Spiritual Dictionary Section F

Faith- “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1


Faith- “A living faith means an increase of vigor, a confiding trust, by which the soul becomes a conquering power.” GW 261


Faith - "But faith is in no sense allied to presumption. Only he who has true faith is secure against presumption. For presumption is Satan's counterfeit of faith. Faith claims God's promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience. Presumption also claims the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to excuse transgressions. Faith would have led our first parents to trust the love of god, and to obey His commands. Presumption led them to transgress His law, believing that His great love would save them from the consequence of their sin. It is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven without complying with the condition on which mercy is to be granted. Genuine faith has its foundation in the promise and provision of the Scriptures." DA 126


Faith- "By faith--faith that renounces all self-trust--the needy suppliant is to lay hold upon infinite power."  COL 159


Faith – “Faith in Christ as the world’s Redeemer calls for an acknowledgement of the enlightened intellect controlled by a heart that can discern and appreciate the heavenly treasure. This faith is inseparable from repentance and transformation of character. To have faith means to find and accept the gospel treasure, with all the obligations which it imposes.” COL 112


Faith – “Faith is the gift of God, but the power to exercise it is ours. Faith is the hand by which the soul takes hold upon the divine offers of grace and mercy.” PP 431


Faith- "Faith is the medium through which truth or error finds a lodging place in the mind. It is the same act of mind that truth or error is received, but it makes a decided difference whether we believe the Word of God or the sayings of man." 1SM 346; PP 563


Faith- “Faith is not a happy flight of feeling; it is simply taking god at His word – believing that He will fulfill His promises because He said He would.” OHC 119


Faith- “Faith is simply taking God at His word.” 1T 620


Faith- “Faith is trusting God, believing that He loves us and knows best what is for our good.” ED 253


Faith- “The only faith that will benefit us is that which embraces Him as a personal Saviour; which appropriates His merits to ourselves. Many have faith as an opinion. But saving faith is a transaction, by which those who receive Christ join themselves in covenant relation with God. Genuine faith is life.” MH 62


Faith - "Through faith we receive the grace of God; but faith is not our Saviour. It earns nothing. It is the hand by which we lay hold upon Christ, and appropriate His merits, the remedy of sin." DA 175


Faith - "To talk of religion in a casual way, to pray without soul hunger and living faith avails nothing.  A nominal faith in Christ, which accepts Him merely as the Saviour of the world, can never bring healing to the soul. The faith that is unto salvation is not a mere intellectual assent to the truth. He who waits for entire knowledge before he will exercise faith, cannot receive blessing from God. It is not enough to believe about Christ; we must believe in Him. The only faith that will benefit us is that which embraces Him as a personal Saviour; which appropriates His merits to ourselves. Many hold faith as an opinion. Saving faith is a transaction by which those who receive Christ join themselves in covenant relation with God. Genuine faith is life. A living faith means an increase of vigor, a confiding trust, by which the soul becomes a conquering power." DA 347


Faith- “True faith is not a faith that will fail under test and trial, it is the gift of God to His people.” 2 SM 375


Faith- “When we speak of faith, there is a distinction that should be borne in mind. There is a kind of belief that is wholly distinct from faith. The existence and power of god, the truth of His word, are facts that even Satan and his hosts cannot at heart deny. The bible says that “the devils also believe and tremble;” but this is not faith. Where there is not only a belief in god’s Word, but a submission of the will to Him; where the heart is yielded to Him, the affections fixed upon Him, there is faith, faith that works by love, and purifies the soul.” SC 63


Faith – “Where there is not only a belief in God’s word, but a submission of the will to Him; where the heart is yielded to Him, the affection fixed upon Him, there is faith – faith that works by love and purifies the soul.” SC 63-64


Faith of Jesus - "The faith of Jesus." It is talked of, but not understood. What constitutes the faith of Jesus, that belongs to the third angel's message? Jesus becoming our sin-bearer that He might become our sin-pardoning Saviour. He was treated as we deserve to be treated. He came to our world and took our sins that we might take His righteousness. And faith in the ability of Christ to save us amply and fully and entirely is the faith of Jesus. 3SM 172.3


Fall from Grace – See Grace – fall from.


Fall on the Rock and be broken - "To those who believe, Christ is the sure foundation. These are they who fall upon the rock and are broken. Submission to Christ and faith in Him are here represented. To fall upon the Rock and be broken is to give up our self-righteousness and to go to Christ with the humility of a child, repenting of our transgressions, and believing in His forgiving love. And so also it is by faith and obedience that we build on Christ as our foundation." DA 599


Falsehood- “An intention to deceive is what constitutes falsehood.” PP 309


Family of Jesus - "The apostles were members of the family of Jesus..." DA 349.


