【Bible Study】Hebrews 11 Part 1: Assurance of Faith and Assured Hope
Bible Study: Hebrews
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 01: How honorable to be called the son of God
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 02: Invaluable Salvation
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 03: Building God’s Temple, You Have to Be Faithful to the End
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 04: God will help us at all times
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 05: To Learn, To Grow and Becoming Mature
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 06: Keep on Pursuing to the point of perfection
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 07: Jesus can save us till eternity
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 08: God’s True Tabernacle, God’s True Covenant
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 09: True Sanctification, True Salvation
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 10: Perseverance in faith till victory
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 11 Part 1: Assurance of Faith and Assured Hope
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 11 Part 2: Assurance of Faith and Assured Hope
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 12: Running the heavenly journey inaugurated for us by Lord Jesus
- 【Bible Study】Hebrews 13: Obey God’s Will Do What Pleases God
I was so excited before the bible study today; I saw that the main topic run through Hebrews chapter 11. When I grasp the main topic, I am walking like the richest man in the world. When we read Hebrews chapter 11 from front to back, we will see a repetition of a word again and again in the chapter. That word is the main topic that the author would like to highlight. Brothers and sisters must know that faith has assurance. Today I set the main topic of this chapter as “Assurance Of Faith and Assured Hope.
I have a very clear concept that God will give us clear evidence when we choose to believe. If our faith has no assurance, how long can our faith last? In fact, it cannot last long. Almost all our brothers and sisters have experienced God and the assurance of faith.
There was a sister who had evil spirits running around her and often she requires her to pray for her. Sometimes, I prayed for her in the wee hours of the morning like two or three O’clock. After our persistent praying, this sister recovered and experienced God. The assurance she gained from God is within her. The key point is after she experienced God, she recovered, has evidence of God’s assurance and what is after that? Does she have eternal hope after her assurance from God? In fact, many people do not have eternal hope, what they wanted is healing and solving their problems now.
What is the assurance of faith and assurance of hope? The hope of eternity is what we are chasing after. I am sternly telling everyone who comes among us that if your hope and what the bible stated are not aligned, no matter if you gained the assurance or not, you could also take God’s grace and leave us. What you want is not God, your desire is your children are doing well in their studies, your desire is your job, and your desire is to have money and be rich. Today I am telling you that everything in this world is meaningless, utterly meaningless.
Let me ask everyone this question “So What if you are the richest man in this World? What can you do to be the richest man in this world?” Even the co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs died at 56 years old suffering from pancreatic cancer, can he prevent himself from dying? Imagine today you are going to die, can your children ranking in school help you? You can be a doctor, professor, or any highflyer job, have they not been controlled by the devil?
Brothers and sisters, I spend all my energy to serve, how I serve you today, you will serve others in the future. Do you think I am morally kidnapping all of you? No, I hope brothers and sisters will be like us. I hope you can see through everything in this world. If you see through everything thing in this world, you will not live like this.
If you are not in the same boat as us building a Church of God’s glory, I am feeling embarrassed to kick you out so it is better you can leave the group by yourself. I asked you to serve not to benefit from you as you need to grow from serving.
If you think your children learning, your job is very important to you therefore these are your hope, so you can bring these hopes with you. The price I pay for serving everyone even when my job in the world was stumbling. I did not stop serving and why would I do this? Everyone must understand everything in this world is meaningless and utterly meaningless.
If people do not know that this world is empty and meaningless, feel that life is so real, and would like to continue to live in this way, you would see all disasters befall these people. At noon today, I have spoken with a scientist in artificial intelligence who lives in Silicon Valley for an hour and a half. I know her very well as she is full of confidence in herself. She is sympathetic to those who care for their own flesh. She sympathises with those who love the world so much. She thinks she believes the Lord but her 8-year-old child suffers from lupus, an auto-immune disease. Do you hope your child to be like you in the future? This world stings you with pain causing you in distress and agony.
I must tell everyone that faith without assurance is hard to persist till the end. You can see signs and wonders follow us, due to our God has given us the assurance of faith, so we are on the road of faith and run straight into eternity. If the Lord you believe in today has no evidence of faith or assurance, nothing happens tomorrow, nothing happens next year or the year after then I really could not hold on anymore. I thank my God for my God is with me!
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Mark 16:17-18 NIV
Brothers and sisters, you must understand, faith has assurance if not we are unable to continue to walk this journey to the end to receive God’s promises. The ultimate promise is to enter eternity with our God.
Everyone must understand how much evidence of faith we have. If God has given you no significant evidence, then you need to repent and reflect. There was a brother who came to us a few months ago, his ankle was repeatedly red, swollen and in excruciating pain. After praying he recovered and the condition relapse again and again. I constantly change his worldly thoughts, place God’s hope in his heart and constantly destroyed his dreams in this world.
Brothers and sisters, I am not giving you the worldly dream, but I am giving you the heavenly dream. The worldly dream is meaningless and vanity. If you are among us and if you have worldly dreams, I will urge you to leave and if you have heavenly dreams, we can run together, share God’s promises and share God’s evidence of assurances.
Today afternoon, the sister that I serve is from a North American scientist, she took her daughter to a north America big reputable church, and no one bother to look at her. I am flabbergasted and no one came to her to ask how she was doing. I asked why she came to me to serve us since she is in such a reputable Church.
Why did she discover me? We are an online church and have many testimonies of healing and miracles. Brothers and sisters who have received grace among us, I encourage you again how I serve you, I also hope that you can serve others. Our hope is not in this world and if your hope is still in this world, there is no way you can go on and you will leave the church sooner or later. Either you leave by yourself, or I kick you out. No one among us who is unwilling to lay down his life for Jesus Christ
If you live for yourself, you depend on yourself, you will get the result of living for yourself. If we live for Jesus Christ, we will obtain the evidence that Lord Jesus had given us. That sister told me that the senior pastor of her church has cancer and he told others God has told him that God will not heal him.
It is absurd! Why? I told this sister about the concept of our Church, Ming Ding theology. There is a saying in the world, good people are not rewarded but we do not want to be the good people that the world perceives, we want to be people in this world to win spiritual battles and receive promises. In this world we are living, those who constantly experience God because they have faith in their hearts, will surely gain and receive beautiful assurances from God.
When I was reading Hebrews chapter 11, “What we do not see” I was asking myself what faith that was and they told me this verse:
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NIV
I could not comprehend what they told me in this verse. Today, I can clearly explain to everyone, faith has assurance, based on the assurance of the faith, we can have hope and evidence of our hope. Let us look at the bible verse below.
By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. Hebrews 11:4 NIV
Was there any testimony? Yes, there is a testimony, Cain found that he was not as blessed as Abel herding sheep than the growth of his grains on his farm. Let me tell you that God’s blessings are absolutely true. Why was Abel able to receive blessings while herding sheep? Not because both had offered sacrifices and would be blessed. Do not think everyone will be blessed if you believe in God. In your heart, do you have eternal hope and Abel had eternal hope therefore he was blessed.
I believe there is God, and I must go back to God. I am living in this world temporarily, death to me is nothing. Food is also nothing to me. The best sheep should be given to God and the best time should be given to God. Herding the Sheep is not my destiny but returning to God is my destiny, so Abel dedicated the best to God. I will challenge brothers and sisters among us, who are unwilling to offer the best to God. I am sweating for you. Why? Your destiny will be like Cain’s.
If you are someone who has faith, it is impossible for you not to experience God and once you experience God, your conclusion will be there is God in this world. You are not only believing that there is a God, but you must also believe that God rewards those who seek Him. Are you seeking a Worldly dream, a worldly degree, or a reward from God? There are several doctors who are on the verge of collapsing came among us. After serving them, all of them have experienced God. God is with me, you have received God’s grace, my question is do you want to chase the dreams of the world?
There were 10 leprosies healed by Jesus and only one came back. If we are one of those who suffered from leprosy and Jesus healed us, do we recognise that is a priceless treasure? In the end, 9 leprosies who were healed by Jesus went to pursue the worldly dream. In fact, the ratio is like what we have experienced. Of everyone still stay among us and about nine are lost. We had served ten people and received grace, but only one remained. If you are the one who stays, I would like to congratulate you, you are a treasure in the eyes of God. You must have faith and keep experiencing the assurance that God has given you. What a wonderful life it would be if you could experience God every day!
Our worldly dream seems to be what we are hoping for, our hope for our children to be the top student in the school. No matter what your children’s age are, there are many challenges even for children who are 3 years old. A few days ago, I served a big entrepreneur and brought 2 of his children, one is about 10 years old and the other is about 2 to 3 years old, both are very smart. The family was almost in meltdown over the 2 children’s study. The children’s studies have become a big problem for the family. If what we want is eternal hope, there will be nothing to affect us or break us down. To die is to die, to live is to live but we must experience God in this world. Nothing in this world can deprive us of our dream of eternity. For the things in this world will pass away but the word of God endures forever.
We must understand, do we live like Jesus? Jesus devoted himself and his life to God. Do any of us have the same will as Jesus? I am patient to wait for you to grow if you are still new among us. My wish is for you all to grow up. Can you begin to build up eternal hope within you? If you are running around for worldly things, children, studies, and degrees, they will only cause you trouble.
If we have no eternal hope, everything in this world is meaningless. I know what I am saying can be offensive to many, please have mercy on me. Can you guarantee that your children’s future will not be disturbed by the devil? Can you guarantee that your children’s learning will lead to a wonderful future? Do you really think that is worth paying a heavy price for the things in this world? If you want your child to have a future, share God's word with him. If you want to have a future for yourself, engrave God's words on your heart.
If you hope to live out the glory of God, you must become a creative person today. Creation comes from God’s words, do you understand? God saw the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. God said and everything in the world was formed according to God’s words. Everything came true according to what God said. If you think you can solve any problem by working hard and toiling, you are exactly like Esau. When you depend on yourself, you are against God and God destroys everything that you build with your own strength.
Brothers and sisters, these people in the Bible endured imprisonment and various trials, were stoned and sawn in two, were tempted and slain by the sword, went about in sheepskins and goatskins, suffered from poverty, Tribulation, persecution, wilderness, mountains, caves, and underground caves are uncertain, so why were they persistent? It is because they often experience God. Brothers and sisters, I have also suffered a lot of grievances and struggles in this world, but I know one thing so that I can finish doing God’s will in this world and return to God. I know that my hope will never be in vain. For my hope is an assured hope.
God spoke with me when I was praying, God asked me “ Are you willing to die for me?” I broke into tears not because I was concerned about my life but because I could not believe God has chosen me. I said to God, you have thought highly of me, I wish I could die for you and I just did not have the chance. Later, God didn’t talk to me anymore, but this sentence touched me deeply.
Today I challenge everyone, are you willing to die for God? If one day, when God asks you, you must not be confused, you must know that God has taken a fancy to you, will give you great grace, and will make your name great in heaven and on earth. I was crying so hard at that time, I said: “ God, not only am I willing, but I also wish so much.”
Do you understand? If you know why God is with me, everything I do prosper because God is with me. Why? There is an eternal hope in me, I know very clearly that everything in this world is meaningless I have no hope in this world, not even a little hope. That is why I am still serving God with all my heart, soul, and strength while I am at work, as a senior staff member in the university.
I will spare my time serving all those who came to me even though I could not finish my work for my job. I would work till 4 o’clock in the morning and sometimes until five o’clock in the morning. Why? I could not finish it, because I was serving people during the day, why am I serving like this? I know there is no hope in this world.
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. Hebrews 11:17-19 NIV
Do you know that Abraham had God’s logic in him? He knows that God is a good God. Since God had established His covenant with Isaac and his descendants after him. At that time, Esau and Jacob were not born yet. When Isaac was offered as a sacrifice and Abraham did not deny God’s promise. Abraham believed that God could even raise the dead, he was truly a person who trusted in God, and he was having God’s logic.
What was the result? God said “ Stop” and God prepared a sheep to replace Isaac as the sacrifice. Isaac was in his thirties and a young man of his age willingly offered himself to God and did not refute his father, Abraham. Both father and son are very strange people who were willing to give themselves to God. Both Abraham and Isaac experienced great grace and blessings from God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ has been crucified for us, why? Jesus loves us and are we able to make a decision today to give ourselves completely to God. When we are willing to offer our bodies to God as a living sacrifice, we will become holy and acceptable to God and we will have a wonderful life. Both Isaac and Abraham offered their most precious things, so what about us, do we still have reservations?
I am willing to give my wife, children, fields, house, and all my careers completely for the sake of Jesus Christ. I have given what I can for Jesus Christ. Why? I have hope in eternity, and my hope is totally out of this world, and it becomes what it is today. If you think this kind of life is wonderful, follow the example of Jesus Christ, follow the apostle Paul, follow me, run this heavenly road together, and live a wonderful life in this world.