[This post was originally published by Pastor Ross on 11/3/2014]
(29 verses, 4:00 to read)
What I am about to READ
Hebrews 12 is an exhortation to Christians living in this world of sin who have to deal with persecution and their own sin.
MARK & LEARN
Jesus is the founder and perfecter of our faith. In no way does our faith come about from our resolve, reason or decision, but rests solely on the gift of God.
The writer of Hebrews points to Jesus as the example of ultimate suffering, and that no persecution that a Christian endures can be compared to what Jesus endured on behalf of the world. Moreover, suffering is a sign of God’s favor, not His wrath, for in it we receive “the peaceful fruit of righteousness for those who have been trained by it” (v 11).
Two mountains are compared in vss 18 ff. Mount Horeb (Sinai) and Mount Zion, the city of the living God. The wrath of God was revealed through the law which came from Sinai, but the grace of God is made manifest at Mount Zion, which is the Church.
We “believe in one, holy, catholic (Christian), and Apostolic Church. We say this because we do not SEE one holy church. The church is persecuted by the world, is divided by the false teaching of men, and is a stumbling block to the world because the church is so prone to be full of sinners, go figure! We are encouraged in Hebrews to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus in the midst of all of our trials, both personally and in the church itself. One day that unity which is a reality in heaven will become manifest to us in the resurrection, where we will worship in unity with “innumerable angels in festal gathering.”