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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 12:1-4 (20 of 24)
1 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
The word, “wherefore,” is transitional in nature, as
the writer concludes his thoughts from the previous
chapter. As I said last time, the 11th chapter is the
foundation that the writer uses in this 12th chapter,
to urge the readers once again of the need to wake up
and to go forward. To make a firm and once for all
commitment to faith in Jesus Christ. And he will warn
them again of the danger of not doing it. This has
been his pattern throughout the epistle.
The church of Jesus Christ operates on the basis of a
complete and comprehensive salvation, with complete
provisions that come with that salvation, as well as
the guarantee of the promises of God for the future.
The point that I am making is that THE BELIEVER
OPERATES ON THE BASIS OF STRENGTH, and not weakness.
It seems rather evident today that weakness seems to
be the accepted norm for the church today. Songs
reflect weakness, sermons reflect the need for
believers to accept spiritual weakness as the norm for
their lives and that they have to endure a lifelong
struggle of fleshly weaknesses and inabilities ever to
find this elusive victory that the writers of
scripture wrote about. Therapy today within the
Christian community also enhances the trend to accept
spiritual and moral weaknesses as the norm for
Christian behavior, but the bible NOWHERE supports
this kind of thinking.
Even where in the pages of scripture where we find the
greatest of saints as well as churches in moments of
weakness, they are NEVER encouraged to revert to
behavior that was characteristic of their sinful past,
to wallow in it, unrepentant of it, defending it, but
we do see th ...
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