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Who or what are you faithful to? It may be helpful to first define what faith is. The author of Hebrews defines faith as follows: "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (11:1). In light of this definition, what are the things you are assured of? What or Who is it that you have not seen that you trust with immovable belief? For Abraham and all Christ-Followers, the answer to all of these questions is directly and indirectly Jesus Christ. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (12:1-2). Because Abraham had faith in Jesus, he sought to live a life that was faithful unto Jesus. "By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land,living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God" (11:8-10). And, "By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back" (11:17-19). Was Abraham faithful without error? No, but Jesus is. "If we are faithless, he remains faithful -- for he cannot deny himself" (2 Timothy 2:13). Therefore, through Jesus, there is forgiveness for our unfaithfulness and grace to grow in faithfulness to Jesus. Abraham's life is testament to this truth. Join Vintage Faith Church as we study the life of Abraham to believe on Jesus' faithfulness all the more and grow all the more in our faithfulness to Jesus.