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Instructions for the Future
The Elevation of Jesus Christ
Today is a special day because we are going to attempt to do something that I myself have never done and most likely you have never experienced and that is we are going to cover a tremendous amount of ground in an effort to conclude our series on Hebrews -- The Elevation of Jesus Christ, with clear "Instructions for the Future".
We are going to start in chapter 12 verse 1 and finish in chapter 13 verse 25. So we have a lot of ground to cover and so we are going to break it up into four sections so that we can understand what the author wanted to get across in concluding this great work.
I. Instructions for the Undisciplined
II. Instructions for the Weary
III. Instructions for the Undecided
IV. Instructions for the Forgetful
You might remember last time we visited the pages of Hebrews we spoke about the faith of our forefathers and then in chapter 12 verses 1 and 2 we concluded with this...
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NASB95)
1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Our example of endurance, our example of someone who for the joy of the reward (the complete salvation of the eternal family of God), suffered and died, is Jesus Christ! It is that example that the author of Hebrews begins with and holds in front of us as he gives us final instruction concerning our Christian walk.
Lets begin now in Hebrews chatper 12 verse 3 and look at the first set of insturctions...
I. Instruction for the Undisciplined
Hebrews 12:3-11 (NASB95)
3 For consider Him who has endured such hos ...
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