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HEBREWS CHAPTER 11

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1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 

 

Heb 11,1-40

(99n) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance (Working to keep in motion) >> Persevere in faith This chapter literally defines faith in the very first verse, and then uses examples of faith throughout the rest of the chapter from many Old Testament characters to punctuate its meaning, and note that in every case actions were involved. That is, genuine faith is anything but mental ascent, as it seems the Church today understands it. How many times have we heard it said, 'All you need to do is believe'? Really, not according to this chapter or any chapter in the Bible. Faith to a little child is simple, but faith to an adult who also wants this life in the flesh becomes hopelessly complicated. Faith was not complicated to the people mentioned in this chapter, but the things they did were not easy, yet many of them changed the course of this world. If we want to wield that kind of power, we will have to believe in the faith of God, and His faith come with a set of instructions, and those instructions will lead us to sacrifice everything as those mentioned in this chapter did.

(194a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run the race that is set before us

Heb 11,1-34

(95h) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Having an obedient attitude >> Ready to do God’s will

Heb 11,1-3

(118c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit

(124l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love is the action of God’s faith – This is the definition of faith: the substance of God (Heb 11-1, KJV). It is questionable if Christianity has effectively defined it. Most people would just use the synonym “believe” to define faith, but that is not accurate, for they are different in this way: believing is linked to obedience, whereas faith is linked to heaven as something that comes to us from God. That is, one refers to man’s faith while the other refers to God’s faith. Man must exercise his faith through obedience before God will impart His faith into the believer as the born-again experience. At this, the believer possesses something that originated from heaven, and it is the substance that will safely lead him to heaven. In that sense, faith is the act of God sending His Spirit into all the world like a dragnet (Mat 13,47-50), and then calling it back to Himself at the end of the age to see how many souls He caught. Christianity starts with the hearing ear, goes to believing and ends with obedience, and the result is an anointing from God, which is a spirit of faith given for the purpose of fulfilling His plan for our lives. This has been the case throughout the millennia, but now more than ever as we approach the end of days. If we can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to us, He can convey His will, and if we fulfill it, the summation of these things is faith. This is how Jesus fulfilled His purpose: in conjunction with His mother telling Him how He was born, He heard the voice of His Father at an early age telling Him that He was the Son of God and that His purpose was to die for the sins of the world. He then followed that plan by the Spirit until He fulfilled His purpose. Jesus is our example of the Christian life. The result: the Father raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at His right-hand, and this is what God plans to do with us. He will seat us at the right-hand of Christ on the throne of His Father, and our position with Christ will be determined by the level that we completed His will.

(151i) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Creation is evidence of God >> No other source but God can explain the creation – The writer of Hebrews is recalling Gen 1-3, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” This was a statement of faith. God has given us the earth as a gift, and He won’t take it back. God has made us in His own image, who have a will, which is the essence of God, and in order to sustain His image in us He is unwilling to violate our will, which makes God look small in our eyes. We see a God who doesn’t do much, but in fact we are looking at a God who is unwilling to jeopardize our will, but honors it as He honors His own word. God knows the power of His word, that whatever He says will come to pass, but if He violated our will, He would dishonor his word, and the stars would no longer have reason to shine. To us stars are tiny specks of light in the sky, but these burning giants of fire are millions of miles across, so huge we can see them trillions of miles away. He has created entire galaxies full of stars so far away that we can only see them with high-powered telescopes. These things are unimaginable, yet we see them. Only recently have we come to know these things about God’s creation. Had people known about them a thousand years ago, they would have fallen on their faces and worshipped God (then made idols of them). What is our reaction to God today? We thumb our nose at Him as we learn about the complexity of the atom. When we break the atom, we discover new particles that have particles in themselves; it seems that the infinitesimal is as infinite as the universe. We see the complexity of God and yet it doesn’t scare many of those who are discovering them; they are jaded. It doesn’t invoke fear or wonder or amazement toward God in His ability to create things; they are hardened. What the writer of Hebrews is saying in verse three is that we look at the universe and we understand: 1) the creation cannot create itself, and 2) based on the first, it had to be created by something non-physical.

(212b) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> The creation glorifies God >> God created all things through Christ – The Father is faith itself. This is incomprehensible to us, but this is what Scripture teaches. The Bible explicitly says that God wants us to believe in Him, “so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven” (Mat 5-45). When Jesus said this, He was talking about loving our enemies, which requires all our faith. If faith makes us children of our Father in heaven, then our Father in heaven consists of faith. This flies in the face of New-Age teachings and many false religions that hold to the teaching of pantheism that try to explain the essence of God is energy: God is all, and all is God. When we look at the creation, at the atom, the amount of energy that it possess at its core, Einstein posited in his equation: E=MC2 that the creation equals energy, and for this reason many false religions say that God is energy, but the Bible teaches that energy exists because of God’s faith. There is a big difference between the essence of God being faith and the essence of God being energy; if He is energy, then new-agers and pantheists can worship the creation, and it is the same as worshipping God, but since the essence of God is faith, we must worship Him by faith and be constrained to His Truth, and new-agers don’t want to be constrained. New-agers don’t want to believe in God, but prefer to make up their own minds about the truth. That is, they would rather believe in the creation than in God (Rom 1,18-21).

(230d) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> Partaking of the power of God >> Partaking of the ministry of the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verse 19

Heb 11-1

(90b) Thy kingdom come >> God convicts us >> Conviction leads us in the way of faith – If God quit believing in Himself, He would suddenly blink out of existence, and everything would suddenly disappear with Him. Space itself would disappear, along with the planets and stars. God spent an eternity alone before He made anything. Helen Keller could not see or hear. She had very little evidence to prove that she existed (though she could feel, taste and smell). Before He created anything God had a consciousness of self, and that alone was enough for Him to know that He existed. That is, His greatest revelation was that of His own existence, like the saying, “I think I am; therefore I am.” God went through this in His mind for an eternity, and through the revelation of His own existence He created all things, because if He existed, then He could cause anything He wanted to exist. The next revelation that God had of Himself was that nothing existed but Him. He knew that nothing existed on the other end of the universe, because the universe didn’t yet exist, not even space! If anybody else were in God’s place before creation and had to spend eternity alone, instead of engineering a universe that he would one day create, he would have simply gone mad. People released from isolation are usually deeply marred, but just the opposite happened to God. He was so aware of His existence that he began designing things in His mind, so that when he went to create them, he knew exactly what He wanted to do. He started with the infinitesimal particles, pieces smaller than the elements, and He put the particles together and composed the atom, and then He designed stars and galaxies and made the universe, and then He made us. God commands us to walk by faith in order that we may be sons and daughters of our heavenly Father, because He exists by faith. God believes in Himself and we believe in Him.

(110l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spiritual substance and truth >> Spiritual substance follows the truth – What is faith, really? It is the very core of Christianity, and therefore it is something we need to properly understand. We know the definition of faith according to Scripture, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (KJV), but what does this mean? Faith is specifically knowing what God wants us to do and doing it. We don’t know what God wants us to do by reading the Bible. Instead, we read the Bible to know God’s general will, but we pray the Bible to develop a hearing ear that is able to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Whatever He says to us we must do, and doing it is the very essence of faith. In other words, faith is defined as obeying the Holy Spirit. When we compare that simple definition to Heb 11-1, there is a striking similarity. “The substance of things hoped for;” is that which the Holy Spirit tells us to do, and doing His specific will establishes the invisible into the natural realm. We live and walk by a voice that speaks to us in our innermost being, and by obeying the Holy Spirit we see that which cannot be seen.

