Run With Endurance
Hebrews 12:1-13
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2009-05-27 12:07:24
2009-07-14 15:00:49
Motivation: I wanted to learn more about God's discipline toward me as His son through verses 5b to 11, and took verses 1 to 13 for context. What follows is my personal summary for my own growth. "Run the Race of Faith with Endurance" Major Themes Faith. This is the larger theme, initiated first in chapter 10 after a discussion of Christ's sacrifice, then examined in chapter 11 through a definition and several examples. This is still the overarching theme in chapter 12, as verse 2 points us to look to Jesus, "the founder and perfecter of our faith". Edurance. This is the specific theme of chapter 12 as it relates to faith, and is raised directly ("run with endurance the race", Jesus "endured the cross" and "endured from sinners such hostility", "it is for discipline that you have to endure") and indirectly ("that you may not grow weary or fainthearted", "therefore, lift your drooping hands", etc). Passage Summary Run the race with endurance, considering Jesus' endurance to avoid losing heart. So far, you have not endured steadfastly in your "race" against sin, and you have forgotten the encouragement of God's investment in your life as His sons. The endurance is required to be trained up into the holiness of God. Therefore, be encouraged to lift your discouraged soul and continue enduring through the race. Passage Content Situation: In your race against sin, you haven't yet resisted unto blood (v4). You are currently weak and weary (v12-13) and discouraged, having lost sight of your sonship of God (v5). Exhortation: Strengthen yourselves (v12) and reset the course (v13); lay aside every weight and every sin which clings closely (v1); and run the race with endurance (v1). Not your own race, but the specific race set before you (v1) - the one against sin (v4 "sin", v3 "sinners") and towards holiness (v10) and righteousness (v11). Encouragement #1: We are surrounded by many others of faith, brothers and sisters who have run the same race before us and who run alongside us! (v1) Therefore, run with endurance! Encouragement #2: Consider Jesus to stay strengthened and to avoid becoming weary and fainthearted (v3). He is the founder and perfecter of the faith we're running our race by (v2), and the founder of our salvation, perfected through sufferings (Heb 2:10). Though He despised the shame of it all (v2) and suffered such hostility against Himself (v3), He endured - unto blood! (v4) - his race and then took His rightful seat beside His Father. The reason He persevered was that, in the race set before Him (v1), He grasped the joy also set before Him (v2) - through suffering to be manifested perfect (Heb 2:10) in holiness (v10) and righteousness (v11) by the love of God at work in Him (v6). Therefore, run with endurance also! Encouragement #3: The struggle you have to endure is not mere misfortune: the race is for discipline (v7) and it is set before you (v1) by your Father! Endurance is a necessary part of His discipline (παιδεία), "the normal course of training up a child, including, but not restricted to, correction of wrongdoing". Don't regard this treatment lightly; don't be weary of the race (v5). If God didn't invest in you like this, it would show you are not truly sons of God (v8); as it is, God is showing both that He has received you as sons and that He loves you (v6)! Instead of being weary, respect Him for it - we respect earthly fathers who discipline their sons; how much better to submit to God's discipline (v9) which is perfectly for our good (v10)? Though always painful (v11), it produces righteousness and holiness, like God (v10-11; cf Rm 5:4 "endurance produces character", Jas 1:3-4). Therefore, run with endurance and be trained in it! Personal Lesson I appreciate this passage. Life is a hard race because of sin. I have to admit I don't fully understand how many Christians give the impression that their lives with Christ are always so easy, happy, and prospered when it seems like the fight against sin is so cut-throat, tenacious, and painful. My job is probably the biggest area where I struggle to honour God pervasively and consistently. It doesn't seem to quite fit my interests and abilities and I don't enjoy it very much at all ("despise" it?). It consequently reveals some pretty big character flaws. My natural inclination, consistent with some of my friends, is to change job so I'll be happier. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I can't see a better option right now so I'm still here. Anyway, God says that my race is set by Him, so I'll trust that. He says that discipline is for holiness and righteousness, which definitely seems to be what is being tested in my job. He also says discipline is always painful . I think this point is a major lesson for me in stripping away worldiness from my thinking: the world escapes pain because their happiness is their end; God's children submit to the pain of God's discipline rather than escape it because their holiness is their end. The encouragements He gives in the passage have been helpful; it's encouraging to know that I'm a part of a team who is running together with our Captain. So... there really is nothing left but to be encouraged, shoulder my cross, and follow Him. There will be a reward. "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." (Rm 8:18). Cross Reference Deuteronomy 8:1-6 - more detailed scenario on God disciplining His children.
