Certainly we are to have faith, and that faith should increase through all the years we live on this earth. As we look over the plan of God recorded in His Word we envision a projected, present, powerful , and proven plan. As we look at this plan of God it becomes easier to Have Faith.
1. Have Faith In The . . Projected Plan of God. 2:5-8
A. The . . Subjection Related To Angels In The Projected Plan. 2:5
5 `For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.
B. The . . Situation Related To Mankind In The Projected Plan. 2:6-7
6 But one testified in a certain place, saying: "What is man that You are mindful of him,Or the son of man that You take care of him? 7 You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands.
C. The . . Subjection Related To Everything In The Projected Plan. 2:8
8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.
In the Old Testament we receive the projected plan of God. He tells us what He plans to do. Angels will be useful, but inferior to Christ. They will not reign in the future plan of God, because the Son will reign.
2. Have Faith In The . . Present Plan of God. 2:9-13
A. The . . Sight of the Present Plan. 2:9
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
B. The . . Sufferings of the Present Plan. 2:10
10 Bringing Many Sons to Glory For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
C. The . . Sanctifying of the Present Plan. 2:11
11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,
D. The . . Singing of the Present Plan. 2:12-13
12 saying: "I will declare Your name to My brethren;`In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You." 13 And again: "I will put My trust in Him." `And again:`"Here am I and the children whom God has given Me."
Illustration Revelation 5:9 Singing in Heaven
There was a Wesleyan preacher in England, Peter Mackenzie, full of native humor, a most godly man. He was once preaching from the text: “And They Sang a New Song,” and he said: “Yes, there will be singing in heaven, and when I get there I will want to have David with his harp, and Paul, and Peter and other saints gather around for a sing. And I will announce a hymn from the Wesleyan Hymnal. ‘Let us sing hymn No. 749:’
My God, my Father, while I stray —
“But some one will say, ‘That won’t do. You are in heaven, Peter; there’s no straying here.’ And I will say,
‘Yes, that’s so. Let us sing No. 651 —’
Though waves and storms go o’er my head, Though friends be gone and hoped be dead —
“But another saint will interrupt, ‘Peter, you forget you are in heaven now; there are no storms here.’ ‘Well, I will try again, No. 536 —’
Into a world of ruffians sent —
“‘Peter! Peter!’ someone will say, ‘we will put you out unless you stop giving out inappropriate hymns.’ I will ask—what can we sing? And they will say: “‘Sing the new song, the song of Moses and the Lamb.’”
Moody’s Anecdotes, p. 7
Name of God
The story is told that after Helen Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, had given her the names of physical objects in sign language, Miss Sullivan attempted to explain God and tapped out the symbols for the name “God.”
Much to Miss Sullivan’s surprise, Helen spelled back, “Thank you for telling me God’s name, Teacher, for he has touched me many times before.” Helen Keller knew something of God’s signature from nature, but it was wordless. Source unknown
Have Faith In The . . Present Plan of God.
3. Have Faith In The . . Powerful Plan of God. 2:14-17
A. The . . Destructive Power of the Plan. 2:14-15
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the
same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and
release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
B. The . . Decisive Power of the Plan. 2:16
16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.
C. The . . Dependable Power of the Plan. 2:17
17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and
faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
4. Have Faith In The . . Proven Plan of God. 2:18
A. The . . Person Of the Proven Plan. 2:18a
18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted,...”
B. The . . Privilege of The Proven Plan. 2:18a
“. . . He is able to aid those who are tempted.” `NKJV