7. passed into the heavens--rather, "passed through the heavens," namely, those which come between us and God, the aerial heaven, and that above the latter containing the heavenly bodies, the sun, moon, &c. These heavens were the veil which our High Priest passed through into the heaven of heavens, the immediate presence of God, just as the Levitical high priest passed through the veil into the Holy of Holies. therefore--Seeing such a promise is before us, which we may, like them, fall short of through unbelief. The Greek is the same as that for "his own" immediately after. Before attempting to describe the "rest" of Hebrews 4:9, we must ask: (1) To whom is the rest avail able? but now still, 11. Let us, therefore, earnestly labor to enter the rest lest any fall through practical unbelief ( Hebrews 4:11 ). While Hebrews as a whole is written to demonstrate Christ’s … Its double power seems to be implied by its being "two-edged." When is the "rest" of God to be entered? The argument is to show that by "My rest," God means a future rest, not for Himself, but for us. True Sabbath rest does not come from adhering to the law or taking a break from work one day of the week. and of the joints and marrow--rather, "(reaching even TO) both the joints (so as to divide them) and marrow." Our highest happiness shall, according to this verse, consist in our being united in one with God, and moulded into conformity with Him as our archetype [CALVIN]. Revelation 19:15 similarly represents the Word's judicial power as a sharp sword going out of Christ's mouth to smite the nations. But the "rest" in this Hebrews 4:9 is the nobler and more exalted (Hebrew) "Sabbath" rest; literally, "cessation": rest from work when finished ( Hebrews 4:4 ), as God rested ( Revelation 16:17 ). Jesus, our chief priest. However, we must not forget either the author's use of the Creation Sabbath to illustrate God's rest or the fact that the promised rest in the Old Testament did include, among other things, the gift of the land. 9:28). Seventh-day Adventists believe in inspiring those around us to experience a life of wholeness and hope for an eternal future with God. Contrast Job's complaint ( Job 23:3-8 ) and Elihu's "IF," &c. ( Job 33:23-28 ). . 2. gospel preached . in his sight --in God's sight ( Hebrews 4:12 ). What then is the "rest" of God? Some have viewed the rest primarily in a future sense and therefore refer it to the coming new earth, basing their concepts heavily on the Old Testament promises of rest in the Promised Land. All rights reserved. I recently heard a great explanation of this difficult passage by Dr. Heiser, on the naked bible podcast and wanted to share it with you. . 7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.”. in his sight--in God's sight ( Hebrews 4:12 ). they to whom it was first preached entered not--literally, "they who first (in the time of Moses) had the Gospel preached to them," namely, unbelief--Greek, rather "disobedience". Let us . He is both the omnipotent God and our merciful Saviour. "Whoever enters God's rest also ceases from his labors as God did from his" (Heb. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Then as they get into His yoke they find, not idleness, but beautiful, restful activity. BENGEL and OWEN take it, Lest there should be any semblance or appearance of falling short. THE PROMISE OF GOD'S REST IS FULLY REALIZED THROUGH CHRIST: LET US STRIVE TO OBTAIN IT BY HIM, OUR SYMPATHIZING HIGH PRIEST. Bishop John A. T. Robinson, the man who wrote "Honest to God," now comforts the conservatives. According to Riehm, the (as yet unproved) presupposition is first provisionally expressed in the parenthesis, Hebrews 4:1, in a simply assertory manner, viz. Watch for questions like, "How many baptisms?" Why don't the editors of Ministry have more to say on the current discussions regarding the nature of Christ and righteousness by faith? Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Proud member a rest--Greek, "Sabbatism." Though exalted to the highest heavens, He has changed His place, not His nature and office in relation to us, His condition, but not His affection. from all his works--Hebrew, Genesis 2:2 , "from all His work." Seeing then--Having, therefore; resuming Hebrews 2:17 . Hebrews Chapter 4: Entering God’s Rest. 4:9, R.S.V., he uses a different word for rest. At Hebrews 4:11 he again, as in Hebrews 3:12-19 already, takes up faith as the indispensable qualification for entering it. IMPOSSIBLE! that there is still in existence a promise of entering into the rest of God, a promise of which the fulfilment is yet outstanding, and this presupposition is then repeated, Hebrews 4:2, in other expressions of a more general bearing, no doubt, but