This they are confined unto in their whole work; nor is the church obliged to attend unto them in any thing else. Hence one wrote under his excellent piece, ΄ωμήσεταί τις μᾶλλον ἣ μιμήσεται, — “It is easier to envy it than to imitate it,” or do the like. (2.) Charisma, charm, organization, education, or brilliance are subordinate to teaching the Bible. Chapter 11. Herein are we to imitate and follow them. The Christian leader, though he possesses no arbitrary power, nevertheless is to bear rule, and that, according to the Scriptures. That it ought to be the care of the church's guides to set before their people, and leave behind them, such an example of faith and holiness, as that it may be the duty of the church to remember them, and follow their example. 1:1, addressed to "all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, with the overseers (episkopoi) and deacons." Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project Amid the various concluding exhortations in Hebrews 13, two have a special relevance for work. xvi.— τὴν ἔκβασιν, the end) blessed, wished for.— τῆς ἀναστροφῆς, of their conversation) in the faith, consistent.— μιμεῖσθε, imitate) The imperative. Today we are finishing our study of the book of Hebrews. James, the apostles, who perhaps had already suffered martyrdom for the gospel. Marriage is honorable among all: The Bible holds high the ideal of married life and the institution of family. Remember your former leaders. mimeomai. Human nature is very fickle, and tragic it is to mark how quickly many a faithful pastor is forgotten. The Syriac puts another sense on the words, “Search out the perfection of their conversation;” but to the same purpose. Verse17 is more direct in its requirements of the treatment of the rulers in association with the ﬂock, hence the present verse has especial reference to the ones who have gone on out of life, but whose examples of faith were still worthy of imitation. Grant's Verse-by-Verse Logos Bible Software. Leadership involved responsibility for the condition of the Assembly; whereas a teacher would "give himself to his teaching." В дополнение к рассуждению о роли верных в гл. 3. Then he counseled his readers … This remembrance of our guides is prescribed with reference unto the duty of following their faith: “Whose faith follow;” — ‘So mind them and their work, in preaching the word of God, as to follow or imitate them in their faith.’. 13:8. The example of our spiritual leaders is one we should follow (cf. This word of God is the sole object of the faith of the church, the only outward means of communicating the mind and grace of God unto it. ", "I will not fear what man shall do unto me. NASB E-Prime Young's Compare all. So are we to follow the faith of these guides. Fourth, it signifies fidelity or faithfulness, as in the following passages: "The weightier matters of the Law: judgment, mercy, and faith" ( Matthew 23:23), "the faith of God" ( Romans 3:3), "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace... faith" or "faithfulness" as in the R.V. "Faith" is a term which has a varying scope in its N.T. James the brother of John, and James the Lord’s brother, were both dead at this time. Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Hebrews. ἀναθεωρεῖν] the prolonged, closely observing contemplation. "It is not therefore merely an end that is intended; nor doth the word signify a common end, issue or event of things, but an end accompanied with a deliverance from, and so a conquest over, such difficulties and dangers as men were before exposed unto. Genesis 18:2; Genesis 19:1. But it also signifies praesum, praeeo, duco; “to go before,” “to rule,” “to lead.” And ἡγούμενοι is variously used: sometimes for a ruler, Matthew 2:6, Acts 7:10 : sometimes for a principal person among others; so Judas and Silas are called ἄνδρας ἡγουμένους ἐν τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς, Acts 15:22, — “chief men among the brethren;” which one would have to be bishops over them, very absurdly, for they are reckoned among those brethren of the church who were distinguished from the apostles and elders: and sometimes for them that are chief in any work; so it is said that Paul, when he spake with Barnabas, was ὁ ἡγούμενος τοῦ λόγου, “the chief speaker,” Acts 14:12, — who was chief or forwardest in speaking. 2. And it is here taken in the latter sense; for their faith in the other sense is not to be imitated, but professed. We may well suppose that some had died a martyr’s death, but the writer seems carefully to avoid any direct expression of this thought; his words apply to all who have ended their course in the triumph of faith. James, brother of John, was slain by Herod about twenty years previous; and James, bishop of Jerusalem, perhaps about two years before this epistle was received. There would be many others unknown to us. The abiding presence of the Lord guarantees all-sufficient help, and therefore alarms at man's enmity should be removed. Hebrews 13:7. by Grant | Jan 7, 2020 | Hebrews | 0 comments. ), God raises up by His Spirit in each assembly of saints those whom He fits to care for it. Some of which guides were removed by death, slain and martyred for the truth of Jesus, and ascended unto heaven, and others were alive