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A Biblical Faith Heb 11:1-3, 6-8, 13-26 November 12, 2006

 

Introduction       

       Do you ever think about stretching your spiritual life. For example do you grow in your faith? The Bible tells

us to grow in grace, and that would include growing in A Biblical Faith. This kind of faith is provable, pleasing,

persistent, patriarchal, and parental.

 

1.   Biblical Faith Is . . Provable Faith. 11:1-3

       A.   Provable In The . . Testimony. 11:1-2

11:1 Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. 2 For by it our ancestors were approved.

 

       B.    Provable In The Created . . Things. 11:3

3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen has been made from things

        that are not visible.


       We believe the Christian faith is provable in the testimonies given, and the things we see that can only be explained by faith. The elders of old received a good report, and gave a good testimony through their life of example. It seems

very logical to me as I look at the existence of many things, to say with certainty, “God created these things .”

 

2.   Biblical Faith Is A . . Pleasing Faith. 11:6-8

       A.   Pleasing Faith Is A . . Rewarded Faith. 11:6

6 Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and

        rewards those who seek Him.

 

       B.    Pleasing Faith Is A . . Righteous Faith. 11:7

7 By faith Noah, after being warned about what was not yet seen, in reverence built an ark to deliver his family. By this he

        condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

 

       C.   Pleasing Faith Is A . . Receiving Faith. 11:8

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went out to a place he was going to receive as an inheritance; he went

        out, not knowing where he was going.


       Do you desire to please God? You will not do that without a faith. A pleasing faith will be rewarded by the Lord, righteous in lifestyle, and received from Him by revelation. We do not express faith in order to be rewarded by the Lord never-the-less He gives rewards. The kind of faith God rewards demonstrates one originally received from Him, and lived out in a righteous lifestyle.

 

3.   Biblical Faith Is A . . Persistent Faith. 11:13-16 

       A.   The . . Confession of A Persistent Faith. 11:13

13 These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and

         confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. 

 

       B.    The . . Concentration of A Persistent Faith. 11:14-16a

14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had

       called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.

       16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. . . .”

 

       C.   The . . City of A Persistent Faith. 11:16b

Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.


       This Biblical Faith, if properly expressed, will always be persistent. Our confession will always be consistent as

we concentrate on a heavenly homeland which is a city called the New Jerusalem. Isn’t it interesting to read how the early forefathers saw afar off many blessing we have seen fulfilled? They saw by faith, and when one really possesses

a Biblical Faith the Lord allows them to see what the world cannot see.

 

4.   Biblical Faith Is A . . Patriarchal. Heb 11:17-22

       A.   Begins With The Patriarch . . Abraham. 11:17-19

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; he who had received the promises was offering up his unique

        son, 18 about whom it had been said, In Isaac your seed will be called. 19 He considered God to be able even to raise someone

        from the dead, from which he also got him back as an illustration.

 

       B.    Continues With The Patriarch . . Isaac. 11:20

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

 

       C.   Continues With The Patriarch . . Jacob. 11:21

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and, he worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

 

       D.   Continues With The Patriarch . . Joseph. 11:22

22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and

               gave instructions concerning his bones.

 

                       1.    Joseph showed his faith in God's promise to Abraham by requesting that his bones be buried in the land of promise. See Gen 50:24-25.


       The four main characters of the last thirty-eight chapters of Genesis are called the patriarchs, and this passage of scripture speaks about their faith. The example of Abraham willing to sacrifice Isaac, with the belief God’s power

would raise him back to life is mentioned; what an example of this kind of faith. Isaac’s faith is seen in the blessing

of his sons, and Jacob passed the blessing on to his sons. Joseph requested for his bones to be eventually buried in the Promised Land. All of these patriarchs give us inspiring examples of faith, and we need to learn from them.

 

5.   Biblical Faith Is A . . Parental Faith. Heb 11:23-26

       A.   Parental Faith Is A . . Defying Faith. 11:23

23 By faith Moses, after he was born, was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was

        beautiful, and they didn't fear the king's edict.

 

       B.    Parental Faith Is A . . Decided Faith. 11:24-25

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter 25 and chose to suffer with the

        people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin.

 

       C.   Parental Faith Is A . . Determined Faith. 11:26

26 For he considered reproach for the sake of the Messiah to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since his

        attention was on the reward.

 

               1.    11:26 the reproach of Christ. Reproach because Moses hoped (however dimly) for the coming Messiah. Or this may mean the reproach any anointed envoy or messiah (in this case Moses himself) suffers in a hostile world. RYRIE


       A very fine example of faith is given through the parental example of Moses’s mother. Isn’t it interesting to see that Jochebed, is mother, thought he was a beautiful child? Of course most mothers think their newborn child is beautiful. By faith Jochebed defied the order of Pharaoh. She must have taught many biblical principals to her son. Moses expressed faith as he refused the opportunity to live as Pharaoh’s son. Without these decisions Moses would not be the Moses we know, nor be an example of faith. Moses thought more about the eternal heavenly rewards than the temporary riches of this world. Truly he expressed A Biblical Faith! Amen? Amen!