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Definitions & Insights – Four Definitions of Faith

  1. Faith is:
    • a personal acknowledgement that the gospel is true,
    • a personal surrender to the person of Jesus Christ, and
    • resulting conduct that is consistent with that acknowledgment and surrender.1        
  2. “Faith is trust in the unseen … not … in the unknown.”2       
  3. “Faith is allowing the truth to exert an influence over one’s heart and life.”3         
  4. “Faith is … the means of appropriating what God in Christ has for man, resulting in the transformation of man’s character and way of life.”4          
  1. Based on the definition of faith from: W. E. Vines, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of NT Words,, 1940.       
  2. Charles F. Pfeiffer and Everett F. Harrison, The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press, 1990), 1421, Hebrews 11:1.       
  3. Albert Barnes, Albert Barnes’ NT Commentary, quoted in Larry Pierce, The Online Bible, CD-ROM (Winterbourne, Ontario: Larry Pierce, 2007), Hebrews 4:2.       
  4. Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary New Testament (Chattanooga, Tenn.: AMG Publishers, 1992), 1163, Romans 3:22 and following.       

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