Hebrews 11:13 ” All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.”

The people spoken of here were the patriarchs and devout persons of the Old Testament who looked forward in faith and hope to the blessings of the Gospel…but still perished without actually obtaining it first. In verse 39 of this Chapter it goes on to explain, “They were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.” And exactly what had been promised? Namely the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. For in Matthew 13:17 Jesus speaks of these people to His disciples when He says, “For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” Or in other words, “Guys, think about it, you are witnesses to all the things your forefathers longed to be part of…but never were. But even then, their faith never faltered.”

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