essentially … labour--Greek, "strive diligently." Compare as to God's creation rest, once for all completed, and rested from. we which have believed--we who at Christ's coming shall be found to have believed. Bible students have long disagreed over the meaning of the phrase a rest remains (apoleipetai). Addressing Jews, he by the Spirit sanctions what was true in their current literature, as he similarly did in addressing Gentiles ( Acts 17:28 ). While I no longer see Hebrews 4:8-10 as a proof text for the Sabbath, the message of Hebrews 4 has become laden with a deeper meaning for the seventh-day Sabbath. In its total context the passage also shows us the Sabbath as a God-given sign or symbol of our having begun now to rest in God's completed work of redemption on the cross. The Sabbath as a symbol of the reality of spiritual rest has implications for the future, as well as for past and present salvation. Though "great" ( Hebrews 4:14 ), He is not above caring for us; nay, as being in all points one with us as to manhood, sin only excepted, He sympathizes with us in every temptation. Rather, "His rest": the man's rest: that assigned to him by God as his. How to enter God’s rest. The less prominent place of the "fall" in the Greek favors this. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hebrews 4 is the fourth chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. True, the entering into rest will not always be available, and the opportunity must be seized today (cf. finished--Greek, "brought into existence," "made. Throughout Hebrews 3 and 4 the author refers to the rest of God (katapausis) as the goal to be entered. although, &c.--Although God had finished His works of creation and entered on His rest from creation long before Moses' time, yet under that leader of Israel another rest was promised, which most fell short of through unbelief; and although the rest in Canaan was subsequently attained under Joshua, yet long after, in David's days, God, in the ninety-fifth Psalm, still speaks of the rest of God as not yet attained. The Sabbath as a symbol of that eternal rest is, in a special sense, the sign between God and His real covenant people (Eze. . The argument, though generally applying to anyone who has entered his rest, probably alludes to Jesus in particular, the antitypical Joshua, who, having entered His rest at the Ascension, has ceased or rested from His work of the new creation, as God on the seventh day rested from the work of physical creation. ", 10. He, therefore, experimentally knew what power was needed to overcome temptations. The writer's point is that God's salvation rest in His Son Christ Jesus is there and is available, but He will not … Hebrews 9:1-14 Hebrews 1:1-4 1 In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by [his] Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. There have been in all ages many unprofitable hearers; and unbelief is at … . the word preached--literally, "the word of hearing": the word heard by them. 9. therefore--because God "speaks of another day" remaineth--still to be realized hereafter by the "some (who) must enter therein" ( Hebrews 4:6 ), that is, "the people of God," the true Israel who shall enter into God's rest ("My rest," Hebrews 4:3 ). Christians must not use or accept unsound arguments and faulty logic to support their faith. hold fast--the opposite of "let slip" ( Hebrews 2:1 ); and "fall away" ( Hebrews 6:6 ). The verb tenses and the repetition of the word today seem to demand such a conclusion, as does also the strong exhortative and probationary tone of the pas sage. "It judges all that is in the heart, for there it passes through, at once punishing [unbelievers] and searching [both believers and unbelievers]" [CHRYSOSTOM]. Not, as ALFORD explains, "help in time," that is, to-day, while it is yet open to us; the accepted time ( 2 Corinthians 6:2 ). of find grace--corresponding to "throne of grace." Today, I believe even more deeply that Hebrews 4 is a most significant passage undergirding the seventh-day Sabbath, but for different reasons. The relation be tween the rest of God as experience and the Sabbath as its symbol is aptly stated by E. J. Waggoner: "The rest in Eden was Sabbath rest. The "rest" in Hebrews 4:8 is Greek, "catapausis;" Hebrew, "Noah"; rest from weariness, as the ark rested on Ararat after its tossings to and fro; and as Israel, under Joshua, enjoyed at last rest from war in Canaan. Exhortation to the readers, deduced from the historic fact, Hebrews 3:15-19, and softened by the form of community with the readers adopted by the author, which, however, is involuntarily abandoned again at the close of the verse. This chapter points us back to Eden, where Adam spent his first day of life, resting in God's completed work. Pleading our High Priest Jesus' meritorious death, we shall always find God on a throne of grace. ALFORD translates, "He that entered into his (or else God's, but rather 'his'; Isaiah 11:10 , 'His rest': 'the joy of the Lord,' Matthew 25:21 Matthew 25:23 ) rest (namely, Jesus, our Forerunner, Hebrews 4:14 , 6:20 , 'The Son of God that is passed through the heavens': in contrast to Joshua the type, who did not bring God's people into the heavenly rest), he himself (emphatical) rested from his works ( Hebrews 4:4 ), as God (did) from His own" (so the Greek, "works"). Rest from weariness, sorrow, and sin; and rest in the completion of God's new creation ( Revelation 21:5 ). Principles of Bible interpretation stress that the Old Testament covenant promises, without their geographic and ethnic limitations, are to be fulfilled in principle to spiritual "Israel" in the new earth. even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit--that is, reaching through even to the separation of the animal soul, the lower part of man's incorporeal nature, the seat of animal desires, which he has in common with the brutes; compare the same Greek, 1 Corinthians 2:14 , "the natural [animal-souled] man" ( Jude 1:19 ), from the spirit (the higher part of man, receptive of the Spirit of God, and allying him to heavenly beings). A Bible Study in EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Hebrews. Christ "knows what is in man" ( John 2:25 ): so His word reaches as far as to the most intimate and accurate knowledge of man's most hidden parts, feelings, and thoughts, dividing, that is, distinguishing what is spiritual from what is carnal and animal in him, the spirit from the soul: so Proverbs 20:27 . Cities . The Greek perfect tense implies that this is our continuous state in relation to God. The argument is: He who once enters rest, rests from labors; but God's people have not yet rested from them, therefore they have not yet entered the rest, and so it must be still future. The work and subsequent rest of God are the archetype to which we should be conformed. boldly--Greek, "with confidence," or "freedom of speech" ( Ephesians 6:19 ). Meyer's NT Commentary. God has not left us to struggle on alone. Science and Religion: Building with Unsound Timbers. 2:1-4; 3:6-4:16; 5:11-6:20; 10:19-39; 12:1-13:25. The sense is, "lest any fall into such disobedience (so the Greek for 'unbelief' means) as they gave a sample of" [GROTIUS]. . Hebrews 4:1-16 . People by the millions. Compare "in due time," Romans 5:6 . 4 Ellet Joseph Waggoner, "Studies in the Book of Hebrews," General Conference Bulletin, 1897, p. 301. As the knife of the Levitical priest reached to dividing parts, closely united as the joints of the limbs, and penetrated to the innermost parts, as the marrows (the Greek is plural); so the word of God divides the closely joined parts of man's immaterial being, soul and spirit, and penetrates to the innermost parts of the spirit. Hebrews 4:1. without sin--Greek, "choris," "separate from sin" ( Hebrews 7:26 ). In sympathy He adapts himself to each, as if He had not merely taken on Him man's nature in general, but also the peculiar nature of that single individual. The whole renovated creation shall share in it; nothing will there be to break the Sabbath of eternity; and the Triune God shall rejoice in the work of His hands ( Zephaniah 3:17 ). Thus, throughout His temptations in their origin, process, and result, sin had nothing in Him; He was apart and separate from it [ALFORD]. 12. . as he said--God's saying that unbelief excludes from entrance implies that belief gains an entrance into the rest. powerful--Greek, "energetic"; not only living, but energetically efficacious. Hebrews 4:1-11 has been used, on one hand, to support the observance of the Sabbath commandment by Christians; and on the other hand, as evidence for the rejection of a literal obedience to the commandment. sharper--"more cutting." 11:28). Let us . and I will give you rest (the rest received on first believing). Answer to the objection which might be made to his reasoning, namely, that those brought into Canaan by Joshua (so "Jesus" here means, as in Acts 7:45 ) did enter the rest of God. mercy--"Compassion," by its derivation (literally, fellow feeling from community of suffering), corresponds to the character of our High Priest "touched with the feeling of our infirmities" ( Hebrews 4:15 ). discerner of the thoughts--Greek, "capable of judging the purposes." Not that He has ceased to carry on the work of redemption, nay, He upholds it by His mediation; but He has ceased from those portions of the work which constitute the foundation; the sacrifice has been once for all