"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
The word 'substance' in this passage has four main connotations - the last one is my favorite.
A. Faith is the foundation upon which we can build our hopes.
B. Faith is the ‘title-deed’ or the guarantee of all our future hopes. (this only belongs to believers – not unbelievers)
C. Faith is the assurance that God will always come through for us. (Phil. 1:6) – there are no disappointments with God.
D. Faith allows things hoped for to subsist. Through faith, we can live as though we have those things now. Since we are future citizens of Heaven, we can through faith, live as though we have a little bit of Heaven on Earth. We can and should live for God because we have all eternity to worship and serve Him.
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