You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
Wherefore [toigaroun] seeing we also [kai] are [echo] compassed about [perikeimai]
[hemin] with so great [tosoutos] a cloud [nephos] of
witnesses [martus], let [apotithemi] us [hemeis] lay aside [apotithemi] every [pas] weight [ogkos], and [kai] the sin [hamartia] which doth so easily beset [euperistatos] us, and let us run [trecho]
with [dia] patience [hupomone] the race [agon] that is set
before [prokeimai] us [hemin], KJV-Interlinear
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, NASB
We are surrounded in
history, by great men and women who have seen the truths that we have just
studied, and they believed in Gods promises, and persevered in their faith and
trust in God.
From Adam and Eve, to Ruth,
to Moses, to David and many, many more folks throughout history, the greatest
people of history have seen and believed what you and I are now studying. They did not have
the technologies that we have today, but then that does not matter. They walked or road
donkeys, whereas we listen to Ipods and drive in cars and trucks of various
cooked in stone ovens while we cook in microwave ovens. The technology has changed, but the
doctrine remains exactly the same today as it was back then.
Were they fools in their
era? Do we know
more today about truth than they did back then? Or is it the reverse? Are we the fools (if we ignore Gods
Word) and were they wiser than we are today?
The spiritual life is not a
sprint race to be started and finished in a few seconds, or in a day, or in a
weekend, or even in a week or two of study. We do not read the Bible once and then
know it all.
The spiritual life is a
perhaps better stated, it is an event. We begin the event by believing in
Christ. That is
when our spiritual life begins. And, it concludes when we leave this
1 Cor. 9:24-25
24 Do you not know that
those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a
way that you may win. NASB
16 holding fast the word of
life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not
run in vain nor toil in vain. NASB
7 You were running well;
who hindered you from obeying the truth? NASB
We are to participate in
our spiritual event with vigor, with persistence, with perseverance, with a
strong desire to finish our race having participated in it from start to
God does not expect us to
believe in Christ and then set back on our smarter side, and just watch time
pass by. Our
race is one in which we are expected to keep on advancing toward our goal
Our race is one of
is a marathon which runs the full length of our life font. Or race is one in which we are to be
constantly on our guard, spiritually speaking. We are to constantly watch our own
life, confess our sins often in order to remain in the race (in fellowship). We are to constantly study, and learn, and
apply what we learn to our daily life, to learn from that daily application,
and keep on growing just as we do in our physical life.
When you were born to your
momma, your life did not end right then and there. You grew up. You learned to tie your own shoes. You learned to read
and write. You learned a skill, a trade, took on a career. You married and had children, and you
learned during the process of raising a family.
You listen to the news and
watch movies. You
learn from life, and from your own mistakes. Even when you reach a ripe old age,
you will still be learning about life. So it is with your spiritual life. Your learning will
Some folks merely jog
through life, some walk, and some are sitting or even lying down as their life
passes them by. Don t
let your spiritual opportunities pass you by in this same manner.
Race is the Greek word
agon from which we get agony. Our race is not a thing of passive
luxury, but is demanding, grueling, and agonizing. It requires self-discipline,
determination, and perseverance. You have to want it really bad, otherwise you won t reach your spiritual goals in life.
Woe to those who are at
ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure in
the mountain of Samaria.
At the end of every race
there is a winner. On
this earth there is only one winner, but in Gods race we can all be winners. You can be a winner
of the most fabulous prize in all of history. The winner receives the prize. The losers receive
nothing but maybe a ribbon for participation.
Don t become comfortable,
or passive, or indifferent in your life and miss out on your entire eternal
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.