Hebrews 11 discusses many of the saints that lived in Old Testament times. It mentions righteous Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, etc. There was not enough space to write of king David and other prophets. It described the problems they faced to be faithful. Why did they continue in faith? They would not accept deliverance from their problems just to be comfortable. They suffered if required to! WHY? “that they might obtain a BETTER resurrection” (v.14).
All saints will have this better resurrection. How can we know this to be a fact? Look at Romans 8:28-30 – “And we KNOW that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are THE called according to His purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did PREDESTINATE to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among MANY brethren. Moreover, whom He did predestinate, them He also called, and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.”
Predestinate is one of the least understood words in the Bible. Individuals make up their own meaning of the word most of the time. It is # 4309 in the Greek Section of the Strong’s Concordance dictionary. It literally means “to limit in advance.” God is limiting, before He offers salvation to the world, the number of people He is calling today for this BETTER resurrection.
God calls them to fulfill a purpose in His kingdom when Jesus and the saints will rule the world. Salvation will be offered to the remainder of mankind. Notice what Jesus inspired in Daniel 7:18. In reference to the destruction of the last world ruling government under Satan’s domain, “But the saints of the Most High shall TAKE the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.” Then v.21-22: “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them. UNTIL the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” Daniel continued to receive the vision. V.27 “And the kingdom and dominion, and the GREATNESS of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be GIVEN to the people of the SAINTS of the Most High, whose kingdom is an EVERLASTING kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him (Jesus).”
God the Father will give the kingdom to the saints. They will rule under Jesus’ authority for ever and ever. Human beings can be assassinated, so the saints will be given a different body that cannot be harmed or killed!!!
Revelation 20:4, 6 makes it a little clearer. V.4 “And I saw thrones, and they [saints] sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them, and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they LIVED AND REIGNED with Christ a thousand years. V.6 Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the SECOND death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”
Notice what your Bible reveals about the saints. Romans 2:7 – “To them who by patient continuance in well doing SEEK FOR glory and honor and IMMORTALITY, eternal life.” The predestinated saints are currently seeking the BETTER OR BEST RESURRECTION, so we can rule with Christ 1,000 years and then for ever and ever.
Notice a most revealing scripture. I Corinthians 15:50-54 – “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood CANNOT inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption [this fleshly body] inherit incorruption [new body]. … I show you a mystery [secret], we shall not all sleep [die], but we shall ALL be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead [in Christ] shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on IMMORTALITY … [because of this] Death is swallowed up in victory.”
The saints that have been called first, from righteous Abel to us today, will receive the BETTER OR BEST RESURRECTION. This is our inheritance if we are faithful until the end of our life or the return of Christ. This new immortal body will allow us to rule and reign with Christ throughout His kingdom of 1,000 years, and on out into eternity.