The archives of The Sun Will Rise, organized by month.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

When you think of and pray for the gift of faith, what comes to your mind?

For the patriarchs, faith was more than having confidence that God was going to heal them or save their friends. It was much more than knowing that money for the bill would come in at the last minute. Hebrews 11, the great “hall of faith” chapter, gives us a glimpse into God’s ultimate purpose in giving the gift of faith. It always resulted in a steadfast confidence in the resurrection of the body and the Holy City returning to the earth, where God and man would dwell together once again in perfect communion without hindrance.

In Hebrews 11:1, the writer tells us that faith is the “substance of things hoped for” and the “confidence of things not seen”, and then develops those “things” in the following verses. Though these men and women undoubtedly saw miracles, were provided for by God, and saw many people put their trust in the LORD, the measure of faith given to them enabled them to endure unimaginable hardship, live as a sojourner and pilgrim on the earth, and embrace death with full confidence in the resurrection. The writer ends the chapter by saying that all of the patriarchs died with a full hope and confidence in the things they had not yet seen, and then encourages us in light of their example to walk in righteousness, endure the race towards the prize, and long for our inheritance as they did.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Have you been encouraged by my insights on the Word of God through this blog and my articles? Help me to become an even greater student of the Word of God!

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