Hebrews chapter 11
(“The Faith Chapter”)
1. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith brings honor:
2. For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Understanding comes through faith
3. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Godly offering requires faith:
4. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
God does miracles through people of faith:
5. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
God cannot be pleased without faith:
6. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Wise preparation comes by faith:
7. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;…
Righteousness comes by faith:
7. …by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Simple obedience comes through faith:
8. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Faith keeps the focus on eternal things:
9. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Faith allows God to bless in wondrous ways:
11. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
Faith keeps the focus on God’s promises:
13. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
Faith prevents backsliding:
15. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Faith brings victory in trials:
17. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18. Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19. Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
Faith brings blessings to others:
20. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
Instruction comes by faith:
22. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
Faith overcomes fear:
23. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
Right decisions are made by faith:
24. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Endurance comes by faith:
27. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured,…
God is “seen” through faith:
27. …as seeing him who is invisible.
Faith delivers from death:
28. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
Faith delivers from enemies:
29. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
Faith removes barriers:
30. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
Faith saves lives:
31. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
Examples of faith are all throughout God’s word:
32. And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
Faith subdues entire nations:
33. Who through faith subdued kingdoms…
Righteous acts come through faith:
33. ...wrought righteousness,…
Promises are realized through faith:
33. …obtained promises…
Faith brings protection:
33. …stopped the mouths of lions,
34. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword,…
Faith brings strength and courage:
34. …out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Faith restores life:
35. Women received their dead raised to life again:…
Suffering is endured through faith:
35. ….and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36. And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37. They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38. (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Faith will not be completely rewarded in this life:…
39. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
….but it will be in the next:
40. God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
And Jesus answering saith unto them,
Have faith in God.