How do people of faith
respond to persecution? How do you deal with the
constant barrage of hostility to your faith?
In Hebrews eleven we see
demonstrated "the just shall live by faith." It is
"a divine, supernatural, justifying, saving faith,
the faith of God's elect, the faith that is not of
ourselves, but is of the operation of God , whereby
all true believers are endowed from above," wrote
In Hebrews 11:23-40 the
author develops the relation of faith to suffering
and martyrdom. He demonstrates how God honored the
faith of Moses' parents under hostile circumstances.
They chose to obey the LORD God above Pharaoh's
command to have all Jewish male children killed. God
honored the faith of Amram and Jochebed.
Not only do we see this
strong faith in Moses' parents, but he was
determined to associate himself with the people of
Israel and the promises of their God. The decisions
we make today determine our rewards tomorrow.
The Faith of Moses
"By faith Moses, when he
was born, was hidden for three months by his
parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child;
and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By
faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be
called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing
rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of
God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
considering the reproach of Christ greater riches
than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to
the reward" (Hebrews 11:23-26). All Scripture
references are from New American Standard Bible 1995
Update unless otherwise noted.
The best estimates are
that the Exodus took place in 1446 or 1445 B.C. We
are told in Exodus 7:7 that Moses was eighty years
old at the time of the Exodus. Therefore, he was
born around 1525 B.C. when Thutmose I was pharaoh.
The historical background for this reference to
Moses in Hebrews is found in Exodus chapters one and
two. The faith exhibited was by his parents had the
conviction that God would preserve the baby, and he
would be used under God's direction to accomplish
great things for his people. Exodus speaks of the
mother's role, but no doubt both parents were
involved in the plan. They hid him in an ark of
bulrushes until he was rescued by a daughter of
Moses chose to be
identified with the people of Israel.
Moses displayed his faith
"choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the
people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of
sin." "Enjoying the passing pleasure of sin" does
not refer to sensual gratification of the lower
nature, but "the high position in Egypt with the
satisfactions that such prestige and power could
bring," notes Homer Kent, Jr.
from the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt reveals the
luxurious opulence and wealth of the Pharaohs. They
had fabulous treasures of gold. As the son of
Pharaoh's daughter Moses was identified with the
ruling dynasty with its luxury and power.
Moses made a decision not
to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter and
pursue the prestige, privilege and power that it
could bring him. He looked forward to the ultimate
reward which he would receive in the life to come.
Moses "refused" to be called the son of Pharaoh's
daughter. The word "refused" (arneomai)
means "to say no, to deny, refuse," and implies
deliberate rejection of a career. He refused to be
described or called the son of a royal princess, and
with it he refused the prestige, power and position
of such a station in life.
The faith of Moses was
the same as that of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God
had called him to be the one who would deliver the
people of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land.
Jesus rebuked his enemies saying, "For if you
believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote
about Me" (John 5:46).
Moses chose the
"reproach of Christ."
What did Moses understand
about the "reproach of Christ"? We know from his
writings in the Pentateuch that he was fully aware
of the coming of a divine prophet like unto himself
(Deut. 18:15, 18; Acts 7:37). Jesus said Abraham was
aware of these things. Jesus said, "Your father
Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and
was glad" (John 8:56). If Moses rejected the
privileges of being an Egyptian for the promises of
the LORD God he could expect to be treated the same
way as the coming Anointed One. Moses' focus was on
the promise of his future with the Messiah.
The title "Christ" is the
Greek equivalent of the Hebrew term Messiah, the
anointed one. In the Old Testament the prophets,
kings and priests here anointed with oil symbolizing
the anointing of God. These anointed ones were types
of the threefold office of Jesus, God's anointed one
par excellence. The New Testament presents Jesus as
the one person who is the Anointed of the LORD God.
In the Old Testament He is the coming one; in the
New He has arrived. He is the divine person who in
the absolute sense is the Anointed One, the Messiah.
