SOME BETTER THING
BY: RAY PRINZING
“And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” (Heb. 11:39-40)
The generations which have gone before us have 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.” They were seeking a country, their fatherland, that heavenly realm to which they pledged their allegiance. Any time you declare that you seek a better realm, it immediately signifies that the present realm is not satisfactory to you, and such a confession will invoke the displeasure of the present realm, alienate their sympathy, and receive their condemnation, for your “GOING ON” to lay hold of a BETTER is evidence that they are unable to satisfy you. They will persecute, speak evil of, impute wrong motives, and number you with the transgressors. It is a part of the price which must be paid, because we have received a vision of the better.
Because God had us in mind, and had something better and greater in view for us, these past generations – heroes and heroines of faith, could not come to perfection apart from us, that is, before we could join them. God has provided – literally, from the Greek, foreseen, that in these latter days, as this present evil age comes to its close, there would be precious movings of His Spirit, and entrances into reserved blessings and glories which would super-abound beyond the ravages of evil, and enable us to break through into dimensions of total overcoming.
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world (ages) are come.” (1 Cor. 10:11) They blazed the trail, they gave the example of this walk of faith, they saw the vision and embraced it – and died clinging to the promises. And while they could not precede us into its fulfillment, they, with us, shall enter into the joys of our Lord.