Sometimes examples help us understand a subject better so let's see what examples we can find.
Hebrews 11: 2 " For by (faith) the elders obtained a good testimony." We can obtain a good testimony too, can't we? By faith we can have a great testimony.
Verse 3 "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God. So that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." There are a lot of people today who do not believe in the Creation Story in the Bible, but by faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, the things which we see were not made of things that were visible.
Verse 4 "By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks." By faith we become righteous by our obedience to God's commands as Abel did.
Verse 5 "By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, 'and was not found, because God had taken him', for before he was taken he had this testimony that he pleased God." Enoch was taken by God because he had this testimony that he pleased God.
Verse 6 "but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Without faith it is impossible to please God, we must diligently seek Him.
Verse 7 "By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith." Noah had never seen a flood, yet he believed God and was moved by godly fear (reverence) and built an ark for the saving of his family. He was made fun of for one hundred years yet he was faithful to his duty by faith.
There are several lessons here on faith, isn't there? We can go over them until we have them ingrained in our mind and heart so we understand what faith is and how it is accounted righteous, and how it is through obedience to God's word. More tomorrow. Grandma Joan