Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
In Hebrews 12:1, Paul mentions two things that keep us from running after God and the call He placed on our lives:
- Everything that hinders
- The sin that so easily entangles
We tend to lump these two things together – seeing everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles as two ways to say the same thing.
Sin does hinder us.
And we are hindered by sin.
Same concept. Different wording.
But Paul wasn’t just being flowery with his choice of words in this verse. He wasn’t just restating the same concept twice to gain attention.
Everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles referred to two different ideas.