among them; they were to remember all of them, but especially their spiritual fathers that had begotten them to God by the gospel, 1 Corinthians 4:15 2 Corinthians 2:17 1 Timothy 5:17 2 Timothy 3:14-17 1 Peter 4:11 5:2,3. The meaning is rather, that a course of Christian conduct, which even to the end is the outcome of a holy noble faith, is well worthy of the contemplation and imitation of all who observe it. 31 This can also be gathered from the Greek word ekbasis (outcome) which seems to refer to the sum total of their life accomplishments. But it is most frequently used as a noun; and so it is here. 1. Stephen, James the brother of our Lord and Bishop of Jerusalem, as well as James the brother of John (Acts 12:2), in the Palestinian church, suffered martyrdom. Hebrews 13:7. The text is the section of three sections that conclude the letter in chapter 13. In Acts 14:23, Paul and Barnabas "ordained elders in every assembly." The word is but once more used in the New Testament, where the apostle applies it to express the consideration which he took of the devotion or the altars of the Athenians, Acts 17:23. The word for "considering" occurs again only in Acts 17:23, namely, when Paul "beheld" the gods that the Athenians worshipped, so that "his spirit was stirred in him" (verse 16)! In what sense or way are they to be "remembered"? N.A.S.B. This letter was among those later written, when many heads of the Jerusalem church had passed away. Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive: We are to be submissive to the leaders God has given us (assuming they have the character mentioned in Hebrews 13:7). Hebrews 12:1; Hebrews 13:17; Hebrews 13:24). He shows us what God is really like. Obs. He therefore intends teachers, who were among the first witnesses and apostles of Christ, or their disciples and companions, who had died a little before, or were now almost at the point of death.— ἀναθεώρουντες, looking to, considering) i.e. πολλοὶ δὲ ἦσαν, οὔτε στέφανος μόνον καὶ ἰάκωβος ὁ μαχαίρᾳ ἀναιρεθείς, ἀλλὰ καὶ ὁ τοῦ κυρίου ἀδελφὸς ἰάκωβος, ἕτεροι δὲ πλεῖστοι σιωπῇ παραδεδομένοι. Chapter 12. It is a great mercy when we are made conscious of our helplessness, when our conceit is so subdued as to realize that without Divine assistance defeat is certain. It did to the whole nation of Israel when they hearkened to the report of the ten spies. And such was the issue and egress of this life, which it is their concernment to review, they having by it an outlet from the remainders of sin and misery, which did defile and oppress them, Revelation 14:13, and a victory over the world and all its oppositions to them, sealing the truth with their blood which they had preached and practised among them, and were more than conquerors over all by death, having an inlet into life, and peace, and eternal glory, in the inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and which fadeth not away, reserved for them in heaven, Romans 8:37 2 Timothy 4:8 1 Peter 1:4 3:4. 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For there were found out unto this end certain religious celebrations of the supposed times of their deaths, with assemblings at their tombs; wherein they placed much devotion, not without a great mixture of heathenish rites; which issued at length in prayer, adoration, and sundry acts of religious worship. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my … Secondly, To propound their holy conversation to their daily view, in a Christian imitation of those evangelical graces and moral virtues which were so orient and exemplary in their rulers' lives. Yet I will not deny but that the vocal speaking of the word of God, by virtue of new revelations in them who were divinely inspired, as the apostles and evangelists, may be comprised herein. "Now there was found in it a poor wise Prayer of Manasseh, and he by his wisdom delivered the city: yet no man remembered that same poor man" ( Ecclesiastes 9:15)—God taxes them with their forgetfulness! ῾ηγουμένων. Hebrews 13:17.] Rather is it that which makes sin to be more hated, God to be more feared, Christ to be more highly valued, the path of duty more clearly defined, which is what we are to aim to. I confess that the first twenty or so times that I read our text, it seemed to me to be a disjointed, random bunch of verses. It is at the point last mentioned we may perceive the pertinency of this precept to the apostle's design. The end - the exit, issue. For in and by them they spake, that is, delivered and declared unto them, the word of God, 1 Thessalonians 2:13. As for Mr. Moody, he came to the Chicago Auditorium Theatre, and held two meetings a day, morning and afternoon. The author refers to leaders three times in this chapter (He 13:7, 17, 24). "Remember your leaders" includes thankfulness to God for them, speaking well of them, putting into practice their teaching. They were required to "remember" those who had spoken to them the Word of God," they were bidden to "follow" their faith, and they were enjoined to "consider" the end of their conversation. For the word of God is living and active, sharper … It is used in this chapter only, Hebrews 13:7; Hebrews 13:17; Hebrews 13:24, for an officer or officers in the church; — that is, such as go before, who guide and