什麼是信仰?

人非有信,就不能得神的喜悅;因為到神面前來的人必須信有神,且信他賞賜那尋求他的人。(希11:6)

 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.(NIV)

ut without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.(NKJV)

And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.(NRSV)

信仰的兩大要素;第一、必須信有神。第二、相信神會賞賜rewards那尋求他的人。你願意來到神面前,必有來自神的回應。這「賞賜rewards」是甚麼? 希伯來書11章繼續讀下去,就會發現這「賞賜rewards」就是耶穌基督,也就是救贖赦罪的恩典。不是世人所想的升官發財。

看哪,我站在門外叩門若有聽見我聲音就開門的,我要進到他那裡去,我與他,他與我一同坐席。(啟3:20)


什麼是信仰?信仰到底是什麼?

 

信就是所望之事的實底,是未見之事的確據。(希11:1)

faith信就是hoped for所望之事的實底(confidence、substance 、assurance 、certainty)

not seen未見之things事的確據(assurance 、evidence、conviction 、 proof)。(希11:1)

 

faith信 things事
hoped for not seen
confidence  assurance  
substance  evidence
assurance conviction
certainty  proof

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.(NIV)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (NKJV)(MEV)

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.(NRSV)(ASV)

Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen. (NASV)

Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see.(complete Jewish Bible)

 

因我們行事為人是憑著信心,不是憑著眼見。(林後5:7)


我們卻不是退後入沉淪的那等人,乃是有信心以至靈魂得救的人。(希10:39)

But we are not among those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith for the safekeeping of the soul. (NASV)

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.(NIV)

並且得著你們信心的果效,就是靈魂的救恩。(彼前1:9)

or you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.


“Religion is inconceivable apart from revelation, and revelation cannot occur apart from the existence of a spiritual world above and behind this visible world, a spiritual world in communion with the visible world.” ~ Herman Bavinck

信仰需要啟示,啟示則是來自屬靈的世界和現實世界溝通的方式。


原來我們不是顧念所見的,乃是顧念所不見的;因為所見的是暫時的,所不見的是永遠的。(林後4:18)

 

 


 

我們得救是在乎盼望;只是所見的盼望不是盼望,誰還盼望他所見的呢(人所看見的何必再盼望呢)?但我們若盼望那所不見的,就必忍耐等候。況且我們的軟弱有聖靈幫助,我們本不曉得當怎樣禱告,只是聖靈親自用說不出來的歎息替我們禱告。(羅8:24-26) For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? (NIV)