Our Beliefs Vs. Our Behaviors
In Hebrews Chapter eleven, sometimes this chapter is referred to the Hall of Faith, there is a wonderful account of various saints who in their faith to God’s promises of resurrection sacrificed their earthly life. Here is what the writer of Hebrews summarizes concerning these saints and how they understood the truth about resurrection.
Hebrews 11:35-40 (NKJV)
35 Women received their dead raised to life again.
Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
These Old Testament saints accepted even greater persecution for the sake of a “better” resurrection. How can a resurrection be made better? What Hebrews is touching on is the better reward in the resurrected life. That we may receive greater rewards in the Kingdom because of greater obedience, sacrifice and faithfulness now. That is the promise of scripture. Continue reading