|Hebrews 11:8-16 |
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place that he would later receive for an inheritance, obeyed;3 and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
10 For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received power to conceive a child when she was past the age of childbearing, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, came as many descendants as the stars of the sky, and as innumerable as the sand of the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them by faith from a long way off, and were convinced of them, and embraced them, confessing that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For those who say such things, declare plainly that they seek a better land.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of the land from where they originated, they would have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But they desired a better land, that is, a heavenly home. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God because he has prepared a city for them.
3 Abraham is the father of all the faithful. Was his faith just that he believed in God? No, his faith was evidenced by belief that resulted in obedience to God's commands! Abraham obeyed to be physically circumcised; and so we must have our hearts circumcised to be pleasing to God. Abraham exercised his faith to leave his home for a new land — so we must lose our fleshly life and forsake the world to enter God's Kingdom. Abraham exercised his faith by obeying God's voice, willing to sacrifice Isaac, so we too must be obedient to the voice of the Lord within, willing to sacrifice anything he commands: so likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:33. James testifies that faith without obedient works is dead. James 2:14-24. Even the demons called Jesus 'Son of the Most High God,' falling down at his feet, begging him to have mercy. Luke 8:28, 4:41, Mark 5:7, 3:11, Mat 8:29. Oh Christendom, it is impossible to please God without fear and without obedience! You have been deceived by the false prophet, the beast, the great whore; just as was prophesied — the whole world follows this beast with horns like a lamb, with many names, and power given him to extend his authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation.