In Hebrews 10:32-35, we read of a people who endured suffering “sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.” These people “joyfully accepted the plundering of their property” since they knew that they themselves “had a better possession and an abiding one.” That was their secret. Or, as F.F. Bruce put it on p.271 of his commentary on Hebrews:
“The eternal inheritance laid up for them was so real in their eyes that they could lightheartedly bid farewell to natural possessions, which were short-lived in any case.”
Today, we live in a day and age in which even Christianity is sometimes overly caught up in property and possessions. Maybe this is true because we are much more wrapped up in the stuff of here and now and not in believing that we have a better possession that will abide forever. This Sunday, join us as we look at this amazing passage and what drove these people to endure such suffering.