You are saved by the faith of Christ, and your faith in Christ is a manifestation of that salvation by the faith of Christ...
Believe (verb) and faith (noun) basically mean the same thing??? Popular and deceiving notions die hard!!
The devil wants God's children to major on their faith in Christ, but neglect the faith of Christ, i.e. His fidelity and faithfulness!
A brother commenting on an article on Eph 2:8 said, "By saying "the verse does not say “through believing” (a verb) but “through faith” (a noun)," the article is misleading because both faith and believing come from the same Greek root word 'pistis'. These English words 'faith' and 'believing' basically mean the same thing."
That of course is speaking ignorantly. The verb believe and the noun faith DO NOT basically mean the same thing. To say so is basically ignorant of the way pistis is used in the NT.
Please note that pistis as used in the NT has two basic but DISTINCT meanings as shown in the screen shot above.
Believing as a result of the conviction of the truth concerning anything, and the character of fidelity and faithfulness of one who can be relied on are OBVIOUSLY not basically the same!
In the King James' NT you don't find the word 'faithfulness.' The reason is very simple. The word 'pistis' when translated as noun 'faith' - in certain context speaks of the character of fidelity or faithfulness of the person who can be relied on. The concept of character of fidelity and faithfulness in the NT is conveyed through the noun 'faith.'
Now, look at Eph 2:8... and consider carefully.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith...."
Ask yourself, and put your hand to your tender heart.
Did God save you by His grace (the manner of saving you) through your act of believing in him, or through the fidelity and faithfulness of Jesus Christ?
There are only two choices... so pretty easy to make. Choose one, and live with it!!! And may the Lord bless you! Believe the truth, and not the lie you have been taught!!!
I praise the Lord for the fidelity and faithfulness of Christ... the BASIS and the GROUND on my salvation by God's free grace!