The Bible says in Hebrews 11: 1-2:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good report.”
Put another way, we may say that faith is an inner conviction that God, not only
exists, but that all His dealings are trustworthy and good, and that He
can always be relied upon to do what He says. It would even be true to say
that mature faith requires no miraculous manifestations of any kind to prove
the existence or ability of the Most High.
This does not mean that faith is
some kind of blind belief based on unquestioning ignorance. On the contrary,
faith is a vibrant living assurance based on the true knowledge of God as
revealed in the Bible and the creation; a spiritual confidence, we may add, that
manifests itself in a willingness to obey Yahweh's law without repeatedly
seeking miracles to quell personal doubts.
Being primarily an action of the mind, living faith is by far the finest
compliment a believer can pay the Almighty. According to the Scriptures, this
action of the mind, this mental recognition of the Eternal's existence and
infinite goodness, is accepted by Him and counted as righteousness.
It is called the Righteousness of Faith. Nevertheless, it is important to remember
that unless faith comes to fruition and manifests itself in obedience, a mere
profession of discipleship without supporting actions is nothing more than
And so the grandest and best appeal found in the entire Bible to disillusioned
and desperate man is simply to “HAVE FAITH IN GOD” or as the Apostle Paul has
said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
This call to have “faith in Jesus” is not merely a call to give mental assent to the fact
that a person called Jesus Christ existed or even that He is the Son of God: rather it
is the distilled truth of the eternal ages coming through the lips of a spirit
filled Apostle to all of us, to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ - to trust Him - to have faith
- to follow - to worship and finally to obey him because he was the Jehovah’s
chief agent and spokesman in the creation of the mighty universe.
Living faith, therefore, involves total commitment to Yeshua (Jesus), who in reality
is the King of Israel, the “I AM” of the Old Testament and the God of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob.
For further study see: The Just shall Live by Faith
- Abraham's faith was counted as Righteousness. (Romans 4: 3-5, Romans 9: 30)
- Faith is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5: 22)
- Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11: 6)
- It is a fact that the just can only (and do) live by faith. (Romans 1: 17, Habakkuk 2: 4)
- Faith that does not manifest itself in good works and obedience is dead. (James 2: 17)
- A man is not justified by faith alone, but by deeds as well. (James 2: 24-26)
- People generally receive of Yahweh in direct proportion to their faith. (Matthew 9: 29)
- The purpose of faith is salvation of the soul. (1 Peter 1: 9)
- To those given to doubt, Jesus has a special message. (John 20: 27-29)
- Faith increases by hearing (or reading) the Word of God. This means that
if a believer wants to increase his/her faith, then regular reading of the
Scriptures is mandatory. (Romans 10: 17)
In the Son’s Name For the Father’s Glory
Elder: Max W. Mader
A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada