Every act of faith condemns the world. It gets a grip of what it hopes for, and holds it in its hand. The life of faith is wonderful, but so also is the walk of faith. Faith touches all sense of things — even a funeral and bones, too, for faith is good at everything. He was a better man than Cain, and his offering was a better offering than Cain’s was; but at bottom here was the difference between the two brothers, Abel had faith, and Cain had none. There were multitudes of others, beside those whom the apostle named, —. In the Hebrews volume, we find over 450 pages of commentary, and in typical Spurgeon fashion, it is full of reflective and provoking exposition. Next we read of the reward of faith. Hebrews 11:1-2. By the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Hebrews 11:4. The next verse illustrates the worship of faith. Each chapter, addressing smaller sections of Hebrews, also provides multiple illustrations used by Spurgeon in his sermons on the relevant texts. There have been many here in this house of prayer who have looked for this city, and they have gone to it. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. I have heard it said that if there is a crooked stick, and you want to show how crooked it is, you need not waste words in description. That is, surely, the very masterpiece of faith. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. Hebrews 11:1-2. If thou hast it not, what hope is there for thee either in this life or in eternity? The worlds were not made, not one of them was made, out of something pre-existent; but they were framed by the Word of God, and the things which are seen were not made of things which are seen. Hebrews 11:11-12. Hebrews 11:11-13. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed: and he went out, not knowing whither he went. Why I Don't Have a Television - John Piper, Why People Find the Bible Difficult - A. W. Tozer, Your Life is Like the Morning Fog - James P. Shelly, A Challenge to Unscriptural Traditions and Practice - Video, Are Seminaries Legitimate? Hebrews 11:9. PREVIOUS NEXT. We do not fully recognize that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for. Denomination: Baptist. But now they desire a better country. Hebrews 11:23. Those huge ramparts and battlements seemed to stand fast and firm, yet they “ fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.” No battering rams played upon them, but faith can do better work than battering rams or dynamite. Hebrews 11:5. It is true that they can be substantiated, by the argument from design, and in other ways; still, for a wise purpose as I believe, God has not made even that matter of the creation of the universe perfectly clear to human reason, so there is room for the exercise of faith. Men who did not believe in God were, some of them, made to feel condemned, and others were condemned, even if they did not feel it, when they saw this holy man building a great ship upon dry land — a ship which he never would launch, but to which God would bring the sea, so that he should float over the waters deep, absolutely secure, whilst others perished. Hebrews 11:6. Her walk has much about it that is mysterious; she knows that the land she treads on belongs to her; and yet, in another sense, she cannot claim a solitary foot of it. Commentary on Hebrews 11:20-31 (Read Hebrews 11:20-31) Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, concerning things to come. The Great Lie: What about the Immortal soul? Without this sure faith, you cannot come to him. Here is a man who is slain by his brother; yet the one who is killed receives the approbation of God. By which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. They are looking for a city, and he has prepared a city for them. Study Hebrews 11 using Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. - Herman Hanko, Problems and Limitations of the Traditional "Sermon" Concept, Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing - Ingrid Schlueter, Should One Man Be The Dominant, Focal-Point Of A Church Service. Some of the most powerful evidence that proves Jesus to be Whom he claimed to be is found in the historical fulfillment of the prophsies He foretold in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 a.d. Hebrews 11:7. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. The Epistle to the Hebrews. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Christ had not risen from the dead. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Men like to have everything laid down according to the rules of mathematical precision, but God desires them to exercise faith; and, therefore, he has not acted according to their wishes. Presented here is a verse by verse exposition of the New Testament. Evidently he and they are well agreed. He was evidently looking for one somewhere else. Keep looking, beloved, there is nothing here worth looking for; but look for “a city which hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God.”. The Paperback Bible. It might be hundreds of years afterwards: but God had called him, and Abraham raised no question, but away he went. What a depth of meaning there is in those five words, “a city which hath foundation,” — as if all other cities had none! “E’en now by faith we join our hands With those that went before; And greet the blood-besprinkled bands On the eternal shore.”. And this holy woman is enrolled among these saintly ones. Hebrews 11:16. We are constantly picking up the relics of them, but there is, blessed be the name of the Lord, “a city which hath foundations,” a city founded on eternal power, and we are on our way to that city, I hope. Yet the Church, for the most part, has allowed it to go unnoticed. Here you have faith uniting itself with the people of God: she perished not with them that believed not, for she had come out from among them and allied herself with the people of God by receiving the spies. Hebrews 11:22. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. They are looking for a city, and he has prepared a city for them. The Immortality of the Soul: A Protest - Joseph Agar Beet D.D. - Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. Others of us sit waiting here till our Lord’s dear hand shall beckon us, and his voice shall say, “Come up higher.” We are looking for the city. Hebrews 11:7. Not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. The country that he sought was not beyond the Euphrates, but beyond the narrow stream of death. for more of it! Hebrews 11:14. Hebrews 11:12. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: These worthies lived before Christ came; but, since then, equally noble exploits have been performed by the heroes and heroines of faith. They were strangers and pilgrims here, and they sought a country elsewhere. He might be ashamed to be called their God if he had unsettled them, and made them long for another city, and yet had never prepared one for them. Hebrews 11:5. Hebrews 11:33-34. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. Oh! The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. Is that as great an exploit as subduing kingdoms? Keep looking, beloved, there is nothing here worth looking for; but look for “a city which hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God.”. Hebrews 11:8. They have opportunity to return; but they have no wish to return. Study the bible online using commentary on Hebrews 11 and more! Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. They have not come to it yet; nor will they as long as they are here below. So may it be! Reason is all very well, but faith mounts upon the shoulders of reason, and sees much farther than reason with her best telescope will ever be able to see. Hebrews 11 Home | M. Henry Commentary | Play! He leaned on it as he sat upright on his death-couch, and pronounced the parting blessing. Hebrews 11:5-6. Next see faith’s safety. He counts the believing man to be far beyond the rest of mankind. Hebrews 11:33-34. There had been no such chapter for Abraham to read as that wonderful one, the fifteenth chapter of the first Epistle to Corinthians; and yet his faith seemed to have a revelation within itself. for more of it! Study to show thyself approved . He did not try to do so, “for he looked for a city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God.”. We do see by faith. Jan 01. By which is meant, not that they did not receive the promises, but they did not receive the things promised. Hebrews 11:33. Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness. They want a heaven, and he is preparing heaven for them, and preparing them for heaven. The Christian martyrs have shown the extremity of human endurance when they have been sustained by faith; and the head-roll of Christian heroes, since their Lord ascended to heaven, is longer and even brighter than that of the faithful ones who came before them in the earlier dispensation. Hebrews 11:8. And that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. If thou hast it not, what hope is there for thee either in this life or in eternity? This volume collects his thoughts on Hebrews in a commentary format, with illustrations and applications culled from his sermons and writings.The Spurgeon Commentary: Hebrews makes Spurgeon's content accessible - there's no longer a need to comb … By the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. He was evidently looking for one somewhere else. If, like his, your life is to be a speaking life, — a life which shall speak even out of the grave, — its voice must be the voice of faith. Hebrews 5 Resources. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. We do see by faith. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. And this holy woman is enrolled among these saintly ones. The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? The new dispensation is necessary to complete the old, the New Testament is the complement of the Old Testament, and New Testament saints join hands with Old Testament elders. What long arms faith has! - Hal Licino, Why Modern Liberalism is Contrary to Christianity, Matthew 24 The End of the Holy City - Morrison Lee, Scripture Charts As Relates to the Second Coming, The Beast of Revelation Revealed - Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry, The Destruction of Jerusalem - Proof of Christianity, The Last Days According to Jesus - R. C. Sproul, All the N.T. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Faith is the conviction - or better, the evidence - of things not seen." There is scarcely anything which faith cannot do, for faith ranks itself on the side of the omnipotent God, and becomes all but omnipotent. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. This is the triumphal arch of faith. i. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead. Their faith made them hide him, for that faith laid hold of God, and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Lord, keep thy servants! Hebrews 11:9. Their Worm Does Not Die: Annihilation and Mark 9:48, Evidence for the Resurrection - William Lane Craig -Text and Audio, The Evidence for Jesus - William Lane Craig - Text and Video. You must believe that God hears prayer. Evidently he and they are well agreed. Hebrews 11:16. And was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, (NASB: Lockman). You must believe that he will punish the guilty, and that he will reward the righteous. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, For there is a fear which comes of faith — a fear which is the strength of faith’s arms, by which it moves us into action. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: What wondrous faith it was which sustained the saints under the awful tortures to which they were subjected! In the 20th verse you get the discernment of faith, faith foreseeing: —. The life of faith is wonderful, but so also is the walk of faith. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. There was no pre-existent matter, the world was made by God’s word, so that prior to the things which are seen, there existed that which is not seen. Hebrews 11:1. He that prays, believing that God will be found by him, shall not pray in vain. Faith does not always account. Hebrews 11:40. Here are the weapons of faith, the warfare of faith, with nothing but her ram’s horn trumpet she encompasses the giant walls of the city, and down they fall. By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. Let us all be worthy of our high pedigree; and may God grant that, if the saints of these latter days are to perfect the history of the Church of Christ, the end may not be less heroic than the beginning was! he knows!’”. The next verse illustrates the worship of faith. . The country that he sought was not beyond the Euphrates, but beyond the narrow stream of death. If they are believers, they have power with God. Children and the Rod of Correction - Dave Miller, Ph.D. Christian Practice - Evidence of Grace - Edwards, How Should Christians Watch TV? That wonderful staff on which he leaned when he came out of Jabbok —that wonderful staff with which he crossed this Jordan in his poverty, but after which he became two bands. Eternal Torment or Complete Annihilation? We, dear friends, when we are trusting in the unseen God, are going back to first principles, we are getting to that which is the essence and the source of all. Faith and fear are very sweet companions, when the fear is filial fear, a holy dread of disobeying, God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Keyword: Filter: Page 1 | First: 2,000 sermons: SORT. Embrace the promises, dear friends, and stretch out your hands by faith to hands that have gone before. He cannot come to a God who to his own mind is non-existent; he must believe that he is. Now faith is the substance: Just as our physical eyesight is the sense that gives us evidence of the material world, faithis the “sense” that gives us evidence of the invisible, spiritual world. Spurgeon’s writings are now curated in a format that is tied directly to the biblical text. A believing man can bless his children. It was faith that enabled him to present an acceptable sacrifice, and it was faith that presented him to heaven. - James P. Shelly, Genesis Week - Refuting Evolution - 100 Videos, The Enormity of the Error of Perverting the Gospel. Hebrews 11:20. Theologian Paul on Life, Death, and Immortality - Froom, Gravity of Ascribing False Teachings to Christ - (refernce to Dives and Lazarus), The Old Testament Use of the Word Sheol (Hell), The Rich Man and Lazarus: An Intermediate State? See this reward then; it pleases God, and that is reward enough far anyone of us. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. He did not try to do so, “for he looked for a city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God.”. Hebrews 11:30. They were not evolved out of something else that existed before; evolution is a rank lie against revelation. Here we find the names of many of the heroes of faith, and a brief record of some of the battles in which they fought and conquered. Spurgeon’s writings are now curated in a format that is tied directly to the biblical text. Is Hell eternal torment or eternal death. Then we shall, one way or another, conquer death; for if we do, we shall triumph over the grave; and if Christ shall come before we die, we shall triumph in the coming of Christ. What wonders faith can work. Wherefore keep your face that way, and let every longing and pining for the home country reassure you that this is not any dreamland, but that there is such a place. So, you see, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, all lived by faith, and did their works by faith, and distributed blessings to their children by faith. Hebrews 11:13. Hebrews 11:5. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. Hebrews 11:27-28. And was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. The "Clergy/Laity" Distinction: A Hindrance to the Church? Amen. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. Then we shall, one way or another, conquer death; for if we do, we shall triumph over the grave; and if Christ shall come before we die, we shall triumph in the coming of Christ. But he did not look for a city upon earth. Hebrews 11:7. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead. The Lord defines faith in Hebrews chapter 11. All the godly of the olden time had a good report of God and of holy men as the result of their faith. It might be hundreds of years afterwards: but God had called him, and Abraham raised no question, but away he went. Faith and fear are very sweet companions, when the fear is filial fear, a holy dread of disobeying, God. They are still seeking a country. With Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. There is no mistake about that. Do you not remember that hymn that our Brother Chamberlain sings so sweetly? Reason is all very well, but faith mounts upon the shoulders of reason, and sees much farther than reason with her best telescope will ever be able to see. Beloved, if we cannot get a translation as Enoch did, let us not be content without getting God’s good pleasure as he did. Do we not also fail in our belief as to the success of prayer? By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. She can sweep the house and seek diligently. What does it mean to take the Lord's name in vain? To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible. Hell Under Fire - CIANZ Annual Conference Address, Jesus' Teaching on Hell - Samuel G. Dawson, The Nature of Hell - Evangelical Alliance, The Origin of Hell-Fire in Christian Teaching, The Bible Verses the Traditional View of Hell - Babu G. Ranganathan, Applying the Resurrection There was nothing to make it out of. For by it the elder obtained a good report. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This was one of the grandest achievements of faith. The fantastic blessings of faith in God: 1. If you want to judge the wickedness of men, you need not set yourself to do it in the first place. May God’s grace always keep any of you from turning back; for it is to turn back unto perdition! Hebrews 11:15. Faith always has been the mark of God's servants, from the beginning of the world... View the entire commentary. Here is the judgment of faith, by which she judges wisely, choosing rather to be reproached for Christ than to reign with the world. Wherefore keep your face that way, and let every longing and pining for the home country reassure you that this is not any dreamland, but that there is such a place. Here you have the expectation of faith. It has never been so; for this, which was one of the greatest things that was ever done, — to leap from this life into another, and to overleap the grave altogether, — was only achieved “by faith.”. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: It lay in the future to them far more than it does to us, for Christ has now come, and we look hack to that glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour, but they had altogether to look forward. There you have the difference between faith and presumption: faith goes through the sea, presumption is drowned in the sea. Scriptural Evidence for the Necessity of Obedience in Salvation, The Doctrine of Immortality in the Early Church - John H. Roller, Luther's views on soul sleep and the after life, Make Good Use of Your Servitude - Observations on Biblical Slavery, The Consensus of Current Scholarship: The Soul is Not Immortal, Killing the Canaanites - A Response to the New Atheism's "Divine Genocide" Claims. Hebrews 11:31. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. Hebrews 11:24-26. Hebrews 11:1-2: Things not Seen : Dean Vaughan. Hebrews 11:17-19. That is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. The chapter is a very long one so I must condense it, as the apostle himself did when he came to the 32nd verse; there was so much to be said that he added, —. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. And that was good judgment, was it not? Ought the Church to Pray for Revival? Does The Bible Provide an Adequate Answer to Suffering? Moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. 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Hudson, Thirty Questions For Teachers Of Eternal Torment, Universal Restoration Substituted for Eternal Torment - Froom. It is a spiritual act that sees the fingerprints of God. Their blessings then are realities. Hebrews 11:21. If they had had no faith, we should have had no report of them. Faith does not live on things seen; she lives on something yet to come. Hebrews 11:30. Spurgeon's writings on the Bible fill dozens of volumes; his thoughts on particular passages are scattered across numerous books and sermons. By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. Tonight we may well say, “Lord, increase our faith.”. that it may be said of us that we pleased God. The most gorgeous ceremonies are as nothing in his sight; it is the faith of the heart which he accepts. For faith justifies only as it refers to, and depends on, Christ. Christianity: The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Women, The Pursuit of God - A W Tozer - Complete Book. MINISTRY OF SERMONAUDIO. For by it the elder obtained a good report. If thou hast it, thou art blessed among men, blessed among women. The facts about creation must be the subject of faith. Hebrews 11:31. Hebrews 11:13. You must believe that God hears prayer. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. See this reward then; it pleases God, and that is reward enough far anyone of us. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. This is true, literally, of Abraham’s seed according to the flesh. The Hebrew Word Nephesh (Soul) - E. W. Bullinger. Whatever difficulties may lie in the way, we may always know that he is faithful who hath promised. And confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Hebrews 11:4. There were many deaths to work against the life of faith; yet life triumphed over death after all. What wonders faith can work. All the Prayers in the Bible - Old and New Testaments. Hold us up, and we shall be safe. Why should I not? Happy is the man or woman who believeth in God. Faith touches all sense of things — even a funeral and bones, too, for faith is good at everything. Hebrews 11:32. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. - Bullinger, Rise Of The Theory Of Universal Restoration - Henry Constable, Universal Restoration Substituted for Eternal Torment, Absent From The Body—Present With The Lord, Cross Purposes: Atonement, Death and the Fate of the Wicked. Hebrews 11:20-21. There is scarcely anything which faith cannot do, for faith ranks itself on the side of the omnipotent God, and becomes all but omnipotent. Tonight we may well say, “Lord, increase our faith.”. 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