Jesus, the “founder” (source, leader) and “perfecter” (finisher, one who completes) of our faith, is the greatest example of faith that results in endurance through suffering. His faith is the origin of “the joy that was set before him,” the confident trust that sitting “at the right hand of the throne of God” as our King and Savior was waiting for him. That is what gave him the motivation he needed to “endure the cross” and “despise the shame” that came with it. By doing so, he shows us the way. … Read More Hebrews: The Founder and Perfecter of our Faith
“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days” (Hebrews 11:30). Put yourself in Joshua’s shoes and imagine meeting with your military strategists to lay out the plan God gave to you for taking the city of Jericho: Okay guys, we’re going to basically march around the city blowing trumpets for six days, and on the seventh day march around it seven times doing the same thing, and then give a great big yell. Then Jericho’s walls will fall down. I guarantee it” (Joshua 6:1-5). I don’t think General Eisenhower would have approved of this military strategy for D-Day. No, only deep trust in God’s promises would motivate any soldier to go along with this plan.… Read More Hebrews: They Overcame By Faith
The entire life of Moses is an example of powerful faith in God.… Read More Hebrews: The Faith of Moses
All of them died without receiving these promises in their lifetimes…but their faith showed them the promises “from afar” (v. 13). They knew they “were strangers and exiles on the earth” because they were “seeking a homeland” (vs. 13-14). They weren’t focused on “that land from which they had gone out, (for) they would have had opportunity to return” (v. 15). Instead, they “desire(d) a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city” (v. 16). In other words, God was very pleased with them because of their faith and the obedience it prompted. That is why all faithful Christians will join them in Heaven for eternity.… Read More Hebrews: The Faith of the Patriarchs
The biblical account of Noah has been so familiar to practically all churchgoers for years that we might have stopped giving it any real consideration as to what we can learn from it. A Sunday School staple for years and a “Bible Story” favorite for our kids, it could be easy to dismiss the passages about Noah as a cute tale about animals in a boat during a big storm. In reality though, what happened to Noah and the world in which he lived is more an R-rated tragic warning for adults than a G-rated kid’s anecdote.… Read More Hebrews: How Noah Condemned The World
Whether one truly believes that God rewards those who seek him is just as much a foundational building block of the Christian religion as one’s belief in God’s existence. I’ve encountered many professed Christians over the years who, when asked about their faith, claim to believe in God…and yet live lives not much different from those who deny God’s existence and have no motivation to uphold his standards. … Read More Hebrews: Do We Truly Believe That God Means What He Says?
Do you believe that God exists? If yes, why is that so? Do you believe in God only because your parents believed in God and raised you to do the same? Do you believe in God because most of your friends go to church and say they believe in God? If an atheist were to ask you to give thought-out reasons for why you believe God exists, would you be able to answer him?… Read More Hebrews: Why Do We Believe In God?
The Hebrew writer’s mention of Abel and Enoch, as well as subsequent Old Testament heroes which he will speak of later in the chapter, show another necessary tenet of biblical faith: obedience. … Read More Hebrews: The Faith of Abel and Enoch