Text: Hebrew 11:1-2

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained good report”.

WHAT IS FAITH? Our focal text, Hebrew 11:1 gives us a good definition of faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. The writer of the Epistle brings before us two perspectives of faith. The first perspective describe faith as being sure that what is hoped for will surely take place, however discouraging situations may be, the underlying factor is God, who is very reliable in fulfilling His promises. What He says, He would do. The basis of faith is God; faith is relying on God that He has power to do all things and would do what He said He would do. The second perspective is faith in the unseen. The unseen is God. It talks about the reality of the existence of God and the unseen world. It is taking the unseen realities as important as the seen. Faith believes in unseen realities. These two perspectives are summed up as looking forward to the fulfillment of God’s promises and looking forward to the unseen realities of God’s presence.

Faith is a gift from God, deposited in every Christian for daily living; like the saints of old we need it for our earthly sojourn. It is the power of God for us to press on in the hostile world. Moreover, we cannot enjoy God without faith; it is a magnetic agent that attract to us God’s miracle working power.

Faith is one of the fundamental requirements of Jesus Christ from whoever wants to experience God’s mighty works in his life. In the gospel account of the healing of the paralytic man by Jesus, as recorded by St. Mark, it was when Jesus saw the faith of the four men who carried the man and the faith of the paralytic himself that he released the healing power of God which redound in miracle of healing to the man “Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, ‘My son, your sins are forgiven…….I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house” (Mark 2:5, 11). Faith also brought healing to the women with the issues of blood who had faith to the extent that she said in herself, “If I may touch his garment, I shall be whole “(Matthew 9:22). Jesus commended her action thus:” Daughter be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole” (vs 22)

Jesus said in Luke 17:6 “If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamore tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you”

Beloved faith is not a product of reasoning. If we rely solely on our brains, we will not have faith. Faith is not produced from the head but from the heart. Faith is produced in the spirit of man. It is a spiritual force through which we make God to works in our lives and to intervene in our situation.

Beloved, Let us pray to God to increase our faith and let us put our faith into action just like the Fathers of Faith as recorded by Hebrew 11 and also the four men who carried the paralytic man. Our faith will simply be hope if we don’t put it to action by coming to Christ and by having unwavering faith in Him and His promises.


Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D

The Provost

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