Defining Hebrews 11:1

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Asking most Christians to define faith usually results in quoting Hebrews 11:1. It says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”I usually ask people to explain this verse to me. Instead of an explanation, I usually just have it quoted to me over to explain it. 

Let’s explain some of the words that are causing the problem. The root word for the word hope in the Greek is defined by W.E. Vine’s dictionary as, “favorable and confident expectation.” The things “hoped” for in this verse means that I am confidently expecting God to work in a favorable way for me.