Bible Exposition on Faith — Hebrews 12:1-2

Young David with faith.

Giving another title to this would be, “How a Christian Can Grow in Faith”.

The chapter of scripture teaches martyrdom. How Jesus suffered for our sins comparing it with how Abel was slain for righteousness (Hebrews 12:2; 12:24). The Bible portion also teaches a great lesson concerning the faith.

Jesus is the author of our faith. That means he takes the lead and has set an example for us to follow his steps (1 Peter 2:21). He is also the finisher of our faith. This means only he can perfect the belief of a believer.

Jesus perfecting our faith means the strong belief of a Christian doesn’t become fully grown overnight. It starts small in every believer, then grows steadily till it is made perfect by Jesus. Jesus said, “if we have faith as a mustard seed” (Matthew 17:20). Mustard seed is tiny but when planted it grows into a gigantic tree.

The faith of a believer can only be made perfect when he runs with patience, persistence, and endurance,“… let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).

So many people lack patience in running their Christian race. They want to see things happening quickly. They desire to perform great signs and wonders and become the talk of the town. They hastily want to see the dead come back to life through them. This pushes them to go in your diabolical ways to get power to prove a point. 

The scriptures admonished us to patiently walk according to the faith allocated to us (Romans 12:6). Everyone has his measure. Some bigger than the other. The faith of the old-time God’s generals like Smith Wigglesworth and John G. Lake cannot be compared with that of a baby Christian of two years. The good news is that the baby Christian can have his bigger if only he is patient. 
 John G. Lake
Smith Wigglesworth
The Iroko tree does not fully grow and produce fruits in days. It takes years to grow its roots firmly to the ground before it brings forth its branches and fruit. 

The major cankerworm that eats up or inhibits the growth of a Christian is sin,… “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…” (Hebrews 12:1). Sin draws us back and thwarts every effort we make to make progress in our Christian journey. Sin makes our legs moving but yet still in one place. 

Some individuals have gone before us and ran with patience and won. We should learn from them (Hebrews 12:1). They include the great old-time generals, the prophets, apostles, and some killed for the word of God (Revelation 6:9). They all had their weakness, but one attribute common to them all was patience.

The old-time saying, “the patient dog eats the fattest bone” remains true even today. So brethren let us all run with patience to obtain the crown.
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