Hebrews 12:1-2 It’s Nothing Complicated

Hebrews 12:1-2 (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,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Bible provides such very simple counsel for life here on earth. Among other things I find in Hebrews 12:

Lay aside our sins 
Vs 1
It’s that simple. Considering the testimony of saints behind us and the race of life that is set before us, just lay aside our sins. 

Look to Jesus 
vs 2
He is our Saviour, our example, and our source of strength and encouragement. Keep our eyes on Him

Be a deterrent of sin
Vs 3-4
Be salt and light. We don’t have to be obnoxious or arrogant. We can simply speak the truth in love, vote for the moral choices and pray for all in authority 

Serve God graciously 
Vs 28
With reverence and godly fear. Serve the Lord, making Him the priority of our life. 

There is nothing complicated or difficult about this. All it takes is faithfulness. 

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Hebrews 12:1-2 It’s Nothing Complicated

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1 Thessalonians 3:1 I Could No Longer Forebear

1 Thessalonians 3:1 (KJV)
Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;

1 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV)
For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

The Apostle said twice, “when I could no longer forebear.”

That tells me he did forebear for a season 
For whatever reason, he did not send to know their faith at his first impulse. He waited. He held off. He endured what he would rather have not for some time. 

But then he could forebear no longer
Because we are looking into the inspired Word of God, I do not believe either his waiting or his finally sending of Timothy were of emotion or the flesh. This was the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

That which he could no longer forbear
Was to see their face and more specifically to perfect that which was lacking in their faith. 

  • He wanted to see them (either personally or through a representative).
  • He knew that the perfecting of their faith required contact (either personally or through a representative)

We face this same today. The COVID19 virus has left us separated for a time. We have been willing to forebear, to use technological means to attempt to minister to others. But we have about reached the end of this forbearance. We will of necessity have to find some means of real contact if we are to “perfect that which is lacking” in the faith of our congregation. 

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Colossians 4:3-4 Withal Praying

Colossians 4:3-4 (KJV)
Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

The word, withal, means “at the same time.” At the same time you continue in prayer, at the same time you are watching with thanksgiving, at that same time pray “also for us.” The Apostle has two specific requests:

Pray for a door of utterance
He asks that they pray for God to give him an opportunity to speak the mystery of Christ. He isn’t asking for the boldness to make the door. I’ve known some like that. He is asking for them to pray God would open a door. 

Pray that he would then make the message manifest and clear. 
That he speaks the message as he ought to speak it. That is not always an easy thing to do. 

We can pray always for all things because we can pray for them at the same time. At the same time we are praying for any and every burden and need and praise, at that same time, pray for your preacher

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Philippians 4:1 Dearly Beloved

Philippians 4:1 (KJV)
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

Paul wrote this to a church body he loved but was not able to see at that time. Their care for him, and his for them is obvious. But Paul was in prison. He asked them to pray for his release and expressed confidence that it would happen, but he was not, at this moment, at liberty to see them. No wonder he said, “…my dearly beloved and longed for.”

I think I understand this sentiment more now than ever before. In the regular routine of church services, the mutual benefit of fellowship among the brethren is expected, even taken for granted. We rarely speak one on one more than a moment or two, but we see one another so frequently that we do an almost instantaneous “wellness check” on one another. We can see how each fare because we can compare their state to that which we have witnessed again and again. 

It’s been at least a month since I have seen anyone from our church. I have seen comments they have made. I have received texts from a number of them. Some of us have spoken on the phone. But that is the extent of it. In many cases we haven’t even had that. 

I long for the fellowship with the saints. I have no way of knowing when that will happen again and wonder if, in the case of some, I will ever see them again. 

They truly are, “dearly beloved and longed for.”

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Philippians 4:1 Dearly Beloved

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Ephesians 5:6 Why God’s Wrath?

Ephesians 5:6 (KJV)
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

I see this as a New Testament companion to Psalms One. The thing that stirs up the wrath of God against the children of disobedience is that they are deceived with vain words. They have listened to the sinners, the scornful, and the ungodly. They have been deceived with the vain and lying words. 

They wouldn’t be children of disobedience if they were not so deceived. If they listened to the Word of God, to those called and faithful to preach it; if they trusted the words of the man of God more than they did the vain and deceitful words of the ungodly, sinners and scornful, they would be children of God. They would trust Christ for salvation, and they would be born again. 

But this passage is not directly written to the unsaved that they would get saved. It is written to those who are the children of God. The admonition is simple. As children of God we must carefully avoid these same vain words and the men who speak them. 

As every ear today hangs on the words of medical professionals, government leaders and statisticians, let us, who are the children of God, hang onto another source of authority, God and His Word, and those who preach it with integrity. 

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Ephesians 5:6 Why God’s Wrath?

