"...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." (Acts 16:31)
By definition, the super-grace status of the believer is the highest stage of spiritual adulthood which Paul describes in First Timothy 1:14 as “abundant” grace. Super-grace is the result of maximizing God’s grace and is the “fullness of God” that Paul writes about in Ephesians 3:19.
“And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” (KJV 1 Tim. 1:14)
“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (KJV Eph. 3:19)
The super-grace status is the category of God’s grace that applies to the winner believer only. Super-grace is the highest adult stage of the spiritual life within God’s Royal Family and is the objective for every Christian after salvation. In this stage we are completely occupied with Jesus Christ, and, not only does He becomes our best friend, but we share His perfect happiness. We are no longer slaves to our circumstances in our lives. Extraordinarily, we can begin to handle undeserved suffering and maintain a total sense of security as well as maintain the same mental attitude whether in prosperity or in disaster. In other words, we have confidence that the Lord has all circumstances under control.
As in any true relationship, it will require time and effort on our part to allow the relationship to flourish. It is at this stage in our spiritual life when we truly have capacity for life, love, true happiness and blessings, since we fully understand all the different categories of God’s grace.
The super-grace status is the objective of every believer after salvation and should have top priority in our scale of values (Eph. 3:16-19).
“16) That He would grant you, according to The riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; 17) That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (KJV Eph. 3:16-19)
Being filled with all the fullness of God is synonymous with spiritual maturity, but there are obstacles that will keep us from this objective, which is what Hebrews 12:1 brings out.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” (KJV Heb. 12:1)
We are to get rid of anything that will keep us from reaching our super-grace status of maturity. The words “lay aside” have a reference to taking off like clothes and putting away as in a prison. Our verse in view is teaching that we are to renounce permanently anything that will keep us from our objective. Therefore, it is imperative to know what these obstacles are, so that we may put them away under lock and key.
The word “weight” in Hebrews 12:1 is translated from the Greek noun onkon meaning, “a weight, a burden, a hindrance, something that gets in one’s way.” By definition, onkon has a reference to anything that hinders our spiritual progress.
The word “race” in Hebrews 12:1 is a reference to either a “struggle, a fight, or a race.” Both athletes and soldiers are required to maintain a physical conditioning that cannot have any hindrance to their respective performance. Carrying extra body weight or unnecessary clothing would be a hindrance to an athlete in the realm of athletic competition. The same analogy would apply to the soldier in the battlefield. In the spiritual realm these hindrances that onkon has a reference to, would not fall under the category of sin. This is why the author of Hebrews makes the distinction with the words “weight” and “sin.”
The “weight” that is spoken about in our verse is anything that would cause us not to concentrate on our super-grace objective. As we have seen, our objective is not only to reach super-grace status, but also to maintain that status of maturity. By definition, the opposite of concentration is distraction. Therefore, to “lay aside every weight,” would be a mandate for every Church Age believer to take off and lock away any distractions. The distractions to Christians today can be quite numerous and often very subtle.
Distractions could include such things as entertainment or a social life. There is nothing wrong with either of these activities, but they can be emphasized to the point of taking priority over learning God’s Word, then they can become a hindrance to our spiritual momentum.
Not having an organized life can also become a hindrance or a distraction to reaching our super-grace life. Not being organized will lead us to a mismanagement of our time and become a distraction to our objective in our spiritual life. An organized life always begins with an organized mind. An organized Christian thinker will set time each day for learning God’s Word as well as time on the job and for family. Of course, we will also need time to properly nourish and rest our physical bodies as well as allow time for entertainment. A balance in all these areas of our life will allow us to manage our time and effort effectively in order to reach and maintain our super-grace status. Emphasis on the details of this life placed over our relationship with the Lord will become a hindrance and cause us to miss out on the fantastic blessings that come with reaching super-grace. Not only will we miss out on fantastic blessings in this life, but also in eternity future.
Knowing God‘s thoughts and understanding how He operates should be the number one priority in the Christian life. The Apostle Paul understood the importance of maintaining a balance in his priorities and that balance fostered confidence in his future in eternity (2 Tim. 4: 7-8).
“7) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8) Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.” (KJV 2 Tim. 4:7-8)
In this passage, Paul was about to be beheaded when he wrote these words to Timothy, yet he rejoiced because he had maximized God’s grace in his life and shortly in his death. As a result, Paul had also maximized his rewards in eternity future. Paul knew that he would also receive surpassing-grace, which is simply a reference to the blessings, awards, and decorations for the mature believer—those reaching and maintaining their super-grace status of maturity in time.
Certainly, we will be faced with legitimate distractions while running our race, things which include disaster. None of us are resistant; however, it is a matter of maintaining right priorities by living in the light of eternity and realizing this life is short, whereas eternity is forever.