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  1. institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person; "keep the faith"; "they broke faith with their investors" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. complete confidence in a person or plan etc; "he cherished the faith of a good woman"; "the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting solely and implicitly on his authority and veracity; reliance on testimony. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The assent of the mind to the statement or proposition of another, on the ground of the manifest truth of what he utters; firm and earnest belief, on probable evidence of any kind, especially in regard to important moral truth. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The belief in the historic truthfulness of the Scripture narrative, and the supernatural origin of its teachings, sometimes called historical and speculative faith. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The belief in the facts and truth of the Scriptures, with a practical love of them; especially, that confiding and affectionate belief in the person and work of Christ, which affects the character and life, and makes a man a true Christian, -- called a practical, evangelical, or saving faith. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. That which is believed on any subject, whether in science, politics, or religion; especially (Theol.), a system of religious belief of any kind; as, the Jewish or Mohammedan faith; and especially, the system of truth taught by Christ; as, the Christian faith; also, the creed or belief of a Christian society or church. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Fidelity to one's promises, or allegiance to duty, or to a person honored and beloved; loyalty. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Word or honor pledged; promise given; fidelity; as, he violated his faith. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Credibility or truth. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. By my faith; in truth; verily. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Belief; trust in the honesty and ruth of another; trust in God; fidelity; honesty; a system of religion. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Trust or confidence in any person; belief in the statement of another; belief in the truth of revealed religion; confidence and trust in God; reliance on Christ as the Saviour; that which is believed; any system of religious belief; fidelity to promises; honesty; word or honor pledged. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Belief; confidence; fidelity; plighted word or honor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. A firm belief; trust; a religious creed; honor; fidelity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. On my faith, in truth. In good faith, honestly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. Belief or trust in the statement or word of another, such that we accept and act upon it with full assurance; belief or trust of the same nature in a religious system, as extending into and pervading the unseen universe; that which is believed; the religious system believed, and specially the Christian; fidelity; word or honour pledged; credibility or truth. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Belief; trust; confidence; sincerity; belief in revealed religion; trust in God; a system of doctrines or tenets. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. 1. Confidence; credit; rellanca Thus, an act may be said to be done "on thefaith" of certain representations.2. Relief; credence; trust. Thus, the constitution provides that "full faith and credit"shall be given to the judgments of each state In the courts of the others.3. Purpose; intent; sincerity; state of knowledge or design. This is the meaning ofthe word in the phrases "good faith" and "bad faith."In Scotch law. A solemn pledge; an oath. "To make faith" is to swear, with theright hand uplifted, that one will declare the truth. 1 Forb. Inst pt. 4, p. 235. thelawdictionary.org
  22. Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true (Phil 1:27 ; 2 th 2:13 ). Its primary idea is trust. A thing is true, and therefore worthy of trust. It admits of many degrees up to full assurance of faith, in accordance with the evidence on which it rests. Faith is the result of teaching ( Romans 10:14-17 ). Knowledge is an essential element in all faith, and is sometimes spoken of as an equivalent to faith ( John 10:38 ; 1 John 2:3 ). Yet the two are distinguished in this respect, that faith includes in it assent, which is an act of the will in addition to the act of the understanding. Assent to the truth is of the essence of faith, and the ultimate ground on which our assent to any revealed truth rests is the veracity of God. Historical faith is the apprehension of and assent to certain statements which are regarded as mere facts of history. Temporary faith is that state of mind which is awakened in men (e.g., Felix) by the exhibition of the truth and by the influence of religious sympathy, or by what is sometimes styled the common operation of the Holy Spirit. Saving faith is so called because it has eternal life inseparably connected with it. It cannot be better defined than in the words of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism: "Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel." The object of saving faith is the whole revealed Word of God. Faith accepts and believes it as the very truth most sure. But the special act of faith which unites to Christ has as its object the person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ ( John 7:38 ; Acts 16:31 ). This is the specific act of faith by which a sinner is justified before God ( Romans 3:22 Romans 3:25 ; Galatians 2:16 ; Philippians 3:9 ; John 3:16-36 ; Acts 10:43 ; 16:31 ). In this act of faith the believer appropriates and rests on Christ alone as Mediator in all his offices. This assent to or belief in the truth received upon the divine testimony has