BY: MAX ENDE
What is faith? Now there is a question that you will always find the church leaders more than eager to explain. This is one of the more difficult studies on this site because Faith is a force of God and cannot be defined in carnal terms. It is spiritual and must be discerned spiritually. In other words, I cannot explain to the reader what faith is. Faith transcends knowledge and is therefore a mystery only God through the Holy Spirit can reveal. I pray that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ open the eyes of your understanding and reveal in you the truth of His faith. I can however tell you where it comes from.
It is interesting to note that the word faith is used very little in the Old Testament. The word trust is used more often. However in the New Testament the word faith fills all the books while the word trust hardly shows up. This of course is no accident. It is very important to understand that Abraham was not recognized as a faithful man in the Old Testament. He is recognized as the father of the Jews through a covenant with God.
Paul makes a point of showing us very clearly that Abraham is the father of the faithful. It is through Abraham that the seed of the promise is given to not only the Jew but the gentiles as well. What qualified Abraham to be the bearer of the seed? His faith.
What did Abraham believe exactly? He believed everything that God told him.
GE 12:1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
GE 12:2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
GE 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
GE 12:4 So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.
GE 12:5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
GE 12:6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
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