Heb. 12:1-2 “Dealing With Sin”
This is day 14 of 40 Days to Easter. The last few days I have been teaching from 1 Jn. 1. Verse nine is the most famous verse from the chapter, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God is good and we are sinful, but because of what Jesus did on the cross we can experience His righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ. But the process of dealing with sin is important.
The author of Hebrews goes into more detail in Heb. 12:1-2. The context is the example of the heroes of faith in chapter eleven who trusted God in the midst of difficult circumstances and God used them in a significant way. The first exhortation of Heb. 12:1-2 is to repent, to lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us. Weights hold us back from running the race God has for us. They might not be wrong in themselves, but they distract us or hinder us. We should recognize what might be keeping us back and lay it aside.
We should also lay aside the sin which so easily ensnares us. Certain sins tend to get the best of us. As we look into the mirror of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit helps us to understand what we are doing wrong, we should lay that sin aside. Repenting is not easy, but it is the first step in becoming what God wants us to be. We will talk about a few more steps in the next two days. Meditate on the Heb. 12:1-2 for a while, and have a great day.
Heb. 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.