πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ What Is the Promise of Hebrews 11:39?

β€œWhat is the promise the writer is talking about in Hebrews 11:39?”

β€œAnd these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise.”

God β€œpromised” the Old Testament saints mentioned here a Savior (Jer. 33:14,15; Acts 13:23) that they didn’t live to receive (Luke 10:24). He also β€œpromised” them eternal life in the kingdom of heaven on earth (James 2:5), a kingdom in which He β€œpromised” to save them from their enemies (Luke 1:71,72), which amounted to a β€œpromise” ofΒ restΒ (Heb. 4:1). He also β€œpromised” the people of Israel theΒ landΒ of Israel (Deut. 19:8; Acts 7:5), from which He promised they would rule β€œthe world” in the millennial kingdom (Rom. 4:13; Rev. 5:10) and then in the new earth (2 Pet. 3:13).

All those Hebrews 11 heroes of faith died β€œnot having received the promises” (Heb. 11:13) plural. But when verse 39 says they β€œreceived not theΒ promise” (singular), we know theΒ specificΒ β€œpromise” must be that ofΒ the resurrectionΒ (cf. Acts 26:6-8), for the next verse says:

β€œGod having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect” (Heb. 11:40).

The Lord was β€œmade perfect” when He rose from the deadΒ (Heb. 5:8,9). And while the β€œspirits” of those Old Testament saints have already been β€œmade perfect” (Heb. 12:23), theirΒ bodiesΒ won’t be made perfect and reunited with their perfected spirits until the resurrection. The writer of Hebrews says that it was β€œbetter” for him and his fellow New Testament Hebrew saints that the resurrection hadn’t taken place back in Old Testament timesΒ without them.

Aren’t you glad the Lord waited to raise the saints ofΒ this dispensation until you got saved? source

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