“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
I like good titles. Sometimes newspaper articles have good titles, and sometimes the articles have no relationship to the title. A good title can tell you what you will read about; it can entice you and reel you in. It can give away the whole plot or tease you about what you might find in the text. A good title is the appetizer for a great book. Sometimes the title is a phrase buried in the text, obscure and illusive. Other times the title outshines the entire book, article, or essay.
God has a title, Creator. From nothing God created the world we live in. It was only by Holy word and Divine action that we and the world we live in came to be. But the title Creator does not sum up all that God is.
God is also known by the title Redeemer; strictly speaking Jesus was the Redeemer. The ancients that this verse speaks of did not have Jesus, did not see how God was going to redeem the chosen people. That did not stop them from believing. It turned out thought that God and Jesus were sort of two aspects of the same thing, with the Holy Spirit rounding out the trio. So the title Redeemer did not tell the whole Messiah story.
God has many titles, but none them capture the fullness of God. And we cannot know the total-ness of God. But each title describes an important aspect of God, and because God can be known by so many titles, the Divine is accessible to so many people; all people in fact.
So as you think about this verse, think about titles and what they can convey. And remember that titles may tell you everything you need to know, or they may tell you nothing However, I happen to believe the title I used for this posting tells you quite a bit, and is entertaining . . . and appropriate.
May you have faith in the God who creates everything out of nothing. Selah!