November 4th, 2019 Adia Taliaferro

Hey guys.  Just had to share this thought.  I been meditating on Hebrews 11:1, the definition of faith for the past week and it is really a meaty word. The definition that we typically read in English is, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”  But in the Greek language it reads, “Now moreover faith of hoped for assurance, of things conviction not being seen.”  That sentence structure is irregular and makes absolutely no sense in English.  For anyone that is a teacher, if a student gave you something written like that in an essay, their paper would have been all marked up in red ink by the time you were done correcting it. LOL!  But there is a beauty in the Greek language that you can’t see without looking up the definitions.

The individual words of the Greek language typically tend to paint a complete picture of what they are describing.  By the time a sentence is formed a whole multi-themed mural that tells a story has been painted in the mind of a person. That’s what the definition of faith does in Hebrews 11:1.   But today I just want to touch on the word conviction.

Elegchos is the word for conviction.  It is defined two ways. One way it is defined is “inner conviction focusing on God confirming His inbirthing of faith.” That simply means that we aren’t the ones that form faith, God has to put it in us. The root word for elegchos is elegchó and it means “to convince with solid, compelling evidence; especially to expose (prove wrong, connect).  This brings us to the second definition where conviction is simply defined as “a proof, test.”

One can ask the question what is it a proof test of?  How can conviction be proof in the definition of faith when there is no solid evidence? It’s oxymoronic. Someone can believe what they want to believe all day about something in their mind and it not be the truth.  However, it is truth to them because they are convicted of it even though there is no evidence to support what they believe.  Conviction is something like that.  The only difference is that even though a person cannot see what they are convicted of they can believe in truth that it exists based on a promise that they have received from God because whatever He says is true.

It focuses on God confirming the faith He has put in a person.  It is the litmus test by which we see the things we hope for come to pass.  So, our conviction proves God.  It doesn’t test Him to see if what He has said will happen.  Our conviction is for us to watch Him make it happen.

That is all that I want to say.  Just a little encouragement for you to keep believing the word He has spoken to you.

Peace and God’s Abundant Blessings.


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