“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2
Christ, Himself is to be the single object of our attention in the spiritual race we pursue. The word looking comes from a verb that means ‘to look away from.’ It denotes the idea of viewing with undivided, fixed, earnest attention.
This is the look of total dependence upon Christ for all we need as we run. Christ is the source of all our requirements. Thus, the verse can be read, ‘Looking into Jesus’ – a deep, penetrating look, filling our minds with all that Christ is, constantly communing with Him and drawing out of Him strength for the course.
To run ‘looking into Jesus’ also indicates total obedience. In the context, Paul reminds us that a race is set before us (v. 1). We must fix our purpose on that race and allow nothing to divert our attention. That is possible only as we are taken up with the Lord. What obedience is generated in us as we keep our eyes on Him! You see, He ran His race with full commitment to the Father. Nothing could prevail upon Him to keep Him from doing the Father’s will as He obeyed because He loved His Father, so love for Christ alone will stir up our hearts to run the race set before us. The more we love Christ, the more we will lay aside those things which would hinder us – our besetting sins, which are our inward corruptions, and the things of the world, the weights that would hold us back.
Furthermore, this ‘looking unto Jesus’ refers to total steadfastness in our running. We should want to run well and complete the race. Christ did so. He is the ‘author and finisher of our faith.’ The word author also means ‘prince’ or ‘captain,’ denoting a leader. He has gone before us, so He has covered the ground already. What an example of steadfastness! Thus ‘let us run with patience.’ (v. 1).
Quote: Too much occupied with our work, we can forget our Master, it is possible to have the hands full and the heart empty. – Theodore Monod
We give thanks to God for allowing Whitefield’s doors to open and welcome students on September 7th. Please pray for the staff, students and families, asking the Lord to pilot, protect and provide in every aspect of this ministry.
Whitefield’s motto text: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4
The Shorter Catechism
Q70: Which is the seventh commandment?
A: The seventh commandment is, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14).
The Children's Catechism - History
Q25: How were the people stopped in their work of building the Tower of Babel?
A: By God confounding their language, so that they did not understand one another.
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Rev. Stephen Hamilton
With the retirement of Rev. David Mook, the presbytery has appointed Rev. Stephen Hamilton to serve the congregation as interim moderator. This is a challenging role for Mr. Hamilton since he is operating at such a distance from Arizona. Also, the restrictions on travel from some areas, namely Canada and the United Kingdom, make it more difficult to obtain suitable pulpit supply. Pray that this situation would soon change and that men from various places might be available to come to Phoenix to preach. Some brethren within North America have already shown a willingness to supply the pulpit in the coming months, and this is very much appreciated. Pray that the man of God’s choosing will soon be found to permanently occupy the Phoenix pulpit and to carry on the faithful work and service rendered by Rev. David Mook over several decades of ministry.