(121k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope Based On Faithfulness >> Hope based on character

(122f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in yourself as you die to sin >> Confident in what you are doing

(255e) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> God is Spirit – This is the Faith chapter, also known as “The Hall of Faith.” Just like the trinity is three in one, interchangeable and identical, so is faith and love. Faith is most closely tied to the Holy Spirit, Paul even calling Him the Spirit of faith in 2Cor 4-13. If a person were required to provide a definition of “faith” and were unfamiliar with this verse, he would no doubt furnish a definition quite different from this one. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (KJV). It would behoove the believer to treat faith as a substance, since that is how God sees it. So many people want nothing to do with matters of faith because it rates with “...those lovely intangibles,” as Mr. Gailey (the lawyer) said in the Christmas movie “Miracle on 34th Street.” Our bodies are made of flesh and for that reason we are used to working with the material world, which tends to crowd out any concerns for the intangibles of this life, such as faith and love. However, when we look at it from God’s perspective, faith is more substantial than the things we think constitute our physical lives. God treats His faith as a substance, and we have the substance of God dwelling in us, “if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in [us]” (Rom 8:9). The Spirit of faith is the substance of God, who is essentially made of faith. These things may seem nebulous to us, but a day is coming when we will be judged by these things after we have shed our fleshly existence and made to participate in the spiritual realm. What did God say to Moses at the burning bush? “I AM.” That was a complete sentence, having both subject and verb. It was God’s statement of faith; it is the definition of God. It states that God always was and He always will be, so that the only thing relevant is the present, being the reason Jesus taught us to live in the moment. God is eternal, both past and future; He essentially exists through faith, which is incomprehensible to us. However, we will probably understand it better in eternity, though God’s past will likely remain a mystery, since we had a beginning. This is why faith is more important to God than we could ever imagine. In fact, even in eternity we will probably not fully understand why God loves us so much, simply because we will never have the capacity to set a proper value on faith.

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2&3 For by it the men of old gained approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. 

 

Heb 11-2

(247i) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> Things that please God -- This verse goes with verse 5

Heb 11-3

(111g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the power (meaning) of God >> Circumstances cannot evade the voice of the Spirit

(114g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Implementing the revelation of the Holy Spirit

(150h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word of the Spirit >> Speaking the words that God speaks

 

4&5 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.

 

Heb 11,4-40

(31c) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> He favors you in your circumstances

(85m) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Treating the knowledge of God as fact >> Believing the Son by obeying the Father >> Obeying the old covenant through the new – Using Abraham as our example, new covenant believers are still seeking a country of our own, even though Israel may exist, it is a prototype of the one what is to come, a city that God will establish for a thousand-year reign. Even that will be a prototype of what is to come in the heavenly city, New Jerusalem. Eventually God will create a new universe and will establish His holy city upon a new earth. As far as we know, this is the very essence of God’s purpose for mankind, but since God is infinite and eternal, this too may turn out to be a mere prototype of what is to come.

Heb 11-4,5

(155h) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> The Father bears witness of the believer – Was it by faith or was it by good fortune that Abel offered a better sacrifice than Cain? Abel was a shepherd and Cain was a farmer. Naturally, Abel offered to God a living sacrifice, whereas Cain offered Him a vegetable. It just so happened that these were their professions through no fault of their own. It was not less of Cain to be a farmer, and it wasn’t better of Abel to be a shepherd. This is why Abel’s sacrifice was better than Cain’s: God predestined the animal sacrifice to be Israel’s mode of worship until the time set by the Father, who would send His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to die on the cross for the sin of man. After Abel made his animal sacrifice, he gave up his life as a type of Christ, who also was murdered out-of jealousy, “For he [Pilate] knew that because of envy they had handed Him over ” (Mat 27-18). Had Cain simply sought the Lord and asked for understanding, God might have revealed to him that his sacrifice was not inferior; it simply wasn’t chosen, just like God chose Jacob over Esau. Esau was not an inferior person; he was simply not chosen. Abel obtained the testimony that he was righteous in that his sacrifice was chosen. Abel was righteous because he was chosen, and that is the case with all of us who are born of God.

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Heb 11-4

(130l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Accept one another >> Accept the weak – God accepted Able and so Cain should have accepted him too, for they could have had a symbiotic relationship together as farmers. The relationship between farmers today is still the same; some farmers till the ground and others raise cattle. They have huge fields of corn or soybeans and sell the produce, and other farmers buy it to feed to their cows and pigs and other farm animals, though some of it goes to making products for human consumption. The amount of food these animals eat represents hundreds of thousands of acres, which indicates there are a lot of farm animals. Neither the field farmer nor the cattle farmer is superior to the other; on the contrary they need each other. What good would it do to fill their silos full of corn if there were no animals to eat it, and what good would be raising cattle if they have no food to eat, and so they are equally important to each other. Had Cain approached God about his concerns and asked for wisdom, God would have told him that selecting Abel’s animal sacrifice over vegetables had nothing to do with the quality of his sacrifice. God may have gone as far as to tell Cain that He intended to use the animal sacrifice one day to represent the sacrifice of His own Son for the sins of mankind, and Cain would have had an insight and a wisdom that he could have handed to his descendants that would have made his name great as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; instead he chose ignorance, stupidity and foolishness, so the name “Cain” invokes thoughts of jealousy and murder.

(151g) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> Adam

(157k) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Having a murder spirit – Abel’s offering was a comparison to Cain’s. It wasn’t that Abel gave such a wonderful offering. God said to Cain, ‘Your brother’s offering is better than yours,’ and it made Cain jealous. God never said He liked Abel better; He just said that this particular offering was better. Cain could have tried harder and offered God a better sacrifice in the future, but instead He decided to sacrifice his future and killed his brother. How was that supposed to fix the problem? Cain’s knee-jerk reaction of murder wasn’t meant to solve anything; it was meant to vent his frustrations. It made him feel better for a fraction of a second at the cost of the rest of his life. It says that Abel made a better sacrifice through faith, meaning that faith came first and then his offering followed. It was because of Abel’s faith in the character of God that he offered a better sacrifice than Cain. So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Cain, who apparently had a lack of faith, would choose to murder his brother. Abel was the first victim of the spirit of martyrdom, who murdered Jesus Christ for the same reason—jealousy, demonstrating that the spirit of antichrist operates on extremely elementary principles that never evolve.

(189c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Acceptable sacrifice -- This verse goes with verses 17-19

Heb 11-5

(29c) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Delivered from death -- This verse goes with verse 34

(90j) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> We do not nullify the law through faith; we fulfill it – Some people quote Heb 9-27 at the name of Enoch, “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” Enoch didn’t die, and some say that he must return and go through death as one of the Two Witnesses, since it is a requirement of all men to die. This is just a lot of nonsense. What do these same people say about the Rapture when millions of people are suddenly taken, bypassing death? This happened to Enoch and to just about nobody else. Was Enoch such a good person, or was it a contrast between he and his neighbors. Maybe his neighbors were utterly sinful, and Enoch was a good man by comparison, remaining faithful to what he knew was right, like Noah, who refused to integrate into the world’s lifestyle of debauchery, because he had a conscience. This was before the law; God controlled mankind through his conscience. Man knew in his heart what was right and wrong, so if he did evil, his conscience would tell him. This was a foolproof system, except that man found ways around it, such as learning not to care about right and wrong. It became irrelevant to them, and this was the cause of Noah’s Ark. God started again with Noah and his family and recreated mankind through them, commanding them to replenish the earth, and soon after God called Abraham to become the father of a nation that would deal directly with God, who would later receive the law through Moses. They had their conscience plus the law now, and that didn’t work much better. It helped, but it was by no means a solution. Finally, God sent His Son to die for mankind and sent the Holy Spirit in His place, and now we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us as a supercharged conscience that bears witness to the law (See Heb 8-10,11). A person first needs to be saved to have the Holy Spirit dwelling in him, and then he has to obey the Holy Spirit who dwells in him to receive any benefit from God’s work in his life. After God has done all these things to help man understand that he is a fallen creature and needs to submit to Christ and subject his sinful flesh to His authority, the end of all things is again at our doorstep for the simple reason that people refuse to acknowledge their problem as sinners. Once man opened Pandora’s Box, sin has become an unsolvable problem, and once this age and the age of Millennium have run their course, God will create a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells, and sin will finally be no more.

