In Hebrews 11 we read some attributes of Faith, over the next few days we shall consider these:

Faith is assured. Paul uses this word when he says he has become persuaded that nothing can separate the believer from God’s love in Christ (Rom. 8:38). It always involves a process of thought; persuasion requires process, time. He uses the same word again to speak of the confidence he has in Christ finishing the good work He has begun in every believer (Phil. 1:6).

Perhaps the most moving usage of this word occurs when Paul writes to Timothy who has begun to battle fear while pastoring in Ephesus. As a loving father, he invites Timothy to take his place in the work of faith, saying, “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep what I have committed to him until that day.” The Greek is peitho (Strong’s #3982). It has the meaning of having experienced a debate in which all the relevant ideas have been given a fair hearing. When all the issues have been considered, a decision is made, based on all the evidence and an inner conviction. When this has happened, you are persuaded.

Faith embraces. This word (aspadzomai, Strong’s #782; oss-pod-zuh-my) is most often used in the beginning of the epistles when the writer “greets” the church. Sometimes the apostle will instruct the believers to greet one another—this is that word. It can mean to enfold someone in your arms, to salute (greet), or to welcome. As the assurance of faith involves considering the promises and becoming persuaded by them, so “embracing” means to take them in! Now that you see them for what they are, greet them, hug them, hold them, welcome them into your life. As you would embrace a loved one, so you are to treat the promises God has spoken into your life. In several usages, it even has the connotation of great affection, being translated “to kiss.”

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