DayBreaks for 05/21/13 – The Biblical Definition of Faith
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Faith. So much depends upon it, but yet there is such confusion about what faith really is. If you ask a theologian you’d get one answer, a philosopher another, a psychologist might laud its value from a psychological standpoint, but at the same time say that it isn’t rooted in reality and should be done away with. Scripture has an interesting twist on it in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” This clearly shows that there is a difference between faith and hope and it even claims that faith can be certain. I don’t know about you, but I often find it hard enough to be certain about things I can see – let alone be “certain” about things I can’t see. Let me ask the question: How would you define faith?
Brennan Manning had an interesting observation: “If a random sample of one thousand American Christians were taken today, the majority would define faith as belief in the existence of God. In earlier times it did not take faith to believe that God existed – almost everybody took that for granted. Rather, faith had to do with one’s relationship with God – whether one trusted in God. The difference between faith as ‘belief in something that may or may not exist’ and faith as ‘trusting in God’ is enormous. The first is a matter of the head, the second a matter of the heart. The first can leave us unchanged, the second intrinsically brings change.”
Do you see the point? It is one thing to believe that God exists. That is a good thing – but not the necessary thing. The necessary thing is to trust Him with all that you have ever had, all you have, all you will be – for now and eternity. Faith in God’s existence won’t save you. Faith in the completed work of Christ Jesus – trusting your all to the concept that he loves you, he died to save you, and that he’ll come back for you again – that is saving faith!
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