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Monday, January 30, 2012

What Is Faith?

By Travis L. Quertermous
     Do you believe in God? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Most Americans that are polled say “yes” to those questions? Does that mean a person has true faith in God or Christ? The Biblical answer is “no.”
     To be sure, one cannot have true faith without believing those two things, but that alone does not mean one has a Biblical, saving faith. One of the best chapters in the Bible on this subject is the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, often called “Faith’s Hall of Fame.”  Consider the definition of faith given in Hebrews 11:6, “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.” This verse teaches us that saving faith has three components: (1) intellectual acceptance of certain truths like the existence of God; (2) trust in the promises of God; and (3) obedience to the word of God. If any one of these is lacking, true faith does not exist.
     Abraham is given as an example: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Heb. 11:8). Do you have a true faith that trusts and obeys the commandments of the Lord? Why not let us help you in that spiritual journey?

- Travis L. Quertermous preaches for the church of Christ in Dexter, MO.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website:   http://www.dexterchurchofchrist.com/


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