What does it mean to have faith? It is more than recognizing who Jesus is, even the demons did that. It is to abide in a relationship for all eternity with God and the heavenly host.
3. a. Our belief in the accomplished work of Christ is both the foundation or underlying reality of our eternal relationship with Christ and also the demonstration or proof of His eternal relationship with us.
Said another way – faith is neither cause or effect, it is a mutual relationship and covenant – like friendship, love, peace and joy, shared and enjoyed together in a the family of believers with God.
b. Many people think of faith as action you take when there is uncertainty – blind faith, leap of faith. Others think of faith as a system or structure: Christian faith, Jewish faith, Islamic faith. Finally, some think of it as confidence or trust in another: I have faith in you.
4. Abel was commended as a righteous man.
Enoch was commended as one who pleased God.
Noah by his faith condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
Abraham made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country.
Sarah gave birth because Abraham considered God faithful
5. Each home land has culture, norms, traditions, laws and practices. Do I live as a citizen of the Unites States and adapt to its culture and norms? Do I live as a citizen of earth and abide in those practices? Or do I compare my eternal life (starting now) with other heavenly citizens (such as Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham) and abide in heavenly principles?
I probably spent way too much time on Hebrews 11:1, but I found it fascinating. When you look at the greek words that make up the verse there is even more of a richness than is evident in english.
For example, the first part (being sure of), the word used in greek is hypostasis, a word still used today, to mean the substantial quality or nature of something that makes it what it is, the substructure, foundation, substance or real being. The word is a feminine noun – the DNA of being a christian – the core building block.
Then in the second part (certain of what), the word used in greek is elegchos, a masculine noun meaning proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested. It is what demonstrates it to be true. Evidence.
Finally, the thing that we are certain of but do not see is the word pragma, meaning “that which has been done, a deed, an accomplished fact.”
My take away from this was that faith is both the basis of what makes us christian and the proof that we are christian. But contrary to common usage, it is not a one way street (I have faith in God), but instead it is two way, a relationship, male and female. God also puts His faith and trust in me to be part of His family.