Oh, that he had more consideration at our hands! This we can never be except by faith. ", "Well," said he with a sneer, "I can do very well without such love, as long as I get off such chastening.". Can my spirit soothe and cheer. Yet the glory of man is not all lost, as we shall see. For Christian fellowship is helpful to us, and we are helpful to others by it. Lift up to God that which was idly hanging down through despondency. Faith teaches us how to worship God aright. Note also that Spurgeon feels Paul wrote this epistle but most modern expositors do not agree with that interpretation. All the godly of the olden time had a good report of God and of holy men as the result of their faith. Here you have the triumph of faith, one of the greatest victories that was ever achieved by faith, when a man was willing, at God’s command, to offer up his son, his only son, his son according to promise, his son in whom all the covenant was to be fulfilled. All down the ages, the faith of Abel has continued bearing witness to God. He is immutable; he will not change. Are you not willing to take that portion, and to be among the Lord’s tenderly loved ones? Benefit from the incredible wisdom of Charles Spurgeon, passage by passage. I will not, I will not desert to his foes; Hebrews 13:8-9. These worthies lived before Christ came; but, since then, equally noble exploits have been performed by the heroes and heroines of faith. “Provoke unto love and to good works.” I do not know how we can do that better than by being very loving and very full of good works ourselves, for then will others be likely to say, “If these people are helped by God’s grace to love like this, and to labor like this, why should not we do the same” A good example is often better than a very proper precept. Do you all feel the power of that blood now ? This is the Arc de Triomphe erected to the memory of the heroes of faith, whose names are here recorded by the apostle’s inspired pen, with a brief mention of some of their most memorable actions. Mr. Spurgeon has other works of a similar character in contemplation, which will be issued, if the Lord will. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. There are a thousand things not at present submissive to his control. This Spurgeon Commentary on Hebrews is laid out in a very accessible manner. Believers “quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong.” Who shall …, HOLD FAST YOUR SHIELD. We are constantly picking up the relics of them, but there is, blessed be the name of the Lord, “a city which hath foundations,” a city founded on eternal power, and we are on our way to that city, I hope. They were not united to it by faith; consequently, as they did not receive the Word, it was taken away from them. “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.” — Hebrews xi. That is looking to yourself. (1-2a) Jesus brought a revelation superior to the prophets of old. How Judas may sit side by side with favoured and true-hearted apostles, aye, and may be near the Master, too. Another will say, “If I am a child of God, I shall not want to live as I like, but as God likes, and I shall be led by the grace of God into the path of holiness, and through divine grace I shall persevere in that way of holiness right to the end.” That is quite another doctrine, and it is the true teaching of the Word of God. God bade Abraham go forth from his native land, he believed that God knew where he was to go though he did not himself know; so he left the direction of his wanderings entirely in the Lord’s hands, and obeyed, and “went out, not knowing whither he went.” We are not to ask for full knowledge before we will be obedient to the will of the Lord; but we are to obey God in the dark, even as Abraham did. Text Commentaries by C. H. Spurgeon Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), often known today as the Prince of Preachers, began his pastorate at London's New KJV NKJV NLT NIV ESV CSB NASB. Well, if you be holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” Think much of Him. "Harden not your hearts." This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. Remember who it is you follow, with whom you are brethren. Which is quite as great a thing as subduing kingdoms. We are come to that blood, and it is that blood which has made such a change in us. Diamonds only will cut diamonds; the Word of God is its own expositor; the New Testament is the key of the old. You see, then, that the apostle had first made a distinction between Christ and Moses on the ground of, the Builder being greater than the house he builds; now, in the second place, he shows Christ’s superiority to Moses on the ground that a son in his own house is greater than a servant in the house of his master. Christ’s second coming will be “without sin,” and without a sin offering, too, wholly apart from sin, unto the salvation of all His chosen. It is sometimes used of the inner nature generally (Ps 16:7 Jer 20:12), and specially of … Do not build your nest on any one of the trees of