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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8025 faith, origins of
8025 faith, origins of

8025 faith, origins of

Faith is a gift from God himself and is not to be seen as the result of human striving or achievement. Faith is inspired by the word and works of God.

Faith is a gift from God

Jn 6:63-65; Eph 2:8-9 See also Mt 16:15-17; Mk 9:24; Lk 17:5; Ac 3:16; Ac 14:27; Ac 18:27; Ro 12:3; 1Co 4:7; 1Co 12:9; Php 1:29; Jas 2:5

Faith comes through God’s word

Faith following a direct word from God Heb 11:29-30; Ex 14:15 Moses receives God’s instructions at the Red Sea; Jos 6:2-5 Joshua receives God’s instructions concerning Jericho; Ac 27:23-25

Faith through the Scriptures Jn 2:22; Jn 20:30-31; 2Ti 3:15

Faith comes through hearing God’s word preached Ro 10:14-17 See also Isa 52:7; Isa 53:1; Jn 1:7; Jn 4:41-42; Jn 17:20; Ac 11:19-21; 1Co 2:4-5

Faith comes through a personal encounter with Jesus Christ

Jn 9:35-38; Jn 20:26-28

Faith comes through witnessing miracles

Jn 14:11 See also Jn 2:11 the miracle at the wedding feast; Jn 4:53 Jesus Christ heals an official’s son. The raising of Lazarus: Jn 11:45; Jn 12:11
Ac 9:42 the raising of Tabitha

Faith based on knowledge of God

Knowledge of God’s faithfulness leads to faith Ps 46:1-3; La 3:19-24; Na 1:7; Ac 2:25-26

Knowledge of God’s achievements leads to faith Dt 3:21-22; 1Sa 17:34-37; Jer 14:22

See also

1105God, power of
2351Christ, miracles
5467promises, divine
6669grace & salvation
8825self-righteousness & gospel

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