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But when pressures and heartaches come into our lives, many give up any hope of ever finding love. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews When he found Jesus, he asked Him to come to his home. Welcome, Guest. We're glad you're here. About About Adrian Rogers. Profound Truth. Simply Stated. Quick Links:. Discover Jesus Every person has two great longings. But there is good news! Faith is the very beginning of everything that really matters spiritually. By saying that it is the "evidence" or "assurance" the word can literally be translated "title deed," but "assurance" seems to be the best all-around word of things hoped for, the author comes much closer to defining what faith is.
In its simplest form, faith is merely belief. As our understanding becomes more complex and operative, when we begin to put faith to work, it becomes "confidence," and finally, in its best form, when it becomes fully operational, it is "trust. Ritenbaugh A Pre-Passover Look.
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Hebrews Understanding this verse is essential to deriving the most from this chapter. It establishes a good, practical definition of faith , but it is not the only one, since the Bible uses the term "faith" in several other ways. We have to be thinking as we read, or we may get an idea about faith other than the one God intends within a given context.
Galatians uses "faith" in a somewhat different manner. Its usage in Jude 3 is similar but a bit clearer, as a body of beliefs to which we must cling steadfastly and apply to life's challenges. In John , the apostle relates, "Jesus said to him, 'Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed.
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Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. Paul, in Romans , puts it in a different light: ". Romans imparts vital understanding on how faith in God becomes part of our thinking and conduct: "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Interestingly, Paul emphasizes hearing rather then merely reading, though reading is included in the sense of hearing.
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Jesus declares in John , "The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. If we do not listen thoughtfully, we will not have faith in the right object. Regardless of the context, faith always contains a mixture of believing, knowing, understanding, trusting, and sometimes even bold conviction—all locked together and pointed toward a specific object. Within the Bible, that object is almost always either God, Jesus Christ, the Word of God, or a messenger sent by God, whether angel, prophet, or minister.
Hebrews A clear understanding of faith in Hebrews 11 largely depends on how we perceive the word "substance" in verse 1. In Greek, it is hypostasis , literally "a standing under. It, then, has the sense of a foundation. Even as the foundation of a building is unseen, but the building above ground is apparent, the foundation, the hypostasis , is nonetheless real, supporting the building.
Hypostasis is the unseen support of what is standing in clear view. Spiritually, then, invisible faith underlies, supports, and thus motivates the visible action. However, that does not end the discussion of how hypostasis is to be understood. Should it be understood subjectively or objectively? In other words, should we consider faith to be a quality, a virtue within us that is, subjectively , or should we understand it as something not a part of us but on which we can rely that is, objectively? Neither of these usages is wrong, but one seems better than the other within the context of the entire book.
If the translators believed it should be understood subjectively, then the first phrase in Hebrews will be translated similar to, "Faith is being sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see. If the translators believed it should be understood objectively, then the same phrase will be translated, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for" or "Faith is the title deed of things hoped for. This issue is not an easy matter.
However, the subjective perspective, conviction within us, is better, given the tenor of the entire epistle. Certainly, Paul spends a great deal of time reminding the Hebrews of how great what they believe in is—that things pertaining to Christ are far better than anything ever before offered to mankind. This by itself would require an objective point of view. However, the real problem was within these Hebrews' hearts.
Paul was exhorting people who were letting the things of God slip away from them through personal neglect.
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It was not that they did not have something to believe in, for the epistle clearly states they had formerly done much better. Rather, through their lack of conviction, and thus their neglectful personal application, they were slip-sliding away. The real issue is subjective. Several times, Paul urges them to recall former days and recapture the bold confidence they once had. Thus, though neither of these approaches is wrong, the subjective perspective is better, meaning Hebrews is better translated, "Faith is being sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see.
Many claim to believe God, but what influence does this belief have on their behavior?
If it wields little or no influence, they are unconvinced people, people without conviction who are seeking only an intellectual righteousness. Such belief is without certainty, and so it lackadaisically, gradually retreats instead of going forward in growth.
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These Hebrews had become this way under the pressure of time and trial. Hebrews Hebrews 11, popularly called "the Faith Chapter," contains the recitation of the names and deeds of several men and women of faith from creation to the time of Israel's entering of the Promised Land. In it, the author—most likely the apostle Paul—presents illustrations from the Old Testament to bear out his opening statement: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good testimony" Hebrews In the lives of individual after individual, he shows that their expressions of faith in God , despite the lack of material evidence, proved they were righteous verse 4 , pleased God verse 5 , and were heirs of righteousness verse 7. The remarkable acts that they accomplished—from Abel's offering of an excellent sacrifice to Rahab's hiding of the Israelite spies—were done because, believing the Word of God, they envisioned a heavenly future that others could not see.
We see, then, that the heroes of faith not only lived righteous lives in the present, but also moved and acted with a steady eye on the future. Their faith had its foundation in the invisible God whose Word they obeyed, yet their foreknowledge of God's plan for mankind contained in the promises that God gave to them and to Israel also played a major role, one not nearly recognized enough among professing Christians. It was not just the promise of salvation or even of eternal life dangled before them that made them so unflinchingly faithful.
It was also their steadfast hope of a better tomorrow in God's Kingdom. Richard T.
Ritenbaugh David the Prophet. The answer to this question is why we can understand the existence of things by faith. Bullinger has an additional thought on this verse that is worth considering. He takes this beyond creation, as the word translated "worlds" is literally aiones or "ages.
Zodhiates agrees that aiones indicates ages or times, in contrast with kosmos , often translated as "world," which indicates people as a society. Bullinger shows that God, unseen and sovereign, is not only Creator, but also actively shapes events within the expanses of time. As Jesus says in John , God is always working, directing the movement of history to bring about His desired ends.