hebrews 13:7 commentary

Verse 7 begins a new paragraph dealing with leaders in the local church. But the "leaders," while including the God-appointed elders or overseers, especially taught the Word of God, as an excellent commentator translates 1 Timothy 5:17: "Let the elders who take the lead well (among the saints) be esteemed worthy of double honor." Consider the outcome of their way of life, and g imitate their faith. In that last series in Chicago, how he preached! Learn hence, 1. Let us begin with Hebrews 13:2 where it says, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Heb. See 2 Thessalonians 3:7. end. de Dieu)—which is opposed to linguistic usage; nor yet: the result for others of their believing walk, inasmuch as many were thereby converted to Christianity (Braun, Cramer)—which must have been more precisely defined by means of additions; just as little: the result of their believing walk for the ἡγούμενοι themselves, as regards their rewarding in heaven (Storr, Bloomfield, and others), for an ἀναθεωρεῖν of the latter, to which the author is supposed to exhort, would not have been possible; but: the outlet or end of their walk on earth [1 Corinthians 10:13]. Hebrews 13:7. Amid much discouragement and bitter opposition those Christian leaders had not fainted, but held on their way. * Greek, episkopoi. It did to the whole nation of Israel when they hearkened to the report of the ten spies. Hebrews 13:7. 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 use of this word is very extensive; it is applied to a prince, to a teacher, etc. But it differs in its fruits and effects. We must consider who are the persons intended. ῾ηγέομαι, is duco, arbitror, existimo; “to think, to esteem,” or “to judge:” and so it is constantly used in the New Testament. 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)! "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the Word of God." Obs. Let brotherly love continue. If we “remember” the lives and testimonies of our leaders, it helps the continuity of our faith (2 Ti 2:8). "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed" ( 2 John 10)—no matter how pleasing his personality, soothing his message, or numerous his followers. ", "be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity", "Considering the end of their conversation. It is to retain them in our minds morally, with respect to the ends here mentioned. 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. 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. Biblical leadership comes from the authority of the Word of God. — And it is that alone that is to be spoken in and unto it, in all things appertaining unto faith, obedience, or worship, even the whole discipline of Christ. And it is not so much their conversation, as this end of it, which the apostle here calls them unto the consideration of; which yet cannot be done without a right consideration of the conversation itself. Comp. There is some difference of opinion among the commentators as to exactly what is here referred to. Even in the more general exhortations of Hebrews 13there is a tacit recognition of the peculiar circumstances of the Hebrews, and more plainly still is this implied in the language of verse 6. mimeomai. Hebrews 13:7. God’s Son Jesus became a *human being to show God … Not carnally, but spiritually are they to be remembered in what they did and taught, so that we are duly affected thereby. This conversation of theirs had now received its ἔκβασις. 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. Consider their "end" that yours may morally resemble it: you must adhere to their doctrine and imitate their practice if you are to receive the victor's crown. 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. To "follow" their faith means to ponder their trust in God and pray for an increase of your own. The whole force of this second exhortation is that we are to so "remember" our leaders as to be thereby influenced unto the living of a holy life. Their faith was that which purified their hearts, and made them fruitful in their lives. 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. (2.) Literally, the term signifies "looking up to." As they preached nothing but the word of God, so the expression intimates their diligence therein. Hebrews 13 By Faith 11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for , the conviction of e things not seen . Long ago, nearly thirty years, Stephen was martyred, this our Paul having then consented. Let all things be done unto edifying" (1 Cor. . O for grace to let our light "so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in Heaven" ( Matthew 5:16). to Atticus, lib. 1. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God; be mindful of your spiritual guides and rulers, firmly and constantly to retain their excellencies in memory, esteeming of them, and thanking God for them, which were sent to them and set over them by the Holy Ghost, who were guiding of them by Christ to God, and enjoyment of eternal life with him, which they did by preaching to them, and writing the gospel of Christ for their edification, by the inspiration of the Spirit. Acts 7:59-60; Philippians 1:23. * For myself, for instance, I look back first to my father, a godly minister, who lived to within three years of a century, in whose life I cannot remember the least dishonorable or unchristian act, and whose end was perfect quiet and very peace! 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). The time had come for Jesus to do his work on earth. 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. The same grand expression occurs at Acts 17:23. 1. ), had been known by the Church; they, too, have obtained a good report “by faith” (Hebrews 11:2), and all who contemplate the blessed issue of such a life will be strengthened to imitate their faith. Today we are finishing our study of the book of Hebrews. The Syriac puts another sense on the words, “Search out the perfection of their conversation;” but to the same purpose. It did to Peter, so much so that he denied his Master. Remember them which have the rule over you, who hate spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. "No mere Prayer of Manasseh, not the best of men, is to be our pattern or example absolutely, or in all things. They were such as had received ἔκβασιν ἀναστροφῆς, “the event and end of their conversation” in this world. He is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. See Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:13. Thus the three parts of this exhortation are intimately related. They are the kind who are faithful to Scripture. These persons, in the whole course of their conversation, were exercised with difficulties, dangers and sufferings, all attempting to stop them in their way, or to turn them out of it. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 13:7-15 The instructions and examples of ministers, who honourably and comfortably closed their testimony, should be particularly remembered by survivors. ", "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the Word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 1:5-9. Whose faith follow.—Better, and, contemplating: the end (or, issue) of their life, imitate their faith. Learn, 2. Considering the end of their conversation; such as their doctrine was, such was their life, conformable to Christ’s, 1 Corinthians 11:1. So we are commanded to bear ourselves towards them whilst they are alive; namely, to “esteem them very highly in love, for their work’s sake,” 1 Thessalonians 5:13. We will not now attempt to sermonize upon this well-known and precious verse, but rather give a brief exposition of it. The next duty recommended to them, is respect to the spiritual guides and ecclesiastical governors, whom God by death or persecution at any time removes from them, and that is, to preserve their memory fresh amongst them as a precious treasure: Remember them that have the rule over you. 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 first thing to ponder is the particular book in which this declaration is made, for that throws light on its scope and meaning. And in the last place, by their so doing they would be stirred up to follow their faith. This is the next duty we owe unto our spiritual leaders. And this, in the first place, he commends unto them from the formal cause of it, or the word of God; and the instrumental cause of it in them, which is the preaching of it, and those that taught it. ᾿αναθεωροῦντες, “intuentes,” “contemplantes,” “considerantes;” “looking into.” ῎εχζασιν, “quis fuerit exitus,” “exitum;” “the end,” “the issue,” what it came to. Hebrews 13:17. As we recall the testimony and toil of our ministers, their loyalty to Christ and devotedness to our interests, we are to be suitably affected thereby. Obey them that have the rule over you Not the ecclesiastical rulers among the Jews, for to these they were no longer obliged, they being no longer under such tutors and governors; nor civil magistrates, though it was their duty to obey them, even Heathen ones; for as for Christian magistrates, as yet there were … Wherefore saith the apostle, ‘Remember them; and in so doing, remember their faith, with what it enabled them to do and suffer for the gospel, — their faith in its principle, and all the blessed effects of it.’In the principle, this faith is the same, as unto the nature of it, in all true believers, whether they are rulers or under rule, 2 Peter 1:1.

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