Or “Faith Is in What God Has Promised”
This is a subsidiary post of Faith.
- Faith Is in What God Has Said Through an Agent
- Faith Is Rooted in What God Has Said in the Scriptures
- References to the Apostles’ Testimony – Through Which We Have Believed in the Lord
Faith is in what God has said. If God has not said it, how can you believe it? Thus it is God’s word that precedes – and spawns – faith (Romans 10:17). Faith arises from the word of God.
Faith is not some free-floating substance. It is an appropriate response to what God has said (i.e. the word of God). True faith, therefore, is always tethered to what God has said – most notably and profoundly, Christ Himself.
Luke 1:38 – “…may it be done to me according to your word…” – The wording in the 1973 version of the NASB is “…be it done to me according to your word…”
Luke 1:45 – “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”
Luke 24:25 – “…’O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!'”
Acts 27:25 – “…I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.”
Rom 4:16-21 – “For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (as it is written, ‘A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU’) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, ‘SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.’ Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.” – Note how Abraham’s faith tracked what God had said. Abraham’s faith was all about what God had said to him; it was not about God is some vague, amorphous sense. See also Hebrews 6:11-12 below.
Hebrews 6:11, 12 – “…so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” – Abraham, especially as described in Romans 4:16-21 above, is one of those we should imitate in this regard. Notice that faith is a mechanism for realizing the promises of God.
Hebrews 6:17, 18 – “In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.” – God gives us great assurance because He knows that our faith in His promises is going to be tested (Faith Is Tested). Whether or not God lies is only an issue if God says things. Furthermore, it’s only an issue if the things He says appear to be untrue, or, in the case of a promise, unlikely to come true.
Genesis 3:1 – “…’Indeed, has God said…'” – Satan is always testing our faith (belief) in what God has said. See Faith Is Tested.