The greatest gift a human being can be given is to hear this message, the Gospel Message, because around it our belief system is to be conformed. CONSIDER JESUS OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST Click chart to enlarge Charts from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission Hebrews - Swindoll. it--the blessing, which was the real object of Esau, though ostensibly seeking "repentance.". . [BENGEL]. For the word of God is quick and powerful. Quoted from Proverbs 4:26, Septuagint, “Make straight paths for thy feet.”. 27. this word, Yet once more--So Paul, by the Spirit, sanctions the Septuagint rendering of Haggai 2:6 , giving an additional feature to the prophecy in the Hebrew, as rendered in English Version, not merely that it shall be in a little while, but that it is to be "once more" as the final act. Compare Notes, to which he refers here, and which I think confirms my view; those heretofore spirits, but now to be perfected by being clothed upon with the body. Hebrews 12:3-4 Commentary. as of things . The Old Testament was given through ominous signs, dire messages, fire, and sacrifice; it involved material things in a … Hebrews 11:35-40 Obtaining a Good Testimony Through Faith. "Some in adversity kick against God's will, others despond; neither is to be done by the Christian, who is peculiarly the child of God. —Rather, to their unrighteousnesses, and their sins will I remember no more. All rights reserved. Thus Rome's theory of concomitancy of the blood with the body, the excuse for giving only the bread to the laity, falls to the ground. PREVIOUS NEXT. As the kingly and priestly succession was in the first-born, and as Israel was God's "first-born" ( Exodus 4:22 ; compare Exodus 13:2 ), and a "kingdom of priests" to God ( Exodus 19:6 ), so believers ( Revelation 1:6 ). Hebrews 4:12-13. become encouraged again, renew courage, make a new effort." The "darkness" was that formed by the clouds hanging round the mount; the "tempest" accompanied the thunder. Where persons fail of having the true grace of God, corruption will prevail and break forth; beware lest any unmortified lust in the heart, which seems to be dead, should spring up, to trouble and disturb the whole body. "In saying 'once more,' the Spirit implies that something has already passed, and something else shall be which is to remain, and is no more to be changed to something else; for the once is exclusive, that is, not many times" [ESTIUS]. Hebrews 12:14, ESV: "Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord." Hebrews 11 Hebrews 13 Hebrews 12 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Jesus, the Example. what son is he--"What son is there" even in ordinary life? As the shaking is to be total, so shall the removal be, making way for the better things that are unremovable. Gratified wishes, our Father knows, would often be our real curses. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Hebrews 1:1-12 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The author identified neither himself nor the people to whom he was writing. 11. joyous . Greek, "For even": "for also"; introducing an additional solemn incentive to diligence. I believe the same is true in our text in Hebrews 12:1. Without holiness in them, they could not enjoy Him who is holiness itself ( Zechariah 14:20 ). all--all sons: all the worthies enumerated in the eleventh chapter: all the witnesses ( Hebrews 12:1 ). So ARCHBISHOP MAGEE, HAMMOND, and KNATCHBULL. who refused him--Greek, "refusing as they did." 24. new--not the usual term (kaine) applied to the Christian covenant ( Hebrews 9:15 ), which would mean new as different from, and superseding the old; but Greek, "nea," "recent," "lately established," having the "freshness of youth," as opposed to age. See then that you refuse not his gracious call and offered salvation. CONSIDER JESUS OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST Click chart to enlarge Charts from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission Another Overview Chart - Charles Swindoll-Chart on right side. 1. we also--as well as those recounted in Hebrews 12:11 . Hebrews 12 Resources. . Granted, chapter 12 begins with a reference to the “great cloud of witnesses”(some of whom were described in chapter 11), but it seems clear to me that the author does not wish us to focus on these flawed people of faith, but rather to focus on the pioneer and perfecter of faith. The full interdict in Exodus 19:12 Exodus 19:13 is abbreviated here; the beast alone, being put for "whether man or beast"; the stoning, which applies to the human offender, alone being specified, the beast's punishment, namely, the being thrust through with a dart, being left to be understood. He begins chapter 12 with this: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that … "We are one citizenship with angels; to which it is said in the psalm, Glorious things are spoken of thee, thou city of God" [AUGUSTINE]. Hebrews 11:17-29 The Champions of Faith. God is the same just and righteous God under the gospel as under the law. . speaketh unto you--as in a dialogue or discourse, so the Greek, implying God's loving condescension (compare Isaiah 1:18 ). Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. His is absolute holiness: our part is to put on His holiness, becoming "holy as He is holy," by sanctification. His form as God, wherein He is equal to the Father, without doubt the ungodly shall not see; for it is only 'the pure in heart who shall see God'" [AUGUSTINE]. Looking unto--literally, "Looking from afar" throne of God. Hence, in Christ's preaching frequent mention is made of "the kingdom of the heavens" (Greek, Matthew 3:2 ). 