If we look at the faith chapter in Hebrews 11 one has to admit that faith as defined by the ancients comes with an underlying aspect of Obedience.
Look at Noah who was told to build an ark – so he went and built an Ark on dry land, far from any water. Look at Abraham who was told to move out from his county and just go. No GPS or maps provided, but he went. When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, all
Abraham could say to Isaac was that God will provide and he preceded to build the alter with no animal in sight. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after the Israelites had obeyed the Lords instructions for marching and blowing the horn.
Did not Jesus say that he only speaks the words his Father gives him and does the acts his Father asks him to perform?
Therefore the Faith of the Bible must be defined with Obedience in the definition. Remember Satan also has faith and so to does an atheist or an agnostic if we use the “secular” definition. But the faith that God requires has an element of obedience that cannot be taken out from any scriptural understanding.
Biblical faith must also be defined as belief/trust/confidence in Gods promises/truths and such is not dependant on ones feelings or emotions or intellectual reasoning. Using the truth that perfect love casts out fear, does not change even if we are full of fear and cannot be released from our fear. This experience does not negate the fact/truth that perfect love does casts out fear. Therefore biblical faith is based on Gods word not our emotions, intellect, theology or human understanding of the scriptures or God.
Biblical faith must be pleasing to God. Therefore the faith that we display to God must not be our own faith for our faith is as filthy rags. No the faith that we are to grow must be the faith that God gives us through his Son. For the life I now live I live by the faith of the Son of God.
We often hear the term ‘blind faith’ in reference to spiritual things. Blind faith is defined as ‘belief without true understanding, perception, or discrimination.’ Blind faith is not biblical faith, for the word blind denotes darkness and biblical faith does not exist in darkness but only in the light of day. Remember we live in the light and walk in the light.
Biblical faith is not human hope. We hear a common phrase, spoken even from the lips of church goers –“I am praying and hoping.” This is sacrilegious and is offensive to God. Rather we should be saying – “I am praying and I know whom I believe.”
Biblical faith is not mental assent – it is not an intellectual agreement to a set of dogmas or even a passage of scripture. Remember even the devil agrees with scripture and trembles. Intellectual faith is an abomination to God, which to Gods horror exists in too many denominations.
In summary Biblical faith must have an element of Obedience. It is essential that it is based on Gods Word/promises/truths and it must be pleasing to God.
Biblical faith is the only faith that will see us through the tough times that are coming.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.