The Syriac puts another sense on the words, “Search out the perfection of their conversation;” but to the same purpose. ηγουμενοι, your captains, your guides (so ministers are called), your chieftains and champions, that bear the brunt of the battle, the heat of the day, and upon whom, as upon his white horses, the Lord Christ rideth about conquering and to conquer, Revelation 6:2. Their faith failed not, their hope did not perish, they were not disappointed, but had a blessed end of their walk and course. 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. 1. "Whose faith follow." 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. Barnes's Hebrews 13:7 Bible Commentary Remember them which have the rule over you - Margin, "are the guides." As Paul says, "When ye come together, each one hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation. 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. And in the last place, by their so doing they would be stirred up to follow their faith. The Assembly of God has no earthly popes, though it does have Divinely appointed and therefore Divinely annointed brethren upon whom God has placed the burden of the care of the Assembly. Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. They had finished their course, they had kept the faith, and entered into the joy of their Lord. — 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. So are we to follow the faith of these guides" (John Owen). When encountering opposition, we should remember the much fiercer persecution others have suffered before us. Hebrews 13:7. by Grant | Jan 7, 2020 | Hebrews | 0 comments. αναθεωρουντες, reconsidering, perusing it over and over, and passing into the likeness of so holy a pattern. These leaders spake the word of God unto the saints. Whose faith - even unto death: probably by martyrdom, as in the instances of faith in Hebrews 11:35. Now it is in view of the trying situation in which the Hebrew saints were placed that we should consider our present passage. Whose faith follow.—Better, and, contemplating: the end (or, issue) of their life, imitate their faith. But it differs in its fruits and effects. The last thing here mentioned of these spiritual rulers is "the end of their conversation," which is the most difficult to define with exactitude. But what was then written was a sufficient, and the sole rule of faith unto the church. anastrophe. For their faith it was which carried them through all their difficulties and all their temptations, and gave them a blessed issue out of them all. The apostle's design was to fortify them against temptations to apostatize, to encourage them unto steadfastness in the Faith, to so establish them that even though they should be called on to suffer a violent death, they would yet remain loyal to Christ. "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. If the Lord will never leave nor forsake me, then He must be" a very present help in trouble" ( Psalm 46:1). First of all it should be pointed out that the A.V. Biblical leadership comes from the authority of the Word of God. Cf. 1. So a scholar may be said to follow his master, when, having attained all his arts and sciences, he acts them in the same manner as his master did. Pink's Commentary on John and Hebrews, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans and Hebrews. "Those which have the rule over you" is a single word in the Greek. Alas, if one section of those who profess to be the ministers of Christ have usurped His prerogatives, exalting themselves into ecclesiastical despots, another class have woefully failed to maintain the honor of His House, letting down the bars and inaugurating a regime of lawlessness. Why, then, should he dread the creature? They “gave themselves unto prayer and the word.” And this is the ground, the cause of the respect that is due from the church unto its guides, and this alone; namely, that they have diligently, carefully, and constantly, spoken the word of God unto them, and instructed them in the way of life thereby. Remember them which have the rule,— Who have had the rule. In a good sense we have it, 1 Timothy 4:12; James 3:13; 1 Peter 1:15; 1 Peter 3:2; 1 Peter 3:16. The reference is not only to the grace of faith which was in them, but to its whole exercise in all that they did and suffered. Their Christian life and course (James 3:13; 1 Peter 1:15, et al. Second, "faith" has reference to that which is to be believed, the Truth of God, the Christian Creed: "exhorting them to continue in the Faith" ( Acts 14:22), "the Word of Faith which we preach" ( Romans 10:8), "contend for the Faith" ( Jude 3). Hebrews 13:7 (King James Version) A.F.V A.S.V. 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. For usage, see reff. Remember them who are your leaders—a title found only in this chapter in the Epistles, but used in the Gospels and Acts for the leaders of the Church (Acts 15:22; Luke 22:26). Hebrews 4:11-13 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. Chapter 12. * Greek, episkopoi. 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. 1. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). So a scholar may be said to follow his master, when, having attained all his arts and sciences, he acts them in the same manner as his master did. Nor doth the apostle, in this case of retaining the truth, give any direction for peculiar regard to Peter, much less to his chair or successors; but unto all that had spoken the word of God unto them. 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]. Browse Sermons on Hebrews 13:7-17. 7 Remember fyour leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. The same grand expression occurs at Acts 17:23. This they are advised to “consider,” ἀναθεωροῦντες. This is the next duty we owe unto our spiritual leaders. usage, though its different meanings are closely applied, and can usually be determined by the context. See James 5:10-11. them, &c. = your leaders (Greek. And it is the word used by the apostle unto that end which we translate “to follow,” 2 Thessalonians 3:7; 2 Thessalonians 3:9; as μιμητής is constantly for the person performing that duty, which we render a “follower,” 1 Corinthians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 2:14; Hebrews 6:12. This conversation of theirs had now received its ἔκβασις. laleo. Деян. How eagerly the human heart seizes the least excuse for self-exaltation, and for aloneness and aloofness of power, is seen in the sad misapplication of the term "overseer" (used always in Scripture, we repeat, of several in each assembly) as arrogating to itself the title of "Bishop" and even of "Archbishop" of many assemblies--such a person to be addressed as "My Lord Bishop"! The word “rule” means to lead. The phrase suggests, but does not express, the martyrdom of at least some of their leaders. There cannot be a properly ordered household unless discipline be duly maintained. ', Who, [ hoitines (Greek #3748)] - 'as being persons who.'. ὧν] has reference equally to τὴν ἔκβσαιν τῆς ἀναστροφῆς and τὴν πίστιν. The Second inference which faith makes from the Divine promise Isaiah, "I will not fear what man shall do unto me." In these they were eminent. Obs. 5. (1.) 