Blind faith or not? What is faith…

We do not know what God knows, or has planned for us. He has reasons for doing the things that he does. However, we will miss the full understanding without a spiritual knowledge that gives us the power of discernment. Our trust and belief draws us near to Him. Through this faith, we the believer know He has the power to heal all.

What is faith? Is it some blind leap in the dark following that which we can not see? The simple answer is no.

As defined in the american heritage dictionary:

1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.

2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.

3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one’s supporters.

4. Often Faith Christianity the theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a   trusting acceptance of God’s will.

5. The body of dogma of a religion: the Muslim faith.

6. A set of principles or beliefs.

Hebrews 11:1 says, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Lets examine a couple of words in the english and greek translation:

faith – Pistis… it implies such a knowledge of, assent to, and confidence in certain divine truths especially those of the gospel.

substance – Hupostasis … this is the basis or foundation, firm confidence.

things hoped for – Elpizo … to hope, expect with desire hope in a manner of trust.

evidence – Elegchos … it implies not merely the charge on the basis of which one is convicted, but also the manifestation of the truth of that charge.

C Michael Patton wrote in an article.

” Starting with Luther and developed further by Melancthon and others, the understanding of faith was expressed in three separate yet vitally connected aspects: notitia, assensus, and fiducia. The battle cry of sola fide ( justification by faith alone) was founded. We have the information; we are persuaded of its truthfulness, now we have to trust in it. Christ died for our sins ( notitia). I believe that Christ died for my sins ( notitia + assensus). I place my trust in Christ to save me ( fiducia ). The fear is, that there are many out there who are really not convinced of who Christ is and what He did”.

Isaiah 45:19 says, ” I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, Seek Me in vain; I , the Lord, speak righteousness I declare things that are right”.

We are directed to His truth, asked to obey His word that He would fulfill His promise. We are convicted of the truth of the promise of God with implicit trust. His word has been given to us and all the promises that lie within.

D John

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