The following articles are related to the topic of FAITH

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

The expression, "The just [righteous] shall live by faith," is a wonderful affirmation from the Holy Spirit of sacred revelation, brimming with truth and comfort. It occurs four times in Scripture-once in the book of Habakkuk, twice in Paul's epistles, and finally in the epistle to the Hebrews. Habakkuk The book of Habakkuk was probably composed near the end of ... read more »

Science and Faith: The Budding Romance

"Science Finds God"-so the headline announced in a past issue of Newsweek magazine (Begley 1998, 47ff). The piece began: The achievements of modern science seem to contradict religion and undermine faith. But for a growing number of scientists, the same discoveries offer support for spirituality and hints [sic] of the very nature of God. Earlier, U.S. News & World Report ... read more »

A Common Faith and Common Salvation

The word "common" is a very common word, both in English and in Greek, the language in which the New Testament was composed. In fact, the particular form of Greek employed in the Mediterranean world of the first century was Koine (common) Greek because it was "used and understood throughout the civilized world, being spoken freely on the streets of ... read more »

When Infidelity Fashions Faith

Ideally one's faith should grow out of a rich companionship with the Word of God. Genuine faith is forged by the instruction of the Scriptures (Rom. 10:17). Unfortunately, the "faith" of some is not so fashioned. Though most people want to "believe" in something sacred, they frequently want a religious system of their own creation - one which suits their ... read more »

Galatians 1:23 – The Faith

The term "faith" is used in different senses in the New Testament. Frequently the word is employed subjectively, meaning it has to do with one's personal belief - the faith that abides in the Christian's heart. At other times, "faith" is used in an objective sense. In such circumstances it stands for the gospel system - the body of doctrine ... read more »

Hebrews 11—What Is Faith?

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews has often been called the biblical "Hall of Faith." Certainly it does present an informative discussion of what constitutes genuine belief. Note the following points. Faith Is Rational By faith we "understand" that the universe is not self-existent; rather, it was designed by the Creator (Heb. 11:3). The notion that one cannot be intelligent without ... read more »

Contend Earnestly for the Faith

Jude was in the process of planning a correspondence-or perhaps actually writing-to his fellow Christians concerning their common salvation when suddenly (obviously under the impulse of the Spirit) he was constrained to urge his brothers to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints" (v. 3). It becomes obvious from the subsequent information in ... read more »

Is Faith the Gift of Ephesians 2:8?

"A friend says that salvation is solely of God's 'sovereign grace,' and that not even 'faith' is essential for justification. He argues that believing is not something that we do of our own accord; instead, it is a 'gift' from God. He cites Ephesians 2:8 as proof that faith is a 'gift.' Would you comment on this?" With all due ... read more »

Does the ESV Translation Promote “Faith Alone” Salvation?

"Does the English Standard Version of the New Testament promote the doctrine of 'salvation by faith alone' in Romans 10:9-10?" This text, in the ESV (2001) reads as follows: "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart ... read more »

Acts 15:9 — Hearts Cleansed by Faith

In Acts 15 at the conference in Jerusalem, Peter testified as to how God had used him as an instrument for the conversion of the Gentiles. In connection therewith, he declared that the Lord "made no distinction between us [Jews] and them [Gentiles], cleansing their hearts by faith" (15:9). Some religious folks assume this means that salvation is given upon ... read more »