Fanaticism – “About this time, fanaticism began to appear. Some who had professed to be zealous believer in the message rejected the Word of God as the one infallible guide and claiming to be led by the Spirit, gave themselves up to the control of their own feelings, impressions, and imaginations. There were some who manifested a blind and bigoted zeal, denouncing all who would not sanction their course.” GC 395


Fanaticism – “The inspiration claimed by Munzer and his associates proceeded from no higher source than the vagaries of the imagination, and its influence was subversive of all authority, human or divine.” GC 193


Fast- true- “The true fast is no mere formal service. The Scripture describes the fast that God has chosen – “To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke;” to “draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul.” Isa 58:6,10” DA 278


Fasting- true- “The true fasting which should be recommended to all, is abstinence from every stimulating kind of food, and the proper use of wholesome, simple food, which God has provided in abundance.” CDF 188


Fasting- true spirit of- “The spirit of true fasting and prayer is the spirit which yields mind, heart, and will to God.” CDF 189


Fathers – Physical fathers of children. Also a term used in the Bible to describe the spiritual leaders or progenitors like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the 12 patriarchs, or the 12 apostles. This term can also apply to older members of a church as well.

Jacob perceives his fathers as Abraham and Isaac. Genesis 48:15-16

Joseph believed his fathers were buried in the Cave of Machpelah the cave purchased by Abraham, and he wanted to be buried with them. Genesis 49:29

Joseph was a father and lord to Pharaoh. Genesis 45:8

Moses declares that the fathers of Israel are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Exodus 3:15-16; 4:5; Acts 7:32

Moses describing the fathers as being the 12 patriarchs. Exodus 6:14

Moses repeats the promise that the Lord will bring Israel into Caanan as He had promised their fathers – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and those who had gone before present Israel. Exodus 13:11

Fathers of Israel are compared to a stubborn and rebellious generation. Psalms 78:8

Fathers are described as those living in the time of the plagues on Egypt. Psalms 78:12; 106:6-7

King of the north  would not regard the God of his fathers. A statement of rebellion against the spiritual forbears of the true church of God.  Daniel 11:37. CO.

Jesus accuses the Jews at the time of His first coming of acting like the fathers who ate manna in the wilderness and are dead. John 6:31,49,58

Stephen declares that the fathers are those people of Israel who went to Egypt and were cared for by Joseph and then enslaved by Egypt. Acts 7:11-19

Paul claims to be a father of spiritual children. I Corinthians 4:15

The church of today’s fathers are Israel of old, the Christian church of old, the Reformation people, and the early pioneers of the 1844 movement. CO

Fathers are fleshly progenitors of children. Hebrews 12:9

The glory of children are their fathers. Proverbs 17:6

Children are to obey their fathers in the Lord for this is right. Ephesians 6:1

The glory of children is their fathers. Proverbs 17:6


Fear – “The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion…” Proverbs 20:2


Fear of the Lord – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 1:7, & 9:10


Fear of the Lord- “The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom.” Prov. 15:33


Fear of the Lord- “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.” Prov. 8:13


Fear of the wicked- “…the fear of the wicked, that is, fear what they fear, and reverence what they reverence.” EW 60


Fellowship with God- “To have fellowship with god and His Son Jesus Christ is to be involved and elevated, and made a partaker of joys unspeakable and full of glory.” 4T 357


Fermentation- “The symbol of sin and death.” DA 653


Fetters – A form of restraint made of braided materials (intertwined) or of metal to form an object to hold a person. This form of restraint can be physical or spiritual. CO

Samson is captured by Delilah(Ecclesiastes 7:26, Proverbs 7:10-23) has his eyes put out and is bound with fetters of brass. Judges 16:21

Zedekiah is bound with fetters and  blinded and then taken to Babylon. II Kings 25:7

 Manasseh carried to Babylon in fetters and when he repents is released and returned to Israel. II Chronicles 33:11-13

God sees the righteous and if they are bound in fetters and holden in cords of affliction He instructs them and gives them opportunity to repent and be delivered. Job 36:5-12

See Cords, Bands, Chains


Field- (Parable of the Tares Mt 13:24-43)- “The field,” Christ said, “is the world”. But we must understand this as signifying the church of Christ in the world.” COL 70


Fig - The fruit of the fig tree. A staple food substance in the land of Israel. The fig represents abundant fruit in a well watered and well cared for land. The presence of figs can symbolize a state of blessing and the absence of figs can symbolize a sign of destruction. The fig is also used to represent Israel and its production of fruit represents its right relationship with Jesus and its absence of fruit signifies its lack of relationship with Jesus.

