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The Hall of Works Done by Faith...


Works done by faith? Why is this important? Isn't it all about faith? So much emphasis is placed on faith today that most believe that works of men have little to no value. In contrast to the popular belief of the day we see many works done by faith throughout the chapter that today is popularly called by many "the hall of faith", Hebrews chapter 11. One could easily call it the 'hall of works done by faith'... Abel's work of faith was offering to God an excellent sacrifice. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. Hebrews 11:4 Noah's work of faith was building an ark even when the idea was assuredly seen as lunacy by all those around him. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Hebrews 11:7 Abraham's works of faith were heeding to the call of God in leaving his home and going to a far away strange land and then he offered his only son as a sacrifice by the Lord's command. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went...By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Hebrews 11:8 and 17 Sarah's work of faith was a labor of faith as she bore a child at a very advanced age according to the promise of God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11 Moses' parents' work of faith was not obeying the king's commandment by keeping Moses hidden to spare his life. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. Hebrews 11:23 Moses' works of faith were keeping the Passover and leading the Israelites through the parted Red Sea Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. [29] By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land : which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. Hebrews 11:28-29 The Israelites' work of faith was obeying what must have seemed like a crazy command from God when they conquered Jericho. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. Hebrews 11:30 Rahab's work of faith was her protecting the Hebrew spies at Jericho. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. Hebrews 11:31 Others were mentioned along with a litany of goods works and the enduring of trials, persecutions and tribulations. Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, [34] Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. [35] Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: [36] And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: [37] They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; [38] (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. Hebrews 11:33-38 All of this to say... Works of faith testify that one's faith is not dead! This is indeed important. Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. [18] Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. [19] Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. [20] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? [21] Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? [22] Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? [23] And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. [24] Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. [25] Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? [26] For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:17-26 

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