Faith Defined By Example by Nelson Price

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FAITH DEFINED BY EXAMPLE
HEBREWS 11: 1 - 3

JESUS CHRIST is presented as a superior person (Vss. 1 - 6). He
offers a superior priesthood (Vss. 2 - 10). Now faith is shown
to be a superior lifestyle (Vs. 11).
In Hebrews 10:38 an exhortation is given: "The just shall live
by faith."
In Hebrews 12:1, 2 a challenge is given.
In Hebrews 11, the points are illustrated.
At the time of this writing Judaism had deteriorated into a
system of works. self-effort, self-salvation, and
self-glorification.
It was no longer the faith system God intended. It was a
corruption of what God had designed. He despised it.
I.FAITH IS SUBSTANCE (VS. 1A)
Our word "substance" is made up of two words meaning: "to
stand" and "under." Substance is that which stands under. It
is the superstructure of life.
Their faith in God was so strong that they had such "assurance"
that they responded as though the things promised were already a
reality.
Moses had such faith in messianic prophecies that he forsook all
material things of Egypt which he could see for the Messiah who
wasn't to come for 1400 years (11:26).
O.T. believers are described in 11:13.
"Substance" = HYPOSTASIS = a scientific term opposite of theory
or hypothesis. It is used to describe a chemical whichsettles
to the bottom in a test tube.
Substance also means "the title deed."
Brown who uses a polygraph in employment said the man who gives
the test always asks: "Do you believe in God?" Tests show that
every professing atheist who said "no" was lying.
II.FAITH IS EVIDENCE (VS. 1B & 2)
Evidence means proof. Our faith ...


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