Dr. Gadiel Isidro’s Sermons

Chapter 4

FAITH AND CREATION

Hebrews 11:3

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

1. This verse when clearly and fully understood is the foundation of the theology that this world did not evolve, but was created by the eternal and omnipotent God.

2.  This verse also teaches that inorder to have a strong rational conviction of the divine origin of our universe, we must first be grounded in our faith in the Word of God.  Faith preceeds intellectual conviction.  This is the essence of the phrase in Greek – pistei nooumen. Translation: by faith we continue in understanding. For the verb nooumen is in the present tense. And this verb means to perceive as used in Matt. 7:18; 8:17.

This order that faith preceeds intellectual conviction is a protection of our people against the damaging effect of evolution.  Let us take some examples of the destructive effect of evolution.  First in the area of morals. Because evolutionists believe that moral standards evolve down through the years, therefore what was mandatory yesterday is no longer necessary today. The Bible plainly teaches that virginity must be maintained before marriage. Today, there is abundant practice of pre-marital sex.

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Hebrews 11.3. Faith and Creation

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Chapter 3

THE LEGACY OF FAITH

Hebrews 11.2

For by it the elders obtained a good report. (KJV)

For by it the men of old received divine approval. (RSV)

This is what the ancients were commended for. (NIV)

1. There is a very important responsibility of parents enunciated in the Bible. This is stated by Paul in II Corinthians 12:14. “…For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children”.  The Greek word translated “lay up” is thesaurizo .  This word means to store treasure for the succeeding generation.  Being in the infinitive thesaurizein, the emphasis is that the parents should make it their driving passion to gather treasures for their children as their legacy.

2. This kind of treasure could be for their earthly existence such as a house, business, career or profession. There is nothing carnal about such a desire. This is commendable.

3. But parents should not only seek to leave material, economic or social legacy. While this is justifiable, yet these areas are only for this earth. There should be a legacy which transcends our earthly existence. This means those which are of eternal values.  This is what the Lord said in Matthew 6:19,20:

Mt 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: Mt 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

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Hebrews 11.2. The Legacy of Faith

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Chapter 2

THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH

Hebrews 11.1

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

1.  To many people in the world, the Christian faith is empty and hollow. Their reason is that faith deals with the intangible, the unseen. Many people think that Christians are “too heavenly minded that they are no earthly good”.

2. But based on the experience of the “heroes” of faith as listed in the 11th chapter of Hebrews, faith is the power which brings into reality the seemingly intangible, which conquers the seemingly insurmountable odds.

3. Hebrews 11:1 teaches us that faith is confidence and faith is conviction.

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Hebrews 11.1. The Importance of Faith

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CHAPTER I

INTRODUCTION TO HEBREWS CHAPTER 11

Introduction:

1. Hebrews chapter 11 is the only chapter in the whole Bible which contains a litany of so-called “heroes of faith”.  Many of them were ordinary people, but through faith they accomplished extra-ordinary results.  The key to this extra-ordinary accomplishments is faith. The word faith is mentioned 23 times in Hebrews chapter 11.

2. The dynamic of faith demonstrated in the lives of these people of the past is badly needed  today. This is especially true in the community of God’s people. Because of our naturalistic bent on living according to what we see, then our lives and ministries are mediocre,  and we are missing the blessings of God upon our lives, upon our homes and upon our church. It is therefore my prayer that through these messages on the dynamics of faith that we will see marvelous blessings upon our lives.

3. The apostle Paul wrote about the principle of faith in II Corinthians 5:7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight”.  The principle of the world is “look where you are going”.  This is indeed very practical and wise.  This is needed in our world.  But in matters of eternity and our eternal destiny, we walk by faith, not by sight. For if we only believe what we see, then we miss much of what the future holds. For even in the natural realm, much of what we enjoy today were grasped by “natural faith” by those scientists and inventors. They ventured into experiments which many people considered foolish. Electricity, telephone, radio and TV were considered “unrealistic” by unbelievers in the past, but investors dared in natural faith to appropriate the built in capacities of our universe. Many of us Christians have not appropriated the heavenly blessings even for our earthly sojourn because we have not dared to appropriate the “divine faith” which could bring the power of eternity into our time.

And millions of people will miss heaven because they could not walk by faith, they could not believe unless they could see.

Let us therefore anticipate with excitement our studies of Hebrews 11.  But first, let us have a sweep of the dimensions of faith from Genesis to Revelation.

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Faith. Introduction

One response

24 06 2011
cristopher

it’s good to be guided more deeply!!! thanks a lot. i long 2 hear from you more. hope to learn deeper from God’s word through his servant Dr. Gadiel T. Isidro

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