9. fathers . . He shed tears, not for his sin, but for his suffering the penalty of his sin. 12 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. 5. forgotten--"utterly," so the Greek. he resolved to murder Jacob! Those "witnessed of" (Greek, Hebrews 11:5 Hebrews 11:39 ) become in their turn "witnesses" in a twofold way: (1) attesting by their own case the faithfulness of God to His people [ALFORD] ( Hebrews 6:12 ), some of them martyrs in the modern sense; (2) witnessing our struggle of faith; however, this second sense of "witnesses," though agreeing with the image here if it is to be pressed, is not positively, unequivocally, and directly sustained by Scripture. On the kindred word “make propitiation,” see Hebrews 2:17. . he found no place of repentance--The cause is here put for the effect, "repentance" for the object which Esau aimed at in his so-called repentance, namely, the change of his father's determination to give the chief blessing to Jacob. The inheritance of believers is secured to them; and all things pertaining to salvation are freely given in answer to prayer. Paul points out in Hebrews Chapter 12 that a Christian should run the race of faith by laying aside every weight, particularly the sin of unbelief, and look to their Savior, Jesus Christ, for inspiration. 12 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. Hebrews 11:7-12 The Demonstration of Faith. His exhortation ought to have more effect on you than the cheers and exhortations of the spectators have on the competitors striving in the games. (1-11) Peace and holiness are recommended, with cautions against despising spiritual blessings. He is the one who blazed the trail. It is not primarily "the sin," &c., but sin in general, with, however, special reference to "apostasy," against which he had already warned them, as one to which they might gradually be seduced; the besetting sin of the Hebrews, UNBELIEF. Updated: Fri, 10/11/2019 - 13:16 By admin. that might be touched--palpable and material. The two defects of human education are: (1) the prevalence in it of a view to the interests of our short earthly term of days; (2) the absence in parents of the unerring wisdom of our heavenly Father. The image is taken from a company of travellers, one of whom lags behind, and so never reaches the end of the long and laborious journey [CHRYSOSTOM]. August 22, 2010. The coming joy disarmed of its sting the present pain. their subsequent deeds showed ( Hebrews 3:16 ). Adam Clarke CommentaryHebrews 12. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. The resurrection bodies of the saints shall be bodies in which the spirit shall altogether preponderate over the animal soul. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. So this "partaking of God's holiness" stands in contrast to the "few days" of this life, with a view to which earthly fathers generally educate their sons. . "The voice of words" was the Decalogue, spoken by God Himself, a voice issuing forth, without any form being seen: after which "He added no more" ( Deuteronomy 5:22 ). Let us seek for grace, that we may serve God with reverence and godly fear. Friberg says that in Hebrews 12:12 paraluo is used "idiomatically (ta paralelumena gonata anorthoun) literally strengthen paralyzed knees, i.e. What are they to the sufferings of many others? . ( Galatians 1:10 ). Having so many incitements to holiness, patience, and perseverance, we should lay aside every hinderance, and run with patience the race that is set before us, taking our blessed Lord for our example, Hebrews 12:1-4. be turned out of the way--( Proverbs 4:27 ); and, so missing the way, lose the prize of "the race" ( Hebrews 12:1 ). But Paul, by inspiration, supplies (compare Acts 20:35 , 2 Timothy 3:8 ) this detail. The Greek is not "the perfected spirits," but "the spirits of the perfected just." Those living under the new covenant have the advantage of looking to Christ, rather than to the law. 15. lest any . One single act has often the greatest power either for good or for evil. rather he healed--Proper exercise of itself contributes to health; the habit of walking straight onward in the right way tends to healing. But peace and holiness go together; there can be not right peace without holiness. To their unrighteousness. Paraluo - 5x in 5v entreated that the word should not be spoken--literally, "that speech should not be added to them"; not that they refused to hear the word of God, but they wished that God should not Himself speak, but employ Moses as His mediating spokesman. This is a study guide commentary, which means that you are responsible for your own interpretation of the Bible. As the olive garland, the emblem of peace as well as victory, was put on the victor's brow in the games. EXHORTATION TO FOLLOW THE WITNESSES OF FAITH JUST MENTIONED: NOT TO FAINT IN TRIALS: TO REMOVE ALL BITTER ROOTS OF SIN: FOR WE ARE UNDER, NOT A LAW OF TERROR, BUT THE GOSPEL OF GRACE, TO DESPISE WHICH WILL BRING THE HEAVIER PENALTIES, IN PROPORTION TO OUR GREATER PRIVILEGES. Hebrews 12 We must continue to trust God. ALFORD translates, "Put straight again the relaxed hands." English Version arrangement is opposed: (1) by "and" always beginning each new member of the whole sentence; (2) "general assembly and Church," form a kind of tautology; (3) "general assembly," or rather, "festal full assembly," "the jubilant full company" (such as were the Olympic games, celebrated with joyous singing, dancing, &c.), applies better to the angels above, ever hymning God's praises, than to the Church, of which a considerable part is now militant on earth. 