direct the church; which is the nature of their office. People tend to forget or to idolize their former leaders, but we should remember them and their godly teachings and examples (cf. 1. (2.) Remember them which have the rule,— Who have had the rule. We’ve taken a look at discovering who Jesus is in our lives. The last thing in the words, is the motive that the apostle gives unto this duty of following their faith; which ariseth from the consideration of the “end of their conversation,” or what, through their faith, they came or were brought unto. “Rule” is literally to go before. Both elders and deacons are to be clearly distinguished from those who are gifted by the Spirit in any of the nine or ten ways spoken of in 1 Cor. The term “considering” carries the idea of looking at something carefully. James. Let brotherly love continue. In process of time the latter of these, namely, to remember them so as to follow them in their faith and holiness, was much lost among the professors of the Christian religion. The outcome of their life, if they had died, was that they were now with the Lord and already beginning to enjoy some of their eternal inheritance. Those who do not labor herein unto the edification of the church, let them pretend what they will, are no such guides or rulers, nor are so esteemed by Christ or the church; nor is the remembrance of them any duty. Hebrews is the epistle which treats specifically and at length with the great alteration made by God in His dealings with the Church on earth, the revolution which was introduced by the substituting of the new covenant for the old, the passing away of Judaism and the inauguration of Christianity. Remember - so as to imitate: not to invoke, as Rome teaches. Acts 17:23. τὴν ἔκβασιν τῆς ἀναστροφῆς] not: the course or path of development of their walk (Oecumenius, but without deciding, and Lud. James, brother of John, was slain by Herod about twenty years previous; and James, bishop of Jerusalem, perhaps about two years before this epistle was received. See James 5:10-11. them, &c. = your leaders (Greek. 5 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. It is found elsewhere in the N.T. Hebrews 13:6 : Hebrews 13:8 >> Hebrews 13:7. 1:5: "ordained elders in every city." [ Ekbasin (Greek #1545) expresses a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13); such is death to the martyr (Isaiah 57:1). All their turnings and motions in the world, their very life, was hid with Christ in God; all agreeable to, as ordered by, his will. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:7) Growing up, there was a lady in our church who took the time to disciple me. This is difficult to speak abou… The leader’s appeal is to communicate what God says. Book List. Nor was such an exhortation needless. But what did it all amount to, what was the issue of their conflict? Literally, the term signifies "looking up to." Hebrews 13:7. 2. Them which have the rule] Gr. 15; and again, “Quanta est ἀναθεώρησις,” ep. Hebrews 13:7-17. Recognition and treasure of leaders who lead the church are fundamental to a proper operating assembly of believers. Despite temptations to apostatize they had persevered in their profession, remained loyal to Christ, continued to minister unto His people, and had glorified God by laying down their lives for the Gospel. He is not called upon to invent new laws, but simply to declare the will and apply the statutes of Zion's King. So the word is applied unto painting, when one picture is exactly drawn by another, so as in all things to represent it. (2.) For this is the method of believing, faith cometh by hearing; hearing by the word of God; and the word of God by them that are sent to preach it, Romans 10:14-17. ep. One day, for instance, on Elisha's receiving Elijah's mantle, when you could fairly see that old camel's hair garment drop from the skies, and Elisha rending his own clothes, taking Elijah's mantle, and smiting the waters with the words, "Where is Jehovah, the God of Elijah?" Once, in his praying with me and for me, I happened to glance at his face, and tears were running down. Nor doth the apostle, by their faith, intend only the grace of faith in them, but its whole exercise, in all that they did and suffered. Bishop Lloyd (see his funeral sermon for Bishop Wilkins) thinks this may refer to James the brother of John, and to James, commonly called the first bishop of Jerusalem, both of whom had been put to death there before this epistle was written; whose faith follow — Embrace by faith the same doctrines, precepts, and promises of the gospel which they embraced; and let your faith be assured, lively, and operative as theirs was, purifying your hearts, and rendering your lives fruitful to the glory of God; considering the end — την εκβασιν, the issue, of their conversation — The happy end they made; the blessed manner in which they quitted life; the ground of that support which they experienced in their latest moments from the truths they had taught you; the heroic resolution with which they were animated to meet even martyrdom itself in that sacred cause; and let the remembrance of these things engage you to retain their faith, and courageously to follow their steps. 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