The author of Hebrews
tells us that Moses chose to be identified with the
"reproach of Christ." The persecution was severe
against Moses, but he persevered in spite of the
wrath of Pharaoh. Remember that the king was
determined to kill Moses. "When Pharaoh heard of
this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled
from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land
of Midian, and he sat down by a well" (Exodus 2:15).
Other scholars see this hostility against Moses
immediately after Israel' exodus. "When the king of
Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and
his servants had a change of heart toward the
people, and they said, 'What is this we have done,
that we have let Israel go from serving us?' So he
made his chariot ready and took his people with him;
and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the
other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of
them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king
of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as
the sons of Israel were going out boldly" (Exodus
"He was looking to the
reward" (v. 26) has the idea of habitually keeping
his eye on the reward. He kept his attention
fixed on the goal. What does God have in store for
the believer? Do we also have our eyes on the goal
He has in store for us? Some of the suggestions are
blessedness of heaven, the Messianic salvation, the
coming day of recompense in the city of God. The
full reward awaits all true believers in Christ
Jesus. The apostle Paul quoted Isaiah saying just as
it is written, "Things which eye has not seen and
ear has not heard, And which have not entered the
heart of man, All that God has prepared for those
who love Him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).
By faith Moses left
Actually, he left Egypt
twice. After killing an Egyptian he feared the
Pharaoh and fled for his life to Midian (Exo.
2:14-15). Then forty years later he left Egypt under
the direction of the LORD God (Exodus 12).
"By faith he left Egypt,
not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured,
as seeing Him who is unseen. By faith he kept the
Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he
who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. By
faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they
were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians,
when they attempted it, were drowned" (Hebrews
Even though Moses was
uniquely qualified to lead the nation of Israel by
his training at Pharaoh's court, the people were not
ready to accept him. God continued to hone and shape
him in the wilderness. He needed 40 more years in
This is a perfect example
of the faith God honors. Moses did not cower to the
mighty Pharaoh's threats. Philip Hughes writes, "it
was during the forty years of obscurity, which were
years of testing and preparation for the final forty
years as the deliverer of his people. This prolonged
interval was indeed a period which called for great
faith and endurance if he was to overcome the
temptation to frustration and discouragement"
(Hebrews, p. 499). It was persevering faith that
kept Moses focused on "Him who is invisible" (John
1:18; 1 Tim. 1:17; 6:16; Col. 1:15; 1 John 4:20).
"Moses paid more attention to the Invisible King of
kings than to the king of Egypt," observes F. F.
Bruce. As a result of this focused faith he
"endured" (kartereo) meaning "to be strong,
be steadfast, hold out, endure." He persevered as if
he saw the invisible King. It is a picture of
persevering faith that would not turn back to Egypt.
He stood firm in his strength, steadfast and
When did Moses see
"Him who is invisible"?
Exodus chapters three and
four tells about living in the wilderness tending
his father-in-law Jehtro's sheep. "The angel of the
LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the
midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was
burning, yet it was not consumed." God called to him
out of the bush. He said, "I am the God of your
father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and
the God of Jacob" (Exodus 3:2-6, ESV). God spoke to
Moses often in Egypt (Exo. 33:11, 23; Num. 12:7-8).
The author of Hebrews is probably referring to the
lifelong vision of God that was at work in Moses'
life. "The Invisible One" takes us back to verse one
of faith trusting "things not seen." We do not look
at icons and idols as if to believe they help us see
God. Like Moses our eyes are focused on the
Invisible One. We see with spiritual eyes Him who is
Moses kept his focus on
the unseen LORD God. Like Abraham, he continually
sought the LORD. This was his "fixed habit of
spiritual perception" since the day he encountered
the LORD at the burning bush. John Owen said, "He
had as certain persuasion as if he had seen God
working with him and for him by his bodily eyes."