earth, for they are all marked for the axe, and they will all have to come down, and your nest too, if you have built upon them. "Harden not your hearts." He spoke whatsoever was uttered by his prophets. They join with us to praise his name, So you perceive that Christ is no created angel. This glorious message is for you, beloved, if you believe in Christ. Hebrews 13:3. hebrews 10 commentary spurgeon. He counts the believing man to be far beyond the rest of mankind. Jesus also comes very near to us because he was not literally heard and answered. God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son,. You have to come to no angry Christ; you have to approach One who will be very gentle toward you. Hebrews Bible Study Commentary in simple English Hebrews Bible Study and Commentary. Men may be nominally Christ’s, but they are not Christ’s house unless they hold fast to the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts Filter Resources By Ask Pastor John. And then see the glory which followed after the shame. There is no need that He should die again, His one offering has forever perfected all His people. Such is the frailty of the nature of man, and such the perishing condition of all created things, that none can ever obtain the least stable consolation but what ariseth from an interest in the omnipotency, sovereignty, and eternity of Jesus Christ. You proba­bly have heard that in the Greek there are no less than five nega­tives. If any man, who had not been a believer, had been translated as Enoch was, we should have been able to point to a great feat accomplished apart from faith. If you have been thus washed, do not defile yourselves again. The 17th verse asks the same question as the 18th, but the answer is different. There is no worshipping God aright, except by faith. He was old and blind, so that he did not know which of his sons came for the first blessing, yet he could see into the future sufficiently to bless both his sons “concerning things to come.” What wondrous power there is in faith even when it is exercised by very imperfect individuals! The Lord grant us grace to be ready for our share in that glorious consummation, for Christ’s sake. We should desire not only to be saved, and to know the elementary truths, but to be advanced scholars in Christ's school, so as to handle the deeper doctrines, and teach them to others. Text Commentaries by C. H. Spurgeon Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), often known today as the Prince of Preachers, began his pastorate at London's New “Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth;” it is a token of his favour to us that he takes the trouble to remove our love of sin by sharp and bitter pain. We, dear friends, when we are trusting in the unseen God, are going back to first principles, we are getting to that which is the essence and the source of all. If, after having been regenerated, and made children of God, we were willfully and deliberately to let the Savior go, and apostatize altogether to the world, there would be no hope for us. Thou stoodest in the sinner's stead, Show sympathy to others while they need it, and they will gratefully remember you when you are in bonds or in adversity. VERSES. Those who are not sustained by faith soon weary of holiness and provoke the Lord. Sin is gone, wrath is over, for those for whom Christ died; they are perfected for ever through his one great sacrifice. He could not come to put away sin from those who had none or from those who by their own efforts could put that sin away by themselves. Happy is the man or woman who believeth in God. In verse 29 you have the difference between faith and presumption: faith goes through the sea, presumption is drowned in the sea. O Christian, as you see the danger that lies before you if you did prove to be an apostate, bless that sovereign grace which will not suffer you so to do, even as Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”, What a consoling end this is to the chapter! Stock No: WW996408. Oh joy! We know what it is to be partakers of flesh and blood; we often wish that we did not. What a sweet word that is, “embraced them”! Is that as great an exploit as subduing kingdoms? Let us all be worthy of our high pedigree; and may God grant that, if the saints of these latter days are to perfect the history of the Church of Christ, the end may not be less heroic than the beginning was! It was not Abraham’s business to keep God’s promise for him; it was God’s business to do that for himself, and he did it. We, therefore, have boldness and liberty in that way “to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus;” where the high priest himself could only go once in the year, we may go at all times. What wondrous faith it was which sustained the saints under the awful tortures to which they were subjected! Hence, there is now no tabernacle, no temple, no holy court, no inner shrine, the holy of holies. We see that by faith. To live for three hundred years, in constant communion with God, as he did, to be