Does 1 Thess.1:3 define faith as a work?


1 Thessalonians 1:3

ESV - 3 Remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Profile pic Mark Vestal Proud of nothing of myself. Freed by Christ who did it all!
Yes, in the sense of there being an effort to grow stronger in faith (after having already possessed it). No, in the sense of having to work to obtain it or for salvation. There is no work required to have faith, however, work is expected from the believer once they have obtained it. Faith is belief. Work is the result of having faith.

Rom 10:17
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Some believers are weaker in faith than others. The post-salvation walk in faith is a growth process and does require much effort (work) on the part of the believer.

1 Cor 3:8-15
"Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."

Our heavenly and eternal rewards will come from our post-salvation works (as seen above).

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