Faithful, the Christian • Faithfulness • Fidelity
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Faithful; Faithfulness
Faithful; Faithfulness [Heb. ʾāman, ʾĕmûnâ, ʾēmûn, ʾĕmeṯ; Aram ʾaman]; AV also TRUTH, TRULY, STEADFAST (Ps. 78:8), ASSUREDLY (Jer. 32:41), “in their office of trust” (2 Ch. 31:15, 18); NEB LOYAL, TRUSTWORTHY, TRUE, TRUTH (FUL), SURE, CERTAIN, WELL-MEANT (Prov. 27:6), of steady character (Prov.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
FIDELITY (Gr. pistis, “faithfulness,” “trustworthiness”). The adjective pistos is usually translated “faithful.” The word pistis is translated “fidelity” only once in the NT (Tit 2:10), although it is possible that in Gal 5:22 it should be so translated. In Rom 3:3, “the faithfulness of God” (RSV) is
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Faithfulas a designation of Christians, means full of faith, trustful, and not simply trustworthy (Acts 10:45; 16:1; 2 Cor. 6:15; Col. 1:2; 1 Tim. 4:3, 12; 5:16; 6:2; Titus 1:6; Eph. 1:1; 1 Cor. 4:17, etc.).It is used also of God’s word or covenant as true and to be trusted (Ps. 119:86, 138; Isa. 25:1;
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FAITHFUL; FAITHFULNESS<fath’-fool>, <fath’-fool-nes>:Faithfulness is a quality or attribute applied in the Scripture to both God and man. This article is limited to the consideration of the Scripture teaching concerning the meaning of faithfulness in its application to God.Faithfulness is one of the
A Catholic Dictionary
faithful (fideles) in itself means, persons who have the faith; but even in Acts 10:45 (οἱ ἐκ περιτομῆς πιστοὶ) we find the word used as a technical expression for persons incorporated by baptism and Christian profession into the Church, and this use of the word has been continued ever since. Thus
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Faithful, Faithfulness
FAITHFUL, fāthʹfŏŏl, FAITHFULNESS, fāthʹfŏŏl-nes:1. Faithfulness of God in the OT2. Faithfulness of God in the NTLiteratureFaithfulness is a quality or attribute applied in the Scripture to both God and man. This art. is limited to the consideration of the Scripture teaching concerning the
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
FAITHFUL. The term “faithful” (fidelis = πιστός) includes several meanings: (a) it can designate “one who believes,” i.e., one who puts his *faith in another, or through this binds himself to something; (b) adherence to a teaching, etc.; (c) adherence to God who inspires absolute trust: fidelis homo
Oblations of the Faithful
OBLATIONS of the FAITHFUL. The NT uses two terms: eleēmosynē, often associated with prayer and fasting, as a form of worship (see Did. 1,6; 15,4; 2 Clem. 16,4), and prosphora, dear to St. Paul, who emphasizes the liturgical character of the offering, whether of Christians offering themselves (Rom 15:16;
Key passages
Dt 7:9

So know that Yahweh your God, he is God, the trustworthy God, maintaining his covenant and his loyal love with those who love him and with those who keep his commandments to a thousand generations,

Heb 6

Therefore, leaving behind the elementary message about Christ, let us move on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and faith in God, teaching about baptisms and laying on of hands, and resurrection of the dead and eternal …

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