December 29, 2016: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Hebrews 11:1-3
Today’s Bible passage, Hebrews 11:1-3 defines faith. Are faith and belief the same?
Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. For by this [kind of] faith the men of old gained [divine] approval. By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3, AMP)
Faith is much more complicated than belief. Belief can often be explained or defined concisely whereas faith is based on a future expectation of a truth that is not self evident. Jesus said that even the devil believes in Him but that belief will not save Lucifer from his sin. Faith on the other hand does save us from our sin.
Historic records prove the fact the Jesus lived and was a teacher, of the Jewish faith, to the Jewish people and throughout the Middle East of His time. It is difficult for a sane rational person to doubt Jesus’ existence. (Do you believe Jesus existed? Belief!)
On the other hand Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the Son of God and the Savior of Mankind. Unlike belief which is knowledge and requires no action; faith requires action! Christian faith is the journey of getting to know Christ through His Word - the Bible - accepting it all as truthful (no editing allowed) - and incorporating it into our daily lives governing the way we live.
The personal relationship with Jesus so often spoken of by Christians is not the believing in His existence: It is the acceptance of all His Words as true, incorporating them into our daily lives, as we expectantly await His return for the Faithful.
Are you living on faith?