What Does Hebrews 11:1 Mean?

Verse Thoughts

The good news of salvation and life eternal is grace alone by faith alone in Christ alone. Whether old testament saints or new testament believers, the only way to access this free and eternal gift from the Father is to trust in His Word and believe in His Son.  The reformation verse that shattered corridors of Christendom was the just shall live by faith - the righteous man shall live by faith - the godly man, the virtuous woman, the justified sinner, the maturing believer are to all live by faith.

Faith in God's word and hope in His promises are two graces that embrace each other in love. This is not the words Que Sera, fingers-crossed and-hope-it-happens type of faith. This is the faith that accepts without question the Word of God as entirely dependable and indisputable fact. This is the faith that unquestioningly takes God at His word, knowing that all He has promised to us in Christ is more secure than the rising of the morning sun, and more certain than the daily passage of time. It is the firm persuasion and indisputable expectation that all God has said, in and through His WORD is established forever. Faith is not based on sight nor sense - but it rests its case in the arms of God's Word of Truth.

Faith is not based on experience, nor calculated through reason - faith is beyond the dimension of human thought, man's intellect or scientific 'proof.'  The eye of faith sees beyond our present reality and places its feet firmly on divine revelation given by almighty God through the Word made flesh, and written for our learning, instruction, encouragement and hope within the pages of holy writ. 

All that God has revealed to us in His chosen method is holy and just and good, and Scripture is designed to be a surer foundation upon which to build, than so many superficial apologies for faith, based on sight, experiences, opinions, fancy, dreams or imagination that excite the soul, feed the flesh and pander to the human ego.  Without faith it is impossible to please God - Blessed are those that have NOT seen - and yet have believed.

My Prayer

Loving Father, I am so entrenched in my own thinking that sometimes I doubt Your word and question Your promises, often wishing I had some concrete ‘proof’ of Your love for me – and yet Your Word gives me all the affirmation of this absolute reality I need – for Your Word and Promises are sure and Your faithfulness stretches beyond the limits of time and space. Thank You for the gift of faith and I pray that day by day my loving trust in You and the reality of Your Word will become increasingly established within my heart – for I long to please You in all I say and do and am. In Jesus name I pray. AMEN.

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