Faith Is A Time Machine

By faith:

-Abel offered God a better sacrifice

   Abel was commended as a righteous man;

   Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

-Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death.

-Noah built an ark to save his family; Noah condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

-Abraham obeyed and went; he made his home in the promised land. Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father.

(Now all these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised)

Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.

-Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

-Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons.

-Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

-Moses’ parents …were not afraid of the king’s edict. Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses chose to be mistreated. Moses regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt. Moses left Egypt; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible. Moses kept the Passover.

-The people passed through the Red Sea.

-The walls of Jericho fell.

-The prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

-Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised;
-There are those who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; Their weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

-Women received back their dead, raised to life again.

-Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.

-Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.

-They were stoned;

-They were sawed in two;

-They were put to death by the sword.

-They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them.

-They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.

God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Faith is a time machine…I am a time traveler. There is a great cloud of witnesses to these facts.

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