I did this search in the YouVersion online (Bible.com) for the words “the faith“. I started out looking at Jude 1:3 studying the phrase “contend for the faith” and Jude 1:3 is the only place I found the word “contend” used. So I decided to look for how often “the faith” is used because I perceived the phrase was used more often among Catholic Christians than among non-Catholic Christians. Catholic Christians also seem to use the phrase “our faith” more often than I remember non-Catholics using it. I still don’t use either phrase myself.
My search does show it’s probably biblical to use “the faith“. However I don’t know Greek so I’m not sure whether all these examples are using faith in the sense of a set of beliefs which define Christians or if some are using it in the sense of faith like trusting in something or someone, like “the faith I have my car will start no matter how cold it gets.”
I am using the King James Version because I figure I can keep within the copyright requirements easier. I’d rather be using the Revised Standard Version – 2CE but it’s got fairly restrictive copyright requirements. (For the KJV copyright information see below.)
1 Corinthians 16:13 (KJV) Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
1 Peter 5:9 (KJV) Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
1 Timothy 1:2 (KJV) Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Timothy 3:9 (KJV) Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV) But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1 Timothy 6:21 (KJV) Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:5 (KJV) Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
2 Timothy 3:8 (KJV) Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Acts 13:8 (KJV) But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
Acts 14:22 (KJV) Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Acts 16:5 (KJV) And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
Acts 6:7 (KJV) And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Colossians 1:23 (KJV) If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Colossians 2:7 (KJV) Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Ephesians 4:13 (KJV) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Galatians 1:23 (KJV) But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
Galatians 2:16 (KJV) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
James 2:1 (KJV) My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
Jude 1:3 (KJV) Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Philippians 1:27 (KJV) Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Revelation 13:10 (KJV) He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Romans 1:5 (KJV) By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
Romans 14:1 (KJV) Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
Titus 1:13 (KJV) This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Titus 3:15 (KJV) All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
I’ve compiled a list of about 233 verses in the King James Bible which include the word “faith“, including the ones above which are most of those which include “the faith“. I plan to do a study of those verses next. Interestingly only two verses containing the word “faith” are in the Old Testament. It might be because of the difference between Hebrew and Greek. Of course, of the top of my head, I can think of verses in the Old Testament which use the word “trust“. There are other synonyms (like confidence, believe, and belief) as well. We’ll get to those later.
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