Hebrews 12

7 Outlines

 

 

Hebrews 12:1-2

FOR THE NEW YEAR

 

REMEMBER THE WITNESSES - "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses," (I believe that the witnesses are the men and women of faith found in Hebrews 11)

 

REMOVE THE HINDRANCES - "...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us," (The book of Hebrews stresses belief. I believe that the sin that easily besets us is unbelief. See Hebrews 3:12-13.)

 

RUN THE RACE - "...and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,"

 

REFLECT ON JESUS - "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."

 

 

***************************************************************************

COMPETING TO WIN

Hebrews 12:1-2

 

Introduction - "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,"

We have the great examples of Hebrews 11 who teach us how to live lives of faith. Based on their example, we should compete to win our own Spiritual race.

 

RUN YOUR RACE - "...let us run with patience the race that is set before us."

 

REJECT YOUR RESTRICTIONS - "...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us."

A weight is anything that keeps us from winning the race that Christ has chosen for us to run. See Paul's example in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

I believe that the sin easily besets us is unbelief.

 

RELY ON YOUR RESOURCE - "Looking unto Jesus..." (Vs. 2)

 

 

***************************************************************************

Hebrews 12:1-3

REVIVAL - HEBREWS STYLE

 

There are several verses that talk about revival. Habakkuk,3:2, Psalm 85:6, Psalm 138:7, Isaiah 57:15, 2 Chronicles 7:14

 

Hebrews 12:1-3 shows us how to have revival.

 

YOU ARE SHOWN - Vs. 1

There is a cloud of witnesses mentioned in Hebrews 11 that shows us how to live the life of faith.

 

BE SURRENDERED - Vs. 1

We are to lay aside the weights and sin that easily besets us.

 

BE STEADY - Vs. 1

We are to run with patience the race that is set before us.

 

BE SUPPLIED - Vs. 2

Look to Jesus for the strength to endure.

 

BE SCHOOLED - Vs. 3

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

 

 

***************************************************************************

Hebrews 12:1-3

PLAYING TO WIN

 

Some people play games for the joy of playing. Other people, like myself, enjoy playing but we play to win.  Playing is fun, but winning is best!  When it comes to living the Christian life, each and every one of us who knows the Lord should strive to win. We should be able to say with Paul "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7)

This passage before us shows us how we should play to win.

 

THE ENCOURAGEMENT - The Cloud of Witnesses - Vs. 1

We are encouraged to play to win by the examples of God's Hall of Fame of Faith found in Hebrews 11.

 

THE ENEMIES - Weights and Sin - Vs. 1

Weights hold us down. A good runner doesn't run with weights attached to his body. Instead he wears as little as possible so that he can run effectively. I believe a weight is any thing that keeps us from running a good race for the Lord. I believe the sin that hinders us is unbelief. Chapter 11 tells us that we can't please Him without faith. Not to live by faith is a sin! (Hebrews 11:6)

 

THE ENDEAVOR - Run With Patience the Race Set before Us - Vs. 1

 

THE EYES - Looking unto Jesus - Vs. 2

 

THE ENLIGHTENMENT - "Consider Him" - Vs. 3

 

 

***************************************************************************

HEBREWS 12:4-11

A FATHER’S LOVE

 

We all know something about adversity.  We all face hardship in one way, shape or form.  But what might puzzle you is why God would allow such things to happen, especially to those who are His children?

 

If you have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are God’s child. John 1:12

If you are God’s child, God loves you and is your Heavenly Father. 1 John 3:1

 

1 John 3:1 - Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…

 

So why do we have all these troubles if God loves us? They are part of a loving discipline that moves us to Godliness.   

 

According to John MacArthur, there are three kinds of discipline: John MacArthur, MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Hebrews (Chicago, Moody Press, 1983), pp. 385-389 

 

·       THERE IS CORRECTIVE DISCIPLINE

 

This is the type of discipline that we think of most often. Something goes wrong and right away we think that God is punishing us for something. Common questions that we ask are “What did I do wrong to deserve this?” or “What is God punishing me for? Indeed God does rebuke and punish us at times when we do what is wrong.  He does it so that we will repent so that we have a change of heart and behavior. Revelation 3:19, Psalm 89:30-34

 

·       THERE IS PREVENTIVE DISCIPLINE 

 

Sometimes God disciplines us to keep us from doing things that we shouldn’t do.  A classic illustration of this is Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

 

Paul was disciplined to keep him from becoming proud. Yet through this discipline God gave him the grace to endure and to be productive. Sometimes God will discipline us to discourage us from doing what is displeasing to Him.   

 

·       THERE IS INSTRUCTIVE DISCIPLINE

 

When we are receptive to God in times of discipline he will teach us and grow us up or mature us in our faith. Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4

 

We must remember that all discipline is not punishment for something we’ve done wrong that needs to be corrected. It is our Father’s love that actively involves Him in loving discipline for His children.

 

There are at least 5 facts about our Father’s loving discipline in Hebrews 12.   

 

1. GOD’S DISCIPLINE IS TO BE WELCOMED – 3-5

 

Vs. 3-4 – The recipients of this letter were experiencing persecution because of the Lord Jesus Christ.  But in their suffering they had not gotten to the point of martyrdom.

