Definition of Faith: What Does the Bible Say?

by Matt Schmidt

What Is the Definition of Faith?

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Well, there it is! Faith is blind. Is this actually the Biblical definition of faith? Many in today’s culture and in the contemporary Church think so.

However, when using a theological or Biblical term, it is best to let the Bible have the final say on its meaning. The definition of faith is one of the most important definitions we will find in the Bible, for faith is how one receives God’s grace. As Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

A Closer Look

Our common usage of the word faith is opposed to the true, Biblical definition. Faith is simply trust in an authority. So, whenever you see the word faith in the Bible, think of the word authority (meaning both a position of power and also being an expert on a given topic). As we will see in a moment, these two words often appear together in Scripture…

Definition of Faith: What Does the Bible Say?