Nay God grant that, during all the years that we live, whether they are few or many, we may so live as always to please him! And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. It is quite right to say that you have not any righteousness, but it is quite wrong to look for any. The very warning that he gives is a powerful preventive against apostasy. He takes upon him that nature which God intends to be dominant in this world and in that which is to come. The most solemn warnings against apostasy, and the declaration that total apostasy would be fatal, are not inconsistent with the great truth of the safety of all true saints. Commentary on Hebrews 6:11-20 (Read Hebrews 6:11-20) The hope here meant, is a sure looking for good things promised, through those promises, with love, desire, and valuing of them. So honesty, sobriety, and such things may be very good among men, and the more you have of them the better. This is a solemn text, containing a very terrible truth. Presented here is a verse by verse exposition of the New Testament. Hebrews 11:36-39. VERSES. “Grace be with you all. He is God’s Son, not merely because he calls himself so, but because the Father says, “Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee.” He took not this honor upon himself, but he was “called of God, as was Aaron. Is that as great an exploit as subduing kingdoms? There can be no good in it. Look at chastisement then in the divine light, and be comforted, be strengthened, be healed of the infirmity of your weakness, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. In your early Christian days, you were pointed at, and regarded as quite singular for being servants of Christ; or, possibly, it was not yourselves so much as your pastors, your leaders, your friends who were prominent in the church, at whom the arrows of the adversaries were aimed. The man who comes up to God’s house, having prayed for God to bless the preacher, is not likely to go away unprofited. The eyes of onlookers stimulate the runners in a race, therefore since all heaven looks on, let us not flag till the goal is reached. The staff which had helped him so often in his early pilgrimage, the staff on which be leaned when he came back from the place of his wrestling, halting on his thigh. I let fly a volley at him; I could not help it. (9,10) And encourages them to persevere in faith and holiness. That is, perfect in his obedience, perfect as a sacrifice, perfect as the Mediator and Substitute for his people, —, Brethren, what a grand expression that is, “eternal salvation”! 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.”. We grow old; our mind is dull; our heart is occupied with other matters, and we let these heavenly things leak out, or drift by us, as if we were not concerned in them. 1866-7.] "It pleased the Father to bruise him," and "it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell." I think he liked it all the better because it had been laid up in the holy place by the priests. No; true believers know nothing about going back. They were strangers and pilgrims here, and they sought a country elsewhere. You must push on; you have already defied the foe, to turn back is certain destruction, for you have no armor for your back. Continuance in faith is necessary to salvation, and only those who persevere to the end are indeed saved. 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. Next we learn the obedience of faith. Any-thing that is sinful hardens, and inasmuch as he was without sin, he was without the hardening influence that sin would bring to bear on a man. Wherefore, let us rest in the one great finished work of Christ, and be perfectly happy. If you think little of your Leader you will live but poor lives. At the same time, let us all be praying the Lord to make us grow, that we may know more, and do more, and be more what the Lord would have us to be. He is higher in nature, higher in rank, higher in intellect, and higher in power than they. After giving a long list of the heroes of faith, the apostle adds: —. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. 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. “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. “The Holy Ghost this signifying,”-. Grace COMMENTARIES (The following are considered the best practical and devotional commentaries ever written.) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. We are to “endure hardness.” The crown cannot be won without it. Science and reason are of little or no avail here, but the opening words of divine revelation explain the great mystery: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”. Man is made to be the master of it, and the ox and the horse, with all their strength, must bow their necks to man; and the lion and the tiger, with all their ferocity, must still be cowed in the presence of their master. You know what men will do to win an earthly crown; but the heavenly crown is an immortal, unfading one; so how much more may be expected of you in the way of patient endurance in your heart to win it. God is the Father of our spiritual nature, so, if he pleases to chasten us for our profit, shall we not humbly yield ourselves up to him, and let him do with us whatever he wills? 