“Intently observe and analyze the life of the One who endured such personal attacks and hostility from sinners so that you will not grow weary (in the moment) or lose heart (over time) like the contenders in the Grecian games, who, when exhausted in bodily strength and courage, yield to their opponents.” Hebrews 12:3, with commentary added
Run the race with patience.
The topic of faith is one of the most misunderstood and abused teachings of Christianity. This morning we explore what the Bible says about faith and apply it to our understanding of Hebrews 11.
“My friends, we are not those who give up hope and so are lost; but we are of the company who live by faith and so are saved. Do not abandon your confidence.”
The Old Covenant was the mold holding the shape of the good things to come. Jesus filled it; now the mold is no longer necessary.
Hebrews 10: 1-25
Worship in the New Covenant is certainly not less than personal worship, but it’s more than that. It requires community.
“Even that first covenant had rules and regulations about how to worship and how to set up an earthly sanctuary for God.”
“We who come to God for refuge [are] encouraged to seize that hope that is set before us. That hope is real and true, an anchor to steady our restless souls…”
Let us step boldly to the throne of grace,because we have a compassionate and great High Priest who is full of mercy and grace.
There is such a unity between the believer, be he in what sorrow he may, and the Christ, be he in what glory he may, that he is never ashamed to own the close relationship between them.” (Charles Spurgeon)
“How will we escape destruction if we ignore (neglect) this great salvation?”
“Long ago, at different times and in various ways, God’s voice came to our ancestors through the Hebrew prophets. But in these last days, it has come to us through His Son, the One who has been given dominion over all things and through whom all worlds were made.”