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Pamphlet 1981 Hebrews kc 19-2

Is not the thing made evidence of a maker?

Pay close attention to the witness and testimonials Paul is going to outline for us in this 11th chapter of Hebrews,
commonly called the faith chapter.

Then too, a truly "wise" person would not consider the outline itself sufficient ground upon which to stand,
but would at some point go back and dig out all the precious details of the things which are written,
thereby strengthening his or her foundation.

Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
This is an example of where learning how to read what is written
and just digging a little into the Word can increase one's understanding
and also avoid error.

You "see", Paul is not talking about the material creation, the "earth" itself,
but rather the worlds (plural), the "aions" past, present, and future,
which are the three world ages Peter speaks of in 2 Pet. 3.

Read verse one again and you will find that "faith" is the evidence of things which are NOT SEEN,
not evidence of the things which are seen.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
In other words, it does not take faith to believe in creation itself for if you can "see it" with your flesh eyes, then common sense alone tells you that someone made it.

Go ahead, try it!

Look all around you and see what there is you can see that was not made.

For example, if you look at a car you do not need faith to tell you someone made it, do you?

Is not the thing made evidence of a maker?

Of course it is!

Well, the same common sense that tells you someone made the car
applies when see a much more intrinsically complex vehicle, like a horse!

It doesn't take anymore faith to tell you that someone made the horse
than it does to tell you someone made the car.

It's what we call a no-brainer!

In other words, it just takes good old common "horse sense"
which is far superior to intellectual "non-sense"!

(Note: I am not insulting the intelligence of horses when I use the phrase "no-brainer" for God knows they have more sense than someone with a PhD who believes in evolution.)

So it is not creation itself that requires faith, but rather the purpose, the plan,
the who and why of creation that requires faith and understanding.

These things cannot be "seen" under a microscope for they are invisible things.

However, Paul tells us in the Book of Romans
that spiritual things which are invisible things can actually be understood by the creation, by nature itself.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
You see, what we know by faith is not that the creation was made,
for we can see it, but rather that it was the Word of God
who did all the creating of the things which do appear.

John 1:1-3 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3]All things were made by him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made."

It is through faith, through the foundation we have laid by digging deeper into His Word
and seeing "so great a cloud of witnesses" (Heb. 12:1) testifying that all He says is true,
that God is Faithful to His promises, whereby we know that the "worlds",
the three earth ages (aions) past, present, and future, have been "framed",
i.e. fitly joined together in the Plan of God.

It is through that same faith then that we know where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going!

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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