Tom Harding

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, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith–Heb. 12:1-2.

There is throughout the book of Hebrews a twofold theme that is recorded for our learning. First and foremost the superiority and excellency of the Lord Jesus Christ above all things, the repeated phrase is, “Christ is better” He must have all the preeminence (Col. 1:18). The second theme is the warning of perseverance in the faith (Heb. 3:12-14; 10:35-39). There is no reason for a believer not to continue in the faith of God’s elect. We must not quit, we must not give up, and we must not let go. Our Lord put it this way, “No man, having put his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). This is what is illustrated for us in the preceding chapter, “these all died in faith” (Heb. 11:13). In the face of death, danger, hardship, temptations, and heresies they persevered in the faith, they ran the race set before them by the sovereign grace of God. In like manner, the exhortation is given unto us, “let us run the race set before us.” Now the Lord gives unto us the most excellent instruction how believers are to do this!

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.


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