Hebrews 10:23. This profession is to be held ακλινη, without swerving or bending from it; as some did, Hebrews 10:25 and others were likely to do, considering the persecutions they underwent, Hebrews 10:33-34. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:23". "Commentary on Hebrews 10:23". Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; my heart shall not reproach me as long as I live.. VII. 1700-1703. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.. VI. hold fast: See: adhere , cohere , grapple , hold , hold out , persevere , persist , possess , resist , retain Of our faith.—This rendering, apparently found in no earlier English version, is supposed to be due to oversight on the part of our translators. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. This means that, even though we “are naked and exposed” (Hebrews 3:13) before him, he’s sympathetic. The adjective predicates that which the confession becomes by being held fast: = βεβαίαν, ch. We can draw near while our angry words still echo around us, while the gluttonous ice cream spoon is still in hand, while the computer is still shutting down after the pornography binge. Hebrews 3:6; Hebrews 3:14) the confession (see on ch. BibliographyTrapp, John. 23. τὴν ὁμολογίαν τῆς ἐλπίδος. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/hebrews-10.html. For He is faithful that promised: The great preventive of wavering is remembering that He is faithful that promised. As a human, what weaknesses and temptations might Jesus have experience that we experience? Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. 1870. τὴν ὁ΄ολογίαν] may here be taken actively (the confessing of the hope), but it may also be taken passively (the confession which has as its subject the Christian’s hope). 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. I do not and cannot build my faith on anything but what is revealed in the Bible; and I must do it because I have no other foothold for it to stand upon. 1 John 5:6-9 Here we have again what is constantly urged upon believers-- the public confession of our hope in our Lord. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Definition of hold fast in the Definitions.net dictionary. WBTU: Hebrews 3:6 the NIV says hold on, the King James says hold fast. We can go to the throne of grace immediately and confidently because our approach is not based on our holiness but Jesus’ greatness and sympathy. Reason number 1 is hardships. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope--. 1871-8. Proverbs 5:22 "The Adam Clarke Commentary". BibliographyCoke, Thomas. First, we draw near “confidently” because we know that Jesus is able and willing to act on our behalf in relation to God. For as yet in this life the fulness of blessing which comes of fellowship with God is not experienced, the perfected salvation and the heavenly country (Hebrews 12:22-23) are yet to be reached. Info & Updates https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/hebrews-10.html. The thought of ‘hope’ fixes their thoughts on their future hope, emphasised with regard to God’s true people in chapter 11, where it is constantly stressed that they endured because of the hope set before them. Securing enough food was a regular challenge in ancient times, so fasting—voluntarily going without food (or drink)—was a very striking practice. (Hebrews 4:14b-15). MacKnight says: "And being washed in body with the clean water of baptism, whereby we professed our faith in Christ as our only High Priest, let us hold fast [firmly] the confession [profession] of our hope of salvation through his ministrations [services for us], unmoved by the threats of our persecutors; for faithful is he who hath promised us pardon through Christ.". 2. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/hebrews-10.html. Hope is the rendering of Tyndale, Coverdale, the Great Bible, the Geneva, the Bishops', and Rheims. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". You have had many a tossing up and down, and have often needed a foothold for your faith to stand upon. What weaknesses and temptations do we know Jesus experienced based on Scripture? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/hebrews-10.html. Why do people fast in the Hebrew Bible? There is no longer any room for doubt, and we can tell others that salvation is ours, for there is no question that he will do what he says. "let us hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for he is faithful that promised:." Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website.Original work done by Ernie Stefanik. It kills us slowly like a disease and finally like a death sentence. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/hebrews-10.html. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:23". This is evidently correct, and it is also plain that the Apostle here refers to baptism. No one empathizes with you like Jesus–not your spouse or pastor or best friend. So it is in all our manuscript copies but one. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised. Numeric value of the letter ג = 3 This is the number of the Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit 3 represents divine perfection and perfect witness. BibliographyNewell, William. He - God is faithful to His promises (Hebrews 6:17-18; Hebrews 11:11; Hebrews 12:26; Hebrews 12:28; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Thessalonians 3:3 : also Christ's promise, John 12:26), but man is often unfaithful to his duties. A lying god, a perjured god (chap. The words: καὶ λελουμένοι τὸ σῶμα ὕδατι καθαρῷ, are, by the Peshito, by Primasius, Faber Stapulensis, Luther, Estius, Wolf, Baumgarten, Storr, Kuinoel, Bleek, Stein, de Wette, Bloomfield, Bisping, Delitzsch, Riehm (Lehrbegr. I have stated above the ground for attaching καὶ λελουμένοι κ. τ. λ. to the foregoing, with Syr., Primas., Faber Stap., Luther, E. V., Estius, Seb. Indeed, the exhortation to "hold fast our boldness and the glorying in our hope," of Chapter 3:6, runs right through the book of Hebrews: "Having then a Great High Priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession" (4:14). Only here. See 2 Corinthians 9:13. without wavering = unwavering. How does drawing near to the throne of grace (verse 16) correspond with holding fast our confession? This passage ends with a condition: that believers ''hold fast.'' The writer now applies this to his specific purpose in writing, to maintain their faith and testimony. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/hebrews-10.html. 16Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Here God exhorts us to “hold fast our confession,” the most valuable possession we have. So this means that our attention -and therefore our actions- are fixed on God. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 I Thessalonians 5:21 instructs us to "test [prove, KJV] all things," which would include our old notions, and then "hold fast" to the good ones—the ones that pass the test. Anchors have different meaning. NAS: to me, Let your heart hold fast my words; KJV: unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: INT: taught and said hold my words your heart. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jcp/hebrews-10.html. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". Some synonyms for “hold fast” are: adhere to, carry out, embrace, and live by. Rend. ἀκλινῆ. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/hebrews-10.html. Either in the grace or doctrine of faith, or in the profession of both; See Gill on Hebrews 4:14. katecho. As a result of being purified by the blood and transformed by the Spirit, and of having full direct access to God, they must be faithful witnesses to Jesus Christ, and what He offers for the future, recognising that He who made the promises is Himself faithful and will not fail them. Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to … without wavering — without declension (Hebrews 3:14), “steadfast unto the end.”. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". (Hebrews 3:6, Hebrews 3:14; Hebrews 4:14.). Charles Schribner's Sons. Reference to the sanctifying of Christians by Christian baptism. But he rested upon the word of promise, and thus obtained a foothold for his faith. William Newell's Commentary on Romans, Hebrews and Revelation. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:23". Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;). All rights reserved. BibliographyPhilpot, Joseph Charles. Weaknesses are the physical “infirmities” we all experience as a result of the fall: chemical imbalances and their consequent rogue emotions, exhaustion, hunger, bodily reactions to stress, perverted sexual impulses, etc. So Paul says to us: "If Ye then were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Hebrews 10:23. Thl. (Hebrews 4:14). Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for the one who promised is faithful. Without wavering; aklinh, without any declining from it, either to the right or left, from the first and due state of it; not warping or wavering from the revelation of God about it, when others weakly made a defection from it, Hebrews 6:6,9. When financial or schedule tides surge, we make the same decision: we grip what we value and let go of what we don’t. לדג has a numeric value of 37. Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible. This was set forth in Luke 12:8: "Every one who shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God"; and in Romans 10:9-10: "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. "E.W. WORDS OF GOD IN RED. Charlotte, NC 28227, Newsletter BibliographyGill, John. (edn. When the tide surges at the beach, we grip our children more tightly than our beach toys because they are more important. 1851. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. The Expositor's Greek Testament. So not only is he an able high priest, he is a willing high priest. 2), Ebrard, Lünemann. V. Hold fast to the good. "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". He is faithful that promised - The eternal life, which is the object of your hope, is promised to you by him who cannot lie; as he then is faithful who has given you this promise, hold fast the profession of your hope. 1897. "Family Bible New Testament". Hebrews 4:14; let us hold with full and conscious possession: see ch. Volunteer Schedule Hold onto Your righteousness. to hold fast the profession of our faith: hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering. Therefore, right now in prayer, in each step today, tonight as we lay our heads on our pillows, this week as we go to work and come home, in all our relationships and decisions–let us hold fast our confession by drawing near to the throne of grace because we have a great and sympathetic high priest. Hebrews 10:23 Context. He then proceeds to the confession of their hope by being baptized. It’s that he knows exactly what it’s like because he has “in every respect” experienced it all the way to the end without giving in. Then we must hold fast to Him. is entirely broken up. Where observe, 1. We don’t come to the throne giving or bringing anything. The Hebrew writer, in these verses, answers that question. The Apostle had been speaking of believers having their hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, or the consciousness of guilt being removed by the sacrifice offered upon Calvary, and themselves begotten to a lively hope of the resurrection of Christ. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/hebrews-10.html. Thank you for reading, and for taking the time to encourage! It is an innovation of the translators. 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. College Press, Joplin, MO. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:23". This is what happens at the throne of grace. Hold fast Help is on the way Hold fast He’s come to save the day What I’ve learned in my life One thing greater than my strife Is His grasp So hold fast. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:23". The two following words must be joined with “confession,” “let us hold fast the confession of the (Christian) hope so that it waver not.” This hope “maketh not ashamed” (Romans 5:5), for the promise is sure. He is faithful denotes that the Lord is always true and makes His promises good. It also could mean to reflect on your beliefs and what you think is right even thought the temptations of rationality is trying to convince you otherwise. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/hebrews-10.html. They are the compounds that often unite to create sin.We get drunk because after a stressful day, a case of beer looks good. It’s not just that he can imagine how hard it must be to deal with such weakness and temptation. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". "People's New Testament". Yet here it is also in the light of their present experience of God. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. λελου΄ένοι τὸ σῶ΄α ὓδατι καθαρῷ] inasmuch as our body has been washed with pure water [washed as regards the body with pure water]. The profession of our faith— Of our hope. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:23". 1891. