EP24 Hebrews 10:38

I struggled with what translation to use on this scripture and somehow the King James just seemed... I don't know... It hit me in this nostalgic place where I really wanted to use it. It really truck a chord in me,

"Now the Just shall live by Faith."

It sounds so regal and appropriate, respectful. I don't know...

Let's break this down. Let's start with that word, "just"? The word in the Greek there is:

G1342 δίκαιος dikaios dik'-ah-yos From G1349; equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively): - just, meet, right (-eous).

There's that word coming up again, we talked about the word, "righteous" in episodes 5 and 12. We talked about the need for righteousness in our lives. We talked about the need to be righteous and what the ramifications of that are. If you haven't listened to 5 and 12 you can go back and looks those up. At the time of writing this they are still available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and the RSS feed. Also, the blog posts for those are soon in coming. Now here we find an extension of those studies that says that the just, or righteous should live by faith.

Faith in and of itself has been a touchy topic in the modern church to the point where some have avoided or even rejected talking about it all together, rejected it, all together. So in true Berean fashion let's talk about what faith is.

Hebrews 11:1 says, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." I've actually had a conversation with someone once where this gentlemen told me with people that believe in faith and with the faith movement is our belief that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. I brought up that he had just quoted Hebrews 11:1 to me and he was quite upset by that revelation that the thing that he had against the faith movement was a scripture in the bible. But, I digress, lets move on. Last week we talked about hope and in this verse we're given this connection between the two. But what exactly is that connection? What does it mean that faith is the substance of things hoped for? The word for substance there is the word:

G5287 ὑπόστασις hupostasis hoop-os'-tas-is From a compound of G5259 and G2476; a setting under (support), that is, (figuratively) concretely essence, or abstractly assurance (objectively or subjectively): - confidence, confident, person, substance.

In English we would equate this to a foundation, like the foundation of a building. We talked about The Empire State Building and how they had to dig down to make the foundation and it had to be rooted and grounded. Faith is the foundation for hope. And the specific word in this verse, (Last week I gave you that PDF with the 17 different words that are translated in the bible for hope. Click here to get it if you haven't.) here that was translated as hoped for is:

G1679 ἐλπίζω elpizō el-pid'-zo From G1680; to expect or confide: - (have, thing) hope (-d) (for), trust.

So Faith is the supporting foundation for things that you expect. Without faith you cannot trust. You cannot move on those things that you expect.

The second half there is that faith is the evidence of things not seen. Let's take a moment and look at what the word for faith is in this verse. It's the word:

G4102 πίστις pistis pis'-tis From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity. 

My favorite translation for the word pistis is that word fidelity. It's being faithful, it's knowing the truth and sticking to it regardless of the evidence.

With the analogy from last week of the train tracks, and hope being when the lights blink and the arms lower you stop. Faith is pulling up to a train track that wasn't there a month ago, you've never seen a train pull down this track before, you don't know if they've even opened this track yet. But, those lights start to blink and those arms come down and you still stop. You have faith that a train can be on those tracks and you move on hope, you move on experience, and stop.

You see faith and hope are inseparable. Faith is useless without hope, it goes nowhere. Because just to believe something without action takes you nowhere. Hope can't be moved upon without faith. I can sit in a chair and my experience tells me that the chair will hold me, but it takes faith for me to believe it's going to hold me this time. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. Why is that? Well it's because without faith there is no hope and without hope you can no longer follow and keep Gods commandments. Jesus said in John 14 that if we love Him that we will keep his commandments. So without faith you can't hope (You can't move on expectation or experience), and without hope, you can't love God. Because to love God is to keep his commandments, and you can't keep his commandments without hope and you can't have hope without faith.

You have to believe the promises of God without question, that's faith. You don't question the promises of God. You can go back and look in Hebrews 11 at a whole list of people that believed the promises of God without question. Then, because you believe, you can act on faith, which is having hope, and in that way you are able to keep His commandments which is loving God. Faith leads to hope, leads to love. Those three remain, and the greatest of them is love.

Go back and look up the scriptures, get yourself a concordance or an e-sword program.

Until next time...

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