4:9, 11, Ellen White says: "The rest here spoken of is the rest of grace, obtained by following the prescription, Labor diligently. There may be a better way to build an individual relationship between a pastor and his people, but the seemingly foreordained method is the pastoral call. fall--with the soul, not merely the body, as the rebel Israelites fell ( Hebrews 3:17 ). 11:28). ", 4. he spake--God ( Genesis 2:2 ). 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. 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. Two other oldest manuscripts read, "Let us enter." 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. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. a rest--Greek, "Sabbatism." . For--the motive to "holding our profession" ( Hebrews 4:14 ), namely the sympathy and help we may expect from our High Priest. 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". 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 ). Not what some Adventists have concluded, says the author. Keith Simons. If we move forward in faith, He will remove obstacles. Calvinistic Explanation of Hebrews 6:4-6. by Ean Theron. from his own works--even from those that were good and suitable to the time of doing work. Compare "in due time," Romans 5:6 . The Sabbath is a special link with the con summation of the promised rest of God. Neither does this interpretation take notice of the symbolism of Genesis 2. Pleading our High Priest Jesus' meritorious death, we shall always find God on a throne of grace. 3:13, 14; 4:1). If the Greek "aneu" had been used, sin would have been regarded as the object absent from Christ the subject; but choris here implies that Christ, the subject, is regarded as separated from sin the object [TITTMANN]. 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. In the context of Hebrews 3 and 4 the author points to Christ's rest after His perfect work of Creation, and also to His rest following the perfect work of His human life, which is the basis for the confidence man is to have. “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Labor was followed by rest even in Paradise ( Genesis 2:3 Genesis 2:15 ). Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For--justifying and explaining the word "rest," or "Sabbatism," he that is entered--whosoever once enters. Hebrews 4:8, ESV: "For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on." Promises to Smooth a Rough Way. 1 Heb. Only from earnest labor comes peace and joy in the Holy Spirit happiness on earth and glory hereafter." Jesus, our chief priest. Addressing Jews, he by the Spirit sanctions what was true in their current literature, as he similarly did in addressing Gentiles ( Acts 17:28 ). This rest for God's people is what was promised throughout the entire Old Testament. Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. Hebrews 4:1. 47 Hebrews 4:1–5:10 71 Hebrews 5:11–6:20 91 Hebrews 7 111 Hebrews 8 125 Hebrews 9 147 Hebrews 10 175 Hebrews 11 203 Hebrews 12 229 Hebrews 13 249 Bibliography 251 Index. EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). The thread which unifies chapter 1 is that the Son is superior to the angels. This is the rest of Hebrews 3 and 4. Man is to enter by faith and obedience into God's completed work for him. He brews 4:9, R.S.V., declares that the rest remains "for the people of God," and verse 10 adds "whoever enters," indicating the rest is avail able to anyone who accepts Christ and the rest He offers. 16. come--rather as Greek, "approach," "draw near." . A supply of grace is in store for believers against all exigencies; but they are only supplied with it according as the need arises. In Him alone we have an example suited to men of every character and under all circumstances. Therefore, in Hebrews 3 and 4 sabbatismos is the author's term for man's entering into God's katapausis. Bible students have long disagreed over the meaning of the phrase a rest remains (apoleipetai). The context shows that the apostle Paul was referring to the message, or expression of God’s purpose, such as we find in the Bible. 'Re a print subscriber, we 'll complement your print copy of have. [ ALFORD ] 's soul has in Christ the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe his. 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