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                    Scraps of Wisdom
                               FAITH
                        Belief and Believing




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                          What is Faith…
               THE WORD "FAITH" IN THE
                BIBLE

                  In the Greek language of the New
                  Testament there are five words
                  which are rendered "faith" in the
                  King James Version.


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                        1. Faith…

               pistis, noun, meaning "faith;
                 faithful; reliable; that which is
                 believed", and, with the
                 definite article, "doctrine"




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                        2. Faith…

               pistos, adjective, meaning
                 "dependable; inspiring of
                 trust; believing"




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                        3. Faith…
          pisteuo, verb, meaning "to believe;
          to be convinced"




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                        4. Faith…

         peitho, verb, meaning "to obey (in
         the present tense); to be persuaded
         (in the aorist); to have confidence
         (in the perfect); faith (all tenses)"




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                        5. Faith…
            pistoo, verb, meaning "to
              show oneself faithful; to feel
              confidence"




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                        What is faith?

         "Faith is the substance of things in which one
         has confidence, the evidence of things not
         seen." HEB.11:6




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      Faith simply believes God’s Word.

            When we believe in Him and His
             work on the cross, then we
             receive Christ to our self.
                       John 1:12




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          Faith is a Standard Operating
            Procedure of human life.

               In practice, a person employs
                 the mental process of faith
                 dozens of times every day,
                 just to carry out life's routines.
                       Can you name a few?



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                        Think about it….

               A person who studies the
                 past, and who writes
                 about it, is continually
                 involved with the concept
                 of faith.




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      First, he must decide which of his sources
         are reliable enough to be believed.
            A careful student of history will have faith only
            in historians who meet his standards for
            honesty.
            It is not the objective of the historian to construct a history
            from preconceived notions and then to adjust it to his own
            liking, He must, rather, reproduce history from the best
            evidence, and let it speak for itself.




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      History, then, is knowledge of the
          past based on testimony.
               The plausibility, the
                 believability, of history
                 depends on the
                 trustworthiness of the
                 witnesses, not upon the
                 scholarly learning of the
                 historian.



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                HOW THE BELIEVER USES FAITH



               The Biblical concept of faith is
                 that it amounts to complete
                 confidence in something for
                 which there is no empirical or
                 rational proof available.




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     A person is said to have faith in something if he has
          believed it without having had a physical
      demonstration of it or a logical explanation of the
                           truth behind it.

               Or, a person who has believed
               something without having it proved to
               him has exercised faith.




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                        Empiricism
               Empiricism is a technical word which
                refers to the using of scientific
                methods to learn something or to
                prove something. The scientific
                method relies on the five senses
                for the proof of propositions




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       A child who does not take his mother's
       word for the fact that the stove is hot may
       attempt empirical proof by touching the
       stove himself. He receives immediate
       experimental verification of the truth of his
       mother's statement.




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                        Rationalism
               The term rationalism is used to
                 describe the method of arriving
                 at proof through the logical
                 method. This is proof by logical
                 process of reason. In rationalism,
                 logic produces documentation or
                 or not, of a point of view.




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        Both empiricism and rationalism
         are very useful in learning; but
          neither is equivalent to faith.




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                          Faith is:


                  * Complete confidence in
                  something which is not subject
                  to logical or experimental proof

                  * Acceptance of an established
                  criterion as the basis of reality




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         THE CHRISTIAN'S FAITH IN THE BIBLE


        The "established criterion" or standard, which the Christian
        accepts by faith is that the Bible is the Word of God. The
        Christian accepts the Bible as being what it claims to be, the
        "mind of Christ". By accepting this fact the believer has a basis
        from which to delve into the whole Bible with its hundreds of
        concepts vital to all aspects of human life.




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      The faith system of learning Bible
      truth is the only fair way for man
         to know and approach God.

         No one can claim personal credit for having believed the Bible,
         because even a person of very low intellectual ability can believe
         and understand Bible truth.




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      Therefore, the faith system for acquiring
      doctrinal knowledge is perfectly fair and
              compatible with Grace.

               It is the only method of
                    learning which is
                    commonly available
                    to all members of the
                    human race.

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         Faith is valid only when it has a
                   valid object.

               The merit of faith lies, rather, in the
               idea or object which is believed.




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       Saving Faith has as its object
       the Lord Jesus Christ and His
        substitutionary work on the
      Cross for man's salvation, JOHN
             3:36; ACTS 16:31.




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         A belief in any other "plan" of
        salvation, however strongly and
         emotionally held, will prove to
        have been faith in an invalid and
          useless object, ACTS 4:12.




