Hebrews 11 … Consider What Pleases Him

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him, (11:6).

The force from the Judaizers against the Hebrew believers in Christ was potent. After all, the religious system of the Jewish people had always espoused that pleasing God required rigorous adherence to the religious requirements of the Law. Or had it?

Following on the heels of his case for the Sufficiency of the Sacrifice of Christ that grants assurance to every believer for forgiveness of sin and eternal inheritance, the writer goes on to explain that this was not some new concept; this was not God’s “plan B” because the temple sacrifices just couldn’t cut the mustard (which they couldn’t). This had always been His plan for all of mankind, and proof is presented as the heroes of their Jewish heritage are highlighted.

After painting the worst-case scenario of those who might choose to reject the Sufficiency of His Sacrifice, the writer makes a bold declaration of what assuredly awaits these Hebrew believers. Their soul will be preserved by their faith in His Sacrifice.

But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul, (Hebrews 10:39).

And following this, he immediately and succinctly defines what faith is; and it is not at all complicated, as so many seem to make it.

Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen, (11:1).

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen, (11:1 NASB 1995).

In other words, faith means that what we hope for is certain and absolutely proves the reality of what is not seen.

Chapter 11 of Hebrews is commonly referred to as the Hall of Faith; a walk down memory lane that begins in the garden and continues in review of many of their most revered saints of old; saints who had gained approval from God by living in What Pleases Him… Faith.

For by it the people of old gained approval. (11:2).

For from the beginning of His creation, there has only been one way to approach Holy God, only one way to Pleases Him… Faith.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him, (11:6).

Consider What Pleases Him

The Hall of Faith is a compilation of the people of old who had gained approval, not because they kept the Law; they gained approval because they lived by What Pleases Him.

And living by What Pleases Him was to live by Faith…

Faith in His Creative Word
Faith in what is not seen
Faith in the offerings
Faith in reverent obedience
Faith in Who He Is
Faith in His Rewards
Faith in His Promises
Faith in the unseen
Faith in the unknown
Faith in His Work
Faith in His Faithfulness
Faith in the absence of receiving
Faith in the waiting
Faith in what He is Preparing
Faith in the testings
Faith in His Ability
Faith in His Prophetic Revelation
Faith in His Protection
Faith in enduring
Faith in deprivation
Faith in the Blood of the Lamb
Faith in His Sovereignty
Faith in His Plan
Faith in His Provision for Salvation
Faith in following Him
Faith in His Supernatural Works
Faith in persecution
Faith in death
Faith in His Perfect Provision to Come
Faith in the Riches of His Salvation

And the end of this Hall of Faith points once again to “the better things” in Christ, that would perfect those in the past, and all those in the present and future who have lived, and will live, by What Pleases Him until the day He comes to take us home to be with Him forever.

And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect, (11:39-40).

How do we respond to What Pleases Him?

We must never forget what He has told us in His God-Breathed Word. It is an absolute impossibility to Please Him apart from Faith.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him, (11:6).

But the enemy is forever dangling before us the things we should do ourselves in order to please God, and the force from the enemy against all believers in Christ is potent.

But He has told us that as we grow in knowing Him through faith to live by What Pleases Him, He will find delight in being Who He has declared Himself to be: faithful, loving, kind, just, and righteous.

Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord, (Jeremiah 9:24).

Oh, that we would take Him at His Word, that we would walk by courageous Faith and not by sight. Let it become our life’s ambition that whatever we encounter, whether it be trials or triumphs, privation or plenty, heartache or happiness, our hope would be certain so as to absolutely prove the reality of what is not seen as we trust His Perfect Promises and Provision, knowing we too will gain our approval as we live by What Pleases Him.

Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— but we are of good courage and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him, (2 Corinthians 5:6-9).

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