Looking away to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith and is also its Finisher . He, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself , so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.
You have not yet struggled and fought agonizingly against sin, nor have you yet resisted and withstood to the point of pouring out your blood.
And have you forgotten the divine word of appeal and encouragement in which you are reasoned with and addressed as sons? My son, do not think lightly or scorn to submit to the correction and discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage and give up and faint when you are reproved or corrected by Him;
For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes.
You must submit to and endure for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not train and correct and discipline?
Now if you are exempt from correction and left without discipline in which all share, then you are illegitimate offspring and not true sons .
Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we yielded and respected . Shall we not much more cheerfully submit to the Father of spirits and so live?
For disciplined us for only a short period of time and chastised us as seemed proper and good to them; but He disciplines us for our certain good, that we may become sharers in His own holiness.
For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it .
So then, brace up and reinvigorate and set right your slackened and weakened and drooping hands and strengthen your feeble and palsied and tottering knees,
And cut through and make firm and plain and smooth, straight paths for your feet , so that the lame and halting may not be put out of joint, but rather may be cured.
Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look , to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God's grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it--
That no one may become guilty of sexual vice, or become a profane (godless and sacrilegious) person as Esau did, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.
For you understand that later on, when he wanted his inheritance of the blessing, he was rejected (disqualified and set aside), for he could find no opportunity to repair by repentance , although he sought for it carefully with tears.
For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched, that is ablaze with fire, and to gloom and darkness and a raging storm,
And to the blast of a trumpet and a voice whose words make the listeners beg that nothing more be said to them.
For they could not bear the command that was given: If even a wild animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death.
In fact, so awful and terrifying was the sight that Moses said, I am terrified (aghast and trembling with fear).
But rather, you have come to Mount Zion, even to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless multitudes of angels in festal gathering,
And to the church (assembly) of the Firstborn who are registered in heaven, and to the God Who is Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous (the redeemed in heaven) who have been made perfect,
And to Jesus, the Mediator (Go-between, Agent) of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood which speaks , a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel .
So see to it that you do not reject Him or refuse to listen to and heed Him Who is speaking . For if they did not escape when they refused to listen and heed Him Who warned and divinely instructed them on earth , how much less shall we escape if we reject and turn our backs on Him Who cautions and admonishes from heaven?
Then His voice shook the earth, but now He has given a promise: Yet once more I will shake and make tremble not only the earth but also the heavens.
Now this expression, Yet once more, indicates the final removal and transformation of all shaken--that is, of that which has been created--in order that what cannot be shaken may remain and continue.
Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and awe;
For our God a consuming fire.
Summary: Strength out of weakness, sounds a little impossible doesn’t it? How can something that makes us weak cause us to be strong? For when I am weak, then I am strong.
How do we apply this in our own lives today? How can our weaknesses strengthen us?
Summary: The writer of Hebrews seeks to encourage and remind them that those who are faithful to God have always faced persecution, but that the end result will be a glorious victory even beyond their imagination. (PowerPoint Available - #307)
Summary: We are shown in this passage today that living for God is not impossible. We are not able to just give up and quit (considering all that others have done); rather, we must in today’s day without apology, be willing to live BY FAITH!
Summary: The Bible describes life like a race, not a hundred yard dash, mind you, but a marathon. And while everyone runs in this race, not everyone will finish well. This sermon looks at how we can finish this race well, even when we feel like giving up.
Summary: In Hebrews 12:1–3. we see various aspects of the race, as they are compared to the faithful life in Christ. Christ calls us to 1) Race Freely (Hebrews 12:1), 2) Race Focused (Hebrews 12:2), and 3) Race to the Finish (Hebrews 12:3)
Summary: Bad things happen even to Christians. Yet, we are not alone. God places us in the family of faith. And as we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can endure anything, for his sake, knowing our faith will be rewarded, if not in this life, then in the next.
Summary: May your faith life, your witness be an inspiration that cheers others on. The Scriptures are clear; it is time to run. Some of you, may be coasting or panting on the sidelines. It is time to run!
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Summary: A Father's Day message in which we discover the blessing of our Heavenly Father's (and earthly father's) "chastening" or discipline. (This sermon is in "outline form." You will need to reformat the layout because of the way it appears on this site.)