Defending the Glory of God
8. Can the Saints hear us ? Are they even aware of us ?
Some Protestants will contend that the Saints in heaven cannot hear us and furthermore are not even aware of us here on earth. However, several passages from the Bible show otherwise. The Saints in heaven have profound concern for what is going on down here.
Hebrews 12:1 says that we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. A brief review of Hebrews chapters 11 and 12 will reveal who Saint Paul is speaking about.
Hebrews 11:1-40; 12:1-29
is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things
4 By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice
5 By faith Enoch was taken up
7 By faith Noah, warned built an ark
8 By faith Abraham obeyed
13-16 All these died in faith. They did not receive what had been promised but saw it and greeted it from afar and acknowledged themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth, for those who speak thus show that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land from which they had come, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better homeland, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
17 By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac,
20 By faith regarding things still to come Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau.
21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph
22 By faith Joseph,
23 By faith Moses left Egypt
31 By faith Rahab
32 What more shall I say? I have not time to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,
33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, did what was righteous,
35 Women received back their dead through resurrection. Some were tortured and would not accept deliverance, in order to obtain a better resurrection.
36 Others endured mockery, scourging, even chains and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned, sawed in two, put to death at swords point; they went about in skins of sheep or goats, needy, afflicted, tormented.
38 The world was not worthy of them.
39 Yet all these, though approved because of their faith, did not receive what had been promised.
40 God had foreseen something better for us
1. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us
2 while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. 3 Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
18 You have not approached that which could be touched and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness and storm
the mountain 21 Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said, I am terrified and trembling.
22 No, you have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering,
23 and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of all, and the spirits of the just made perfect,
24 and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant
28 Therefore, we who are receiving the unshakable kingdom should have gratitude, with which we should offer worship pleasing to God in reverence and awe.
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
After Saint Paul gives us a veritable list of the heroes in the Old Testament we see that they are surrounding us and cheering us on to fight temptation, to win the race, to follow Jesus Christ.
God has infinite
joy. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8. Therefore, the reference to there being more joy in
heaven refers to the Saints having more joy. Therefore they know
*Therefore, the souls in Heaven have a passionate interest in the events of Earth.