I have grown to appreciate the Amplified Bible this year. While this translation of Scripture can be confusing upon first sight, this version gives you a full perspective of the context in which each book and verse was written. Although you may choose to use your favorite commentary while studying the Bible, I don’t have to guess when I read the Amplified Bible. What makes this version unique is that all the possibly translations from Aramaic, Greek and Hebrew into English are provided in italics.
Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses], Hebrews 11:1.
Given the title of the Hall of Faith, Hebrews 11 records the triumphs of faith throughout the history of the Bible. This chapter details godly men and women who walked by faith, not by sight. These individuals did not guess. Rather, each was filled with an assurance not of this world. Like a deed to a title, hope was divinely guaranteed by promises made throughout the Old Testament. This conviction directed, guided and steered these souls to spiritual heights that the world still struggles to comprehend.
By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible, Hebrews 11:3.
The greatest feature of any faith is the enduring confidence that one possesses. While doubts will appear from time to time, those who have decided to follow Jesus are often filled with divine power. This inherent trust arrives during periods of hardship and trials, sending hope on dark days. According to the apostle Paul, faith begins when people hear or read the Bible, Romans 10:17. If you’re tired of going through life guessing, may the Holy Spirit nudge you to take a leap of faith. God willing, you will soon possess the confidence mentioned in 1 John 5:13.
by Jay Mankus