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Grace for the Race (1 of 2)
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
accomplish in our lives. It will make us ...
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