Scripture reading – Hebrews 11-13
Continuing with our chronological reading of the Bible, today’s Scripture (Hebrews 11-13) concludes our brief study of the Epistle of Hebrews. I have been impressed afresh with the splendor of God’s redemptive plan of salvation for my sins.
Review of Hebrews 10
God gave His Commandments and Law (Exodus 20), and thereby we are, along with Israel, convinced and convicted of our sinfulness. Rather than proving our merit to God by keeping the Law, the Law proved that we are all sinners by nature and practice. In Paul’s words, “all the world [is] guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:19-20).
God instituted His covenant that required sacrifices and offerings for sin; however, they were never meant to “take away our sins” (Hebrews 10:4). The sacrifices were offered daily, and were a perpetual reminder of man’s guilt in the sight and judgment of a Holy God (10:1-4). Understanding “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a), and that God requires a blood sacrifice for sin (because life is in the blood), God had a perfect, complete way for man’s sins, and our salvation.
Hebrews 10:10 – 10 By the which [i,e, in accordance with God’s] will we are sanctified [made holy; sanctified] through the offering [sacrifice] of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Jesus Christ was ONCE offered, for our sins. He being perfect and sinless, was the necessary sacrifice for sins (10:10, 12, 14). When we, by faith believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and trust Him as our Savior, God promised, our “sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (10:17) and “no more offering for sin” is required (10:18).
What then is “Faith?” (Hebrews 11)
Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance [confidence; the basis or foundation] of things hoped for, the evidence [conviction] of things not seen [things that cannot be proved physically].”
According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is a settled confidence; a belief that what God says in His Word is true. In other words, faith believes God! Faith is an act of the mind, heart, and will. It might be said that faith not only hears truth, but also believes, and acts upon it by claiming it.
I have not seen God, but I have faith that He has revealed Himself in His Creation (Psalm 19:1) and revealed Himself in His Word. The writer of Hebrews made the same observation writing, “3 Through faith we understand [perceive; discern] that the worlds were framed [fashioned; prepared] by the word of God, so that things which are seen [visible] were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3).
Take a moment and weigh Hebrews 11:3 – “3 Through faith we understand [perceive; discern] that the worlds were framed [fashioned; prepared] by the word of God, so that things which are seen [visible] were not made of things which do appear.”
Psalm 19:1 – “1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
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