What defines our faith in God?
Is it just the matter of professing our belief for God and Jesus? Could one might be considered more faithful by the fact that he/she attends more church services (or related activities) than the other church-goer? Can faith be measured by what we do or how we act towards our friends/families or even our enemies?
My answer to these questions or any that may be related to this topic is…
I don’t know…but we will sure find out in the end who truly had faith or not…that was the result of the physical Israelites…
When the physical Israelites were held captive in Egypt, the chosen people cried out to God to save them from slavery and oppression.
 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God.  And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
(Exodus 2:23-25 ESV)
Hearing their plea (and to fulfill the promise God made with Abraham), God chooses and sends Moses to lead God’s people out of Egypt to save them from their misery.
 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.  Israel saw the great power that the LORD used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses.
(Exodus 14:30-31 ESV)
After receiving salvation, the people profess their faith in God and make an oath to keep God’s commands (Ex 19~) to enter the promised land (the land of Canaan).
However, even though God’s people professed their faith in God and promised that they would keep all of God’s commands, their true faith was revealed in the end.
 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses?  And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?  And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient?  So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
(Hebrews 3:16-19 ESV)
These people who “believed” were not able to enter the land of Canaan and because they failed to do so their true faith in God was revealed as those with unbelief. If they’d truly believed in God, they would’ve kept God’s commands and entered the promise land (rest).
[10:1] For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,  and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,  and all ate the same spiritual food,  and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.  Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
 Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.  Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.”  We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.  We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents,  nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.  Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.  Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
(1 Corinthians 10:1-12 ESV)
Paul writes how the things that happened to the Israelites (1 Cor 10:1-10) were written down for us as an example and warning. And he warns those who think are standing firm to be careful not to fall. Because our true faith is revealed when we do or do not keep God’s commands and promise.
So, going back to the initial question…
What defines our faith? Can we just confidently say that we believe in Jesus therefore we are set for salvation? Where is our faith coming from? Is it wholly grounded in the Word?
Though these passages may not be the most encouraging or heart warming, I hope that they will be a motivation and challenge for all of us – to honestly step back and to take look at our faith walk to check whether we are in the faith or not (2 Cor 13). Like Ephesians 4 says, I pray that we may unite our knowledge of God’s word with faith so that we may attain the whole measure of Christ and have our faith truly be acknowledge by God!