Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 107
Context: The writer, who argues strongly for the revelation of God through Christ, presents his exhortation as a document showing that the new faith of Christianity supersedes the faith of the Old Testament. Condemning the old practice of sacrificial offerings and showing their ineffectiveness, he warns of the day of judgment and then encourages the people because of their firm grasp of their faith. In an extended definition of the faith which he preaches, he declares that man's belief rests on the reality of the unseen, on the certainty of the future:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.