Chapter 7—Faith: Seeing is Believing

Salvation-Phase Two

Christian faith …is the firm conviction that the self-disclosure of God in Jesus Christ is the ultimate truth of what is. It is a reasonable decision after rational reflection. [1]Os Guiness, The Dust of Death (Inter-Varsity), p. 358. —Os Guiness

Real faith is not the stuff dreams are made of; rather it is tough, practical and altogether realistic. Faith sees the invisible but it does not see the nonexistent [2]A. W. Tozer, God Tells the Man Who Cares (Christian Publications), p. 135 —A.W. Tozer

To believe truly is to will firmly. [3]Andrew Murray (Source unknown). —Andrew Murray

The apostle Paul speaks of “testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Having previously discussed to some degree the nature and necessity of repentance, we now turn our attention to the matter of faith.

Faith today almost defies definition. To the secularist, the faith of the religious man is a rather pitiful, mindless exercise. Ambrose Bierce defined faith as, “Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge of things without parallel.” [4]Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary. To the religious man,faith is the truth of what really is. But even within the church the definition of faith is adrift. What is faith? Is it a set-jaw determination or an, intellectual endorsement of facts? Is it a believing of the truth? (If you think faith is hard to define, try truth.) Or is faith a commitment, a surrendering of the will, an obedience? About the only thing unanimously agreed upon is that faith is necessary for salvation.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. Os Guiness, The Dust of Death (Inter-Varsity), p. 358.
2. A. W. Tozer, God Tells the Man Who Cares (Christian Publications), p. 135
3. Andrew Murray (Source unknown).
4. Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.