“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.” – Hebrews 11:6
God is not impressed with wealth, with buildings, with landscapes, with money, with titles, with knowledge, with degrees, with physical strength, or with any such earthly thing for He knows it will all pass away and count for nothing in the end. The only thing that impresses God is faith, because when the time comes for us to leave this world and all its worldly gains behind, the only thing we will take with us to the thrown of God by which we will be judged is our testimony, and what is a testimony but a measure of our faith… or lack there of?
The word is clear that it is our faith that causes God to send His grace by which we are saved. Therefore, it is impossible to be saved without faith. Yet our opening passage takes it deeper when it tells us, in no uncertain way, that it is impossible to please God without faith because no one can come to God unless they truly believe that He is God. So the question is, do you truly believe that He is God? Do you believe that He created you? Do you believe that nothing is impossible for Him? Do you believe that He can heal? Do you believe that He can do miracles? Do you believe that He makes a way of escape for you out of every temptation that you need not fall into any? Do you believe that He is smarter then you? Do you believe that He can provide for you? Do you believe that He can sustain you? Do you believe that He has defeated the enemy and placed him under your feet? Do you believe He is able to make a way where there is no way? Do you believe what He says? Do you believe that He can raise the dead? Do you believe that He is God? Because that these are all the attributes of God, if you do not believe in the reality of any of these attributes, then you do not truly have faith in Him as God and you are not only displeasing God but without faith there is no saving grace.
Yet this powerful verse doesn’t stop there, it then provides a measure by which to test whether or not you truly have faith that He is God (or you just say that you do). It then says that you also have to believe that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. Why? Because if you truly believe that He is God with all the attributes of God, then you will trust His wisdom, grace, power, ability, and so forth, above your own and you will seek Him for His will, His words, His wisdom, and His way. If you don’t have faith that His attributes, wisdom, and abilities or better and more able then your own, then you will continue to trust in your own wisdom, strength, and will, which is the essence of the absence of faith.
The truth is that we can claim to believe all we want, and still not be saved because we do not bare the fruits (or evidence) of faith, and where faith is not present, then neither is grace. If we really do believe then we will lay down our own will, knowing it is inferior, and seek Him for His, then after having sought Him and received His instructions, we will believe in His attributes enough to walk them out in faith. By this, true faith, alone are men saved.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” – Matthew 7:21-24
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” -James 1:22
“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. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.” – Hebrews 11:6-38