Hebrews 11 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is from the most widely read and often quoted preacher in history, Charles Haddon Spurgeon - Oscar Cullmann, Immortality of the Soul - by Kaufmann Kohler, Technical Terms and Usages Preclude Innate Immortality - Froom, The Development of the Doctrine of Immortality from the Apostolic Fathers to Augustine, The Doctrine of Immortality in the Early Church. It is enough for us who have faith that God has told us how he made the world, and we believe it. There were many deaths to work against the life of faith; yet life triumphed over death after all. Hebrews 11:7. Or if this text means Abraham, then his body was dead; and yet there sprang of him a seed “so many as the sand which is by the seashore innumerable.”. Here we find the names of many of the heroes of faith, and a brief record of some of the battles in which they fought and conquered. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance: that they might obtain a better resurrection: O the victories of faith.! Each chapter, addressing smaller sections of Hebrews, also provides multiple illustrations used by Spurgeon in his sermons on the relevant texts. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar of, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. The Spurgeon Commentary: Hebrews makes Spurgeon’s content accessible—there’s no longer a need to comb through many volumes looking for one nugget of wisdom. a. It may be that you have never “quenched the violence of fire;” yet, often enough, it has been true of you that, by faith, “out of weakness” you have been “made strong.” Others —. The story harrows one’s heart even to read it; what must it have been actually to endure? By the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead. It was faith that enabled him to present an acceptable sacrifice, and it was faith that presented him to heaven. Hebrews 11:13. Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. This was one of the grandest achievements of faith. Faith always has been the mark of God's servants, from the beginning of the world... View the entire commentary. Yes, that it is; to have, by faith, preserved a holy character, in such a world of temptation as this, is a far grander achievement than to have conquered any number of kingdoms by force of arms. Here is a man who is slain by his brother; yet the one who is killed receives the approbation of God. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. She hath an Ark even when God’s wrath sweeps all the rest away. Hebrews 11:8. The Spurgeon Commentary: Hebrews makes Spurgeon’s content accessible—there’s no longer a need to comb through many volumes looking for one nugget of wisdom. Commentaries for Hebrews Chapter 11 The New Testament dispensation shown to be much more excellent than the Old. Reason is all very well, but faith mounts upon the shoulders of reason, and sees much farther than reason with her best telescope will ever be able to see. Hebrews 11:5-6. And what shall I more say? For by it the elder obtained a good report. Hebrews 11:2. Hebrews 11:12. B. Lightfoot, Consummation of the pre-Messianic Age and the Parousia, Destruction of Jerusalem vs. The first saint who entered heaven entered there, it is certain, by faith. The story harrows one’s heart even to read it; what must it have been actually to endure? Very easy to read about that, but not so easy to do it — to tear yourself from home and friends — to go into a totally unknown country, swarming with enemies, solely on the promise that one day that country should belong to his seed. Next we see the strength of faith, that strength seen in the deadness of nature. Ah, but God’s people are not mindful of that country from whence they came out! What vast numbers of cities have been destroyed already! 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Biblical and Practical Advantages for Meeting Within Homes. Hebrews 13: 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp (NASB: Lockman). Every man wants a country; and if we have not one beneath the stars, we seek it somewhere else. Or if this text means Abraham, then his body was dead; and yet there sprang of him a seed “so many as the sand which is by the seashore innumerable.”. We cannot enter heaven without it; we cannot fight our way through the world without it. Study to show thyself approved . Hebrews 11… Hebrews 11:7. Things present are not the best things; no man knoweth love or hatred by having them or wanting them. PREVIOUS NEXT. Life and Immortality - Basil Atkinson, M.A., PhD. The life of faith is wonderful, but so also is the walk of faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Faith is the conviction - or better, the evidence - of things not seen." Faith makes him speak now that he is dead. Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. There was a wondrous confidence in God in that weak, strong man, which though it does not excuse his faults, yet nevertheless puts him in the ranks of the believers. Hebrews 11:1-2: What is Faith: H. Melvill, B. D. Hebrews 11:1-2: What is Faith: Dean Vaughan. Whatever difficulties may lie in the way, we may always know that he is faithful who hath promised. Evidently he and they are well agreed. Hebrews 11:7. Next we read of the reward of faith. In other words, faith is not just a responding act of the soul; it is also a grasping or perceiving or understanding act. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. Faith does not live on things seen; she lives on something yet to come. He leaned on it as he sat upright on his death-couch, and pronounced the parting blessing. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Seeing Jesus “We see Jesus.”— Hebrews 2:9. Hebrews 11:33. Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness. Hebrews 11:30. Exhortations to various duties, and to be content with what Providence allots. The staff which had helped him so often in his early pilgrimage, the staff on which he leaned when he came back from the place of his wrestling, halting on his thigh. The Hebrew Word Nephesh (Soul) - E. W. Bullinger. Faith — Hebrews 11:6 (Spurgeon Sermon Audio) These are the things with which faith always deals; — not with the things that are seen or are apprehensible by the senses or the feelings. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. Hebrews 11:1-2. Hebrews 11:11-12. The worlds were not made, not one of them was made, out of something pre-existent; but they were framed by the Word of God, and the things which are seen were not made of things which are seen. They were strangers and pilgrims here, and they sought a country elsewhere. Do we not also fail in our belief as to the success of prayer? Theologian Paul on Life, Death, and Immortality - Froom, Gravity of Ascribing False Teachings to Christ - (refernce to Dives and Lazarus), The Old Testament Use of the Word Sheol (Hell), The Rich Man and Lazarus: An Intermediate State? Anyhow, faith shall be more than a match for the last enemy. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. They have not come to it yet; nor will they as long as they are here below. God bade Abraham go forth from his native land, he believed that God knew where he was to go though he did not himself know; so he left the direction of his wanderings entirely in the Lord’s hands, and obeyed, and “went out, not knowing whither he went.” We are not to ask for full knowledge before we will be obedient to the will of the Lord; but we are to obey God in the dark, even as Abraham did. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Some of the most powerful evidence that proves Jesus to be Whom he claimed to be is found in the historical fulfillment of the prophsies He foretold in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 a.d. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. They want a heaven, and he is preparing heaven for them, and preparing them for heaven. Hebrews 11:6-7. Hebrews 9:11-12. We try to come to God without believing that he is. Does The Bible Provide an Adequate Answer to Suffering? That is, surely, the very masterpiece of faith. Eternal Torment or Complete Annihilation? In the Hebrews volume, we find over 450 pages of commentary, and in typical Spurgeon fashion, it is full of reflective and provoking exposition. That which he makes us hunger for, is prepared. That is a rich word, they “embraced them.” They were far off, and yet faith brought them so near that they seemed to receive them to their hearts and feel the comfort of them. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. Where he may lead, I’ll follow, My trust in him repose: And every hour in perfect peace I’ll sing, ‘He knows! Here is the judgment of faith, by which she judges wisely, choosing rather to be reproached for Christ than to reign with the world. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Wherefore keep your face that way, and let every longing and pining for the home country reassure you that this is not any dreamland, but that there is such a place. Hebrews 11:34-35. Hebrews 11:7. There were many deaths to work against the life of faith; yet life triumphed over death after all. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. Waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. You are not past age, my brother. If they had had no faith, we should have had no report of them. There were multitudes of others, beside those whom the apostle named, —. We do not fully recognize that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:16. Faith does not always account. Study Hebrews 11 using Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, Do you notice how, every now and then, there is the mention of a feat which seems altogether beyond you; but then there follows one, in which you can be a partaker with these heroes and heroines of faith? We see by faith what cannot be seen by our eyes; we grasp by faith what cannot be grasped with our hands. Happy is the man or woman who believeth in God. It was created simply by the word of God, and our faith knows that. There is no worshipping God aright, except by faith. Hebrews 11:20. Hebrews 11:24-25. Hebrews 11:13-14. The new dispensation is necessary to complete the old, the New Testament is the complement of the Old Testament, and New Testament saints join hands with Old Testament elders. It gets a grip of what it hopes for, and holds it in its hand. i. Have but faith in God, and then in your old age you may bring many to the Saviour’s feet. Hebrews 11:32. They have opportunity to return; but they have no wish to return. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. Hebrews 11:15. That is the epitaph which God has carved over the resting-place of his faithful ones: “These all died in faith.” Will this be the record concerning all of us, “These all died in faith”? Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. That wonderful staff on which he leaned when he came out of Jabbok —that wonderful staff with which he crossed this Jordan in his poverty, but after which he became two bands. Hebrews 11:7-8. If they are believers, they have power with God. Hebrews 11:1-2: The Visions of Faith: Bp. Therefore, if I, in obedience to him, put the promised seed to death, God can raise him up, for he must keep his promise. Perhaps the reference is to Abraham, who was as good as dead, being so old; or to Isaac, who was as good as dead, for he was laid upon the altar, and was practically “offered up” as a sacrifice unto the Lord. W. Jones . This exposition consisted of readings from Hebrews 11:1-13; and Hebrews 11:32-40. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain. Why I Don't Have a Television - John Piper, Why People Find the Bible Difficult - A. W. Tozer, Your Life is Like the Morning Fog - James P. Shelly, A Challenge to Unscriptural Traditions and Practice - Video, Are Seminaries Legitimate? By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. . Hebrews 11:32-35. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. I believe in the blessings of good men. Hebrews 11:8. Each chapter, addressing smaller sections of Hebrews, also provides multiple illustrations used by Spurgeon in his sermons on the relevant texts. - Darryl M. Erkel, Church Leaders and the Use of Honorific Titles, Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats - Charles Spurgeon, House-Churches? Hebrews 11 Commentary; JOSEPH BENSON. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Though the grace of faith is of use always through our whole lives, it is especially so when we come to die. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: What wondrous faith it was which sustained the saints under the awful tortures to which they were subjected! You are not past age, my brother. Hebrews 11:20-21. It gets a grip of what it hopes for, and holds it in its hand. Hebrews 11:32-35. And confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. A believing man can bless his children. She is satisfied with God’s word. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death. Hebrews 11:16. If, like his, your life is to be a speaking life, — a life which shall speak even out of the grave, — its voice must be the voice of faith. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. You remember ‘his discernment, how he crossed his hands willingly that he might lay the right hand upon the younger son. God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. Read. Every act of faith condemns the world. Hebrews 11:4. Men like to have everything laid down according to the rules of mathematical precision, but God desires them to exercise faith; and, therefore, he has not acted according to their wishes. for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae: of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Hebrews 11:6-7. What long arms faith has! In the 20th verse you get the discernment of faith, faith foreseeing: —. Amen. Their faith made them hide him, for that faith laid hold of God, and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. Live a holy life, and you will judge the ungodly. 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