by Nelson Price

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HEBREWS 11:1-3

JESUS CHRIST is presented as: a superior person (Vs. 1 - 6).
He offers a superior priesthood (Vs. 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:

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of
witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily
ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set
before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the
throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1, 2).

In Hebrews 11, the points are illustrated.

The faithful witnesses listed in Hebrews 11 form a "Smithsonian" of
believers. Their faith and faithfulness is based on the Christ
revealed in chapter 10. Likewise, our faith is based on the loving
life and sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Confidence in Christ
character is the basis of ALL faith.

"Belief" and "trust" are two words used frequently in Scripture to
identify how we should respond to the Lord.

One Hebrew word for "believe" is AMEN. It means "to use God as
a foundation; to lean on Him."

Another word translated "trust" is BATAK. It was originally a
wrestling term meaning to "body-slam" or in modern parlance
"suplex." Applied to our faith-life, it means to pick up your problems
and body-slam them before the Lord.

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.


A. Our word "substance" is made up of two words meaning: "to
stand" and "under." Substance is that wh ...

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