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Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated[a] by the power of God’s words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.

Faith moved Abel[b] to choose a more acceptable sacrifice to offer God than his brother Cain, and God declared him righteous because of his offering of faith. By his faith, Abel still speaks instruction to us today, even though he is long dead.

Faith lifted Enoch from this life and he was taken up into heaven! He never had to experience death; he just disappeared from this world because God promoted him. For before he was translated to the heavenly realm his life had become a pleasure to God.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 11:3 Or “the ages were completely equipped.”
  2. Hebrews 11:4 Although Abel is the subject of the Greek sentence, faith is the emphasis and focus of this chapter. Nothing would have been accomplished by the figures mentioned in vv. 4–29 without faith. It is assumed that it is the faith of the person mentioned, not merely an abstraction of faith.
  3. Hebrews 11:5 Or “he had the reputation of pleasing God.” See Gen. 5:24.
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