Torrey - God -12.2- What does faithful mean?


The Hebrew root of the words "faithful" and "faithfulness" means to prop, stay, or support. The intransitive use of the word signifies to stay oneself or be supported; so, the word faithful, applied to a person, means someone you may safely lean on. The Greek word used in the New Testament for "faithful" and "faithfulness" means trustworthy or to be relied upon. This Greek word is used in the Septuagint for the Hebrew word mentioned above.

Usage: Psalm 119:86 — -"All thy commandments are faithful."

Proverbs 14:5 — "A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies."

Matthew 24:45-46 — -"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing."

Matthew 25:21,23 — "His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

1 Timothy 1:15 — "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."

Revelation 21:5 — "And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write, for these words are true and faithful."

The Biblical usage of the word faithful conforms to its etymology. This will become more clear when we consider how the faithfulness of God is manifested. Therefore, the proposition that God is faithful means God is a being upon whom we can absolutely rely or stay ourselves.