“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 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”
First, I acknowledge I believe all scripture is inspired by God. I believe it is God’s Holy Word from Genesis to Revelation. And I believe “it is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man (woman) of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17) So for me to read that Jesus Christ is the author and finisher / perfecter of faith, I believe that. He created, He came, He suffered and died on the cross, He rose, He is now at God’s right hand interceding on my behalf, and He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I fully believe that. I also understand that not everyone believes that.
In our discussion in our adult Sunday School this past Sunday, someone mentioned it is hard to share your faith when there are so many who do not believe that the Bible is God’s holy word. I understand that many believe the Bible is just a book of stories written and assembled by men. Some believe that it is a book that contains some truths, but not ALL truth. Some believe Jesus never existed. Others believe He lived, but was only a good man, prophet, while others believe he was a deceiver or demon possessed. But we must not let this sway our witness. If you are a believer, you have put your faith, your very life today, tomorrow, and for eternity in Him, then Jesus Christ is the author and perfecter of your faith. This is our LORD, our witness!
What we must realize is, nothing has changed in 2000 plus years and that there will always be those who will dispute God’s Word. But this does not change our responsibility as believers to share the truth. The Hebrews writer says there has been a cloud of witnesses surrounding us. In the Greek, this means a cloud of martyrs, those who remained faithful in faith. He says, knowing we have these witnesses surrounding us, we need to lay aside what hinders us, the sin that ties us up to run the race of faith, fixing our eyes on Jesus.
We have to fix our eyes on Him! By surrendering our life to Him, we are filled with His Spirit and by that filling, we are given the Words to say, to respond to the world. Those who do not believe, until they become thirsty enough to come and drink from the only source that satisfies, they will continue to see Christianity as useless.
Folks, while I believe we do not comprise the gospel truths or comprise God’s Word in any manner and that we are called to witness to our faith in Jesus, how we share those truths will impact how those in the world will receive our witness. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
We have to love others. I’m not saying, condone the sin or what some call a wayward life style, not at all, but love them in our witness of the truth. Unfortunately, the church has done much harm in its witness over the centuries. Jesus’ willingness to give His life for a sinful world was love. We need to love as He loved, but not let the sin of the world entangle us as we run with endurance the race set before us.
So, when you witness for the LORD, don’t get caught up in the fact that people do not believe the Bible as God’s Word. Share His Truth in love and compassion (through His Spirit) to help make people thirsty so they will come and drink from the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ. There is no other truth, no other that will satisfy, no other that fills our soul’s desire. There is no one else, but Jesus!
Blessings my friends,