“For we walk by faith, not by sight”
The believer is told to walk by faith, not by sight.
What does that mean?
Hebrews 11:1 (the introduction to the “faith chapter,” Hebrews 11) explains that faith is believing that which cannot AT PRESENT be seen.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
The rest of Hebrews 11 is illustrated with examples of men of God who walked by faith, such as Noah and Moses.
“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”
“By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.”
Faith allowed these men to consider the promises of God as concrete as if they had seen them with their eyes.
In a larger sense, faith allows the believer to know the world we see was not made from any matter which existed beforehand: it was made from nothing visible at the time.
The world we now see was made from nothing other than the Word of God.
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
Paul explains how faith can provide the substance, the which men will die for Jesus Christ.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
A SIGHTED WORLD
The world however, walks a different path in a different way.
The world walks by sight.
If one trusts one sight, faith is not needed. That which is seen does not require faith.
“For we are saved by hope [faith]: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
Because the world trusts to sight, it is always looking for a sign; some concrete “proof” of God’s Word.
For believers, the proof is God’s Word itself–although God offers believers many infallible proofs of their faith which non-believers do not receive.
Because the world trust to sight, those few who walk by faith are an anomaly, different from their fellows.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light”
Because the world trusts so much to sight, it is constantly begging others to also trust their sight. It even offers its own rules and guidelines, which it endlessly repeats.
“Seeing is believing.”
“A picture is worth a 1000 words.”
“The camera never lies.”
OF COURSE, readers can think of exceptions to all of these faithless rules.
There is a great difference between waking by faith and walking by sight.
Faith allows the believer to know the promises of God as as solid as if they already existed.
Sight only allows the walker to believe what he sees–and sets him up for all manners of deceptions.
As the end times will demonstrate.
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast”
The great majority of mankind will be deceived because they trust their sight.
To their everlasting, eternal sorrow.
We live in a land of sight–but believers are to walk by faith.
IS the reader waking by faith? OR by sight?
IS the reader eagerly looking for proof of God’s existence?
DOES the reader frequent a building on Sundays where there is much talk of “miracles“?
There is still a little time to change directions (repent) and throw yourself on the mercy of the LORD.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
—2 Corinthians 4:3
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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: October 10, 2016.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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