 A good food substance. Deuteronomy 8:7-8; I Samuel 25:18; I Chronicles 12:40; I Samuel 30:11-12

A healing agent. II Kings 20:1-7; Isaiah 38:21

A sign of prosperity and safety. I Kings 4:25; II Kings 8:31; Micah 4:4; Habakkuk 3:17-19; Zechariah 3:10; Numbers 13:23

A sign of destruction. Psalms 105:33; Jeremiah 5:17; 8:13; Hosea 2:12; Joel 1:6-7,12; Amos 4:9; Numbers 20:1-5

A symbol of Israel in both its righteous and unrighteous states. Jeremiah 24; Hosea 9:10

A sign of the second coming of Jesus. Isaiah 31:1-4; Matthew 24:32-33

Buying and selling figs a representation of Sabbath breaking. Nehemiah 13:15

Fruit bearing like a fig is a sign of a true Christian. Matthew 17:15-20

Israel symbolized by a fruitless tree which is destroyed for lack of fruit. Luke 13:6-9; Matthew 21:18-21; Mark 11:12-14, 20-24

Nathaniel referred to as a righteous fruit of the fig tree. John 1:45-50

Adam and Eve, in their fallen state, are symbols of unrighteous fruit of the fig tree. Genesis 3:7


Finger of God - A phrase describing the direct intervention of God to accomplish His will. CO

Holy Spirit. Luke 11:20 and Matthew 12:28

The Word of God, symbolized by His Rod. Exodus 8:16-19 See Rod.

The Word of God as written by the finger of God. Exodus 31:18; Deuteronomy 9:10


Fire – “God is a consuming fire.” Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29

          Wickedness burns like a fire. Isaiah 9:18

          Words of Jeremiah. Jeremiah 5:14

          Words of God. Jeremiah 20:9; and 23:29

          House of Jacob and the House of Joseph. Obadiah 18

          Holy Spirit. Acts 2:3

          God’s ministers – angels. Hebrews 1:7

          The tongue. James 3:6

          Trials of faith. I Peter 1:7


Fire- divine- “…which represented the communication between God and man that was opened through Christ Jesus alone.” Confrontation 80


Fire from heaven - Listing of incidents of fire falling from heaven usually confirming a sanctuary moment. C.O.

Let there be light. Genesis 1:1-5

God - burning in the bush without consuming it. Exodus 3:1-4

God - burning on top of Mount Sinai. Exodus 19-20

Fire falls from heaven to consecrate the sanctuary. Exodus 40:33-35

Fire falls from heaven to consecrate the priestly ministry. Leviticus 9:23-24

Fire falls from heaven to burn up the sacrifice for Elijah and convert the people. I Kings 18

Elijah calls fire down to consume Ahaziahs soldiers. II Kings 1

Fire from heaven consumes the sacrifice that David offers to stop the plague that came for his numbering the people. I Chronicles 21:26

God fills Solomon's temple so that no priest can minister. II Chronicles 5:13-14

God sends fire to dedicate Solomon's temple. II Chronicles 7:1-3

Holy Spirit fills the temple of Jesus at His baptism. Matthew 3:13-17

Fire of judgment enters the temple through Jesus' cleansing of the temple. John 2:13-17

Second cleansing of the temple by Jesus. Matthew 21:12-14

God fills the temple of Jesus to strengthen Him for Calvary. John 12:27-28; John 18:6; Luke 22:43

Fire of judgment consumes the sacrifice of Jesus. Matthew 27:24-51; Romans 12:1

Tongues of fire at Pentecost to verify that Jesus was filling the Holy Place with His High Priestly ministry. AA 39

Satan seeks to counterfeit God's gift with supernatural displays. Revelation 13:13

God's people will be like a fire with His message. Zechariah 12:6

At Second Coming the wicked will be destroyed by the brightness of His coming. II Thessalonians 2:8

At third coming the wicked will be destroyed by fire and the earth cleansed by fire. Zechariah 14:12; II Peter 3:10-12

In heaven the righteous will be able to live in everlasting burnings. Isaiah 33:14


Fire- glowing- “Glowing fire of the righteousness of Jesus.” 1SM 344


First Love- loss of- “The losing of the first love is specified as a moral fall. The loss of this love is represented as something that will affect the entire religious life.” 7BC 957