The message of the Bible is that salvation is by faith alone. The only way to be saved even from the beginning of human history was by faith alone. Abel demonstrated his faith by offering slain animals, “a better sacrifice.” Cain brought what he produced (works) and God was not pleased. The author has taken us from Abel all the way to the walls of Jericho. True faith is shown by obedience no matter how bizarre, unreasonable, unpopular, foolish or eve life-threatening. It has always been that way (Hebrews 10:38)
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1 (NASB). We often make decisions based on our convictions. The story of Moses is marked by decisions related to his convictions. In our text today those decisions are called “Faith.” How do you make important decisions?
Abraham received the promise of land, the promise of a great nation of descendants and the promise of those descendants blessing the world (Genesis 12:1-7). The catch...Abraham was promised these three things but he never saw them come to pass. None of the patriarchs saw the fulfillment of God's promises, but not one of them doubted that these promises would come true. Why? Because they believed God keeps his promises! That's called faith. "Faith has its great work to do at the very last, to help believers to finish well, to die for the Lord..." (Matthew Henry Commentary). Our text highlights three great examples of men who faced death full of faith. Will you?
Christians live by faith not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). The author of Hebrews is arguing the Old Covenant of works has been replaced by the New Covenant of faith (Heb 10:38). So, he spends all of chapter 11 describing how faith works and what it looks like. He uses Abraham to present some very important steps of faith. They are as important today as when there were written!
In our church, it's not every week that we spend one sermon on only one verse! However, this week is different! Noah, one of the greatest figures in the Bible, by faith, glorified God by saving himself, his family, and quite a few animals from a flood that completely wiped out the planet. This message will be an in-depth study of how God used Noah, by his faith.
Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven among men by which we must be saved.
What is Hebrews chapter 11 main focus?
Two weeks ago we looked at the positive response to the New Covenant. It includes Drawing near to God, holding unswervingly to our hope, spurring one another on to love and good deeds as we meet together regularly. Last week we looked at the chilling side of a negative response. The truly saved enter in and remain in. The truly apostate go out and remain out. Now our author encourages his readers to, "think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ." They had such a good start. Don't give up now. Show your faith by your deeds. The serious Christian must constantly as the question, "How do I break out of lukewarmness and stir up myself and other to love and good deeds?" This is what our world needs and what our text is about.
The author of Hebrews is calling his readers to respond to the New Covenant. Last week we looked at the positive response (10:19-25). This week we will look at the consequences of a negative response (10:26-31).
When it comes to God, all we want to hear is the sweet, loving, tender, warm side of God. We want to hear about GRACE not JUDGEMENT. But the writer of Hebrews is not silent about the wrath of God and he answers 3 tremendously important questions.