BMS UpdatesVerse of the Day (July 27, 2020) 27 Jul 2020 Eduardo Marin, D.Min. Verse of the Day (July 27, 2020) #BMSeminary – The present exhortation to run finds its basis in the examples of the champions mentioned in chapter 11. These heroes of the faith are like a cloud of witnesses. As “witnesses” (Gr. marturōn) they are sometimes regarded as spectators (Gr. theatai) or as martyrs; yet this Greek word should be understood as referring simply to those who testify or witness. The emphasis is on the witness provided by their living by faith. This race of faith is described by three modifying statements. First, it is to be run by laying aside every weight. This refers to impediments that weigh one down, whether clothing or excessive body weight. These things are not inherently wrong, but for the diligent runner or the faithful Christian they must be removed. Second, it is to be run by putting off the entangling sin. This seems to refer to the one sin above all others that defeats a Christian. This may be a different sin for each individual. Third, it is to be run with patience (Gr. hypomonēs). Since patience is not an attribute commonly associated with running, this word would be better translated as endurance (as it is in the cognate verb forms of vv. 2, 3). Endurance and persistence have been on the author’s mind since the end of chapter 10 (cf. 10:32, 36–38; 11:13). [KJV Study Bible, HarperCollins] Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintEmailTumblrLike this:Like Loading... Published by Eduardo Marin, D.Min. Lead Tutor, Baptist Ministerial Seminary DMin, Piedmont College of Theology M.A.Th., Faithful Baptist College View all posts by Eduardo Marin, D.Min.