This morning, the preacher made a comment about John 1: in the beginning was the word — logos — ultimate knowledge that was of God and through this all was made. That is not the word in this passage. The word here is rhemati (yes, I looked it up) and means the word of God. The material is made from the spiritual — from God. We can see patterns in the world because it was made, and the world and nature points to God.
11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the men of old gained approval.Hebrews 11:1-7
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. 7 By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.