Our title presumes that true faith is always moving forward; but why is this the case? Because as we see most plainly in Hebrews 11, faith is motivated by eternity.
Hebrews 11 is of course built on the foundation of the first 10 chapters of Hebrews, but is most notably linked to Hebrews 10:39– belief to the saving of the soul. So the natural question is, what sort of faith is this that results in soul-salvation? What does this faith look like? Hebrews 11 answers this question, both by defining faith, and describing faith. Faith may be simplistically defined as “seeing life and eternity from God’s point of view; seeing reality the way God sees it.” But a more in depth definition would be, “Possessing a perspective of life and eternally that is totally transformed by God’s word, to the degree that every area of life is now motivated by God’s word and God’s truth.” Christians accept as true and authoritative that which God has said is true and authoritative; and this acceptance produces a life lived by the spiritual values and instructions which God has given. So there are two sides to the coin of faith- intellectual assent, or agreeing with what God has said is true; and trust, which is putting that assent into action.
This morning, we would like to consider the three great truths about faith that govern the life of the Christian.