Hebrews 11:1-3, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
Let us get ready. Ready for an in-depth view into the book of Hebrews and chapter 11. This is the great faith chapter of the Bible. Each day I plan to take on one aspect or one person of faith. Each day I will attempt to show how faith made them into who they were and how faith can make us. Strap in. This series should be as good for you and as it is for me.
Faith – Strong’s Concordance – πίστις pístis, pis’-tis; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:—assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
Verse 1: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith by definition is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. The “someone” in this case is God. Faith is beyond just us. Faith involves us and God. God is not seen. No one has seen God the Father and lived to tell about it. Even prophets in the Old Testament who “saw” God saw Him through a veil. The veil, though cloud or fire, was to protect the person. God is too glorious to be seen.
It is easy to believe in something that is seen. We can easily believe that the math problem 2 +2 = 4. We can show and prove the answer and it requires no faith to believe this is true. It is different for God. No one has seen God so faith is required to believe in God. This is because God lives in Heaven. The only way to Heaven is through death and belief in God the Father and Jesus the Son. Even though the Bible is filled with examples of Jesus and God, God the Father has not been seen. Jesus has been seen as a man and yet He was still fully God. John 14:7-9 gives the account of Jesus talking with Philip who wants to be shown the Father. Jesus states, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (verse.9b) Those who saw Jesus saw God. All people are created in God’s image so in fact when we look at ourselves, we are looking at a piece of God.
Verse 2: For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. Faith is important to everyone, including the elders. A testimony has God at the center and a good testimony has faith in God. When sharing a testimony, the heart of the matter is the fact that at some point, God was called upon and accepted. It requires a belief in someone who is not seen. The testimony has everything to do with faith.
Verse 3: By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. The Word of God that we use and study today has not changed since it was first written. It has been translated into several languages but the words remain unchanged and very inspired by God. This is what has framed the world and the basis for how we are to live our lives for God. The Bible contains all the laws that we are to follow.
Look at Genesis 1. God formed everything from nothing. God took and made the world from nothing. All the animals, plants and even people are God’s design. No one else could make what God made. Even to this day, everything that is made is by God. God gives the talent and skill to make what is made. That is how the design of God works. That is how faith works.
Tomorrow I will focus on the story of Abel and Cain.
Thank You for faith. We know that You are real. You created all things. Those who have faith, I pray that the faith increases. For those that do not have faith, I pray that faith is found. You are there, Lord. If we silence the noise of the world, we can hear You. You are ever-present in the good times as well as the bad times. I pray that You continue to be with us and comfort us. We don’t need signs that You are there; we know that You are. you are shown all around us in everything that is in the world. Thank You always for faith in things not seen.