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What constitutes a Believer that is Saved by Grace through being Faithful?


The word pistos πιστός means faithful. It is defined "of persons who show themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties".

Faith is not just consistently thinking something is true. True Faith produces works. If you do not have true faith, you will not have works worthy of repentance. The good works that a man does that are not done out of love of truth mean nothing. It is the same as the man who does not physically commit adultery but lusts in his heart and has committed adultery in his heart. You are not saved by your works, and specifically by works of the law, but by true faith in the character of Christ, his purpose and motivation, His Holy Spirit.

There is a Satanic twist to the word of truth that tells people they do not have to do anything to be saved, but that is sophistry. It is not your works that save you but your faith. This is true but, if there are no works or no works worthy in the expression of your faith, then you have no real faith and what you are calling faith is a strong delusion.

The Greek adjective pistos[1] or the feminine noun pistis[2] comes from the verb peitho [πείθω][3] which means "to persuade", "be persuaded" or even "to trust, have confidence". As an adjective, it is defining someone who, because he is convinced or convicted of Christ, shows evidence of the faithful in the transaction of business of Christ, faithful to keep the commandments of Christ.

The Remnant

There are numerous different words translated "remnant" in the Bible. The most common is the complex Hebrew word shë’eriyth [sheh-ay-reeth’] ShinAlefReishYodTav[4] from ShinAlefReish.[5]

We find the term mostly in Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Micah. Other words translated remnant include cerach[6] and yathar.[7]

Often the remnant means the people who have remained faithful to The Way of Christ and God. You will know them by the fruits of their doings.

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  1. 4103 ~πιστός~ pistos \@pis-tos’\@ from 3982; adj AV-faithful 53, believe 6, believing 2, true 2, faithfully 1, believer 1, sure 1; not tr 1; 67
    1) trusty, faithful
    1a) of persons who show themselves faithful in the transaction of business, the execution of commands, or the discharge of official duties
    1b) one who kept his plighted faith, worthy of trust
    1c) that can be relied on
    2) easily persuaded
    2a) believing, confiding, trusting
    2b) in the NT one who trusts in God’s promises
    2b1) one who is convinced that Jesus has been raised from the dead  ::: 2b2) one who has become convinced that Jesus is the Messiah and author of salvation
  2. 4102 ~πίστις~ pistis \@pis’-tis\@ from 3982; TDNT-6:174,849; {See TDNT 634} n f AV-faith 239, assurance 1, believe + 1537 1, belief 1, them that believe 1, fidelity 1; 244
    1) conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it
    1a) relating to God
    1a1) the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ
    1b) relating to Christ
    1b1) a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God
    1c) the religious beliefs of Christians
    1d) belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same
    2) fidelity, faithfulness
    2a) the character of one who can be relied on
  3. 3982 ~πείθω~ peitho \@pi’-tho\@ a primary verb;v AV-persuade 22, trust 8, obey 7, have confidence 6, believe 3, be confident 2, misc 7; 55
    1) persuade
    1a) to persuade, i.e. to induce one by words to believe
    1b) to make friends of, to win one’s favour, gain one’s good will, or to seek to win one, strive to please one
    1c) to tranquillise
    1d) to persuade unto i.e. move or induce one to persuasion to do something
    2) be persuaded
    2a) to be persuaded, to suffer one’s self to be persuaded; to be induced to believe: to have faith: in a thing
    2a1) to believe
    2a2) to be persuaded of a thing concerning a person
    2b) to listen to, obey, yield to, comply with
    3) to trust, have confidence, be confident
  4. 07611 שְׁאֵרִית‎ shë’eriyth [sheh-ay-reeth’] ShinAlefReishYodTav from 07604 ShinAlefReish; n f; [BDB-984b] [{See TWOT on 2307 @@ "2307b" }] AV-remnant 44, residue 13, rest 3, remainder 2, escaped 1, misc 3; 66
    1) rest, residue, remainder, remnant
    1a) rest, what is left
    1b) remainder, descendants
    • The letters Yod and Tav add the idea of the divine spark and faith respectively.
  5. 07604 שָׁאַר‎ sha’ar [shaw-ar’] ShinAlefReish a primitive root; v; [BDB-983b] [{See TWOT on 2307 }] [{See TWOT on 2308 }] AV-leave 75, remain 46, remnant 4, let 3, rest 2, misc 3; 133
    1) to remain, be left over, be left behind
    1a) (Qal) to remain
    1b) (Niphal)
    1b1) to be left over, be left alive, survive
    1b1a) remainder, remnant (participle)
    1b2) to be left behind
    1c) (Hiphil)
    1c1) to leave over, spare
    1c2) to leave or keep over
    1c3) to have left
    1c4) to leave (as a gift)
  6. 05629 סֶרַח‎ cerach [seh’-rakh] SamechReishChet from 05628; n m; [BDB-710a] [{See TWOT on 1543 @@ "1543a" }] AV-remnant 1; 1
    1) excess, overhanging
  7. 03498 יָתַר‎ yathar [yaw-thar’] YodTavReish a primitive root; v; [BDB-451a] [{See TWOT on 936 }] AV-leave 52, remain 23, rest 12, remainder 4, remnant 4, reserved 3, residue 3, plenteous 2, behind 1, excel 1, much 1, preserve 1; 107
    1) to be left over, remain, remain over, leave
    1a) (Qal) remainder (participle)
    1b) (Niphal) to be left over, remain over, be left behind
    1c) (Hiphil)
    1c1) to leave over, leave
    1c2) to save over, preserve alive
    1c3) to excel, show pre-eminence
    1c4) to show excess, have more than enough, have an excess