Faith does not belong to men, but to God alone. It is a supernatural attribute of God as seen in the fruits of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23) Paul described God’s faith in Romans 4:17; “who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” For by His faith God called the universe into existence out of things that do not exist. He also gives life to the dead (the unsaved). The good news is that everyone who is persuaded by the Holy Spirit to believe on Jesus Christ share in God’s faith as He measures out a standard amount to them. (Romans 12:3).
If faith belongs to God, why did Jesus say throughout the Gospels, "be it according to your faith?" When Jesus told people, "Your faith has made you well," faith was still His gift (Ephesians 2:8,9). Any gift however, once received, becomes the possession of the recipient. Again, faith is always from God and is purely His work (2 Thessalonians 1:11).
If God measures out a standard amount of His faith to those being saved under the New Covenant, how did those faith people in Hebrews chapter eleven have great faith? Although most did not have the Word of God to reveal the work of Christ, at some point they had to come in contact with God revealing Himself to them because faith-believing can only come through contact with God in some way. It is clear however, that Abraham heard God's voice and that Rehab the harlot was told about God when she was visited by the spies. To have faith each had to have an encounter with God where they believed and received the faith of God.
The Greek root word that makes up the word faith is peithô, which means to persuade or be persuaded. And, it is this word that supplies the core-meaning of faith, which is "divine persuasion." It is God who in-births this divine persuasion within receptive people that guarantees the fulfillment of His grace toward to all men.
To understand what faith is one must turn to Hebrews 11:1, for in it is the definition of faith.
Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Next time a break down of this scripture.