"Of Whom The World Was Not Worthy"

J. D. Conley
September 25, 2016

The description above was bestowed by God upon the great men and women of faith mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11. It was by their deep abiding faith they were able to "Subue kingdoms, work righteousness, obtain promises, stop the mouths of lions, quench the violence offire, escape the edge of the sword, be strengthened, made brave, fight enemies, endure torture, deny deliverance, undergo cruel mockings, scourgings, chains of imprisonment, stonings, sawing in two, death by sword, wanderings and being destitute, afflicted and tormented." Due to their indefatigable faith, God christened them with the grand accolade, "Of whom the world was not worthy " (Hebrews 11:38).

In spite of the aforementioned atrocities, they remained loyal to God. In twenty-first century America, many Christians are amazed at how they were able to retain their stoic allegiance. This is indeed a point of intrigue and interest. Just how were these men and women of faith able to get through their horrendous trials without renouncing God? The question is a significant one because some Christians fail to have little faith, much less great faith, even though they are not undergoing anything like their predecessors. Precisely, what was it about their faith that got them through? What did they so adamantly believe in that enabled them to persevere and overcome?

Was it not the conviction that they were headed to an infinitely better place? Earlier in the chapter we find the evidence for their faith and hope. "These 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. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned 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 11:13-16). "These" refer to all the faithful mentioned in verses 5-38. Even though these died being faithful, -not living to see the promised Messiah and His kingdom, they had no doubt about His coming. That is, they were convicted in the coming Messiah and in all the glorious promises attached to His coming, one of which was, "a better country, an heavenly," verse 16.

May the faithful few so live as to make this world unworthy of their presence. Only then will Heaven be their eternal home.