A. Without faith it is impossible
to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
I. Our Faith is Our Foundation
1. Faith is: [pistis] Defined by
Thayer: “conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a
conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things,
generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith
and joined with it; relating to God; the conviction that God exists and
is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal
salvation through Christ; relating to Christ; a strong and welcome conviction
or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation
in the kingdom of God; the religious beliefs of Christians; belief with
the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ,
springing from faith in the same”
B. We are justified [to show, exhibit, evince,
one to be righteous, such as he is and wishes himself to be considered]
by faith (Romans 5:1).
C. It is by faith that we walk (II Corinthians
1. We will find that we do not have
a. We will see that our faith has
2. When we walk by faith we display our faithfulness
b. We will see that our faith is based upon
A. The word “substance” in the KJV
means: “that which has foundation, is firm; that which has actual existence;
a substance, real being; the substantial quality, nature, of a person or
thing; the steadfastness of mind, firmness, courage, resolution; confidence,
firm trust, assurance” – Thayer.
II. Our Faith is the Foundation
of Things We Hope For
B. We add various things to our faith, because
our faith is our foundation (II Peter 1:5-10).
1. Our faith comes from the word
of God (Romans 10:17).
3. Our faith produces action [works]:
2. Christ tells us that those who obey Him
are likened unto one who builds a foundation upon a rock (Luke 6:47-49).
a. Our faith must be tried so that
we can build up endurance (James 1:3 and I Peter 1:7-9).
a. Abraham (James 2:21-22 and Hebrews
C. The same Greek word translated “substance”
here [KJV] is translated as “confidence” in Hebrews 3:14.
b. Those on the Day of Pentecost – received
the word then obeyed (Acts 2:41).
c. What is to be said of our faith when
we do nothing for the Lord?
1. Our faith also plays into our
prayer life (James 1:5-8).
2. Our boldness is through confidence in
Christ (Ephesians 3:12).
a. Faith will be our shield in allowing
us to be bold in battle (Ephesians 6:16).
A. We hope [trust] in God to keep
many promises as the Bible says God cannot lie (Titus 1:2).
1. We have hope [trust] in the resurrection
B. There is but one hope of our calling (Ephesians
2. We have hope [trust] in salvation (I
1. That hope is in the only way
– Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
2. It is a hope we have not seen, but we
do have the evidence to have faith in.
III. Our Faith is Based
Upon Evidence of Things We Have Not Seen
A. We learn through the word evidence
[proof], that our faith is not blind, but based upon something that proves
that which we have not seen with our eyes exists.
1. In a court of law evidence is
often based upon witness accounts. We have a sixty-six book witness
account, by 40 different writers, in which all of their accounts are in
complete agreement with each other.
B. How we can know that God exists and
that the Bible is a credible source of information
2. This is made possible because all 40
writers were guided by the Holy Spirit (II Peter 1:20-21).
a. All scriptures are inspired [God-breathed]
(II Timothy 3:16-17).
b. Not the words of man’s wisdom (I Corinthians
c. It was God’s intention to provide all
that we need to know to obey (Deuteronomy 29:29, John 20:30-31, and John
d. Within those accounts we have several
witnesses to the physical existence of Christ and the works He did including
His resurrection (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:32, Acts 3:13-15, Acts 10:38-39, and
I Corinthians 15:1-8).
1. Prophesies (the length
of time between them being written and then being fulfilled in detail).
C. How about some of the scientific foreknowledge
in the Bible?
a. Micah 5:2 (BC 737) fulfilled
(737 years later) Matthew 2:1.
b. Isaiah 53:3-12 (BC 685) fulfilled
(about 718 years later) [the following scriptures are just some of the
details outlined in Isaiah 53] Matthew 20:28, Matthew 27:12-14, and Matthew
c. Psalms 69:21 (around 600 BC) about
633 years later Matthew 27:34
d. Psalms 22:18 (around 600 BC) about
633 years later Matthew 27:35.
e. Isaiah 9:1-2 (BC 685) about 715
years later Matthew 4:12-23.
f. Isaiah 2:2-3 (BC 700) about 733 years
later Luke 24:47 and Acts 2:5; 38; 47.
1. Oceanography Fresh water
springs in the ocean found in 1976 by the US Geological Survey: Job 38:16
D. What do the above points “B” and “C” prove?
2. In 1876 the Challenger Expedition
found recessed (Channels) in the Ocean: II Samuel 22:16
3. In 1690 Pierre Perrault and Edme
Mariotte found water cycles that formed the rain from large bodies of water.
THE BIBLE TELLS US THIS IS WHY THE SEA IS NOT FULL WITH ALL OF THE RIVERS
THAT FLOW INTO IT.
a. Ecclesiastes 1:7
4. In 1935 Prof. H. Dam realized that
babies blood clot abilities (VIT. K) is best on the 8th day after birth:
b. Ecclesiastes 11:3
c. Amos 9:6
5. ASTRONOMY The Earth is round was
found by Christopher Columbus 1492: Isaiah 40:22
1. Isaiah 55:8-9
2. Genesis 1:1
3. Hebrews 11:3
A. The Bible teaches that we need
to prove all things (I Thessalonians 5:21).
1. Through Bible foreknowledge,
prophesies, and witness accounts we can know the Bible is true and that
our faith is based upon evidence.
B. James 2:19 “Thou believest that there
is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
2. As Gamaliel pointed out: if it is not
truth it would not stand (Acts 5:29-42), but over many attempts skeptics
have not been able to provide anything that has blemished our source of
evidence; which is the inspired word of God!
1. Will you go further in allowing
your faith to lead to obedience?
2. Will you allow your faith to keep you
following the Lord?
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