12 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. So spirit and spirits are used of a man or men in the body, under the influence of the spirit, the opposite of flesh ( John 3:6 ). The real object of the fathers in chastening is not that they find pleasure in the children's pain. him that speaketh--God in Christ. The stress of his argument is on the "ONCE." God's dealing with men under the gospel, in a way of grace, assures us, that he will deal with the despisers of the gospel, in a way of judgment. 28. receiving--as we do, in prospect and sure hope, also in the possession of the Spirit the first-fruits. Jesus is also the “perfecter” of our faith—He is the one who brought it to completion. First Reading. English Version expresses the sense well. sinners--Sin assails us. Identify the subjects. "Encumbrance," all superfluous weight; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, and even harmless and otherwise useful things which would positively retard us ( Mark 10:50 , the blind man casting away his garment to come to Jesus; Mark 9:42-48 ; compare Ephesians 4:22 , Colossians 3:9 Colossians 3:10 ). Hebrews 11:30-35 By Faith They Overcame. "Despised," that is, disregarded. τὸν κύριον] By this expression some understand God (comp. Alluding to Deuteronomy 4:11 , "Ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire . Hebrews 12:3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. author--"Prince-leader." after their own pleasure--Greek, "according to what seemed fit to themselves." 17. afterwards--Greek, "even afterward." Hebrews 12:1 “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. "In your coming near unto God, it has not been to," &c. the mount--The oldest manuscripts and Vulgate omit "the mount." Compare "Nevertheless afterward," &c. Hebrews 12:11 , with the "afterward" here. Proud member This may well be an exhortation to strengthen and support our own prayer life and the prayer life of other believers. (1-11) Peace and holiness are recommended, with cautions against despising spiritual blessings. His blood introduced into heaven took away the dragon's right to accuse. no man shall see the Lord--no man as a son; in heavenly glory ( Revelation 22:3 Revelation 22:4 ). 26. then shook--when He gave the law on Sinai. Mount Sion--antitypical Sion, the heavenly Jerusalem, of which the spiritual invisible Church (of which the first foundation was laid in literal Zion, John 12:15 , 1 Peter 2:6 ) is now the earnest; and of which the restored literal Jerusalem hereafter shall be the earthly representative, to be succeeded by the everlasting and "new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven" ( Revelation 21:2-27 ; compare Hebrews 11:10 ). The first-born of Israel were "written" in a roll ( Numbers 3:40 ). And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Explanation and Commentary of Hebrews 12:1. PREVIOUS NEXT. © 2021 Christianity.com. If--The oldest manuscripts read, "With a view to chastening (that is, since God's chastisement is with a view to your chastening, that is, disciplinary amelioration) endure patiently"; so Vulgate. He is the one who made the way into the Holy of Holies so that the rest of us could follow into God’s presence (Hebrews 10:19–20). Cappellus, Bengel, Bloomfield, and others, who explain it as—what at 1 Thessalonians 4:3 (see at that place) is certainly the correct explanation—the virtue of chastity. dealeth with you--"beareth Himself toward you" in the very act of chastening. Much more God as to His sons ( Isaiah 48:10 , Acts 14:22 ). By the sin that does so easily beset us, understand that sin to which we are most prone, or to which we are most exposed, from habit, age, or circumstances. . PREVIOUS NEXT. 10. As in the believer's case, so in the unbeliever's, there is an "afterwards" coming, when the believer shall look on his past griefs, and the unbeliever on his past joys, in a very different light from that in which they were respectively viewed at the time. Compare Isaiah 49:4 Isaiah 49:5 , as a specimen of Jesus not being wearied out by the contradiction and strange unbelief of those among whom He labored, preaching as never man did, and exhibiting miracles wrought by His inherent power, as none else could do. There is a proneness in the best to grow weary and to faint under their trials and afflictions, especially when they prove heavy and of long continuance: this proceeds from the imperfections of grace and the remains of corruption. For--justifying his exhortation, "Looking unto Jesus." Believers being like the angels ( Job 1:6 , 38:7 ), "sons of God," are so their "equals" ( Luke 20:36 ); and being reconciled through Christ, are adopted into God's great and blessed family. of this creation," that is, things so made at creation that they would not remain of themselves, but be removed. The book of Hebrews may briefly be summarized in this way: Believers in Jesus Christ, as God’s perfect sacrifice for sin, have the perfect High-Priest through whose ministry everything is new and better than under the covenant of law. "For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and … He addresses them as runners in a race, and pugilists, and warriors [CHRYSOSTOM]. