By Faith They Overcame

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 “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days” (Hebrews 11:30).  Put yourself in…

The Faith of Moses

By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward….

The Faith of the Patriarchs

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.  For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. Hebrews 11:13-14 As we continue to read chapter 11…

How Noah Condemned The World

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.  By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7 The biblical account of Noah has been so familiar to practically all…

Do We Truly Believe That God Means What He Says?

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 The importance of faith cannot be understated.  As the Hebrew author points out in today’s verse under consideration, one cannot please God without faith. …

The Moral Argument for God’s Existence

…for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists… Hebrews 11:6 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…

The Faith of Abel and Enoch

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts.  And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.  By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because…

The Compatibility of Science and the Christian Faith

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.  By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:1-3…

Will We Be Able To Endure?

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.  For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you…

When Jesus’ Sacrifice No Longer Applies

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26-27 God gave the early church a serious warning here, a warning all who would profess…