Some say the faith talked about in the Bible means the Christian faith as a religion like the Jewish faith, Islamic faith, Hindu faith, and in some places it does when you see it called “the faith;” but what about faith in the promises of God (2 Cor. 1:20; 2 Pe. 1:2 4; Rom. 4:12 23). Some say we need to move beyond faith because Hebrews 6:1 tells us “… let us go on to perfection (maturity), not laying again the foundation… of faith toward God.” The foundation we are not to keep laying again is using faith to get saved again and again, or of repenting from dead works and turning toward God with faith and getting saved. Faith continues after salvation which is the door to the life and walk of faith. We go from faith to faith (Rom.1:17) and Jesus is called the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2) indicating a development, a maturing. Faith is for more than getting saved and faith doesn’t end at salvation. There’s faith for:
Acts 14:7 And there they preached the gospel. 8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: 9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.
1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Proverb 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
ENDURING LIFE’S TRIALS
2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
God’s never had a plan that didn’t work, and He plans for His children to “live” and “walk” by faith.