Ancient Israel had recurring periods of commitment to God and apostasy from God. They never mastered persevering commitment and escaped permanent dismemberment from God by his merciful appointment of Judges and Kings to purify land and people.
Christians have a better hope, as the writer of Hebrews constantly reminded his readers. We’re not yet the people we can be. But we’re better than the people we used to be. And, by God’s grace, will in the future be far better people than we ever thought to be.
Now, for daily life, the Holy Spirit empowers discipleship. Even now we can be the “more than conquerors” Romans 8:37 declares us and the “overcomers” Revelation 3:21 promises faithful disciples. Even now. And the Holy Spirit has just begun. When Jesus puts an end to history, incinerates the present world system and creates the new heaven and earth, all of God’s people will begin to perfectly be “more than conquerors” and “overcomers.”
If God, in faithfulness to Israel, would provide them with saviors and judges, he won’t be less faithful to Christians who persevere in discipleship. If the Holy Spirit worked under the Judges to free sinful Israelites from oppressive foreign kings, he won’t less successfully plant, nurture and mature in Christians the fruit of the Spirit while minimizing in and banishing from us the works of the flesh!
Therefore, Christians, lift up your heads and hearts. Be strong in faith and confident in hope. We’re presently better than anyone else by possessing the Holy Spirit of God. And the best is YET to BE!