Hebrews 11:6 says “without faith it is impossible to please him.” Not unlikely. Not difficult. Impossible.
Thomas a Kempis, author of The Imitation of Christ, wrote, “Faith is required of you, and a sincere life, not a lofty intellect nor a delving into the mysteries of God.”1
The word appears hundreds of times in the Bible—in both the Old and New Testaments. Before we get into the Scriptures themselves, take a quick look at how different Hebrew and Greek words are translated into faith in our English Bibles.
Words like these appear in Hebrew:
- אמן (‘mn), which means to be firm, reliable, faithful
- אֱמוּנָה (emunah), which means steadfastness, trustworthiness
- אֱמֶת (emeth), which means faithfulness, trustworthiness
And in Greek, we see words like πίστις (pistis), which means faithful, reliable, believing.
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Key Bible passages
1. Genesis 15:6
And he [Abram] believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
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2. Psalm 20:7
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
3. Habakkuk 2:4
Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
4. Matthew 21:21–22
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
5. John 6:29
Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
6. Galatians 2:15–21
We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
7. Hebrews 11:1–3, 6
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. … And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
More verses about faith, belief & trust
8. Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
9. Psalm 4:5
Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.
10. Psalm 9:10
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11. Psalm 13:5
But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
12. Psalm 22:4
In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.
13. Psalm 25:2
O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.
14. Psalm 25:10
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
15. Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
16. Psalm 31:14
But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
17. Psalm 37:3
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
18. Psalm 37:5
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
19. Psalm 56:4
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
20. Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.
21. Psalm 84:12
O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
22. Psalm 86:15
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
23. Psalm 106:24
Then they despised the pleasant land, having no faith in his promise.
24. Psalm 118:8
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
25. Psalm 143:8
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
26. Proverbs 3:5–6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
27. Proverbs 16:20
Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
28. Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.
29. Isaiah 12:2
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.
30. Isaiah 26:4
Trust in the Lord forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
31. Jeremiah 17:7
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.
32. Matthew 8:10
When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.”
33. Matthew 8:13
And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.
34. Matthew 9:22
Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.
35. Matthew 9:27–29
And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”
36. Mark 4:40
He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
37. Mark 5:34–36
And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease. While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
38. Mark 10:52
And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
39. Mark 11:23–24
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and thrown into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
40. Matthew 17:18–20
And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
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41. Luke 1:45
And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.
42. Luke 7:50
And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
43. Luke 17:19
And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
44. John 1:12
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
45. John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
46. John 4:50
Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.
47. John 5:24
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
48. John 6:29
Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
49. John 6:35
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
50. John 14:1
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
51. John 20:31
But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
52. John 11:25–26
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
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53. John 20:29
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
54. Romans 3:27–28
Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
55. 2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
56. 2 Corinthians 4:13
Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak,
57. 1 Thessalonians 1:3
Remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
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58. 2 Thessalonians 1:11
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power.
59. Philippians 2:17
Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
60. Philippians 3:9
And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.
61. Galatians 2:16
Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
62. Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
63. Galatians 3:1–5
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith.
64. Galatians 3:11–14
Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
65. Galatians 3:22
But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
66. Galatians 3:23–26
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
67. Ephesians 2:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
68. Ephesians 3:11–12
This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
69. Ephesians 3:17–19
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
70. James 1:2–4
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
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- Elliot Ritzema, ed., 300 Quotations for Preachers (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012).