Faith is a word that almost everyone uses, but few people really understand. Faith is often used to describe having confidence in someone or something, but it’s just as often used as if it were code for a dream or wishful thinking. But how does the Bible describe faith?
The Bible describes faith as trusting in Christ alone for salvation. Faith, along with repentance, is one part of the human side of conversion. Throughout the New Testament, we are called to repent and believe, or to have faith in, Jesus as the one through whose life, death, and resurrection we find salvation from sin.
Biblical faith isn’t a blind one, that is believing something in the absence of facts. Faith without a foundation fails to stand against the storms and trials of life.
Faith also isn’t simply mental assent to facts or affirmation of historical events. Plenty of people affirm the facts of events, including the facts of the gospel, but don’t believe what they really mean. The Bible actually says that even demons believe—that is, they know who Jesus is—but they don’t have faith!
Instead, genuine, biblical faith creates within us a heartfelt recognition and confession of the truth of the gospel and a desire to humble ourselves before Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 1:10-13; 1 John 4:13-16).