always associated with it a deep sense of sin, a distinct view of Christ, a consenting will, and a loving heart, together with a reliance on, a trusting in, or resting in Christ. It is that state of mind in which a poor sinner, conscious of his sin, flees from his guilty self to Christ his Saviour, and rolls over the burden of all his sins on him. It consists chiefly, not in the assent given to the testimony of God in his Word, but in embracing with fiducial reliance and trust the one and only Saviour whom God reveals. This trust and reliance is of the essence of faith. By faith the believer directly and immediately appropriates Christ as his own. Faith in its direct act makes Christ ours. It is not a work which God graciously accepts instead of perfect obedience, but is only the hand by which we take hold of the person and work of our Redeemer as the only ground of our salvation. Saving faith is a moral act, as it proceeds from a renewed will, and a renewed will is necessary to believing assent to the truth of God ( 1 Corinthians 2:14 ; 2 co 4:4 ). Faith, therefore, has its seat in the moral part of our nature fully as much as in the intellectual. The mind must first be enlightened by divine teaching ( John 6:44 ; Acts 13:48 ; 2 co 4:6 ; Ephesians 1:17 Ephesians 1:18 ) before it can discern the things of the Spirit. Faith is necessary to our salvation ( Mark 16:16 ), not because there is any merit in it, but simply because it is the sinner's taking the place assigned him by God, his falling in with what God is doing. The warrant or ground of faith is the divine testimony, not the reasonableness of what God says, but the simple fact that he says it. Faith rests immediately on, "Thus saith the Lord." But in order to this faith the veracity, sincerity, and truth of God must be owned and appreciated, together with his unchangeableness. God's word encourages and emboldens the sinner personally to transact with Christ as God's gift, to close with him, embrace him, give himself to Christ, and take Christ as his. That word comes with power, for it is the word of God who has revealed himself in his works, and especially in the cross. God is to be believed for his word's sake, but also for his name's sake. Faith in Christ secures for the believer freedom from condemnation, or justification before God; a participation in the life that is in Christ, the divine life ( John 14:19 ; Romans 6:4-10 ; Ephesians 4:15 Ephesians 4:16 , etc.); "peace with God" ( Romans 5:1 ); and sanctification ( Acts 26:18 ; Galatians 5:6 ; Acts 15:9 ). All who thus believe in Christ will certainly be saved ( John 6:37 John 6:40 ; John 10:27 John 10:28 ; Romans 8:1 ). The faith=the gospel ( Acts 6:7 ; Romans 1:5 ; Galatians 1:23 ; 1 Timothy 3:9 ; Jude 1:3 ). biblestudytools.com
  23. Probity; good faith is the very soul of contracts. Faith also signifies confidence, belief; as, full faith and credit ought to be given to the acts of a magistrate while acting within his jurisdiction. Vide Bona fide. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  24. f[=a]th, n. trust or confidence in any person: belief in the statement of another: belief in the truth of revealed religion: confidence and trust in God: the living reception by the heart of the truth as it is in Christ: that which is believed: any system of religious belief, esp. the religion one considers true--'the faith;' fidelity to promises: honesty: word or honour pledged.--adjs. FAITHED (Shak.), credited; FAITH'FUL, full of faith, believing: firm in adherence to promises, duty, allegiance, &c.: loyal: conformable to truth: worthy of belief: true.--adv. FAITH'FULLY, sincerely, truthfully, exactly.--ns. FAITH'FULNESS; FAITH'-HEAL'ING, a system of belief based on James, v. 14, that sickness may be treated without any medical advice or appliances, if the prayer of Christians be accompanied in the sufferer by true faith.--adj. FAITH'LESS, without faith or belief: not believing, esp. in God or Christianity: not adhering to promises, allegiance, or duty: delusive.--adv. FAITH'LESSLY.--ns. FAITH'LESSNESS; FAITH'WORTHINESS, trustworthiness.--adj. FAITH'WORTHY, worthy of faith or belief.--BAD FAITH, treachery.--FATHER OF THE FAITHFUL, Abraham: the caliph.--IN GOOD FAITH, with sincerity.--THE FAITHFUL, believers. [M. E. feith, feyth--O. Fr. feid--L. fides--fid[)e]re, to trust.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  25. Reliance, trust, in; belief founded on authority (pin one\'s f. to or upon, believe implicitly); (Theol.) belief in religious doctrines, esp. such as affects character& conduct, spiritual apprehension of divine truth apart from proof; system of religious belief (the Christian. Jewish, f.; defender of the F.; the f., the true religion); things (to be) believed; warrant (on the f. of); promise, engagement, (give, pledge, plight, keep, break, violate, one\'s f.); loyalty, fidelity, (good f., hone\'sty of intention; bad f., intent to deceive; Punic f., treachery); f.-cure, -curer, -healing, -healer, acting by prayer, not drugs &c. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. n. [Latin] Belief; assent of the mind to a fact or truth established by evidence; reliance on testimony; dependence on the authority or veracity of another; conviction from observation or experience; confidence; assurance;— belief in the facts and doctrines of the Bible;— belief in the person and work of Christ;—personal reliance on Christ with surrender of the heart and will to his service for salvation;—the ground of Christian belief; the faithfulness of God;—the object of Christian, belief; doctrine or system of doctrines believed; creed; —profession of belief in gospel truth;—strict adherence to duty; fidelity;— sincerity; honesty. Cabinet Dictionary
  27. Belief of the revealed truths of religion; the system of revealed truths held by the Christian church; trust in God; tenet held; trust in the honesty or veracity of another; fidelity, unshaken adherence; honour, social confidence; sincerity, honesty, veracity; promise given. Complete Dictionary

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