Summary: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. - Hebrews 11:1-2 It seems strange that in the middle of the book of Hebrews there is an entire chapter dedicated to speaki ..
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. - Hebrews 11:1-2
It seems strange that in the middle of the book of Hebrews there is an entire chapter dedicated to speaking of the great faith of the men of old in the Scriptures. Why that is strange is that every chapter before is dedicated to exalting and lifting up the Son of God as unique and the only One who could deal with the problem of sin, fulfilling all of God’s righteous requirements. The chapter before our Lord Jesus Christ is the “sacrifice once for all.” What a glorious Gospel that God’s shed His own life-blood through His Son for all of us. What hope given and what life there is believing upon the Son of God and His death on the cross.
So when we come to Hebrews 11 with this mindset perhaps we need to re-focus our thoughts on Christ. The ancients were commended for their faith because their faith had a “hope” and “assurance” of something. There are movements of modern Christianity that focus on faith as the precious commodity, whereas faith in itself is actually worthless! Faith must have its end upon something, namely in this case on the great hope and assurance given to us through the death of Christ. All of the ancients here had faith in God’s plan of redemption, His eternal purpose which namely finds its fulfillment in the Christ of God. Seeking a “better resurrection” was not in the strength of the martyrs faith but their hope and trust in the work of God through the coming Messiah. All our acts of faith need to have it’s fulfillment in looking to and glorifying the very Son of God, Jesus Christ. Hallelujah.