A Definition of Faith
The following is quoted from the 1828 edition of Noah Webster's
American Dictionary of the English Language.
I find it very thought provoking and helpful.
- Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another,
resting on his authority and veracity, without other evidence; the
judgment that what another testifies is the truth. I have strong
faith or no faith in the testimony of a witness, or in what a
- The assent of the mind to the truth of a proposition advanced by another;
belief, on probable evidence of any kind.
- In theology, the assent of the mind
or understanding to the truth of what God has revealed. Simple
belief of the scriptures, of the being and perfections of God, and
of the existence, character and doctrines of Christ, founded on the
testimony of the sacred writers, is called historical
or speculative faith; a faith little
distinguished from the belief of the existence and achievements of
Alexander or of Caesar.
- Evangelical, justifying, or saving faith,
is the assent of the mind to the truth of divine revelation, on the
authority of God's testimony, accompanied with a cordial assent of
the will or approbation of the heart; an entire confidence or trust
in God's character and declarations, and in the character and doctrines
of Christ, with an unreserved surrender of the will to his guidance,
and dependence on his merits for salvation. In other words, that
firm belief of God's testimony, and of the truth of the gospel, which
influences the will, and leads to an entire reliance on Christ for
- Being justified by faith. Romans 5.
- Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11.
- For we walk by faith, and not by sight. 2 Cor. 5.
- With the heart man believeth to righteousness. Romans 10.
- The faith of the gospel is that emotion of the mind, which is called trust or
confidence, exercised towards the moral character of God, and particularly
of the Savior. Dwight
- Faith is an affectionate practical confidence in the testimony of God. J. Hawes.
- Faith is a firm, cordial belief in the veracity of God, in all the declarations,
of his word; or a full and affectionate confidence in the certainty
of those things which God has declared, and because he has declared
them. L. Woods.
- The object of belief; a doctrine of system of doctrines believed; a
system of revealed truths received by christians.
- They heard only that he who
persecuted us in times past, now preacheth the faith
which once he destroyed. Galatians 1.
- The promises of God, or his truth and faithfulness.
- Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? Romans 3.
- An open profession of gospel truth.
- Your faith is spoken of thoughout the whole world. Romans 1.
- A persuasion or belief of the lawfulness of things indifferent.
- Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Romans 14.
- Faithfulness; fidelity; a strict adherence to duty and fulfillment of promises.
- Her failing, while her faith to me remains, I would conceal. Milton.
- Word or honor pledged; promise given; fidelity. He violated his plighted faith.
- For you alone I broke my faith with injured Palamon. Dryden
- Sincerity; honesty; veracity; faithfulness. We ought, in
good faith, to fulfill all our engagements.
- Credibility or truth. [Unusual ]
- The faith of the foregoing narrative. Mitford.
The little poem below is by Gale Harris,
and was printed in The ABC Memory Plan,
published by Bible Memory Association, 1969.
What God says will be.
What God gives to me.
Is just taking
His promise so free.
F A I T H
Forsaking All I Trust Him