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In my mind, faith, hope, and trust go hand-in-hand.  After all, you can’t have faith in something you don’t trust.  I’m not going to sit in that broken chair because I have no faith that it will support me. Yet Scripture reveals that faith is a substance that we can trust in.  Let me explain.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

In Greek, the word for substance used here in Hebrews 11:1 is hupostasis (pronounced hu-po’-sta-ses, Strong’s #5287).  Hupostasis means a setting, or a placing under such as a foundation or some other structure.  It comes from two different Greek words: hypo, meaning by or under, and histemi, meaning to place, put, set, or cause to stand.

Through this we can see that faith is not something we have, per se, it’s something we stand upon, something that has been set into place and put under us by the Author and Finisher of our faith Jesus Christ.

This structure is clearly seen as we look at faith’s counterpart, I (Strong’s #529). I is the Hebrew word for faith and shares a root with a word that I’m sure you are familiar with: Amen (pronounced ah-mayn – Strong’s #543).

Amen is personified in Revelation 3:14 as Jesus calls Himself The Amen, “These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God.”  At its core, amen means: firmness and support.  It is used to describe a foster-father/mother or nurse who supports and nourishes a child.

Beloved, Jesus is not just someone who left us good examples to follow…He is our Lord, our Savior, our Good Shepherd, the Good Teacher.  We can trust Him and follow Him where ever He leads and do whatever He has called us to do.  Amen and Amen.

AUTHOR: Jenny Crawford
1 Comment
  • I must point out to you that you are contradicting the Scripture.
    “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have the faith of God.”
    Also: “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not,…” and…
    “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as…”

    My point is that your statement “Through this we can see that faith is not something we have, per se, it’s something we stand upon,…” is clearly a misrepresentation of Jesus Christ and His Word; which IS absolute truth.

    I intend only your correction, dear one; beloved of God. Please receive my words as from a loving brother in the Spirit of restoration for you.

    Love,
    Michael

    August 16, 2014

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