 

The Lord Jesus, however, suffered the shedding of his blood in striving against sin.  Nobody has ever come close to suffering from sin and for sin as Jesus has.

 

When we consider what Jesus has done for us, we should be willing to suffer whatever God wants us to suffer for His sake.

 

Verses 5-6 are actually quotes from Proverbs 3:11-12.

 

Vs. 5 – Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to forget when God has said especially when we are facing trials?

 

And notice that suffering, if you are a Christian is a sure thing. Remember discipline is not just punishment.  In this case the word for chastening refers to training and education

 

When we do receive discipline we are not to despise, that is take it lightly.  Also, we are not to become disheartened or discouraged by God’s discipline. We are to welcome it!

 

2. GOD LOVES YOU WHEN YOU ARE DISCIPLINED – Vs. 6

 

We wrongly think of discipline as God’s disfavor with us.

The opposite is true.  When He disciplines us it is because He loves us.

He wants us to have His best.

The only way we will have His best is when we have “grown up” in the things of God, when we mature.

 

Warren Wiersbe - “Whatever the experience, we can be sure that His chastening hand is controlled by His loving heart.”  Warren Wiersbe, The Bible Expository Commentary, N.T. Volume 2, (Wheaton, Illinois, Victor Books, 1989), p. 324

 

3. CHASTENING INDICATES OUR STANDING WITH GOD – Vss. 7-8

 

You may wonder why others who are not Christians seem to have an easier time of it than you.  You are committed to God and you are a Christian. You are on God’s side and suffer such misery.  The enemies of God seem to fare better.

 

Verses 7-8 give us the answer to this question. God disciplines His children.  Just as a parent does not discipline the children of others, God doesn’t either.

 

But God does correct His own children.

God does teach his own children through adversity.

God does train his own children.

 

The wicked are in big trouble.

The Christian is disciplined as a child of God.  If God does not discipline a person, he is illegitimate, not a true child of God.

 

The wicked will face judgment for their sins and be punished for all eternity. Romans 20:11-15

 

Now I realize that the unsaved are not exempt from the some of the same trials that we have.  The difference is, they are facing the same troubles without being under the loving, corrective discipline of God the Father. Their troubles could lead them to faith in Christ.  

 

4. GOD’S DISCIPLINE IS PERFECT AND PROFITABLE – Vss. 9-10, 11B

 

Vs. 9-10 – Earthly parents are imperfect!  Being human, they often let their humanity get in the way. Nonetheless we respected and/or do respect our parents. We often submitted to their discipline.

 

If we submitted to earthly parents, how much more, Christian, should we submit to our Heavenly Father.

When we submit to Him and accept his discipline, we have life!  We have God’s best.

 

Notice that God discipline is perfect. He will not over discipline or under discipline. He is God!

 

And notice that God’s discipline is profitable.

 

God wants us to be holy. 1 Peter 1:15-16

 

God disciplines us so that we might be partakers of His holiness.  As we learn the lessons of discipline, we will become more like Him!

 

Vs. 11 – Notice another end result of discipline. We will live righteous lives!  If we allow God to train us, we will produce the “peaceable fruit of righteousness.”     

 

He does it so that we will be like Him!

He does it so that we will be like God!

God disciplines us for our own good!

 

G. Campbell Morgan – “We cry too often to be delivered from the punishment instead of the sin that lies behind it. We are anxious to escape from the things that cause us pain rather than from the things that cause God pain.” Warren Wiersbe, With the Word, (Nashville, Tennessee, Oliver Nelson Publishers, 1991) p. 822

 

5. GOD’S DISCIPLINE IS TEMPORARY – Vs. 11a

 

No discipline is pleasant at the time.

That implies that discipline is temporary.

We found that when we disciplined our children when they were young the less discipline they required when they are older.

 

God will discipline you only long enough to get the job done.  And compared to an eternity in Heaven, that is such a short time!

 

God in His love disciplines us. It’s a Father’s love.

 

GOD’S DISCIPLINE IS TO BE WELCOMED

GOD LOVES YOU WHEN YOU ARE DISCIPLINED

CHASTENING INDICATES OUR STANDING WITH GOD

GOD’S DISCIPLINE IS PERFECT AND PROFITABLE –

GOD’S DISCIPLINE IS TEMPORARY

 

   

***************************************************************************

Hebrews 12:5-11

FACTS ABOUT CHASTENING

 

1. God promised chastening. Vs. 5

2. God loves you when you are chastened. Vs. 6

3. We are to endure chastening. Vs. 7a

4. Chastening is a sign of sonship. Vss. 7-8

5. God's chastening is perfect. Vss. 9-10

6. God's chastening is temporary. Vs. 11a

7. God's chastening is profitable. Vs. 11b

 

 

*********************************************************************Hebrews 12:5-12

WHEN GOD SPANKS US

 

There are times when we receive a "spanking" or discipline from the Lord.

Chastening is:

 

THE PROCEDURE OF HIS LOVE - Vs. 5

THE PROOF OF HIS LOVE - Vss. 6-8

THE PROFIT OF HIS LOVE - Vss. 9-11

As we obey chastening we become "partakers of his holiness".

As we yield to God's chastening God produces the "fruit of righteousness".

 

 

 

RETURN TO HEBREWS – PHILEMON INDEX

RETURN TO MASTER INDEX