The major Greek word for belief or faith (pistis) is stronger than its English equivalent. The kind of faith required by the New Testament is not merely mental agreement or mild acceptance of something (as in “I believe George Washington was the first president of the United States.”). Actually, we already saw how this weak sort of faith was insufficient to save when certain Jews had a superficial faith in Jesus (John 2:23–25; cf. Acts 8:13, 18–23). James tells us that the demons believe this way, too (Jas. 2:19), but they are not Christians. Rather, saving faith involves placing our confidence and trust in Jesus. It is surrendering to Him and relying upon Him for our salvation. He is our hope of heaven. In this sense, our faith has our most important desires and needs as its focal point.
Paul tells you that the Gospel contains three historical facts and a historical figure.
1 Co 15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand…
Three Historic Facts: Christ died, was buried, and He was resurrected.
1 Co 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 1 Co 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 1 Co 15:5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
A Historic Figure: Jesus Christ our savior was the Messiah, the Son of God.
Jn 20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; Jn 20:31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
 Habermas, G. R. (2000). The Resurrection, Volume I: Heart of New Testament Doctrine (54). Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Company.
Published on Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 4:16 AM CDT