Grace - It won't Let You Give UP!
Grace - It wont Let You Give UP
The author likens the Christian pilgrimage to an endurance race. The threefold repetition of “endure” emphasizes this theme. A great cloud of witnesses watch us, as though we are running before them in a stadium. These are the OT heroes of chap. 11 whose victorious lives inspire us on.
This metaphor teaches us to discard everything that interferes with a total commitment to Christ, especially any distracting sin.
run, implying speed or haste
Our eyes must stay fixed on Him in our pilgrimage, for He is the author and finisher of our faith. The word author (archēgos) is better rendered as “leader” or “pioneer” (cf. 2:10). He has blazed the trail we are to follow. Finisher (teleiōtēs) occurs only here, but is related to the verb teleioō, “to perfect or bring to completion.” Christ is the perfect example of enduring faith we are called to live out, and the One who perfects it in us.