What is Faith ?
Today, finding true faith from the bible is a rare treasure among men. It is exceedingly simple and not difficult to find, when it is sought correctly. Paul gives the best definition of faith. He says, “Faith is a confident anticipation of things hoped for, a full persuasion of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
In Hebrews 11:6, we read, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” True faith, that pleases God, only comes by studying the scriptures. As it is written, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). When the scripture is understood and allowed to make its own impression in “a very honest heart,” faith establishes itself there. The person, who possesses the faith, comes to knows the exceeding great and precious promises which God has made to Adam, Abraham, and David which are to come, and he confidently anticipates the literal fulfillment of them. The person, who understands the things promised, is fully persuaded of the things concerning Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God, and lives in that hope. Laying hold of these things with a firm faith, he puts his faith into action by being baptized into Christ, and thus becomes a son of Abraham, Father of the faithful and the friend of God (Galatians Chapter 3).
It is a great mistake to suppose that the belief in the sacrificial part of the name of Jesus Christ is acceptable for salvation. It is not, “he that believes in Jesus Christ, and is baptized, will be saved;” but “He who believes the Gospel, and is baptized, will be saved.” (Mark 16:15,16). Jesus was sent to preach the Gospel (the glad tidings) of the Kingdom of God as it was his message to the Jews first, and afterwards to the Gentiles (Mark 1:14, Luke 4:43, Acts 1:3). Let it be remembered then, that the condition of salvation is the belief of the whole gospel and obedience to it (Luke 11:28, Acts 8:12). That salvation is braced upon belief in the message that Jesus brings from God. The gospel must be taken as a whole, and not selected piecemeal to suit the taste with the rest set aside as not important and not fundamental. In conclusion, the mark of a true Christian is one who believes in the full gospel concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, and demonstrates those principles in an active faith.