that of υἱός, in the peculiar and individual sense of the citation there. [For . God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them,  not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. A stronger expression than the caution of Hebrews 3:12 (‘take heed’), and the fitting preparation for the ‘earnest labour’ of chap. It was a 40-year-old bridge, and quite obviously there were hidden weaknesses that went undetected until it was too late. 2 But for you who respect my name, the sun of vindication 4 will rise with healing wings, 5 and you will skip about 6 like calves released from the stall. Furthermore, if rest equals enjoying our spiritual blessings now, the writer should have warned his readers about losing their rest if they departed from God ( Hebrews 3:12). According to Hebrews chapter 4, God gives those who obey Him everything needed to accomplish their assigned tasks. Fear is used both in a good and a bad sense in the Word of God. declaration which was left among these Hebrews, and in the world, We don't have to be afraid to bring Him our fears, failures, and needs (Hebrews 4:16). (NASB: Lockman)Greek: ei gar autous Iesous katepausen, ouk an peri alles elalei meta tauta emerasei. The smallest temptation is sufficient to overcome them, and their only security is confidence in God. Although those who support the latter idea stress that the diligence to enter is the antidote to disobedience, not the entering itself. That was why Israel failed to attain righteousness because they sought it by ‘works’ (Romans 9:32; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:2; Galatians 3:5; Galatians 3:10), which the writer in Hebrews calls ‘dead works’ (Hebrews 6:1; Hebrews 9:14). 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. Cf. 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. be held (or, be adjudged) to have come short ofâ the promise. Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. not the land of Canaan, the type of heaven, but rather heaven “Since the Israelites were not allowed in because of their unbelief, we should fear that the same thing could happen to us, and be careful that we go all the way into the promised land!”, 1.Let us therefore fear, etc. If destitute of a sense of weakness, we trust in ourselves; and the Scripture tells us, "He who trusteth in his own heart is a fool." On this the apostolic exhortation is founded; Canaan was a shadow of the better country, and Israel after the flesh, at least that generation, could not enter because they believed not God, nor trusted in His salvation. any of you should seem to come short of it; The people"s responses to these tests determined the amount of rest they experienced. Since so many have fallen, we have cause to fear (Hebrews 3:17-19). This view seems unlikely because of how the writer equated rest and inheritance after the pattern of Old Testament usage, namely, as a future possession. [Note: See Joe L. Wall, Going for the Gold, p84.] Here the Hebrews are enjoined to take warning from the example of their ancestors, and to beware lest, a promise of entering into rest being left on record, any of them should seem to come. The people"s responses to these tests determined the amount of rest they experienced. immediately is, upon its departure from the body; and there is a Lest there should be any semblance of falling short. Believers inhabit a world in rebellion against God, their hearts are deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; they are surrounded with temptation, and they have no strength to resist their numerous foes. Thus we may see it as meaning either a present experience of believers (Matthew 11:28-29), or a future experience still awaited, but now enjoyed by the dead (see Revelation 6:11; Revelation 14:13). They received this rich promise laden with God’s intention to bless them, “but the word which they heard did them no good, because in those who heard, it was not mixed with faith”. Definition. It demanded from them much that had to be done that was very burdensome and required much toil, and which with failure brought heavy guilt. The writer proceeds therefore to prove that this promise is left and is still open. Thus they must ask themselves wherein their confidence lies, and whether they enjoy this certainty. The principle of fear is implanted in our constitution, without it our natural life could not be preserved; we might from principle avoid what is dangerous, but dangers arise where there is no time for reflection, and we shrink from them instinctively. grave, from work, service, and labour, and from distempers and For the Israelites in the wilderness, this meant enjoying the peace and prosperity of the Promised Land to the full. 94:11. Why then are they uniformly exhorted to become heirs by faithful labor when they are already heirs?" ‘Let us fear therefore, lest haply, a promise being left of entering into his rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it.’. It was well that the Israelites should be aware of the power of their enemies, but they lost sight of the power of God. This again is confirmed by Scripture, , viz., in Genesis 2:2 (cf.Exodus 20:11; Exodus 31:17), where it is said that after the six days of creation God rested on the seventh day from all His works. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. Let us . Should seem to come short of it; regarded by some as simply a softened way of saying, Should come short of it. 3. —Implying a belief in its practical possibility and an earnest desire to avoid it. No Hebrew Christian would doubt this. Some particular blessing in the eschatological future. Hence the seem, or appear, is not a false seeming, but an appearance of a dread reality to the eye of God and in the light of the final judgment. Each succeeding generation throughout the history of Israel faced its own tests. In a special sense Jesus Christ stands as the center of the book of Hebrews. The Lord's People are here shewn, that Christ is their Rest. He concludes that there was reason to fear lest the Jews to whom he was writing should be deprived of the blessing offered to them; and then he says, lest anyone, intimating that it was his anxious desire to lead them, one and all, to God; for it is the duty of a good shepherd, in watching over the whole flock so to care for every sheep that no one may be lost; nay, we ought also so to feel for one another that every one should fear for his neighbors as well as for himself. afflictions, from Satan's temptations, from unbelief, doubts, and In our social intercourse or relations, we may be so convinced of the love of a fellow-creature that we have the fullest confidence in him, while in the same proportion we are afraid of doing anything that should offend him, or prevent him from bestowing on us any kindness which we expected from him. In this confidence there are two essential ingredientsâa sense of our own weakness, and of the power and goodness of God. He had previously tested the former generation during the wilderness wanderings. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. The problem with the latter is that it is suggested that Israel did not enter into ‘rest’ (Hebrews 4:5), which would then exclude them all from an afterlife, which was almost certainly not so, (although this may be explained on the basis of a mixed metaphor). Introduction. If his readers had this certainty and this confidence there would be no thought in their hearts of turning back. None of the original readers had failed to enter their rest (inheritance) because they had missed the Lord"s return. Hebrews 4:10(ESV) Verse Thoughts. Chapter 3 used the example of Israel's failure in the desert. See, for example, Psalms 116:7, where it resulted from His saving activity; Psalms 132:14 where the psalmist desired to rest in God’s presence; Isaiah 28:12, where it was offered to God’s professing people, and they rejected it; Isaiah 30:15, where it spoke of an attitude of heart required of God’s people, which they again rejected; Isaiah 32:17-18, where it was to be a part of a life of confidence, quietness and peace, the result of the pouring out of the Spirit from above; and Ezekiel 38:11, where it spoke of the assured confidence and blessing of God’s people who rest securely in Him and under His protection so that no other is needed. Teaching that compares crossing the Jordan with the believer"s death has clouded divine revelation concerning the Christian"s future rest (e.g, the hymn, "I"m Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger"). Psalms 16:9; Psalms 37:7; Psalms 116:7; Psalms 132:14; Isaiah 28:12; Isaiah 30:15; Isaiah 32:17-18; Ezekiel 38:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:7). They could learn to rest in Him. That is not the rest that is in view. He is burdened for the spiritual well-being of his church. Most of our earlier versions (following Luther and Erasmus) give to this clause a different turn, which cannot be correct: âLest any of you by forsaking the promise of entering in His rest.â. See Romans 3:23. This chapter refers to Joshua, who eventually led Israel into Canaan. He admonishes all of his congregation, "let us fear" with a Godly fear to enter into God's rest. possession and enjoyment of the heavenly glory is often signified [Note: Pentecost, pp80-81; Wiersbe, 2:289. For God, and potentially for those who are His, their ‘works’ ceased from the foundation of the world. The past tense (second aorist) means that he is speaking of an experience which occurred in the past and is relevant in the present. It would mean that believers, by entering the church, are already heirs of the kingdom. 4:1 Let us 5399 0 therefore 3767 fear 5399 5680, lest 3379, a promise 1860 being left 2641 5746 [us] of entering 1525 5629 into 1519 his 846 rest 2663, any 5100 of 1537 you 5216 should seem 1380 5725 to come short of it 5302 5760. Blessed is the man who is so convinced of his proneness to depart from God that he is ever stirring up his soul and all that is within him to trust in God, knowing that safety is only to be found in Him. One Greek. Commentary on Hebrews 4:1-10 (Read Hebrews 4:1-10) The privileges we have under the gospel, are greater than any had under the law of Moses, though the same gospel for substance was preached under both Testaments. conversations, that they might not seem to come short; and this Hebrews 4:1–16 A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God. God has assured all Christians of enjoying the millennial kingdom and our "heavenly husband" (i.e, Jesus Christ). circumspection, and