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FAITH---Who knew Part Two---BELIEVE WHAT?

BELIEVE WHAT?

Faith Who Knew Part Two

 

 

In my last blog entry we were talking about the words “faith and believe” as they relate to Hebrews 11:6

Let us move on now to the second part of this Scripture:

 

"...for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."

 

As I was studying these two apparently simple words--faith and believe-- I was utterly stunned at their meanings in the actual Greek language.  We have already discussed how the word faith goes back to the Greek and translates as to obey. That alone was an eye opener right? ‘For without faith (obeying) it is impossible to please God' 

 

Now we come to the word believe in our passage: "for he that cometh to God must believe that He is (little word, BIG meaning), and that He is (not the same meaning as the previous word is) a rewarder of them that diligently seek him"(Hebrews 11:6 KJV emphasis added are my own). 

 

The word ‘believe’--used here as a verb-- translates as "to place confidence in".  So this is what the Holy Spirit showed me as I studied this one little verse of God's word:  if I do not obey God then I am not pleasing to Him and when I do come to Him (God) and I am ready to obey, I must place my confidence in the fact that He is.  

 

I found it odd the Strong's Concordance highlighted the word "is" twice in this passage.  Seems like just a 'form of B verb' when I first read the passage. To my surprise, it is not!  Strong's 2076--Esti which takes us to Eimi Strong's 1510-translates this simple little word ‘is’ like this: to be; to exist; to happen; to be present.  The word 'is' just gives me such a sense of excitement now because now I understand when I come to Him, I have confidence He exists and He is present all the time!   

 

Paul goes on to say  "and that He (God) IS a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."   Well, do not let the word 'is' take a back seat here either gang.  In this passage the Greek word is givomai (transliterated as ginomai; Strong’s number 1096) and literally means: to become: i.e. to come to pass, happen of events.  

 

As we understand these little words in Scripture we learn God then brings something to pass (makes something happen) in our lives when we have confidence that He is present.  First we come to God believing that ‘He Is’ and then God does something….Good stuff right? 

 

And what does God make happen?  The scripture says He is a rewarder of them that seek Him.  Yep, back to the Greek. Misthapodotes--Strong's 3406-- which means: one who pays wages and then we are taken to Strong's 591 Apodidomi --which translates:  to pay off, discharge what is due. Are you kidding me!  This is the very thing Christ did for all who would come to know and accept Him as LORD.  He pays off every debt we have had, have now, and are ever going to have!   Now this just makes me want to stand up and shout for joy!  Hallelujah and glory to God!  I just love it when God opens my eyes and my heart to new and exciting things in His Word, don't you? 

 

I pray as you go about your day today, you will pause for just a moment and ask yourself,  "What does faith and believe mean in my walk with Christ? Do I truly understand that He IS?"

 

Always loving the Lord,

Lori Robbins

 

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