Monday, May 25, 2015

Hupostasis: Substance and Assurance

Hebrews 11:
1  Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 
2  For by it the people of old received their commendation.

Hupostasis= substance/assurance
a setting under (support), that is, (figuratively) concretely essence, or abstractly assurance (objectively or subjectively): - confidence, confident, person, substance.

Hebrews 11:
39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Ephesians 1:
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

We walk by faith in complete assurance that we already possess that which is promised. So whatever we ask for in faith, i.e. according to His promised will, we know that he hears and grants it to us, (1 John 5:13-15). We walk in newness of life now, and will receive immortality at His return etc. etc. (Romans 6:4)
Therefore we are in complete “oneness” with all the saints (elect) who lived and died in that promise prior to Christ’s historical birth death and resurrection.

Romans 14:
8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Faith is the thing, until we acquire actual possession of it.

Hebrews 12:
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

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