Hebrews 12:1 The Key Is to Run

Hebrews 12:1 (KJV)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The New Testament frequently employs the metaphor of the race to describe the Christian life. In this case there are three lessons drawn:

First, we have an audience
I was on my high school track team a couple of years. There is a group who comes to watch the events but the majority of our spectators were fellow athletes; those who had run or were just about to. This is the same in the Christian life. Those in eternity are called a great cloud of witnesses. The passage does not mention them but we know there is a younger generation watching us.

Second, we run this race patiently
It’s a long distance course, not a sprint. A few of the more notables in the Christian world would do well to see it that way.

Thirdly, it is set differently for each of us
It’s going to play out uniquely for every one of us. We are:

  • Wired differently
  • Gifted differently
  • Situated differently and

have different advantages and disadvantages than others. The course can look exactly the same and still be a completely different race for everyone on it.

The key is to run the race. Run it faithfully, run it unhindered by sin.

Hebrews 13:3 Those In Bonds

Hebrews 13:3 (KJV)
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

It was a difficult time in which the Apostle penned these words. Christians were likely to be in prison or worse for their faith in Christ. Many of the early saints were in the bondage of slavery. Paul said those that were not in bonds should remember those in bondage as being with them. Gill says that’s because they, as Christians, were liable of the same convictions.

Other believers were suffering affliction of one sort or another. There would have been those physical afflictions that were common to the day and a further sort of affliction that was due to the hardships of persecution. Paul urged those not so afflicted to remember them as in the same body.

Our times have been much less challenging for Christians. That seems to be changing quickly. The sentiment of the ungodly has taken root so deeply that to believe in Judeo/Christian values, especially to hold a fundamental view of the Bible, is attacked on very many fronts. To personally know Christians in bondage to the legal system or suffering financially due to their Christian business practices will likely become more common.

Paul urges us not to:

  • Judge them 
  • Condemn them or 
  • Shun them 

but to:

  • Remember them
  • Help them when we can and 
  • Pray for them 

 

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Hebrews 13:3 Those In Bonds

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Hebrews 12:1 The Key Is To Run The Race

Hebrews 12:1 (KJV)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The New Testament frequently employs the metaphor of the race to describe the Christian life. In this case there are three lessons drawn:

First, we have an audience
I was on my high school track team a couple of years. There is a group who comes to watch the events but the majority of our spectators were fellow athletes; those who had run or were just about to. This is the same in the Christian life. Those in eternity are called a great cloud of witnesses. The passage does not mention them but we know there is a younger generation watching us.

Second, we run this race patiently
It’s a long distance course, not a sprint. A few of the more notables in the Christian world would do well to see it that way.

Thirdly, it is set differently for each of us
It’s going to play out uniquely for every one of us. We are:

  • Wired differently
  • Gifted differently
  • Situated differently and

have different advantages and disadvantages than others. The course can look exactly the same and still be a completely different race for everyone on it.

The key is to run the race. Run it faithfully, run it unhindered by sin.

The Race of Life – A Poem by Marvin McKenzie

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Hebrews 6:10-12 Diligence Is The Desire of God’s Word

Hebrews 6:10-12 (KJV)
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

The desire of God’s Word is that no Christian be slothful in our spiritual labor. The desire is rather that we are diligent.

  • It is not a command
  • It is not a requirement

It is a desire.

Diligence does not save us. That is the result of the promise of God, secured with His oath. Diligence is the heart’s desire of faithful Christians because it is our only measure of another’s faith. I can only hope another is saved. I base my hope in their testimony and by their life for God. If the life doesn’t measure up to their oral testimony I am left with doubts and the concern that they might not be truly saved.

Don’t blame a Christian for wishing you would live for God. He is merely reflecting the concern of the Bible and care for you.

 

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Hebrews 11:1 Not Everything We Hope For

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Many years ago I read a book on Abraham and his faith. This book drew much attention to the object of faith. Faith is only as good as the object in which we place it.

  • We climb into our cars believing they will get us to and from our destination. Sometimes they don’t.
  • We board aircraft believing they will safely land in our desired port. Sometimes they don’t.
  • We sit in a chair believing them to be able to hold our weight. Sometimes they aren’t.

