F.W. "Why, because I have seen his works; I am sure he must be both clever and good, or he would not have done all you have shown me." We see some creatures are ravenous; other creatures are poisonous; all are frail, and still decaying and hasting to their own ruin. He attributes this work to Himself, as one of the peculiar glories of His Deity, exclusive of all the creatures (Isaiah 44:24; Isaiah 45:12; Isaiah 40:12, 13). So faith is the means of realizing spiritual reality and of gaining God’s approval. God Himself appears and tells us authoritatively what He has done, and why He did it. I will seek to clarify the meaning of the verse as I understand it, but I admit that my understanding may be limited. FOR WHAT END GOD MADE ALL THINGS. (1)His essence. But how essentially different is the state of the mind, and how different the impression made on it!I. Faith is the telescope that brings the future promises of God into present focus. in wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches." If we see personality in an effect, reason says there must have been personality in the cause. God created all things, the world, and all the creatures that belong to it. To answer all the objections of reason, and settle the truth in the soul, and to improve it for spiritual uses and advantages, and to facilitate the belief of other truths upon this ground; did He make the world out of nothing? To answer all the objections of reason, and settle the truth in the soul, and to improve it for spiritual uses and advantages, and to facilitate the belief of other truths upon this ground; did He make the world out of nothing? THAT THE WORLD WAS MADE, THAT IT HAD A BEGINNING AND WAS NOT ETERNAL. "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world," etc. First of all, it is essential to the right posture of the creature towards the Creator. "No, but I already know him very well, because I can form a just estimate of him from his works." Certainly you do well to search out all those features in creation which reflect the glory of the Creator. Again, on the other hand, observe what weight this idea, if fully realised, must have, if you regard the Lord Himself as saying to you, in special reference to each of the things which He has made: I created it, and I am now testifying to you that I created it. It literally says, "By faith we understand the ages to have been prepared by a saying of God, in regard to the things seen not having come out of things appearing" (Young's Literal Translation).. It is true, there are some relics of reason left for human uses, and to leave us without excuse (John 1:9). "The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament showeth his handicraft." The production of the world could not be by chance.3. There is a third principle for close relationships: Truth must be expressed in love. The wise government and conservation of all things according to the rules and laws of creation. While this is an interesting question, before understanding the age of the earth we need to understand the "Who" of Creation. The blindness of reason is cured by the Word; the pride of reason is cured by the grace of faith. Paley makes admirable use of an imaginary case respecting a watch. In that case you proceed to reason out from the manifold proofs of design in nature's works the idea of an intelligent Author, and to draw inferences from what you see respecting His character, purposes, and plans. WHAT GOD MADE. Still, what He does say, you now receive not as discovered by you, but as said by Him. In this world reason had been enough, if man had continued in his innocency. Much of natural religion depends upon it, and holy Scripture fully recognises its propriety. Our faith substantiates what we hope for, thus giving us assurance that they are true. THUS, IN A RELIGIOUS VIEW, AND FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES, THE TRUTH CONCERNING GOD AS THE CREATOR MUST BE RECEIVED, NOT AS A DISCOVERY OF YOUR OWN REASON, FOLLOWING A TRAIN OF THOUGHT, BUT AS A DIRECT COMMUNICATION FROM A REAL PERSON, EVEN FROM THE LIVING AND PRESENT GOD. Because he believes that God has called him to do it! It is not to ascend from nature up to nature's God, but to descend from God to God's nature; not to hear the creation speaking of the Creator, but to hear the Creator speaking of the creation. OF WHAT ALL THINGS WERE MADE. No notice was takes of this observation at the time; but the next morning the baron pointed out to the visitor a beautiful picture which hung on the wall, and said, "My son drew that!" Order is pleasing to Him in the state and civil administrations in the Church, and in the course of your private conversations.3. "But you have never seen him!" This the Scripture plainly testifies (Genesis 1:1). By faith Moses gained God’s approval, even though he received the world’s scorn. Such faith takes the future promises of God and makes them real in the present. It is a wonderful advantage to faith to give us hope and consolation in the greatest distresses.3. It is practically most important. NOW, LET US APPLY THESE REMARKS TO THE