Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
The Lord turns our attention from the faithful characters in the Bible, to what they all had in common during their life of faithful service on earth…
- Until the day of their death, they exercised their faith in the Lord.
- While serving on earth, they did not experience their promised eternal blessings.
- Even though they did not receive their eternal blessings, they still believed God’s promise to receive them. The process of coming to belief in God’s promises are described in 3 steps:
- Saw them afar off – By the Holy Spirit’s illumination through God’s Word, they were given a very basic understanding of what awaited them. (We will never be able to understand all the future blessings of God this side of heaven – 1 Cor 2:9)
- Persuaded of them – They became convinced they would receive them. In their minds, the future blessings of God were not a “possibility”, they had become a certainty… it was only a matter of time.
- Embraced them – Once convinced of their receipt, these promises became a part of their very existence. They “hugged” the promises bringing them to themselves and making them a part of their day to day walk with Him.
- They lived their lives as if this sinful world was not their permanent home. They didn’t live their lives to gain what the world offered them, but they lived their lives to lay up treasures in the world to come. (Matt 6:19-20)
Have we ever trusted in Christ as our Savior? In doing so, we have become a part of His family and joint heirs of a wonderful eternity with Him in heaven.
If Christ is our Savior, do we simply have a “head-knowledge” of the wonderful eternity that we may enjoy someday? Or, has the Lord graced us with a certainty that we will receive His promises without doubt?
If we have this certainty within us, have we really embraced this truth and made it a part of our day to day walk with Him? If so, the truth of our coming eternity will affect EVERY decision we will make in this land through which we are passing through!
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.