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Christian faith can be defined in Hebrews 11 by the apostle Paul, as follows:

Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen. For by means of it, the men of ancient times had witness borne to them. By faith we perceive that the systems of things were put in order by God’s word, so that what is seen has come into existence from things that are not visible. - Hebrews 11:1-3

Do the will of GodEdit

Hebrews 10:35-39

[35] Therefore, do not throw away your boldness, which will be richly rewarded. [36] For you need endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the fulfillment of the promise. [37] For yet “a very little while,” and “the one who is coming will arrive and will not delay.” [38] “But my righteous one will live by reason of faith,” and “if he shrinks back, I have no pleasure in him.” [39] Now we are not the sort who shrink back to destruction, but the sort who have faith for the preserving of our lives.

  • By doing the will of God, the righteous one will live by reason of faith

Your faithEdit

Not that we are the masters over your faith, but we are fellow workers for your joy, for it is by your faith that you are standing. Apostle Paul to the Corinthians - (2 Corinthians 1:24)

  • No one is a master over our own faith

Examples of faithEdit

Faith of AbelEdit

By faith Abel offered God a sacrifice of greater worth than that of Cain, and through that faith he received the witness that he was righteous, for God approved his gifts, and although he died, he still speaks through his faith. - Hebrews 11:4

Faith of EnochEdit

By faith Enoch was transferred so as not to see death, and he was nowhere to be found because God had transferred him; for before he was transferred he received the witness that he had pleased God well. Moreover, without faith it is impossible to please God well, for whoever approaches God must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him. - Hebrews 11:5, 6

Faith of NoahEdit

7 By faith Noah, after receiving divine warning of things not yet seen, showed godly fear and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; and through this faith he condemned the world, and he became an heir of the righteousness that results from faith. - Hebrews 11:7

Faith of the house of AbrahamEdit

Further: Faith of Abraham

Apostle Paul reminds the Jews in Judea about the faith that Abraham and his family had in God and his promises.

Hebrews 11:8-22

[8] By faith Abraham,+ when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, although not knowing where he was going.+ 9 By faith he lived as a foreigner in the land of the promise as in a foreign land,+ living in tents+ with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the very same promise.+ 10 For he was awaiting the city having real foundations, whose designer* and builder is God.+

[11] By faith also Sarah received power to conceive offspring,* even when she was past the age,+ since she considered Him faithful* who made the promise. 12 For this reason, from one man who was as good as dead,+ there were born children,+ as many as the stars of heaven in number and as innumerable as the sands by the seaside.+

[13] In faith all of these died, although they did not receive the fulfillment of the promises;+ but they saw them from a distance+ and welcomed them and publicly declared that they were strangers and temporary residents in the land. 14 For those who speak in such a way make it evident that they are earnestly seeking a place of their own. 15 And yet, if they had kept remembering the place from which they had departed,+ they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they are reaching out for a better place, that is, one belonging to heaven. Therefore, God is not ashamed of them, to be called on as their God,+ for he has prepared a city for them.

[17] By faith Abraham, when he was tested,+ as good as offered up Isaac—the man who had gladly received the promises attempted to offer up his only-begotten son+— 18 although it had been said to him: “What will be called your offspring* will be through Isaac.”+ 19 But he reasoned that God was able to raise him up even from the dead, and he did receive him from there in an illustrative way.

[20] By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and E′sau+ concerning things to come.

[21] By faith Jacob, when about to die, blessed each of the sons of Joseph+ and worshipped while leaning on the top of his staff.

[22] By faith Joseph, nearing his end, spoke of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and he gave instructions* concerning his bones.*

Faith of MosesEdit

Hebrews 11:23-29

23 By faith Moses was hid by his parents for three months after his birth,+ because they saw that the young child was beautiful+ and they did not fear the order of the king.+ 24 By faith Moses, when grown up,+ refused to be called the son of Phar′aoh’s daughter,+ 25 choosing to be mistreated with the people of God rather than to have the temporary enjoyment of sin, 26 because he considered the reproach of the Christ to be riches greater than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked intently toward the payment of the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt,+ but not fearing the anger of the king,+ for he continued steadfast as seeing the One who is invisible.+ 28 By faith he observed the Passover and the splashing of the blood, so that the destroyer might not harm* their firstborn.+

29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as on dry land,+ but when the Egyptians attempted it, they were swallowed up.

Faith of Joshua and the IsraelitesEdit

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after the people had marched around them for seven days. - Hebrews 11:30

Faith of RahabEdit

Main: Rahab hides the spies

By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who acted disobediently, because she received the spies in a peaceable way. - Hebrews 11:31

Lack of faith is of the wickedEdit

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

[1] Finally, brothers, carry on prayer for us, that the word of God may keep spreading rapidly and being glorified, just as it is with you, [2] and that we may be rescued from harmful and wicked men, for faith is not a possession of all people. [3] But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the wicked one. [4] Moreover, we have confidence in the Lord regarding you, that you are carrying out and will go on carrying out our instructions. [5] May the Lord continue to guide your hearts successfully to the love of God and to the endurance for the Christ.

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