Hello Mr. Benner, I was reading your book "New Testament Greek to Hebrew Dictionary" and you stated in it that "faith" is "an intellectual acceptance of what is true, a very abstract term." The problem here is that is NOT the proper definition of faith at all. I've been studying the bible over 20 years and I have never even seen this definition for faith. Terrible way to start a book and I can tell already you charged way too much for it. 15.99 for a 120 pg book. And I got the cheapest I could find online. I already feel taken advantage of.
"Faith" is a spiritual gift and is very powerful. It is God's knowledge of Himself being imparted to mankind. Intellect is a very small part of faith, if at all. If faith depended on intellect then any slightly intelligent person would be saved and that changes the whole gospel. Matter of fact, Jesus thanked the Father because He "hid these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them unto babes." Matthew 11:25. And Paul who said God has chosen the foolish things to confound the wise. 1 Corinthians 1:27
Sir, you need to be saved by becoming a child of God through "faith" and the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Bible isn't a hobby one takes up. It's by far the most serious business on earth. I don't know why people meddle with it when they have no business doing so. I would never have started studying the Bible unless it was powerfully shown to me by God that the Bible is His LOGOS. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And I can tell you don't have ANY.
Here is a very good definition of faith (not "abstract" at all): "Faith (4102/pistis) is always a gift from God, and never something that can be produced by people. In short, 4102/pistis ("faith") for the believer is "God's divine persuasion" – and therefore distinct from human belief (confidence), yet involving it." Source: biblehub/greek/4102
4102 pístis (from 3982/peithô, "persuade, be persuaded") – properly, persuasion (be persuaded, come to trust); faith.
The Lord continuously births faith in the yielded believer so they can know what He prefers, i.e. the persuasion of His will (1 Jn 5:4).
[4102 (pistis) in secular antiquity referred to a guarantee (warranty). In Scripture, faith is God's warranty, certifying that the revelation He inbirthed will come to pass (His way).
Faith (4102/pistis) is also used collectively – of all the times God has revealed (given the persuasion of) His will, which includes the full revelation of Scripture. Indeed, God the Lord guarantees that all of this revelation will come to pass! Compare Mt 5:18 with 2 Tim 3:16.]
1. The root of 4102/pistis ("faith") is 3982/peithô ("to persuade, be persuaded") which supplies the core-meaning of faith ("divine persuasion").
It is God's warranty that guarantees the fulfillment of the revelation He births within the receptive believer (cf. 1 Jn 5:4 with Heb 11:1).
Faith (4102/pistis) is always received from God, and never generated by us.
Ro12:3: "For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith (4102/pistis)" (NASU).
Eph 2:8, 9: " For by grace you have been saved through faith (4102/pistis); and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast" (NASU).
Gal 5:22, 23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith (4102/pistis), gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."
2 Thes 1:11: "To this end (glorification) – indeed each time we pray about (peri) you for the purpose (hin) of our God counting you worthy of the call – even that He may fulfill (His) every good-pleasure that comes from (His) goodness and work of faith, in (His) ability."
If you really cared about what faith was you should have done a google search and looked for a few minutes.
You can be saved!
God loves the people in the world so much that He came down to die for us. If God is opening your heart to His message and you feel convicted for your sins which have separated you from a holy God and you feel the need to be forgiven, then say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully converted to the Christ in 1997!
Say, "My Lord and my God, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe Jesus the Christ died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe Jesus raised from the dead and ascended into heaven and is now on the right-hand side of God listening to this prayer. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You in, Lord Jesus. Thank you, God, for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen."