Hebrews 11:1-2

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by: FCC Staff

11/29/2021

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“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.” (Hebrews 11:1, 2)

As we close out 2021, we enter into a time of year in the Church calendar known as “Advent.” There are many diverse ways this time has been observed in the history of the Church, but overall, it is a time where we prepare for the miracle of Christmas, Jesus coming to earth. While we may worry about finding the right presents, preparing the right meals, and making the right plans for holiday gatherings, we can’t forget the spiritual truths of the most momentous birth in human history.

And like most things in scripture, that begins with faith. Some in our culture today malign faith as superstition, a crutch, a catch-all to define things we don’t understand. However, scripture has a much different take on what faith is, and the author of Hebrews paints a wonderful portrait of what faith is.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.” (Hebrews 11:1-2)

Being certain of what you hope for is a critical component of faith. Christ, and His Kingdom, are a clear goal of every believer, even when they maybe seem distant, elusive, or unseen. But having a strong understanding of Jesus and His priorities is an important aspect of our journey of faith.

We hold this not as something to be blindly accepted, but as proof of what we cannot see. Jesus teaches us that when we align with Him and His Father’s will, that the world will respond with hostility is proof that what He teaches is true. We haven’t seen Jesus face-to-face, but having come to know Him in the Word, and seeing how His teachings continue to change lives today, we have proof of what we cannot see.

Before Jesus, believers in God put their faith in His coming. In a way, the entire Old Testament is one big “Advent Story.” The 11th chapter of Hebrews outlines how the heroes of the faith lived out their hope and belief in God. From Abraham down to David and the prophets, we are shown in this chapter how such faith put its hope in a coming Messiah.

The chapter ends with this statement, “And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:39-40) Truly and uniquely blessed was the generation that lived alongside Jesus. Because of these experiences the Holy Spirit worked in a mighty way through them to bless all generations after with a “New Testament.” The record of how they lived out their faith with certainty.

However, we, just like the first believers, still wait in anticipation of Christ’s second coming. We still sing the ancient hope of God’s people, “Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel…” We get to share in the faith that anticipates Jesus. To be certain of what we cannot see. And that is what we focus on each year during advent—knowing of the Messiah, being certain of His coming, and longing for the day when we will see Him face to face.

So today, spend some time in Hebrews, chapter 11, and let the record of faith found there inspire you in your own. We are greatly blessed to be recipients of the “something better” that is the life and faith of Christ. We can, as believers have since the dawn of time, be certain of our hope, as we wait to see it come to pass in full completion one day.

Prayer for Today:

Father, build in me a faith that is certain of what I cannot yet see. Let me grow today in my trust and hope in You. Jesus, thank you for your life on earth, your teachings, and for your sacrifice. I know that your finished work of salvation means that one day I will be invited into the fullness of your Kingdom. Guide me by your Holy Spirit, so that I may continue to be faithful and true to my calling as Your child.   Amen. 

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.” (Hebrews 11:1, 2)

As we close out 2021, we enter into a time of year in the Church calendar known as “Advent.” There are many diverse ways this time has been observed in the history of the Church, but overall, it is a time where we prepare for the miracle of Christmas, Jesus coming to earth. While we may worry about finding the right presents, preparing the right meals, and making the right plans for holiday gatherings, we can’t forget the spiritual truths of the most momentous birth in human history.

And like most things in scripture, that begins with faith. Some in our culture today malign faith as superstition, a crutch, a catch-all to define things we don’t understand. However, scripture has a much different take on what faith is, and the author of Hebrews paints a wonderful portrait of what faith is.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.” (Hebrews 11:1-2)

Being certain of what you hope for is a critical component of faith. Christ, and His Kingdom, are a clear goal of every believer, even when they maybe seem distant, elusive, or unseen. But having a strong understanding of Jesus and His priorities is an important aspect of our journey of faith.

We hold this not as something to be blindly accepted, but as proof of what we cannot see. Jesus teaches us that when we align with Him and His Father’s will, that the world will respond with hostility is proof that what He teaches is true. We haven’t seen Jesus face-to-face, but having come to know Him in the Word, and seeing how His teachings continue to change lives today, we have proof of what we cannot see.

Before Jesus, believers in God put their faith in His coming. In a way, the entire Old Testament is one big “Advent Story.” The 11th chapter of Hebrews outlines how the heroes of the faith lived out their hope and belief in God. From Abraham down to David and the prophets, we are shown in this chapter how such faith put its hope in a coming Messiah.

The chapter ends with this statement, “And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:39-40) Truly and uniquely blessed was the generation that lived alongside Jesus. Because of these experiences the Holy Spirit worked in a mighty way through them to bless all generations after with a “New Testament.” The record of how they lived out their faith with certainty.

However, we, just like the first believers, still wait in anticipation of Christ’s second coming. We still sing the ancient hope of God’s people, “Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel…” We get to share in the faith that anticipates Jesus. To be certain of what we cannot see. And that is what we focus on each year during advent—knowing of the Messiah, being certain of His coming, and longing for the day when we will see Him face to face.

So today, spend some time in Hebrews, chapter 11, and let the record of faith found there inspire you in your own. We are greatly blessed to be recipients of the “something better” that is the life and faith of Christ. We can, as believers have since the dawn of time, be certain of our hope, as we wait to see it come to pass in full completion one day.

Prayer for Today:

Father, build in me a faith that is certain of what I cannot yet see. Let me grow today in my trust and hope in You. Jesus, thank you for your life on earth, your teachings, and for your sacrifice. I know that your finished work of salvation means that one day I will be invited into the fullness of your Kingdom. Guide me by your Holy Spirit, so that I may continue to be faithful and true to my calling as Your child.   Amen. 

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