Without the 3rd principle of the ministry mindset we cannot continue to live by the first two principles. This is because we will not have the steadfast hope we need to endure the trials we will face as a result of serving God 24/7. This is exactly why the apostle Paul gave the Hebrew believers the 3rd principle when he said:
10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Hebrew 10:34&35 (Emphasis supplied).
Paul did not say this to the Hebrew believers because they did not have faith: He said this because their faith lacked a steadfast hope. Notice what Paul said about their faith in verses 32-34:
10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 10:33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. (Emphasis supplied).
Paul tells us here that the Hebrew believers had faith enough to endure a great flight of afflictions in the past. However, because of those trials their faith was now beginning to wane and they were on the verge of giving up. The question is, why didn’t their faith give them the steadfast hope to continue to overcome the trials of this world as we are told that it should (see I John 5:4&5)? The answer to that question is given in the second part of verse 34 where Paul said, …knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
Again, this tells us that they had faith: It even tells us that for a while they joyfully endured their trials. However, that joy didn’t last because it lacked the substance that would give them the power to constantly overcome the trials of this world: It lacked it because their substance was in heaven.
The Hebrew believers problem was that they lacked the knowledge that would enable them to live by their faith. They understood the the doctrine of heaven which tells us of the the abundant life we will enjoy in the sweet by and by. However the the knowledge the Hebrew believers lacked was about who Jesus is and that they can have access to the substance of the abundant life that they hope for in the bitter here and now IN HIM.
Notice what we are told in John 14:5&6:
14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus is saying here that everything in the Bible is about who He Is and what we can become In Him (see John 5:38-40). Therefore, every doctrine of the bible is a revelation of who Jesus Is, and what we can become In Him. This is exactly why when Paul told the Hebrew believers not to cast away their faith because it had great reward he went on to say these words:
10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. (Emphasis supplied).
Notice the promised reward is realized by the coming of Jesus: Not in the clouds of glory of the 2nd coming, but in the lives of all who believe that Jesus Is the substance of everything they hope for and therefore diligently seek to be In Him. In order to make sure that all of Jesus followers would understand this Paul wrote the 11th chapter of Hebrews where he expressed these two revealing truths concerning the substance of faith in verses 1 and 6:
11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Does your faith give you the ability to possess the substance and evidence of the things that you hope for but cannot see with your eyes?
Next week I am going to show how Joseph was able to reach God-size success because his faith gave him the substance to endure every trail with a steadfast hope. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (Emphasis supplied).