The same Angel of the
LORD who appeared to Moses at the burning bush is
also the one who strikes Egypt's first born dead,
and delivers the children of Israel out of Egypt
(Exod. 3:2-6; 11:4; 12:12-13, 23, 27, 29). Many Old
Testament scholars identify this Angel of Yahweh as
the preincarnate Christ. We never encounter Him
after the incarnation of the Second Person of the
Godhead, Jesus Christ.
Moses left Egypt behind
never to return again.
By faith Moses kept
"By faith he kept the
Passover and the sprinkling of the blood." His faith
is forward looking and is expressed in active
obedience to God's command. The author uses the
perfect tense (pepoieken) to suggest a
continuing state. Moses instituted the Passover the
night God delivered the people of Israel out of
Egypt, and it was intended as a perpetual feast
(Exo. 12:5, 14; Lev. 23:5; Deu. 16:6).
It took faith to believe
the shedding of blood would cover sins on that first
Passover night. If the people did not listen and
obey, their firstborn would die. It was an obedient
response to God's commandment that He would not kill
the first-born, and that He would pass over those
houses whose doorposts and lintels were sprinkled
with the blood of the lamb. Moses also demonstrated
his confidence in the blood of the lamb God would
provide for the Passover at Calvary (John 1:29, 36;
1 Cor. 5:7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19). The deliverance out of
Egypt was a type of the greater deliverance God
would provide. "When I see the blood, I will pass
over you." The writer of Hebrews has had much to say
about the blood of the Lamb of God. "After the
shedding of Christ's blood there is no place for any
further blood-shedding," says Philip Hughes. Praise
God, the price has been paid in full. There is no
more need for an atoning sacrifice.
The Passover was a type
of Christ. Christ is the Lamb of God without blemish
who was slain for us. Christ the Passover lamb was
sacrificed for us. He bore the fiery wrath of God on
our behalf. By faith we come to Him today and feast
upon the spiritual food He has provided. "Whatever
is not sprinkled with the blood of Christ, the Lamb
of God, who was slain and sacrificed for us, is
exposed unto destruction from the anger and
displeasure of God," wrote John Owen.
Chrysostom wrote, "If the
blood of a lamb then preserved the Jews unhurt in
the midst of the Egyptians and in the presence of so
great a destruction, much more will the blood of
Christ save us, for whom it has been sprinkled not
on our doorposts but in our souls."
By faith they
crossed over the Red Sea.
The Lord delivered Israel
by His powerful hand. They all passed safely over
the Red Sea and the waters rushed back in over
Pharaoh's army and drowned (Exo. 14:16-22). Israel
was delivered because they took God at His word and
obeyed. The Egyptians downed because they presumed
on God and were swallowed up by the rushing waters.
They had not received any instructions from God. The
books of Exodus, Numbers and Joshua demonstrate how
Israel experienced victory over their enemies as
they trusted in the LORD. Trust and obey is the
theme of these books. Yet, even though Israel saw
God deliver them, the whole next generation refused
to trust and obey and died in the wilderness. They
failed to exercise this faith and only two men
entered the Promised Land. They were Caleb and
So it is with us. We can
presume on God or we can walk by faith trusting in
His Word. The only way we can live the Christian
life is by putting into daily practice the promises
of the Word God through the presence and power of
the Holy Spirit. It is a walk of faith. We began the
Christian life by grace alone through faith alone in
the provision of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus
Christ, and we live it by faith as the trust Him
By Faith Rahab and the
Walls of Jericho
The destruction of the
walls of Jericho was a display of Israel's faith in
Yahweh (Joshua 6). The people of Israel marched
around the city for seven days blowing their
trumpets and shouting. Who would have believed
anything would happen? It was not human ingenuity or
power that defeated Jericho. It was God who did it.
Joshua took God at His word and obey. On the seventh
day the walls came down!
"By faith the walls of
Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for
seven days. By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish
along with those who were disobedient, after she had
welcomed the spies in peace" (Hebrews 11:30-31).
