What is true, biblical faith?
Here are a few random ideas worth considering.
Faith only comes by the word of God. By reading it. By hearing it.
Faith is confidence in a specific object or person:
- Is it faith in one’s good works?
- Is it faith in one’s religious observance?
- Is it faith in one’s “love” or acts of love?
- Is it faith in one’s “tolerance” for others and their beliefs?
- Is it faith in one’s work toward “social justice” or other humanitarian causes?
- Is it faith in one’s tithes or offerings or other sacrifices?
- Is it faith in popular scientific theory?
- Is it faith in one’s own sincerity and honesty?
- Is it faith in one’s intellect or wisdom?
- Is it faith in one’s own morality and purity?
- Is it faith in one’s own faith?
The Exclusive Gospel
Feelings do not constitute faith. Feelings come and go like the wind.
“Hoping so” is not the same as faith.
True faith must be in Jesus Christ exclusively. He is the only mediator between God and man. We cannot pray to nor trust in any other except Christ alone.
We will know God more deeply when we read and believe His words — His specific words. “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 14:23)
The gospel of Jesus Christ is not just the “story” of Jesus. It is everything that the scriptures say about Him. That includes His history, His character, His miracles, His redemptive work on the cross and His resurrection from the dead.
And it includes His work as Creator as revealed in the historical record beginning in Genesis, Chapter 1.
Specific Words Mean Specific Things
We are not just talking about believing general ideas of Jesus or general principles. Leave that nonsense to the liberal theologians. All 66 books of the Bible give specific details about Christ that we must believe.
Faith flows from His word to give us understanding about all of His name. Every name by which Christ is known; such as The Lord of Hosts, The King of kings, The Lamb of God and the Holy One of Israel; each of these names is defined by the particular words God has given to us.
Do I seem obsessed with the word of God? I am.
Because God Himself is obsessed with His word. There is no other way by which we can have CERTAINTY of the things we believe. And to rest in the hope of what He has prepared for us.
All else is just opinion. Which is simply pitting one favorite religious scholar above another.
But each of us has the privilege to know God and to fellowship with Him by reading and knowing what He has said.
“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” (Psalm 138: 2)
Because only by His word can we truly know the ONE in whom our faith must rest.