MATTER IN HAND. If by faith only we can understand the truth and wonders of the creation, then —(1) It informs us, that reason is not the judge of controversies in religion, and the doubts that do arise about the matters of God are not to be determined by the dictates of nature. By the word of God's power. His faith proved the reality of the unseen God as greater than the reality of the flames that burned him to death. No notice was takes of this observation at the time; but the next morning the baron pointed out to the visitor a beautiful picture which hung on the wall, and said, "My son drew that!" Manton, D. D.)Faith realising the invisible CreatorIn that beautiful part of Germany which borders on the Rhine there is a noble castle which lifts its old grey towers above the ancient forest, where dwelt a nobleman who had a good and devoted son, his comfort and his pride. (4) It informs us that religion is not illiterate. To answer all the objections of reason, and settle the truth in the soul, and to improve it for spiritual uses and advantages, and to facilitate the belief of other truths upon this ground; did He make the world out of nothing? The KJV and NKJV translate these words as “substance” and “evidence.” The NASB and NIV understand the words as subjective, whereas the KJV and NKJV take them as objective. Whence come murrains, sicknesses, and diseases? To ILLUSTRATE THIS BY SOME SIMILITUDES OUT OF SCRIPTURE.1. (1)The wisdom of God and His counsel is mightily seen. Later in the day as the two gentlemen were walking in the garden, the baron showed his guests many rare plants and flowers, and, on being asked who had the management of the garden, the father said, with proud satisfaction, "My son; and he knows every plant almost, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop on the wall!" retorted the Frenchman, "Well, then, if you are able to judge of my son's good character by seeing his various works, how does it happen you can form no estimate of God's goodness by witnessing such proofs of His handiwork? WHO MADE THE WORD AND GAVE IT A BEGINNING? The author says that faith gives us understanding of how the material universe (and time) came into being, namely, by God’s spoken word. (1)The wisdom of God and His counsel is mightily seen. observed the other. YOU are all of you familiar with this idea, that, in contemplating the works of creation, you should ascend from nature to nature's God. 1. It was for His own glory (Proverbs 16:4; Romans 11:36). And there are these three attributes of God that especially shine forth in this work of creation, namely, His wisdom, power, and goodness.IX. All order is from God; but all discord and confusion is from the devil. WE MAY ILLUSTRATE THE DIFFERENCE BY A SIMPLE AND FAMILIAR EXAMPLE. God's glory should be our chief end. Everywhere we trace the working of One who is "perfect in knowledge." In this world reason had been enough, if man had continued in his innocency. If then we leave the written Word and follow the guidance of our own reason, we shall but puzzle ourselves with impertinent scruples, and leave ourselves under a dissatisfaction. 1. You speculate concerning his plans and purposes. What sacredness will this thought stamp on every object in nature, if only you are personally acquainted with the living God; and especially if you know Him as the Lawgiver, the Saviour, the Judge.(R. There was not the least defect in the work; but everything was beautiful, as it was the effect of infinite wisdom as well as almighty power. Surely reverence and adoration should be prompted, together with humility and trust. Later in the day as the two gentlemen were walking in the garden, the baron showed his guests many rare plants and flowers, and, on being asked who had the management of the garden, the father said, with proud satisfaction, "My son; and he knows every plant almost, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop on the wall!" THAT THE WORLD WAS MADE, THAT IT HAD A BEGINNING AND WAS NOT ETERNAL. "Do you see anything to be admired in all this?" More particularly — see, first of all, what weight this single idea, once truly and vividly realised, must add to all the other communications which He makes on other subjects to you. how in every such case is His appeal, in its solemnity, and its power, enhanced with tenfold intensity, if you regard Him as, in the very same breath, expressly telling you, I who now speak to you, so earnestly and so affectionately, I created all things — I created you.2. IN WHAT SPACE OF TIME THE WORLD WAS CREATED.VIII. It is apparent, however, even in these and similar passages, that created things are mentioned, not as arguments, but rather as illustrations; not as suggesting the idea of God, the Creator, but as unfolding and expanding the idea, otherwise obtained. More particularly — see, first of all, what weight this single idea, once truly and vividly realised, must add to all the other communications which He makes on other subjects to you. He pointed out that believers aren't exempt from trouble. The world is not a work of chance, but of counsel