I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
1. Finishing Well Requires An Eternal Perspective vv. 15-21
Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
a. Eternal perspective creates a tender heart vv. 15-17
b. Eternal perspective demands forgiveness vv. 18-21
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
Joseph left all the righting of his personal wrongs to God and set the example for the faithful in every age.
In these two passages we have expressed the key idea that informs the whole Joseph story, that through sinful men God works out his saving purposes.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
2. Finishing Well Requires Faith In The God Of Promises vv. 22-26
a. Faith enjoys present blessing vv. 22-23
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
b. Faith anticipates a promised future vv. 24-26
By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.
And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had placed the children of Israel under solemn oath, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here with you.”
The bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel had brought up out of Egypt, they buried at Shechem, in the plot of ground which Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for one hundred pieces of silver, and which had become an inheritance of the children of Joseph.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.