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My 10 Favorite Bible Verses About Faith

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biblepurpleIt All Comes Down To Faith

“We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7), meaning there is no Christianity without faith.

Who Doesn’t Want More Faith?

If you ask anyone who claims to be a Christian if they want to grow in faith, the universal answer is “Yes!” Why?

  • The more we grow in faith, the more we grow in obedience (cf. Heb. 11:8)
  • The more we grow in faith, the more we grow in love (Gal. 5:6)
  • The more we grow in faith, the more the Spirit works in our lives (Gal. 3:5)
  • The more we grow in faith, the more we grow in joy, peace, and hope (Rom. 15:13)
  • The more we grow in faith, the more power we have to defend ourselves against the Evil One (Eph. 6:16)

So here are my 10 favorite texts about faith:

Romans 10:17

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

How does God give us faith? And how does He strengthen our faith? Through His Word! The more we hear, think, and meditate on Scripture, the more God changes us.

Think of all the people who are but spiritual nomads, wandering helplessly between spiritual ‘self-help’ books and inspirational speakers, eagerly anticipating a spiritual ‘high.’ What a pity! True faith comes from the Word of God!

Let us find delight in the Law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night (Psa. 1:2).

John 3:36

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Belief and obedience are inseparable. Not only is Jesus teaching that those who obey the Son have eternal life, but He is also implying that those who disobey the Son will not have eternal life.

Oh how the religious world has watered down “faith” to merely mean “mentally acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God!” How many souls have been lost because of a failure to obey?

Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

We cannot be saved by self-righteousness or by trying to impress God with our supposed ‘goodness.’ We are saved by God’s grace alone! And how gracious He has been to allow us to benefit from His grace through our faithful obedience.

God’s grace has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11), but each man must obey God’s plan of salvation in order to receive God’s grace. Without obeying this plan, we have “received the grace of God in vain” (2 Cor. 6:1).

“Faith,” as used here, is a synecdoche, meaning it is used in summary of man’s response to God. After all, merely mentally acknowledging God and His grace is not enough (cf. James 2:24). To receive God’s wonderful grace, we must repent and be baptized (Acts 2:38; cf. 22:16). At that point we become “new creatures” (2 Cor. 5:17) created for “good works.”

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.

Faith that pleases God is based upon two truths: (1) believing that GOD IS, and (2) believing that He rewards those who seek Him. Our reward waits for us in eternity, and our temporary life in the temporal world will be guided by providence (cf. Rom. 8:28). How can we be obedient like Abraham without knowing the promise that awaits?

1 Corinthians 2:5

…so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Faith grounded in the power of God and His Word can never be overthrown, whereas faith built upon the words and wisdom of men is naturally unsteady. Is not the fact that people often trust more in the wisdom of men than the power of God the reason there is so much division in Christendom today?

James 2:14-17

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Faith is no mere fluffy-butterfly feeling. Faith is believing obedience! And faithful obedience brings about even greater faith! Show me someone who actively practices his/her faith, and I’ll show you a Christian who is growing in faith every day.

Ephesians 6:16

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.

The devil is waging a powerful and persistent war on us, and his attacks sometimes seem overwhelming. Faith is how we thwart his attacks! And the more faith we have (which is a result of the Word; Rom. 10:17), the bigger our shield! It is by this same faith – of which you and I are capable – that the great spiritual giants of the Bible…

33 …conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. (Heb. 11:33-40, ESV)

2 Corinthians 5:7

…for we walk by faith, not by sight.

We have faith in the promises of God concerning those who are faithful to Him. Faith is walking according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1-17), not according to the wisdom of the world. Our eyes are set on “the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).

Hebrews 11:17-19

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.

What a breathtaking text! Of all the things God asked Abraham to do, sacrificing his son on an altar was the most significant. Think of all the reasonable arguments Abraham could have given in response to this command! Yet, since Isaac was such an irreplaceable part of God’s promise to him (cf. Gen. 12:1-3), Abraham concluded that God would raise Isaac from the dead. He knew that “nothing was impossible with God” (Luke 1:37; cf. 18:27). 

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

What a powerful illusion to the obedience of Romans 6:3-4! It is our faith & obedience in Christ which identifies us with Christ in His death. And it is our death that frees us from the jurisdiction and power of sin (Col. 2:11-12, Rom. 6:2, 10). Now, by faith, we have the very Spirit of Christ living in us (cf. Rom. 8:9-11). The more faith I have, the more I have of the Spirit of Christ.

These are some of my favorite verses on faith. What are yours? I’d love to hear them! Reply below!

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