Grace For The Race by Johnny Hunt

GRACE FOR THE RACE
Johnny Hunt

Heb. 12:12-17
August 30. 1998


INTRODUCTION: God’s loving, caring hand in discipline
has been extended in Heb. 12:5-11, in order to bring
cooperation that the intentional purpose of God be realized in
our lives. In this text, encouragement for living out the truths
we learned is declared. Knowing and believing are one side of
the coin; living and obeying are the other. The purpose here is
not to teach truth only, but to encourage living up to the truth.

The final exhortation of Hebrews has full meaning within this
context.

Heb. 13:20-22, “Now may the God of peace who brought up
our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the
sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make
you complete in every good work to do His will, working in
you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. And I appeal to
you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have
written to you in few words.”

Truth that is knowing but not obeyed, becomes a judgment on
us rather than a help to us. Teaching sound doctrine that is not
applied is worthless. We are to explain the spiritual principles
and then illustrate and encourage the application of them.
Many people have an intellectual grasp of the doctrines of
Scripture, but know nothing of practical Christian living.
Someone said that they understand the doctrines of grace but
do not experience the grace of the doctrines.

Now, the writer of Hebrews seems to move from teacher to
coach in this passage. The discipline has been rigorous, and
now each runner should become everything he or she has
potential of being as examples and testimonies to the lost, by
the grace of God.

I. THE EXHORTATION OF GRACE. 12-13

A. CHALLENGE. 12

“lift up” - set aright; used of the restoration of
ruins. This is what discipline is intended to
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