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Galatians 6:15-16 A New Creature

Galatians 6:15-16 (KJV)
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

The rule of which the Word speaks is that of verse fifteen, that the matter that matters is the new creature, we are no more Jews or Gentiles. We are new creatures, made up of both Jews and Gentiles and we are intended to be members together in a local congregation, a church. 

To as many as walk according to this rule:
Peace be on them
Peace with God and with one another. In the world, we will experience tribulation. Despite that, we do have peace with God, and we may have peace with our fellow believers. 

And mercy
We have mercy with God. We need mercy one with another. It is the prerequisite of peace among ourselves. 

And upon the Israel of God
Either this speaks of those who are new creatures, Jews and Gentiles who are Abraham’s seed by faith and have the circumcision of the heart, or else this speaks of the future Israel who, having endured the Tribulation, turn to Jesus Christ. 

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Galatians 6:15-16 A New Creature

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Galatians 5:24 Not Circumcision but Crucifixion

Galatians 5:24 (KJV)
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

It seems to me that the summary of this chapter is something like “Not Circumcision but Crucifixion.”

In an earlier verse we are instructed that circumcision avails nothing.[1]
In verse two, “if ye be circumcised Christ shall profit you nothing.” 

Circumcision is almost always performed upon an infant. 
The deciding parties are the parents, not the patient. It is therefore not possible that this verse implies that anyone circumcised cannot be saved. 

  • It is an issue of faith versus works
  • It is an issue of trust

Those who trust in their heritage or in their religious law find Christ to be of little value to them. These proponents of legalism ought to be cut off, identified as what they are, false professors, and removed from the fellowship.[2]

We do not need to concern ourselves whether we have been circumcised or uncircumcised in the flesh. What matters is whether we have crucified the flesh in Christ. 


[1] Galatians 5:6 (KJV)
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

[2] Galatians 5:12 (KJV)
I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

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Galatians 5:24 Not Circumcision but Crucifixion

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Galatians 4:16-20 I Tell You The Truth

Galatians 4:16-20 (KJV)
Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

There are three statements of thought I wish to consider today:
The first is the Galatians’ attitude towards Paul warnings 
No doubt he had been blunt concerning his position against the false brethren that had influenced these believers. He has been quite bold in his rebuke of their allowing such teachings to influence them. Was he really an enemy for telling them the truth? 

The next is the issue of zeal
That these people have earnest, zeal and passion in no way means they are of God and to be heard. It is good for a preacher to have zeal and passion. It is not good if it affects the hearer, but not well.

The third is his desire to be with them 
While it was impossible for Paul to be present with them, his purpose for doing so would be the protection of them. In their presence, he would be able to personally drive off the evil influence. With physical presence, he would be better able to guide them in the right direction. Absent this possibility, what he wrote them would have to do. God has used it now for more than two thousand years. 

I am similarly concerned right now. Having lost the possibility of physical connection with the flock God has blessed me to protect, I am concerned about those many influences that come their way through the various media. Some of these influences can put on a pretty fair show. That does not mean they influence their audience well. I do not mean to be mean spirited or hateful in any way. But I am compelled, even duty-bound to urge those under my care to only access those resources I, as their pastor, point them to. 

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Galatians 4:16-20 I Tell You The Truth

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Galatians 3:17 In Christ

Galatians 3:17 (KJV)
And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

In my daily visit with God on the 4th of April, 2020, I concluded with the words, “Let us, as did Job, hold fast our righteousness in Christ.”  This morning, when I prepared that visit for posting, I had to take a moment to think about that phrase. Some of my readers lean toward hyper dispensationalism and divide things much more strictly than I believe is profitable. I can hear some of them remarking that Job would not have known anything about righteousness in Christ. 

Galatians 3:17 confirms my original post. The Bible teaches us that the covenant God made with Abraham was “confirmed before of God in Christ” four hundred and thirty years before the law. 

Jesus said “Before Abraham was, I am” Abraham, as did Job, possessed righteousness by faith in the promised Christ. 

That is the only righteousness that avails any man. 

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Galatians 3:17 In Christ

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2 Corinthians 10:13-14 Keeping Private?

2 Corinthians 10:13-14 (KJV)
But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

This passage, in principle, expresses what I am attempting to do, even in these days of pestilence, by broadcasting our services to a private group made mostly of our church members or those very friendly with our church. God has given me a “measure”. I have a reach that includes those He has fitted with our church. My goal is to reach them as best as I am able by the grace of God and to not stretch myself beyond those that the Lord has commissioned me to shepherd. 

Verily, I pray for my flock and for the enlarging of it. I want to reach the lost and unchurched without a doubt. But in so doing I have no desire to violate into another’s pasture. I want to reach all those that God gives me. I do not want to presume to feed any of those God has given another. 

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2 Corinthians 10:13-14 Keeping Private?

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