One translation reads, "For consider fully the One having endured such great hostility from sinners against Himself..." (Berean Literal Bible translation). How is this possible? This translation communicates that this verb means more that just casually considering Jesus. Thus the title of this article.
"Therefore, having such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, having laid aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles us, we should run with endurance the race lying before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who in view of the joy set before Him endured the cross, having despised its shame, and sat down at right hand of the throne of God. For consider fully the One having endured such great hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you shall not grow weary, fainting in your souls. (Hebrews 12:1-3).
May the notes that follow be a help to you.
Hebrews 3:6 (All Scripture quotations that follow are from NASB, unless otherwise noted.) "... But Christ was faithful as a Son over His house whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end."
" . . . For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end; . . ."
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope [in Christ as our faithful high priest] without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; . . ." (brackets added)
The translation “hold fast” in these verses is from katecho (phonetic spelling kat-ekh'-o) and in this context means to “retain faithfully” and “keep the confidence firm” (3:14) (BAGD, pp. 422-423). The original readers of this inspired letter were to keep on holding on to their faith in Jesus as Messiah that they originally had.
"Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession."
In the context of this verse we are challenged to “hold fast” (krateo) our profession of faith in Jesus as the Savior who had offered Himself as the acceptable sacrifice for sin. Here krateo means to continue to retain this truth in faithfulness to the Lord Jesus.
When it comes to the Person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, there will always be more to discover. As we keep looking unto Jesus in His Word, there is always more beyond. When it comes to the knowledge of our gracious Master and Savior, Jesus Christ, there will always be more to learn (cf. 2 Peter 3:18).
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." New King James Version (NKJV)
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." New International Version (NIV)
"Knowledge of God is regarded by the Bible as involved in faith and as the necessary prerequisite of faith. We can trust God, according to the Bible, because He has revealed Himself as trustworthy. The knowledge that God has graciously given us of Himself is the basis of our confidence in Him; the God of the Bible is One whom it is reasonable to trust."
"Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him." Hebrews 11:6, HCSB
The testimony of the acts of faith of the “great cloud of witnesses” (believers of Old Testament times) is especially encouraging because they “did not receive what was promised” (11:39-40). They lived before the coming of the promised Messiah. Hebrews 11:40 states from the NKJV, “. . . they should not be made perfect apart from us,” since we live after the cross of Christ and His resurrection which completed our salvation, our deliverance.
Because the Christ was perfected faith through His work, we should endure in our confidence in Him and live by faith in the application of His Word.
" . . . God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us."