“But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to saving of the soul” Hebrews 10:39, NKJV. The author of the Hebrews urges the readers not to disregard the advantage and the privilege they have in the New Covenant High Priest, Jesus Christ. The author then enumerates the past giants of faith, as an example, all should follow. He urges the readers to have faith, not only in the things they hope for but also in the reality and superiority of Jesus Christ. The yielded believers are certain that God has accomplished, in Jesus Christ, everything He promised to the giants of faith, in the past ages. The “faith” referred to in chapter eleven of the Hebrews, is not a substitute for knowledge. We must know Him whom we believe.
What is faith? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1, NKJV. “faith” is not simply positive thinking. A yielded believer is not an incurable optimist. A yielded believer has an unshakable assurance of what he has in Jesus Christ, even if he cannot see and fully understand it. Our faith in God is not some “make-believe experience.” Our faith in God and Jesus Christ makes our hope real in our life, here and now. The Righteousness from God was what the giants of faith hoped for. The Righteousness from God is now a reality; and we believe God that He has given us all He promised to the giants of faith, in the past ages. We must understand that we are not righteous because we believe; we believe because we are righteous by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. The giants of faith did not see their hope of becoming a physical reality, but they believed it as if it already is a reality.
God, in the fullness of time, has fulfilled His promise to the giants of faith, and to us who follow their example. “God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.” Hebrews 11:40, NKJV. Accordingly, the author of the Hebrews exhorts the readers: “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, …” Hebrews 12:1, 2, NKJV. We must put away the sin of unbelief, which so easily ensnares us.