Hebrews Chapter 4
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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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Matthew Henry's Hebrews Chapter 4 Bible commentary...
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.
Natalie's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment on 4/10/2014, 6:49am...
It helps us to understand that it 's not enough to just hear, read, and know the word. We have to mix our faith with the Word. Putting total trust in God as we labour for Him in Him that we will enter into His glorious rest in Heaven when we ' ve completed our work here on earth.
Charles g's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment about verse 12 on 4/04/2014, 10:56am...
For, the living word of God working sharper than a two mouth sword, cutting into the joints and marrow of the bones dividing the soul and spirit, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart and laying open all our inner makeup.
BSP's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment about verse 13 on 2/17/2014, 8:23pm...
Nothing we do is hidden from Jehovah God People may do things in the dark or behind closed doors and think they will get away with it because other people don t see them God sees all though just as thoroughly as one standing naked in the open This should make us evaluate ourselves and correct any bad tendencies we may have
Timothy Wayne George's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment about verse 15 on 2/14/2014, 1:52pm...
For we have not a high Priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our weaknesses yet He was tested in all points and did not sin Jesus knows what we are going through no matter what the temptation and His grace is sufficient to see us through to the end So come boldly before the throne of grace for mercy to help in a time of need Thank God Jesus is on the main line tell Him what you need and He will answer Happy Valentine s Day to all
Y.john's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment about verse 12 on 2/13/2014, 7:53am...
It s real Very powerful scipture to me n i thank God
Annie griffith's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment about verse 16 on 2/08/2014, 6:31pm...
It s the believing the true faithful believers no matter what you are goning through or how bad the situation keep your eyes on Jesus
Doris's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment about verse 12 on 12/29/2013, 12:22pm...
I say yes Lord to Your word. Your word is true.
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