When we read Hebrews 12, we should see a picture into God’s eternal plan for mankind. It details the power of the ministry of Jesus Christ, as well as our walk as the sons of God in the earth. Like Jesus Christ, we have a heavenly Father who has a purpose for our lives. To get to that eternal purpose, there is a process we must go through. This may be hard to receive, but the process of God in our lives also involves pain; even discomfort. However, the end result will allow us to live a life that supersedes our personal desires and find fulfillment in His purpose.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. Hebrews 12:3-4
Jesus came into the world to confront sin. His purpose was to give His life for the forgiveness of sin. This is something to rejoice in; however, we must see this picture as more than one of reconciliation to God. To fully grasp an understanding of God’s plan, we must go back to the story of the Garden of Eden. This story is about the option mankind received to go God’s way or to pursue his own agenda. We know from the story that Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God’s plan, even with an understanding of the penalty for their disobedience. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” If they had chosen to live in agreement with God and eat from the Tree of Life, they would have lived forever; however, they choose rebellion (sin) and God cast them out of the Garden, denying them access to the Tree of Life. Adam and Eve were removed from the garden because God did not want them to live in their state of sin forever. Yet, from the beginning, God promised the curse of sin would be broken and access to eternal life would be restored. This would come through the seed of the woman. Jesus Christ is certainly the Seed of Promise!
Is the Seed of Promise Alive in You?
God desires a people who will yield themselves to His Word and live in harmony with Him. The problem from God’s perspective would certainly be sin, right? Jesus Christ came to strive against sin, and so should we! People want to see God’s grace as a “get out of jail free card” without any power. I have heard many say, “You deserve to be punished for your sin, but Jesus took your punishment.” 1 John 1:9 instructs us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sin.” However, the scripture also says He will “cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Sin is a problem. When the Word says, “the wages of sin is death,” it doesn’t just mean God punishes the disobedient: it means, sin itself causes death. Galatians 6:8 states; “he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption.” We need to know God’s stipulations on us are not against us, but for us. God is not a “killjoy” seeking to rob us from enjoying life. God has a plan to give us life. In John 10:10 Jesus proclaims, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” To have the abundant life, grace is the empowerment to live the good life. What is the good life? The life God has for you!
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29
The grace of God is an empowerment to live before Him as Jesus Christ did. Join me in making a choice to choose life—choose God and His ways beyond a life of self-satisfaction!