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Faith is the substance of hope?

-->The unknown writer of the Letter to the Hebrews wrote (11:1): “Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the proof of things not having been seen.” Nowhere does the Bible say that “faith is the substance of hope.” So, what are these “things hoped for?” And, what exactly are their relationship to faith? To be accurate, it is not “faith” that is referred to in Hebrews 11:1, but faithfulness, fidelity, or fealty. In other words, “loyalty to God.” (Heb 11:1) estin de pistis elpizomenon upostasis, pragmaton elegxos ou blepomenon. Upostasis (or hupostasis) is Greek for “to stand underneath” and is often translated as “substance” or “essence” or “basis.” Here, however, the writer refers to a more proper use of the word. A hupostasis is a document that confers a right, much like a title deed. Its use, like that of a deed or automobile title today, was to prove ownership. Think about a title deed used to prove the ownership of property, which cannot be physically brought forward …