Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This verse is not a definition of faith, but a description of what faith does. Substance means “essence” or “reality.” Faith treats “things hoped for” as reality. Evidence means “proof” or “conviction.” Faith itself proves that what is unseen is real, such as the believer’s rewards at the return of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:18 explains it further – “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Look means to keep one’s eye on, to consider or contemplate. In order not to lose heart, the believer needs to shift his or her focus from that which is seen to that which is not seen, from temporary problems to the glorious eternal rewards he or she will receive.


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