Course XIII: Faith
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What is Faith?
Faith is the divine persuasion of God in a person that has received a revelation about Jesus from the Holy Spirit. It is a gift of God. God gives us a measure of faith when we hear His voice or His Word.
The purpose of the Bible is to produce the testimony of Jesus Christ. You must come to Jesus to have eternal life (John 5:39-40). God gives us revelation to believe the testimony of Jesus.
Peter tells Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus said, “Man has not revealed this to you, but my father in Heaven (Matthew 16).” The Bible says that Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10).
The faith is God given; it does not come from us. God gives faith to each in measure (Romans 12:3). We must mix our hearing of the Divine revelation to believe with the God given faith and come to Jesus. Hebrews 4 says that the Israelites died in unbelief in the wilderness, because they did not mix their hearing with faith to come to God.
The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit for they are spiritually discerned. We can only receive them by God revealing them to us by the Holy Spirit. Our Spirit bears witness with God’s Spirit (Romans 8).
But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:10-16).
It is crucial to know that from the beginning of time to the end of time that everyone will stand by faith or fall by unbelief in Jesus. Your words in the last day will Judge you. Did you acknowledge Jesus before man or deny Jesus before man. Do not be a hearer of the word, but a doer of the word. The context is talking about believing in Jesus is being a doer of the word.
Strong’s defines faith as:
4102 pístis (from 3982/peithô, “persuade, be persuaded”) – properly, persuasion (be persuaded, come to trust); faith. Faith (4102/pistis) is always a gift from God, and never something that can be produced by people. In short, 4102/pistis (“faith”) for the believer is “God’s divine persuasion” – and therefore distinct from human belief (confidence), yet involving it. The Lord continuously births faith in the yielded believer so they can know what He prefers, i.e. the persuasion of His will (1 Jn 5:4).