What is faith?

Before we break down Biblical Faith or saving faith into two parts theologically speaking let’s read what the Bible says about faith.What is faith?

Answer: Faith can be broken down into two aspects or parts. The first is what scholars call intellectual assent. Intellectual assent is believing something to be true. The second is trust. Trust is to rely on that something to be true. Both intellectual assent and trust combined, working together is the biblical view of faith. A chair is often used to paint or illustrate this concept. Intellectual assent is to realize that the chair was designed in such a way that it will support your weight. Trust is actually sitting on the chair.

These two aspects of faith are required to have true biblical saving faith. People can know the facts about the Bible and the life of Jesus Christ but until you put the intellectual aspect of faith together with trusting in God you have a worldly view of faith. Many people believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God but simply believing isn’t enough. 

The book of James tells us that even the demons believe in God but that isn’t enough. We must really and put our full faith and trust in the work that Jesus Christ did on the cross to atone for our sins.The biblical definition of faith doesn’t just require us to believe intellectually what the Bible says. It requires us to trust in it as well and live a life of obedience. 

The beautiful thing about biblical faith is that isn’t just information but an actual transformation in our lives(Romans 12:2).Faith in Christ is essential to Christianity. Without faith, the Bible says it’s impossible to please God(Hebrews 11:6). There are times in life that our faith can be shaken by trials and testing(James 1:2-4). This helps us prove we are true and strengthens our relationship with God.

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