Now, we are coming tonight to the twelfth chapter of Hebrews, but it's really a section of Scripture that I think belongs at the end of the eleventh chapter. We have gone through the eleventh chapter and we have seen this immense attempt to show that salvation comes by faith and faith alone, and that those who are God's walk by faith as well. It is both the faith of the sinner that initiates salvation and the faith of the saint that marks his ongoing sanctification.
As we come to the three verses, we'll just look at the three verses, maybe comment on the others subsequent to that in a minute. But for tonight, I want you to look at verses 1 through 3 of chapter 12. "Therefore" of course, ties this in with what has been previously written.
"Therefore since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter, or finisher of faith who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."...