“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/By Faith

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“By Faith”, Acts 11:1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Romans 8:24.  2) For by it the Elders obtained a good report.  3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  John 1:3.  4) By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts:  and by it he being dead yet speaketh.  5) By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him:  for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  Genesis 5:22.  6) But without faith it is impossible to please Him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that He Is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  7) By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear (or being wary), prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.  8) By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  9) By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  10) For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.  11) Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.  Luke 1:36.  12) Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.  Romans 4:19.  13) These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  Numbers 24:17.  14) For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  Hebrews 13:14.  15) And Truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  16) But now they desire a better country, that is, an Heavenly:  wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God:  for He hath prepared for them a city.

Quest Study Bible – v1, What is faith like?  Faith means abandoning all trust in our own resources, abilities and reasoning–the things we see.  It means relying instead on things we cannot see–God’s promises, provisions and His concern for us.  An inner attitude alone does not define faith, though.  For faith to be present, action is required.  Faith proves itself by its obedience to the Lord.  The writer of Hebrews expressed faith in two directions:  faith toward future things (what we hope for) and faith toward invisible things, (what we do not see).  When we are certain God is in control of these areas (and we live like He is in control), that’s faith.  The two sides of faith–assurance and expectation–can be seen in the lives of those listed in this chapter.  They had strong convictions about unseen present realities.  They also had a strong assurance that God’s promises would be fulfilled–even in the face of evidence that seemed to suggest otherwise (v11). 

v4, Abel’s sacrifice was better than Cain’s because it was offered in faith.  v5, Enoch…..see Genesis 5:2124.  v7, Noah’s faith caused him to act on God’s warnings that a flood would cover the world.  While Noah believed God, the rest of the people ignored Noah’s message of coming judgment.  v9,  God promised Abraham protection, land, a great reputation and heirs (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-6, 18; 17:1-10).  But the overriding promise was that Abraham would be a blessing to all the families of the earth.  

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