Possible Faith for Impossible Times
You know when this letter was written to the Hebrews it was an impossible time for the believers in Jerusalem and all of the surrounding areas.
It had been over thirty years since Christ had been on earth. He had promised a soon return. They wonder why He had delayed.
They were suffering persecution and loss of property and where having to live hand to mouth. And from day to day on a meager existence and they were discouraged.
They were dull in their hearing, sluggish in their spirit and weak in their faith. and then Hebrews 12 is written to tell them to stand fire and stand fast before God.
Therefore that is a word that is used over and over and over in the book of Hebrews. I read the story of a man who was speaking to a professional football team.
And he took for his text the eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews which is a gallery of great saints which had stood for God without bending or breaking.
He took that as his text. And he told that professional team that the eleventh chapter was God's super bowl team. Then when he came to verse 32 read it.
Now that is God's second string super bowl team. The writer here uses the imagine of an athletic contest and compared it to running in the race of life as a Christian.
I Corinthians 9 verse 24-27 says
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.  No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
I do not run aimlessly and I do not box as one beating the air but I control my body lest I preach to o ...
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