I have been wrestling with the passage that I am teaching on this weekend. I am teaching out of Hebrews 11:1 and finishing our series on Childlike Faith (called Wide Eyed Wonder). The passage in Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. As I looked at the meaning of the words ‘sure’ and ‘certain’ in the Greek, I was even more confused…
Faith = Seeing?
The KJV translation of passage is “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (by the way, I don’t usually side with the KJV translation, but in this case I think might have gotten it). See, they translated faith as evidence. At first that doesn’t make any sense, in fact, it seems like circular reasoning. But then I ran across this C.S. Lewis quote… I think he nailed what this passage means and is getting at.
Lewis (in The Weight of Glory) wrote, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” In this sense, faith is evidence. It is seeing. It is seeing God’s invisible attributes through the things that he has made (Rm 1:20). Faith doesn’t create something in and of itself, it sees what is really there… lying almost eerily just beneath the surface – waiting and wanting to be exposed.