dead, yet speaketh--His blood crying front the ground to God, shows how precious, because of his "faith," he was still in God's sight, even when dead. invisible--as though he had not to do with men, but only with God, ever before his eyes by faith, though invisible to the bodily eye ( Romans 1:20 , 1 Timothy 1:17 , 6:16 ). . Besides, the chronological order would be broken thus, the next particular specified here, namely, the institution of the Passover, having taken place before the exodus. Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, concerning things to come. a country--rather as Greek, "a fatherland." Where the principle is planted by the regenerating Spirit of God, it will cause the truth to be received, concerning justification by the sufferings and merits of Christ. So the seven brothers, 2 Maccabees 7:9,11,14,29,36; and Eleazar, 2 Maccabees 6:21,28,30, "Though I might have been delivered from death, I endure these severe pains, being beaten." Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. He accumulates collectively some out of many examples of faith. a better resurrection--than that of the women's children "raised to life again"; or, than the resurrection which their foes could give them by delivering them from death ( Daniel 12:2 , Luke 20:35 , Philippians 3:11 ). Just as Samson for the same reason is put before Jephthæ. Many, who have a part in the promises, do not soon receive the things promised. Of whom--rather as Greek "He (Abraham, not Isaac) TO whom it was said" [ALFORD]. The Bible doe… said, omitting all His other titles, "I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob" [THEODORET]. The writer of Second Maccabees expressly disclaims inspiration, which prevents our mistaking Paul's allusion here to it as if it sanctioned the Apocrypha as inspired. Though the grace of faith is of use always through our whole lives, it is especially so when we come to die. Acts 7:20 , "exceeding fair," Greek, "fair to God." As our advantages, with the better things God has provided for us, are so much beyond theirs, so should our obedience of faith, patience of hope, and labour of love, be greater. Now faith is the substance: Just as our physical eyesight is the sense that gives us evidence of the material world, faithis the “sense” that gives us evidence of the invisible, spiritual world. ... Hebrews 11:6(NASB) Verse Thoughts. 33. subdued kingdoms--as David did ( 2 Samuel 8:1 , &c.); so also Gideon subdued Midian ( Judges 7:1-25 ). His faith here was his belief in the invisible God's promise that the destroying angel should pass over, and not touch the inmates of the blood-sprinkled houses ( Exodus 12:23 ). Micaiah, the son of Imlah, by Ahab ( 1 Kings 22:26 1 Kings 22:27 ). Christ's death, the means of perfecting what the Jewish law could not perfect, was reserved for our time. What Does Hebrews 11:1 Mean? The Septuagint translates the Hebrew for "walked with God," Genesis 6:9 , pleased God. It is a great mercy to be free from wicked laws and edicts; but when we are not so, we must use all lawful means for our security. Faith. What should we do if we had not faith and hope to lean on, and if our mind did not emerge amidst the darkness above the world by the shining of the Word and Spirit of God?" Let them never be ashamed of being called his people, nor of any of those who are truly so, how much soever despised in the world. Jacob was fifteen years old at the death of Abraham. being their object, he did not appear prominent in what was done. Where the principle is planted by the regenerating Spirit of God, it will cause the truth to be received, concerning justification by the sufferings and merits of Christ. In quoting Daniel, he quotes a book claiming inspiration, and so tacitly sanctions that claim. 1 Kings 17:24 shows that the raising of the widow's son by Elijah led her to the faith, so that he thus took her into fellowship, an alien though she was. All hope presupposes faith ( Romans 8:25 ). Implying a sudden removal (the same Greek as in Galatians 1:6 ) from mortality without death to immortality: such a CHANGE as shall pass over the living at Christ's coming ( 1 Corinthians 15:51 1 Corinthians 15:52 ). The sufferer was stretched on an instrument like a drumhead and scourged to death. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it … Hebrews 10:32-39 A Call to Persevere. In this faith of Moses' parents there was a mixture of unbelief, but God was pleased to overlook it. whose builder and maker--Greek, "designer [ Ephesians 1:4 Ephesians 1:11 ] and master-builder," or executor of the design. And the same things that are the object of our hope, are the object of our faith. Faith was the ground of his pleasing God; and his pleasing God was the ground of his translation. . The full blessedness of body and soul shall not be till the full number of the elect shall be accomplished, and all together, no one preceding the other, shall enter on the full glory and bliss. The Bible gives the most true and exact account of the origin of all things, and we are to believe it, and not to wrest the Scripture account of the creation, because it does not suit with the differing fancies of men. What does Hebrews 11:11 mean? Indeed, Gideon, Barak, &c., also obtained the things which God promised. tortured--"broken on the wheel." All our spiritual privileges on earth, should quicken us in our way to heaven. After all our searches into the Scriptures, there is more to be learned from them. 37. stoned--as Zechariah, son of Jehoiada ( 2 Chronicles 24:20-22 , Matthew 23:35 ). in--Greek, "into," that is, he went into it and sojourned there. in the matter of," it, "or, as Greek more emphatically, "this." Now as these did not receive the promise of entering literal Canaan, some other promise made in the first ages, and often repeated, must be that meant, namely, the promise of a coming Redeemer made to Adam, namely, "the seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head." Compare Romans 4:17 , "God who quickeneth the dead." Enoch was translated, or removed, that he should not see death; God took him into heaven, as Christ will do the saints who shall be alive at his second coming. 35. He balanced the best of the world with the worst of religion, and decidedly chose the latter. not made, &c.--Translate as Greek, "so that not out of things which appear hath that which is seen been made"; not as in the case of all things which we see reproduced from previously existing and visible materials, as, for instance, the plant from the seed, the animal from the parent, &c., has the visible world sprung into being from apparent materials. Not only men, but God, gave testimony to their faith ( Hebrews 11:4 Hebrews 11:5 Hebrews 11:39 ). framed--"fitly formed and consolidated"; including the creation of the single parts and the harmonious organization of the whole, and the continual providence which maintains the whole throughout all ages. "Paul shows how we ought to seek in all its fulness, under the veil of history, the essential substance of the doctrine sometimes briefly indicated" [BENGEL]. The believer's faith endures to the end, and, in dying, gives him victory over death and all his deadly enemies, like Samson. received--in her house ( Joshua 2:1 Joshua 2:4 Joshua 2:6 ). "Eternal life is promised to us, but it is when we are dead: we are told of a blessed resurrection, but meanwhile we moulder in the dust; we are declared to be justified, and sin dwells in us; we hear that we are blessed, meantime we are overwhelmed in endless miseries: we are promised abundance of all goods, but we still endure hunger and thirst; God declares He will immediately come to our help, but He seems deaf to our cries. As with the rest of the book of Hebrews, context is critical. True faith infers the reality of the objects believed in and honed for ( Hebrews 11:6 ). things not seen--the whole invisible and spiritual world: not things future and things pleasant, as the "things hoped for," but also the past and present, and those the reverse of pleasant. to please--Translate, as ALFORD does, the Greek aorist, "It is impossible to please God at all" ( Romans 8:8 ). 3 b By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God, * so that what is visible came into being through the invisible. 18. Isaac was Abraham's "only-begotten son" in respect of Sarah and the promises: he sent away his other sons, by other wives ( Genesis 25:6 ). The Fathers, CHRYSOSTOM, &c., restricted the meaning of Hebrews 11:39 Hebrews 11:40 to this last truth, and I incline to this view. Natural amiabilities and "works done before the grace of Christ are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ; yea, rather, for that they are not done as God hath willed them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin" [Article XIII, Book of Common Prayer]. It is needful for persons to be seriously religious; to despise the world, when most capable of relishing and enjoying it. Not a full definition of faith in its whole nature, but a description of its great characteristics in relation to the subject of Paul's exhortation here, namely, to perseverance. So ALFORD translates. the reproach of Christ--that is, the reproach which falls on the Church, and which Christ regards as His own reproach, He being the Head, and the Church (both of the Old and New Testament) His body. By faith we have comfort of the promises; and by faith we are prepared to wait for the promises, and in due time to receive them. For, by the law, God cannot come into contact with anything dead. DEFINITION OF THE FAITH JUST SPOKEN OF ( Hebrews 10:39 ): EXAMPLES FROM THE OLD COVENANT FOR OUR PERSEVERANCE IN FAITH. The grace of God often fixes upon very undeserving and ill-deserving persons, to do great things for them and by them. The quickening Of Sarah's dead womb suggested the thought of God's power to raise even the dead, though no instance of it had as yet occurred. They sank in the sands as much as in the waves of the Red Sea. Chapter 10 ended with both a warning and a word of encouragement. Rashness and presumption mistaken by many for faith; with similar rash presumption many rush into eternity. Faith causes the believer's person to be accepted, and then his offering. Christ, as the Word, was preached to the Old Testament believers, and so became the seed of life to their souls, as He is to ours. Faith is associated with hope (Hebrews 11:1), with righteousness (Hebrews 11:4), with holiness (Hebrews 11:5), with diligence (Hebrews 11:7), with trial (Hebrews 11:17), and with conflict (Hebrews 11:32-37). refused--in believing self-denial, when he might possibly have succeeded at last to the throne of Egypt. armies--literally, "camps" referring to Judges 7:21 . The posterity of Isaac alone shall be accounted as the seed of Abraham, which is the heir of the promises ( Romans 9:7 ). It is a greater honour and happiness to work righteousness than to work miracles. "The elders," as "the fathers," is a title of honor given on the ground of their bright faith and practice. seeing him . Hebrews 11:1(NASB) Verse Thoughts. These all--beginning with "Abraham" ( Hebrews 11:8 ), to whom the promises were made ( Galatians 3:16 ), and who is alluded to in the end of Hebrews 11:13 and in Hebrews 11:15 [BENGEL and ALFORD]. As Hanani ( 2 Samuel 23:20 ) -- it was this that their. 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