Rahab was a foreigner and
a notorious sinner, but God in grace saved her by
faith (Joshua 2:1-24; 6:22-25). In the examples that
follow they are all sinners saved by grace through
faith. Calvin said the fact that she was a "harlot"
heightens the grace of God. Jesus did not come to
save the self-righteous, but sinners. Jesus said tax
collectors and prostitutes go into the kingdom of
God, not the self-refined.
Again, the author does
not whitewash the facts of the story. Rahab was a
prostitute (porne). All of these Old
Testament saints were sinners! All of them! God
takes raw sinners and saves them by His grace and
uses them for His glory. Rahab reappears in James
2:25 and Matthew 1:5. She is right in the heart of
the lineage of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. She is
praised for her faith in the LORD, in the people of
Israel, and joining in with them. She saw the hand
of God in the invasion of Canaan. Rahab is also a
type of the ingathering of the Gentiles into the
kingdom of God.
God will save all who are
personally unworthy by His infinite grace and mercy
if they place their trust in His great provision
through the death and resurrection of His Son. He
saves by means of faith in His Son.
The Faith of Countless
"And what more shall I
say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon,
Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the
prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed
acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the
mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped
the edge of the sword, from weakness were made
strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to
flight. Women received back their dead by
resurrection; and others were tortured, not
accepting their release, so that they might obtain a
better resurrection; and others experienced mockings
and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were
tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they
went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being
destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the
world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and
mountains and caves and holes in the ground"
This is the only
reference in the New Testament to Gideon, Barak,
Samson and Jephthah.
Faith of Gideon (Judges
6-9) and his little band of 300 who defeated 135,000
Faith of Barak and
Deborah (Judges 4-5) who delivered Israel from the
Faith of Samson (Judges
13-16) who defeated the Philistines on many
occasions. Even at his death he killed more than he
Faith of Jephthah (Judges
11-12) delivered Israel from the Ammonites.
Faith of David who is
described as a "man after God's own heart" (1 Sam.
13:14; 16:1, 12; Acts 13:22). He is the king God
chose as a type of the coming Messiah and the future
kingdom of God (2 Sam. 7:12-16).
Faith of Samuel the king
maker of Israel (1 Sam. 16:13).
It is a list of heroes of
faith who were determined to do the will of God at
all costs. God made promises to them and proved
Himself to be true to His word. God promised the
victories and fulfilled them. They obtained the
"promises" (plural) by walking by faith. However,
the one "promise" they did not see fulfilled was
still in the future (v. 39). It was "the promise"
(singular) made to Abraham and involved the coming
of the Messiah in its full manifestation. During
their life time they did not see the fulfillment of
this promise, but they persisted in faith until
death. Because God fulfilled His promises on
numerous occasions they could trust Him to fulfill
the greater promise in the future. That promise
required the coming of the Anointed One of Yahweh.
The promise was fulfilled when God sent His one and
only Son to die on the cross bearing our sin and
guilt and rising from the dead. He fulfilled in His
person and work all of the promises that were given
to them men and women of faith in the Old Testament.
Samson, David and Daniel
fought with lions and won (Judges 14:6; 1 Sam.
17:34-37; Dan. 6:21-22). The apostle Paul centuries
later spoke of being "delivered from the lion's
mouth" (2 Tim. 4:17). Was Paul's experience literal
or was he using it figuratively of exceedingly
difficult encounters with evil?
Shadrach, Meshach and
Abednego were delivered from the fiery furnace
(Daniel 3:13-30). Who was the fourth fellow in the
fire with them? They were delivered because they
trusted in Him.
On many occasions the
LORD God delivered His people from the "edge of the
sword." Elijah escaped assignation in 1 Kings
19:1ff. Elisha and his servant were surrounded one
night with "chariots of fire" when the enemy closed
in on them (2 Kings 6:15-19). David was delivered on
God strengthened the weak
on many occasions. Samson received superhuman
strength to defeat the Philistines in the temple of
Dagon (judges 16:29-30). Hezekiah prayed and God
gave him 15 more years to live (Isa. 38:1-8; 2 Kings
20:1-6). David slew the Philistines (1 Sam. 17:50),
Hezekiah was delivered when the angel of the LORD
struck down 185,000 Assyrians (2 Kings 19:35; 2
Jewish tradition has it
that Isaiah was sawn in two by evil King Manesseh.
