and do you live as those that must give aa account even for every idle word, when the great God of recompenses shall descend from heaven with a shout? 1. Christ doth not only say, He shall have eternal life, but he hath a clear right and title to it, which is as sure as sense, though not as sweet. Matters of practical experience. (4) That this may be a bait to draw in others to a liking of His ways. Sermon. His immediate answer was, "When I possessed all this world's goods I enjoyed God in all; and now I possess none I enjoy all in God." do you forsake all as knowing you shall have a thousand times better in another world? Again; faith sometimes means that conviction of the understanding which results from proofs laid before it, or arguments adduced. 7. We see the work of His fingers in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. Faith is not credulity. But not. But yet certainly in a child of God, one that believes, that hath the evidence of things not seen, there will be some suitableness. This is a sermon based on Hebrews 11:1-3 and 6. He sees it, but he does not see all with which it is connected. 1. In the Lord's supper, there thou comest by some solemn rites to take possession of the privileges of the covenant, and by these rites and ceremonies which God hath appointed, to enter ourselves heirs to all the benefits purchased by Christ, and conveyed in the covenant, especially to the glory of heaven; there you come to take the cup of blessing as a pledge of the" new wine in your Father's kingdom" (Matthew 26:29). It is not subject to thieves. There is such a thing as the joy of faith. Nothing you say will surprise him. For the reasons of God's ordination and appointment. General applause can seldom be had without compliance, and without some sin; therefore it is spoken as a cursed thing to gratify all, and seek to draw respect from all. It is true, a Christian is not all spirit, and therefore sensible things work more with the present state of men than things spiritual. They that know heaven to be their home reckon the world a strange country. But there is no real difficulty. The righteous shall live his whole life by faith. We have need now to look after this faith, which is the evidence of things not seen, because the great reigning and prevailing sin is infidelity and unbelief; which is seen by our cavilling at every strict truth, by our carelessness in the things of God, by the looseness and profaneness of those that would be accounted Christians. Faith is an evidence, but what kind of evidence? (1) Our chief care must be to do the duty, and trust God with the blessing; this is the temper of a Christian. (6) There will not be such a floating and instability in their expectation. Though the private soldiers do worthily in the high places of the field, yet the general bears away the honour, he gets the battle and wins the day; so here, all graces have their use in the holy life, all do worthily in their order and place; love worketh, hope waiteth, patience endureth, zeal sparkleth, and obedience urgeth to duty; but faith bears away the prize, this is the chiefest pin and wheel in the whole frame of salvation. Faith is satisfied with the promise, and quietly hopes for the performance of it in God's due time (Lamentations 3:26). 7. 3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. And it is grounded upon an objection, that may be framed thus; the servants of God are often clouded with black reproaches, "They took away the spouse's veil" (Song of Solomon 5:7), that is, her honour and name. And then you rose from your knees, murmuring, "Oh, I am no better; I feel just the same as before!" Hebrews 11:1 has always been a difficult verse for me to get a handle on. 3. Your experience hitherto has been something like this. Consider the benefit of a sound conviction. The just shall live by faith. In the greatest extremity that can befall us there is work for faith, but no place for discouragement; your faith is never tried till then. A shipmaster was once out for three nights in a storm; close by the harbour, he yet dared not attempt to go in, and the sea was too rough for the pilot to come aboard. "He that believeth hath everlasting life; he that believeth not shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him. Beg the illumination of the Spirit of God to show you the truth of the Word, and the good things offered therein. Scripture: Hebrews 11:1–3. FAITH MIGHTILY AFFECTS OUR ORDINARY HUMAN LIFE. V. That faith whereby men please God ACTS ITSELF IN A FIXED CONTEMPLATION ON THINGS FUTURE AND INVISIBLE, from whence it derives encouragement and strength to endure and abide firm in profession, against all opposition and persecutions. Get your church set-up with online giving, sermon streaming, ... Hebrews 11:1 Faith in Action. I will now proceed to speak of THE WEALTH WHICH THIS FAITH REALISES. We are anxious to save our soul, and are beginning to feel more and more certain that we cannot save it. Scripture: Hebrews 11:4–6. The faith of true believers from the beginning of the world, WAS FIXED ON THINGS FUTURE, HOPED FOR, AND INVISIBLE; THAT IS, ETERNAL LIFE AND GLORY IN AN ESPECIAL MANNER. Better is a good title for the book since the author to Hebrews uses the word “better” 13 times as he compares the Christianity to the old way of living and as he compares Jesus Christ to the patriarchs, the prophets, the angels, the priests, and everything else. There are joys experienced in this substance which none but the possessor can know. THE GLORY OF OUR RELIGION IS, THAT IT DEPENDS ON AND IS RESOLVED INTO VISIBLE THINGS. 