(237f) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Rapture of the blameless – Enoch was a type of Rapture; he and Elisha were the only two who were Raptured in the Old Testament; a chariot of fire came for Elisha the prophet, who inherited the anointing of Elijah, and both were righteous and holy men. So holy and righteous people will be the participants of the Rapture. In the last days the Two Witnesses will be raptured in the First Resurrection, who have the anointing of prophets, and the rest of the Church will be raptured after them. Following the pattern, everyone who is raptured will be righteous and holy people to the Lord as Enoch and Elisha were holy to the Lord. Many people talk about a theoretical righteousness, that God made us holy through Christ, that God sees us through the blood of the cross, which has cleansed us of all unrighteousness. These things are true; nevertheless, the Bible doesn’t speak about people raptured who merely have a theoretical righteousness; instead, it speaks about it in a practical sense, that if righteousness and holiness don’t manifest in the natural realm, then they don’t exist (Eph 5-27).

(247i) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> Things that please God -- This verse goes with verse 2

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6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

 

Heb 11,6-40

(5i) Responsibility >> Discipleship tested >> God tests your loyalty >> God tests your commitment to believe whatever He says – People have accused God of evil for telling Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, to literally kill his own son, after waiting all those decades for the promise to be fulfilled. Had Abraham told God, “No, Lord, I won’t do it,” would have been unbelief, whereas Abraham was a man of faith and heard and knew the voice that spoke with him, and he was totally convinced that it was God. He knew that whatever God spoke to him would always be the right thing to do and would become his destiny no matter what it was He said. The devil could say something sweet, and it would turn to poison if you listened to him, but God could say something like kill your own son, and it would turn into a blessing. This is the lesson here: knowing the voice of God, which Abraham did, which today is still the essence of the Christian faith. ‘Did I hear the wrong voice, is this the devil speaking to me?’ Abraham didn’t ask these questions because he knew the voice of God. (However, if you, the reader, hear a voice to kill someone, don’t listen to it; trust me, it is not God.) The devil is not able to imitate God’s voice; he isn’t big enough. The analogy is a five-year-old trying to imitate his father’s voice. Although it was a horrible thought, Abraham had every intension of going through with it. He took the knife and was about to plunge it into his son’s body when God stopped him. Having received no sign that it was merely a test, in Abraham’s mind Isaac was as good as dead, yet Abraham had faith in God that He could even raise the dead. For this reason Abraham received his son back as a type of resurrection. God planted into Abraham the seed of God’s intension of sacrificing His own Son on the altar of righteousness to receive Him back as the first born of all creation from the dead. God’s testing of Abraham’s faith not only simulated the sacrifice that God would later perform on His Son, but it also proved that Abraham cared more about God than he did for His gifts.

Heb 11,6-10

(233h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seek His glory without wavering >> Seek His glory by faith – Abraham is the father of our faith in that when he was called, he obeyed. This is a description of faith, which is quite different from Paul’s version of faith in the book of Romans, where he separated faith from works, not because they naturally exist apart, but to make the point that our works cannot save us. Rather, our works follow faith as a byproduct. Anyone who includes works as an element of salvation invariably sidestep Christianity and fall into the trap of paganism and witchcraft, where their works perform various incantations, promising to usher them into favor with God. Here in verse eight the writer of Hebrews joins faith and works, as the book of James does, and shows them together as they should be, reminding us that Abraham left his homeland as a result of faith.

Heb 11-6

(64a) Limits Of God (Key verse)

(64b) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot tolerate sin >> Impossible to please God without faith – Abraham sojourned through foreign lands over many years, and God put it in his heart through his word that wherever his foot trod would belong to his descendents. He kept looking for a specific place, not realizing that everywhere he went belonged to him. The greatest significance of Abraham’s example of faith was that he didn’t know where he was going, and this too is true of the Christian walk. God wants to glean faith from us. If he gave us all the details about our future, there would be no need for faith.

(137d) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Jesus is the foundation of God’s favor in our lives

(205j) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> Faith versus works >> The faith of God versus the faith of men >> Faith is the law of righteousness – It says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Verse six is a recipe for salvation. What are the minimum requirements of salvation? There are only two ingredients of faith: 1) you must  believe that God exists, and 2) you must believe He is a good person, “a rewarder of those who seek Him.” There are those who believe God exists but don’t believe in Him, and there are others who don’t even believe God exists. Neither of them are capable of being saved until they have a change of heart, but if they did change their hearts, that change alone would not save them. Jesus defined salvation as the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the believer, so it is our belief and acceptance in God that allows Him to deposit His seed of salvation in us, who defines our salvation and whose influence grows over the years until it becomes the leading force of our lives (Mat 13-33).

(226k) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards us for obeying Him >> Rewarded for believing in God – There are those who believe that doing the will of God for a reward is not the basis of pure motives, much like a dog or a pigeon is primitive and lacks in fundamental motivations for love and maturity, but the fact is, if there were no reward for seeking God, we just won’t do it. God wouldn’t even ask us to seek Him under those conditions. That doesn’t make us pigeons or dogs; it makes us people just like God, who also is unwilling to do anything without a reward. God rewarded Himself by making the universe, then He rewarded Himself by making man, and He reward Himself by sending His Son to die for our sins, and His reward was the Church, and our reward for seeking God is the truth, which is the substance of faith.

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7 By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

 

Heb 11,7-10 

(97f) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Facing in the direction of the Lord >> Focusing your mind on God

(118i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Giving God your attention >> Resolutely focus on the glory of God >> Focus on the direction He is leading you -- These verses go with verses 26,27

(230b) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> What we must do to partake of the kingdom >> Partaking which requires our participation

Heb 11-7,8 

(86j) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word >> Clothe yourself with the word of God >> Walk the truth

(106o) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Purpose of hearing from God >> God ordains our calling – Abraham pleased God though He made mistakes. This means it is not our righteousness or our lack of sin that pleases Him but our obedience. There are commandments in the Bible that tell us what we should do, but what pleases God most is to obey His Voice that He personally speaks in our hearts through His Spirit. Regarding His written word, God’s attitude is that if we are unwilling to obey it, good luck hearing from the Holy Spirit, let alone doing what He says. Abraham obeyed the Holy Spirit who spoke to his heart, which is different from following the teachings of the Bible, though the Spirit will never contradict the Scriptures. We know that the Holy Spirit is essentially the author of the Bible that testifies about the things that God has spoken in the past, but when the Holy Spirit speaks in our hearts it is what God is personally saying to us in the moment. If we obey Him, we are truly pleasing to God. This is what Abraham did. 

Heb 11-7

(8i) Responsibility >> Responsible to defend God's cause >> Preparing for Judgment

(49b) Judgment >> Nations are destroyed >> God judges the nations through the Church – The writer of Hebrews gave many examples of faith that all had obedience in common. Noah built an ark by faith, meaning the rains did not come until the ark was completed. It says that God condemned the world by the ark that Noah built. How did Noah's ark condemn the world? To understand this, we need to understand the manner in which God judges the world, and to understand this we must understand God’s concept of justice. There are a couple verses suggesting that God’s concept of justice is comparative. Mat 12-41,42 says, “The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.” So, these verses suggest that God judged the ancient world by comparing it to the faith of Noah and his family. The completion of Noah’s ark did two things: 1) it preserved humanity from extinction, and 2) it bore witness against Noah's world that its deeds were evil. Anyone was welcome to sail with Noah and his family in the ark, but once the door was sealed shut and it began to rain the offer expired. They may have stood outside the ark in the rain pounding on the door saying, ‘Noah, Noah let us in,’ and Noah may have answered them through the door, “I don’t know you” (Mat 25-10,11). For people to approach Noah before the rains came and even helped Noah build his ark would have gotten them a ticket on board his vessel, but after the rain started, faith was no longer necessary, hence repentance was not possible, and Noah could not trust anybody who did not believe in God. Their only motive was to save their own skins; the righteousness of faith was absent in those outside the ark, though they sought repentance with tears that mixed with the rain and went unnoticed.

