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Verse of the Day (July 26, 2020)

Verse of the Day (July 26, 2020) #BMSeminary – Happy Lord’s Day! We sometimes do not see the forest because we are intently looking at the trees. So it is with this great “faith chapter.” It is easy to get lost in the details and to miss the big picture. The heroes and heroines of faith have much in common. Often their faith is directed to the future, which is unseen: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (v. 1). Why this emphasis? The answer lies in the historical occasion of the book. The writer motivates those who have professed Christ under the threat of persecution. He wants them to endure to obtain God’s unseen, future promises. This is the accent when he introduces the concept of faith in 6:12: he wants his readers to be “imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” That is what Abraham did (11:15) and that is what the witnesses to faith in chapter 11 do too. “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household” (v. 7). [Gospel Transformation Study Bible]

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