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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

6- Conviction Of The Unseen

 

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The apostle said about faith: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). We want to know what this verse means:

Conviction: is certainty, confidence and belief without doubt. It is not simply an idea, opinion or knowledge gained from reading or hearing about it, but certainty that unseen matters exist.

Here is a clear difference between believers and men of science. The things that are not seen are not in the working field of the researchers. If they are not sure of something, they investigate it thoroughly with their instruments and apparatus. The same also applies to men of material beliefs.

Believers are not like this, they follow God's saying “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

The believer accepts the creation from nothing. The scientist's research refuses this matter, and refuses that five loaves of bread fed five thousand men (excluding the women and children) and that twelve baskets full of bread where left over. The believer accepts all this.

The believer accepts firstly that God is powerful. He also accepts everything in a certain range of this unlimited power.

The believer frees himself from the doubts of the researches and the investigations of the unbeliever. Not only does he accept the unseen, but moreover, he lives according to and focuses his mind and affection on the unseen according to what the apostle’s words. “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:18).

You will ask, how can I see the hidden? And I tell you by faith. What are then those unseen matters? The first is probably God Himself, His qualities, His works, and all things pertaining to Him.

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1- God, His Qualities And Works

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2- The Timing Of God

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3- Dwelling Of The Spirit And His Work In Us Are Unseen Matters

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4- The Grace Of God In Us Are Things Unseen

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5- Blessing Are Unseen

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6- Faith In The Presence Of Angels And Their Works

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7- Belief In The Spirit And The Other World

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8- People Believed In The Coming Of Christ Without Seeing Him

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9- Redemption Is Also From The Unseen Matters

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10- The Hidden Benevolences Of God

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11- The Existence Of God In Our Lives And His Power Working In Us

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12- What Happens In The Baptism

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13- The Sacrament Of The Holy Eucharist

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14- To Accept The Sacraments Of Christianity


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