Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, a let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and b let us run c with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, d who for the joy that was set before Him e endured the cross, despising the shame, and f has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain.
But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
"Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?"
Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face.
You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; My adversaries are all before You.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.