Faith is a gift that the Holy Spirit gives. So, in the Bible, faith is not merely a belief in something. People can convince themselves about all kinds of things, and they call that: faith. But that is not what the Bible means by Ďfaithí.
In the Bible, faith means trust in God. Especially, it refers to trust in Godís promises. God has made a promise, and the person with faith trusts him to do that thing. That person knows that God will not disappoint him. Godís promises are certain. So the person with faith continues to trust God, whatever may happen.
That kind of faith is not just a belief or a thought in a personís mind. It is not imagination. It is something that Godís Holy Spirit has shown to that personís spirit (2:9-11). Faith belongs in a personís spirit and not just the mind. That is why faith is so powerful (Mark 11:22-24)
During his life on earth, Jesus cured people because of faith. After that, God continued to cure people when Christians had faith. Of course, doctors and nurses also make people well. But Paulís subject here is not the natural, human skill of doctors and nurses; he is discussing gifts of the Holy Spirit.
So, Christians should not think that they can cure people by their prayers or by their own faith (Acts 3:12). It is faith in Christ that cures people (Acts 3:16). It is the Holy Spirit who gives to Godís people the power to pray in faith. This is not a human skill; it is a gift from God.
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