11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for i and assurance about what we do not see. The Rev. Sermon Bible Commentary. If we would ask successfully, we must "ask in faith, nothing wavering.". Hebrews 11:1-2NKJV The best way to live is one of life's biggest questions. We see how willing He is; we know how able He is; there we leave it. We perceive it, but we cannot see it. It is a firmly grounded confidence of things hoped for. Creation is a book in which we may read, page after page, His handwriting, His own Divine autograph; but the Almighty Writer is unseen. FAITH IS THE EVIDENCE OF THESE THINGS UNSEEN; because we, having a certain knowledge of God's veracity, and His revelation of these things, are as certainly persuaded of the truth of them; and give as firm assent unto them as if they were seen and intuitively and demonstratively known unto us. 2. He feels his weakness, but he resorts to a thousand subterfuges to avoid yielding to the physician. This was natural faith — the demonstration of things not seen. 2. And when, with the conviction that t can do a worthy thing, and the courage to try and the constancy to keep on, I can cast myself, as Paul did, and Moses and Abraham, into the arms of a perfect assurance of this energy, intention, and accomplishment of the Eternal — feel, in every fibre of my nature, that in Him I live and move and have my being — I shall not fear, though the earth be removed, because —, And central peace, subsisting at the heart, II. Hebrews 11:1-11 New International Version (NIV) Faith in Action. 3. The parable six blind men and an elephant. But some one raises an objection. (2) If we expect it as a blessing of the covenant, we must rather look for it from God than from men, expect it as the gift of His grace for our encouragement in the ways of religion. NIV: New International Version . Faith is not a mere assent of the understanding. IT IS FAITH ALONE WHICH FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD WAS THE MEANS AND WAY OF OBTAINING ACCEPTANCE WITH GOD. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for;" Revised Version, "the assurance of things hoped for." [2] For by it the people of old received their commendation. I. "jv="+EXjv+"&j=y&srw="+EXw+"&srb="+EXb+"&", A great many wise decisions and virtuous struggles with temptation go to the building up of a good character. 1. In fact, I am so convinced that even if … (4) Work it up in a way of supplication. Hebrews 11:1-3 (ESV) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. You have seen your need; you have gone in prayer to Jesus confessing it. HOWEVER MEN MAY BE DESPISED, VILIFIED, AND REPROACHED IN THE WORLD, YET IF THEY HAVE FAITH, IF THEY ARE TRUE BELIEVERS, THEY ARE ACCEPTED WITH GOD, AND HE WILL GIVE THEM A GOOD REPORT. Do not you faint in your duty, but bear up with that courage and constancy which becomes Christians (2 Corinthians 4:16). Hebrews 11:1 NIV. God is essential truth, then it is reasonable to repose in what He has said. (2) You may discern it by your carriage in any trial and temptation. IV. As the Psalmist saith of Zion (Psalm 48:12, 13). (1) Work it up in a way of meditation. (2) You must relieve faith by experiences: by considering what is past we may more easily believe that which is to come. Sermons From Hebrews 3 The Epistle To The Hebrews Introduction To The Epistle INTRODUCTION 1. One of his visitors who had been very kind to him, once asked him this question, "How is it that I find you to be as happy now as when you were in possession of all your wealth?" There is the assent of faith and the consent of faith; a clear light and firm assent, and a free consent to the worth of the things of God. 1. Hope built upon outward probability is but carnal hope; but here is the faith and hope we live by, that which is carried out to things not seen with the bodily eye.Take these directions to discover it. This is what the ancients were commended for. If we accept them, it must be by faith. Yet he had not seen the new world; he had never looked upon its mighty rivers, or upon the broad expanse of its prairies and savannahs. Did not faith feed the lamp of hope with oil, it would seen die." II. Let me seek to exhibit these in turn in a very familiar way. There is one rare instance in the third Epistle of John, ver 12. Principles of knowledge. This shows our personal responsibility with regard to faith. There must be a strong foundation of moral concrete, of conscientiousness. That this object is of greater latitude than the former. I will seek to clarify the meaning of the verse as I understand it, but I admit that my understanding may be limited. IV. A good report is the best of all things that can be obtained. Vance responded, "He did see it —that's why it's here!" Of these we may mention: (1) God, a Being of almighty power, of infinite wisdom, of perfect holiness, etc. Come boldly. Pastor Alex Mastrolonardo preaches from the books of Hebrews on the importance of knowing what our faith in Christ truly means. Two observations are suggested: 1. And thus faith realises the inheritance both of grace and of glory, and by it the title deeds to both are clearly read and lodged in the bosom of Deity. Some years ago the astronomers, Mr. Adams of Cambridge, and