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(Hebrews 11:1,6) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good
report. … But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that
cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of
them that diligently seek him.  (KJV)
Faith is –

Faith is not the absence of evidence, but the acceptance of evidence and
the reliance upon the truthfulness and verity of God. Faith is not a blind
leap into the dark, but it is the firm conviction that God’s promises are true
even as they disappear into the mist of the future.


(Romans 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God.  (KJV)


(John 17:19-21) And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be
sanctified through the truth.  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also
which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as
thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the
world may believe that thou hast sent me.  (KJV)


(John 20:19-31) Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the
week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear
of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace
be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and
his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said
Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so
send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto
them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are
remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. But
Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus
came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord.
But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails,
and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I
will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and
Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the
midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither
thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into
my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said
unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou
hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and
yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his
disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye
might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye
might have life through his name.  (KJV)


It is important to notice that Heb 11:1 is no exception to the rule that
"faith" normally means "reliance," "trust." There "Faith is the substance
(or possibly, in the light of recent inquiries into the type of Greek used by
New Testament writers, "the guaranty") of things hoped for, the evidence
(or "convincing proof") of things not seen." This is sometimes interpreted
as if faith, in the writer's view, were, so to speak, a faculty of second sight,
a mysterious intuition into the spiritual world. But the chapter amply shows
that the faith illustrated, e.g. by Abraham, Moses, Rahab, was simply
reliance upon a God known to be trustworthy. Such reliance enabled the
believer to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen. In short,
the phrase here, "faith is the evidence," etc., is parallel in form to our
familiar saying, "Knowledge is power." …


In conclusion, without trespassing on the ground of other articles, we call
the reader's attention, for his Scriptural studies, to the central place of
faith in Christianity, and its significance. As being, in its true idea, a
reliance as simple as possible upon the word, power, love, of Another, it is
precisely that which, on man's side, adjusts him to the living and merciful
presence and action of a trusted God. In its nature, not by any mere
arbitrary arrangement, it is his one possible receptive attitude, that in
which he brings nothing, so that he may receive all. Thus "faith" is our
side of union with Christ. And thus it is our means of possessing all His
benefits, pardon, justification, purification, life, peace, glory.
As a comment on our exposition of the ruling meaning of "faith" in
Scripture, we may note that this precisely corresponds to its meaning in
common life, where, for once that the word means anything else, it means
"reliance" a hundred times. Such correspondence between religious
terms (in Scripture) and the meaning of the same words in common life,
will be found to be invariable.

-- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

The substance of things hoped for –


Faith is accepting the promise of God as real even though it has not yet
been realized.


(Colossians 1:5-6) For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye
heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Which is come unto you,
as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since
the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:  (KJV)


The evidence of things not seen –

Faith is trusting in the existence of blessings even when they have yet to
be seen. The blessings and promises of God are not always seen by our
eyes, but they are always before our hearts. We do not always see what we
know to be true. We know that God cannot lie. We know that what He says
He will do, He will do.


(2 Peter 3:3-10) Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of
his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were
from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that
by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the
water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed
with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the
same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment
and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing,
that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as
one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a
thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great
noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the
works that are therein shall be burned up.  (KJV)


































he that cometh to God must believe that He is

This has to be one of the most obvious statements in the Bible. How could
one come to God if they did not believe He existed? Yet, it seems many
people have the mistaken idea that God will accept anyone (Universalism),
even those who do not believe He exists.


(Romans 10:14-15) How then shall they call on him in whom they have not
believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach,
except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that
preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  (KJV)


(James 2:19) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils
also believe, and tremble.  (KJV)


He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him

God, as the Judge of all, will reward each individual according to what they
have done – not what their ancestors have done, whether it be Adam
remotely, or their parents more immediately.


(2 Corinthians 5:9-10) Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent,
we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat
of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according
to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.  (KJV)


(Galatians 6:7-10) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the
flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap
life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we
shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good
unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.  (KJV)


without faith it is impossible to please Him

It is impossible to please God without faith. If you do not believe He is, you
cannot please Him. If you do not trust Him, you cannot please Him. If you do
not believe He will reward His people, you cannot please Him. Faith is
more than acceptance, it includes obedience.


Romans 12:1-3) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be
ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace
given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more
highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath
dealt to every man the measure of faith.  (KJV)


(Hebrews 13:20-21) Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead
our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the
everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ;
to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.  (KJV)


(James 1:5-8)  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all
men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in
faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven
with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any
thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  (KJV)