10000000008439 8439 Notes 2009-05-27 12:07:24 2009-07-14 15:00:49 Motivation: I wanted to learn more about God's discipline toward me as His son through verses 5b to 11, and took verses 1 to 13 for context. What follows is my personal summary for my own growth. "Run the Race of Faith with Endurance" Major Themes Faith. This is the larger theme, initiated first in chapter 10 after a discussion of Christ's sacrifice, then examined in chapter 11 through a definition and several examples. This is still the overarching theme in chapter 12, as verse 2 points us to look to Jesus, "the founder and perfecter of our faith". Edurance. This is the specific theme of chapter 12 as it relates to faith, and is raised directly ("run with endurance the race", Jesus "endured the cross" and "endured from sinners such hostility", "it is for discipline that you have to endure") and indirectly ("that you may not grow weary or fainthearted", "therefore, lift your drooping hands", etc). Passage Summary Run the race with endurance, considering Jesus' endurance to avoid losing heart. So far, you have not endured steadfastly in your "race" against sin, and you have forgotten the encouragement of God's investment in your life as His sons. The endurance is required to be trained up into the holiness of God. Therefore, be encouraged to lift your discouraged soul and continue enduring through the race. Passage Content Situation: In your race against sin, you haven't yet resisted unto blood (v4). You are currently weak and weary (v12-13) and discouraged, having lost sight of your sonship of God (v5). Exhortation: Strengthen yourselves (v12) and reset the course (v13); lay aside every weight and every sin which clings closely (v1); and run the race with endurance (v1). Not your own race, but the specific race set before you (v1) - the one against sin (v4 "sin", v3 "sinners") and towards holiness (v10) and righteousness (v11). Encouragement #1: We are surrounded by many others of faith, brothers and sisters who have run the same race before us and who run alongside us! (v1) Therefore, run with endurance! Encouragement #2: Consider Jesus to stay strengthened and to avoid becoming weary and fainthearted (v3). He is the founder and perfecter of the faith we're running our race by (v2), and the founder of our salvation, perfected through sufferings (Heb 2:10). Though He despised the shame of it all (v2) and suffered such hostility against Himself (v3), He endured - unto blood! (v4) - his race and then took His rightful seat beside His Father. The reason He persevered was that, in the race set before Him (v1), He grasped the joy also set before Him (v2) - through suffering to be manifested perfect (Heb 2:10) in holiness (v10) and righteousness (v11) by the love of God at work in Him (v6). Therefore, run with endurance also! Encouragement #3: The struggle you have to endure is not mere misfortune: the race is for discipline (v7) and it is set before you (v1) by your Father! Endurance is a necessary part of His discipline (παιδεία), "the normal course of training up a child, including, but not restricted to, correction of wrongdoing". Don't regard this treatment lightly; don't be weary of the race (v5). If God didn't invest in you like this, it would show you are not truly sons of God (v8); as it is, God is showing both that He has received you as sons and that He loves you (v6)! Instead of being weary, respect Him for it - we respect earthly fathers who discipline their sons; how much better to submit to God's discipline (v9) which is perfectly for our good (v10)? Though always painful (v11), it produces righteousness and holiness, like God (v10-11; cf Rm 5:4 "endurance produces character", Jas 1:3-4). Therefore, run with endurance and be trained in it! Personal Lesson I appreciate this passage. Life is a hard race because of sin. I have to admit I don't fully understand how many Christians give the impression that their lives with Christ are always so easy, happy, and prospered when it seems like the fight against sin is so cut-throat, tenacious, and painful. My job is probably the biggest area where I struggle to honour God pervasively and consistently. It doesn't seem to quite fit my interests and abilities and I don't enjoy it very much at all ("despise" it?). It consequently reveals some pretty big character flaws. My natural inclination, consistent with some of my friends, is to change job so I'll be happier. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I can't see a better option right now so I'm still here. Anyway, God says that my race is set by Him, so I'll trust that. He says that discipline is for holiness and righteousness, which definitely seems to be what is being tested in my job. He also says discipline is always painful . I think this point is a major lesson for me in stripping away worldiness from my thinking: the world escapes pain because their happiness is their end; God's children submit to the pain of God's discipline rather than escape it because their holiness is their end. The encouragements He gives in the passage have been helpful; it's encouraging to know that I'm a part of a team who is running together with our Captain. So... there really is nothing left but to be encouraged, shoulder my cross, and follow Him. There will be a reward. "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." (Rm 8:18). Cross Reference Deuteronomy 8:1-6 - more detailed scenario on God disciplining His children. notes
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Hebrews 12:1-13
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Τοιγαροῦν καὶ ἡμεῖς, τοσοῦτον ἔχοντες περικείμενον ἡμῖν νέφος μαρτύρων,
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
ὄγκον ἀποθέμενοι πάντα καὶ τὴν εὐπερίστατον ἁμαρτίαν,
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,
δι’ ὑπομονῆς τρέχωμεν τὸν προκείμενον ἡμῖν ἀγῶνα,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
progression
ἀφορῶντες εἰς τὸν τῆς πίστεως ἀρχηγὸν καὶ τελειωτὴν Ἰησοῦν,
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,
ὃς ἀντὶ τῆς προκειμένης αὐτῷ χαρᾶς
who for the joy that was set before him
ὑπέμεινεν σταυρὸν
endured the cross,
αἰσχύνης καταφρονήσας,
despising the shame,
concessive
ἐν δεξιᾷ τε τοῦ θρόνου τοῦ θεοῦ κεκάθικεν.
