"Commentary on Hebrews 13:18". "Family Bible New Testament". 1599-1645. —Hebrews 13:18. Honestly; uprightly, in a manner suitable to a minister of the gospel and an inspired apostle. "When all friends forsake thee, yea, when thy soul forsakes the body, conscience will not, cannot, forsake thee. We need to frequently challenge and call ourselves to account. pause at πεποίθαμεν (rec.) https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/hebrews-13.html. "The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites" ( Isaiah 33:14). Now our only proper rule is the Word, or revealed will of God. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Προσεύχεσθε περὶ ἡμῶν. But let it be pointed out that every peaceful conscience is not a good one, nor is every uneasy conscience an evil one. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. We must consider not how much inward peace we have, but how much cause: as in a building, not the fairness of the structure, but the foundation of it is to be most regarded. Keep on praying for us. i. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/hebrews-13.html. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Hebrews 13:18". A dishonest person is a public nuisance, and may be viewed as a common enemy to mankind. 1840-57. The presence of conscience within man supplies one of the clearest demonstrations of the existence of God. It is like a gouty foot, or a gouty toe, covered with a velvet shoe. No man can evade it or silence its accusations. When we walk closely with God there is a serenity of mind and peace of heart which is the very opposite of the state of those who are lawless and disobedient, "for the wicked are like the troubled sea, which cannot rest." BibliographyGill, John. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/hebrews-13.html. (H. W. That is divided into two parts: what God speaks to man in His holy Law, and what He says to him in His blessed Gospel. Yet the wicked captain had, on purpose to betray the ship to enemies, so carefully concealed a large loadstone near the needle as to make it untrue to itself, and thus be the means of their ruin. Good consciences, therefore, properly to speak, are only quiet ones, excusing and comforting; but here take heed the devil, the great impostor of our souls, put not upon our folly and simplicity, three sorts of quiet ones, as he doth to most: the blind, the secure, and the seared. The conscience of some is quiet because it is insensible. If the reader will turn back to Acts 24he will find that Paul was replying to charges brought against him. Adams.). By saying, I am persuaded, or I trust, he thus partly shows his modesty and partly his confidence. 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; Romans 15:33; Romans 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 4:9) because this attribute of God carries in it the guarantee that a termination shall be put to all misunderstanding, disturbance, and inability to do His will. He was not conscious of acting unfaithfully, but this did not justify him. 1974. O to be able to say, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" ( Psalm 119:105). There is no foe so ill as a bad conscience. Much spiritual wisdom is required here. Secondly, he wishes to be able to visit the original readers of this letter as soon as possible (Hebrews 13:18–19). So far from being indifferent to God's claims, the heart is acutely sensitive when it has been ignored. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. Inscrip., v. Deissmann, p. 194, E. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. The writer, being one of the Paulinists, whose freedom was so bitterly misinterpreted, finds it as necessary as St Paul had done, to add this profession of conscientious sincerity (Acts 23:1; Acts 24:16; 1 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 1:12). See that there is no prejudice, no passion, no evil influence that is perverting it, and gradually making it untrue to itself, and therefore unsafe. His advertisements are all deceptive: his treatment of his workmen tyrannical; his cheap prices made possible by inferior articles. first occurs in Xenophon, see Anz. These blessings are the benefactions of heaven to all. In order for a man to have a good conscience in the sight of God, it is necessary that his life be right as measured by the will of God. Mark the fearful consternation of Belshazzar: the paling of his countenance, smiting of his knees, loosing of his joints, when he read the sentence on the palace walls ( Daniel 5:6). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/hebrews-13.html. Never more life in the conscience than when death makes its nearest approach to the body. Salem Media Group. To live a good and noble life in all things is an earnest purpose, and the conscience which affirms this is our purpose, is itself worthy of the life we desire to live; not blind or perverted, but noble and true. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/hebrews-13.html. We may compare this with 1 Corinthians 4:3-4 :—"But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. The Church is weak, dark, poor, and imperfect, because it prays little. There is an inner eye, that sees into the nature of right and wrong; an inner ear, sensitive to the faintest whisper of moral obligation; an inner touch, that feels the pressure of duty, and responds to it sympathetically" (A.T. Pierson). 2. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord." “Us,” includes both himself and his companions; he passes to himself alone, Hebrews 13:19. we trust we have a good conscience — in spite of your former jealousies, and the charges of my Jewish enemies at Jerusalem, which have been the occasion of my imprisonment at Rome. Yours is a clear conscience, a pure mind, rectitude within and without. Fifth, by a serious resistance and mortification of sin: cutting off the right hand and putting out the right eye. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. Unregenerate men are without faith, yet not without fear: "The wicked flee when no man pursueth" ( Proverbs 28:1). "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". How is a good and pure conscience obtained? It has a judge on its bench, and that judge will not be bribed into a lax decision. They, secondly, prove good unto us only by accident, and God’s goodness, which maketh them as afflictions, gather grapes of thorns; yea, all things work to the best of His beloved, as physicians do poison in their confections, 3. (H. Cadell, M. Sometimes as sicknesses and purgations, they are in order to health, as in the Jews (Acts 2:1-47).


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