Some Things We Should Be Looking At
I. The Witness of the Saints
- “…seeing we are also compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses…”
A. Their Common Faith – this whole chapter is about ONE FAITH. (See. Eph. 4:4; Jude 3)
If you are saved, we have the same faith they did.
Every person listed in Hebrews 11 had the same faith; in the same God; in the same promises.
B. Their Common Foe – for generations, the enemy was the same (Eph. 6:13)
The enemy is not the Government.
The enemy is not the Globalists.
The enemy is not the Green New Deal.
The enemy is ole Slewfoot
C. Their Common Fault – they wouldn’t renounce their faith
The one thing they all had in common was not renouncing their God.
They refused to recognize and comply with demands to disavow God and their faith.
II. The Weight of the Sin
A. Our Awareness – “us” is mentioned in this one statement 4 times.
Four is the number of the world.
Four corners of the world; four seasons; four directions; four elements; four personalities.
We are all susceptible to the pull of the world.
B. Our Assessment – “…the things that so easily beset us.”
You know what it is.
It’s your “besetting sin”.
It is up to you to “lay it aside”
C. Our Aspiration – “…let us run with patience the race that is set before us…”
We should all be striving to run the race that is set before us. Our race.
Paul ran “his race; my course”.
We can’t run with the weight of sin on us.
III. The Work of the Savior
A. Look at His Endeavor – vs. 2 “…the author and finisher of our faith”
Jesus started it; and he will end it.
He says when it begins, and He says when it is over.
Trust me church – He always finishes what He starts!
- Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
B. Look at His Endurance – twice it refers to His ability to endure.
He had to endure – not for 3 ½ years, but for 33 ½ years.
He was God in the flesh, but had to endure such contradiction of sinners against himself.
C. Look at His Example – vs. 3 “…consider him…lest ye grow wearied and faint in your minds.”
If we will keep our eyes on him, it will help us finish right.