and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
actionresult
actionpurpose
ἀναλογίσασθε γὰρ τὸν τοιαύτην ὑπομεμενηκότα ὑπὸ τῶν ἁμαρτωλῶν εἰς ἑαυτὸν ἀντιλογίαν,
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself,
ideaexplanation
ἵνα μὴ κάμητε ταῖς ψυχαῖς ὑμῶν ἐκλυόμενοι.
so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
comparison
Οὔπω μέχρις αἵματος ἀντικατέστητε πρὸς τὴν ἁμαρτίαν ἀνταγωνιζόμενοι,
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
καὶ ἐκλέλησθε τῆς παρακλήσεως, ἥτις ὑμῖν ὡς υἱοῖς διαλέγεται,
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
υἱέ μου, μὴ ὀλιγώρει παιδίας κυρίου,
"My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
μηδὲ ἐκλύου ὑπ’ αὐτοῦ ἐλεγχόμενος·
nor be weary when reproved by him.
series
ὃν γὰρ ἀγαπᾷ κύριος παιδεύει,
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
μαστιγοῖ δὲ πάντα υἱὸν ὃν παραδέχεται.
and chastises every son whom he receives."
ground
εἰς παιδίαν ὑπομένετε·
It is for discipline that you have to endure.
ὡς υἱοῖς ὑμῖν προσφέρεται ὁ θεός·
God is treating you as sons.
τίς γὰρ υἱὸς ὃν οὐ παιδεύει πατήρ;
For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
εἰ δὲ χωρίς ἐστε παιδίας,
If you are left without discipline,
ἧς μέτοχοι γεγόνασιν πάντες,
in which all have participated,
ἄρα νόθοι
then you are illegitimate children
καὶ οὐχ υἱοί ἐστε.
and not sons.
negativepositive
conditional
εἶτα τοὺς μὲν τῆς σαρκὸς ἡμῶν πατέρας εἴχομεν παιδευτὰς
Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us
καὶ ἐνετρεπόμεθα·
and we respected them.
οὐ πολὺ μᾶλλον ὑποταγησόμεθα τῷ πατρὶ τῶν πνευμάτων καὶ ζήσομεν;
Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?
οἱ μὲν γὰρ πρὸς ὀλίγας ἡμέρας κατὰ τὸ δοκοῦν αὐτοῖς ἐπαίδευον,
For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them,
ὁ δὲ ἐπὶ τὸ συμφέρον
but he disciplines us for our good,
εἰς τὸ μεταλαβεῖν τῆς ἁγιότητος αὐτοῦ.
that we may share his holiness.
πᾶσα μὲν παιδία πρὸς μὲν τὸ παρὸν οὐ δοκεῖ χαρᾶς εἶναι ἀλλὰ λύπης,
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant,
ὕστερον δὲ καρπὸν εἰρηνικὸν τοῖς δι’ αὐτῆς γεγυμνασμένοις ἀποδίδωσιν δικαιοσύνης.
but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
situationresponse
Διὸ τὰς παρειμένας χεῖρας
Therefore lift your drooping hands
καὶ τὰ παραλελυμένα γόνατα ἀνορθώσατε,
and strengthen your weak knees,
καὶ τροχιὰς ὀρθὰς ποιεῖτε τοῖς ποσὶν ὑμῶν,
and make straight paths for your feet,
ἵνα μὴ τὸ χωλὸν ἐκτραπῇ,
so that what is lame may not be put out of joint
ἰαθῇ δὲ μᾶλλον.
but rather be healed.
