Hebrews (Bible #58), ESV by AnonymousHebrews was written to tell us to persevere, to keep going, to focus on our great high priest, and to run with patience the race set before us.
These Hebrews had confessed Jesus Christ as Savior and been faithful in the past, but now they faced a whole new wave of persecution.
The writer of Hebrews exhorted them to remain strong in Him who is greater than anything or anyone in the Old Testament. Jesus is truly our great High Priest, who instituted a new and better covenant and who ever lives to make intercession for His people. Words such as better, more, great, and greater appear about forty-five times in this book, making Hebrews a book of superlatives about Jesus, who is superior to all the angels, prophets, writers, systems and sacrifices of Old Testament days.
Hebrews tells us to hold firm to our faith, keeping our eyes on our Great High Priest, and to persevere, never giving up. With Jesus Christ on our side, its always too soon to quit.
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For when I am weak, then I am strong. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. ESV joy strength persecution. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm NIV. ESV strength life dependence.
The force of the perfect tense is to be insisted on. It shows that the affliction was still clinging to Paul, and that there was lying in his mind when he wrote, not only the memory of the incident, but the sense of the still abiding power and value of Christ's grace; so that because the Lord hath said "my grace," etc. A more beautiful use of the perfect it would be difficult to find in the New Testament. My strength The best texts omit my, thus turning the answer into a general proposition: strength is perfected in weakness; but besides the preeminent frigidity of replying to a passionate appeal with an aphorism, the reference to the special power of Christ is clear from the words power of Christ, which almost immediately follow. Compare 1 Corinthians , 1 Corinthians ; 2 Corinthians ; Hebrews
For when I am weak, then I am strong. You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy.