“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation” (Hebrews 11:1-2) (ESV). The most important datum being revealed here is that “Faith is the assurance.” When I stand up on a higher pedestal, assured of a cushion that would protect me from crushing to death, I would jump without hesitation. Faith is, therefore, different from trust, which may lack the component of assurance.
Swimmers can jump from two hundred meters above; as long as assured of splashing into a pool, deep enough, as not to cause injury. They wouldn’t jump without the assurance of there not being a rocky surface?
The majority of Christians have faith in Jesus. In other words they trust Jesus and take comfort in knowing that Jesus is always there for their troubles. It appears as important for human beings to have faith in Jesus. After all, when He was here he managed to handle most problems of humanity.
But Jesus also, often lamented with words like: “you of little faith for how long am I going to be with you?” (Matthew 17:17). Those people had faith in Jesus, but their problem was that they didn’t have the faith of Jesus. In other words, they didn’t believe in Jesus.
Children are also known to have faith in their parents. They have faith in their parents, as to anticipate their next meal, trusting their parents to provide. Faith in something is mainly to do with dependence. Such faith is different from the faith of Jesus, which denotes what ought to be the faith of a Christian.