“But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”
We are often called to leave worldly connections, interests, and comforts. If heirs of Abraham’s faith, we shall obey and go forth, though not knowing what may befall us; and we shall be found in the way of duty, looking for the performance of God’s promises.
The trial of Abraham’s faith was, that he simply and fully obeyed the call of God. Sarah received the promise as the promise of God; being convinced of that, she truly judged that he both could and would perform it.
Many, who have a part in the promises, do not soon receive the things promised. Faith can lay hold of blessings at a great distance; can make them present; can love them and rejoice in them, though strangers; as saints, whose home is heaven; as pilgrims, traveling toward their home.
By faith, they overcome the terrors of death, and bid a cheerful farewell to this world, and to all the comforts and crosses of it. And those once truly called out from a sinful state, have no mind for return to it.
All true believers desire the heavenly inheritance; and the stronger faith is, the more fervent those desires will be. Notwithstanding their meanness by nature, their vileness by sin, and the poverty of their outward condition, God is not ashamed to be called the God of all true believers; such is His mercy, such is His love for them.
We should never be ashamed of being called His people, nor of any of those who are truly so, however much we are despised in the world. Above all, we need take care that we are not a shame and reproach to our God.
The greatest trial and act of faith upon record is, Abraham’s offering up Isaac in Genesis 22:2. There, every word shows a trial. It is our duty to reason down our doubts and fears, by looking, as Abraham did, to the Almighty power of God. The best way to enjoy our comforts is, to give them up to God; He will then give them as shall be the best for us. Look at how far our faith has caused obedience in us, when we have been called to lesser acts of self-denial, or to make smaller sacrifices to our duty.
Seems today we have given up what we were called for, fully believing that the Lord would make up all our losses, and even bless us by the most afflicting dispensations …
“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
The apostle, having now finished the doctrinal part of his epistle and fully shown the superiority of Christ to all men and angels and the superiority of His priesthood to that of Aaron and his successors, the absolute ineffectiveness of the Jewish sacrifices to make atonement for sin, and the absolute effectiveness of that of Christ to make reconciliation of man to God, now proceeds to show what influence these doctrines should have on the hearts and lives of those who believe in Him.
Boldness to enter, liberty, full access to the entrance of the holy place. This is a reference to the case of the high priest going into the holy of holies. He went with fear and trembling because if he had neglected the smallest item prescribed by the law then he could expect nothing but death.
Genuine believers can come even to the throne of God with confidence as they carry into the Divine presence the infinitely meritorious blood of the great atonement; and, being justified through that blood, they have a right to all the blessings of the eternal kingdom.
Today’s modern concerns have become infested with more greedy desires and ambitions …
Hebrews 13:5-6 states “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Here are earnest exhortations to several Christian duties, especially contentment. The sin opposed to this grace and duty is covetousness, an over-eager desire for the wealth of this world, with envy of those who have more than ourselves.
A major issue in today’s society are people enslaved by the constant concern for paying bills … until they die. Then it all becomes for naught. Possessions are passed on, finances are redistributed into the same repetitive system.
Having treasures in heaven, we may be content with moderate things here. Those who cannot be so would not be content even though God raised their condition.
Adam was in paradise yet not content; some angels in heaven were not content; but the apostle Paul, though abased and empty, had learned in every state, in any state, to be content.
Christians have reason to be content with their present lot. This promise contains the sum and substance of all the promise.
God said “I will never, no, never leave thee, no, never forsake thee.”
In the first few verses of Hebrews chapter 13 there are precisely five negatives put together, to confirm the promise: the true believer shall have the gracious presence of God with him in life, at death, and in eternity. Men can do nothing against God and God can make all things that men do against His people, turn to their good.