Faith in God is the only sure faith because only God is perfectly sure.

I suggest that the same may be said of hope. Faith is the substance of things hoped for but not of everything a man might hope for.

  • Faith will not win a lottery
  • Faith will not cure the common cold
  • Faith will not pay the bills

Faith is the substance of those things promised in the pages of the Bible. Faith is the substance of:

  • Deliverance from sin
  • Righteousness with God
  • Eternity in heaven

Faith is the substance that lends to the practice and obedience to the lessons of the Bible. This lends to the good report and leads men to accomplish great things in the name of the Lord.

 

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Hebrews 10:1-3 The Thing About Law

Hebrews 10:1-3 (KJV)
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

Here is the thing about religion (and for that matter, law in general) it operates from the position of guilt. It assumes the guilt of the individual and acts accordingly. Every new rule it creates, every function it performs, is built upon the presupposition that its adherents are guilty.

Christianity operates under a different presupposition. It builds all of its teaching and activity upon the doctrine of the perfect holiness of Jesus Christ. It results in a different outcome in the conscience. The adherents of religious law are reminded of their sins time and time again. They can never have a free conscience lest their liberty turn to license. The followers of Christ live perfectly free of guilt because they are confident, not in themselves, but in Jesus.

I know that in my flesh I am not perfect. But I am sure in my spirit that Christ is and He has my case handled.

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Hebrews 9:5 When Best To Be Quiet

Hebrews 9:5 (KJV)
And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

Hebrews 9:8 (KJV)
The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

There is a reason some things are not as clear as we might wish they were. God has never intended to explain everything to us. Sometimes the lesson is in the lack of information.

I appreciate that the Apostle did not attempt to speak about that which he could not speak. He learned the lesson and moved on to those things about which we do have good and complete information. Great spiritual harm happens when would be prophets claim knowledge that has no Biblical support:

  • Doctrines concerning spiritual warfare
  • Lessons having to do with speaking in tongues or other spiritual gifts even
  • Expositions on the Holy Spirit Himself

that reach beyond the parameters of Biblical truth are a small example of those subjects that some have presumed to teach and preach when they should have said they could not now speak particularly.

Younger preachers would do well to exercise this practice themselves and admit they are not yet ready to speak particularly on certain subjects. Spurgeon taught young preachers to avoid controversial subjects. Too many young preachers of our day arrogantly venture into territory they have no particular knowledge, training or experience in. I understand that Christians of the first several centuries called their pastors from among their seniors. The Word of God cautions that they should not be novices.

Bottom line  if you cannot speak particularly on a subject, admit it and move on.

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Hebrews 8:2 No Proof of Universal Church

Hebrews 8:2 (KJV)
A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

Gill says that the distinction here must not be between earth and heaven because:

  • It would explain one with a more obscure one
  • It would be unnecessary because obviously the Lord pitches the one in heaven

He says the distinction is between the Old Testament ministry of Moses and the New Testament one of Christ. The true tabernacle would be the local church. This would then not be a proof passage for the universal or, as some call it, the true church. There is no such thing ever taught in the Bible. The passage is consistent with what we find throughout Hebrews, a contrast between the old covenant delivered through Moses and the new and better one delivered through Jesus.

 

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Hebrews 7:22 Security of Salvation

Hebrews 7:22 (KJV)
By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

We would not likely use the word surety today. We would use the word, security. It is an amount of money or an item put up to guarantee our performance of a thing. When a person makes an offer on a house for instance, he puts up earnest money to prove his sincerity.

The proof of God’s sincerity in saving those who call upon Him is Jesus. The gospel is the earnest, the security of our eternal life.

We are saved certainly because we are secured by the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

 

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Hebrews 5:1 From Men, For Men, To God

Hebrews 5:1 (KJV)
For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

The passage compares and contrasts the high priestly ministries of the Levitical priesthood and that of Christ. There are differences:

  • Christ is eternal High Priest
  • Christ need not offer for his own sins and
  • Christ offered Himself as sacrifice

But there are similarities too. Among them:

  • He did not call Himself to be High Priest
  • He suffered in this role and
  • He was from men, for men pertaining to those things having to do with God

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