ever pleasing God, was a mighty triumph for faith. For apostasy from Christ would amount to all this; and if that were possible, what grace would remain? If you are not yourself distressed, you are not out of the reach of such a thing; therefore be tender towards your afflicted brethren. They have hardened their neck against God's Word, have made their brows like flints and their hearts like adamant stones, and now they might just as well stay away from the house of God as not, for their soul has become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Man is fasci­nated and bewitched by sin. We are the preachers of it,— not the angels; and the great Author and Finisher of our faith is the Man Christ Jesus,— not an angel. They are willing to damn themselves to all eternity because they cannot bear the jeers and sneers of a ribald world. Does not this bring very sweetly before you the close relationship of Christ to his people? To sin and never smart is the mark of those who will be damned; their smart, like their doom, being in reserve and stored up for sorer judgment, I remember once being very, very ill, and a man who had no godliness but who was full of wicked wit accosted me thus: "You see, 'whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.' Here we find the names of many of the heroes of faith, and a brief record of some of the battles in which they fought and conquered. Beloved, there is rich comfort for all believers in the fact that Christ is God’s appointed and accepted High Priest. The Greek word is a strong one, and means, “whom the Lord tenderly loveth —. Oh, what blessing it is to know that the conscience is quite at rest because of the purging wrought by Jesu’s blood! Experience has made him the ready interpreter of anguished hearts. "Oh," say you, "I do not repent enough!" If you are his house be not defiled: surely he should dwell in a holy place. There are certain things about us which require this, so thus it must be. Reject your Savior, give up your hope in him, and there cannot be another name by which you can be saved, or another glorified by which you can be cleansed from sin. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Well then, so much the more let us stir each other up to love and to good works. They are waiting up yonder for us; the choirs of heaven cannot be completed without you -and me. In the sight of God, Christ’s one sacrifice hath completed the expiation of sin, glory be to a holy name! What more could be desired? Is there any other door of escape if we pass that one by? First we had the trials which come from the world, these we are to endure looking to Christ for grace to enable us to overcome them. Want of faith brings want of holiness, and when we abide in the faith we abide in obedience. There are many professing Christians who do not understand what it is to rest because the work of salvation is done; they do not even seem to know that the work is done. This is the age of expectancy. Once has Jesus offered sacrifice, and only once. We see Jesus, not merely as God, but as the God-man exalted “far above all principality and power, and might, and dominion.”, Here is the representative Man who is supreme over all: “We see Jesus,”. I felt forced to stand up for my Master. Much less, then, can we trifle with Christ’s gospel. “But we see Jesus.” — Hebrews ii. Pride has already begun to work in them; and where pride can work, every other sin finds elbow-room. They could not trifle with the angels’ message without receiving just punishment from God. As I observed to you in the exposition, the stress in these passages of sacred biography …, Holding Fast Our Profession The fact that Christ is free from sin, is a circumstance which does not diminish the tenderness of his sympathy with us, but rather increases it. It is for your own benefit to remember in your prayers those who preach the Word of God to you, for what can they do without divine assistance and how can you be profited by them unless they are first blessed of God? Paul is but giving us two sides of the truth, — both equally true, — the one needful for our warning, the other admirable for our consolation. The apostles and the other followers of our Lord constantly bore witness to his miracles and his resurrection. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. When faith takes to working, how mightily she works. Ay, heaven itself will not be complete without us who are on the road to it. We solemnly believe that if we could speak thunderbolts, and our every look were a lightning flash, and if our eyes dropped blood instead of tears, no tones, words, gestures, or similitudes of dread could exagger­ate the awful condition of a soul which has refused the gospel and is delivered over to justice, The apostle is not expecting that any of them will ever go back to where they were before; he is persuaded that they will persevere even to the end. Trifle not, therefore, with that salvation which cost Christ so much, and which he himself brings to you with bleeding hands. Lond., Nisbet. God grant that we may have an unquestioning, unstaggering faith! We have the truth here; the worlds were framed by the word of God, not made of things which existed previously, but spoken out of nothing by the voice of the Almighty. Doubtless they derive some happiness from it, if only from the sight of those converted under it; but it is in no sense under the government of angels. that some barren soul here might catch the blessed influences of faith, and begin at once to bear fruit for God! Consider him; you cannot know all his excellence, all his value to you, except he is the subject of your constant meditation. Do not put yourself into every man’s hand to let him play with you as he pleases. As you have seen hanging up in the butcher's shop the carcasses of animals cut right down in the center, so the Word of God is "piercing to the dividing of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow." But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. Scripture References Book of Hebrews. This is a practical chapter at the close of this most instructive Epistle. That is the question, and here is the answer: —, We who have believed in Jesus, we who have sincerely committed ourselves to his care, we who have been born again of the Holy Spirit, we in whom there is the real work of grace which God has pledged to carry on, — “we are not of them who draw back unto perdition:” —, What a blessed truth is this!   Let us never have a question about it. It is true that they can be substantiated, by the argument from design, and in other ways; still, for a wise purpose as I believe, God has not made even that matter of the creation of the universe perfectly clear to human reason, so there is room for the exercise of faith. We have not come to that mount of terror, for we are not under the law but under grace; we have come to a very different place from that. - The complete King James Version with Charles Spurgeon’s commentaries. The movements of God’s servants may be controlled by prayer. A Christian is not meant to be a solitary being. Hebrews 13:14. You have left out the life of the gospel. We have not now the ministry of angels, but the ministry of men, by whom the Lord of the angels sends his messages to their fellows. HEBREWS 11:1-26 C.H. He has so become partaker of our nature that now we are one family, and he is not ashamed to call us brothers. We can have no doubt about the great truths which we believe, for we are compassed about with a cloud of witnesses. "Harden not your hearts," for this will be your ruin. Illustrations are indexed by theme, enabling you to quickly find a fitting observation, whether you're searching by topic or verse. We ought to thank God that he will not let us sin without chastisement. If there are but two faithful ones out of two millions, he knows it, and he records it. Upon this supposition, God’s utmost has been tried, and has failed. May that be true of every one of us, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake! Glory be to his holy name! Dying Jacob pronounces living blessings upon his eons, and upon their sons generation after generation. Uncategorized. Faith made them so mighty. Remember them, therefore. We draw upon the church's strength when we ought to be contributing to it. Where he may lead, I’ll follow, My trust in him repose: And every hour in perfect peace I’ll sing, ’He knows! Download Free. Raise, raise, my soul, thy raptured sight The work by which they might live for ever, the finished work by which they might be saved, they refuse, and so they never enter into God’s rest.   You will not gain holiness by standing still. “Without the camp,” is the place where his servants will find themselves most at home. O professors, take this message home to your hearts! Spurgeon's writings on the Bible fill dozens of volumes-his thoughts on particular passages scattered in numerous books and sermons. Of our High Priest above; Sacraments, prayers, repentances are all useless as a substitute for faith in the blood. Everyone does not receive the like measure of chastisement, and he that has the largest share of the love of God will feel the most of his chastising hand. Shall he have them flung in his own face in heaven? When my comforts fade and languish, The apostle, having deserted the heroes of the faith, represents them as witnesses of the great race which Christens in all ages have to run. Man loves his own ruin. Though the promises could only be seen afar off, faith has such long arms that it embraced them, clung to them as loving relatives cling to one another, and would not let them go. It has been done once, and there is no need of a repetition. These all, having obtained a good report — Μαρτυρηθεντες, being witnessed unto, as persons who did or suffered great things by faith. It is heaven begun below. They went back, after the victim had been offered, with a certain measure of rest and relief, but not with that perfect rest which is the accompaniment of the pardon that Jesus gives to those who come unto God through him. Trace his love's continued stream, It is a bad example for a professing Christian to absent himself from the assembly of the friends of Christ. And I have died in thee; Hebrews 1:1, 2. But our Lord had no sins of his own. Amen.”