- Date: December 29, 2016
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
- From Great Faith
Let's turn to Hebrews, Chapter 11 where it talks about the ability to obtain and walk in the realm of great faith. We were looking at that faith which Jesus recognized when He said, "I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel" (Matthew 8:10). Of course, coming into this hour that we are in, we want to be a people who are living in faith because without faith it's impossible to please God, it's impossible to walk in communion with Him.
Chapter 11, verse 1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Faith is the substance of things hoped for. We know that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, so we see the source of faith being the Word of God to us, the promises of God. The Word is what reveals the character of God. Remember, our faith is not in our faith. Our faith is in the Lord Jesus. Our faith is in the God who is good, whose promises are sure to a thousand generations, the Father of Light from whom proceeds all gifts, all goodness. Not in our works, not in a method of faith like what is being taught so much in these last few generations. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). It's the substance of things hoped for. The word "substance" in the Greek is an interesting word, it means assurance. It means a substrata or a sure foundation. Faith gives a sure foundation for the hope that is in Christ Jesus. Another way of understand that word is that faith is the title deed. It's the visible representation of what we have in Christ, what we possess as the sons and heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ Jesus. It's the revelation of things that have not yet been seen. We hope in that because we hold the title deed.
The things that are hoped for. That word "hope" is very interesting. Hope is the favorable expectations we have of what God has promised. So we stand sure. It's not in the things that we have already been able to understand. Many of us want the promises of God to be revealed to us in their totality so that we can see the end. The end of every promise of God manifests two things. First, it glorifies God. That's what all of this is about, glorifying God. Second, it leads to the glorification of us. That's God's predestined will for us as the sons of God. Glorification.
Faith hopes, favorably expects, while we're in this process of the ongoing, sanctification of God. We fight these wars in the realm of the unseen. Glorification is seen, it's visible. We will see Him and we will be like Him, which means we are not like Him yet. We have the promise of "sonship." We are to walk as He walked, but we are not like Him yet. That's future. Faith gives us the ability to live as though we have already obtained that, to live in the boldness of sons of God, expecting the promises of God to manifest in our lives, to walk beyond fear, to be able to get out of the boat, and to be able to sleep in the pit with the lions. That's faith, praise God! That's what God wants for every one of us. Without that it's impossible to please Him. As that is stirred in our hearts, what we want to create is an environment that brings the ability to see the manifestation of the power of God, through faith, on a daily basis.