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All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
More than likely, you already have an idea of what faith means. To have faith in God means to believe in Him without a doubt. Although we know Faith in Christ is the only way to heaven, let’s take a closer look at what this amazing substance is.
What Does The Word ‘Faith’ Mean In Hebrew?
emuwn- trustworthyness; faithful.
emuwnah- honesty; truth; faithfulness; firmness; official obligation. The first time this word is used in the text is found in Exodus 17:12: “But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” It can be translated into “to remain in one place.” However, the most common use of this word is to mean “faithfulness”.
“May the Lord repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.”
-1 Samuel 26:23
The underlying meaning of emunah is certain, established, lasting, or continuing.
“And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”
-2 Samuel 7:16
“In mercy the throne will be established;
And One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David,
Judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness.”
According to these Old Testament words, faith is something that is everlasting. You cannot believe in God one day and be undecided the next day. Real faith is unmovable and able to remain steady no matter what life throws at it.
What Does The Word ‘Faith’ Mean In Greek?
elpis- favorable and confident expectation; a forward look with assurance. This term refers to the unseen and the future. It’s translated into the word “hope” over 50 times.
“I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.”
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
-1 Corinthians 13:13
“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.“
To find out more about the word hope in Hebrew and Greek, click here.
oligopistos- of little faith. Only used by the Lord in a way to share a tender rebuke.
“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?“
pistis- conviction of the truth of anything; a belief. Translated into the English word “faith” 239 times in the New Testament. This term is related to God because it’s a conviction that God exist and is the ruler and creator of all things on Earth. It’s the belief that He is the provider of eternal salvation in Christ. To have faith also mean to believe with conviction that Jesus is the Messiah, whom through we receive eternal salvation in the Kingdom of God.
“But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.”
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.“
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”
Faith means to know in your heart that Jesus is the Messiah and God the Father is the ruler and creator of all things. Faith in Him alone gets us into heaven. True faith is unwavering and can never be wiped out by the trials of this evil world.
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