The Nature of Faith

This is a subsidiary post of Defining Faith.

Faith is

  • an attitude
  • an awareness (of Christ)
  • a consciousness
  • a knowing
  • a mindset
  • an orientation
  • an outlook
  • a perspective
  • a point of view
  • an understanding
  • a way of perceiving the world
  • a way of thinking
  • a worldview
  • a theory or perception of the world in which God (Christ) is dominant

Whose view of the world do you follow?  Whose will you adopt?  We accept the view of the world that Jesus held.  Our faith originated with Him.  He is “the author and perfecter of faith” according to Hebrews 12:2.

Luke 8:25  –  “Where is your faith?” is a question we ought always to be able to answer (The Faith Which You Have, Have).  The apostles taught us that faith is to be in Christ.

Acts 16:5  –  Our faith can be strengthened.  See 1 Thessalonians 3:2 below.

Romans 14:22  –  Faith is a conviction, and it’s a conviction held in the sight of God.

Romans 14:23  –  Faith is the right thing to do.

2 Corinthians 5:7  –  Faith is a settled orientation to the invisible dimension of creation.

1 Thessalonians 3:2  –  Our faith needs strengthening and encouraging.  See Acts 16:5 above.

2 Timothy 1:12  –  Faith is a personal matter.  The object of our faith is a person.  His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  See note on Luke 8:25 above.

Hebrews 11:1  –  Faith is an assurance, a conviction.  (Defining Faith)

Hebrews 11:6  –  Faith is the sine qua non of pleasing God.  This point was established just a few verses before in Hebrews 10:38.

Jude 1:3  –  The faith has been delivered to us by the apostles.

Jude 1:20  –  Faith is foundational, and that foundation deserves strengthening (see Jude 1:3 and 1 Thessalonians 3:2, both above).

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GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE NATURE OF FAITH

Faith can be small or great.  –  Matthew 8:10; 15:28; 17:20; Luke 7:9; 1 Corinthians 13:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:3

Faith can be weak or strong.  –  Romans 4:19, 20; 14:1, 2  (Faith Can Be Weak or Strong)

Faith can be strengthened.  –  Acts 16:5

Faith can come.  –  Romans 10:17  (Faith Comes)

Faith can grow.  –  Romans 4:20

Further to the point that faith can grow, it can be perfected (i.e. grown to maturity) and Christ is the one who perfects (i.e. matures) it through our actions.  –  Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 12:2; James 2:22

Faith can be like a seed.  –  Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:6

Faith can be sincere or insincere.  –  1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 1:5  (True Faith versus Pseudo-Faith)

Faith can be present or absent.  –  Luke 8:25

Faith can fail.  –  Luke 22:32; 2 Corinthians 13:5  (It is not that faith fails, but that we can fail to live it.)

Faith has to do with that which we cannot see with our physical eyes.

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