|Hebrews 12:2-4 |
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
3 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in striving against sin. Note! Paul speaks about striving against sin. This is the fight to victory, to overcome sin, to overcome the devil, to overcome the world, to crucify the lusts and affections of the flesh. The fight is hard. The cross is hard. Blood is not shed, but there is pain, and there is suffering; both being necessary to humiliate the selfish, beastly nature of every man — before God removes it by his grace.
The pain of a wound cleanses away evil, so do stripes purge the inward parts [including the heart] of man. Pro 20:30. God chastens and scourges every son he accepts, Heb 12:6; he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God, 1 Pet 4:1-2. Not only is pain used to rid sin from a man on earth, pain is also used to rid a person of sin in Hell.
there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Mat 13:42,50.
there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Mat 22:13,24:51,25:30
In the end, He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds. Psa 147:3