A Means to Fix Our Eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of Our Faith

Hebrews 12:1-4 give us the reasons to persevere in our fight against sin:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that weighs us down and the sins that so easily distract us and with perseverance run the race that lies ahead of us, with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, ignoring its shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Reflect on how he endured such great hostility from sinners so that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

Verse 2 tells us how to persevere, and that is, by having our “eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” In the Greek version (Greek NT: Scrivener’s Textus Receptus 1894) the first 9 words correspond to “with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”

The total value is 7873, which is the 994th prime number. There are 167 prime numbers less than or equal to 994. The divisors of 167, which is also a prime number, are {1, 167}. Hence, the sum of divisors is 168, which is the identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke.

SUMMARY: The Lord’s Prayer is a means to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and the perfecter (finisher) of our faith.

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