The Bible says faith is the substance of the things hoped for. Therefore, faith comes before possession. Once we have received the possession, we no longer hoped for it. But before we receive it, we have it in “substance.” That “substance” is the assurance that we will possess it is what we call FAITH. So faith goes before the actual receiving of what we ask for – these are the things not yet seen. Our faith is saying that we shall have it, before we even see it. We do not have it, we do not see it or feel it – but faith is the substance that makes us feel that we shall have it.
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith is a spiritual matter and has nothing to do with the five senses of our body, which are physical. The human mind can collect knowledge through the five senses. These senses are channels capable of transmitting information through natural process to the human mind. Faith has nothing to do on what our senses feel. For example, what we see-what we feel- is not the true evidence. Having the thing- or seeing it- is not faith. Faith comes before possession; it is the idea of believing something before we have it.
Paul’s doctrine of Justification by Faith and James’ doctrine of Justification by Works, are supplementary, not contradictory. The messages are not opposing each other. Paul preached Faith as the basis of justification before God, but insisted that it must issue in the right kind of Life. James was writing to those who had accepted the doctrine of Justification by Faith but were not Living Right, telling them that such Faith was No Faith at all.
Jas 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
Jas 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Jas 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.