But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; (Romans 10:8)
It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, "Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. (Deuteronony 30:12-17)
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. (Colossians 3"16)
Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that the Word of God is true. Faith is the assent given to the testimony of God in his Word. This trust and reliance is the essence of faith. Its primary idea is trust in the Word of God. This trust relies on God’s Word as evidence that God is going to do what He says He will do. With that assurance, man rests and God authenticates His Word in his life.
Faith comes as the result of teaching (Romans 10:14-17). Knowledge is an essential element in all faith, and is sometimes spoken of as an equivalent to faith (John 10:38; 1 John 2:3). Yet the two are distinguished in this respect, that faith includes in it assent, which is an act of the will in addition to the act of the understanding. Assent to the truth is of the essence of faith, and the ultimate ground on which our assent to any revealed truth rests is the reality of God.
The reality of faith accompanies the work and operation of the Word of God in our lives. God’s Word works in our lives as a result of fellowship with Him through prayer and the reading of His Word.
The object of saving faith is the whole revealed Word of God. Faith accepts and believes the Word as the very truth. But the special act of faith which unites us to Christ has as its object the person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 7:38; Acts 16:31). This is the specific act of faith by which a sinner is justified before God (Romans 3:22, 25; Galatians 2:16; Phil. 3:9; John 3:16-36; Acts 10:43; Acts 16:31). In this act of faith the believer appropriates and rests on Christ alone as Mediator in all his offices.
Faith in its direct act makes Christ ours. By faith the believer directly and immediately appropriates Christ as the Lord of his life.
Faith requires that one “walk in the Spirit”. Baptism in the Holy Spirit brings personal boldness and the power of the Spirit in the believer’s life to accomplish mighty works in Christ’s name and to make one’s witness and proclamation effective. This power is not some impersonal force, but is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit by which Jesus and His glory and works are present with His people.
Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.
Faith is grounded in the simple fact that what God says is true.
Faith understands that the Word comes with power.
Faith in Christ secures freedom from condemnation and participation in the life of Christ. With faith, we have peace with God (Romans 5:1).
Faith is an action, a commitment of one’s life to Jesus Christ. “
Faith is a process of continual growth, development and Christian nurture from less to more mature stages. The disciples ask for an increased faith (Luke 17:5). Faith continues to grow (1 Cor. 3:1-6; 2 Cor. 10:15). Luke describes Jesus’ childhood development as growing “in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).
Faith is seeking God for all aspects of our lives.
Faith causes one to read study and meditate on Scripture and interact with the Holy Spirit on a personal level.
Faith causes one to strive mightily to become mature in Christ.
Faith causes us to be changed consistently because of constant seeking for spiritual renewal and development.
Faith comes as the result of the Word (wisdom and knowledge of God).
"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
"Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?"
"Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?"
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen."