This Sunday’s sermon in Philippians 1:1-11 is courtesy of guest speaker Michael Novak. Michael is the Campus Minister of Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Trinity University.
Last week, we entered the foyer to the Gallery of Trust and learned Hebrews 11:1-3 does not “define” faith/trust; it tells us how trust functions. If scripture defined trust, our sin natures would strive to mimic what God alone gives as a gift.
Instead of defining faith/trust, scripture gives us a grid to view what trust does until we see Jesus face to face. The grid of vv. 1-3 was this: (1) trust measure the present against the future; (2) trust measures the visible against the invisible. We learned that trust is found at that point where your wishes and demands slam head-on into what God wills for you and his Word promises and commands.
Today, in Hebrews 11:4-7 we will look at the portraits hung in the first room this morning, the Antediluvian (pre-flood) Room, in which Abel, Enoch, and Noah are portrayed. There is a progression in the theme of trust in the three portraits: (1) In Abel we see trust worshiping; (2) in Enoch we see trust walking; and, (3) in Noah we see trust working. We will briefly glimpse Noah this morning and return to him in our next study.
Hebrews 11:1-3 is the foyer to the Gallery of Trust that follows in the rest of chapter 11. In these first three verses, we see some statements about the nature of faith/trust; we see something of what trust does: (1) trust measures the present against the future; (2) trust measure the world against God; and, (3) trust measure the visible against the invisible.
Colossians 2:13-15 teaches us the Jesus’ death and resurrection provide three benefits for those who are united to Christ by trust in his perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection: (1) new life; new freedom; and, (3) new power.
Hebrews 10:24-39 teaches us about the fellowship of real believers and that of “make-believers” in the professing church: (1) Believers have available to them the covenant of blessing of Jesus-focused fellowship that spurs one another on to love and good works; and, (2) “make-believers” face the covenant curse for their unbelief that only mimics true fellowship. “Make-believer’s” bad fruit shows the bad root of dis-fellowship with Father/Spirit/Jesus and their subjection to covenant curses.