WORD O’ GRAM: WHAT IS FAITH? 4/01/09
my persuaded, moral conviction of God’s truth.
believe, so I am. As I believe, so I become.
impossible to have faith without action because
faith without works is dead.
pleased God by living what I believe?
Rom 14:23 NKJV
For whatever is not from faith is sin.
Heb 11:5-6 NKJV
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.
Fruit is the natural byproduct of a seed.
The fruit of faith is works.
The fruit of faith is righteousness.
Matt 17:20 NKJV
For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a
mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from
here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be
impossible for you.
James 2:16 NKJV
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works,
Gal 3:6-7 NKJV
Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted to him
1 John 3:7 NKJV
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who
practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is
NT:4102 pistis (pis'-tis); from NT:3982; persuasion,
i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or
the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher),
especially reliance upon Christ for salvation;
abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension,
the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:
KJV - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
NT:2041 ergon (er'-gon); from a primary (but obsolete)
ergo (to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by
implication, an act:
KJV - deed, doing, labour, work.
NT:3498 nekros (nek-ros'); from an apparently primary
nekus (a corpse); dead (literally or figuratively; also
KJV - dead.
Heb 11:1 AMP
NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the
title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof
of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their
reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not
revealed to the senses].
NT:5287 hupostasis (hoop-os'-tas-is); from a compound of
NT:5259 and NT:2476; a setting under (support), i.e.
(figuratively) concretely, essence, or abstractly,
assurance (objectively or subjectively):
KJV - confidence, confident, person, substance.
However works does not produce faith.
Nor does righteousness produce faith.
When we do deeds in order to have faith, we are
following the law in order to feel justified. This is
self righteousness. Without faith in Jesus Christ, no
man is righteous, no not one. The only way to produce
faith, is to abide in Jesus Christ.
John 15:4 AMP
Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me,
and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear
fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united
to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you
abide in Me.