A Favorable Welcome (Hebrews 11:4-7)

Whether they realize it or not, at some level, everyone longs to be welcomed by God. Everyone wants to be loved and care for by someone bigger, stronger, and wiser than themselves.

So Hebrews 11:4-7 speaks to just that, and it teaches that this favorable welcome only comes through the faith that pleases God. What is this faith?

  1. This faith believes in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection for sin. His is the only righteousness, the only goodness, the only perfection by which we can be accepted. The whole book of Hebrews up to this point (ch. 1-10) explains the superiority of Jesus Christ as the perfect Son, High Priest, substitutionary sacrifice, and Savior.
  2. This faith believes that God exists. Faith believes that God is the great I AM, the Triune God of creation who is happy, holy, and thrilled with His Son through His Spirit. He is GOD.
  3. This faith believes that God is the rewarder of those who seek Him. Throughout Scripture, God is known as the great rewarder and Himself is His own reward. He says to Abram, “I am the LORD, your very great reward,” (Genesis 15:1).

Without such faith, it is impossible to be welcomed by God. Without such faith, you receive God’s punishment. God hates evildoers who reject His Son (Psalm 2:12).

This passage gives three examples:

  1. Abel
  2. Enoch
  3. Noah

Each of these men had very different lives, very different struggles, and no access to the written Word of God. Yet they responded in faith. The writer puts them here as examples of faith.

Why does God’s welcome matter? Here are three applications:

  1. Sin and Forgiveness: When we know we’re forgiven and accepted by God, we don’t believe that our own lives are the basis for our identity and acceptance. We can freely admit sin, standing on Christ’s goodness, not our own. We can tell our closest family members and friends, “I was wrong. Please forgive me.”
  2. Work: When we’re welcomed by God, we don’t work as though our lives depend on work performance. Our lives don’t! They depend on Christ! So we can work “as unto God, not unto men,” and care about pleasing God more than our bosses (though we should care about pleasing our bosses to the right extent).
  3. Prayer: When we are in God’s family by Christ’s goodness, we pray as though we have a right to be heard by our Father – because we really do! He must hear us! He must listen, because Jesus is praying on our behalf! Let us storm heaven, then, with our prayers, knowing we’ll be heard!
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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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