is a book built around five major warnings, all drawn from a
history of Israel, up to and including the time Israel’s
Messiah was on earth the first time. The warnings though
are directed, not to the Jewish people, but to Christians;
and all five warnings, presenting the same subject matter
from different standpoints, have to do with the salvation
of the soul.
chapter eleven, which is placed in the book
chronologically between the fourth and fifth warning
passages (passages in chapters ten and twelve),
forms an apex in the book relative to “faith” and the
saving of the soul. Moving from chapter ten into
chapter eleven, the saving of the soul is
clearly seen as the goal of “faith” (ref. Chapter 1
in this book).
does Hebrews chapter eleven deal with faith to
the saving of the soul — illustrating the matter by and
through the faith of individuals, extending from Abel to
numerous individuals throughout Jewish history, covering
millennia of time — but this chapter in Hebrews is
structured after a fashion that numerous dispensational
truths regarding the Jews, the Gentiles, and the Church of
God are also dealt with
entire drama of human history, from man’s beginning in Eden
to that toward which all Scripture moves — the Messianic
Kingdom — is set forth by and through a divinely arranged
dispensational plan, using selected individuals and events.
And by and through these individuals and events — particular
individuals, and events in the lives of these individuals
(events occurring under God’s sovereign control of all
things) —that which God deems of primary import in the
complete 6,000 years of Man’s Day,
leading into the 1,000-year Lord’s Day,
that time when the salvation of the soul will be realized,
can be seen.
wants to see that which God deems of primary import
relative to bringing His plans and purposes regarding
mankind to pass, Hebrews chapter eleven
would be one place to go. Then the larger context, from
which Hebrews chapter eleven draws — the whole
of Scripture — would be the primary place to go.
whether one goes to Hebrews chapter eleven or
to the whole of Scripture itself, he must always keep one
statement in one verse from chapter eleven at the
forefront of everything:
[apart from believing that which God has revealed] it is
impossible to please Him [to please God] . . .
. (v. 6a)