(Heb 10:38-39) The just shall live by faith.
What is Faith?
If you remember, we have already established that faith is:
“The substance of things. hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Faith is the proof of the work of God”.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
- By faith he stayed in the land of promise.
99 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
Being in Christ we live by faith.
3. Sarah received strength.
11Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
Gen. 18:12 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?”
The righteous shall live by faith! (Gen. 15:2-6).
4.Not having received the things
13 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.
Think about Abel. He was waiting for a Messiah, and he died waiting.
Think about Noah. He was waiting for rest from sorrow, and he died in his wait.
Think about Abraham and Sarah.
12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and give ear to my cry.
hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am a sojourner with you,
a guest, like all my fathers.
13 Look away from me, that I may smile again,
before I depart and am no more!”
5. They seek
14For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
The Greek word for country (parts).
The Greek word for father (palter),
we can see that “country” means “fatherland” or “land of his fathers”.
We get our English word “patriot” from this.
6. They desire a better country
16But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly:
The Greek word for “desire” is a great one.
It literally means to stretch out and reach.
7. Received the promises
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son,
18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named”.
19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
“If you want me to kill my son, I’ll do it because I know that you still have to do what you promised”.
(Gen. 22:14). 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided”.]
Final points to remember.
- By faith they went back down together.
- By faith they lived out the rest of their lives.
- By faith they died still believing God.
- By faith they entered rest.
- By faith they will be raised with us.
- By faith they will live forever in the city of God.
Question and Challenge.
- Do we have Faith Not Fear?
- And if we do how do we make this applicable today in our lives.
- If we do not, why not?