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. Christ’s one sacrifice has for ever put away the sins of all who believe in him. "Endurance Through Conflict" (Hebrews 10:32-39) "Believing in Faith" (Hebrews 11:1-2) "Understanding Through Faith" (Hebrews 11:3) "OT Examples of Faith" (Hebrews 11:4) "A Walk by Faith" (Hebrews 11:5-6) "Results of ... C. H. Spurgeon . It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Lord, keep thy servants! Spurgeon's writings on the Bible fill dozens of volumes-his thoughts on particular passages scattered in numerous books and sermons. Scripture References Book of Hebrews. Why, that we shall never be permitted to do so,-that the grace of God will keep us so that, although we may fall like Peter, we shall not fall away like Judas,-that, though we may sin, there shall not be that degree of studied willfulness about it that would make it to be the sin unto death, a deliberate act of spiritual suicide. He does not assume the office on his own account, but it is laid upon him, He comes not in as an amateur, but as an authorized priest of God. How near he comes to you and to me by this praying in an agony, even to a bloody sweat, with strong crying, and with weeping! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. I believe that there have been some professors, such as Judas and Simon Magus, who have come very near to this condition, and others who are said, after a certain sort, to have believed, to have received the Holy Spirit in miraculous gifts, and to have been specially enlightened so as to have been able to teach others; but the work of grace did not affect their hearts, it did not renew their natures, it did not transform their spirits, and so it was impossible to renew them to repentance. All of which expressions denote nearness of relationship and likeness of nature, kindly recognised by the great head of the household of God. And now, as if in memory of the God who had blessed him, he leans upon the top of his staff, and blesses the sons of Joseph. I have a converted soul, but an unconverted body. What is it that we want at this moment? Moses kept the law and was a good example to Israel save in some point of weakness, but Christ perfectly carried out his Father’s commission, and he is worthy of more honor than Moses. Hebrews 13:1. And, glory be to our blessed Lord and Master, he is “One chosen out of the people,” “taken from among men.”. Hebrews 12:27. a. Ay, heaven itself will not be complete without us who are on the road to it. If thou hast it not, what hope is there for thee either in this life or in eternity? All the work of man is but the spinning of a righteousness which is undone as quickly as it is spun; but Christ has finished the seamless and spotless robe of his righteousness which is to last for ever. These volumes collect his thoughts on ten different New Testament letters in a commentary format, with illustrations and applications culled from his sermons and writ Benefit from the incredible wisdom of Charles Spurgeon, passage by passage. Does not this bring very sweetly before you the close relationship of Christ to his people? Is it a material altar? Then the apostle appeared to be going on to enlarge upon the Melchisedec priesthood, but he stopped. What a sweet word that is, “embraced them”! The key-word here is that little word “once.” Let it not only sound in your ears, but be written in your hearts. Faith can outlive a deluge which drowns the whole world. A SERMON PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, MAY 26TH, 1904, DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON A LORD’S-DAY EVENING, DURING THE WINTER OF 1861-2. Each section begins first with the passage of Scripture written out for the reader. If a man is sick, he need not commit suicide by taking poison; he can do it just as surely by neglecting to take proper medicines. Hebrews 3:12, 13. By the work of the Holy Ghost within the Virgin Mary, the blessed body of Christ was “prepared” so that he ought be God and man in one person, and so might bring an offering acceptable unto God. This was one of the grandest achievements of faith. He has done this many times in the Psalms, where he speaks of his brethren; He who sets them apart and they who are set apart “are all of one.” They are of one nature, and they have one destiny before them. 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. “Being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” Christ will not save those who refuse to obey him, those who will not believe in him; there must be an obedient faith rendered unto him, or else the virtue of his passion and death cannot come to us. The sermons on Hebrews in Part Two supplement the commentary in Part One, providing the reader with a more expansive exposition and application of numerous key sections of Hebrews. As for us, let us rest on the once offered atonement, and in humble faith know that we are fully accepted. Here the truth taught is that, if a Christian apostatizes, if he renounces his faith, and goes back to the world, it is impossible to reclaim him. So may we see the promises, and be persuaded that they belong to us, and embrace them as we clasp to our bosom those who are nearest and dearest to us! Good Master, have patience with thy servants, and teach us still! [-Reprinted in Nichol's Commentaries. The old ceremonial law of Moses, — This refers to the old ceremonial law, under which the Jews lived so long. If you are his house be not defiled: surely he should dwell in a holy place. Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts Filter Resources By Ask Pastor John. Τῶν σαλευομένων, of those things that are shaken) the heaven and the earth.— τὴν μετάθεσιν, the removing) The same word occurs at Hebrews 7:12. That to which the Holy Ghost bears testimony must never be questioned by us. Mr. Spurgeon has other works of a similar character in contemplation, which will be issued, if the Lord will. 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Oh! Blood was seen on all sides under the law, it was vital to its teachings. See how the Spirit of God gathers up the fragments that remain. Hebrews 13:3. The apostles and the other followers of our Lord constantly bore witness to his miracles and his resurrection. Let us make sure that the foundation is laid, but let us not have continually to lay it again. There was a dear sister, whom many of you knew, who used to attend here with great regularity, although she could not hear a word that was said; but she said it did her good to join in the hymns, and to know that she was worshipping God with the rest of his people. The worlds were not made, not one of them was made, out of something pre-existent; but they were framed by the Word of God, and the things which are seen were not made of things which are seen. We are to do good to others, to communicate of our own good things to those who need them, and to do this at some sacrifice to ourselves, “for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”. This will help us to persevere unto the end because he persevered to the end. Hebrews 13:2. Not only hold it, but hold it fast without wavering. We have now reached that wonderful part of Holy Scripture which is found in the epistle to the Hebrews. God save us from the deceitfulness of sins! See, brethren, the punishment for disobeying the word spoken by angels was death; what, then, must be the penalty of neglecting the great salvation wrought by the Divine Redeemer himself? O Christ, it fell on thee! “God can raise the dead,” says Faith, and that is a most comforting truth. Meditate on those glorious words: “Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”. His one sacrifice was so effectual that, by it, he has for ever put away the sin of the whole multitude of those that believe in him. He has given me r promise that in Isaac shall my seed be called, yet he tells me to offer up my eon, how can this be ? By his own death, Christ broke that evil power which brought death into the world with its long trail of woe. The very man who suffered on Calvary. 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. While we keep all the wall with diligence, let us set a double guard at the most vulnerable point. Hebrews 13:10. 1, 2. Illustrations are indexed by theme, enabling you to quickly find a fitting observation, whether you're searching by topic or verse. God smote an angel down from heaven for sin, and will he let man in with sin in his right hand? 1:1-2 Goodwin, Thomas, Three Sermons on Heb. This may happen even in this world. We should earnestly labour to be right, for no deceptions will avail. By faith, we know more about he creation of the world than philosophy can ever teach us, It has invented the most remarkable and ridiculous theories of how the worlds were made and men produced. Sin is gone, wrath is over, for those for whom Christ died; they are perfected for ever through his one great sacrifice. A man site down, and reads the book of the Gallic wars, and he believes that Julius Caesar wrote it; yet there is not a half or a tenth ss much evidence to prove that he did write it as there is to prove that our Lord Jesus lived, and died, and rose again from the dead. You cannot tell how much of blessing will come to your own souls, through the ministry, if you are in the habit of praying about it. The apostle’s intention is to harden us to any suffering that may come to us in this mortal life. That is to say, because Jesus is so great, because the truths which he came to reveal are so infinitely important, “therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip; “for, sometimes, we seem to let them slip. EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). The marginal reading is, “Who can reasonably bear with the ignorant,” — that is, one who does not lose his temper even when they are very slow to learn what he teaches them. Let that question ring in our ears, "How shall we escape?" Think how Jesus ran the race! Whether men judge them or not, God will judge them. 21. 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.