"Faith is firm persuasion and expectation, knowing that God will perform all that He has promised to the believer in Christ; and this persuasion is so strong and complete that it assures the believer of possession, even NOW, of those things for which we exercise faith. Faith gives the believer substance in the soul by the first fruits and foretaste of things desired and requested of God in faith.
Faith does not look to God with a cold heart and clouded thoughts concerning things to come. Faith inspires confident expectation in the heart of the believer concerning the objects his hope promises. True faith imparts reality and life to the things promised in Christ Jesus. Faith does not give the believer an imaginary appearance of things promised, but real substance. Genuine faith is a grace which marries subject and object. The true believer does not ask to be allowed to visit heaven and SEE what is there; faith brings heaven to the believer:" - Oliver B. Greene
Excerpt taken from "The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews" by Oliver B. Greene p.436, The Gospel Hour, Inc.