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


The Scripture says “faith is…” Thus giving us the biblical definition of faith. Yet before we unpack this definition, we must clarify the kind of faith of which we speak. This is not faith as a passive noun describing one’s religion or untested belief. No, this is faith from the active sense, which means to trust, to believe, to be fully persuaded and assured. This is saving faith.
Having clarified the kind of faith, let us consider its definition. First, it is “the substance of things hoped for.” The word “substance” might be understood to mean that which is the firm foundation undergirding our hope. Our hope stands on the firm foundation of our faith.
Secondly, faith is the “evidence of things not seen.” We did not see the risen Lord Jesus, nor have we seen His glorious return. Yet we have heard the eyewitness testimony of those who did see Him raised from the dead and we also have their testimony of His promise to return. Our faith in their testimony and also in the testimony of the Holy Spirit, which “bears witness” (Rom. 8:16), makes our faith a firm conviction. So that it acts as evidence for that which we have not seen with our physical eyes. But have surely seen with spiritual ones. Therefore this is not blind faith, as some have said, but assured faith.
Do you have this firm foundation of faith? Yet, Christian faith is nothing without its object. For the object of our faith is Christ! For He is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2).
PRAYER: Dear Father, our faith is in You and in Your Son, Jesus. For He has accomplished that which made our faith sure. Our hope of heaven is anchored in our faith in the Resurrected Jesus! Strengthen us by your Holy Spirit until our faith becomes sight. In Jesus’ name, amen.