When one asks you about what you believe, how do you answer them? The answer, “Well, I believe by faith” may fly with your Christian friends but to the average Joe who is searching for something in which to believe, “faith” doesn’t satisfy.
The world is looking for something tangible; something they can put their arms around; something they can see. If we intend on winning the lost, we need to recognize that there is more to faith than doesn’t meet the eye!
Hebrews 11:1 gives us some insight on the faith to which we cling… Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Right away, if we just take the time to read each word, we see that faith is not what fairy tales are made of. The writer uses the words substance and evidence to define our faith.
Let’s do a little Bible study. We all know that English was not the original language used to write the word of God. So, let’s look at these two words in the original Greek. First we’ll take a look at the word used for substance. It is the word hupostasis and it means a setting or placing under; a thing put under, substructure or foundation.
With that in mind, let’s look at it in the context of our text. Faith is the substance (Foundation) of things hoped for. Right away we see that faith is something we can stand on in regards to our hopes.
In essence the word tells us that, before we can hope and believe anything will come of it, there has to be a foundation for that hope.
Have you ever said something like, “I HOPE this Mexican food doesn’t make me sick?” The foundation for that hope is the belief that the restaurant was competent enough to order fresh food and prepare it in a safe and clean environment!
Moving right along, lets look at the next word on our list… Evidence. In the Greek, the word is elegchos and it speaks of the evidence used to prove or test.
Wow, the writer is telling us that faith serves as EVIDENCE?! If we search out that Greek word used for evidence, e’-le-khos, we’ll find it in one other place in the Bible. II Timothy 3:16… All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof…
The word used for reproof is, you guessed it, e’-le-khos! What exactly does that establish for us? It establishes that the scriptures provide the “evidence” one needs to support his or her faith! One more verse that helps solidify this truth is Romans 10:17… So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
God has never intended for us to aimlessly and ignorantly believe in who He is or what He’s done. He has provided every foundation and all of the evidence that we’ll ever need to support what we believe right there in the best selling book that’s ever been published!
Do you want to make a difference in the life of one who longs to know truth? Take the time to see what God’s word has to offer in regards to answers. This will not only prepare you to offer hope to a searching soul but will also serve to strengthen the faith you stand upon.