(51a) Judgment >> World & church >> Warning of wrath >> Consequences of sin

(88k) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Revering God

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8-10 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

 

Heb 11,8-31

(129k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Being in one accord >> Single minded >> Determination

Heb 11,8-19

(151bb) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> Abraham >> Story of Abraham – God spoke the nation of Israel into existence through Abraham, who was the first man of his nation, being the only Hebrew to receive the promises of Israel without being born into them. In this way, God created a nation completely from faith, Israel being the only nation in the history of the world to boast of such origins. Abraham was looking for a city that was yet to be constructed; he was looking for something that didn’t exist. This is the very concept of faith! Christians throughout the world are still looking for that city whose architect and builder is God. The city he was looking for was Jerusalem, which is a type of city that is to come in the heavenly Jerusalem that we seek today.

(206g) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to the gifts of God >> Conditions to the promises of God – Sarah received ability from God to conceive beyond the proper child bearing years. God waited for Abraham and Sarah to become elderly before He fulfilled the promise of Isaac, whose birth was a miracle. Otherwise, had Abraham and Sarah had a son in their youth, it would have proven nothing, since it would have followed the natural course of life, but God’s plan was to stack miracle upon miracle, so that the nation of Israel was founded upon multiple acts of God. He wanted a nation founded on His own power and ability through the faith of His people to represent His name, and to demonstrate how the world should live and walk with God. After Abraham received the promise that he would father a nation, he had every reason to expect Sarah would conceive right away, but many decades transpired, until he became an old man and Sarah aged with him, all the while God was gleaning faith from them. Most people take offense at God for making them wait so long, accusing Him of playing sadistic mind games, but an entire nation would be built on Abraham’s faith, who would become the seed of Christianity that would blossom into a new heavens and a new earth upon which the New Jerusalem will finally dwell among men, the place that Abraham ultimately sought. So, God was only asking a little from Abraham compared to the significance of his faith even as He asks only a little from us compared to the significance of our faith, being our most valuable possession. When we meet God, we will realize that the faith we have shown Him was the smartest thing we ever did.

Heb 11,8-10

(36g) Gift >> God opens His home to us >> Inheritance >> We heirs through faith – Another beautiful thing about Abraham was the inheritance itself. Every inheritance is something families enjoy in this life, but Abraham went to receive an inheritance that he could not partake in this life, but was meant for the life to come. Although God promised him on earth that he would become a father of many nations, yet in heaven he became the father of only one, the most important nation of all, a nation who would live and reign with God forever. There was also one nation that became significant to God’s plan on earth that sprang from Abraham’s loins, Israel, and from that nation would descend a man who would die for the sins of all mankind and make one people from all nations who would become God’s worshippers throughout all eternity. Abraham was the headwaters of this people, both genetically and spiritually.

(105lb) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit into the fire >> Into the wilderness >> Wilderness is the true nature of this world -- These verses go with verses 32-40. God Himself talked to Abraham and told him to leave his fatherland, his family and friends, and go to a place he did not know. This was a very difficult thing. It took tremendous faith, but he did it because he knew who was speaking to him. This is the faith of Abraham.

(114d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Obeying the revelation from heaven >> Obeying the revelation of God’s word -- These verses go with verses 28-31. Abraham heard the voice of God, and the experience was so persuasive that he dropped everything and went on a life-long journey into the unknown in search of the voice and the fulfillment of God’s promise. He fashioned his life around the Holy Spirit, making sure the voice he heard was at the very center of his life. This is exactly how we should be living, especially in the new covenant era, which is designed to give us the same experience and way of life that Abraham lived. When God speaks to us, His manner of giving directions is very similar to the way he spoke to Abraham, who packed his belongings and traveled south. God didn’t tell him where he was going, but He did tell Abraham why he should leave: there was an inheritance that he was to seek, and he devoted the rest of his life pursuing it.

(224h) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> Heaven is better than earth -- These verses go with verse 16

Heb 11-8

(12c) Servant >> Examples of God’s people >> Abraham is our example of faith – Abraham is our model of faith and the Christian walk; he was essentially the very first Christian. Old covenant believers were Christians in the hope that Jesus would come, and new covenant believers are Christians by the sacrifice He made, and both new and old covenant believers please God through faith. The beauty of Abraham is that he was by no means perfect, yet it says that Abraham was pleasing to God, “Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness, and he was called the friend of God” (Jm 2-23). Abraham left his fatherland and went to live with a lot of strangers. This was not an easy thing to do, especially back then. People didn’t grow-up and move away; it is common nowadays, but back then they rarely did this. He no doubt received a lot of flack from his relatives before leaving. It would be impossible to explain to anybody that he was making a life-decision based on a voice he heard, yet it was exactly what God wanted him to do. God has a plan for each of us, and that plan is to respond to the call of God and walk the designated trail of good works that He has prepared for us. As Mary, Jesus’ mother, said to the stewards at the wedding in Cana, “Whatever He says to you, do it,” this is the best advice the Bible can offer anyone following the Holy Spirit.

(90k) The Called (Key verse)

(91g) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> Walking along the narrow way >> Responding to the call of God – Following the voice of the Holy Spirit is the very essence of Christianity. Abraham is such a perfect example of the Christian walk, who is the father of all who believe, that he obeyed the call of God and left everyone behind, except his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot and loaded up his caravan and headed for a place that he did not know. The only thing God told him regarding his destination was a simple direction on a compass (Gen 12,1-4). He didn’t know where He was going; all he knew was to go and receive an inheritance. God briefed him with the details along the way, indicating that the voice of the Holy Spirit is like a light that shines on our path. We hold the light to see the path for our feet. All we need to know is where to plant the next footstep. God enjoys his people walking in faith and depending on Him. He wants to keep us close so we don’t wander into the darkness. Abraham will enjoy his inheritance throughout all eternity, for everybody in heaven will be his sons and daughters in the faith, having followed in his footsteps and found their place in heaven by the same manner that he did.

Heb 11-10

(137b) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Jesus is the foundation >> Jesus is the rock of the Church’s foundation

(140g) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Christ builds the temple from the bricks of the Church

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11-13 By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN IN NUMBER, AND INNUMERABLE AS THE SAND WHICH IS BY THE SEASHORE. 13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 

 

Heb 11-11,12

(128ia) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Living a fruitful life >> Be fruitful and multiply >> Growing numerically – We know there are a lot of stars in heaven, and if not, then we know for certain that there are a lot of grains of sand along the seashore. He didn’t specify which seashore it was, so we must assume He was referring to every seashore along every ocean in the world. If each grain of sand represented a person, they would account for more people than can fit on the earth, representing trillions and quadrillions of people. This is not an exaggeration. What was really happening with Israel, starting with Abraham was that he started a nation that would continue to grow throughout eternity. God will never cease to create people for Himself, though the Church will not be able to reproduce, yet God will always have people who can, so His kingdom will never cease to increase in numbers of people who serve and worship God throughout the expanse of His empire. We are talking about the Kingdom of God extending throughout eternity, and Abraham was the first man to receive a formal invitation to that kingdom.