M. Leverries of Paris, were convinced that there must be a large planet that had never been seen through a telescope or marked down in any star-map; so they watched the midnight heavens in a certain direction until the planet came within the range of their glass. We’ve got connections in heaven. On the whole, the Bible is not taken up with providing definitions in the way that a dictionary does. … Let us inquire as regards experimental participation. There is a clearness and perspicuity in the light of faith, which doth not only exclude the grossly ignorant, but those that have no saving knowledge. III. so the Christian; not so the household of faith. III. To apprehend is really a physical act, and means to seize hold of. The effect of this on our spiritual nature is its development, like that of a tropical plant brought from a cold land into its native clime and proper conditions. FAITH IS CONSISTENT WITH VERY DIFFERENT DEGREES OF KNOWLEDGE. It calls for a cheerful submission to God's requirements, the moment we apprehend them, no matter how humiliating the assertion of our ill-desert may be. Have A Bible Question? FAITH IS THE SOURCE OF ALL SPIRITUAL ACHIEVEMENT. You may try your assent to the promises by the adventures you make upon God's word. (Hebrews 1:1-3) Does Jesus Know My Name? (New American Standard Bible) Next, let us review each of the various translated words for hupostasis. Can you mourn for a judgment in its causes, and foresee a storm when the clouds are but a gathering? You would embrace the promises if you looked upon them as the root of the blessing. ... (Hebrews 11:1). It answers the question 'What is Faith' in five different biblical answers. 2. Some of these invisible things which are apprehended by faith are regarded as desirable and attainable. In reference to all the distinctive traits of Christian character, we may say without the slightest qualification, "Severed from Christ, and without faith in His helpful Spirit, you can do nothing." II. 2. To press you to this active faith. "l="+escape(EXd.referrer)+" height=1 width=1>");//--> 3). The peculiar specificial nature of faith, whereby it is differenced from all other powers, acts, and graces in the mind, lies in this, THAT IT MAKES A LIFE ON THINGS INVISIBLE. Use 2. FAITH IN THE IMPERISHABLE WORTH OF TRUTH is another most necessary element in the formation of an honourable character. That faith that will not purify the heart, is not the substance. var EXvsrv='s10' // VServer One place where it comes close to doing so, however, is in today’s reading from the New Testament Letter to the Hebrews. There is a clearness and perspicuity in the light of faith, which doth not only exclude the grossly ignorant, but those that have no saving knowledge. 2. They came upon a man riding an elephant. Children’s Sermon Hebrews 11:1 – A God We Can’t See. I need the help of the postal service. The old writers used to say that faith was composed of three elements: a right apprehension, a cordial assent, and an unwavering trust. Faith is the condition of justification: "Being justified by faith"; "He that believeth is not condemned; he that believeth not is condemned already. At once that hardy sailor sprang on the deck, and with scarcely a word took the hehn in his hand. Then comes Jesus, and undertakes to save it for us. There is great reason for it upon these grounds. Without these convictions and sentiments such traits of character are impossible. 2. A simple illustration will make plain what is meant by it. Human nature is a marshy soil for such a .structure, and needs a great deal done under ground and out of sight before its ,stability can be secured. I answer, in several propositions. And though the pleasures of sin be short and inconsiderable, yet because they are near at hand, they take more with us than the joys of heaven, which are future and absent. III. A good report is not easily and at once obtained. SERMON NOTES: Hebrews 11:1 – 12:3 Question: “What does it mean to live by faith?” FAITH DEFINED HEBREWS 11:1–3 (NIV84) 1. 5. 4By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. W.J. Jun 8, 1997. Reckon on God's faithfulness. (3) All the respect that we have to men is by a greater care of duty, to prevent undue surmises and suspicion (2 Corinthians 8:21). III. III. "It is an act which itself gives the knowledge and proof of the existence of those things not seen." 1. The New Testament ascribes all Christian life to faith. Look not at the winds and waves, but at His character and will. Faith includes this. "The essential meaning of the word," says Mr. Matthew Arnold, "is 'power of holding on to the unseen.'" A believing soul hath the beginnings of that estate which it hopes for; some clusters of Eschol by way of foretaste in the midst of present miseries and difficulties. Children’s Sermon Hebrews 11:1 – A God We Can’t See Help us spread the message by saving our messages and sharing them. Determine the structure of the text 1. Who these "elders" were is put beyond dispute by the ensuing discourse. But for them to do their part, I have to drop my letter in the mailbox first. Be obedient to the utmost limit of your light. They returned to their village to report their experience. Faith takes possession, and gives a being to the things hoped for in the promises. This kind of faith is necessary, in a certain sense, to salvation: "for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." EXd.write("