“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
King James Version (KJV)
Chris's comment on 2021-04-24 00:09:05:
Hello Roger. Hebrews directly connects to the previous chapter, a chapter which is generally referred to as the 'Gallery of Faith Heroes'. In there, as you would know, is a lengthy description of some well known Old Testament saints, of their faith, their love for God in spite of the many troubles they faced. But all these "received a good report through faith" but did not receive the promise: "God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect." (Hebrews 11:39,40). They might have known the promises of God & certainly knew of God's Presence & Power with them, yet those Promises did not find their fulfillment in their lifetimes. But they continued undeterred IN FAITH, knowing that God had something special that lay ahead for them.
So then chapter 12 comes into focus (for us). Seeing then that we are surrounded by such a great (eminent) group of witnesses, how are we to behave. So departing from the personal exhortation the Hebrews writer gave in chapter 10:22-25 towards holy living, he now implores us by the witness of these saints of old. Here, it is difficult to discern whether the writer believed that we have all these sages looking down upon us & our behaviour, or more likely, that we have yet another imperative to godly living because of the lives that these men & women lived, in spite of the odds against them. They didn't even consider their lives of any worth in comparison to what God had for them in the afterlife.
Hebrews 12:1,2 then reminds us that we not only have these great examples of faith, of perseverance & resilience before us, but even much more than all this, we have JESUS, Who not only is the Designer, the Forerunner & Completer of (our) Faith, but the One Who took the meaning of suffering to its fullest extent (much more than what those in chapter 11 had done), in that He willingly laid down His Life for us. "He Who knew no sin became sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him".
Roger Peebles Sr's comment on 2021-04-23 19:39:22:
Hebrews 12:1 what is that verse pertaining to
Praise's comment on 2020-07-21 06:45:43:
Remeber the fall of Lucifer- The son of the morning.
Adetula's comment on 2020-07-21 00:30:52:
Thank you for the clarification. Much appreciated. Looking for messages ahead
Chris's comment on 2020-07-16 04:49:20:
Janet, the great cloud of witnesses would be referring to those mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11. As you know, that chapter speaks about the definition of faith & then lists some of the Old Testament folk who were commended for their faith in God in spite of the circumstances they found themselves in. So, the point of the chapter is to show us that God looks for genuine faith in us towards Him. Therefore, the writer is suggesting in Chapter 12, that since these old-timers who were accepted by God because of their faith, they might be watching (witnessing) us to see whether we have that faith that God is pleased with (Heb 11:6).
Janet's comment on 2020-07-14 22:16:56:
Who are the great cloud of witness?
Valerie's comment on 2015-04-01 10:14:05:
To realize the most important thing we can do in our life is to make our peace with God, to also realize that the answer is in our response. It is not too late.
Carlos's comment on 2013-06-15 07:35:01:
The race of faith, Amen!
ages's comment on 2010-10-14 07:17:59:
I prays for all christian all over the world for strenght and grace to be able to first identify the sin that beseth us, to lay them aside, and run a victorious race