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TCH MINI-STUDY: 50
 
THE WORLDS WERE FRAMED BY THE WORD OF GOD
 
The unknown author of the book of Hebrews wrote, Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh, By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:3-6).
 
In verse 3 of our subject verses, the word faith is translated from the Greek word pistis, which means assurance, belief, conviction of religious truth, or fidelity. The word understand is translated from the Greek word noieo, which means to exercise the mind, to comprehend, consider, perceive, or think.
 
The word worlds is translated from the Greek word aion, which means age, beginning of, course, eternal, or world began, but is also considered to refer to the beginning of creation as we know it.  The word framed is translated from the Green word atartizo, which means to complete thoroughly, fit, frame, mend, make perfect, join together, prepare, or restore. The word word is translated from the Greek word rhema, which means utterance, a matter or topic, especially of narration, command or dispute. Rhema is derived from the Greek word rheo which means pouring forth, utter, speak, or command. In short, Rhema is a reference to the magnificant, supernatural, and powerful speaking, movement, and operation of the Holy Spirit.
 
In verse 3 we are instructed that the word of God framed the worlds. When they see the word word, many reading this verse automatically assume that the word refers to the bible, or scriptures. They, in error, believe that the bible, or scriptures, framed the worlds, that is, created and perfected creation as we know it. This idea is unreasonable. When the author wrote that through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, he is saying that through our conviction of religious truth we perceive and comprehend that the beginning of creation as we know it was thoroughly fit, joined together, and made perfect by the supernatural, explosive power, movement, and operation of the Rhema, or Holy Spirit, not the bible.
 
For more about the Rhema [Holy Spirit], see TCH Study Faith Cometh By Hearing and TCH Mini-Study 2.





 
WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT?
 
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors (Isaiah 53:1-12).
 
"Search the scriptures; for
in them ye
think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of me. And ye will
not come to
me, that ye might have
life"
(John 5:39-40).
 
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to
exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is
in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with
the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly
to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine;
continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt
both save thyself, and them that hear thee”
(1 Timothy 4:13-16).