“The departing,” etc . The living God - the exclusive characteristic of the God of Israel, not like the lifeless gods of the pagan; therefore One whose threats are awful realities. Saved but defeated. The fears and apprehensions of Israel led them to disregard the promises of God, and to determine to act in direct opposition to their deliverer. Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. , all fuse into each other and become one. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. God used Egypt as an example for our learning - that we take care, not to make the same mistakes. Apple YouTube Email. The God who is alive works in this world through His living Word in conjunction with the Holy Spirit (see Ephesians 6:17). He who denies the Son, believes not the Father, who has wrought so many miracles to sanction his mission. However the apostates in view here were very serious backsliders. To be joined with "Wherefore," Hebrews 3:7. This unbelief causing them to speak evil of the Gospel, and the provision God has made for the salvation of their souls. Hebrews 3:12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. If men’s hearts were right, their belief would be right. For example, many young people abandon their Christian faith because a respected university professor convinces them that what they formerly believed is not true. Take heed lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief. Hebrews 3:12-13. In departing.—Better, in falling away from a Living God. Give me wisdom and discernment as I read through the whole council of Your word and guide me into all truth, as You have promised. Having been brought out from Egyptian bondage they spent the rest of their lives in failure. Their danger was apostasy, departure from God, not failure to come to God in saving faith. μή ποτε ἔσται] μή after βλέπε, ὅρα, and similar words, with the indicative future (comp. The reader must determine this from the context. In Hebrews 3:7-11, the author repeated Psalm 95:7-11 for us. [Note: Ellingworth, p654.]. It is one of the ominous facts of Christian experience that any falling away from high attainment sinks us much deeper than our original starting point. Hebrews 3:12, NLT: "Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Close. Note farther, That there is need of great care and heedfulness, of circumspection and watchfulness, lest at any time, of by any means, there should be found in us an evil heart of unbelief, to occasion our backsliding from Christ, and the profession of our faith in him; Lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief: "brethren." just so, today, people are "Methodists," "Baptists," "Presbyterians," and so regard themselves. Third, Hebrews 12:2 says that, after Jesus’ death, God raised Him from the dead, and Jesus ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God the Father. To object that the apostasy of Jews from Christianity could not be called “apostacy from God” is to mistake. They believed Him when given instructions for the first Passover meal. In Hebrews 3:12, the apostle Paul reports of Israel's "evil heart of unbelief," the fountain, the source, that gave birth to her irrational, erratic, unreliable spiritual and moral behavior. Other Scripture seems to reveal quite clearly that genuine Christians can renounce their faith ( Matthew 10:33; Mark 8:32; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 3:8). Subscribe. (NASB: Lockman)Greek: Blepete, adelphoi, mepote estai en tini humon kardia ponera apistias en to apostenai apo theou zontos, . Hebrews 3:12–14, Part 1 March 3, 2015. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Unbelief is shown to cause man to have an evil heart. Paul's letter to the Romans is the most comprehensive treaties on the state of fallen humanity. The drunkard will not believe the truths of temperance doctrines because he loves ardent spirits. His interest in them, and what he knows of their tendencies, make his fear preponderate, and it is only kindness to them to tell them what he fears. You will be sinning just as they did if you reject the gospel, or if having once accepted it, then renounce it.”, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, William Newell's Commentary on Romans, Hebrews and Revelation, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans and Hebrews. Close of the period begun with διό, Hebrews 3:7. βλέπετε] beware, take heed. In any - `in any one of you.' Jews might retort that they served the same God as the Christians so that they would not be departing from God if they went back to Judaism. 13 But f exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by g the deceitfulness of sin. Christians in this dispensation can just as easily fall from grace. Titus 1:14). God wants us in Heaven. Note, these Hebrews were not warned of any danger of falling away from "religion." They are saved - yet as though by fire, and will suffer loss of reward. You will be sinning just as they did if you reject the gospel, or if having once accepted it, then renounce it.”, 12.Take heed, (or See,) brethren, lest there be at any time in any of you a wicked heart of unbelief, etc. He vowed to fight for them and defeat every evil enemy, but unbelief resulted in a defeated life that dishonour the Lord - until they were buried in the desert sand. This is the same warning Paul gave in his epistle to the church at Corinth ( 1 Corinthians 10:1-11). Hebrews 3:12–13 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from e the living God. Compare Deuteronomy 5:26. Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. Ah, we do not need to describe it! And now he begins his explanation of that passage. 3:12 Beware, brothers, lest perhaps there be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God; 3:13 but exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called "today;" lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. His explanation will continue until Hebrews 4:11. Compare Luke 8:13. Jews might retort that they served the same God as the Christians so that they would not be departing from God if they went back to Judaism. False teachers have deceived many Christians into believing that the truth that they formerly believed is not true, even truth about Jesus Christ. (1-6) The Hebrews are warned of the sin and danger of unbelief. