One of my favorite subjects to write on is faith. Faith also happens to be an aspect to the fruit of the Spirit. As in other occurrences of the word faith in scripture, it is “pistis” in the Greek. The just (the righteous, who are in Christ) live by faith, according to Paul. We are not left alone struggling to live by faith, but rather we are aided by the Spirit.
Pistis is trusting with great confidence. When we are talking about living by faith, we are talking about living our lives relying and trusting God. Trust has a target, and different people place their trust in different things; for some it is money, for some it is another human being, for some it is military might, etc… For a believer, the only proper target of faith is God.
Another implication of this aspect of the fruit of the Spirit is fidelity. Staying true to the Truth in other words. This aspect also flows from the Spirit, because it is an aspect of God as well. We are told that Jesus, God the Son, also had faith, and exercised this in His faith toward the Father, and His fidelity to the plan of salvation. Not only do we have a model of faith in Christ, but also the driving force and power of the Spirit enabling us to have the same kind of faith.
In our day and age, faith is a valuable commodity. There is so much happening in the world and even in the US, economically speaking. People are being beset with illness, disease, natural disasters, economic woes, etc… but the Truth holds firm. We are to have faith in the operation of God and all that implies; not worrying unduly, resting in Him and trusting that He will keep His promises toward us.
Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Our evidence for the “rightness” of our faith is Jesus’ resurrection. As Paul has said, if Christ be not raised, our faith is in vain. God draws attention to the resurrection of His Son to show us His fidelity, and in turn, that inspires ours. With the evidence before us of the empty tomb, and the Spirit working on us from the inside, we can indeed be sure that faith will see us through.