(225j) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables about nurturing the people of God >> Parables about a woman in labor giving birth to a child – God considered Sarah faithful even though she faltered. God ignored the fact that she gave Hagar to Abraham to have relations with her, and she bore Ishmael, and the descendants have become the radical Muslims of the Middle East that are now terrorizing the whole world. He has allowed her mistake to breed and multiply, becoming the scourge of the earth. That is what unbelief does to us. Although God forgives us and instead focuses on our faith rather than our disobedience, the sins we commit return to haunt us, and they become tools in the hands of the destroyer, and God doesn’t always stop him. Just because God has forgiven us doesn’t mean He will keep the consequences of our sins from multiplying and reeking havoc in our lives. He looks at us with favor, but He allows our sins to punish us and teach us a lesson that the things we do apart from faith in His Truth have a very corrosive effect. God focused on Isaac and his descendants, who multiplied like sand on the seashore; meanwhile the descendants of Ishmael did the same, but that is not at issue here, because Ishmael was not the child of promise, for the promise would come through Sarah only and not through any other woman. How interesting it is that Abraham got all the notoriety, though the promise actually came through His wife Sarah (Genesis 17-16). Abraham had a son through Hagar, but she was not the woman God named regarding the promise, and so Abraham and Sarah went back to trusting God, and because of it God was pleased with her, and she conceived and bore a son in her old age. Isaac married Rebecca, and she had Jacob, who married two sisters, Leah and Rachel, and they gave him twelve sons and they became the sons of Israel, who grew in number in Egypt as slaves, and then the story begins of Moses delivering the Hebrews from pharaoh’s hand and leading them to Mount Sinai, where he received the Law, and through this nation came the Messiah, Jesus Christ through the tribe of Judah.

Heb 11-11

(102g) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Trustworthy >> Faithfulness

(214b) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time does not make sense to the natural mind – Why did God wait so long before He fulfilled His promise to Abraham and Sarah? Was this God being sadistic? No, He made Abraham and Sarah wait beyond the normal childbearing years foremostly so Isaac's birth would be a miracle, and also to extract faith from them. God exists by faith, and that is why He commands us to live by faith in order that we might be sons and daughters of the Most High. Some people would say that Sarah did not consider God faithful who had promised, for she instigated her maid to copulate with Abraham in order that they might have a child together through Hagar. When God makes promises, He does not accept surrogate fulfillments, yet so many times we have done this, having received a promise from God and attempted to fulfill it in our own way, becoming impatient with the Lord and devising our own ideas about how God’s plan should come to pass. When we think about Sarah giving Hagar to her husband to bear a child for her, that is something she might have done apart from any promise at all. What she did had nothing to do with faith, even though it was an attempt to fulfill a divine promise. Sarah no doubt wanted to experience motherhood. This was one step better than adoption, because her husband was the father, but it was in no way according to the will of God.

Heb 11,13-16 

(191j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> Set apart from the world

Heb 11-13

(58g) Paradox >> Opposites >> To seek and not find

(85g) Thy kingdom come >> Words that are spoken in faith >> Testify of God’s works

(118b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Everything you can see you can have -- This verse goes with verses 39&40. The only divine promise that was fulfilled while Abraham remained alive in the flesh was Isaac, also that and he became wealthy; he never saw any of the other promises fulfilled. He took up what few possessions he had in his home in the land of Ur and sojourned to unfamiliar places, being led by the Spirit the whole way, and God caused him to wander throughout his life, and then in his old age God told him that everywhere he had placed his foot would become his descendants inheritance in the land of Canaan, a place flowing with milk and honey. If any of us feel that we are wandering through life without any definite direction and seemingly no guidance, if we don’t feel we are accomplishing anything, and if we don’t have anything to show for all our work, just remember Abraham the believer. If we are walking by the Spirit, then we are walking in the steps of faith and promise, and with the promises of God there is always fulfillment.

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14&15 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15 And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.

 

Heb 11,14-16 

(76i) Thy kingdom come >> Desires of your heart >> Your interests

(78n) Thy kingdom come >> Putting your heart on display >> The result of a renewed mind – God called Abraham and he knew it was the God who created the stars of heaven speaking with Him. Abraham didn’t know anything about God, until he heard His voice, and then suddenly he knew everything about Him. It was not an accumulation of knowledge throughout his life but an instantaneous revelation, and the Bible says that he heard an audible voice. He learned something else about God just by his voice; he knew there was no other besides Him. God was not in the company of gods; He was God alone. Abraham knew he was following the only true God who made the heavens and the earth. He knew this person who was calling him was bigger than his imagination, and he knew that God was worthy of His obedience and that whatever God asked of Him, he would do, and God called him to do some very difficult things. He didn’t reason in his mind whether he should do what God said, for all his obedience originated from one premise; he believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness (Genesis 15-6).

(234e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Set your mind on the glory of God – Abraham must have expected God to lead him into something that was otherworldly and divine that transcended this natural realm, but he never experienced anything divine except the voice of God. He was constrained to this natural realm with the voice of God ringing in his ears with a commandment of what to do, but none of his beliefs or expectations led to anything beyond this world. When Abraham followed the voice of God, he probably thought he was heading toward some kind of heavenly city located somewhere on the earth that nobody else knew, like the Garden of Eden, a secret place (Psalm 91-1). It was less than four hundred years after Noah’s flood; there weren’t many people alive at the time compared to today, so there were many places on the earth where there could conceivably be a lost city, and he probably thought that God was leading him to a place like that, but he kept walking and finding nothing. He walked to a foreign land and met foreign people, leaving all his relatives behind, and he never found his quarry. The only thing Abraham ever achieved was obedience through faith. None of his goals were ever fulfilled; actually Abraham didn’t have any personal goals; he threw them all away. He probably had plenty personal goals before he heard the voice of God, but this voice changed his life and he threw all his plans and ideas straight into the dumpster and took up God’s plan and purpose for his life, and it led him absolutely nowhere, nowhere that he could see. With his own eyes he was never allowed to see what he was really doing. The only manifested promise of God was the son that was born to him in his old age. Isaac was a miracle-son, but by that time it was anti-climatic. Had Sarah had Isaac early in life, it would have made a lot more sense to Abraham, and he could have seen Isaac meet Rebecca and seen his grandson, Jacob and possibly even seen some of his great grandchildren, but he was not allowed to see any of his descendants except the one that was promised him.

Heb 11-14,15

(191d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Extract the leaven of false doctrine

(203j) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from the narrow way

(232a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Count the cost >> Don’t look back >> Don’t look back to the past – A lot has transpired since Abraham had Isaac. Jesus was born supposedly through his lineage, the promised Messiah; He died for the sins of the world; He rose from the dead, ascended to the Father and has been growing the Church for the last 2000 years, adding multitudes to His kingdom that He will eventually establish on the earth at the second coming of Christ. Then God will create a new heavens and a new earth, and he will establish the holy city the New Jerusalem on the new earth, and this holy city was the city that Abraham sought as he wandered the earth in the flesh. Think how distant he was from finding this city so many centuries ago or seeing the fulfillment of God’s promises at that time. Some might say that it was unfair of God to make him search for something that wasn’t there, and give him dreams to never see their fulfillment, but such criticisms are in human terms from a temporal standpoint. Abraham is still alive, Jesus said (Lk 20-37,38); the only thing that happened to Abraham was that his flesh retuned to the earth, but his spirit lives-on, and he is living in the city that he sought, the New Jerusalem; Abraham is rejoicing in the presence of God, whose voice he followed. All the promises that God made to Abraham have come true and are coming true. God will work with His people in such a way throughout all eternity. God’s promises have come true and will continue to come true throughout all eternity. God is not done making promises to His people; He hasn’t finished speaking, and the words that proceed from His mouth have their fulfillment.

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16-23 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them. 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 it was he to whom it was said, "IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED." 19 He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones. 23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's edict.

 

Heb 11-16

(8d) Responsibility >> Prepare to interact with God >> Entering the realm of the Spirit – The city He has prepared for us is the New Jerusalem. This is the city for which Abraham, the father of our faith, searched all His life. Wandering in the wilderness, he never found it; but we, under a better covenant, have access to this city through faith in Christ. We search, nonetheless, for this city just like Abraham, but one that unlike him resides in our spirit, the essence of Jesus Himself, the city of Abraham’s quarry.