watchfulness: lest a promise being left [us] of entering into his The thread which unifies chapter 1 is that the Son is superior to the angels. short of it. References. shall not come short of that, yet they may "seem" to others to do or with our "heavenly husband" [Note: Bruce, p, 78.] This would point to it signifying the situation of the truly believing person, whose full faith is in what Jesus Christ has accomplished, so that he recognises that there is nothing left for him himself to do but partake in Christ, because Jesus Christ has done all. faith, and a profession of it; and the Gospel is the promise or Hebrews 4:1-13 Enter God's Rest . Hebrews 1:14; Hebrews 3:11; Hebrews 3:18; Hebrews 4:3-5; Hebrews 4:10-11; Hebrews 6:12; Hebrews 6:17). Of these words there are three linguistically possible translations. Tweet ... What Does it Mean to Fall Away? Hebrews 4:1-2. God's rest, ( Isaiah 66:1 Isaiah 66:2 ) and the Exegete the passage; 4:1 is introduced by oun, “Therefore,” indicating a conclusion based on the preceding verse. âSeemâ is considered by some to be pleonastic. Word Count of 37 Translations in Hebrews 4:1. Hebrews 4:9-11). Inspiration. The Lord knoweth them that are his; they shall inherit the land, the elect shall obtain it; but we are exhorted to fear lest we should seem to come short of it, lest the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches should choke the word; lest believers, being led away by the error of the wicked, should fall from their own steadfastness. What Does Hebrews 4:10 Mean? The author of the book of Hebrews has a pastor's heart. Lecture: Hebrews 4:1-11 . Had it not been God’s original purpose and desire that men should enter into His rest, it could not be said that “in wrath” He excluded some. Ð°Ð½Ð° Ñ ÐÑ. The slothful servant feared his master, because he viewed him as an austere man. That God has a rest is also stated in the ninety-fifth Psalm, for these words “they shall not enter into my rest” prove that God had a rest. This should be clear from the context. This cannot be the rest upon which God entered after he had finished the works of creation, nor the rest which Joshua gave to Israel in Canaan, since long after both of these the Holy Ghost still speaks of a rest which he warns us, as he did the covenant people in David’s day, not to lose. Let us therefore fear, &c.— The promise of God's rest, signifies such a rest as his is; namely, a state of peace and enjoyment, and freedom from labour. Israel"s compromises with the Canaanites mitigated their rest. 3) It is what Israel failed to enter into (Hebrews 4:5). The Son is characterized by a seven-fold description (verses 1-4), which is then buttressed by citations from Old Testament texts (verses 5-14). Hebrews 4:1–2 functions as transition and summary of 3:7–19 and 4:3–13. saints; in a freedom from a spirit of bondage to fear, and from ‘A promise being left of entering into his rest.’ Now the writer speaks of ‘His’ rest. rest; There, the people failed to fully trust in God, and as a result, an entire generation was denied entry into the Promised Land. They had the promise of God pledged to their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, their own triumph over the Egyptians at the Red Sea to assure them of victory; but all the proofs of His power in the wilderness were forgotten, and they only thought of the prowess of the Canaanites, and, by refusing to enter the land, they came short of the promised rest. So a person who enjoys this rest of faith rests in the security of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross, and as a partaker of Christ, will have peace, and joy, and rest, and confidence, and certainty (e.g. Mercy flows in no other channel than through the atonement of Christ. The word us is inserted in our version improperly; a promise is left that certain persons shall enter into rest, and this promise must he fulfilled, but it is not made in the Word of God to individuals any more than it was to that generation of the Israelites, with the exception of Caleb and Joshua, who came out of Egypt. In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence. Fear. But He had come to deliver men from such things. A promise remaining over unfulfilled. The differentiation between the spiritual motivations of God's intent and the psychological motivations of a fleshly desire to seek "a logical alternative to faith" can be very difficult to discern. φοβέω Phobeo ... Devotionals about Hebrews 4:1 . They would be able to cast them off. Let us therefore fear (Witham). diseases, where it rests under the guardianship of the Spirit, The one exhibits Christ as a refuge from the stormâa hiding-place from the tempest; the other points out the dangers through which many have made shipwreck of faith and of a good conscience. This invitation is still open (6-9) I. Verses 1-10. Or, though the earthly rest has been entered, the promise of the heavenly still remains. Others refer it to the afterlife and see this rest as something to be enjoyed on death (compare Revelation 14:13, but note that the verb is slightly different). The first warning was in 2:1-4. ‘Seem to come short of it.’ That is, appear in God’s eyes to have come short of it. .’ “For indeed we, even as also they, have had a gospel preached to us.” We should have expected an expressed , but its suppression shows us that the writer wishes to emphasise . 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. of Our translators have inserted "us" as a supplement, but it seems improper, as will be hereafter noticed. Outline: I. Does the promise still remain of entering His rest? There are two kinds of fear; one is strongly inculcated on believers, and is necessarily produced by just views of the glorious majesty of God. Hebrews 4:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV) The Promise of Rest. The Supreme Purpose of God. This second warning is the longest of the five and runs from 3:1 thru 4:16. intended, since it is a rest believers enter into now, ( Hebrews 4:3 ) and since We must believe if we want to enter (2-3) III. Hebrews 4:1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. David on one occasion, under the influence of fear, abandoned his purpose of bringing up the ark. Hebrews 4:1 “Let us therefore fear, lest, a…”: Translation, Meaning. G5399. When a rest was promised to the children of Israel, it was a freedom from the uneasinesses and dangers of the wilderness; God's rest, when promised to the faithful Christians, is a freedom from troubles, in a state of eternal happiness. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. left in Christ's hands, and shall never fail; though some who A promise being left us. Contextual setting . In short, if the natural fear implanted in our constitution be excessive, it will render our life very uncomfortable; so if, from defective views of the truth and not knowing the things which are freely given to us of God, our apprehension of our future state be painful, we shall be kept in bondage, destitute of the joy of the Lord, which is our strength. 94:7, 8; Ð²ÑÐ¾ÑÐ°Ñ ÑÐ°ÑÑÑ Ð¾Ð¿Ð¸ÑÑÐ²Ð°ÐµÑÑÑ Ð² ÐÑ. Here it is simply said that such a promise remains unexhausted, waiting for complete fulfilment. 1 Chronicles 13:12. Discussion Questions. Matthew 25:14-30). This rest is a finished work God has completed (4-5) IV. Others render, Should appear-that is, at the last day-to have come short of it. Subsequent generations of Israelites experienced the same partial rest, as the Book of Judges reveals. Here we see the analogy to which we have referred between the natural and spiritual life. Hebrews 4:2. His yoke and burden were in contrast easy and light. For Christians, it means enjoying all the blessings that God has promised that faithful believers will experience in heaven. Hebrews 4:1. Are they resting in Christ, and what He has done for them, or restless because they are still in the wilderness of sin? The Promise of Entering His Rest (Hebrews 4:1-2) Juli Camarin November 20, 2010 Hebrews 4. Hebrews 4:1. This is made clear by use of the word "therefore," meaning what follows is an application of what has come before. English Standard Version. Proud member (Romans 11:20.). Hebrews 4:1. , “let us then fear,” the writer speaks in the name of the living generation, “lest haply, there being left behind and still remaining a promise to enter [ ; cf. They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick; and, unless we feel our own weakness, we shall not depend on Christ. —In view of the fearful examples of apostasy in last chapter. Revelation 21:8. The accusative is best attested (see critical note), but the sense “not mixed by faith with those who heard,” i.e., Caleb and Joshua, is most improbable.] have hoped for it may come short of it, or at least seem to do It may happen but he hopes that it will not. The difficulty here lies in the words rendered âseemâ or âbe accounted.â It appears impossible that the meaning can be âshould even seem,â or âshould think himself,â or âshould show himself,â to have failed. God’s intention for both Himself and for His own after creation was ‘no more works’. The word "seem" mitigates the expression, though not lessening the reality (Bengel). any of you should seem to come short of it, ἱλαρώτερον δὲ καὶ ἀνεπαχθέστερον τὸν λόγον ποιῶν οὐκ εἶπε, ὅτι τάχιστα τῇ πελοποννήσῳ πάλιν προσμιξαι. 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. Let us therefore fear - not with slavish terror, but godly "fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12). No word must be inserted here that can diminish the generality of the words; in the sequel the statement will be repeated with all possible clearness. Hebrews, Epistle to. until the resurrection morn; and there is a rest of the soul To them the rapture was the expected end for the Christian and death an unfortunate and temporary requirement for some (compare 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), and there is much in the atmosphere of the passage (admittedly a subjective judgment, but nevertheless to be considered) to suggest that an immediate entry into rest is in mind in this Hebrews passage. In contrast for God’s people there is rest, and was intended to be from the beginning. But the former seems more likely in view of the fact that the entry is in order prevent a fall into disobedience, hardly to be seen as a likelihood after death. What does Hebrews 4:1 mean? 5) He who is entered into His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. This probably refers again to entering a present experience of assurance and rest of soul, although some see it as to aim to enter into it on death. 