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Hebrews 12:1

Hebrews 12:1

Hebrews gives us a wonderful list of people who are commended by God for their faith. It is a catalogue of men and women, named and unnamed, that stand as witnesses to lives that honoured the Lord – and who like Abraham looked for a city, whose Builder and Maker is God. They are called “a great cloud of witnesses”, and indeed their lives demonstrate a trust in God that stands as a wonderful testimony and great encouragement for us – to run the race read more...

Hebrews 12:2

Hebrews 12:2

For all of eternity Christ is in the bosom of the Father, exchanging love and being loved. He is forever the Beloved Son of the Father in Whom God is well pleased. The mutual love within the Trinity is incomprehensible to mere human beings, and yet for three very significant hours of deep darkness, Christ was separated from the Father He loved so dearly, and the Spirit, Who had been the ever-present Lover of His soul, throughout His earthly life.

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Hebrews 12:2

Hebrews 12:2

The cloud of old testament witnesses that lived by faith in the previous verse, is replaced by one witness, the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the supreme Witness for He is the Son, through Whom God now speaks. He is the Mediator of a new and a better covenant and by example and position He is the Alpha and Omega of faith. Jesus is the anointed of God, and it was to Jesus that the Father directed our attention when His voice thundered on the holy mount, “This is My read more...

Hebrews 12:3

Hebrews 12:3

Hebrews is a book that focuses on faith, which is simply believing God's Word:- faith in God and faith in His Son - a faith that holds firm through all the changing scenes of life .. whether we face trouble or joy. We are called to live by faith in the Word of God, for without faith it is impossible to please Him.. and we are encouraged to remember His faithfulness towards us.. to avoid the unfaithfulness exhibited by the nation of Israel and the unbelief they read more...

Hebrews 12:5

Hebrews 12:5

The writer of the Hebrews often directs the gaze of those who read his epistle to words and wisdom in the Old Testament, as a warning to avoid their mistakes. The counsel in Proverbs 3 is to accept that chastening rod of God, for as an earthly father corrects his son, so our heavenly Father disciplines His children. And in Hebrews we are similarly admonished to endure suffering as a discipline, because God is dealing with us as sons - mature sons; adult sons - read more...

Hebrews 12:6

Hebrews 12:6

The Father generally trains His children through trials, difficulties and sufferings, just as the Lord Jesus also learned obedience through the things that He suffered, but when a believer is disciplined or chastened by the Lord, we often imagine that God does not love us any more, or that He is inflicting some cruel punishment on us, from which we make every endeavour to escape. But chastening from the Lord is a sign of love, that comes from the read more...

Hebrews 12:7

Hebrews 12:7

Too often we shy away from words like chastening and discipline, correction and submission because our lives have experiences the world's efforts at chastening, discipline, correction and submission, which falls far short of its godly meaning in the Bible.

We need to recognize that God's chastening is not His wrath or some angry punishment or penalty.. but rather God's gracious dealings with us as a loving Father, Who seeks to read more...

Hebrews 12:8

Hebrews 12:8

How important to patiently endure the child-training we all must receive from our gracious heavenly Father, and how wise to willingly submit to the godly discipline and necessary chastening that every child of God receives from our Father in heaven - so that we may be conformed into the image and likeness of our Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Were we not chastened by the Lord we would not be His sons, but illegitimate children.. read more...

Hebrews 12:10

Hebrews 12:10

The training and discipline of earthly parents, which is given during infancy and childhood, is compared, and contrasted, with the perfect instruction and chastening rod, that we receive from our heavenly Father.

The correction given by earthly parents is, too often, far from perfect, even though they try to rear their offspring in the way they think their children should be brought up. The Bible tells us that our read more...

Hebrews 12:11

Hebrews 12:11

Before we were born-again, we were children of the devil and estranged from God. However, since we have been saved by grace through faith, we have become children of God, and joint heirs with Christ.

It is indeed a privilege and an honour, to have God as our Father and Christ as our Brother, but with great privileges there comes great responsibility. As God's adoptive children, we are called to follow in the footsteps of the read more...

Hebrews 12:14

Hebrews 12:14

Peace and holiness are to be our spiritual condition as well as our spiritual position. We are at peace with God because He forgave us our sins, but we are also to make every effort to maintain the inner peace of God, that surpasses human understanding - when our mind is stayed in Him and as we turn the eyes of our heart upon Jesus and fix the thoughts of our minds on Him.

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Hebrews 12:15

Hebrews 12:15

The word of God tells us that if we allow bitterness to creep into our hearts and if we become bound up in resentment, discontent, acrimony and grudges against others.. we come short of the grace of God, and have allowed the ungodly characteristic of bitterness to sink its deadly root into our heart, which defiles us before the Lord and causes no end of trouble in our own lives and in the lives of others too.

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Hebrews 12:23

Hebrews 12:23

Jesus is the perfect example of how to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord, and in these closing chapters of the epistle to the Hebrews, the maturing believer is encouraged to live a life of worshipful praise to our heavenly Father.

We are exhorted to hope in the Lord and to walk in spirit and in truth - looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our life and our faith. We are also reminded that as children of God, we are read more...

Hebrews 12:24

Hebrews 12:24

The old covenant was given through Moses to the nation of Israel and although it was good it was unattainable. The new is better for it is accessible to all mankind and but is also attainable to all who are in Christ – for He became a curse for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

The old covenant was perfect, reflecting the goodness of God, but it was impossible for man to attain to the standard of righteousness that it read more...

Hebrews 12:26

Hebrews 12:26

We have been saved in the same way as that great cloud of witnesses, who were listed earlier in the book of Hebrews - saved by grace through faith. They believed the Word of God as they looked forward to the arrival of the promised Seed of Abraham.. man's kinsman Redeemer, Who was the greater Son of David. We also believe the Word of God.. as we look back to the cross of Christ.. to Jesus, our God and Saviour - our risen, ascended and glorified Lord.

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Hebrews 12:27

Hebrews 12:27

When God speaks, His children should listen and when God repeats Himself.. His children should pay extra special attention to the Word of the Lord.

It was the prophet Haggai that first announced to Israel that God was going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. Haggai challenged God's people was to re-examine their priorities and practice, and to re-establish God back into the centre of their lives - read more...

Hebrews 12:28

Hebrews 12:28

Hebrews is a book that was mainly written to Jewish believers, in the early Church, who found it very difficult to let go of many of their former traditions and Jewish rituals. It was written to help them come to terms with the new and better Covenant, which was promised by the mouth of Jeremiah, cut through the precious blood of Jesus Christ our Saviour and will be fully and finally ratified when Jesus returns to set up His millennial kingdom on earth.

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Hebrews 12:28

Hebrews 12:28

While Galatians was a book that was written to warn gentiles not to be lured into legalistic, Jewish practices, the target audience of Hebrews was predominantly towards Jewish converts to Christianity, in the early Church.. who were being lured back into Jewish legalism.

But books, however are equally relevant to Christians today, who are continually being enticed back into the legalistic practice of the pre-cross, dispensation read more...

Hebrews 12:29

Hebrews 12:29

The book of Hebrews was particularly important for Jewish believers, in the early Church. Step by step it showed that Christ was superior to angels and of greater importance than Moses, Aaron and Joshua. It identified Jesus as preeminent among prophets, priests, kings and the entire angelic realm. Hebrews is the book that showed believing Jews, that the New Covenant promised through Jeremiah, had been cut at Calvary.

It explains read more...