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Hebrews   1 comment


Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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The Heavenly Race   2 comments

Heb. 12, 1

1.  The Christian life likened to a race to be run–a goal at its close to be won.  Conversion one’s entrance upon it–all of life thereafter the race.  “Be faithful to death.”  (Rev. 2, 10)

2.  There is a prize for everyone that runs the race.  Not who gets there first merely.  We want to run the whole race so as to win.  The only rivalry is who best can meet the conditions required of those who run.

3.  How run?  Lay aside what hinders and trust in Jesus.

(1)  “Lay aside every weight,” encumbrance.  Anything that impedes your progress, that hinders your growth and enjoy merit of religion.  Look well to your peace.

(2)  “Sin that doth beset us,” clingeth to us.  Someone’s sin is usually one’s special trouble.  Get rid of it; all the rest is easy.  With some it is a high temper; with others an appetite for strong drink; or profanity or unkind thoughts or speech.  Set guard here at all hazards & overcome it.

4.  “Looking unto Jesus.”  Do not undertake it in your own strength.  Dare not forth without him.  “He was tempted in all points as we are” and overcame and can help you.

Trust him daily, go to him constantly.  He will bring you safely home.


The Good Soldier and His Reward   4 comments


Above:  A Celtic Cross in Church Ruins, Estonia



St. Paul the Apostle certainly did not write 2 Timothy.

And my great-grandfather had a higher opinion of Martin Luther than I do.  Of course, I have a higher (although mixed) opinion of Roman Catholicism than my great-grandfather did–his was subterranean.




2 Tim. 4, 7-10

1.  Paul had his own battles to fight and obstacles to overcome.  They had to be fought by himself.

(1)  Internal struggles.  Breaking away from his life-long training.

(2)  Preaching the new gospel of salvation by faith and of resurrection, and defending it dogmatically and in “perils” constantly (2 Cor. 11, 22-33) besides the cares of all the churches.   He was put on his metal–soldier spirit was in great demand.

Such is our case.  We, too, have our battles to fight as good soldiers–as did Athanasius, [Martin] Luther, [John] Wesley, etc.

2.  We have help if we will first receive it.  “Looking unto Jesus” (Heb. 12, 2).  “There I take my stand; I can do no otherwise.  God help me.  Amen.”–Luther.  “God is…our strength.” (Psalm 46, 1)

3.  It is not in vain.  There is a present reward.  No labor of love is lost.  “Tis better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all.”

There is an eternal reward.  “I have fought the good fight…there is…a crown of righteousness laid up for me.”  This reward is all any heart could wish!

4.  Will we “fight the good fight of faith”?  Will we be true?  Cross-bearers shall become crown wearers.