11/11/2010

Faith is Confidence and Assurance (Heb. 11:1)

Heb. 11:1 says, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Biblical faith is not a vague hope grounded in imaginary, wishful thinking. It is not blind trust in the face of contrary evidence, not an unknowable "leap in the dark." But it is a settled confidence that something in the future--something that is not yet seen but has been promised by God--will come to pass because God will bring it about. It is a confident trust in the all-powerful, infinitely wise, eternally trustworthy God who has revealed himself in his word and in the person of Jesus Christ, and whose promises have proven true. Faith in the unseen realities of God is repeatedly emphasized (Heb. 11:3,7,8). Only faith enables one to please God (Heb. 11:6), and to joyfully persevere and not shrink back from following and loving Jesus (Heb. 10:39).

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