Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith begins with the belief that:
1. God exists
2. He rewards those who diligently seek him
We diligently seek him by reading the scriptures, for in them God has revealed his plan and purpose with the earth and mankind. The scriptures are the source of faith.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We must understand and believe what is written in the scriptures.
2 Timothy 3:15-16 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
In the scriptures, God reveals his purpose with his creation.
Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
He intends to fill the earth with his glory:
Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
God’s glory will consist of men and women raised to the divine nature with whom and in whom God will live forever.
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God and brought sin and death upon themselves and their descendants.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Death is eternal oblivion.
Psalms 146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
We do not have an immortal soul which continues after death. Because we all sin and cannot save ourselves, God fathered Jesus Christ. The only way that we can escape eternal oblivion is to believe and obey the gospel preached by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ lived a life without sin and gave it in sacrifice so that those who obey the gospel can have their sins forgiven. God raised him from the dead to eternal life. Those who have their sins forgiven will be raised from the dead and given eternal life when Christ returns.
What God requires of us is:
1. Believe the gospel
2. Repent of our sinful way of life (change the way we live).
3. Be baptised by immersion in water for the remission of past sins.
4. Live a new life by the commandments of Jesus Christ.
After baptism, we cannot live a sinless life, but providing we are making a determined effort to live by the commandments of Christ our sins are forgiven by confession in prayer.
1 John 1:7-9 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we have faith in what God tells us we will live our lives accordingly. We will ‘work the works’ of faith without which faith is dead.
James 2:14-18 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
In conclusion: we acquire faith by reading, understanding, believing and obeying the word of God.
May I suggest that you read Your Share in God's Promises (click on title)
I hope you find this helpful.