-The legacy and reward of faith is expounded upon in many essential ingredients in this famous eleventh chapter of Hebrews. The chapter starts out with the definition of faith. “Faith is the assurance (upostasis, substantial nature, essence, actual being, reality) of things hoped for, the conviction (elegchos, proof, evidence) of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).” Faith is how the people of old, even in the Old Covenant, were commended and rewarded. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).” The greats of the Old Testament are elucidated as examples of those who live “by faith” in graphic and poignant detail as this chapter unfolds. There was intense suffering, but they realized that their desire was for a better country, a heavenly one, which God has prepared for them since they were strangers and exiles on the earth (Hebrews 11:13-16, 36-38). They endured mistreatment with the people of God by His will rather than enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin (Hebrews 11:25). These were also mighty warriors and victorious conquerors through supernatural means and methods enforcing justice and obtaining promises (Hebrews 11:33-35). They did not yet even realize, or receive, the promise of Messiah, but by faith they looked forward to their redemption in Christ (Hebrews 11:39). He is the better Covenant that supersedes all else. The saints of old recognized this and were rewarded by faith. *Application* It always has been about faith, and it will always be about trust and belief. There is no other way past, present, or future. One day our faith will become sight and the promise will be completed. Until then keep the faith and do what the Lord requires of you in total surrender and unadulterated yieldedness through the obedience of belief (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Verses to memorize- Hebrews 11:1, 6