless we diligently seek the provions of God we err and our faith grows weak.
But the centurion replied, Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”
Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.
The centurion shows wisdom and understanding regarding faith. He understands that faith comes from one with sup
He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.
Learn here, that as you exercise your faith, fear will fade away. Inordinare fear is a litmus test of faith.
And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.”
When hope is found in a hopeless situation, take courage. Your salvation is near, in Christ. Don’t just ‘know about’ Him; Know Him.
But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well.
Again, in hopeless circumstances or difficult situations, always take courage, put your faith in Jesus and you will be made ‘well’. You must PRACTICE these things persistently and with endurance and your faith will grow.
Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.”
This statement is either of great comfort or can bring distress, depending on your faith. If at first you don’t succeed, endure. PRACTICE these things persistently and with endurance and your faith will grow.
Peter responded and said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and when he began to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Jesus frequently tells us to ‘take courage’. Peter took courage and in faith, walked on the water. Then doubt crept in and his faith failed him. We must always stay focused on our Hope, the object of our faith. Practice this.
Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.
But Jesus, aware of this, said, “You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread?
And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen.
And Jesus seeing their faith *said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”
And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.
And Jesus *answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.
Thus says the Lord. Amen and Amen!
Your Brother and Friend,
The following chapters in this series are Biblical teaching on the exercising of your faith and the outcomes. This is not just for reading, but, for you and me to learn to exercise our faith and to see these outcomes in our own lives.
Go to, Episode 3 – NOW FAITH