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Faith (Believe) Scriptures

A Selection


There is upwards of 115 New Testament passages that condition salvation on believing, and fully 35 passages that condition salvation on faith, which latter word in this use of it is an exact synonym of the former.  These 150 passages include practically all that the New Testament declares on the matter of the human responsibility in salvation.  The following are a sampling of these passages (bold highlighting, underlining added and comments within brackets have been added for clarification).


Mark 9:42—But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.


Luke 8:12—Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.


John 1:12—But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.


John 2:23—Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.


John 3:14-18—And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


John 3:36—He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.


John 6:29—Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”


John 6:35—And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes [by faith] to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”


John 6:40—And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.


John 6:47—Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.


John 6:59—Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.


John 7:38—He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.


John 8:24, 58—Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. . . . Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."


John 9:35-38—Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”  He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”  And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”  Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.


John 10:38—but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.


John 11:25-27—Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”


John 12:44, 45—Then Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.  And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.


John 14:11Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.


John 20:31—But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.


Acts 8:37—Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”


Acts 10:43—To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.


Acts 11:17—If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?


Acts 14:23—So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.


Acts 15:9—And made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.


Acts 16:31, 34—So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” . . . Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God [confirmation of Christ’s deity) with all his household.


Acts 18:8—Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.


Acts 19:4—Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”


Acts 20:21—Testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and [by] faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.


Acts 26:18—To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.


Romans 1:17—For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith [an expression meaning completely, from first to last]; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (See Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 2:20; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38)


Romans 3:21, 22—But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. (cf. 21-30)


Romans 4:3—For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (See Romans 4:9, 11; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23)


Romans 4:5—But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.


Romans 5:1, 2—Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.


Romans 9:30—What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith.


Romans 10:8-11—But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach):  that if you confess with your mouth [an expression confirming genuineness of action] the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart [reinforcing the fact that faith must be genuine] that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation [the natural outgrowth of an inward imputation of righteousness, which is solely by faith].  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”


1 Corinthians 1:21—For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.


Galatians 2:16—Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.


Galatians 2:20—I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (See Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38)


Galatians 3:22—But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.


Galatians 3:24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.


Ephesians 1:13In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.


Ephesians 2:8, 9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.


Philippians 3:9 And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.


1 Timothy 1:16—However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.


1 Timothy 3:16—And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh [confirmation of Christ’s deity], justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.


1 Timothy 4:10—For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.


1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.


1 Peter 2:6—Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”


1 John 3:23—And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.


1 John 5:1, 5—Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. . . . Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?


1 John 5:13—These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.