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/hebrews-10.html. The profession of our hope — The hope which we professed at our baptism. Bibliography"Commentary on Hebrews 10:23". In baptism the believer in a figure goes down into the grave of Christ and is raised again. Sermon Series Practically speaking, how does one “draw near to the throne of grace?” What does this look like in real terms? Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. The profession of our faith; an outward exhibition to the world both in word and deed, as we have it sincerely in our hearts, solemnly owning it in the ordinances of God in his church, of the hope we have in Christ our High Priest, and of all that he hath purchased for us, and promised to perform in us and to us, Hebrews 3:1,6 4:14 6:11 Romans 10:9,10 1 Peter 1:3,21. 1887. To hold fast to this gift from God implies a number of things. Earlier verses stated that this inheritance is only available to those who "hold fast" to their faith (Hebrews 3:6, 12–14). Hold Fast the Word “ Hold fast the word. 2013. There is some debate about the meaning of "having... our bodies washed with pure water" and whether it refers to baptism. But these sacrifices were deficient and temporary. Bleek prefers a period, Delitzsch a comma only. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt/hebrews-10.html. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:23". BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:23". The thought is, cling to the faith professed and the hope in the soul without wavering. They must trust in the faithfulness of God (1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24) and recognise the certainty of the fulfilment of His promises, and make that confidence apparent to others, confessing their confident hope. Cf. First published online in 1996 at The Restoration Movement Pages. It ought not be true of us, beloved, that we are ignorant of the Word of God and ignorant of what the Bible teaches. BibliographyJohnson, Barton W. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:23". In verse 15, how does the fact that “we do not have a high priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses” motivate us to “hold fast our confession?”. God, see reff. And so from this passage we may learn the mutual relation between the faith of men and the promise of God; for except God promises, no one can believe. 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24) is He who has given the promises (namely, God). Without wavering] Gr. We come “that we may receive mercy and find grace.” Mercy is not getting the punishment we deserve. ", It is especially emphasized in Hebrews 13:15: "Let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which make confession to His Name.". “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23) “… but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and rejoicing of the hope to the end.” (Hebrews 3:6) See also Whitby, Macknight, and others. 1974. ” This statement, or one similar to it, is found several times in the New Testament. 1938. Hold fast means to be faithful to the end. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/hebrews-10.html. (Hebrews 4:14-16). BibliographyMeyer, Heinrich. 1765. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. Jesus is the Mega High Priest because his action on behalf of men in relation to God was sufficient and permanent. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/hebrews-10.html. “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/hebrews-10.html. High priests acted “on behalf of men in relation to God” (Hebrews 5:1). BibliographyPett, Peter. There must be no relapse to the old. C’est ce sang, qui nous lave mieux que l’eau des Lévites”); or, with Schlichting: “Christi spiritus et doctrina, seu spiritualis illa aqua, qua suos perfundit Christus, ipsius etiam sanguine non excluso,” we are forbidden by the addition of τὸ σῶμα, which implies likewise the reminiscence of an outward act. BibliographyVincent, Marvin R. DD. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering - To secure this was one of the leading designs of this Epistle, and hence, the apostle adverts to it so frequently. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. In verse 14, how does the fact that “we have a great high priest” motivate us to “hold fast our confession?”. See Hebrews 3:6, Hebrews 3:14. profession = confession. Let us hold on firmly. 23.] Ὁμολογιαν της πιστεως, the confession of Faith; one of the Barberini MSS. If your group is close enough for this, share some of your weaknesses and temptations. This is the reading which our translators have followed; but it is of very little authority. First of all, if you are going to hold fast to it that means you should never forget what you believe. This represents his fellowship with Christ in His death and resurrection. This is not a reference to losing salvation; however, it does introduce the warning beginning in verse 7, which discusses what happens when a believer fails to trust in God. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith - The word ὁμολογια, from ὁμου, together, and λογος, a word, implies that general consent that was among Christians on all the important articles of their faith and practice; particularly their acknowledgment of the truth of the Gospel, and of Jesus Christ, as the only victim for sin, and the only Savior from it. What does hold fast mean? Ephesians 5:26; Titus 3:5. interprets it, ὁ χριστὸς ὁ εἰπών, ὅτι ὅπου εἰμὶ ἐγώ, καὶ ὁ διάκονος ὁ ἐμὸς ἔσται, and similarly Œc., al., but not so accurately): BibliographyAlford, Henry. Hebrews 3:14. Thank You.. great inspirational thoughts on how and why we need to approach God with Confidence. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/hebrews-10.html. κατέχωμεν τὴν ὁμολογίαν τῆς ἐλπίδος ἀκλινῆ] let us hold fast the confession of hope as an unbending, unswerving one. Illness, bereavement, unemployment, chi… Hebrews 10:23. "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful who promised." Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. ), Without wavering - without declension "stedfast unto the end.". BibliographyBarnes, Albert. This merciful/gracious act redeems Valjean and transforms his entire life. Comp. Our faith must in the same way rest on the word of promise, that "by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.". The writer felt the necessity of insisting upon this point, because the sufferings of the Hebrew converts, and the long delay (as it seemed to them) of Christ’s return, had shaken their constancy.
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