Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT
KEY / ACTION WORDS
Confidence in hope
Assurance of the invisible
Faith (belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness)
For in this hope we were saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see?
2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope of which we boast.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in godly fear built an ark to save his family. By faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
By faith Moses left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.
It has been debated whether that which follows is a definition of what faith is, or in reality a description of what faith does. It is not a complete definition, in the sense of including all the moments of thought which are present in the word as used in the last chapter (Hebrews 11:38) or in this. The “things hoped for” are not mere figments of the imagination; their basis is the word of God. If we keep this in mind, the words, still remaining general in their form, agree with all that has led up to them and with all that follows; and whether they be called definition or description will be of little consequence.
To adopt Dr. Vaughan’s clear explanation, “Faith is that principle, that exercise of mind and soul, which has for its object things not seen but hoped for, and which, instead of sinking under them as too ponderous, whether from their difficulty or from their uncertainty, stands firm under them–supports and sustains their pressure–in other words, is assured of, confides in and relies on them.”
Thus “every genuine act of faith is the act of the whole man, not of his understanding alone, not of his affections alone, not of his will alone, but of all three in their central, aboriginal unity.” And thus faith becomes “the faculty in man through which the spiritual world exercises its sway over him, and thereby enables him to overcome the world of sin and death.” (Hare, Victory of Faith.)
Matthew Henry Commentary
11:1-3 Faith always has been the mark of God’s servants, from the beginning of the world. Where the principle is planted by the regenerating Spirit of God, it will cause the truth to be received, concerning justification by the sufferings and merits of Christ. And the same things that are the object of our hope, are the object of our faith. It is a firm persuasion and expectation, that God will perform all he has promised to us in Christ. This persuasion gives the soul to enjoy those things now; it gives them a subsistence or reality in the soul, by the first-fruits and foretastes of them. Faith proves to the mind, the reality of things that cannot be seen by the bodily eye. It is a full approval of all God has revealed, as holy, just, and good. This view of faith is explained by many examples of persons in former times, who obtained a good report, or an honourable character in the word of God. Faith was the principle of their holy obedience, remarkable services, and patient sufferings. The Bible gives the most true and exact account of the origin of all things, and we are to believe it, and not to wrest the Scripture account of the creation, because it does not suit with the differing fancies of men. All that we see of the works of creation, were brought into being by the command of God.
Saving faith is one of those things that is hard to explain exactly but you know it if you have it. It is isn’t concrete yet its very real. It is not tangible but undergirds salvation.
Faith is hope believed.
Faith is only as good as what is behind it.
Hope floats, faith sustains and drives.
Faith is our shield from the enemies attack.
At a conference yesterday, a passionate Christian actor, director and producer, Kevin Sorbo, told this short story which exemplifies the concept of faith and God. It goes like this: ‘Some people don’t believe in God because you can not see Him. You can’t touch Him. He is invisible. Therefore He most not exist. Let me ask you this. Can you see your brain? Can you touch it?’
So yes, we can with machines that scan our brains and see it. Such is similar with the mechanism of faith.
LORD almighty, thank You for making faith possible. It is the means for our connection to You and salvation by You. Help me to retain it and boster those you need it.