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What is the basic doctrine of "faith towards God" found in Hebrews 6:1?


Let's examine that specific text:
Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.
(Heb. 6:1 NKJ)
The doctrine of repentance from dead works includes the foundational truth that we must put faith in the Lord Jesus in order to be saved (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 10:8-17).

Thus, the second doctrine refers to having faith towards God after we have accepted Jesus. The Greek word translated as "toward" is in the dative case and can be better translated as "resting on." The word "God" in the New Testament always refers to the Father.

Therefore, this second doctrine teaches that once we accept Jesus (God the Son) as our Savior, we need to have faith that rests on God. The only way I know to acquire this type of faith is to read the Word of God and also hear it taught.

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10:17 KJV). For this reason, the Bible declares that we must walk or live by faith (Heb. 10:38; Rom. 1:17; 2 Cor. 5:17). Once we are Christians, we receive all things from God by using our faith.

In conclusion, James states:
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.

For he that wavereth, is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
( James 1:5-7 KJV)

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