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) Hebrews 4:12-16 EXEGESIS: THE BROAD CONTEXT: The author identified neither himself nor the people to whom he was writing. Moses is not recorded in Exodus to have used these words. The place of this clause after "the JUDGE OF ALL," is my objection to BENGEL and ALFORD'S explanation, the souls of the just in their separate state perfected. root of bitterness--not merely a "bitter root," which might possibly bring forth sweet fruits; this, a root whose essence is "bitterness," never could. The idea is that the race lies before us in full view. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. against sin--Sin is personified as an adversary; sin, whether within you, leading you to spare your blood, or in our adversaries, leading them to shed it, if they cannot through your faithfulness even unto blood, induce you to apostatize. This is our privilege as Christians. consider--by way of comparison with yourselves, so the Greek. 21. the sight--the vision of God's majesty. "Fruit of righteousness to be enjoyed in peace after the conflict" [THOLUCK]. The most eminent of God's saints were the. But the most holy must despair, if judged by the holy law given from Sinai, without a Saviour. Hebrews 12dropdownNew International Versiondropdown. 12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 [a]fixing our eyes on Jesus, the [b]author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. The Greek verb does not denote the mere action of seeing, but the seer's state of mind to which the object is presented: so in Matthew 5:8 they shall truly comprehend God [TITTMANN]. And--rather, "Even if a beast (much more a man) touch," &c. or thrust through with a dart--omitted in the oldest manuscripts. Hebrews 4:12 Commentary. We too much look at each trial by itself, instead of taking it in connection with the whole plan of our salvation, as if a traveller were to complain of the steepness and roughness of one turn in the path, without considering that it led him into green pastures, on the direct road to the city of habitation. Angels and saints together constitute the ten thousands. when he would--when he wished to have. quake--Greek, "I am in trembling"; "fear" affected his mind: "trembling," his body. Once for all Christ sprinkled the blood peculiarly for us at His ascension ( Hebrews 9:12 ). He profanely cast away his spiritual privilege for the gratification of his palate. Cease to "halt" between Judaism and Christianity [BENGEL]. without which--Greek, "apart from which." . No such danger can arise in rooting out bad principles. The new abiding heaven and earth are also made by God, but they are of a higher nature than the material creation, being made to partake of the divine nature of Him who is not made: so in this relation, as one with the uncreated God, they are regarded as not of the same class as the things made. . This covenant is made firm by the blood of Christ sprinkled upon our consciences, as the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled upon the altar and the victim. It is His completion of His mission that should both enable and inspire us to complete the race set before us. But it is called "the blood of sprinkling," on account also of its continued use in heaven, and in the consciences of the saints on earth ( Hebrews 9:14 , 10:22 , Isaiah 52:15 ). The Greek active verb, not the middle or reflexive, requires the sense to be, Lift up not only your own hands and knees, but also those of your brethren (compare Hebrews 12:15 , Isaiah 35:4 ). His glorified body does not require meat, nor the circulation of the blood. . (Hebrews 12 Commentary) Set before (prokeimai [word study] from pros = in front of + keimai = lie outstretched) means to be set before one and figuratively means to be present to the mind as an example or reward. Christians should not faint under their trials. of The same Greek is translated, "Captain (of salvation)," Hebrews 2:10 ; "Prince (of life)," Acts 3:15 . BENGEL takes "the blood of Abel" as put for all the blood shed on earth crying for vengeance, and greatly increasing the other cries raised by sin in the world; counteracted by the blood of Christ calmly speaking in heaven for us, and from heaven to us. There is a proneness in believers to grow weary, and to faint under trials and afflictions; this is from the imperfection of grace and the remains of corruption. that which is lame--those "weak in the faith" ( Romans 14:1 ), having still Judaizing prejudices. We read in Deuteronomy 9:19 , Septuagint, of similar words used by Moses after breaking the two tables, through fear of God's anger at the people's sin in making the golden calves. (3) "Whereby we may serve God," suits the English Version "grace" (that is Gospel grace, the work of the Spirit, producing faith exhibited in serving God), but does not suit "thankfulness." 13. He is love ( 1 John 4:8 1 John 4:16 ); yet there is another side of His character; God has wrath against sin ( Hebrews 10:27 Hebrews 10:31 ). Hebrews 12: 1-13. Its ultimate fruit amply compensates for any temporary pam. The two advents of Messiah are regarded as one, the complete shaking belonging to the second advent, of which the presage was given in the shakings at the first advent: the convulsions connected with the overthrow of Jerusalem shadowing forth those about to be at the overthrow of all the God-opposed kingdoms by the coming Messiah. 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