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Hebrews 11: Monument of Faith (part 1)

This has been adapted from the commentaries of F.E. Marsh, coming soon to the Blue Letter Bible.

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews might be called the Westminster Abbey of the Bible, for it is a series of memorials to the trials and triumphs of faith.

There is no mention of the failures of the Old Testament saints in Hebrews 11, for the simple reason that God had said, “Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17).

Seven Statements Concerning Faith from Hebrews 11

Wisdom of faith (Hebrews 11:1, 2). Faith makes unseen things real, and future things present. Faith rests on facts, hence its wisdom. Presumption acts on its own authority, hence its folly. Newberry renders the words, “Evidence of things not seen,” as follows: “conviction of facts not seen.”

Warrant of faith (Hebrews 11:3). The ground of faith’s attitude and action is, “Thus saith the Lord.” “Where the word of a king is, there is power” (authority).

Worship of faith (Hebrews 11:4). The ground of worship is sacrifice (Heb. x. 19-22); the object of worship is God (Revelation 12:9); and the power of worship is the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:18).

Walk of faith (Hebrews 11:5, 6). The walk of faith is illustrated by the three men who are said to have walked with God.

  • Fellowship with God-Enoch (Genesis 5:24).
  • Fidelity to God-Phinehas (Malachi 2:6; Numbers 25:12,13).
  • Faith in God-Noah (Genesis 6:9).

Witness of faith (Hebrews 11:7). As unbelief and disobedience are synonymous terms, so are faith and obedience. It was because Noah was a man of faith that he obeyed God’s direction, hence his witness.

Wandering of faith (Hebrews 11:8-10). As a stranger and pilgrim, Abraham went forth at God’s bidding. It was because he looked for a city that he dwelt in a tent.

Waiting of faith (Hebrews 11:11, 12). Those who have the promise of God can afford to be patient before God. Waiting time is not wasted time. We must learn to “tarry” (Luke 24:49; Acts 1: 4), if we would triumph.