Hebrews 6:17-20 – Our Forerunner

Hebrews 6:17-20

17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

-Jesus Christ is here called our Forerunner; a forerunner by definition is “one who runs before another”.  In order for there to be a forerunner, it must follow that there be at least one other who runs after.  It is not enough to simply run, as there are many that do that.  Paul bore record of Israel “that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.” (Romans 10:2)  No, it’s important that we run after Jesus; “because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14)  If we aren’t carefully following Jesus, how can we ever hope to follow such a narrow way?  Considering that the stakes are so high and the consequences so grim, “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

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