Endurance, or Deliverance?

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“And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of [those] who through faith… escaped the edge of the sword” (Heb. 11:32, 34; NKJV).

“Others… were sawn in two… were slain with the sword” (vv. 35, 37).

In reading through Hebrews 11’s famous Hall of Faith, we find these descriptors. On the one hand, some giants of the faith escaped the edge of the sword. That said, other giants of the faith listed here were slain with the sword.

Is this a contradiction? Were some of these faith giants greater than others? Sometimes, we want to put God in easily classified categorical boxes. We want to say, “It’s either one, or the other, God. I would really be glad for a definitive answer from You, please: Does faith mean that we will be freed from difficult, distressing circumstances… or does faith mean that we need to submit to suffering?”

Yes.

He gently explains, Continue reading Endurance, or Deliverance?