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Nicene and Ante-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. IX:
John of Damascus: Exposition of the Orthodox Faith.: Concerning Faith.

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter X.—Concerning Faith.

Moreover, faith is twofold. For faith cometh by hearing2340 For by hearing the divine Scriptures we believe in the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The same is perfected by all the things enjoined by Christ, believing in work, cultivating piety, and doing the commands of Him Who restored us. For he that believeth not according to the tradition of the Catholic Church, or who hath intercourse with the devil through strange works, is an unbeliever.

But again, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen 2341 , or undoubting and unambiguous hope alike of what God hath promised us and of the good issue of our prayers. The first, therefore, belongs to our will, while the second is of the gifts of the Spirit.

Further, observe that by baptism we cut 2342 off all the covering which we have worn since birth, that is to say, sin, and become spiritual Israelites and God’s people.



Rom. x. 17.


Heb. xi. 1.


περιτεμνόμεθα, circumcise.

Next: Concerning the Cross and here further concerning Faith.

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