“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]” (Hebrews 11.1 AMP).
Everything hinges on faith. We cannot have one plausible thought about heaven, salvation or victory in Christ without faith being the core of all that we believe and think. So much of our Christian walk is based on things we cannot comprehend with our fives senses. God beautifully gives us physical symbols and metaphors to help us with the abstract truths of our faith. He gives us the Wine (God’s essence mixed with flesh, the Blood of Jesus poured out to reconcile the earth), He gives us the Bread (the container that was broken to pour out the Wine, the Body of Jesus broken on the Cross), He gives us the Last Supper (the act of God’s Children breaking the Body of Jesus and consuming His redemptive Blood), and He gives us so many more metaphors of spiritual truths that activate our faith: Tree of Life (Jesus), Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Free Will), Garden of Eden (heaven and the presence of God) serpent (Lucifer or Satan), and so on. God relates to us in ways that we can understand, and our faith in these things gives us hope in realities we cannot see. God and heaven will become a reality to us if faith supersedes sight. We simply need to believe the unseen more than the seen, and work our faith into all areas of our lives, making our trust in God a concrete fixture in all we believe, say and do.
“For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5.7 NIV).