Faith That Pleases God-Hebrews 11:1-3, 6

Hebrews 11:1-3, 6 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Ebrei 11:1-3, 6 “Or la fede è certezza di cose che si sperano, dimostrazione di realtà che non si vedono. Infatti, per essa fu resa buona testimonianza agli antichi. Per fede comprendiamo che i mondi sono stati formati dalla parola di Dio; così le cose che si vedono non sono state tratte da cose apparenti. 6 Ora senza fede è impossibile piacergli, poiché chi si accosta a Dio deve credere che egli è, e che ricompensa tutti quelli che lo cercano.”
    
     The issue of faith is discussed in the book of Hebrews through the shadow of the Old Testament system of the Law comparing it to Christ and the example of Abraham’s faith. Hebrews portrays Jesus Christ as the better sacrifice and declares the only appropriate way to a relationship with God is by faith in Christ. The importance of faith is now expounded by showing the experiences of the heroes in Old Testament history.
     There are three salient points made about faith here: its nature, value and vision. First, concerning its nature, faith is being sure and certain of our unseen hope in God. The word “sure” from the original language means that faith has substance and “certain” means that faith has proof or evidence. Second, the value of faith comes to us because the Old Testament figures were commended for their faith. This thought is developed through the rest of the chapter. And third, the vision of faith is seen through every experience of our lives as we look backward and forward. Paul says in Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” and in Acts 17:28, Paul preaches, “we live, and move and have our being.” Humanity was not present at creation but the evidence of what is seen in the world teaches and confirms to us that by faith, we understand that God formed it all out of nothing. Listen to the conversation from God to Job: “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?”(Job 38:2).
     Therefore, it is with confidence that we read, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Pray with me: Lord, I live in a world governed by human arguments that discount faith as having no substance. With assurance and certainty, help me to listen to Your voice knowing that my life lived in faith pleases You.


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