Is faith something that
is a gift of God or is it something we can have or exercise?
Answer: This is generally a question that comes from
those who are commonly called Calvinists. Many of them
believe that faith must be given by God before a person can
really believe and be saved. They use the verse in
to teach that the gift of God there is faith. The subject
matter of that verse isn’t - faith or grace - but
It is very important to understand that faith is produced by
the word of God.
“So then, faith COMETH by hearing and hearing BY THE WORD OF
GOD.” The word “faith” is used always as a “NOUN” in the
Bible. A noun is not an action word. Faith is not something
you do, but something you HAVE, It means a firm conviction
based on something heard but have yet not seen. The word
“believe” in the Bible is the verb form of the noun “faith,”
so to use faith you must believe and to get faith you must
says, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not
BELIEVED? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they
have not HEARD? So then faith cometh by HEARING.
You hear, you believe, and that is faith.
There are three parts of man in
that has to do with saving faith. The EAR in
you hear the word of God and the message of salvation. The
ear gate is to the understanding which has been darkened by
That word moves from the ear and understanding to the HEART,
we read, “For with the HEART man BELIEVETH.” This does not
mean that you agree that Christ died for your sins, but it
means that with your whole being you trust, rely on Him and
what He has done in dying for your sins. Then we read on in
with the MOUTH confession is made unto or about salvation.
This is called the “WORD OF FAITH” in
and is said to be in our MOUTH and in our HEART.
Have you heard and understood the message of salvation
through the blood of the Lord Jesus? Have you believed in
your heart? Have you really trusted your soul to Him for
salvation? If so, then you have faith. If not, do it today.
Have you received Him and His salvation yet? Why wait,
tomorrow could be too late.