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Do You Have Enough Faith to Join

The Christmas Conspiracy

Hebrews 11-12
A Paraphrase

{11:1} Faithfulness is the manifestation of my postmillennial hope. Faithfulness is the evidence of God working in my life, the movement of heavenly beings not seen by the Empires of the world.
{2} Through Faithfulness my forefathers and foremothers made a good witness to the world.

The People of Faith: Our Models

The Verbs of Faith: Our Duties

{3} By faith

believe creationism, and understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

{4} By faith

offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and though he is dead, he still speaks through it.

{5} By faith

was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that

he pleased God.

{6} But without faithfulness it is impossible to please Him, for 

he who comes to God

must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

{7} By faith

being divinely warned of things not yet seen,

moved with godly fear,

prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he
condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

{8} By faith

obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he

went out, not knowing where he was going.

{9} By faith

dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country,
dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;

{10} for

waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

{11} By faith

herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she

bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

{12} Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude; innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

{13} These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,

embraced and

confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

{14} For those who

say such things

declare plainly that they

seek a homeland.

{15} And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.

{16} But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

{17} By faith
when he was tested,

offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises
offered up his only begotten son, {18} of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called,"

{19} concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

{20} By faith

blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

{21} By faith
when he was dying,

blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and

worshiped, on the top of his staff.

{22} By faith
when he was dying,

made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and

gave instructions concerning his bones.

{23} By faith
when he was born,

was hidden three months by

his parents,

because they saw a beautiful child; and they

were not afraid of the king's command.

{24} By faith
when he became of age,

refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,

{25} choosing to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,

{26} esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for

he looked to the reward.

{27} By faith

forsook Egypt,

not fearing the wrath of the king; for

he endured as

seeing Him who is invisible.

{28} By faith

kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

{29} By faith
the Israelites

passed through the Red Sea as though dry, whereas

the Egyptians,
attempting to do so

were drowned.
{30} By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.

{31} By faith
the harlot Rahab

did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had

received the spies with peace.

{32} And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of

Gideon and

Barak and

Samson and

Jephthah, also of

David and

Samuel and

the prophets:

{33} who through faith

subdued kingdoms,

worked 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,

became valiant in battle,

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} Still
others had

trial of mockings and

scourgings, yes, and of

chains and


{37} They

were stoned,


were sawn in two,

were tempted,

were slain with the sword.


wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins,

being destitute,



{38} of whom the world was not worthy.


wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.

{39} And all these

having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,
{40} God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

{12:1} Therefore

we also,

since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,

let us

lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares,

and let us

run with endurance the race that is set before us,

{2} looking unto


the author and finisher of our faith, 

Who for the joy that was set before Him

endured the cross,

despising the shame, and has

sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

{3} For consider
Jesus Who

endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

{4} You

have not yet resisted to bloodshed,

striving against sin.

  {14} Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

{15} looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

{16} lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food

sold his birthright.

{17} For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing,

he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
{18} For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest,
{19} and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.
{20} (For they could not endure what was commanded: "And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow."
{21} And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.")

{22} But
you have

come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,
{23} to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,
{24} to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

{25} See that you

do not refuse Him who speaks.
For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,
{26} whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven."
{27} Now this, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.

{28} Therefore, since

are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken,

let us have grace, by which


may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

{29} For our God is a consuming fire.

Justification is not by belief alone

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