“And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.”
---End of Scripture verses---
We, like these forefathers and heroes, gain God’s approval by our faith. If they could remain faithful to God through all the trials, adversities and persecutions that they were exposed to, then we can live lives of obedient faith to the very end as well. What’s more is they knew that God had something better in store for His people, both through the fulfillment of the prophecies concerning the coming Messiah and in eternity. “All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance” they “confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth” (verse13).
God had better promises in the works and his faithful “welcomed them from a distance,” even though they did not have a complete (perfect) understanding of these things as we do after the fact (1 Peter 1:2). They would have loved to have lived in the position of privilege which we occupy in the kingdom of heaven here in these last days, but they knew that this earth was not their home and that God had a glorious eternity awaiting them just the same. It is often debated whether God’s children under His former covenants had an understanding of eternal life after death. It is obvious from the book of Hebrews that His loyal servants most certainly did, and that they will share the splendor of heaven with us when we are perfected with all His saints in glory on that great day.
Please read Hebrews 12:1-3 for tomorrow.
Have a blessed day!
- Louie Taylor