I.       Faith toward God is a principle doctrine of Christ and refers to our decision to trust in the Lord,[1] to have hope in Him,[2] and to carry out our choices and actions in life, not by impulse or by what is seen in the transient world, but by the convictions of the unseen eternal realm.[3]

II.       By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein;[4] and acts differently upon that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience to the commands,[5] trembling at its truths,[6] and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come.[7] But the principal acts of saving faith are accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.[8]

III.       This faith grows,[9] comes in different degrees,[10] becomes weak or strong;[11] may be often and in many ways assailed by doubt,[12] but gets the victory:[13] growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance, through Christ,[14] who is both the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.[15]


[1] ISA 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. 26:4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. PRO 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. PSA 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

[2] HEB 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. ROM 8:24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?

[3] 2 COR 4:18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.

[4] JOH 4:42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” 1TH 2:13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 1JO 5:10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. ACT 24:14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets

[5] ROM 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.

[6] ISA 66:2 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. PHI 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling

[7] HEB 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 1TI 4:8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

[8] JOH 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. ACT 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. GAL 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. ACT 15:11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.

[9] 2 COR 10:15 We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged

[10] ROM 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith ROM 12:6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith

[11] ROM 14:1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. ROM 4:19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God

[12] MAR 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” JUD 1:22 And have mercy on those who doubt JAM 1:6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

[13] LUK 22:31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” EPH 6:16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one 1JO 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

[14] HEB 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. HEB 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. COL 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.

[15] HEB 12:2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.