So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us (v1)
Hebrews 12 again begins with exhortation to keep on going – to be determined in our faith to follow the path set before us.
- Let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly
- let us run with determination the race that lies before us
- let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end
After all, Jesus did not give up because of the cross. He was focused on the reward that was waiting for him when he would sit down at the right side of God’s throne.
So do not let yourselves become discouraged and give up (v3)
We are reminded again in verse 5 that we are sons and daughters of God and as such, must not be discouraged when He corrects or disciplines us.
My child, pay attention when the Lord corrects you, and do not be discouraged when he rebukes you. Because the Lord corrects everyone he loves, and punishes everyone he accepts as his child (V 5 &6 – See also Proverbs 3 v 11 and Job 5 v 17)
If a parent does not teach and correct their child, the child cannot learn what is right and make good choices in life. If they are allowed free reign without guidance and correction they will end up getting hurt, but a patient loving father will show his children the right way. It is not pleasant at the time but most of us can say that we are grateful for being taught the difference between right and wrong even if it was more the fear of our earthly fathers wrath. How much more should we fear the wrath of God.
We then move on to further warnings and instruction on living a life that is pleasing to God. Verse 13 says;
Keep walking on straight paths, so that the lame foot may not be disabled, but instead be healed.
As I have written on this verse before, I will skip this now, but here is the link:
Again in verse 15 we are warned against turning back from God’s grace and not to allow anything to grow which can destroy that relationship both with Him and with others. To be holy.
The Israelites could not approach Mount Sinai or enter into the tent or the inner sanctuary of the the temple, but through Christ we can enter into the Holy City, the heavenly City of God, the New Jerusalem, but we must stand firm in our trust in him so that we cannot be shaken. So then as we are receiving that kingdom;
Let us be thankful then, because we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken (v28)
Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please him, with reverence and awe, because our God is indeed a destroying fire. (v29)