In Hebrews 12:1 the writer encourages his readers and us by saying (HCSB) “Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,”. He starts his encouragement by saying therefore so he is referring to something or to group (large cloud) he has said before this statement. In chapter 11 he identifies a number of people who he says have won God’s approval because of their faith Hebrews 11:1-2 (HCSB) “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. For our ancestors won God’s approval by it.”
Who are these people who have been called the “Faith Hall of Fame”?
Here is a list of them:
Are You In This Cloud of Witnesses?
So in summary this great cloud of witnesses are all those who have gone before us. Some of the famous and others not famous at all. They all lived lives of faith trusting God and worshiping His Son. Their lives are inspiration and examples for us to follow as we walk in our faith. I'll be writing more about these heroes and others.
This cloud is now millions of people. If you are not in this cloud,, and you are not if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please do it today. Your life depends on it. If you want to know how to become part of this “great cloud of witnesses” leave me a comment or email me here. EMAIL
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.