Faith in God the Father and His Son, Jesus the Christ, is essential in the lives of Christians. This faith should be founded on the truth of God's word and should be demonstrated by the works we do. Such a faith makes us blessed, allows us to have eternal life, is the means by which Christ dwells in our hearts, sanctifies us, purifies us, justifies us, gives us access to God's grace, makes us righteous, is a tool to be used in fighting our spiritual war with Satan, and is the victory that overcomes the world.
||Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen....
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God
must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently
seek Him. [Please read the remainder of Hebrews 11 to see a number of examples of those who lived by faith.]
||So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
|1 Corinthians 2:4,5
||And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith
should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
||So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God."
||[Jesus said] ...you believe in God, believe also in Me.
|1 John 3:23
||And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus
Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
||Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed
are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
|1 John 5:10-13
||He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not
believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that
God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has
given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the
Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of
God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue
to believe in the name of the Son of God.
||Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in
Him whom He sent....Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life."
||that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and
grounded in love,
||'to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and
from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and
an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
||"So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit,
just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them,
purifying their hearts by faith."
||above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all
the fiery darts of the wicked one.
||and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law,
but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God
||He [Abraham] did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in
faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He
had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore "it was
accounted to him for righteousness." Now it was not written for his
sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be
imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,
who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because
of our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into
this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
||just as Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."
Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by
faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you all the
nations shall be blessed." So then those who are of faith are
blessed with believing Abraham....But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for
"the just shall live by faith."...For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
||What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not
have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and
destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Depart in
peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are
needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by
itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say,
"You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I
will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one
God. You do well. Even the demons believe -- and tremble! But do you
want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was
not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the
altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works,
and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled
which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for
righteousness." And he was called the friend of God. You see then
that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise,
was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the
messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without
the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
||I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives
in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son
of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
|1 John 5:4,5
||For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
|2 Corinthians 5:7
||For we walk by faith, not by sight: