Saturday 3 May, 2014

Hebrews 11:4-7

4 Abel had faith. So he offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. Because of his faith Abel was praised as a godly man. God said good things about his offerings. Because of his faith Abel still speaks. He speaks even though he is dead. 5 Enoch had faith. So he was taken from this life. He didn’t die. He just couldn’t be found. God had taken him away. Before God took him, Enoch was praised as one who pleased God. 6 Without faith it isn’t possible to please God. Those who come to God must believe that he exists. And they must believe that he rewards those who look to him. 7 Noah had faith. So he built an ark to save his family. He built it because of his great respect for God. God had warned him about things that could not yet be seen. Because of his faith he showed the world that it was guilty. Because of his faith he was considered right with God.
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  1. David Newton says:

    Hebrews 11 is about the true meaning of ‘faith’.
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    The Greek word ‘faith’ is ‘pístis’ which simply means ‘to believe’, ‘to trust’ or ‘to be convinced’ that something is true. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith in these broad terms but Hebrews 11:6 defines a special type of ‘pistis’ which is ‘faith in God’. Whenever faith is mentioned in the Bible it is this special type of faith it is referring to. Furthermore this ‘true faith’ has some very special qualities.
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    True ‘faith’ is a gift from God to us which we return to God. First we believe in the existence of God but not just that He exists but that ‘we believe that He is who He says he is’ and second we respond to this through obedience to what he says to us.
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    Hebrews 11:6 is clear that God rewards ‘true faith’. Both Cain and Abel believed in God because they both offered sacrifices to God however only Abel was obedience to God’s instructions regarding sacrifice. Both believed but only one was obedient.
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    This leads me to wonder how many times I have said I believe in God but have acted disobediently.
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    Thank you God for the gift of faith in our lives and that your grace may leads us into greater levels of obedience. Amen

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