Hebrews Chapter 4
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
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Humble, cautious fear is urged, lest any should come short of the promised rest, through unbelief. (1-10) Arguments and motives to faith and hope in our approaches to God. (11-16)1-10 The privileges we have under the gospel, are greater than any had under the law of Moses, though the same gospel for substance was preached under both Testaments. There have been in all ages many unprofitable hearers; and unbelief is at the root of all unfruitfulness under the word. Faith in the hearer is the life of the word. But it is a painful consequence of partial neglect, and of a loose and wavering profession, that they often cause men to seem to come short. Let us then give diligence, that we may have a clear entrance into the kingdom of God. As God finished his work, and then rested from it, so he will cause those who believe, to finish their work, and then to enjoy their rest. It is evident, that there is a more spiritual and excellent sabbath remaining for the people of God, than that of the seventh day, or that into which Joshua led the Jews. This rest is, a rest of grace, and comfort, and holiness, in the gospel state. And a rest in glory, where the people of God shall enjoy the end of their faith, and the object of all their desires. The rest, or sabbatism, which is the subject of the apostle's reasoning, and as to which he concludes that it remains to be enjoyed, is undoubtedly the heavenly rest, which remains to the people of God, and is opposed to a state of labour and trouble in this world. It is the rest they shall obtain when the Lord Jesus shall appear from heaven. But those who do not believe, shall never enter into this spiritual rest, either of grace here or glory hereafter. God has always declared man's rest to be in him, and his love to be the only real happiness of the soul; and faith in his promises, through his Son, to be the only way of entering that rest.
11-16 Observe the end proposed: rest spiritual and eternal; the rest of grace here, and glory hereafter; in Christ on earth, with Christ in heaven. After due and diligent labour, sweet and satisfying rest shall follow; and labour now, will make that rest more pleasant when it comes. Let us labour, and quicken each other to be diligent in duty. The Holy Scriptures are the word of God. When God sets it home by his Spirit, it convinces powerfully, converts powerfully, and comforts powerfully. It makes a soul that has long been proud, to be humble; and a perverse spirit, to be meek and obedient. Sinful habits, that are become as it were natural to the soul, and rooted deeply in it, are separated and cut off by this sword. It will discover to men their thoughts and purposes, the vileness of many, the bad principles they are moved by, the sinful ends they act to. The word will show the sinner all that is in his heart. Let us hold fast the doctrines of Christian faith in our heads, its enlivening principles in our hearts, the open profession of it in our lips, and be subject to it in our lives. Christ executed one part of his priesthood on earth, in dying for us; the other he executes in heaven, pleading the cause, and presenting the offerings of his people. In the sight of Infinite Wisdom, it was needful that the Saviour of men should be one who has the fellow-feeling which no being but a fellow-creature could possibly have; and therefore it was necessary he should actual experience of all the effects of sin that could be separated from its actual guilt. God sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, #Ro 8:3|; but the more holy and pure he was, the more he must have been unwilling in his nature to sin, and must have had deeper impression of its evil; consequently the more must he be concerned to deliver his people from its guilt and power. We should encourage ourselves by the excellence of our High Priest, to come boldly to the throne of grace. Mercy and grace are the things we want; mercy to pardon all our sins, and grace to purify our souls. Besides our daily dependence upon God for present supplies, there are seasons for which we should provide in our prayers; times of temptation, either by adversity or prosperity, and especially our dying time. We are to come with reverence and godly fear, yet not as if dragged to the seat of justice, but as kindly invited to the mercy-seat, where grace reigns. We have boldness to enter into the holiest only by the blood of Jesus; he is our Advocate, and has purchased all our souls want or can desire.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
RNM HEB CHP 4's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment on 12/13/2014, 9:00pm...
I 'll continue believing in GOD 's word, repeatedly throughout the bible is filled with passages that reflect GOD 's unchanging way 's because you can 't except them, or yet twist the words around to suit your unbelief, you 'll be left like the one 's in the wilderness who perished in there unbelief, GOD is the same yesterday today and tomorrow, but you knew that right, it is the 4th commandment, I didn 't put it there GOD did and the Messiah didn 't come to DESTROY but to fulfill where they were written on stone, he would write them on our Hearts, no longer being under the death sentence for breaking one, but wanting to keep all of the commandments because of our LOVE for our MESSIAH,GOD if you love me you 'll keep my commandments, does that sound familiar, it should those are our Messiah 's words you can brush it off nonchalantly, but you will not partake of the tree of life or enter into the Holy City unless your a commandment keeper, and if you break one you 've broken them all, so you might want to do some more studying on the subject, I would hate to see you missout because of a misconception. AMEN
Catherine O. Behome's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment on 12/01/2014, 11:00am...
Things that are good for the soul of a christian are that of honest and of good report.
Bill's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment about verse 16 on 11/20/2014, 6:59am...
In Hebrews 4 16 we have a beautiful invitation to come boldly to the throne of grace. Literally, draw near with confidence to the throne of grace. Again, it is important to note that our confidence in drawing near to God is not based on how well we are performing. This invitation is for believers on their worst day. As a matter of fact, the text reveals that this invitation is given in the context of weakness Hebrews 4 15 and failure Hebrews 4 16 . Notice that we are first coming to the throne of grace to obtain mercy. We need God s mercy when we blow it! When a believer sins, he doesn t need to doubt whether or not God will receive him. Because we a sympathetic high priest who is ever living to make intercession for us, we can come without hesitation and without reservation! Cr. James Hollandsworth
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