Believing

pisteuó: to believe, entrust

4100 pisteúō (from 4102 /pístis, “faith,” derived from 3982 /peíthō, “persuade, be persuaded”)

believe (affirm, have confidence);

used of persuading oneself (= human believing) and

with the sacred significance of being persuaded by the Lord (= faith-believing)

Only the context indicates whether 4100 /pisteúō (“believe”) is self-serving (without sacred meaning),

or the believing that leads to/proceeds from God’s inbirthing of faith.

  • Hebrews 11:6

New American Standard Bible
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

specifically, in a moral and religious reference, πιστεύειν is used in the N. T. of “the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of his soul; thus it stands α. absolutely to trust in Jesus or in God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something

  • Hebrews 4:3

New American Standard Bible
For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.

the simple πιστεύειν is used emphatically, of those who acknowledge Jesus as the saviour and devote themselves to him

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