Hebrews 11 – a Postscript

Hebrews 11 has often been called the roll call of faith—it details what a number of Old Testament characters accomplished by faith. Let’s put a little postscript on the end of that chapter to include some New Testament characters.

  • By faith Crispus obeyed the gospel of Christ, despite the fact that it cost him his job (Acts 18:8).
  • By faith the Ethiopian eunuch insisted that he be baptized immediately (Acts 8:35-39).
  • By faith the Christians in Ephesus made a clean break from the past, when they burned the books they had used in their sinful practices, the value of which was 50,000 pieces of silver (Acts 19:18-20).
  • By faith many of the Corinthians also repented, when they turned to the Lord and stopped practicing such things as fornication, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality, stealing, covetousness, drunkenness, reviling, and extortion (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
  • By faith, Eunice, without the help of a believing husband, raised her child in the training and admonition of the Lord (Acts 16:1; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; 3:14-15).
  • By faith, Priscilla, working side by side with her believing husband, did much to promote the kingdom of God (Acts 18:2-3, 18, 24-26; Romans 16:3-4; 1 Corinthians 16:19).
  • By faith Peter and John withstood threats against them and continued to boldly preach the gospel of Christ (Acts 4:13-22).
  • By faith Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God—in prison, with their feet in stocks, and still suffering from the beating they received earlier in the day (Acts 16:22-25).
  • By faith Barnabas sold his land, not to benefit himself, but to meet the urgent needs of others (Acts 4:32-37).
  • By faith Dorcas did many good works, especially for widows (Acts 9:36-39).
  • By faith Gaius showed hospitality to those who preached, and in so doing became a fellow-worker for the truth (3 John 1:1-8).
  • By faith, Philemon, a member of the church at Colosse, showed love for all the saints, and in so doing brought joy and consolation to the hearts of many (Philemon 1:4-7).
  • By faith a few in the church at Sardis continued to faithfully serve the Lord, even when most in the congregation did not (Revelation 3:1-6).

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
“And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4).

– Bryan Gibson
courtesy of www.BibleThought.org

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