Encouraging, Living, Reaching

March 29, 2017

Shane Johnson

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

What is faith?  Yes, faith is the substance of things hoped for, but it is more than that.  Faith is the conviction, no, the confidence of things hoped for.  The Greek word hupostasis, which is used here, is used elsewhere in the Scriptures and translated as confidence (2 Cor.9:4; 11:17; Heb.3:14).  Faith is absolutely convinced, and boastfully confident, that what God has promised, He will perform!

Moulton and Milligan, experts in the Greek, gave us this word picture to convey the meaning of the original Greek: now faith is the “title-deed” of things hoped for.  The title-deed of things to come!  God sees our faith as a proof of purchase for His promises.

The prophet Jeremiah provides us with a little illustration.  In Jeremiah 32, the prophet bought a field from his uncle’s son.  At the time, this seemed ridiculous in light of the Babylonian captivity which was upon them, a time when land values would be worthless.  Nevertheless, at God’s command, Jeremiah bought the field and sealed the title-deed in a clay jar.  God sealed the deal with this promise: “houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land” (Jeremiah 32:15).

By faith, one coming day we will possess every promise God ever spoke to us, if we have the faith to prove it!