True faith is not aimless or flighty or pointless. What is it that faith relys on that gives it substance?
Hebrews 11: 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I love this question Charlie and I’ll tell you why. This is something the Lord has really opened my spiritual eyes up to in recent years. Here is the answer. Faith, true faith is obedience to God’s Word as it is revealed to us by His Spirit in our personal walk with Him. This is how the elders obtained a good report. If faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, then it would be impossible to say that faith requires no evidence. Faith is not something that if we muster enough of it up we can claim things in our lives. It is what we have seen and heard from God by His Spirit. Faith is the evidence of what God has said to us by His Spirit. Doesn’t 1 Corinthians 2 tell us that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard what things God has prepared for us, but it has been REVEALED unto us by His Spirit. Hebrews 11:7 says that Noah being warned of God of things not yet seen, moved with fear and prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by which he condemned the world, and became heir which is the righteousness which is by faith. You see, God told Noah what was going to happen, THINGS THAT WERE NOT YET SEEN. What did Noah do? Noah obeyed God and built the ark. Faith relies upon obedience. When we obey God, this communicates to God that we believe His Word about things He sees that we do not.
Faith plays a huge role in the believers walk in terms of our spiritual borders in God. For how can we “see” farther until it has been revealed to us by His Spirit. Even if we read it in the Word, it doesn’t truly take root and become part of us until we are given spiritual understanding of that promise. When this happens, it tears down the old man which is full of unbelief and doubt on every level. Chari, I’ve got to shut it down because I could write you a book on faith. But the foundation of faith is obedience. If you can get that down, then what can God frame together in you by His Word? Awesome thought!
Pulling Down Strongholds has hit the nail squarely on the head. You can’t have faith in nothing – faith is all about having faith in something, and the substance of our faith comes from hearing the Gospel message.
This is how Romans 10:17 reads in ‘The Message’: “The point is, before you trust you have to listen. But unless Christ’s word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to.”
That’s why every Christian is commissioned to get out there and spread the Gospel message.
The letter F.
But seriously, faith relies on nothing. Faith is the substance of things hoped for (not yet realized, therefore nothing), the evidence of things not yet seen (also nothing).
Faith is the root fruit of the spirit.
May I take the liberty of breaking down your verse for you along with verses 2 and 3? Faith relies on (in these verses) the testimony of the OT believers (v. 2) which for us is the word of God … the Bible.
Now faith (trust/rely) is the substance (stand under/support) of things hoped (expected) for, the evidence (proof) of things not seen.
For by it the elders (OT believers) obtained a good testimony.
11:3 By faith (example of faith) we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God (ages were planned), SO THAT THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN WERE NOT MADE OF THINGS WHICH ARE VISIBLE (refutes evolution).
Grace and peace. God bless.
Faith is Faith. Exactly what Hebrews 11: 1 says!
Yes, and we also have intuition, conscience, and evidence (personal examples). In Biblical questions, we have history, archaeology, other people and the universe -all which reveal the Creator or First Cause.
The Bible then is a fascinating document written or inspired by God.
Plants reveal Him, animals reveal Him, and mathematics reveal Him. He has a high order of mathematics. I hope that helps! We also have had countless martyrs who gave their very lives for the faith. Read Blood of the Martyrs. Not light reading.
Faith is a gift of God and as with other spiritual gifts, some receive it in a specially large measure (1 Cor 12:9). People with this degree of faith stand out as giants of faith, Abraham being a remarkable example. The rest of us struggle more, relying on what has gone before and how faithful God has shown Himself in our lives; feeding on His word and listening to what He tells us; and gaining strength from those around us who have the special gift of faith. That passage in Hebrews reminds us of a cloud of witnesses who have gone before us, who could see further ahead than those around them and knew that God was faithful to them. In fact, when you take a hard look at the spiritual gifts listed in the Bible, they are all attributes of God Himself. That God Who is amazingly and unshakeably faithful is able to provide us with the faith we need.
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
you can’t believe in information until you’ve been informed of it. and just like a seed, all things that grow must be nourished by something external.
Isaiah 55/10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Like Pulling Down Stronghold’s answer, with one addition:
Faith relies on Jesus Christ, the Word of God. His faith is given to us by the Holy Spirit. The Faith of Christianity is not “my faith”, but “The Faith”.
Like the guy said to Jesus: “I believe, help my unbelief!”: a person’s own faith cannot sustain them, because God (the infinite, eternal Holy One) gives us (finite, created beings) the faith of God (By bringing us ‘in Christ’ our Great High Priest, Who intercedes for us always in heaven’s Holy of Holies).
Faith relies on an accurate knowledge of Gods word and its correct interpretaion
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