2017-10-26 / Worship

Importance of faith, chastisement

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Hebrews 12:1-10)

The faith of the saints of God inspire us throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. They encourage us to give ourselves to the Lord and to follow God in our everyday life. We look to Jesus for our example of faith in God, our heavenly Father.

All of this is pointed out to us when God’s word says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses.” (verse 1a)

Then we are encouraged in what we must do. When it says, “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.” (verse 1b)

Jesus knew what He was going to face when He came into our world, but He was willing because He wanted us to have the opportunity to be saved from our sins.

We are given direction when we are told; “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (verse 2)

Jesus’ whole mission, when He came to Earth, was for the saving of our souls. Jesus had to do His best for our salvation first. Then we are able to do our part through the Holy Spirit of Jesus when we believe and accept Jesus to be our Saviour.

In order for this to happen, we must endure chasing by Jesus through His Holy Spirit, but we will come out a winner through God’s gift of His Son Jesus as our Saviour and Lord of our life.

Through the chasing of Jesus through His Holy Spirit working in our lives everyday, we will become the winners by becoming children of God through cleansing from our sins and becoming children of God liken unto Jesus. We are saved by our faith in Jesus, God’s son. We are instructed: “My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” (verse 5b, 6)

God goes a step further when He says, “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons.” (verse 8a) Our physical fathers correct our ways in life. God, through His Holy Spirit, chastens us that we may profit by being partakers with Jesus in God’s Heaven by God’s Holy Spirit.

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