When it comes to developing faith most Believers stand on Romans 10:17.
Romans 10:17, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
If hearing the Word of God is the only way in which Believers develop faith, how then did those who are listed in Hebrews chapter eleven develop their faith? Most of them had faith long before God’s Word was written by Moses in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
In Romans 10:17, the original Greek reads “hearing by the word of Christ,” instead of “hearing by the Word of God.” It is the acts of Christ that rouse men to believe in him, which brings about salvation in the New Covenant. However, it was either hearing God’s voice or something about God that caused those in Hebrews chapter eleven to believe.
The Word of Christ can only come through someone who speaks the Word. In verse eight Paul wrote, “But what does it (faith) say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” Paul meant the word of faith that we proclaim is near you. How s the word of faith near those who are being saved? In verses 13-17 he wrote that the Word of God is proclaimed by those who go into all the world and preach the gospel. Hearing the word of Christ brings about the kind of faith that births salvation in those who are lost. If that be the case, how then is faith imparted to Believers?
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
“The measure” of faith is translated from the Greek métron. Thayer’s Lexicon defines it as a determined extent or a portion measured off. Biblos Helps Word-studies defines it as a “standard, measure” and is the controlling basis by which something is determined as acceptable or unacceptable. NAS Exhaustive Concordance – A standard measure. Therefore it can be explained this way. A cup, a teaspoon, a tablespoon are standard measures in cooking. So according to Paul the standard measure of faith is given to everyone who believes.
May I suggest therefore that faith has been given to everyone who believes in Jesus Christ, but it is either dead or alive. When they believe in Jesus Christ by the Word of God (Romans 10:17), then God’s standard measure of faith is measure to them.
Furthermore, according to Paul in Ephesians 2:8 grace and faith are both a gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Next, the difference in belief and faith.