By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
We are admonished throughout the whole Bible to believe in, on, and put our total trust, our faith, in God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Hebrews chapter eleven gives examples of men and women who trusted in God to exhort us to walk in that same faith.
Hebrews 11:1-40 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 4By faith Abel… 5By faith Enoch… 6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,... 7By faith Noah,... 8By faith Abraham,… 9By faith he… 11Through faith also Sara… 17By faith Abraham,… 20By faith Isaac… 21By faith Jacob,… 22By faith Joseph,… 23By faith Moses,… 24By faith Moses,… 27By faith he forsook Egypt… 28Through faith he kept the passover,… 29By faith they passed through the Red sea... 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell down,… 31By faith the harlot Ra hab…
Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;…
If the faith they all had was imputed to them or given as the gift of God then their example is void of meaning. Who cannot be strong in the faith if God gives you the faith to be strong? This teaching does one thing very well, it gives those weak in faith an excuse to remain so.
1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Why would God try your faith if he has to give it to you? How could it not be found “unto praise and honour and glory?” The Lord deals with us, puts us through tough situations to try and build, test, and strengthen our faith in him.
There are only three things mentioned in the Scriptures that are imputed to men, iniquity, sin and God’s righteousness.
Psalms 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
Romans 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Romans 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
It is highly recommended you look up every one of those two hundred and thirty-one verses in the Bible that contain the word faith before you instruct on the question here contemplated. I list a few here so as to let the Lord speak for himself.
Mark 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is It that ye have no faith?
Luke 8:25 And he said unto them, Where Is your faith?
Matthew 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
Matthew 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. The Lord is looking for faith in man!
Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Why would this be a question if faith has to come from God?
Deuteronomy 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom Is no faith.
Matthew 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
If God has to impart faith, what criteria or condition was not met for those whom the Lord chided for not having it? How can he reprove them for not having something he has to give them?
1 Thessalonians 3:10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
If your faith comes from God, how can it be lacking anything?
The faith of Jesus Christ is the corporate beliefs that the Jews had in him, (the faith of Catholics, the faith of Baptist, the faith of Islam, etc.) The faith of Jesus Christ is what we believe in and about him.
The Lord by himself purged our sins, but to teach that man has nothing required of him, no action to take in the course of his salvation is an error; he must repudiate his self-righteousness, admit to his helplessness, hopelessness and sinful condition and trust by faith in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I hope that you will meditate and search the scriptures prayerfully concerning this subject and may God be merciful and open the eyes of us all to the truth, according to his holy word, Amen.