Follow........
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinrssyoutubevimeotumblrinstagramFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinrssyoutubevimeotumblrinstagram

“SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES”

            We read yesterday in Hebrews ch. 11 of the men and women of faith who “pleased God” [v.5] The list started with Abel and included worthies such as Abraham, Moses, Samuel and David who “though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised” [v.39]

            This leads into today’s chapter 12 which starts – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of (these) witnesses …”- who effectively served God and not themselves, “let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us …”

            The “witnesses” listed in ch.11 are examples to us in overcoming the various challenges of life that confront us today. But we have an additional benefit, for we have the greatest “witness” of all!  The next verse says we should and must be “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith”

             And what ‘inspired’ Jesus to accomplish such a ‘perfect’ faith?  It was because of “the joy that was set before him (that he) endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

            Think of what is “set before” us! We do not have to endure a literal “cross”!  Recall what we read last week in Paul’s letter to Titus – that we are “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of … Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” [2 v.13,14].

            Let us really feel that purifying at work in us as we read and absorb God’s word each day and put it into practice.

                God’s word opens up to our thoughts “so great a cloud of witnesses” in both the Old and New Testaments; examples for us to follow, “who are zealous for good works” striving to complete “the race that is set before us” – even more so as the finishing  line looks to be so very close!  Finally we note how today’s chapter in Hebrews ends!  “… let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

By Bro D.Caudery

Click HERE for previous thoughts

Follow us on our dedicated Facebook page
Facebook Page ‘Alethia’ BibleTruthandProphecy
Or our website
BibleTruthandProphecy (Subscribe for updates)

If you would like to subscribe to our YouTube channel, once you have clicked ‘Subscribe’ make sure you click the cog next to the subscribe button and select ‘Send me all notifications for this channel’

Note: Bad language and comments with links to other videos or websites will be removed.

Download our ‘Free’ Bible APP – ‘KeyToThe Bible’ for i-phone or Android
Download here…

Other Christadelphian Channels we recommend
BibleProphecyHD
ChristadelphianVideo
ChristadelphianHUB
BibleStudiesHD
BibleTruthVideos
BibleProphecyHD
BibleProphecyHub
CPDLIVE
BibleProphecyChannelUpdate

Bible Truth and Prophecy, – Welcome to our channel run by the Christadelphians Worldwide to help promote the understanding of God’s Word to those who are seeking the Truth about the Human condition and Gods plan and Purpose with the Earth and Mankind upon it.
We are always keen to receive your feedback, you may leave comments in the comments area below or alternatively email us at Feedback@ChristadelphianVideo.org and we will get back to you with a reply as soon as we can.

For more information on the Christadelphians
b­logspot
Twitter
Thisisyourbible

Read a variety of booklets on-line concerning various key Bible subjects.
Free Bible Booklets

Bible Truth & Prophecy is a remarkable on-line tool for establishing just how far removed from the teachings of the Bible mainstream Christian teaching has become.

End Time Prophecies are interpreted using the Bible, not man made ideas or notions.
Key Biblical subjects such as the Trinity, Devil/Satan worship, Holy Spirit Gifts & much more are all dealt with extensively from the Bible’s viewpoint and not man’s.We will demonstrate how Christian beliefs have become corrupted, and reveal the ‘Truth’ as taught by the 1st Century Apostles.