Hebrews 11:40 – God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.

What an amazing statement the writer of Hebrews makes as he sums up this chapter! This chapter is known as “The honor roll of the faithful.” None of those listed in the honor roll of the faithful experienced the full purpose of God. His full purpose could only be experienced in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. The faithful of the Old Testament were those waiting in upper Sheol for the Son of God to come and release them to the promise of perfection. The “better” spoken of in this verse is the Lord Jesus Christ, who we receive through the Spirit.

The Spirit of God spoke of Christ throughout the Old Testament. The Spirit created the Holy One in the womb of Mary. The Holy Spirit revealed the Father through the earthly ministry of our Lord. The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus to suffer and die for our sins. It was the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the grave. Along with Jesus, many Old Testament saints arose from the dead and testified to many in Jerusalem (Matthew 27:52-53).

Salvation is complete in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has provided deliverance for our spirit, soul, and body. “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). “How will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will” (Hebrews 2:3-4).

The triune God who revealed Himself to man as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit made it possible for every person to enter into His life and become part of the divine community in perfect unity with His threefold nature. In the beginning, man was perfect. Sin destroyed the unity in our nature. The work of salvation is to heal the brokenness of our life and restore us in Christ to God’s original plan.

Father, I thank You for Your salvation, so rich and so free. I thank You for making it possible for my spirit, soul, and body to be healed and restored through Your Son and my Lord. Holy Spirit, continue the process in my life that leads me to Your perfect will.