As we continue in the apostle John’s prologue, consideration is given to John the Baptist and his witness regarding the Lord Jesus. The name John indicates ‘Jehovah is a gracious giver’ and we see God providing more revelation to the light that mankind has already received (v4).
You are not alone. Christ is your shepherd (Jn. 10:11). Christ is your High Priest (Heb. 10:19-25). Christ is your advocate (1 Jn. 2:1). As Shepherd he cares for you. As High Priest he comforts you. And with respect to your continual sin he comes alongside and “restore(s) unto [me] the joy of thy salvation” (Psa. 51:12).
“The just shall live by faith.” The Hebrew writer continues on the topic of faith into chapter 11. Those who turn back, demonstrating that they were not true believers, did not have faith. But is faith something new to the New Testament? Has God changed? What does the history of men and women that pleased God demonstrate? The writer selects 23 specific individuals or groups, elaborating minimally on some of them, to show that works demonstrate faith and that faith pleases God. Faith has always been what pleases God.