by Eddie Snipes

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Understanding Faith (5 of 5)
Series: A Layman's Guide to Spiritual Maturity
Eddie Snipes

Let us take a little time and look at the biblical principle of faith. To begin this section, look at this passage from Hebrews 11:
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Without faith it is impossible to please God. We already know from the scripture we looked at earlier that God has declared that 'whatever is not of faith is sin'. Before we explain why this is true, let us first look at what faith is and where it comes from. This question is answered in Romans 12:
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Take note of the instruction of this passage. We are not to be lifted up with pride and think that we are somehow to take credit for our faith but to think soberly (or have a clear mind that understands). It is God that has dealt every man a measure of faith. Man is not the source of faith, nor the one who merits his own faith. Man is given faith by God and we should not be lifted up with pride thinking that somehow we have created faith or done something to gain faith.

It is assumed that the reader understands that when the word 'man' is used in a general sense this is referring to mankind. Just as our modern language refers to 'man' in the broader sense and it is assumed that mankind is the subject, the Bible uses the same style of communicating. There are passages that refer to men and women specifically and teach roles and responsibilities, but spiritual principles and doctrine apply to both men and women.

Faith is not of the flesh nor is it the result of any human effort. No man can boast about his own faith – though many do. Any who boast of their fa ...

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