Hebrews 11:1 – The assurance

Chapter 10 of the Epistle to the Hebrews closes with the following words:

So do not throw away (give up, cast away) your confidence; it will be richly (greatly) rewarded (given its due recompense).

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

… But my righteous one will live by faith (trust).   (Hebrews 10:35-38)

What does this text say?

  • The writer assumes that the person concerned desires to live according to God’s will with heart and soul.
  • He is encouraged to persevere, expecting to receive what is promised.
  • Those who follow Jesus may boldly expect to receive the ‘reward’ that is promised.
  • For Jesus is completely trustworthy and He keeps His promises.

The text of Hebrews 11:1.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Assurance is the translation of the Greek noun:  hupostasis.
The OLB states that this word is made up of two words:

  • hupo – a preposition, to be translated as: through, under.
  • histemis – a verb, to be translated as: to cause to stand, to set down, to place, (cause to) set up, tie up, establish.

The OLB also translated the word hupostasis therefore as:

  • putting or placing underneath, the thing that is placed underneath somewhere, substructure, foundation.

Interpretation of the text:

The text of Hebrews 11:1 can thus be read as follows:

Trusting in Jesus is the foundation of what one hopes and the evidence of what one does not (yet) see.

The hope of obtaining what Jesus has promised is founded on the trust that Jesus keeps His promises.
This trust in Jesus is part of the evidence that one will receive what one does not (yet) see.


For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” (sure, decidedly so) in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” (truly, indeed) is spoken by us to the glory of God.   (2 Corinthians 1:20)

fixing our eyes on Jesus (Remark: not on the circumstances), the pioneer (the author, the maker) and perfecter of faith (trust) …    (Hebrews 12:2)

This is why the previous Bible verse says:

my righteous one will live by faith (trust) …   (Hebrews 10:38)


See also: Matthew 14:31 – Why doubt.


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