accomplished. God then blessed the day and rested. Joshua and the Israelites did both and yet did not find the true rest (Neh. Therefore, the Sabbath is not the "rest" that remains, of Heb. According to this view, if God didn't want the Sabbath kept after the cross, "would he not after ward have spoken of another day" (Heb. People ignorant of God's message for our day. Isn't tracing "I love you" in wet sand with the big toe of the right foot enough of a ceremony, if a couple is really in love? "To-day," rightly used, terminates in the rest which, when once obtained, is never lost ( Revelation 3:12 ). Jesus Christ, has sent forth his ministering Spirits “to minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation”. The Jews call the future rest "the day which is all Sabbath. should seem to come short of it--Greek, "to have come short of it"; should be found, when the great trial of all shall take place [ALFORD], to have fallen short of attaining the promise. Hebrews 4:8, ESV: "For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on." his rest--God's heavenly rest, of which Canaan is the type. not being mixed with faith in them that heard--So the Syriac and the Old Latin Versions, older than any of our manuscripts, and LUCIFER, read, "As the world did not unite with the hearers in faith." At one time I was convinced that the verses of Hebrews 4:8-10 were clear "proof texts" that the seventh-day Sabbath rest still remained unchanged by Jesus to another day. From the general argument of the book of Hebrews and also from such texts as Galatians 3:26-29, it be comes clear that the wandering people of God since the cross are no longer the Jewish nation exclusively, but all those who are Christ's. 4. For--justifying and explaining the word "rest," or "Sabbatism," he that is entered--whosoever once enters. Hebrews 4:3, R.S.V., says, "For we who have believed enter that rest." MinistryMagazine.org is an official website of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, © 2020 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The people in your parsonage are the most important people of all to you. 1. . 14. FOREWORD The Life Application Bible Commentary series provides verse-by-verse explanation, background, and application for every verse in the New Testament. and ye shall find rest (the continuing rest and peace found in daily submitting to Christ's easy yoke; the former answers to "receive mercy" here; the latter, to "find grace," Matthew 11:28 Matthew 11:29 ). . For--Such diligent striving ( Hebrews 4:11 ) is incumbent on us FOR we have to do with a God whose "word" whereby we shall be judged, is heart-searching, and whose eyes are all-seeing ( Hebrews 4:13 ). Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Hebrews 4. thousands of them. "God's wisdom, simply manifold, and uniformly multiform, with incomprehensible comprehension, comprehends all things incomprehensible." Faith, obedience, and ceasing from our works as God does from His gives us the key to unlock the meaning of the rest (sabbatismos) in Heb. It isn’t the blood of bulls and goats that take away sins, but the grace of God. Mercy especially refers to the remission and removal of sins; grace, to the saving bestowal of spiritual gifts [ESTIUS]. Hebrews 4:3, R.S.V., says, "For we who have believed enter that rest." that rest--which is still future and so glorious. obtain--rather, "receive." Hearing alone is of as little value as undigested food in a bad stomach [THOLUCK]. Forgiveness, access to His throne, and the promises of His Spirit and that no trial will be greater than we can bear—combined with His declaration that He works in us both to will and to do—assure us that faithfulness can be produced in us when we yield as faithful servants. Though the Sabbath is mentioned only incidentally in a context that stresses the availability of salvation rest to man, the rest of God on the seventh day of Creation week reveals that the Sabbath is a symbol and a sample of the rest of grace. 4 as one text says, referring to the seventh day: And God rested on the seventh day after all the work he had been doing.. 5 And, again, the passage above says: They will never reach my place of rest.. 6 It remains the case, then, that there would be some people who would reach it, and since those who first heard the good news were prevented from entering by their refusal to believe, Calvinistic Explanation of Hebrews 6:4-6. by Ean Theron. ALFORD'S interpretation is clumsy, by which he makes the soul itself, and the spirit itself, to be divided, instead of the soul from the spirit: so also he makes not only the joints to be divided asunder, but the marrow also to be divided (?). 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