The Book Of Hebrews Chapter 11:1-5 (16 of 24) by Harley Howard

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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 11:1-5 (16 of 24)
Harley Howard

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.

Undoubtedly, the 11th chapter of Hebrews is one of the
greatest chapters of the bible and unfortunately one
of the greatest misquoted chapters of the bible as
well. The fact is with this chapter, as with other
great chapters that are often misquoted, this chapter
does not stand alone in its interpretation, but the
context of the previous chapters are absolutely
essential in the proper understanding of this chapter.
For example, some in the word faith cult, who have
tried to find passages to justify their false doctrine
on faith, use this passage as one of their evidences
that they can just believe and receive from God. That
faith is some abstract guarantee that whatever you
hope for and believe in what you don't see, that this
is the formula for answered prayer. They say, for
example, "you see what kind of faith it takes to get a
blessing from God, the bible said it's a now faith, a
right now faith." This is just an example of how far
the biblically ignorant will go to find support for
their foolishness. It is also an example of how to
ignore the context of scripture to make up your own
senseless theology.

>> To use this passage of scripture as some magical
formula to get present possessions from God is:

- Not supported by the context of the chapter
since the promises were NOT received by those who
were given them. Look at verse 39, for example.

- The context of the passage is NOT the
acquisition of materialism.

- To say that the kind of faith described by the
writer is a "now faith" is grammatically
IMPOSSIBLE both in English and Greek.


Now the sad truth is this, there are people who are
equally willing dupes who believe such nonsense and in
the process miss the greater truth that the writer of
the book is teaching.

The great truth of Hebrews 11 is the fact that the Old
Testament worthies that are described in this chapter
demonstrated in their lives faith in the coming
Messiah and of the work of redemption in their lives
as well as future promises associated with His coming.
They were examples to the Jews primarily that if those
under the Old Covenant lived unwavering in hope of the
coming Messiah and the New Covenant to come, then
these Jews who were living during the New Covenant,
should follow their example and to endure whatever it
takes to maintain their faithfulness to the end. These
examples are to reinforce the fact that the Old
Testament worthies were not saved under the Mosaic
system, but by faith in the promise of the coming
Messiah and that they too looked for a coming New
Covenant, as we have already seen in chapter 8:7-13
(Quotation from Jeremiah 31). These examples also
serve as a reminder that these men and women
faithfully endured through great trials ...


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