Hebrews 12 Outline
– God disciplines us because we are his children (Hebrews 12:1-13)
– Living in peace with everyone (Hebrews 12:14-17)
– Salvation by God’s grace (Hebrews 12:18-29)
Hebrews 12 Bible Study
In Hebrews 12:1-4, we must fix our eyes on Jesus and endure all kinds of trials and tribulations. Jesus abandoned the luxury in heaven to come down to the earth to die for our sins so that we can receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We must get rid of everything that hinder our relationships with God. God has set a race before us. Now, it is up to us to run the race. It takes hard work and commitment to run the race and complete it. Only with endurance can you run and complete the race. We must surrender the things that we treasure most to God and put him first in our lives. In Luke 14:26, if any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
In Hebrews 12:5-13, our heavenly Father God loves us and so he will chastise us when we do wrong. Sometimes, when you are on the wrong tract, God will put problems in your life so that you will think about it and realize your mistake and return to him. When problems happen, we must not be disappointed but take it as an opportunity of God trying to remind us something. When God discipline you, you must not hate him but take it as a lesson and learn from it. Sometimes, God discipline us so that we can humble down ourselves. After being disciplined by God, you will be molded more into the image of Christ.
In Hebrews 12:14-17, we must try to be at peace with everyone. In Matthew 5:8, blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Our hearts and actions must always be with purely good intentions at all time. If you are sincerely kind to others, God will also be kind to you and bless you. Esau sold his birthright for the red stew to his younger brother Jacob. Likewise, many Christians sold their birthrights by ignoring their moral conducts, thinking God will oversee those mistakes. But God will judge everyone of us according to what we have done on earth. In James 2:10, for whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. In Revelation 21:8, but the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
In Hebrews 12:18-24, Jesus has already died on the cross and nullified the old covenant. Now that the old covenant is nullified, there is no longer any need to follow its commandments. The Israelites came to Mount Sinai with fear. They wanted the experience at Mount Sinai to stop. But Jesus had already remove the wall the separate us from God by dying on the cross so we can come to God with boldness now. This is purely the grace of God. We can receive salvation and eternal life because of God’s grace.
In Hebrews 12:25-29, we must always obey what God says. If God tells you something, you must listen and do what he says. Ignoring the Holy Spirit will grieve him. The Holy Spirit is gentle and we must not grieve him. It is indeed that we receive our salvation by God’s grace but this does not mean that we can sin all we want and still walk in God’s grace and go to heaven. God is a consuming fire to those who disobey his commandments.