Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.…
Faith is the source of all truly religious feeling, and the ground of all acceptable service. Without it we can neither come to God nor perform any work which is acceptable to Him.
1. Faith is the condition of justification: "Being justified by faith"; "He that believeth is not condemned; he that believeth not is condemned already."
2. It is the source of spiritual life: "The just shall live by faith." "He that believeth hath everlasting life; he that believeth not shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him."
3. It puts us in possession of every Christian privilege.
(1) The gift of the Spirit: "Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? .... In whom also after that ye believed, .ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise."(2) Adoption into the Divine family: "To as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name;" "Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."(3) Peace with God and peace of mind: "Being justified by faith we have peace with God;" "He that believeth shall not make haste." Joy in God: "In whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."
4. It is the source of all Christian feeling and action. Our hearts are "purified by faith." Our prayers to be acceptable must be offered "in faith." If we would ask successfully, we must "ask in faith, nothing wavering."
(W. Landels, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.