The king was enraged because Isaiah prophesied the
destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Isaiah fled
and his himself in the trunk of a cedar tree was
discovered in the tree trunk and was sawn in two.
The blood of the martyrs
runs deep in the lives of those who sealed their
testimonies by their lives. They were brutally
tortured by enemies of our Lord. One martyr said,
"The King of the universe will raise us up to an
everlasting renewal of life, because we have died
for his laws." They suffered and died because of the
unquenchable flame of faith in Christ.
"Women received back
their dead by resurrection; and others were
tortured, not accepting their release, so that they
might obtain a better resurrection; and others
experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also
chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were
sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to
death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins,
in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted,
ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy),
wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and
holes in the ground." (Hebrews 11:35-38).
Some women in the Old
Testament received back their dead by resurrection.
Elijah raised the son of the woman of Zarephath (1
Kings 17:17-24). Elisha raised the son of a
Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:18-37). By the power of
Jesus the son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-15),
Lazarus (John 11:1-44) and Dorcas (Acts 9:36-41)
were raised from the dead. Yet, the author of
Hebrews says they received back their dead by
resurrection "so that they might rise again to a
better life" (Heb. 11:35). Literally, "obtain a
better resurrection" is much better than the Old
Testament resurrection that was just resuscitations
back to mortal life. These were not a resurrection
to a perfect resurrection body like we shall receive
when Jesus returns. They were resuscitations,
miracles indeed, that pointed to a great day when
"the dead in Christ shall rise first" to an eternal
resurrection of the body.
All of these Old
Testament saints were anticipating a greater future
hope based upon the conviction they held. This
enumerated in the first ten chapters of Hebrews.
There is "something better for us" based upon the
new covenant of the Son of God which is far superior
to the old covenant.
"Of whom the world is
The world was not worthy
of such men, and it still is not. The world system
drove them out by persecuting them, thinking they
were unworthy of living in it. The truth is it was
unworthy of having them live in it.
"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" (Hebrews 11:39-40).
What was it that these
Old Testament saints did not receive?
They had claimed the
promises of the coming Messiah. Check out nearly a
hundred of these in Christ in the Old Testament.
But all of these saints died before Jesus came the
first time. They died in faith believing in these
promises God gave to hem, and they entered into
heaven based on these promises. Their faith was in
the "sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow"
(1 Pet. 1:11). With His sufferings Christ brought
many sons to glory and has made them perfect.
They saw fulfilled many
promises in their daily lives, but they longed for
the day when "the promise" would be fulfilled. Jesus
is "the promise." "The promise" is properly the
singular, and designates the fulfillment of the
great Messianic promise.
Leon Morris notes, "God's
plan provided for 'something better for us.' The
indefinite pronoun leaves the precise nature of the
blessing undefined. The important thing is not
exactly what it is but that God has not imparted it
prematurely. 'Us' means 'us Christians.'" ("Hebrews,"
Hebrews-Revelation, in Expositor's Bible, vol.
12, p. 132).
"God had provided
something better for us, so that apart from us they
would not be made perfect." We find this theme of
the perfection of believers throughout the book of
Hebrews. It is based upon sacrifice of Christ
because "it was impossible for blood of bulls and
goats to take away sins" (10:14). We look forward to
the day "to the general assembly and church of the
firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God,
the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the
righteous made perfect" (Hebrews 12:23). We have a
better hope based on the better sacrifice which is
the finished work of Christ (7:19; 9:9; 10:1, etc.).
The reason the Old
Testament saints did not fully realize the
fulfillment of the promises given to them in their
lifetime was that God's plan included the New
Testament believers. Jesus Christ provided the
once-for-all all-sufficient sacrifice for sins had
not yet come. The Old Testament saints presently
enjoy the benefits of Christ's sacrifice for their
sins as they await the resurrection of their bodies.
