“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

“Without faith it is impossible to please God” is simply saying that only people who are saved by their faith and trust in Christ alone and are led by the Holy Spirit of Christ, can do good works. Without faith and Christ as Mediator, good works do not please God.

The word “comes” is used repeatedly in Hebrews to refer to the privilege of drawing near to God. Here the author of Hebrews explains that faith is mandatory for those who approach Him.

“He exists … He rewards” means saving faith trusts both in God’s existence and in His mercy for Christ’s sake. God rewards not only those who seek Him, but those who do good works in the Holy Spirit’s power. “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” Revelation 22:12

This is how Martin Luther explained this verse, “It is evident that in theology the work does not amount to anything without faith, but that faith must precede before you can do works… the sacrifice of Abel was better because he believed. But because Cain was an ungodly man and a hypocrite, he performed a work that was moral, or rather one that was reasonable, by which he sought to please God. Therefore, the work of Cain was hypocritical and faithless; in it there was no faith in grace but only a presumption about his own righteousness.”

God’s blessings on your day…

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