(224h) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> Heaven is better than earth -- This verse goes with verses 8-10

Heb 11,17-19

(189c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Acceptable sacrifice -- These verses go with verse 4. Abraham would have let God kill his only begotten son by his own hands through the commandment of God. Instead of raising up Isaac from the dead, he stopped Abraham, knowing his heart that he intended to go through with it, which was what God wanted Abraham to know. God would not let Abraham murder his own son whom he loved, though it was the perfect sacrifice, the very thing that Abraham loved the most. He wanted to see if Abraham was more obedient to God’s voice than his love for Isaac, who resulted from the voice of God, and at the same time Isaac became as though resurrected from the dead. As a result of this event, Isaac became a type of Christ, who became the father of Israel. In order for us to have the kind of confidence in the voice of God that Abraham had, we would need some kind of proof that this was actually God speaking to us, in that we could not in good conscience kill anybody. It is so contrary to our logical reasoning and to the Law itself, suggesting that God would never command us to do such a thing. It was in absolute opposition to the desire of Abraham who wanted nothing more than to cherish and nurture this young boy for whom he waited his whole life. God told Abraham to do it and He also stopped him, so Isaac was in every respect a type of Christ, who was indeed conceived by the voice of God in Sarah’s womb, and by His command Isaac rose from the dead.

(236j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Invest in the treasures of the kingdom >> Invest your life in God’s faith

Heb 11-19

(38g) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of freedom

(230d) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> Partaking of the power of God >> Partaking of the ministry of the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verses 1-3

Heb 11,20-40

(151c) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> The sons of Abraham – Here is that word again, “better.” Hebrews uses this word in other chapters, referring to the new covenant as being better than the old. It is an interesting but simple word, yet it describes the new covenant better than any other word. The examples that chapter 11 gives are all from the Old Testament, and are better examples of faith than exist even in the New Testament. Although many apostles showed tremendous faith and we have their stories in the book of Acts, yet the faith of Abraham and his significance to the whole unwinding saga of mankind told through God’s perspective have provided a foundation for our own faith, which makes their examples even more poignant, especially since it says they never received what was promised. Their promise was essentially that new covenant believers would receive what was promised to the old covenant believers. After all that Abraham went through in his life, what did he receive but Isaac as his fulfillment of promise? How many couples had children born to them, yet one man had a son, and people have not stopped talking about him. The significance was Abraham’s faith and the significance of Abraham’s faith was the voice of the Holy Spirit. It is one thing to have faith in something that you believe, but it is another thing to have faith in something God believes. Too often people believe for things they want, and they think they are demonstrating great faith, but great faith is defined as believing in things that God believes. Believing in the voice of God is the very essence of faith. Isaac was closer to receiving the fullness of promise than his father, and so down through the generations until it has come to us. Now we are the ones who are closest to receiving the fullness of God’s promise in the city of God descending upon mount Zion in all its glory. Yet even we will never see the fulfillment of God’s promise, but our children and their children will be closer to seeing it than ourselves. The example of Abraham has carried over to the new covenant perfectly intact. Nothing has changed. It’s only the law that was added since Abraham and then nullified as we walk by the Spirit, who is guaranteed to lead us to fulfill the law. We demonstrate the faith of Abraham by believing in Jesus, and we walk by the spirit as a new covenant form of searching for the city whose architect and builder is God, which is what all the patriarchs have done throughout the ages.

Heb 11,23-35

(98i) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance >> (Faith > Suffering [Integrity] > Glory [Reward]) – Moses received the reproaches of Christ even thousands of years before Christ was born. These things that were still to come would all bear the same principles of faith and righteousness. Moses was looking for the reward, which was his motivation, and isn’t that our motivation too? There is nothing wrong with seeking a reward for our faith. What is our reward for serving God? There are levels of rewards in heaven. There is such a thing as a better resurrection (Heb 11-35). What does it mean to have a better resurrection? God will give us bodies that differ from each other as star differs from star in glory (1Cor 15,40-44), so the children of God will differ in glory based on the obedience we showed the Lord in this life. 

Heb 11,23-31

(151d) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> Moses – Moses never showed an interest in being a son of pharaoh. He lived in the wilderness for years, banished from Egypt with the warning that if he ever returned, he would be immediately arrested and killed. He no less returned in the name of the Lord and by His power, and nobody touched him. Had Moses sauntered back to Egypt on his own authority, he would have been killed before he had a chance to open his mouth with nobody particularly noticing. Instead, he came with Aaron by the authority of God, stepping into the royal chambers in disregard of pharaoh’s permission, giving him an ultimatum. This was boldness times seven for a wanted man with the sentence of death over his head to have the audacity to show his face in Egypt, let alone plow his way into the king’s courtroom and have the gall to threaten pharaoh in front of all his mighty men. This was beyond anything we have seen since Jesus Christ graced the streets of Jerusalem and rebuked the high priest in front of Israel’s most respected leaders with no one able to stop Him. Moses was a man who met God face to face in the semblance of a burning bush, who heard a voice proclaiming Himself as “I Am,” commanding Moses to go tell pharaoh what he has seen and heard and to demand the immediate release of His people. That didn’t change anybody who watched the movie with Charlton Heston playing the leading role, but it changed Moses, and it ultimately changed pharaoh and Egypt, and it changed Israel, who changed the entire coarse of human history. Moses experienced God in His very presence, and that has the power to change the world.

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

 

Heb 11,24-29

(56d) Paradox >> Opposites >> humble yourself to be used of God – Instead of choosing royalty, Moses chose loyalty and sided with his brethren, the Jews. He didn’t have royalty coursing through his veins, at least not Egyptian royalty, but that of God’s chosen people. Moses chose reality over living a lie and acquired the royal garb of an eternal kingdom, who will remain leader of His people even in heaven. What he sacrificed became the seed that grew into an exile from Egypt and into the promise land, where Israel became a nation and dominated the Canaanites, demonstrating God’s power. It sealed forever the fact that they are a chosen race according to the flesh by the miracles that God performed through them. Now that Moses has died and gone to heaven, God will give him great authority, because he was faithful in the days of his flesh.

(154g) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Witness that the world is rebellious against God >> Witness against sin – Nobody in this world respects our faith in Jesus Christ, except those too who are being called into His kingdom and glory and hear the call of eternal life. Some Christians don’t have much to relinquish, who are born into a poor family and have nothing, but they still must renounce the world. We must recognize it as ruled by Satan, the epitome of evil, which makes anybody who identifies with the world intrinsically evil. Regardless of our financial status, when we give up the world, we are doing it by faith, and God honors us for it; meanwhile, the world interprets our faith as a rebuke. When people discover why we have rejected the world, because of faith toward God with respect to a kingdom that He has prepared for His people, they condemn us all the more. They say they would never dedicate their lives to something written in a book, but in fact they have done this very thing. College professors teach from their science books that proclaim evolution as the cause of existence, and the world assimilates the information scarcely questioning it, merely assuming these things are true, since they believe in the world, but when we believe in the Bible, they ridicule us. They believe their books and we believe our book.

Heb 11,24-27

(98l) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> Endurance invites the glory of God

(165h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Hardship >> The hardship of persecution -- These verses go with verses 35-38. When we look at Moses’ life and what he did before he led Israel from Egypt, being the son of pharaoh, once he discovered that he was not an Egyptian, it made Moses determine all the more that he would never be their king. The nobility of kingship was on the path prepared for his feet, but he abandoned it, because of the way Egypt treated the Hebrews. When he discovered that He too was Hebrew, it made him determined all the more to desert his place as prince of Egypt; then add on top of that God’s calling. As he made up his mind that he would reject the nobility of kingship for the sake of his Hebrew brethren and sensed in his heart that the God of the Hebrews was calling him to be their deliverer, he understood these things by faith, and not one Egyptian respected him for it. This was the reproach of Christ.