3. But the former was retained, and new ways invented for the continuation of it, which ended in various superstitions. 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. It is often applied to military commanders. * 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! Amplified® Darby I.S.V. Third, "faith" is used to designate the fruits and works that spring from it, because it is their root: "brought us good tidings of your faith" ( 1 Thessalonians 3:6), "show me thy faith" ( James 2:18), i.e, the effects of it. 7. The child of God is in urgent need of an all-powerful Helper, for he has to contend with a mighty foe whose rage knows no bounds. 7 Remember f your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. ), 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. They had been closely connected with the Jerusalem church. From a prescription of the foregoing duties of morality, and obedience in them, the apostle proceeds unto those which concern faith and worship, laying the foundation of them in that respect which is due unto them that declare unto us the word of truth, for their work’s sake, and on the account of the example which they give unto us. 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." 17 Obey x your leaders and submit to them, y for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to z give an account. Hebrews 13:7. Remember - so as to imitate: not to invoke, as Rome teaches. NASB E-Prime Young's Compare all. Greek. These words should not be connected with the following verse, as is plain from the construction of the original. The end - the exit, issue. What follows refers not so much to morals as to doctrine. The use of this word is very extensive; it is applied to a prince, to a teacher, etc. James. This is not optional, but obligatory, for God has bidden each of His servants "be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity" ( 1 Timothy 4:12); and again, "In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you" ( Titus 2:7, 8). It implies the holding fast of what has been received, whether instruction, promises, or warnings: "Remember, forget not, how thou provoked the Lord thy God to wrath in the wilderness" ( Deuteronomy 9:7). Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. That which the apostle designs in the following discourse, is perseverance in the faith and profession of the truth, in opposition unto an infection with, or inclination unto “various and strange doctrines,” as he expresseth it, verse 9. This text also continues to parallel components of the old covenant with the ministry of Jesus Christ. What terrible superstitions have been invented and perpetrated in this connection: such as religious celebrations on the anniversary of their death, the dedication of "altars" and "chapels" unto their memory, the adoration of their bones, with the ascription of miraculous cures to them; the offering of prayers for them and to them. Alas, how many of the present-day preachers set an example which if followed by their hearers would lead them to perdition. And it is here taken in the latter sense; for their faith in the other sense is not to be imitated, but professed. It denotes to meditate upon, as in "And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness" ( Deuteronomy 8:2). "Judas called Barsabas, and Silas," in Acts 15:22, are called "Leading men among the brethren." 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. . Those in view were the apostles and prophets, the elders and pastors, who instructed the saints and directed the government of the churches. ), imitate the faith. course, during the thirty years since Stephen many a Church official had deceased, leaving a memory to which Paul could refer as exemplar. 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. What peace and comfort it brings to the heart when the believer is enabled to realize that the Lord is just as truly his "Helper" when chastening him, as when delivering from trouble! 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. Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Designed by Elegant Themes Acts 7:59-60; Philippians 1:23. i. Chapter 7. When tempted to compromise and sell the Truth, we should think upon the unswerving fidelity of our fathers in the Faith. . For in and by them they spake, that is, delivered and declared unto them, the word of God, 1 Thessalonians 2:13. Leadership involved responsibility for the condition of the Assembly; whereas a teacher would "give himself to his teaching." Greek. These spiritual guides had been removed from them by death. Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. 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). From that Divine promise he points out two conclusions which faith will draw. Jas. God’s Son Jesus became a *human being to show God … Wherein do these exhortations furnish motives unto fidelity or steadfastness? David L. Allen | November 28, 2016. πολλοὶ δὲ ἦσαν, οὔτε στέφανος μόνον καὶ ἰάκωβος ὁ μαχαίρᾳ ἀναιρεθείς, ἀλλὰ καὶ ὁ τοῦ κυρίου ἀδελφὸς ἰάκωβος, ἕτεροι δὲ πλεῖστοι σιωπῇ παραδεδομένοι. The word "issue" has special reference to the character of their closing testimony, "Considering what kind of an end they made."--Vincent. Chapter 10. The term “considering” carries the idea of looking at something carefully. There would be many others unknown to us. "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God" ( John 3:34): true of Christ perfectly, but characteristic of all whom He calls to the sacred office of the ministry. James, the apostles, who perhaps had already suffered martyrdom for the gospel. Well, today is the day. 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. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by f the word of God , so that what is seen was not made out of g things that are visible . What it is so to remember them, to be mindful of them, to bear them in our minds and memories. 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. General . "Faith" is a term which has a varying scope in its N.T. Here in our text the "remember" is used comprehensively, as comprising all those duties of respect and esteem, of love and obedience, which they owed to their departed teachers. They were such as had received ἔκβασιν ἀναστροφῆς, “the event and end of their conversation” in this world. For the word of God is living and active, sharper … The example of our spiritual leaders is one we should follow (cf. how many whose uselessness leads them into everlasting oblivion! So the apostle proposeth himself as an example to believers, 1 Corinthians 4:16; Philippians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:6 : but with this limitation, as he followed Christ, 1 Corinthians 11:1. The duty prescribed hath a threefold object, or there are three distinct parts or considerations of its object: 1. Yet it seems to us that the particular term used here by the Spirit is designed to carry our thoughts beyond this present scene. 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