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              Several important factors in the
            development of Christian faith are…
          Faith requires the continuous intake of truth from the
          Word of God.
           "...faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of
          God...", ROM.10:17.




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      Faith is part of the fruit of the Holy
       Spirit and requires the control of
       the Spirit for its function. "...the
         fruit of the Spirit is...faith...",
            GAL.5:22,23; EPH.5:18.




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         Faith must be exercised daily…
          (1) using Faith-Rest principles in day to day living, "...we
          who have believed do enter into rest...", HEB.4:1-3; and
          (2) by using Faith Patience in all situations, "...the testing
          of your faith works patience", JAMES1:3.




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                    exercise of faith…

            Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith...",
              EPH.3:17-20.




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           Moving towards maturity …
         development of great faith. "...this is the victory that
         overcomes the world, our faith...", 1JOHN5:4,5;
         HEB.11:6.




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        * Daily occupation with the Lord
                 Jesus Christ…

               "completes" faith. "Looking
               unto Jesus, the author and
               finisher of our faith...",
               HEB.12:2.




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       Undeserved suffering both tests
          and strengthens faith…

             "...the trial of your faith...", 1PETER1:7,8.




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                           BAHTAK
          A verb, the Faith Rest verb which was originally a
          word used by wrestlers for
           giving someone a body slam. See PSALM 37:3;
          91:2. It means "to slam your
           troubles on the Lord", and it means "faith" in the
          sense of the function of the
          Faith-Rest principles. This verb is used extensively
          in the Old Testament.




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                      KAHSA
                      H used of a rabbit fleeing
         A verb, PSALM57:1,
         from a desert fox and finding refuge in the
         cleft of the rock where the fox can't reach
         him.
         It means "to believe" in the sense of finding
         refuge in the Word or taking shelter in
         the Lord.




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                        YAHKAL
           A verb, "to trust" in
           circumstances of pressure or
           suffering.
           JOB13:15; LAM.3:21,24.




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                        KAHWAH
         Used in the sense of binding or twisting
         strands of fiber together to make a
         rope. Threads which are weak in
         themselves are woven together into
         strength. The meaning is that we are
         weak and can be broken, but woven
         into the Lord and His Word, we cannot
         be broken. ISA.40:31; LAM.3:25.


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         By faith [Abraham] dwelt in the
        land of promise. –Hebrews 11:9

                  In the Bible, the life of
                  faith is often described
                  as a walk (Gen. 17:1; Ps.
                  84:11; Mic. 6:8; Rom.
                  8:1; Gal. 5:25).



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         For most of us, our Christian
        pilgrimage involves plodding, a
           pace that sometimes feels
       unspiritual and unproductive. My
        dictionary defines plodding as
        "making one's way slowly and
                perseveringly."



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       Two of God's earliest plodders,
      Abraham and Sarah, trusted God's
      promises even though they had to
          wait many years for those
      promises to be fulfilled (Heb. 11:8-
                     12).




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        The rightness or wrongness of
       faith is determined by its object--
             by what you believe in.
          •Right faith is not just a warm, secure feeling.
          •Right faith is not a blind, wild, irrational hope.
          •Right faith is not an end in itself.
          •Right faith is not based on one's imagination.




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       The conclusion, therefore, is this:
            The rightness of faith is
        determined by its object! Your
       faith is right if you put your trust
                in the right thing.




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              People will always believe in something.
               They often put their faith in the wrong thing--
                  something not worthy of their trust and
                  allegiance. This was true when the pagans of past
                  ages invented their own gods of wood and stone,
                  and it is true in our age of mushrooming
                  scientific knowledge and astounding technological
                  achievements.




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     Today man turns in many different
              directions …
       In an attempt to find the right thing to believe in, he
       unfortunately, usually winds up putting his faith in himself and
       in his own methods, philosophies, and systems of belief.




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      Christ Is The Right Object Of Faith
          Even from a human perspective, Jesus was the kind of person
              people are looking for to believe in. He was a wise master
              teacher. He had such power and personal magnetism that
             great crowds followed Him. He was a man of high principle
           and impeccable character. He spoke with authority. He refuted
           the falsely pious of His day. He was a man of truth, integrity,
            prayer, and patience. Yes, He was the kind of man to believe
            in. But even more important, Jesus is the right object of faith
                                 because He is God.




