Faith Looks Forward to a Heavenly City

lifelines-sermon-10-english-10-728We are now in Part 4 of my sermon series on the Attitudes of Faith in Heb. 11. By attitude, I mean a way of thinking, an outlook, or a point of view of a person. What was the way of thinking of people of faith?

We learn many attitudes of faith in Heb. 11. First, faith claims the future in the present. Second, faith sees the invisible things of God. Third, faith reveres God’s warning. Fourth, faith wants to do what God requires. Fifth, faith seeks to please God.

Today, we shall tackle the next attitude of faith in Abraham and Sarah.

The emphasis of the writer is not so much on Abraham’s obedience. Rather, it is on Abraham’s forward-looking attitude. Abraham was looking forward to going to the city of God.

The writer stresses the place that Abraham will receive as an inheritance. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Heb. 11:8). Abraham obeyed God’s call to go out to get to a place. When I first read this verse, I thought it is about faith that obeys. I was wrong. Actually, it is talking about faith that obeys the call to go to the place of inheritance.

The stress is on the place of inheritance as the context shows. “For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Heb. 11:10). This city of God is to be Abraham’s inheritance. Abraham was looking forward to obtain it. It is not the promised land of Israel. Rather, it is the city of God.

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