Hebrews 11 is a great chapter about faith.
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Faith is substance of things hoped for, and evidence of things unseen, showing that faith offers both substance and evidence, it is more than just belief. Hebrews 11 shows us that faith is action taken on behalf of belief and trust. Faith is both substance and evidence of our belief and trust in God. Verse by verse, in this chapter we see actions taken because of belief and trust. We see obedience to God, because of the action taken on belief, trust, and obedience, we see faith, faith that was then counted for righteousness, from Able, Noah, Abraham and Sara, Jacob, Moses, David, Samuel, and the prophets. All of these performed great actions and realized God's great promises, because they believed, trusted, and obeyed God. That in turn provided substance and evidence of God's will and righteousness - faith.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
2 Samuel 22:31
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.2 Kings 18:5
He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.Matthew 14:28-31
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.Peter believed, trusted, obeyed, and took action, exercised faith and walked on the water towards Jesus, it was only when Peter's belief waned was his faith diminished, and he began to sink.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Ephesians 2:8
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Here we have an example of faith from a Christian to an unbeliever witnessing about God and Jesus showing from God's word how to believe, call upon the name of the Lord, confess their sins, and be saved. It takes more than belief for the Christian and the unbeliever! We have the action of the Christian witnessing, having trust and confidence in the Lord, living by faith, we have the Word of God imparting both belief and faith in the unbeliever to take action to call upon the name of the Lord for salvation. Then by the grace of God through faith is the unbeliever saved.
How wonderful is that?
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.Christians live by faith, we should do everything by faith in our Lord, Savior, and God. The action of belief and trust in God, the action of obedience.
2 Corinthians 3:4-5
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:Ephesians 1:13-15
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,1 Corinthians 2:5
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.2 Corinthians 5:7
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?James 2:17-18
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.Romans 1:5
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:Romans 16:26
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:Faith is the action of belief, trust, and obedience to God, that provides the substance and evidence of things not seen, our Lord God, Mighty Creator and Redeemer, through Him all things are possible.
I was led to update this posting, I believe I glossed over an important part, trust or confidence in the Lord is a crucial element, we would not take action if we did not trust.ReplyDelete
So I updated with appropriate passages.