. And will for ever be, $14.99 Retail: $20.95 Save 28% ($5.96) Availability: Out of Stock. May we be amongst the privileged company that look for him! Oh, you who, like Nicodemus, come to Christ by night, be ashamed that you are ashamed, and come out, and boldly confess what you are! Our Lord Jesus Christ had neither ignorance nor sin of his own, but he has become so completely one with his people, bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh, that he can have compassion upon us, ignorant and out of the way as we may be. “Lest he should come short of the grace of God, and as it were fall back. The apostle’s argument is unanswerable. Jesus, our chief priest. For they are not ashamed to look forward to the future for their chief joy; and God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared that chief joy for them. Is there no way for us to “be partakers of his holiness” but through chastening? Illustrations are indexed by theme, enabling you to quickly find a fitting observation, whether you're searching by topic or verse. You see, faith and fear can live in the same heart; and they can work together to build the same ark. The facts about creation must be the subject of faith. But I think he liked it best of all because it had stains of blood on it—the blood of Goliath. “We see Jesus.”— Hebrews 2:9. You remember ’his discernment, how he crossed his hands willingly that he might lay the right hand upon the younger son. Those promises we shall inherit most surely, for we shall by grace be enabled to remain faithful until death. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Christ in my stead suffering the penalty of my sin-that pacifies my conscience, but nothing else does: “Without shedding of blood is no remission.”, Under the law, some things were purified by fire or by water, but “almost all things” were “purged with blood;” and there was and still is, no remission of sin “without shedding of blood.”. THE apostle is drawing certain inferences from the covenant of grace, upon which he has been enlarging. Now and then we meet with some squeamish person who says, "I cannot bear the mention of the word blood." 7/6 each. Moses was but a part of the house after all, a prominent stone in the building, but Christ is the builder, builder of the house, foundation, topstone of it. From the sensitiveness to pain of this part of the body, it was regarded by the Hebrews as the seat of sensation and feeling, as also of desire and longing (Ps 72:21 Job 16:13 19:27). When the body faint's with anguish, But beside those gifts, the priests offered sacrifices, and our Lord Jesus Christ did the same, for he was made a sin-offering for us, though he himself knew no sin. Let there be no thought of going back, but may there rather be a distinct advance! Wherefore, brethren, you and I also are patiently to endure, to hold on even to the end, and God’s sure promise will never fail us. The best part of the report about them is, that they believed their God, and believed all that was revealed to them by his Word and his Spirit. Zane Hodges (Bible Knowledge Commentary, Hebrews [Victor Books]) and the Grace Evangelical Society are the main advocates, along with R. T. Kendall. Let us ask for it.   Their desire for “a better country” has been implanted within them by God himself, and “he hath prepared for them a city” which will more than satisfy their utmost desires. He had to suffer because of sin once, but he will never again have to do that; his sacrifice will never need to be repeated, and never can be repeated. We all have some besetting sin; let us especially be on the watch against that. Wherefore, let us rest in the one great finished work of Christ, and be perfectly happy. In his own body on the tree. Has he gone as a forerunner of those who may after all perish on the road? They passed away before Christ’s day, so they did not see the fulfillment of the promises concerning his coming. Illustrations are indexed by theme, enabling you to quickly find a fitting observation, whether you're searching by topic or verse. He is nothing less than very God of very God. Christ became the author of “eternal salvation,” and the word “eternal” must mean without end; so that, if we once receive the salvation which Christ has wrought out, we are saved in time, and shall be saved throughout all eternity. If it did fail, there would remain “no more sacrifice for sins. "I am too unworthy." Oh, that all of us might so live that, even out of our graves, there might come a voice speaking for God! I wish that some, who stay away for the most frivolous excuses, would think of this verse: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;”-. The Lord's word lays us bare and opens up our secret selves. Clear Advanced Options. 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