Lessons on Faith #1- What is faith?

We’re told that the messages given by A.T. Jones and E.J. Waggoner in 1888 were of the utmost importance in hastening the return of Jesus. We could do well by understanding those messages. The following are excerpts from their sermons and articles.

Jones begins with, “Faith comes ‘by the word of God.’ To the Word, then, we must look for it.

One day a centurion came to Jesus, and said to him: ‘Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but ‘speak the… word only, and my servant shall be healed…’ When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great ‘faith’, no, not in Israel. Matt 8:6-10

THERE is what Jesus pronounces ‘faith.’ When we find what that is, we have found faith. To ‘know’ what that is, is to know what faith is. There can be no sort of doubt about this: for Christ is ‘the Author…of faith,’ and he says that that which the centurion manifested was ‘faith;’ yes, even ‘great faith.’

Where, then, in this is the faith?- The centurion wanted a certain thing done. He wanted the Lord to do it. But when the Lord said, ‘I will come’ and do it, the centurion checked him, saying, ‘speak the word only,’ and it shall ‘be done.’

Now, what did the centurion expect would do the work?- ‘the word ONLY.’ Upon what did he depend for healing of his servant?- upon ‘the word ONLY.’

And the Lord Jesus says that ‘THAT is faith.’

Now, brother, sister, what is faith?”-A.T. Jones, RH Dec 6, 1898

So faith  has something to do with believing that the Word of God, simply spoken, has power within itself to change your circumstances, whatever they may be.



  1. The book written by Glen Coon, The ABC’s of Bible Prayer, says this very thing! When claiming God’s promises there is power in the very words in the Bible that were spoken by God and when claimed in faith, God honors them as if Jesus were praying them. The Bible truly is a living Word.

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