The Better Resurrection

“Women received their dead raised to life again; and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection” (Hebrews 11:35). Some of those in Hebrews 11 were victims of their faith, while others were victors. The writer of Hebrews mentioned those who were tortured, not accepting deliverance in order to obtain a better resurrection. What is the better resurrection?

It is a resurrection to incorruption where the one resurrected will never face death again Those who were raised to life in Hebrews 11:35 have since faced death again and are now in their graves awaiting the better resurrection. Being raised to incorruption never to die again is a better resurrection than being resurrected and then facing death again.

Being resurrected from the dead, although it may be only a short time until we face death again, does not in any way lessen the glory and victory over death. What a victory for one who has died to be resurrected fro the dead, even if it does not parallel with better resurrection!

God’s resurrecting powers have not diminished in the least; He can, and still does, raise people from the dead. They will again face death to await their time in the future resurrection. Quality is the object here rather than the event of a resurrection. David described the better resurrection as a time “when I awake, with thy likeness” (Psalm 17:15).