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This seems to be one where the translations, lexicons, and commentaries are in broad agreement: it's meant temporally. The syntax of the verse εἰς τὸ εἶναι ἡμᾶς εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης αὐτοῦ τοὺς προηλπικότας ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ. so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. (ESV) In this rendering, τοὺς προηλπικότας ...


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It....in this case is referring to faith itself. Faith is the substance (an "it", if you will) of things hoped for Hebrews 11:1. The evidence of that faith can't be seen but the results of IT can be seen or felt. Therefore this answers the question: It is FAITH THAT IS THE GIFT OF GOD, which is given to us by grace, a free gift to whomever accepts IT. ...


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The question may be asked whether or not this "faith from God" is initially given by God through natural human development, at such moment they develop their ability to comprehend "cause and effect" in their thinking abilities, rather than at the moment of conversion. Therefore since a person has that God given faith through his creation process, that faith ...



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