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A Word Study of Faith, Belief and Believing

Generically (WORLDLY) speaking: I’m using The Merrian Dictionary for the next 4 points.


1. What is the deference between faith and belief: Faith can not be conjugated!!  There is NO deference they are both Nouns and can’t be conjugated… There definitions are the same. https://www.quora.com/How-is-faith-a-verb

2. What is Faith: as a Noun,  complete trust, a firm belief in something for which there is no proof.

3. What is Belief: as a Noun,  a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing 2 . Something believed; especially  a tenet or body of tenets held by a group 3. Conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence.

4. What is Believing: as a Present tense Verb, it’s a continuous state of confession, Present continuous;  I am believing; you are believing


Biblically speaking:

7. What is meant to have Faith in God: faith is the result of acknowledging the testimony of God regarding his Son Jesus Christ. Acts 6:7. As a Noun, it has NO action. We can’t Conjugate it.  I’m not talking about “a verbal noun”!

8. Can a person have faith in God and not believe? YES. James 2:18-19. Vs 18 sets the context for the word believe in vs 19. Remember, Faith and Belief are the same, both are nouns.

9. What is the result of Faith in God: by itself nothing. Cf., The demons talked about in Jame 2:19, confessed the existence of God, but they will never live for him. That would be Faith (the noun) without “believing” the verb, action, living, doing, being, Active Voice, present tense…

10. What is the result of Belief in God: The same thing as #9, these words are the basically the same. 

11. What does Believing mean: A Verb, means to act on what one has faith (trust) in. When one hears the Gospel and God grants them understanding, confession is MADE (an action) leading to Salvation Rom 10:10 believeth (Is Passive Voice)  unto righteousness. (Because we are made righteous by His righteousness); and with the mouth confession is made (ομολογειται G3670  is also Passive Voice) unto salvation.

12. Can a person have Faith in God and not be saved: Yes, same answer as #8.

13. Can a person have Belief in God and not be saved: Yes, Faith is the same as Belief. Faith Believing is not the same, the Noun and verb is what is saving faith.

14. Can a person have Faith in God and not be believing: Yes, this is the state of Non Biblical Religion. Jas_1:26-27 .

15. What is the relationship between Grace and Faith: The Grace of Jesus Christ is what saves us i.e, For by Grace we are saved… Through Faith, faith is the doorway that leads to the Grace of the Lord. Eph 2:8-9.  Faith the Noun  1. Pistis πίστις (G4102) primarily word, “firm persuasion,” a conviction based upon hearing (akin to peitho, “to persuade”), is used in the NT always of “faith in God or Christ, or things spiritual.”  “faith,” is translated “belief” in Rom_10:17; 2Th_2:13.

Believe the Verb

2.. pisteuo πιστεύω(G4100), “to believe,” also “to be persuaded of”

As an Adjective.pistos (G4103), (a) in the active sense means “believing, trusting”; (b) in the passive sense, “trusty, faithful, trustworthy.”

It is translated “believer” in 2Co_6:15; “them that believe” in 1Ti_4:12, RV (KJV, “believers “); in 1Ti_5:16, “if any woman that believeth,” lit. “if any believing woman.” So in 1Ti_6:2, “believing masters.” In 1Pe_1:21 the RV, following the most authentic mss., gives the noun form, “are believers in God” (KJV, “do believe in God”). In Joh_20:27 it is translated “believing.” It is best understood with significance (a), above, e.g., in Gal_3:9; Act_16:1; 2Co_6:15; Tit_1:6; it has significance (b), e.g., in 1Th_5:24; 2Th_3:3.

Believing as an ongoing action.

Believing is found in the Aorist (point of action) in the Present (this moment) and the Perfect tense as seen below, i.e. an action that does not need to be repeated for the purpose of Salvation.

Joh_1:12  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe (Tense-Present, Voice-Active) in His name:

Peter Confession: “believe” Perfect tense. Joh_6:69  “Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Rom_3:22  even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe (Present Tense, Active Voice). For there is no difference; Present Tense, Active Voice)

Believing as a Work:

Mar 10:17  Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

Mar 10:18  So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. Mar 10:19  “You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.'” Mar 10:20  And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Mar 10:21  Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

Joh 6:28  Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

“The work of God that ye believe (to ergon tou theou hina pisteuēte). In 1Th_1:3 Paul speaks of “your work of faith” (humōn tou ergou tēs pisteōs). So here Jesus terms belief in him as the work of God. These Jews were thinking of various deeds of the Pharisaic type and rules. Jesus turns their minds to the central fact. “This simple formula contains the complete solution of the relation of faith and works” (Westcott). Note the present active subjunctive pisteuēte, “that ye may keep on believing.”

On him whom he hath sent (eis hon apesteilen ekeinos). The pronominal antecedent (eis touton hon) is omitted and the preposition eis is retained with the relative hon really the direct object of apesteilen (sent).


God has granted to everyone the ability to exercise faith and to act on one’s beliefs regardless to the trustworthiness of it. People believe all kinds of foolish things. When people come to hear the trustworthiness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and put their trust in it i.e., in a biblical way they come to salvation. They are called to continue in a state of believing, this act of believing is a work  according to Jesus in Jn 6:29 but not a work of the Law of Moses. Three things are excluded as works of the Law of Moses because they were before the Law.

(1). Believing in God

(2). Loving the Lord and

(3). Free Will to implement the two.

Like “believing”, it is impossible to be a believer and NOT love the Lord. Jesus said the “greatest” Law of Moses is to Love the Lord with all our being and the 2nd is to love our brother as yourself. Failure to stay in this state of believing is evidence that we are not the children of God. If one includes these as “Only Works of the Law”, they contradict the very Word of God.

I believe one is completely saved at the moment of their confession and repentance. If that is not the case, how soon must one start doing the kind of works that some claim one must do to keep saved? This question can’t be answered from the WORD, because its not in the Bible. The works of faith that we do flow out of the life of the believer because it is our nature.

Walking Jesus with sheep


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