STATEMENTS OF PERSUASION 15 by Pastor Olawunmi Abraham Marcel

Statements of persuasion from Hebrews…(15)

In the last post, we looked at what the ‘Cloud of witnesses’. The patriarchs of the old testament, pointed to faith in the resurrection of Christ. Hence, they, by their faith steps, provide a trail to walk in, with Christ as the end of it. In this light, we’d examine the next statements of persuasion.
The next is ‘run with patience the race set before us’. The word, ‘race’ in the Greek is a derivative of a word which means to ‘lead towards a destination’. How is the race run? ‘Looking unto Jesus…’. He is the destination. He is the endpoint. He is the perfection. This thought was previously mirrored in Hebrews 6:12, ‘That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises (used in the plural to describe the different ways THE PROMISE was made).’ What promise? Acts 13:32-33, ‘And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.’ The promise was Jesus raised! He says to ‘run the race … looking unto Jesus..’. ‘Looking’ comes from a Greek word which means to, ‘look away from and look to’.
What is to be looked away from? The context tells us; we look away from the cloud of witnesses unto what their faith was a witness to, Christ’s resurrection. The last term to be studied is, ‘.. the author and finisher of faith’. The word ‘author’ refers to the ‘pioneer, or initiator, or beginner’. He is the initiator of faith in the old testament …He is the reason for the prophecies. It is on his account the dispensations (the worlds) were brought into the being. He is why Abel, Abraham, Noah etc…did what they did. Their sights were on his resurrection TO COME.
Still, they were not perfect, for his resurrection, for them, was yet to come. Not so for us! Not only is he the author of Faith…He has become the FINISHER (Fulfillment) of same; by his resurrection! Hence, we that have believed have been perfected.
The call of salvation is to LOOK UNTO JESUS, savior from sin, sanctifier, justifier and perfector. It doesn’t focus on the unsaved’s mortality or otherwise. Rather, it is fixated on God’s promise fulfilled in Christ. We’d continue later. #Dunamis