and rare contrivance. The wise government and conservation of all things according to the rules and laws of creation.III. observed the other. Consider the subject of creation in the light simply of an argument of natural philosophy, and all is vague and dim abstraction. But consider the momentous fact in the light of a direct message from the Creator Himself to you. Paley makes admirable use of an imaginary case respecting a watch. (2) It informs us that the heathens had never light enough for salvation. Jacob was a man whose whole life had been changed by the grace and mercy of God. You leave the post of discovery, the chair of reasoning, and take the lowly stool of the disciple; and then, and not before, even on the principles of natural religion, do you fully understand what is the real import, and the momentous bearing of the fact, that a Being, infinitely wise and powerful, and having evidently a certain character as just and good, that such a Being made you, and is Himself telling you that He made you, and all the things that are around you; "that the things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."IV. Later in the day as the two gentlemen were walking in the garden, the baron showed his guests many rare plants and flowers, and, on being asked who had the management of the garden, the father said, with proud satisfaction, "My son; and he knows every plant almost, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop on the wall!" Give away yourselves to God through Jesus Christ, making a cheerful and entire dedication of your souls and bodies, and all that ye are and have, to Him as your God and Father, resolving to serve Him all the days of your life: that as He made you for His glory, you may in some measure answer the end of your creation, which is to show forth His praise.(T. Boston, D. D.I. Whence come such dislocations, and unjointings of nature by tempests and earthquakes? Hebrews 11:3–7. By faith we understand that the universe was formed by God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. It is practically most important. This is not a merely artificial distinction. It was the infinite power of God that gave them a being; which power was exerted in His Word, not a word properly spoken, but an act of His will commanding them to be (Genesis 1:3; Psalm 33:6, 9).VII. God Himself appears and tells us authoritatively what He has done, and why He did it. You feel assured that the watch had a maker. IF GOD MADE THE WORLD IN SUCH HARMONY AND ORDER, WHENCE CAME ALL THOSE DISORDERS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD? The world could not make itself; for this would imply a contradiction, namely, that the world was before it was: for the cause must always be before its effect.2. We should use all the creatures we make use of with an eye to God, and due thankfulness to Him, the Giver; employing them in our service, soberly and wisely, considering they stand related to God as their Creator, and are the workmanship of His own hands.5. THUS, IN A RELIGIOUS VIEW, AND FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES, THE TRUTH CONCERNING GOD AS THE CREATOR MUST BE RECEIVED, NOT AS A DISCOVERY OF YOUR OWN REASON, FOLLOWING A TRAIN OF THOUGHT, BUT AS A DIRECT COMMUNICATION FROM A REAL PERSON, EVEN FROM THE LIVING AND PRESENT GOD. Again, the goodness of things is their perfection; and so everything was made agreeable to the idea thereof that was formed in the Divine mind. We credit the Scripture testimony, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." "Why, I see the sun travelling through the skies and shedding its glories over one of the greatest countries in the world; and I behold a mighty river at my feet, and a vast range of woods, and pastures, and orchards, and vineyards, and cattle and sheep feeding in rich fields." But how essentially different is the state of the mind, and how different the impression made on it!I. Sight doesn't always secure certainty, and there may be the most absolute certainty without it. The text teaches: 3. They come to you, not circuitously and at second hand, they come straight from the very being most deeply concerned in them. This motive of love must undergird all verbal expressions of truth (Eph. Hebrews 11:1 has always been a difficult verse for me to get a handle on. That would conflict with the entire teaching of the New Testament, that faith is simply the channel through which God’s blessings flow. None discern truths with more comfort and satisfaction than a believer; it solves all doubts and riddles of reason. God Himself appears and tells us authoritatively what He has done, and why He did it. Manton, D. D.)Of the work of creationT. Is not your position instantly changed? were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” This is the first of 19 uses of “by faith” in this chapter. If you sense that the person is a hypocrite, conveying that he is something that he really is not, you will keep your distance. II. The Blessing of a Believing Spouse (Hebrews 11:11-12) The Incredible Journey (Hebrews 11:8-10) It’s the Faith, Brother (Hebrews 