Faith, Study 3, Hebrews 11

1. Choice of faith, verses 24, 25

Lot chose the well-watered plains, which offered pleasure and east temporarily. Esau preferred to stew; also temporary satisfaction. Human nature makes choices based on what can be seen; in light of the present. But faith makes decisions in light of eternity. Faith refuses the honors of the world at the cost of Christ. Such a faith never fails or falters.

2. Estimate of faith, verse 26

Faith places great value on being disgraced for Christ than all the treasures of Egypt. If you are disgraced or persecuted on account of your faith, then you should rejoice! Why? Because you are blessed for the the glory of God is upon you.

3. Flight of faith, verse 27

This might look like a cowardly act, but faith never rests. The text says Moses did not fear the king! We are constantly surrounded by temptations and snares, and harmful lusts which may drown a believer. Wise is the believer who flees such temptations, not out of fear, but rather out of faithful obedience and submission to God. Are you tempted to sin? Then have the courage of Moses and Joseph to flee.

4. Means of faith, verse 28

Human means can only accomplish a human purpose. With total confidence, faith uses a Divinely appointed means, no matter how feeble or foolish they may appear to the eyes of man. God places no faith in the weapons or schemes of mortal man; God’s faith is in His Own Word, and faith lays hold on that as the means of unlimited power.

5. Boldness of faith, verse 29

Faith has boldness to go anywhere, even into the Holy of Holies. Faith is a divine authority, and is more mighty than any of David’s three mighty men. It marches courageously through any foe, the furnace, and the flood, and faith speaks as one having authority. The word of faith is spoken with God’s power behind it.

6. Victory of faith, verse 30

Jacob heard of Esau’s 400 men, and was terrified, but at Penuel he got the victory of faith. Those who would win open victories for God must first conquer in secret. We have this treasure (the light of the knowledge of the glory of God) in an earthly vessel; that our light may shine, that vessel must be broken; we must be broken. Broken vessels precede victory.

7. Salvation of faith, verse 31

Rahab believed and was saved. Salvation starts with believing. The nation of Israel would have been unjust had they forgotten Rahab. We have a God and a Savior who are faithful and who never forget. Rahab was willing and obedient because she believed. If we are willing and obedient, we will enjoy the blessing of God. We are saved by grace–grace that comes from God Himself, but without good works, our faith is dead.

8. All-sufficiency of faith, verses 32-35

Faith will never fail. Jesus told us that all things would be possible to those who believe. According to your faith, be it done unto you.

9. Sufferings of faith, verses 36-38

Mocked, scourged, imprisoned, stoned, sawed in two, afflicted and tormented. Have you left all to follow Jesus? The heroes of the faith did. And what they faced was persecution a hundred fold in this world; but in the world to come eternal life. They lived their lives as did their Savior, who endured the shame of the cross in order to obtain the joy that was awaiting Him. If we suffer for the sake and cause of Christ, the promise to us is that we shall reign with Him. Remember the words of Christ:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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