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                              His Deity …
     In the beginning was the Word [Jesus Christ], and the Word was with God,
     and the Word was God (Jn. 1:1).
     The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the
     glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (Jn. 1:14).
     No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son [Jesus Christ],
     who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him (Jn. 1:18).
     To the Son [Jesus Christ] He [the Father] says: "Your throne, O God, is
     forever and ever" (Heb. 1:8).




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         When Jesus Christ was born…
               the second person of the eternal trinity became
                  man. Without losing His deity, He took on
                  Himself our human nature (Phil. 2:5-11).
                  Although this is hard to comprehend, the
                  deity of Christ is clearly taught in Scripture
                  (Isa. 9:6; Mt. 26:63-65; Jn. 10:30; 14:9; 17:11;
                  Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3).




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          Because Christ is God, faith
         placed in Him has unshakable
                   stability…
               •Christ is eternal (Jn. 1:1; 17:5).
               •Christ is all-knowing (Jn. 16:30; 21:17).
               •Christ is all-powerful (Jn. 5:19).
               •Christ is unchanging (Heb. 13:8).
               •Christ is everywhere (Mt. 18:20; 28:20).
               •Christ is the Creator of all (Col. 1:16).
               •Christ is the Upholder of all (Heb. 1:3).


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       Faith in Jesus Christ is further
     strengthened when one considers
        what He has done, what He is
     doing, and what He will do for us.
                For example:




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       Christ became human to rescue us
       from eternal death (Phil. 2:5-8; Heb.
                        2:9).
        Christ lived as a man, giving us an
       example to follow (1 Pet. 2:21; 1 Jn.
                        2:6).
        Christ suffered and died to free us
     from the penalty of sin (Mk. 10:45; Heb.
                      9:26-28).


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         Christ rose from the dead, proving His
      victory over death and His power to provide
       eternal life (Rom. 6:8-11; 1 Cor. 15:20-22).
        Christ is in heaven preparing an eternal
       home for those who have put their faith in
                      Him (Jn. 14:2).
       Christ intercedes on behalf of His children
                  (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25).




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         Christ defends believers against
      Satan's accusations (1 Jn. 2:1; cp. Heb.
                  9:23; Rev. 12:10).
      Christ provides the supernatural peace
           of God (Jn. 14:27; Phil. 4:6-7).
      Christ will raise the bodies of believers
        from the grave and transform them
      into an incorruptible, immortal form (1
           Cor. 15:51-54; 1 Th. 4:15-17).


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       Christ will reward the faithful and condemn
      those who have not trusted in Him (Jn. 5:24-
         30; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10-11; Rev.
                          20:11-15).
       Christ will rule the earth with His saints for
                1,000 years (Rev. 20:4,6).
      Christ will create an eternal new heaven and
      earth that will have no death, sorrow, crying,
                    or pain (Rev. 21:1-6).




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      The Bible says that Jesus is to be
           the object of our faith.
               We must put our trust in Him if we are
                 to have our sins forgiven and to be at
                 peace with God.




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       When the Philippian jailer asked
              the apostle Paul,
           "What must I do to be saved?" he replied, "Believe
           on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved"
           (Acts 16:30-31). Elsewhere, the Bible says:




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        For God so loved the world that
        He gave His only begotten Son,
         that whoever believes in Him
          should not perish but have
           everlasting life (Jn. 3:16).




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        He who believes in Him [Jesus
       Christ] is not condemned; but he
           who does not believe is
       condemned already, because he
        has not believed in the name of
      the only begotten Son of God (Jn.
                      3:18).



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         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 you who
       believe in the name of the Son of God, that
       you may know that you have eternal life (1
                        Jn. 5:11-13).



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     According to these verses, he who
     believes in Christ will be saved, will
          not perish, and will not be
                 condemned.
              But the one who refuses to put his
              faith in Christ is already
              condemned and does not have
              eternal life.

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                Putting Faith In Christ.

               If your faith is in anyone or in anything
                  other than Christ, your faith is
                  inadequate. It is the wrong kind of
                  faith. To have the right kind of faith,
                  the Bible gives the following steps:




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      You must admit your sinfulness and desire to turn
         from it. Jesus said, "Unless you repent you will
                   all likewise perish" (Lk. 13:3).

           You must believe that "Christ died for our sins
            according to the Scriptures, and that He rose
                again the third day" (1 Cor. 15:3-4).




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       You must trust in Jesus Christ alone as your
         personal Savior and Lord. Romans 10:9 says,
         "If you confess with your mouth the Lord
         Jesus and believe in your heart that God has
         raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
         By an act of faith, by a deliberate choice, you
         must accept God's offer of salvation through
         His Son and be willing to let Him take control
         of your life.




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