The sacrifice of Christ is an accomplished fact that
covers all our sins and guarantees our salvation.
We, too, enjoy the blessings of the new covenant as
we wait that day when we shall see Jesus even as He
is and we receive our resurrection bodies. When
Christ returns we will rejoice and celebrate with
all those Old Testament saints the great salvation
He has provided.
"Apart from us they would
not be made perfect." The word "perfect" (teleioo)
means "complete, bring to an end, finish,
accomplish." When Jesus returns the goal or
accomplishment will have arrived. On that day all
the redeemed of all ages shall be gathered together
in the kingdom of God and God shall be all in all.
"Together with us they
shall be made perfect. John Brown notes, "They shall
be made perfect, but not without us; we and they
shall attain perfection together." All believers
will be made perfect at the same time. "Apart from
us" does not mean to our exclusion. We along with
the Old Testament saints wait for the final triumph
of our Savior at His return. The Messianic age will
be a perfect age. It causes us to cry out even so
come Lord Jesus, come!"
Many authentic believers
in Jesus Christ have chosen to be faithful unto
death rather than renounce Him as their Lord and
Master. These are the men and women "of whom the
world was not worthy." Why then should we allow the
modern mob to shame us into disobedience to our
Master? God never forgets s single one of his
One of the Ecuadorian
martyrs said it well, "He is no fool who gives what
he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose."
All of these saints who
walked by faith are living testimonies to encourage
us to remain faithful to our great God and Savior
Jesus Christ. The God of history is the same one who
encouraged us today. What He did in the past He can
to again. We will celebrate with them that precious
day in glory as we cast our crowns at the feet of
"Then I looked, and I
heard the voice of many angels around the throne and
the living creatures and the elders; and the number
of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of
thousands, saying with a loud voice, 'Worthy is the
Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and
wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.'
And every created thing which is in heaven and on
the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and
all things in them, I heard saying, 'To Him who sits
on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and
honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.' And
the four living creatures kept saying, 'Amen.' And
the elders fell down and worshiped" (Revelation
No other song have I to
sing but Jesus!
Abiding Principles and
1. When we have
true appreciation for the promises of God we will be
willing to face temporary reproach and loss of
material to gain eternal rewards. How tragic that we
focus on material gain rather than spiritual
rewards. Warren Wiersbe observed, "The emphasis in
the Epistle to the Hebrews is: 'Don't live for what
the world will promise you today! Live for what God
has promised you in the future!"
2. When we have a
determined focus on God we will face and overcome
the hostility of the world. Only the clearest
spiritual vision will overcome hostile encounters.
Moses was continually seeking the unseen. He saw
with spiritual eyes the unseen, and this was the
secret of his greatness. The testimonies of the
saints in Hebrews eleven reveals a hope that is ever
moving forward with utter conviction. The Christian
faith is filled with certainty. The apostle last
recorded words declares: "For this reason I also
suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I
know in whom I have believed and I am convinced that
He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him,
until that day" (2 Tim. 1:12).
3. When we trust and obey
the promises of God's Word we experience victory in
the Christian life. None can ever make himself
perfect. The Holy Spirit is the one who is within
the believer working out our salvation daily. He
enables us to take off the old man or woman and put
on the new in Christ. It is our responsibility to
yield to the presence of the Holy Spirit.
4. When we are saved by
faith we will walk by faith. We live in the now and
the yet to be. We enjoy now the benefits of the
gospel of Jesus Christ. He is our Savior and Lord,
our High Priest who intercedes on our behalf. His
blood covers all our sins. At the cross he paid the
price of our redemption once for all. We stand
justified and clothed in the robes of His
righteousness. Yet we still wait for that glorious
day when we shall see Him face to face with the
redemption of our bodies. We walk by faith. We
conquer by faith. We overcome by faith.
The world passes away,
but he who does the will of God abides forever.
11:23-40 The Triumph of Faith