What is faith? Some say it’s a blind leap into the dark unknown. But Hebrews 11 begins with a biblical definition of faith, which reads, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (11:1).

In other words, believing is seeing, not the other way around. Known as the Hebrews Hall of Faith, the rest of chapter 11 illustrates a robust belief in unseen things through many profiles of courageous faith.

Each summation of the life of faith in Hebrews 11 encourages believers, Jews and Gentiles, to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (12:1-3), which is a faith truly superior to any blind leap.

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG