Hebrews 12
Hebrews 12

Hebrews 12

Hebrews 12:1-29

1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

2 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “MY SON, DO NOT DESPISE THE CHASTENING OF THE LORD, NOR BE DISCOURAGED WHEN YOU ARE REBUKED BY HIM;


7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?

10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,

13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.

17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest,

19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.

20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: “AND IF SO MUCH AS A BEAST TOUCHES THE MOUNTAIN, IT SHALL BE STONED OR SHOT WITH AN ARROW.”

21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I AM EXCEEDINGLY AFRAID AND TREMBLING.”)

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,

23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,

24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,

26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO HEAVEN.”

27 Now this, “YET ONCE MORE,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

29 For our God is a consuming fire.

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5 months ago

From the descriptions of chapter 11 there is understanding brought to the significance of what we have entered into by faith in Christ, our company, and how critical it is to utilize grace to remain among them in purity and holiness. Though we are not ascending the same mountain of Moses’s ascent that could not be touched by unholiness without perishing, it is the same God of holiness we are coming to by grace. He has not diminished His standards and expectations of us but has called us into a whole new culture that is occupied by those who have been washed and made pure from the destruction of sin in the flesh. Rather than continuing on the path sin leads to, we’ve been given the correction of the Holy Spirit that continually speaks to our spirits of needed adjustments to a life that is alignment with the Father’s nature. Like a good father’s correction, it isn’t condemnation but loving discipline that makes continuing in service to sin most uncomfortable in its violation of conscience. That inner conviction of the heart is from Him and not some condemnation from the law to be rejected as from the devil. It is Him gently pointing us back to the purpose of redemption, for us to bear good fruit that glorifies Him. What we’ve received from Him is not a lessening of His intense holiness, but enablement to be holy as He is holy, something that will be our pursuit and our ascending to by faith. Grace, as great and amazing as it is does not do the acting of faith for us. It doesn’t do the choosing of God over sin for us. If we are to keep from the falling that Paul is so concerned about, it will come from a looking to the Author and Finisher of our faith with joy in those moments of sin’s attempts to dissuade us from our place at His side. Any attempts at diminishing the gravity of these choices as something apart from our own heart are dangerous diversions that only serve to quiet the correcting voice of the Spirit and enable the holding on to weights that disable the progress of our race. How much better to be among the company of those who have heeded that voice, without excuses, to receive correction in love and demonstrate the image of Christ in a life that has chosen Him over meaningless and worthless enticements of sin.

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