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Faith - How We Define It

William Ames (1576-1633) - One of the Greatest Theological Puritans and Writers

Today, many Christians are turning back to the puritans to, “walk in the old paths,” of God’s word, and to continue to proclaim old truth that glorifies Jesus Christ. There is no new theology. In our electronic age, more and more people are looking to add electronic books (ePubs, mobi and PDF formats) to their library – books from the Reformers and Puritans – in order to become a “digital puritan” themselves. Take a moment to visit Puritan Publications (click the banner below) to find the biggest selection of rare puritan works updated in modern English in both print form and in multiple electronic forms. There are new books published every month. All proceeds go to support A Puritan’s Mind.

“The first act of religion, therefore, concerns those things which are communicated to us from God. The other concerns those things which we yield to God.”

How do we define Faith?

1. Faith is the resting of the heart on God, the author of life and eternal salvation, so that we may be saved from all evil through Him and may follow all good. Isaiah 10:20, “Lean upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in faith…”

21. Trust is rightly said to be the fruit of faith as it looks to God in the future and constitutes a firm hope; but as it looks to God in Christ offering himself in the present, it is faith itself. Hence arise those names which the Scriptures give to saving faith, pepoiqhsis, parrhsia, persuasion, boldness; 2 Corinthians 3:4 and 5:6-8; Ephesians 3:12; 1 Peter 1:13; 1 John 5:13-14; plhroforia, full conviction, Romans 4:21; Colossians 2:2; upostasis,, substance, Hebrews 11:1.

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