Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. § Having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” § Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
We walk by faith, not by sight. § Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
Heb. 11:1; 1 Cor. 15:19; 2:9–10; Eph. 1:13–14;
John 20:29; 1 Peter 1:8–9; 2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 10:35
It is I; do not be afraid.
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” § I, even I, am He who blots out
your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.
“Woe is me, for I am undone! . . . My eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.” § I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.
If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
John 6:20; Rev. 1:17–18; Isa. 43:25; 6:5–7; Isa. 44:22; 1 John 2:1