The Joy in Responsibility
(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)
One Life to Live
It is now obvious that the author of Hebrews desires that we all live a life that loves without being discouraged about the cost.
Americans watch the world from a comfortable seat in an amusement park. Comfort and Love are opposites in the mind of our author. Hebrews 10:34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.
Faith (vs 1)
What is faith?
– Assurance of things hoped for
– Conviction of things not seen
People of Faith (vs 2)
What does faith look like?
– Faith has action
– Faith receives commendation
Life of Faith (vs 3)
Do I have faith?
– Molds my world view
– Evidence points to God
Faith only comes from a personal encounter with God
Faith is the objective grounds upon which subjective confidence may be based. Such faith springs from a personal encounter with God. This kind of faith enables one to venture into the future “supported only by the word of God.” Such faith “has the capacity to unveil the future so that the solid reality of events as yet unseen can be grasped by the believer.”
 David L. Allen, Hebrews, The New American Commentary (Nashville, TN: B & H Publishing Group, 2010), 543.