1 Having such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us,1 let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that does so easily entangle us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Turn you eyes away from other things and fix them on Jesus, the author and finisher [perfecter] of our faith,2 who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. [By revelations to you Jesus authors your faith, increases your faith, and finally perfects your faith, until you attain salvation, (freedom from sin), and later union with Christ and God. From the Word of the Lord within: "Faith is a series of revelations." You sit and wait on God, listening, watching, and then obeying. His spoken words heard impart the life of God into your heart, John 6:63. You grow in faith with each revelation received. ]
3 For consider him who endured such opposition from sinners against himself, so that you will not grow weary and faint in your minds.
4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in striving against sin.3
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation that speaks to you as to children, "My son, do not despise the chastening [correcting rebuke and discipline] of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked by him.
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and scourges every son whom he accepts."4 [The pain of a wound cleanses away evil, so do stripes purge the inward parts [including the heart] of man, Pro 20:30.]
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom the father does not chasten?
8 But if you are without chastisement [correcting rebuke and discipline], of which all [true sons of God] must share, then you are illegitimate,5 and not sons. [He who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin. So that you should not live the rest of your time in the flesh in the lusts of men, but [live according] to the will of God. 1 Pet 4:1-2.]
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them respect; shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For truly for a short time they chastened us according to their best judgment; but God chastens [rebukes and disciplines us] for our benefit, to enjoy a share in his holiness.6
11 Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are tried by it. [As many as I love, I chastise [rebuke, discipline]. Be zealous therefore, and repent. Rev 3:19]
12 Therefore strengthen the weak hands and the feeble knees,
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Pursue peace with all men, and holiness [consecration, sanctification], without which no man will see the Lord.7 [From the word of the Lord within: "You must be holy as I am holy. Pursue righteousness and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. "]
15 Watching diligently to see that no man misses the grace of God; or that any root of bitterness should spring up to trouble you, and cause many to become defiled;
16 See that there is no one who is sexually immoral, or a profane person [godless] such as Esau, who sold his birthright for one morsel of meat.
17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected. For he found no place for repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
18 For you have not come to the mountain that can be touched, and that burned with fire; nor to blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice those who heard begged that the word should not be spoken to them any more.
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, "If so much as a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned, or shot through with an arrow."
21 And the sight was so terrible that Moses said, "I exceedingly fear and quake.") [The early Quakers were nicknamed "Quakers" because they trembled in the fear of the Lord.]
22 But you have come to mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,8
25 See that you do not refuse him who speaks. For if they did not escape, who refused him who spoke on the earth, how much more will we be liable, if we turn away from him who speaks from heaven [which is in your heart].9
26 Whose voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, saying, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also heaven."
28 Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be moved or shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
29 For our God is a consuming fire. [He burns by fire the sin in our hearts, destroying the works of the devil. For those who have endured on the inward cross, his fire is the one baptism, the baptism of fire, which is the baptism of death; and then those true seekers are raised (resurrected) with Christ to be a new creature.]
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|Hebrews 5:9 |
9 And being made perfect, he [Jesus] became the author and source of eternal salvation to all those who heed and obey him;1 [Salvation is to be delivered (freed) from all sin, even the desires, through persistent obedience to the Spirit that mortifies the selfish human spirit on the inward cross of self-denial. You must persistently and patiently wait for Him in silence to hear his commands, as you listen and watch; then heed and obey Him. From the Word of the Lord within: "Salvation occurs when you are one with Christ and God."]