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1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

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.

13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


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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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.


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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


Ronald wagner's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment about verse 9 on 11/13/2014, 8:43pm...

Paul speaking to the jews was saying that the jews,not being indwelt by the Holy Spirit thru Jesus, must strive to keep the law of Moses. This they cannot do. Born again Christians having within them the Holy Spirit and Jesus the Christ do the will of God as He leads and inspires them. That is to say they have found rest in God.


Gary Christensen's Hebrews Chapter 4 comment about verse 9 on 11/06/2014, 12:54am...

since we are righteous because we have received by faith the righteousness of God we can rest in his perfectness as if it was our own. Indeed by face it is our own. So we are righteous because he was righteous and then parted to us through face a bright justness. As such having already received I write sins like rice there is no need to seek why works another kind of righteousness. Not that Christians are supposed to do good works what are works do not count toward our salvation nor toward our own righteousness. From Isaiah our righteousness is like filthy rags in God 's eyes. We can now in this world have a rest from our labors as he promised and it 's available to us through face. I believe that I have obtained God 's rest here and now. Not by my own actions but because of His righteous actions imputed to me by face. His Spirit living in me produces it love that must be directed to his creation. As such I am compelled to love my neighbor as myself. These actions do not make me write this. Or perfect. I am already righteous. I am already perfect. By faith in Christ. My actions are an outflow of his and all his love. As such I am at rest. I have entered into his rest by faith here and now. It 's something that every Christian can attain unto by faith in Christ.


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