Faith is a very relevant issue in both the Old and New Testaments. This Bible Study will help you understand more about what Faith means in the Bible.
Meaning of faith in Hebrew?
The word to translate Faith in Hebrew is “Emunah”, which means “truth, faithfulness, faith, firmness”. This word comes from the root of the well-known and popular word “Amen”. That is why, in saying Amen, we are confirming the truth that has been said.
Meaning of faith in Greek?
The meaning of the word Faith in Greek is “Pistis”, which is much simpler and is translated as “Trust”.
What is Faith According to the Bible?
Faith is one of the most important and central themes of the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments. The author of the book of Hebrews describes it as “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Heb 11:1).
The faith of which the Bible speaks has nothing to do with the pagan dogmas and beliefs where the stick or the stone is worshiped, or objects carved and made by the hands of man (Hab 2:19; Ps 135:15-18).
On the other hand, faith that speaks the Bible is the confidence, certainty and conviction of God through the saving work of Jesus Christ. By whom by grace we receive Salvation through faith in Him (Rom 5:1, 4:5, 3:22, Ga 2:16, Phil 3:9).
How to have Faith?
To have Faith, we have to start from what the Bible teaches. The only source of faith is Jesus Christ , he is the only one who can increase our faith or help us in unbelief.
A very clear example of this is seen in Luke 17:5 “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith”. Another example we see in the Bible is the unbelieving father who cried out to Jesus for his son in Mark 9:24 “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief”.
The letter to the Romans teach “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. Therefore, it is very important to read the Bible to obtain Faith or increase our Faith. Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God, who teaches us and increases our faith through his word (Jn 1:1).
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
Faith and Works
According to the teachings of the Bible in the letter of Santiago, the Faith is accompanied by the Works and the Faith without Works is incomplete . True Faith transforms our life, our behavior and our thoughts.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works (James 2:14-18).
Some examples of Faith in the Bible
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together (Genesis 22:8).
Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said (Joshua 14:12).
And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few (1 Samuel 14:6).
David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee (1 Samuel 17:37).
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king (Daniel 3:17).