The Biblical Definition of Faith is Abandonment
Because most people don’t define the Greek word for faith properly, they incorrectly think, “Well, I believe the blood of Jesus is the only way I can be saved so that means that I have faith because I believe and have faith in the blood.”
No, you don’t. The only Biblical definition of the Greek word for faith is the equivalent of leaning back in your chair until you’ve passed the point of no return, and you can’t catch yourself from that point any longer. That’s the only Greek definition of faith.
So, if you never allow yourself to be out of control, you are NOT saved. You have no saving faith if you don’t let go. Trust, faith, believe - they are all the same Greek word (the same root word) and they all mean exactly the same thing. It means abandonment. If I trust the blood of Jesus and if I abandon myself to the blood of Jesus, guess what? I now have saving faith and the Spirit comes to live inside of me. I can’t do it myself. I am cut to the heart.
“What must we do to be saved?”
“Repent, every one of you.”
“Hey, what’s that mean?”
“Repent. Drop down on your knees.”
“Repent? That’s a work, right?”
No, Repentance IS faith - because they both mean you let go. You stop taking control of your world. Repentance is a changed mind, and therefore a change of action.
If someone is still in control of that perception management or self-esteem management, then they don’t have saving faith because the only definition of faith is abandonment. That means you’ve got to let go of controlling what people think and what’s going to happen next. That includes wondering what everybody else is doing or what they’ll think or what that might mean for my future. If you’re not letting go of all that stuff - that is not Biblical faith. The Greek word has been massacred in the English translation. It doesn’t mean what people say it means and therefore they don’t have true faith in Jesus. They do not Truly Believe in Jesus.
“I believe in God.”
No, you don’t, not unless you let go. If you haven’t leaned back past the point of return - if you’re still in control of where your chair is going to go, then you are not saved. That is the only definition of saving faith in the bible - letting go. But, when you do let go and abandon everything to Jesus, then you’re washed in the Blood and His Spirit comes to live inside of you. Then all those verses make sense. All of them make sense when you define things the way Jesus does. If you’re trying to create some false definition of faith, then half the New Testament doesn’t make sense anymore. Why did James say all that stuff about grieve, mourn and wail… show me your faith by your works?
Faith without works is dead…
With the wrong definitions, none of that makes sense. No wonder Martin Luther wanted to throw that out. Thomas Jefferson did throw it out. Why? Because they weren’t defining things properly.
“Well, I believe in God.”
You do not believe in God because you’re still in control. You have not let go of control, therefore do not have saving faith, therefore you do not have the Spirit living in you, and now none of 1 John makes any sense either. 1 John is all about this: If you claim to be in Christ and you continue to sin then you are a liar and the truth isn’t in you.
“Well, that sounds like works.”
No, it doesn’t. Not if you define faith properly.
John, the apostle of love said: “You’re a liar and the truth is not in you if you continue in sin.” “You’re a liar,” says the apostle of love.
That’s because he knew how to define faith. What he was trying to say was if you really have saving faith, then you have the Spirit in you. If you have the Spirit in you, then you won’t want to continue to sin. You won’t try to justify it. You won’t try to explain it away. You won’t try to compare yourself to others. You’ll abandon yourself into His Ways and wanting to be like Him -- “Yes, I need to change, I want to walk in the light. I want to change, talk to me. If you’re right, you’re right. This isn’t easy for me, but I need your help and I do want to go there.”
And there is not going to be all this excuse-making garbage that says, “Well, His grace covers me.” No! If you want to use that as a weapon to avoid Light and true Change and Repentance from sin, then you don’t understand what the word even means.
Jesus said there will be rivers of living water gushing from the inner man for all who believe. Did Jesus lie or have we just been defining things wrong? To ALL who believe. “All” is in the Greek. Believe means to abandon yourself. So everyone who abandons themselves, I will make to flow from their inner man rivers of Alive water.
Now that makes sense to all who abandon themselves because then -- “I put my Spirit in them and cause them to keep my commandments. I’ll make my home in them.” Christ in you the Hope of Glory. Christ dwells in your hearts by abandonment. He dwells in your heart by faith. So all those scriptures make sense once you define faith the way the Bible means to define it and the way Jesus lived it.
The father of our faith - how did he live it out? The Father of our faith... Let’s see, he tried to kill his only son Isaac, and he destroyed all the idols in his dad’s house. What is the father of our faith? He destroys idols and he gives up things he cherishes the most. That’s the only kind of faith there is. And those with the faith of Abraham are sons of Abraham. That’s what the scriptures say. His kind of faith - destroying all the idols in your dad’s house and sacrificing your son and going off to a far country knowing not where you’re going to go - is giving everything away.
Those with the faith of Abraham are sons of Abraham. Only those with the faith of Abraham are sons of Abraham. He is the father of our faith - our faith - our abandonment. He did it, we do it, and in Him we experience rivers of living water. Nowhere else. Unless its just for show, a false religion that has no more power, substance, essence, or truth in it than Buddhism. If it’s defined the way America’s defined this English word, it has nothing to do with Christianity. “Even the devils ‘believe’...” but they don’t have abandonment. They don’t have saving faith.