Yesterday morning I had the privilege of preaching from Hebrews 11:13-16 at Louisville’s Kosmosdale Baptist Church. The message was called “A Far Country: The End of the Pilgrim’s Progress,” and the audio is here.
Believers are exiles waiting on the fulfillment of God’s promises, which include a world to come. When we live in rock-solid faith that God will bring to pass all he’s promised, we can die in faith with hopes still unrealized. Our faith, even at the point of final breath, is based on God’s trustworthiness. He will keep his word.
The theme of spiritual exile is echoed in a letter written early in church history, The Epistle to Diognetus. The writer says of Christians, “They dwell in their own homelands, but as strangers. They share in all things as citizens, and they endure all things as foreigners. Every foreign land is a homeland for them, and every homeland is foreign” (5:5, my translation).
Strangers in this world we may be, but God has prepared a city for his people, and he is not ashamed to be called the God of those who desire it (Heb 11:16).