How do you define faith? Can you define faith? Yes, we can! At the beginning of Hebrews Chapter 11, we have in these opening verses a simple but practical and profound definition of faith.
Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Faith is a conviction. Faith is assurance that our loving God has everything under control.
When we have no faith, we compromise and we fear and we adjust and we shrink.
Faith relates to the unseen world where Jesus Christ is. Paul writes all about this in second letter to the Church of Jesus Christ in Corinthians Chapter 4: 18, where he writes about how we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
That first example of faith in Hebrews Chapter 11 is so enlightening. Abel offered a sacrifice which involved a life laid down, and it involved the shedding of blood. Abel had faith.
Cain offered something that was now under the curse of God and that was the fruit of the earth which was a symbol of man’s own efforts and man’s good works.
Abel represents the need for the shedding of blood and this is seen from the very beginning, recognising the fact of sin, and realising the need for a sacrifice.
Cain’s religion produced a murderer.
Notice how ‘by faith’ is mentioned here.
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