Last month, I'd described the nature of repentance. A change on how we see, understand, and perceive God, Jesus, and the bible.
This time I'll focus on the idea of faith. Biblical faith, trust, confidence.
Faith as defined in the bible, is stated as follows:
The assurance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1.
Perhaps a good example would be having confidence in the promise of a friend, or someone whom you love, or have familiarity with. It can also be having confidence in the promise of someone you really have limited, or no familiarity with. Another example would be a sale at a store. Let's say that a local store is having a sale, and advertises the sale. They show pictures of various products, with the regular price, and the sale price. Having confidence in this advertisement, you travel to the store, and naturally expect to receive the sale price. You have no reason to question the sale price. This is faith.
In the bible, we're told that "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10. This is similar to the advertisement that you received for the sale. God is advertising that our sins can be forgiven, that we can be made right with him, by trusting what he's said, concerning Jesus. The gospel of Jesus is God's advertisement of knowing Him.
By taking the sales ad at face value, and putting down the pre-defined value, you receive what you've desired. By taking God's Word at face value, and putting down the pre-defined value (believing what he's said), you receive the gift of eternal life.
In the bible, there are numerous passages which define what God is promising to do on our behalf, so that people can know Him.
I will give them a heart to know me. Jeremiah 24:7.
God's Spirit searches throughout the whole earth, looking for those whose hearts are complete towards him, so that he may demonstrate himself strong on their behalf. 2 Chronicles 16:9.
This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only True God, and Jesus Christ. John 17:3.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, so that whosoever will believe Him, would not perish, but would have everlasting life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world. But that the world, through him may be saved. John 3:16-17.
If you believe in your heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead, and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you shall be saved. For with the heart, one believes to righteousness (receiving a right standing with God.), and with the mouth, confession is made to the end that they may be saved. Romans 10:9-10.
Thus, by placing our trust, and confidence in what God has said-- he will make us right with him. And he will demonstrate by giving us a down-payment, or deposit of guarantee.