|“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.” John R W Stott
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.” Hebrews 11:16Augustine of Hippo wrote: “I know you want to keep on living. You do not want to die. And you want to pass from this life to another in such a way that you will not rise again as a dead man, but fully alive and transformed. This is what you desire. This is the deepest human feeling; mysteriously, the soul itself wishes and instinctively desires it.” God created you with a desire for immortality. Those who know their Creator understand that He has given them this life to prepare for eternity. Summarizing the saints in Genesis, the author says, “But now they desire a better count, that is, an heavenly.” The promises of God that become “an anchor of the soul” 79 find their fulfillment in the life to come. The Hebrews did not co-mingle with the inhabitants of Canaan, bearing witness that they saw themselves as “strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” 80
For this reason “God is not ashamed to be called their God.” This is one of the most amazing exclamations in the entire Bible. God’s grace gives you the right to be called His child. But for God the Creator of the universe to be known by you, the creature, that truly is amazing. For example if you profess to know the leader of your country, you will impress very few. But if the leader of your country declares to the nation that you are his friend, that provokes a different response. When asked who God is, He said, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”81 In essence He said, “If you wish to know what I am like, look at the lives of these three men.”
I assume you profess to know God. But can God be known by you? Not without emulating the faith of those He calls great. Heaven is not a reward, it is a gift. The reward of faith is for God to say to you, “I am not ashamed to be called your God.”
79 Hebrews 6:19
Leviticus 21-22 Matthew 28 (New King James Version)
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