Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:1-3
Verse 3 is our call to action. The author calls us with the verb, “consider” which is the predictor. The Greek word, ἀναλογίζομαι (analogizomai), is only mentioned here in all scripture. It means, literally to “consider carefully, or to think out thoroughly.” The Greek word, ψηφίζω (psēphizō) is used most often, and means to “calculate, add up, cipher, figure out, come to understand.
Jesus says in Luke 14:28,
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits down first, and [counts the cost(ψηφίζω: psēphizō)], whether he has sufficient resources to finish it?
The first of our two Greek words, (in Hebrews), ἀναλογίζομαι (analogizomai) is speaking of a future outcome, one yet to be determined. The second (in Luke), ψηφίζω (psēphizō) is speaking of the present, and one looking at obtained resource to achieve either a present or potentially future circumstance. The first requires an act of faith and trust, as both the resource and outcome are largely or completely unknown at the time of decision. The second is more of a judgement decision, looking at what resources are on hand at the time of decision.
The author in Hebrews is calling us to consider Him (Jesus). This can only be done in faith, as it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6, our author’s predicated clause in which we are to consider), and we know that the mind, outside of faith is at enmity with God (Romans 8:7). This predicated call to consider, to trust and place our faith in Him is for one purpose in the calculated call to action – “lest you be wearied and faint in your minds.”
Paul spoke of this struggle in Romans.
Romans 7:23-25 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Paul clearly identifies that he serves the Law of God with the mind, while the law of sin from the flesh. How does Paul serve the Law of God with his mind? Is it only an intellectual process of thought? Or could it be something more? I present the vastly different vantage in the Greek source for where the actions of the mind originate; our two words we have been contrasting: The first (in Hebrews), ἀναλογίζομαι (analogizomai) and the second (in Luke), ψηφίζω (psēphizō). Recall that, though both from the mind, one is born of faith and trust with an unknown future, while the other is based on careful planning based on what is sourced and presently obtained.
Philippians 3:12-14 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul is clear, he must make a “faith decision” in order to find, follow, obey, and relate to Christ. This “faith decision” is an act of the conscience – the mind. If I may challenge us, I’d reiterate what Paul finishes;
Philippians 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
In the Greek, “thus minded” is better understood as “keep taking this view.” Paul is calling the church in Plilppi to have a mindset of faith. It is from this mindset that God’s grace is able to pour into our lives freely and unobstructed.
“Let us mind the same thing.”