Hebrews

Warning - Hebrews 11:29

“By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned” Heb. 11:29  I remember someone doing something dangerous on TV while prefacing their performance with a warning: “Boys and Girls, don’t try this at home.”   They went on to explain that they were  a trained professional and that someone could be seriously injured attempting to imitate them.   Such a proviso should be placed on the cover of every Bible. ...

Chapter 12

Two things are the effect of being in the presence of God - alarm of conscience, and encouragement. The presence of God keeps the conscience thoroughly alive, but it is strengthened to look above the evil while seeing the character of it. God brings us into His presence to judge all that is contrary to Him and to strengthen us against it, and that is encouraging. He delights in us, and He delights in conforming us to Himself; thus grace comes in so blessedly, making us parta...

Introduction to Comments on Hebrews

A few primary words may be useful, before we consider the chapter in its details. Although in our Bibles the title of this wonderful treatise always appears as, "The Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews," yet the author of it was led by the inspiring Spirit to suppress both his own name and the name of those to whom he wrote it. Almost every line of it however bears witness that it was addressed to Hebrew believers, and there are in it a number of small allusions which make it pretty certa...

Chapter 13

The closing exhortations - that is, of our chapter - are full of importance, and are, as might be expected from all previously seen, in view of the path in this world proper to the saints, who have Christ appearing in the presence of God for them. They do not, consequently, rise to the height of the communications in Ephesians; for the subject throughout has been the heavenly calling, rather than the mystery of Christ and the church. Brotherly love is to continue spite of ob...

Chapter 4

    The word of God is connected with the apostleship. (Chap. 3:1) In the last verses the priesthood of Christ the subject. These are the two means of our being carried through the wilderness—the word of God, and priesthood of Christ. Israel were treated as a people brought out of Egypt, but liable to fall by the way. So the warning to these Hebrews, (chap. 4:1) “as to seeming to come short.” The word is softened. In chap. 3 we have seen them addressed a...

Chapter 11

We have already seen in this epistle that the Hebrews, instead of walking by faith, were in danger of turning back to the things they could see - things suited to them as men in the flesh, such as ordinances and objects of outward importance, of which the Jewish system was full. But Christians were called out of these; God was leading away from them. The constant tendency of all our hearts is to go back. It is a shame for Gentiles to take up with those shadows; in a measure it was natur...

Chapter 10

The practical conclusion is drawn in this chapter of what is brought out in chapter 9 - the unity of the sacrifice; one offering by which the foundation is laid for the new covenant. Instead of finding a man turned out of paradise on earth because of sin, it is now the second Man gone into the paradise of God in divine righteousness - gone in by virtue of a new title. which man never had before. The consequence is, when He comes again in glory, He has nothing to do with sin....

Chapter 9

    In the preceding chapter, the apostle has touched on a very important point, which, as regarded the Hebrews, (and, indeed, any of us,) was a most absorbing one: I allude to the two covenants. The first covenant made at Sinai had a very distinct character, viz., requiring man’s righteousness, and therefore it gendered “to bondage.” What distinguished the law as a covenant was, that, instead of promise, it was blessing held out on the ground of obedience. The dist...

Chapter 8

    “Set on the right hand of the throne of the majesty in the heavens.” Why so? Because if we have nothing more to be done, Christ has nothing more to do. (I speak not of the priestly work, but of putting away sin.) He has set down—He is resting, having nothing more to do. (Chap 10 ) The offering has been made, and cannot be repeated. (Chap. 8:2 , 3 ) The whole of the priesthood is carried on in heaven itself. The offering was another thing. The offerer bro...

Chapter 7

    The apostle, being now on the ground of priesthood, shows the excellency of the Melchisedec priesthood of Christ, and uses it to bring back these Hebrews from that which was after the “carnal commandment to that which was “after the power of an endless life.” The order of the priesthood is according to Melchizedec, but after the analogy of Aaron—not yet come out from the holiest. Arguments are drawn from Scripture to show that this priesthood is far mo...
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