The Gaze of the Soul
Hebrews 12:2I love the title of this chapter: The Gaze of the Soul, it just draws you in and capturesyour heart to say “I want my soul to gaze upon Jesus”.When you think of your soul gazing upon God – wow! I looked up the word “gaze” inthe Webster’s Dictionary. It said:
to fix the eyes in a steady intent look often witheagerness or studious attention”.
Ladies we are to fix our eyes in a steady intent look with eagerness and studiousattention upon God.Let’s begin our study by looking at the scripture that Tozer uses for this chapter of“The Pursuit of God”:Hebrews 12:2
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Looking unto Jesus –“looking” is in the Present Active Participle – it means we are tocontinually look unto Jesus. This is not a one-time act; it is to be a continual action.You notice how many of our lessons we have studied have “Present ActiveParticiples”. Ladies, our Christian walk is to be a continuous action. Salvation is notthe end; it is the beginning to our pursuit of God. We should be continually growing inour relationship with God.Let’s turn back a page and look atHebrews 11:1
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
So, according to Hebrews 11:1, what is Faith?
(This is question #2 in your homework)
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that "faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence ofthings not seen."The word translated "substance" means literally "to stand under, to support
Warren Wiersbe said:
Faith is to a Christian what a foundation is to a house: it givesconfidence and assurance that he will stand. So you might say, "Faith is theconfidence of things hoped for." When a believer has faith, it is God's way of givinghim confidence and assurance that what is promised will be experienced.”
—Bible Exposition Commentary - New Testament