discourse
10000000008439 8439 Arc 2009-05-27 12:07:24 2009-07-14 15:00:49 editing Hebrews 12 1 12 13 Hebrews 12:1-13 58 NT tisch esv i249880 i249881 i249882 i249883 i249844 Τοιγαροῦν καὶ ἡμεῖς, τοσοῦτον ἔχοντες περικείμενον ἡμῖν νέφος μαρτύρων, Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, i249884 i249845 ὄγκον ἀποθέμενοι πάντα καὶ τὴν εὐπερίστατον ἁμαρτίαν, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, i249846 δι’ ὑπομονῆς τρέχωμεν τὸν προκείμενον ἡμῖν ἀγῶνα, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, progression i249885 i249886 i249887 i249847 ἀφορῶντες εἰς τὸν τῆς πίστεως ἀρχηγὸν καὶ τελειωτὴν Ἰησοῦν, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, i249888 i249848 ὃς ἀντὶ τῆς προκειμένης αὐτῷ χαρᾶς who for the joy that was set before him i249889 i249890 i249849 ὑπέμεινεν σταυρὸν endured the cross, i249850 αἰσχύνης καταφρονήσας, despising the shame, concessive 2 1 i249851 ἐν δεξιᾷ τε τοῦ θρόνου τοῦ θεοῦ κεκάθικεν. and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. actionresult 2 actionpurpose 2 1 i249852 ἀναλογίσασθε γὰρ τὸν τοιαύτην ὑπομεμενηκότα ὑπὸ τῶν ἁμαρτωλῶν εἰς ἑαυτὸν ἀντιλογίαν, Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, ideaexplanation 1 1 i249853 ἵνα μὴ κάμητε ταῖς ψυχαῖς ὑμῶν ἐκλυόμενοι. so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. actionpurpose 2 comparison 1 i249891 i249854 Οὔπω μέχρις αἵματος ἀντικατέστητε πρὸς τὴν ἁμαρτίαν ἀνταγωνιζόμενοι, In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. i249892 i249893 i249855 καὶ ἐκλέλησθε τῆς παρακλήσεως, ἥτις ὑμῖν ὡς υἱοῖς διαλέγεται, And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? i249894 i249895 i249856 υἱέ μου, μὴ ὀλιγώρει παιδίας κυρίου, "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, i249857 μηδὲ ἐκλύου ὑπ’ αὐτοῦ ἐλεγχόμενος· nor be weary when reproved by him. series i249896 i249858 ὃν γὰρ ἀγαπᾷ κύριος παιδεύει, For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, i249859 μαστιγοῖ δὲ πάντα υἱὸν ὃν παραδέχεται. and chastises every son whom he receives." series ground 1 ideaexplanation 1 i249897 i249860 εἰς παιδίαν ὑπομένετε· It is for discipline that you have to endure. i249898 i249861 ὡς υἱοῖς ὑμῖν προσφέρεται ὁ θεός· God is treating you as sons. i249899 i249862 τίς γὰρ υἱὸς ὃν οὐ παιδεύει πατήρ; For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? i249900 i249901 i249863 εἰ δὲ χωρίς ἐστε παιδίας, If you are left without discipline, i249864 ἧς μέτοχοι γεγόνασιν πάντες, in which all have participated, concessive 2 1 i249902 i249865 ἄρα νόθοι then you are illegitimate children i249866 καὶ οὐχ υἱοί ἐστε. and not sons. negativepositive 2 1 conditional 2 ideaexplanation 1 ground 1 i249903 i249904 i249905 i249867 εἶτα τοὺς μὲν τῆς σαρκὸς ἡμῶν πατέρας εἴχομεν παιδευτὰς Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us i249868 καὶ ἐνετρεπόμεθα· and we respected them. i249869 οὐ πολὺ μᾶλλον ὑποταγησόμεθα τῷ πατρὶ τῶν πνευμάτων καὶ ζήσομεν; Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? comparison 1 1 i249906 i249870 οἱ μὲν γὰρ πρὸς ὀλίγας ἡμέρας κατὰ τὸ δοκοῦν αὐτοῖς ἐπαίδευον, For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, i249907 i249871 ὁ δὲ ἐπὶ τὸ συμφέρον but he disciplines us for our good, i249908 i249872 εἰς τὸ μεταλαβεῖν τῆς ἁγιότητος αὐτοῦ. that we may share his holiness. i249909 i249873 πᾶσα μὲν παιδία πρὸς μὲν τὸ παρὸν οὐ δοκεῖ χαρᾶς εἶναι ἀλλὰ λύπης, For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, i249874 ὕστερον δὲ καρπὸν εἰρηνικὸν τοῖς δι’ αὐτῆς γεγυμνασμένοις ἀποδίδωσιν δικαιοσύνης. but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. concessive 2 ideaexplanation 1 actionpurpose 2 comparison 1 1 ground 1 series situationresponse 2 i249910 i249911 i249875 Διὸ τὰς παρειμένας χεῖρας Therefore lift your drooping hands i249876 καὶ τὰ παραλελυμένα γόνατα ἀνορθώσατε, and strengthen your weak knees, i249877 καὶ τροχιὰς ὀρθὰς ποιεῖτε τοῖς ποσὶν ὑμῶν, and make straight paths for your feet, series i249912 i249878 ἵνα μὴ τὸ χωλὸν ἐκτραπῇ, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint i249879 ἰαθῇ δὲ μᾶλλον. but rather be healed. negativepositive 2 actionpurpose 2 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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