Heb 11,24-26

(168a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> Do not let the world’s approval form you to itself

(188e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering >> Suffering the will of God in your life -- These verses go with verses 35-38

(201h) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Jesus is an offense >> Jesus offends the world >> Faith offends unbelief

Heb 11-24,25

(170h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Temporary >> Rewards of this life are temporary – Imagine what Moses would have lost had he chosen to be pharaoh’s grandson and pursued the passing pleasures of sin? He would have heard the words from his maker, “You have received your reward in full.” God would have equated him with the Egyptians and judged him along with the rest of Israel’s oppressors. As it stands though, Moses now is ruler of his people to this day in God's heavenly kingdom, and his reward for obedience will exponentially multiply until he becomes a speck in a vast ocean of blessing, as opposed to being one of pharaoh’s cronies and denying his own heritage and living a lie. He would have gotten a few good meals from it, wore fine clothes, enjoyed pomp and circumstance for a season, honored by men until his death. The benefits of being part of pharaoh’s family would have terminated at his last breath.

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25-28 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. 

 

Heb 11-25

(183a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Witchcraft >> Sin is the incubator of witchcraft >> Through rebellion – The writer of Hebrews called the lifestyle of kingship “the passing pleasures of sin.” What exactly was so sinful about living a royal life? Simply, it is not a life of faith, and everything apart from faith is sin (Rom 14-23). The choice that Moses made to endure ill-treatment with the people of God was by faith, whereas had he just said nothing and agreed with everyone that he was the grandson of pharaoh, he could have lived the life of a prince. He may have led a life of unbelief, his heart becoming more hardened than pharaoh if that were possible through the knowledge of his Hebrew origins. The moment he learned from his surrogate mother that he was a Jew, he was forced to choose between his Egyptian status and his true Semitic identity. Had he sided with the Egyptians and God sent another man to deliver Israel, had Moses become king by that time, he may have become more blasphemous even than pharaoh, by the contrast of God’s intended destiny for him, and by the fact that he was living a lie. We are speculating here, saying “what if…” and following the logic to its endpoint, but for some people these suppositions are real. Many people have been called by God and never answered His call, some being persons of nobility like Moses. God called them and they refused, and they lived in unbelief, and their lives ended in disaster. What level of glory did they sacrifice to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin?

Heb 11-26,27

(118i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Giving God your attention >> Resolutely focus on the glory of God >> Focus on the direction He is leading you -- these verses go with verses 32-38. Moses fled after killing the Egyptian and scurried into the desert and there he found his wife, became a shepherd, and there God formerly called him to be Israel’s deliverer. He returned to Egypt and commanded pharaoh to let his people go, and we know the rest of the story. The writer of Hebrews said that he left not fearing the wrath of the king, but when we read the Scriptures about Moses leaving after killing the Egyptian once he realized that word was spreading about what he did, that it would eventually reach the ears of the king, he fled into the desert before pharaoh had a chance to vanquish him there. Moses did not fear that the king was about to take away his status as prince and ultimately king of all Egypt. Benefits, high salary, nobility and prestige that we stand to receive from the world, attracting a good wife, having children, living in a nice house, having it all is what Moses traded, the treasures of Egypt for acceptance from God as His deliverer of the Hebrews. Moses recognized that God was the more respectable person than the pharaoh of Egypt, and that being a child of God was more honorable than being the prince of a heathen nation.

Heb 11-26

(56m) Paradox >> Opposites >> The poor in spirit are rich in faith

(227d) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards endurance >> Rewarded for overcoming sin

Heb 11,28-31

(114d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Obeying the revelation from heaven >> Obeying the revelation of God’s word -- These verses go with verses 8-10. Passover was a very simple act of faith, yet it moved the spiritual realm. They followed a handful of simple instructions and marked their doorpost with the blood of a lamb, yet it held as much credence as the faith of Abraham and all the toil and hardship he endured in effort to fulfill the call of God on his life. They passed through the Red Sea, and marched around Jericho, and Rahab welcomed the spies, all examples of a single premise: a simple faith in God. However, faith really isn’t easy. A person like Abraham came into his own and became a man of God, but while he resided in his homeland planning out his personal life, he heard the voice of God, and he had to dump all his plans and followed the direction of the Holy Spirit instead. That was not an easy thing to do. The Bible teaches that faith is faith, regardless of the ease of God’s requirement or its difficulty. We determine in our heart to obey Him, whether it's a simple matter of smearing a little blood on a doorpost or wandering in a foreign land throughout life. No matter where it leads, we will go; no matter the suffering, we will endure it for Jesus' sake who dwells in us and for the hope of eternal life. In the meantime He has a few things for us to do. The ways of God are different from our ways, and the things He will ask of us will not be anything we would have done apart from His calling.

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29&30 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 

 

Heb 11,29-31

(217l) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to sin – The Israelites walked around the city of Jericho seven times and its walls fell, and they annihilated the people by faith, because God required it of Israel. The land was filled with sin in those days and it was only a matter of time that the addictive lifestyle in the land of Canaan would spread throughout the entire world and infect people beyond their borders. Before long the whole world would regress to the days of Noah when there was no hope of the people repenting, and God would have to exterminate the human race, repeating the process. God didn’t want to do that again, so He sent Israel to clean out the sin. There was no talking to them; His only alternative was to destroy them to keep their sinful ways from spreading.

Heb 11-29

(19c) Sin >> Mocking God Without a cause >> Motivated by demons

(93l) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> The multitude follow Jesus – The Israelites followed Moses through the Red Sea, delivering them from those who held them in bondage. It is the same case with us; the Egyptians represent the diverse bondages that can befall the Christian, and in many respects the same process is required to become free. When Jesus talked about freedom, He was referring to a church that was united, not a church that was dilapidated and falling apart. The premise of His vision was unity in the body of Christ; therefore, if we are determined to experience the freedom of Christ, we will need to do it together as a body of believers. There is only so much victory we can enjoy as individual believers, but it will not be the kind of freedom that Jesus meant for us. Anybody can have a partial freedom that Jesus mentioned, but to experience the vision that Jesus had for the Church, we will need to come together in unity, preferably more than one church. Every true Christian in the world must be united before His vision can be fully realized. There aren’t many churches in heaven; there is only one, and Jesus said, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven” (Mat 6-10). So, there should be just one church here on earth, and the only way many can exist as one is through unity.

(140a) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> The doorway

(159d) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit godliness >> Counterfeit righteousness

(162c) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Carried away by the Holy Spirit

(175a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Trying to bend kingdom principles

(180ca) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Be shrewd as wolves and more innocent than they appear >> Fighting off wolves with a clever innocence >> Being more clever than their sin

(182b) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Believing you know God when you don’t

(246c) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literally set free from bondage – The Church in a state of unity pursuing freedom is following the Great Shepherd, and Moses is leading the analogy, walking across the Red Sea on dry land as a means of defeating their pursuers who had enslaved them. Hence, the Egyptians represent: “immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing,” among other things (Gal 5,19-21). They are all forms of bondage, and when a person gets steeped in them, they all blend together into a single state of bondage. Moses was leading the way to freedom, following a route that was literally miraculous. God had to part the Red Sea before Israel could be free from their slavery, so there needs to be a miracle in our lives in order to truly experience the freedom of Christ. This is not something we can do on our own if we try hard enough. Like heroin addicts who try to become sober, they often fail at the expense of their lives; that is the power of addiction. It takes a miracle to enjoy the freedom of Christ. While we are part of this miracle we are safe, though walking between walls of water over our heads ready to crash together at any moment. It has the appearance of danger, but it is the safest place on earth. His ways appear hazardous, making us seem in the wrong place, but the will of God is the safest place in the world. If our enemies come after us while the Lord is miraculously setting us free, they will pay for it with their lives.

