Four Characteristics of Faith

To say that faith is a major theme of the Bible is an understatement. What better place to begin than the great Faith Chapter of the Bible, Hebrews 11. In this chapter the noun faith is found 24 times and the verb believe once.

People of faith

Hebrews 11 could be called Case Studies in Faith. Here are real people much like us who struggled with major problems and overcame them by faith.

What are the characteristics of faith? First, faith is the assurance that what we do not see is real (v. 1). There are three categories of what we do not see: 1) those things in the past we did not witness (v. 3); 2) present realities that are invisible to our eyes (v. 6); and 3) things yet to come (vv. 7, 10)

Second, faith acts. It does something. “By faith Abel offered unto God….By faith Noah…prepared an ark….By faith Abraham…obeyed….By faith Abraham …offered up Isaac….”

Third, faith enables us to please God (vv. 2, 6, 39). God is pleased when we show we trust Him.

And fourth, faith brings a great reward (v. 6). God richly blesses those who live by faith, not by sight.

Living by faith

Note the words immediately preceding the Faith Chapter: “But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul” (10:38-39).

Believe it!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB:

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