Learning From The Great Men Of Faith
Who are some of
the men of God in the old days who were
famous for their faith?
It was by faith that Enoch was taken
up to heaven without dying-"suddenly
he disappeared because God took
him."* But before he was taken up,
he was approved as pleasing to God.
(Hebrews 11:5, NLT)
It was through his faith that Noah,
when he had been warned by God of
something that had never been seen
before, took care to build an ark to
save his family. His faith was a
judgment on the world, and he was
able to claim the uprightness which
comes from faith. (Hebrews 11:7, NJB)
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed
when God called him to leave home
and go to another land that God
would give him as his inheritance.
He went without knowing where he was
going. (Hebrews 11:8, NLT)
While God was testing him, Abraham
still trusted in God and his
promises, and so he offered up his
son Isaac, and was ready to slay him
on the altar of sacrifice; Yes, to
slay even Isaac, through whom God
had promised to give Abraham a whole
nation of descendants! (Hebrews
was by faith that Moses, when he
grew up, refused to be treated as
the grandson of the king, but chose
to share ill-treatment with God's
people instead of enjoying the
fleeting pleasures of sin. (Hebrews
unwavering faith in God, what did these
great men hoped for in the future that
made them do the things they are famous
Abraham did this because he was
confidently looking forward to a
city with eternal foundations, a
city designed and built by God.
Hebrews 11:10 NLT
He thought that it was better to
suffer for the promised Christ
than to own all the treasures of
Egypt, for he was looking
forward to the great reward that
God would give him. (Hebrews
These great men of faith have one
vision and hope: They all look
forward to the great reward that God
would give them. The opportunity to
live in the Heavenly City, a city
with eternal foundations, a city
designed and built by God.
What is the mind-set of these great
men who have faith in God?
These men of faith I have
mentioned died without ever
receiving all that God had
promised them; but they saw it
all awaiting them on ahead and
were glad, for they agreed that
this earth was not their real
home but that they were just
strangers visiting down here.
14. And quite obviously when
they talked like that, they were
looking forward to their real
home in heaven.
15. If they had wanted to, they
could have gone back to the good
things of this world.
16. But they didn't want to.
They were living for heaven. And
now God is not ashamed to be
called their God, for he has
made a heavenly city for them.
(Hebrews 11:13-16, LB)
These men of faith are of the same
mind-set and conviction:
What are these men of faith
waiting for? What are they expecting to happen?
In Philippians 3:21, this is revealed to us:
For our citizenship is in
from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus
Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed
to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is
able even to subdue all things to Himself.
They are eagerly waiting for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
will transform their Lowly Body so that it
may conform to His Glorious Body. The kind of body that is fit
to dwell for eternity in heaven.
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We hope that the lesson "How
Does Faith Come To A Man" was made clear and
meaningful to you
by the verses of the Holy Bible.
Faith must have a basis of which it must be
firmly rooted and grounded. In the olden days
God talked directly to people as in the case of
Abraham but in these last days, we have only the
Holy Scriptures to rely upon.
"Belief in the Holy Bible or Holy Scriptures"
will be studied in detail in
Belief In The Holy Bible or Holy Scriptures
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