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31-34 By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace. 32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 

 

Heb 11-31

(21d) Sin >> Disobedience will condemn you to hell

(237n) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Transferred from lawlessness to righteousness All these things mentioned in this chapter the faithful achieved by a faith that was no greater than that of Rahab. People equate strong faith with volume, but the Bible teaches that we either have it or we don’t. These people that the writer of Hebrews mentioned didn’t necessarily have great faith; they just had faith, and faith is defined in many ways, but in this chapter and in this particular context it is defined as believing in God to perform the miraculous for the sake of His coming kingdom. When the spies met Rahab the harlot, her simple act of faith was to harbor them for the time the Israelites would spring their attack on her city to destroy the people of the land, including her relatives. Rahab was a harlot, not an upstanding citizen but possibly more depraved than the others. The fact that she recognized Israel as a weapon in the hand of God indicates that the life she was living was not what she really wanted. She was looking for a way out and never found it until Israel came to destroy her city, for there was no place in her society where she could go and find peace for her soul or be surrounded by peaceful people. She never felt that her life was in the will of God, and she wanted it, so she latched onto the opportunity presented her. Note that she didn’t harbor the Israelite spies just to save her own neck, who were scheming a coo against her own people; the Bible says that she did it by faith, and so she was rewarded, and she became an Israelite. She was welcomed into the nation of Israel and immigrated into the people of God, the people of faith. Rahab and so many other people of faith want nothing more than to know that they are in the will of God.

Heb 11,32-40

(105lb) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit into the fire >> Into the wilderness >> Wilderness is the true nature of this world -- These verses go with verses 8-10

(151e) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> The Old Testament prophets – This is a description of the life of a prophet in a world that hates God; it also describes the life of a person who transcends the normal level of faith in the church. He is alone, and everywhere he goes he is treated as a second-class citizen. A prophet is like a window where he can see out his window at the thin veneer of this world, and people can see into the prophet and recognize that he is of God. He doesn’t have to speak a word, and people instinctively know that he is a man of god, and they despise him for it. People are willing to accept any form of person, color, race and creed, but they cannot accept someone who is not of this world. He is persecuted because of his knowledge of God and his faith as a result of obeying the Holy Spirit. He is alien, otherworldly, aligned with a God that finds fault with this world. There are many Christians who obey the Lord sometimes; virtually all Christians have a certain amount of faith, meaning that their disobedience and unbelief is not as great as their faith in God, but the prophet has a relationship with the Lord that he protects with his life, and he refuses to expose his life to the eroding power of sin, which can turn faith into unbelief. A person can have any religion of preference and people will accept him on some level, but the prophet who hears the words of God in his innermost being will be abused during his short stay on earth, for Satan is god of this world and god of everyone who believe in the world.

Heb 11,32-38

(118i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Giving God your attention >> Resolutely focus on the glory of God >> Focus on the direction He is leading you -- These verses go with verses 7-10

Heb 11-34

(9e) Responsibility >> God strengthens us from our weaknesses

(29c) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Delivered from death -- This verse goes with verse 5

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35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 

 

Heb 11,35-40

(96a) Thy kingdom come >> Positive attitude about suffering >> Suffering under the hand of men – People of faith over the centuries were willing to endure a barrage of injuries, afflictions and insults from the world against their person just for the privilege of doing God’s will. Suffering is the gate through which we must pass in order to accomplish the will of God, for it is impossible to do his will without suffering because of the opposition from the world, the flesh and the devil. Their lives were reduced to living in caves and holes in the ground, and wandering in deserts, because there was no place for them in this world. Jesus was born in a stable so he would not insult all the prophets that came before Him, who lived much the same way, like animals, forced from society, not just because they believed in God or in a set of doctrines, but because they experienced Him and could relate to Him and enjoyed His presence. They lived by His principles and promises, and they wouldn’t give them up for anything.

(189e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Tested for faithfulness to the death

(192g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Waiting for God to do it His way >> Being patient to receive something better

Heb 11,35-38

(32i) Gift of God >> Father will honor you if you die to self >> Honor His word in you

(56h) Paradox >> Opposites >> He must increase, but I must decrease

(165h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Hardship >> The hardship of persecution -- These verses go with verses 24-27

(188e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering >> Suffering the will of God in your life -- These verses go with verses 24-26

Heb 11-35

(39b) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Characteristics of the resurrection

(209g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with casualties

(226j) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> Levels of reward >> Rewarded by levels of glory in our spiritual bodies

(233a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seeking the goals of the kingdom >> Seek the goal of the resurrection – Try to imagine the faith it would take receive back their dead by resurrection; that is how much faith it takes to be tortured, not accepting their release that they might obtain a better resurrection. We are talking about people from the Old Testament who believed in the resurrection from the dead. The resurrection was never preached until Jesus brought it to light in the New Testament. Note the insight that they had who suffered persecution in the Old Testament that they knew about the resurrection. This is the result of God ministering to them in their circumstances speaking to them in their suffering about a future covenant that God would make with His worshippers. What goes along with faith is spiritual insight and wisdom into the knowledge of God. Those who understood these things in the old covenant were prophets, because they suffered like prophets. What is the difference between a prophet and one who acts like one? If they do the works of a prophet, then they are prophets, and if they understand the wisdom of God before He made it known to His people, then they are prophets. If they weren’t prophets when they entered prison, the were by the time they left their jail cell, dead or alive, and this is what it takes to raise people from the dead, a prophetic anointing. They see signs, wonders and miracles come from their hands, and He tells them things that God has not yet spoken to anyone else, and it is the revelation of God’s word that is the very faith that performs miracles, because it is a miracle in itself that we know these things.

(233j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seek His glory without wavering >> Seek His glory through perseverance

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36-40 and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (men of whom the world was not worthy ), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. 39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.

 

Heb 11,36-38

(243f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting the Church of God

Heb 11-36

(216f) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Compelled by the Spirit >> God forces His bond-servants to do His will

(243c) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Mocking >> Mocking the Church

Heb 11-37

(23f) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Rich are those who are poor in their own minds

(160j) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Temptation to walk in unbelief >> Tempted to abandon your convictions

Heb 11-38

(71d) Authority >> Ordained by God >> Worthiness of man >> God makes us worthy of heaven

Heb 11-39,40

(8f) Responsibility >> Prepare to interact with God >> Law prepares you for the Spirit – When the new covenant came to pass, Paul brought to light that we no longer use the Law to determine good from evil, suggesting that not even in the old covenant did anyone need the Law. All that is needed is our conscience, and the Holy Spirit, who is the substance of the new covenant, is like a supercharger to our conscience. He monitors our heart and tells us when we are dragging it through the mud and leads us to repentance. People in the old covenant didn’t have the Holy Spirit as we do. We know that King David possessed the Holy Spirit, because he asked God not to take it from him after he sinned (Psalms 51-11). Was he speaking about the indwelling Holy Spirit as a born-again believer, or was he speaking about his kingly anointing? After Jesus rose from the dead, he breathed on His disciples saying to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20-22). This indicates that the indwelling Holy Spirit was made available through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, meaning David didn’t have what we have. Heb 11-39,40 says, “All these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.” This verse suggests that we have been made perfect on some level, yet bear in mind that perfection in the most literal sense is still to come. “Provided something better for us” refers to the forgiveness of sin afforded by the blood of Jesus; it refers to the helper of the Holy Spirit that Jesus sent in His place to assist us in fulfilling God’s plan and purpose for our lives.

(44g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Complete >> Lacking in nothing

(118b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Everything you can see you can have -- These verses go with verse 13. God treats our faith as more valuable than pure gold, and therefore we should treat our own faith that we received from God as bricks of gold. When our faith matures, it becomes evidence of things yet to be seen. When we go to the store and buy something, we know we can walk out the front door with the product in our hand because we own it, based on the transaction we made at the register. Our use of faith in spiritual transactions is evidence that we will receive what was promised.

(217a) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> No one can make God do anything

(229j) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> Partaking of Jesus >> Partaking of Jesus’ gift

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