11:3-7) Level Three Faith and How to Get There (Hebrews 11:13-16) The Fifth Law: Active Faith Releases God's Power (Hebrews 11) Nitty-Gritty Faith (Hebrews 11) At Home with the Lord: What is the Christian View of Death? Grace doth not make men simple, but rather perfects human learning. Whatever excellency and beauty is in the creatures is all from Him, and sure it must be most excellent in the fountain.2. "What a happy man you must be," said the Frenchman, "to have such a son!" Once when the son was away from home, a Frenchman called, and, in course of conversation, spoke in such unbecoming terms of the great Father in heaven as to chill the old man's blood. It is practically most important. There is the daylight of glory, which is the sun when it arises in its strength and brightness; and there is the light of faith, which is like the moon, a light which shines in a dark place; then there is the weak and feeble ray of reason, which is like the light of the lesser stars. There was not the least defect in the work; but everything was beautiful, as it was the effect of infinite wisdom as well as almighty power. How beautifully and beneficently are all things framed and ordered in our world! (1)The wisdom of God and His counsel is mightily seen. Order is pleasing to Him in the state and civil administrations in the Church, and in the course of your private conversations.3. Manton, D. D.)Faith realising the invisible CreatorIn that beautiful part of Germany which borders on the Rhine there is a noble castle which lifts its old grey towers above the ancient forest, where dwelt a nobleman who had a good and devoted son, his comfort and his pride. That cannot be, for the apostle himself enjoins you, however in respect of meekness you are to be like children, still in understanding to be men. The wonderful consent of all the parts, and the proportion they bear one to another.5. The whole world is but God's shop, where are the masterpieces of His wisdom and majesty; these are seen very much in the order of causes, and admirable contrivance of the world. "Lift up your eyes on high, and behold, Who hath created these things." Devils being angels, are God's creatures; but God did not make them evil, or devils, but they made themselves so.V. IF GOD MADE THE WORLD IN SUCH HARMONY AND ORDER, WHENCE CAME ALL THOSE DISORDERS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD? (6) It is the nature of faith to subscribe to a revelation in the Word, though reason give little assistance and aid. (2) There is a secondary and mediate creation, which is the making things of pre-existing matter, but of such as is naturally unfit and altogether indisposed for such productions, and which could never by any power of second causes be brought into such a form. The variety of opinions expressed by sceptics upon the subject of the origin of the world casts discredit upon the whole of these opinions, just as half a dozen discordant testimonies in defence of a prisoner would cast discredit upon the whole case for the defence. “The word of God” here does not refer to His written word, but to His spoken word. "LinksHebrews 11:3 NIVHebrews 11:3 NLTHebrews 11:3 ESVHebrews 11:3 NASBHebrews 11:3 KJVHebrews 11:3 Bible AppsHebrews 11:3 ParallelHebrews 11:3 Biblia ParalelaHebrews 11:3 Chinese BibleHebrews 11:3 French BibleHebrews 11:3 German BibleHebrews 11:3 CommentariesBible Hub. Many martyrs have died at the stake because of their faith. Manton, D. D.)Of the work of creationT. "The worlds were framed by the word of God." In this world reason had been enough, if man had continued in his innocency. And this reason itself teacheth: for whatsoever is eternal, the being of it is necessary, and it is subject to no alterations. By the first light, we see God as He is in Himself; by the second, God as He hath discovered Himself in the Word: by the third, God as He is seen in the creature.2. CONSIDER THE PRACTICAL USES OF THIS TRUTH. The seed on the thorny ground may have lasted a bit longer, but eventually it was strangled by the temptations of worries, riches, and the pleasures of this life. The production of the world could not be by chance.3. Finally, it is this faith in creation which furnishes the strongest presumption of the truth of redemption itself. "LinksHebrews 11:3 NIVHebrews 11:3 NLTHebrews 11:3 ESVHebrews 11:3 NASBHebrews 11:3 KJVHebrews 11:3 Bible AppsHebrews 11:3 ParallelHebrews 11:3 Biblia ParalelaHebrews 11:3 Chinese BibleHebrews 11:3 French BibleHebrews 11:3 German BibleHebrews 11:3 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)Humility.(3)Kindness.II. You hold it in your hand; you begin to examine its structure, to raise questions in your own mind, and to form conjectures. Sermon # 1 Jesus is Better Hebrews 1:1-3 The writer of the book of Hebrews returns again and again to the word “better” which is found some thirteen times in this book to show the superiority of Jesus to every other religious system. Them, although not by REASON.1 the extent to which the creative energy of God are accomplished with ease. 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