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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Hebrews 4:11-16

In this latter part of the chapter the apostle concludes, first, with a serious repeated exhortation, and then with proper and powerful motives. I. Here we have a serious exhortation: Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, Heb. 4:11. Observe, 1. The end proposed?rest spiritual and eternal, the rest of grace here and glory hereafter?in Christ on earth, with Christ in heaven. 2. The way to this end prescribed?labour, diligent labour; this is the only way to rest; those who will not... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Hebrews 4:11-13

4:11-13 Let us then be eager to enter into that rest, lest we follow the example of the Israelites and fall into the same kind of disobedience. For the word of God is instinct with life; it is effective; it is sharper than a two-edged sword; it pierces right through to the very division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it scrutinizes the desires and intentions of the heart. No created thing can ever remain hidden from his sight; everything is naked to him and is compelled to meet the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Hebrews 4:11

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest ,.... Not eternal rest; this is not to be entered into now; nor is an entrance into it to be obtained by labour; salvation is not by works; eternal life is a free gift; good works do not go before to prepare heaven for the saints, but follow after: nor is the saints' entrance into it a precarious thing; God has promised it, and provided it for his people; Christ is in the possession of it, and is preparing it for them; and the Spirit of God is... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Hebrews 4:11

Let us labor therefore - The word σπουδασωμεν implies every exertion of body and mind which can be made in reference to the subject. Rebus aliis omissis, hoc agamus ; All things else omitted, this one thing let us do. We receive grace, improve grace, retain grace, that we may obtain eternal glory. Lest any man fall - Lest he fall off from the grace of God, from the Gospel and its blessings, and perish everlastingly. This is the meaning of the apostle, who never supposed that a man... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Hebrews 4:11

Verse 11 Having pointed out the goal to which we are to advance, he exhorts us to pursue our course, which we do, when we habituate ourselves to self­denial. And as he compares entering into rest to a straight course, he sets falling in opposition to it, and thus he continues the metaphor in both clauses, at the same time he alludes to the history given by Moses of those who fell in the wilderness, because they were rebellious against God. (Numbers 26:65.) Hence he says, after the same example,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hebrews 4:1-11

The gospel rest. In this passage the writer explains what is to be understood by the "rest" to which God had invited his ancient people, and urges the Hebrews of his own day to strive to attain it as the most Divine of all blessings. I. THE REST OF GOD . "His rest" ( Hebrews 4:1 ); "my rest" ( Hebrews 4:3 , Hebrews 4:5 ). Rest belongs essentially to God, for he is all-perfect and self-harmonious. Being infinite in purity and love, in knowledge and power, he is the God... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hebrews 4:1-11

The more terrible result of apostasy from Christ seen in the better rest to which Christ leads. Still dealing with the superiority of Christ to Moses. Having shown the possibility of departing from Christ as they did from Moses, he goes on to show that, since Christ was greater than Moses, the evil of departing from him was so much more terrible. There is a Divine promise of rest unexhausted in Old Testament times, and only fulfilled through faith in Christ. "Let us fear therefore, lest... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hebrews 4:11

Let us therefore do our diligence ( σπουδάσωμεν , so translated in A.V. 2 Timothy 4:9 , 2 Timothy 4:21 ) to enter into that rest, lest any one fall after the same example of disobedience ( ἀπειθείας : not ἀπιστίας , which means "unbelief"). It is a question, though not at all affecting the general sense of the passage, whether ἐν τῷ αὐτῶ ὑποδείγματι πέσῃ should not he translated "fall into tide same example." πίπτειν ἐν has undoubtedly the sense of "to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hebrews 4:11-13

Success. I. THE EXHORTATION TO EARNEST ENDEAVOR TO AVOID FAILURE AND SECURE SUCCESS . The believers to whom these words were addressed were halting between two opinions. The question was whether they should go back to the synagogue and the temple, and thus evade trial, or go forward in the brave and successful profession of Jesus Christ, and each should say, "Let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." No other subjects could approach... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Hebrews 4:11

Let us therefore labour - Let us earnestly strive. Since there is a rest whose attainment is worth all our efforts; since so many have failed of reaching it by their unbelief, and since there is so much danger that we may fail of it also, let us give all diligence that we may enter into it. Heaven is never obtained but by diligence; and no one enters there who does not earnestly desire it, and who does not make a sincere effort to reach it.Of unbelief - Margin, “disobedience.” The word... read more

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