The substance of things hoped for
We see now that the hope of lawfulness to the instruction (Torah) of YAH is by our moral fidelity to YAHUSHA HAMASHIACH and His ethos in works by the love of YAHUAH ELOHAYCHA with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength, and by the love of your neighbor as yourself.
Sha’ul however, gives us further details in his discussion, a writing where we may find a portion of the roster of those things which are the substance of things hoped for. But first, let’s consider those things which are not intended to be on the list:
Galatiym (Galatians) 5:19-21
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery (moicheia), fornication (pornea - whoredom), uncleanness (akatharsia), lasciviousness (aselgeia), 20 Idolatry (idololatriah), witchcraft (pharmakeia), hatred (echthra), variance (eris – quarrelsome), emulations (dzelos – jealous zeal), wrath (thumos), strife (eritheia), seditions (dichostasia - division), heresies (hairesis), 21 Envyings (fthonos – ill will), murders (fonos), drunkenness (methay), revellings (komos), and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of ELOHIYM.
Reflect, for just a moment, on those values that are promoted by Hollywood. In fact, consider these as a checklist to take to the movies the next time you attend, and see how many of them are promoted in a favorable light.
We can take the time to review a preliminary list of the substance of things hoped for in the RUACH. The Scriptures gives us again the sevenfold doctrine of His whole creation.
Chanok (Enoch) 92:12
Afterwards, in the seventh week, a perverse generation shall arise; abundant shall be its deeds, and all its deeds perverse. During its completion, the righteous shall be selected from the everlasting plant of righteousness; and to them shall be given the sevenfold doctrine of his whole creation.
We begin then the seven manifestations of the RUACH:
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 11:2
And the RUACH YAHUAH shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of YAHUAH;
In the Hebrew, this reads as follows:
U na’tsah Aylev Ruach Yahuah, Ruach Chokmah u biynah, Ruach etsah, u gibburah, Ruach da’ath u yir’ah Yahuah
Therefore the RUACH is manifest in seven pluralities:
- RUACH YAHUAH
- RUACH CHOKMAH (wisdom)
- RUACH BIYNAH (understanding)
- RUACH ETSAH (counsel)
- RUACH GIBBURAH (might)
- RUACH DA’ATH (knowledge)
- RUACH YIR’AH (reverence)
Here, then, is the first roster of things about which we might have hope. The substance of things hope for in the first instance is the Spirit of YAHUAH, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and the Spirit of Reverence – or the fear of YAHUAH (which is the beginning of Wisdom).
Sha’ul continues with this roster, telling us of the Gifts (מַתָּנָה mattanah) of the RUACH:
Corintiym Rishon 12:7-11
But the manifestation of the RUACH is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the RUACH
1. the word of wisdom (chokmah);
2. to another the word of knowledge (da’ath) by the same RUACH;
3. To another faith (emunah) by the same RUACH;
4. to another the gifts of healing (מַרְפֵּא marpe') by the same RUACH;
5. To another the working of miracles (מוֹפֵת mowpheth);
6. to another prophecy (נְבוּאָה nevu'ah); to another discerning of spirits;
7. to another divers kinds of tongues (לָשׁוֹן lashon); to another the interpretation of tongues:
But all these works that one and the selfsame RUACH, dividing to every man severally as he will.
And finally, Sha’ul gives us the fruit of the RUACH:
Galatiym (Galatians) 5:22-26
But the fruit of the RUACH is love (agape), joy (chara), peace (eirene), longsuffering (makrothumia), gentleness (chrestotes), goodness (agathosune), faith (pistis), 23 Meekness (praotes), temperance (egkrateia): against such there is no instruction put in place. 24 And they that are YAHUSHA HAMASHIACH’S have put to death the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the RUACH, let us also walk in the RUACH. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
In the SPIRIT, then, these are the substance of things hoped for:
The RUACH HAQODESH YAHUAH, wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, reverence, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, tongues, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness.
Compare with the etz chayim (the tree of life):
The substance of things hoped for in the tree of life are knowledge, wisdom, understanding, beauty, longsuffering, might, majesty, victory, the Torah, and the Kingdom.