1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. ‘Rest’ in God was an Old Testament theme. The first was a rest of soul given by Him to those who came to Him. The Book of Hebrews begins with the declaration that while God has spoken in various ways through the Old Testament prophets, He has now spoken fully and finally in His Son (Hebrews 1:1-4). This fact that we are entering in by faith is in accordance with the utterance quoted already in Hebrews 3:11, , ’ “I sware in my wrath, they shall not enter into my rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world”. This would suggest that it refers to a rest available to the living. Canaan. but an appearance of a dread reality to the eye of God and in the light of the final judgment. “Since the Israelites were not allowed in because of their unbelief, we should fear that the same thing could happen to us, and be careful that we go all the way into the promised land!”, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, William Newell's Commentary on Romans, Hebrews and Revelation, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans and Hebrews. Hebrews 4:1-3, 9-12: "strive to enter the rest of God" Moving to the next passage, from Hebrews 4 this time, we read: "Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. He appeared as the substitute of His people and bore their sins in His own body upon the tree. Each succeeding generation throughout the history of Israel faced its own tests. They did not reach it. and to be disappointed of that rest and peace promised in it. To come short—Past tense; to have come short; namely, after the end of Hebrews 3:14, and at the judgment day. Another view is that rest refers to the present life of the believer who rests in the Lord: the "faith rest" life. before the resurrection, in the arms of Christ, with whom it Hebrews 4:1-10 (ESV) Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). [Note: Gleason, p297.] Hebrews 4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. Thus, the phrase “esse videatur” is often used by Cicero at the end of a period, to denote merely that a thing “was” - though he expressed it as though it merely “seemed” to be. For those who do not believe do not enter it (Hebrews 4:3). These persecuted Christians who had expected to find the fulfilment of all promise in Christ, found it hard to believe that “rest” was attainable in Him. God had said to Moses, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest;" but, notwithstanding, they came short of it, and never obtained that rest. And all such have boldness and access with confidence into the presence of God through faith in Him (Ephesians 3:12). Belief, then, is everything. This clause confirms both the statements of the previous verse: “we have the promise as well as they,” for we are entering into the rest [note the emphatic position of ]; and “the word failed them because of their lack of faith,” for it is our faith [ ] which is carrying us into the rest. To those who have entered into rest those are no more. Present rest in (enjoyment of) our riches in Christ, 3. The writer himself could have done this. application of the blood and righteousness of Christ to the Not with a fear of wrath and damnation; nor with a fear of We then enter into our "Sabbath rest," the rest that follows a full period of work (i.e, a lifetime; cf. Both ought to have an effect on our minds. A direful result is this for us to fear; lest, after once being pardoned and sanctified, we at last are seen to have fallen and become lost. Summing up these seven points might suggest that the rest is that of the one who truly puts his trust in Christ and His saving work, becoming one with Him and partaking of Him and His sacrifice on his behalf; who ceases from all attempts at his own ‘saving’ but ‘dead’ works because all is completed; who is believing and obedient and rests in God’s faithfulness; who responds to the Good News that that rest is available; and who ceases from his own works because nothing remains to be done, all having been done by His great High Priest. . they might not seem to fail of the doctrine of the grace of God, Thus there was a once-for-all entering into rest by coming to Christ in faith and trust, followed by a continuing entering into rest by walking with God. Note that he is not talking of them all, but of the possibility of individuals coming short, and even that as doubtful. Promise. It has to do with the promise of “entering into His rest”, “lest any of you should seem to come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1). Isaiah 8:13. ... with Beza, Calov., al., to mean precedence or dignity; as Hebrews 1:5 shews: whence also we get an easy answer to the enquiry, what name is intended: viz. 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. It was just a year ago (August 1, 2007) that the bridge which spanned the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed, resulting in the death of 13 and injuring 145. By this the law was magnified and made honorable. Salem Media Group. He hopes that none will come short of it. Joshua obeyed God and found Christ was on his side—literally (Joshua 5:13–15). 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