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Re: Christ's Ways
« Reply #390 on: February 14, 2020, 07:58:28 am »
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Heb 12:1 . .Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses all around us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The comparison is made to sporting events-- e.g. baseball, football, track and field, hockey, basketball, etc --where the audience is basically seated in a circle or an oval watching the games.

The term "cloud" was apparently an ancient colloquialism simply referring to large numbers of just about anything. Compare Gen 15:5 where "stars" are a term for the same purpose.

I don't think the audience in this instance pertains to the spirits of deceased saints, rather, the ordinary people all around us in our daily lives. The moment someone comes out as a Christian, then kibitzers, fault-finders and blood-thirsty critics start watching their every move for opportunities to boo them and/or destroy their credibility.

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a candle, and put it under a bowl, but on a lamp stand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (Matt 5:14-16)

I don't know exactly how the world glorifies God when it sees Christians putting their religion into practice; but I'm pretty sure the world has nothing but disgust for a hypocrite's religion. (cf. 2Sam 2:14)
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