1. FAITH is a belief of a testimony: 2 Thes. 1:10, “When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” It is an assent to truth, as appears by the 11th of Hebrews, and it is saving faith that is there spoken of, as appears by the last verses of the foregoing chapter: “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they, without us, should not be made perfect.” Mark 1:15, “Saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, ye might have life through his name.” 2 Thes. 2:13, “But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth.” See also Heb. 11:6; 1 John 5:1, 4, 5; 1 John 4:2 and verse 15; Mat. 16:16; John 1:49-50; John 3:33; John 8:24; John 17:8; 1 John 5:10; Tit. 1:1; Col. 1:4; John 16:27; Rom. 10:9.
2. It is the proper act of the soul towards God, as faithful. Rom 3:3, 4, “For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
3. It is a belief of truth from a sense of glory and excellency, or at least with such a sense. John 20:29, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Mat. 9:21, “She said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.” 1 Cor. 12:3, “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man, speaking by the Spirit of God, calleth Jesus accursed; and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.”