Jesus: Author of our Faith
Scripture reading for October 28th: Hebrews 11
“He who is coming will come and will not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” (Hebrews 10:37-38) “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”. . . “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:1, 6)
Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of our faith! (Hebrews 12:2) He has told His people that He will return for them at an unspecified time in the future. Even though it may appear that much time has passed, He will be true to His holy Word. (Matthew 24:35-36,44) Those who follow Him must live by faith in that truth and order their lives accordingly. We must have confidence in God’s Word and His promises, being certain of what we are told to hope for even though we don’t see it. This is the essence of faith. It is not dependent on sight or on circumstances, but keeps on believing and living like God’s Word is Truth.
Ancient’s were the people of faith who lived before the time of Christ. They were commended and rewarded by God for their faith. They trusted in the revelation of God’s promises and plans that was given them and ordered their lives accordingly. Noah built an ark to save his family, Abraham left his home and followed God to a place where God promised him inheritance. Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, Isaac, believing God could raise him from the dead. Many others are listed as walking in faith and pleasing God. We must persevere in our journey to see Jesus!