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How to Finish the Race (8 of 12)
Series: The Heavenly Vision - Seeing the Invisible
Dr. Stan Coffey
II. THE DIRECTION
III. THE DETERMINATION
Turn to Hebrews Chapter 12 and I want us to look at just two verses tonight but I want us to look at them carefully and consider again carefully what it means to have a vision of Jesus.
You might call this message, "How To Finish The Race". You know it's now how fast you run but rather or not you finish in the Christian race. You know as you go to some of the games of life what really matters is who runs the fastest or whose the strongest or who scores the most touchdowns.
But in the Christian race everybody is a winner as long as they finish the race. I want to be a finisher. Amen? I want to be a finisher of the race and that's what the writer of Hebrews is talking about in Hebrews 12. Now you remember Hebrews 11 is the great hall of faith, all the heroes of faith are mentioned. The great heroes who exhibited faith in God.
And so Chapter 12 begins with the word wherefore. 'WHEREFORE SEEIIG WE ALSO ARE COMPASSED ABOUT WITH SO GREAT CLOUD OF WITHNESSES." Now that cloud of witnesses is a reference to all the great men and women of faith mentioned in Chapter 11.
"SEEING WE ALSO ARE COMPASSED ABOUT WITH SO GREAT CLOUD WITNESSES, LET US LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT, AND THE SIN WHICH DOTH SO EASILY BESET US, AND LET US RUN WITH PATIENTCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US.
LOOKING UNTO JESUS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH, WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME, AND IT SET DOWN AT THE RIGHT OF THE THRONE OF GOD.FOR CONSIDER HIM THAT ENDURED SUCH CONTRADICTION OF SINNERS AGAINST HIMSELF LESS YOU BE WEARY AND FAINT IN YOUR MINDS."
Now ours is a generation that loves sports and Brother Ricks was making announcements this morning, he started off talking about the NFL challenge, I knew that people that were not tuned in to what's happ ...
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