"But 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"
– Hebrews 11:6
Do you really think it is actually impossible to please God without true faith? That’s what Hebrews 11:6 says – it’s impossible, pleasing God can’t be done no matter what you do if you don’t have faith. Think about some of the consequences of this…
- All people without true faith are lost (don’t please God)
- People who think they believe, but don’t have real faith are lost (don’t please God)
- Many “good people” who are doing “good things” are lost (don’t please God) because they don’t have faith
- No matter how much good we or others do, it doesn’t bring us closer to God (doesn’t please God) without true faith
- The idea that it is good to have “many different faiths” cannot be right (doesn’t please God)
- We must encourage constant testing of one’s faith to make sure it is true and pure (so we can please God)
- This is motivation to show true faith to those who have no hope without it (so they can please God)
When something is impossible… it should cause us to look to make sure we’re not trying to do the impossible. “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves…” (2 Co 13:5). Examination of one’s own faith will help us avoid the impossibility of trying to please God without true faith.
When something is impossible… it should cause us to use every opportunity to strengthen ourselves to avoid trying to do the impossible. “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Ro 10:17) – so every Bible study is a potential vitamin enriched infusion for true faith.
When something is impossible… it should cause us to warn others of what is impossible. Souls are in danger. Eternity with God is at stake. We know what is possible and impossible. We have to tell them!