FAITH IN THE VICTORY
July 26, 1998
INTRODUCTION: I John 5:4, “For whatever is born of
God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has
overcome the world - our faith.”
Faith is trusting completely in God’s Word. It is unconditional
confidence in what God says, strictly on the basis that He has
said it. The faith illustrated in Heb. 11 is that which takes the
bare word of God and acts on it, risking all. Faith believes and
obeys God because faith knows that God cannot lie, cannot
make a mistake, cannot do wrong, cannot be defeated, cannot
There is no circumstance that cannot be faced with faith in
God. Old Testament history marches forward with each
generation supplying glorious examples of faith. The verses in
this text speak of Jews and Gentiles, of male and female, and of
the known and unknown of the faith.
The writer of Hebrews is “fired up.” In verse 32, he says,
“for time will fail me to tell.” By the way, this passage does
not simply magnify the miracles of victory, but also list those
whose faith cost them their lives. Whether faith brought
deliverance or death, it is heralded in the great roll call of the
faithful. As faith encounters opposition and difficulty, it makes
something out of those who live by it.
I want to lead us to note faith from a couple of different angles.
I. A PLACE: AN OBSTACLE. 30
NOTE: Joshua not mentioned, or the Israelites. This
Verse will give credit where credit is due.
John MacArthur talks about four kinds of faith:
1. FAITH THAT RECEIVES.
We come to Jesus empty-handed for salvation.
“Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross
2. FAITH THAT RECKONS.
Faith that counts on God to undertake for us.
3. FAITH THAT RISKS.
That moves out in God’s power, daring to do the
4. FAITH THAT RESTS.
Sets back in confidence that God will ...
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