Our Faith in.... Belief in.... Trust in Jesus Christ
determines who we are and where we will spend eternity.
To believe in Jesus Christ means to have a confident conviction that what the Bible says about Him is true.
Believing Jesus means to adhere to Him, to rely on Him, to place your confidence in Him, to hear Him, to hold onto Him, to rest in Him, to cling to Him, to place your trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to lean on Him without fear or doubt.
The Bible says that "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
Faith is welcoming and confessing the promises of God from a distance.
"All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth." --Hebrews 11:13
The promises of God are for those who believe, have faith in, place their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
"so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." -- Hebrews 6:12
Faith in God and the promises of God go hand in hand. Where there is no promise, there can be no faith.
"By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised." -- Hebrews 11:11
"yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God." --Romans 4:20
"By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going." --Hebrews 11:8
The call from God "to go" is for all of us who follow Jesus Christ. Jesus said,
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." --Mark 16:15
Jesus came to save the world.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.--John 3:16
He uses believers who are willing to "go" in obedience speaking Jesus to those around them.
"But how are people to call upon Him Whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? --Romans 10:14-15a
"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ" --Romans 10:17
Isaiah also believed and obeyed God:
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, 'Here am I, Send me!'"
And when we believe in Jesus Christ, we speak Jesus Christ:
"I believed, therefore I spoke, we also believe, therefore we also speak," --2 Cor 4:13
And Jesus said,
"He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" --John 7:38
Is our faith that obedient?
Are we willing to "go" and
"to speak" Jesus Christ to
Does living water flow from
us? Or is our water stagnant?
Torrey's Topical Textbook
Faith is the substance of things hoped for Hebrews 11:1.
Faith is the evidence of things not seen Hebrews 11:1.
Faith is commanded Matthew 11:22; 1John 3:23.
The objects of faith are
God. John 14:1.
Christ. John 6:29; Acts 20:21.
Writings of Moses. John 5:46; Acts 24:14.
Writings of the prophets. 2Chronicles 20:20; Acts 26:27.
The gospel. Mark 1:15.
Promises of God. Romans 4:21; Hebrews 11:13.
Faith in Christ is
The gift of God. Romans 12:3; Ephesians 2:8; 6:23; Philippians 1:29.
The work of God. Acts 11:21; 1Corinthians 2:5.
Precious. 2Peter 1:1.
Most holy. Jude 1:20.
Fruitful. 1 Thessalonians 1:3.
Accompanied by repentance. Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47.
Followed by conversion. Acts 11:21.
Christ is the Author and Finisher of our Faith Hebrews 12:2.
Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit 1Corinthians 12:9.
The Scriptures designed to produce faith John 20:31; 2Timothy 3:15.
Preaching designed to produce faith John 17:20; Acts 8:12; Romans 10:14,15,17; 1Corinthians 3:5.