By Faith

If you own BibleWorks, Logos, Accordance, or any other Bible study software, try searching “.by faith” sometime.  I primarily use the New American Standard translation.  BibleWorks returns 62 verses where both “by” and “faith” occur.  Interestingly, only one of these is in the Old Testament.  *(For some bonus trivia, can you name the OT verse?  It is referenced at least 3 times in the New Testament.)

I just wanted to compile an unexhaustive list of “by faith” truths:

  • We live by faith (Habbakuk 2:4, referenced in Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38…and yes, this is the answer to the trivia question above).
  • We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
  • Our hearts are cleansed by faith (Acts 15:9).
  • We are justified by faith (Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16), and we are sanctified by faith (Acts 26:18).
  • We encourage one another by our faiths (Romans 1:12).
  • The promise God made to Abraham was not of the Law but by faith (Romans 4:13-16).
  • We are introduced into sustaining grace by faith (Romans 5:2, cf. 11:20).
  • We attained righteousness by faith, not by works (Romans 9:30-32).
  • We wait for the hope of righteousness by faith, through the Spirit (Galatians 5:5).
  • Stewardship is by faith (1 Timothy 1:4).
  • Faith in coordination with works testifies to our right standing with God (James 2:24).
  • HEBREWS 11 – Eighteen verses begin with “by faith.” In short, everything notable to every notable person in the Old Testament did what they did by faith.  The list includes Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rahab, and more.  The testimony of Scripture is that God’s people live by faith.  What they do is the product of faith (with a proper dosage of grace).

Keep the faith.

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