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Grace - It won't Let You Give UP!

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Grace - It wont Let You Give UP

Hebrews 12:1 ESV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Hebrews 12:
The author likens the Christian pilgrimage to an endurance race.
“Therefore” - Remember you always have to ask yourself, Why is this there for?
Because of Hebrews chapter 11 (The Hero’s of faith).
“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.”
A great cloud of witnesses watch us, as though we are running before them in a stadium.
These are the OT heroes of chap. 11 whose victorious lives inspire us on.
These are the OT heroes of chap. 11 whose victorious lives inspire us on.
Hebrews 11:13 ESV
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
They believed, not having recieved the things promised.
“Let us also lay aside every weight.”
The Author gives us more action steps:
Lay aside: Stop, get rid of.
#1 Every Weight: Hindrance
stop, get rid of,
Hindrance: A thing that provides resistance, delay, or obstruction to something or someone.
Key word is EVERY.
What’s hindering you?
People
Personal discipline
Action step, we must lay it aside.
“And sin which clings so closely.”
EVERY “SIN” IS “WEIGHT” BUT NOT EVERY “WEIGHT” IS “SIN”
EVERY “SIN” IS “WEIGHT” BUT NOT EVERY “WEIGHT” IS “SIN”
This metaphor teaches us to discard everything that interferes with a total commitment to Christ, especially any distracting sin.
Sin, in the analogy, would be like trying to run this race with chains.
Sin, in the analogy, would be like trying to run this race
These are the attitudes, actions, ambitions, and secret emotions we treasure in our hearts that wrap themselves around our feet.
Action Step, we must lay it aside.
This metaphor teaches us to discard everything that interferes with a total commitment to Christ, especially any distracting sin.
“And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
The Grace New Testament Commentary 1. The Call to Endurance (12:1–3)

The author likens the Christian pilgrimage to an endurance race. The threefold repetition of “endure” emphasizes this theme. A great cloud of witnesses watch us, as though we are running before them in a stadium. These are the OT heroes of chap. 11 whose victorious lives inspire us on.

Let us -
Run: implying speed or haste
The Grace New Testament Commentary 1. The Call to Endurance (12:1–3)

This metaphor teaches us to discard everything that interferes with a total commitment to Christ, especially any distracting sin.

Endurance: The fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
Run + Endurance (Vert Important)
The Race that is set before us
Who set the race before us?
Hebrews 12:2 ESV
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.”
Our eyes must stay fixed on Him in our pilgrimage.
What are you looking at?
The word author (archēgos) is better rendered as “leader” or “pioneer” (cf. 2:10). He has blazed the trail we are to follow.
The word author (archēgos) is better rendered as “leader” or “pioneer” (cf. 2:10). He has blazed the trail we are to follow.
Finisher (teleiōtēs) occurs only here, but is related to the verb teleioō, “to perfect or bring to completion.”
Finisher/perfecter (teleiōtēs) occurs only here, but is related to the verb teleioō, “to perfect or bring to completion.”
Christ is the perfect example of enduring faith we are called to live out, and the One who perfects it in us.
Christ is the perfect example of enduring faith we are called to live out, and the One who perfects it in us.
“Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame.”
The joy of bringing many sons to glory. In order to bring you and me - and millions and millions of others like us - to glory, Jesus Christ endured the shame of the cross.
The joy of bringing many sons to glory. In order to bring you and me - and millions and millions of others like us - to glory, Jesus Christ endured the shame of the cross.
The Grace New Testament Commentary 1. The Call to Endurance (12:1–3)

Our eyes must stay fixed on Him in our pilgrimage, for He is the author and finisher of our faith. The word author (archēgos) is better rendered as “leader” or “pioneer” (cf. 2:10). He has blazed the trail we are to follow. Finisher (teleiōtēs) occurs only here, but is related to the verb teleioō, “to perfect or bring to completion.” Christ is the perfect example of enduring faith we are called to live out, and the One who perfects it in us.

I was his Joy and His Joy becomes my strengthen.
When I look at myself!!!! I should find strength because I am a picture of God’s grace.
“And is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
He was eventually victorious, for He has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:3 ESV
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
He was eventually victorious, for He has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God
Hebrews
“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself.”
Take a moment and Just think!
He endured for me.
He endured from sinners such hostility.
He did it for ME!
Why did he do it?
“So that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”
Weary: become discouraged.
Fainthearted: to lose heart; give up.
become discouraged
Grace to Not Faint!!!
to lose heart; give up
You can’t give up
He endured so we can endure…
Jesus gives us a picture of what Victory looks like!!! (Seated at the right hand of the throne of God)
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