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God. ], "The rebellion he warns against consists of departing from a living, dynamic person, not from some dead doctrine. Take heed. Compare Hebrews 3:10. No! We may have much consciousness of, and struggle with, unbelief, but could our hearts be described as evil hearts of unbelief--that is, hearts willfully inclined to a state of unbelief and rejection of the fellowship of the "Living God"? This word is also used in the famous passage of Hebrews 11:1, but there probably has the meaning "guarantee of ownership/entitlement, title deed" (BDAG 1040-1041). The word means to fix the attention on something in such a way that its inner meaning, the lesson it is designed to teach, may be learned.” (Barclay) The same word is used in Luke 12:24 ( Consider the ravens ). New Living Translation. Some people refer to Christian apostates as backsliders. An evil heart of unbelief is not a heart made evil by unbelief, but a heart of which the essence is that it does not believe. Heb. The book of Hebrews is written to post-cross believers to warn against foolishly following in the footsteps of Israel, and forfeiting the opportunity to live a gloriously, victorious life that will bring with it great reward, and give honour our Father in heaven. They started to murmur and mistrust God's word, and because of unbelief, lived a defeated life. In any of you—You, emphatic; in’ you, as in the lost apostates of old. (See above, on Hebrews 3:7.). Here believers seem to be in view (as in Luke 8:13; Acts 15:38; 1 Timothy 4:1; cf. I have preferred to retain literally what the Apostle states, rather than to give a paraphrase as to the wicked or depraved heart of unbelief, by which he intimates that unbelief would be connected with depravity or wickedness, if after having received the knowledge of Christ they departed from his faith. 23.) And (we pray!) Once saved, we are enabled to live a victorious life that honours God - so that in the ages to come, we will receive a reward for the work we have done - through the power of the Holy Ghost. Some further complicate the issue by saying that Israel's promised land represents heaven at the end of our earthly journey - but again, this does not correspond to correct, contextual biblical teaching. Make you look like a fool boy.” Not being a gifted baseball player, I dreaded those moments. May we take great care we do not allow unbelief to tarnish our testimony, destroy our reward and dishonour our God. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. Hebrews 3:12–14, Part 2 March 5, 2015. Read: Hebrews 4:11-16 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44. The atheist rejects God because he dislikes God. Note on. all that God is for you in Christ explodes with faith, and joy, and love. What they are to be on their guard against is the emergence of ’ , a wicked heart of unbelief manifesting itself in departing from Him who is a living God. It was the Living God, the Father, who gave His Son. For it must be constantly remembered that the Hebrews had a God-given religion, that they had a religious history of which they were proud, and in which they were confident. It brings us to the shocking realisation that our unrighteousness is exposed by His righteousness, and our depravity is magnified by God's perfect goodness. Take heed is the same warning made in verse8, for these Christians not to make the same mistake their Jewish forefathers made in the wilderness. Their danger was apostasy, departure from God, not failure to come to God in saving faith. 13 But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called “Today,” that none of you may become hardened by sin’s deception (Hebrews 3:12-13). And we are warned to "take care, brethren, that there  is not in any one of US an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God". And so the Hebrew was liable to relapse from Christ from disgust at the sufferings and lowliness of Christ. Take heed, &c. Not to imitate their incredulous obstinacy, lest you never enter into the place of eternal rest, by departing from God by sin. Hebrews 4:12 A Question Of Motive. Lest any man fail of (come short of by willfully relinquishing) the grace of God. To apostatize from Christ is to apostatize from the living God (Hebrews 2:3). "No believer today, Jew or Gentile, could go back into the Mosaic legal system since the temple is gone and there is no priesthood. 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, Home; Menu; Order Online; Contact; hebrews 12:14 meaning But every believer is tempted to give up his confession of Christ and go back into the world system"s life of compromise and bondage.". This signifies Jesus’ authority (at the right hand ) and the fact that His work is finished (He sat down). In this Epistle it occurs, Hebrews 9:14, Hebrews 10:31, Hebrews 12:22. We are not saved by our good works, and we do not lose our salvation by our bad works (i.e, failing to persevere faithfully in the faith). Similarly, Christians who are genuinely saved by God's grace through faith will not lose their salvation - but will suffer loss of a promised reward. (12) Lest there be in any of you.—Better, lest haply there shall be in any one of you. It was the Living God, the Son, who bore our sins, and returned to the Father's right hand. ‘Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God.’. In Hebrews 5:11-14 he pauses to rebuke those who have not grown as they should. Mon-Wed: Closed | Tue–Sun: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM - 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM . In other contexts, unsaved apostates are in view (e.g, Luke 13:27; cf. Thank You that in Christ we can all live a victorious life to Your honour, if we trust Your word and obey Your will. As the Holy Ghost gave the warnings of. This passage was of great significance to the writer's Hebrew brethren, in those early days of the Church, who needed to take care, lest any of them had an evil, unbelieving heart which would lead them to fall away from the living God. and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The giver of life `` Presbyterians, '' `` Presbyterians, '' by Heinrich Schlier 1:512-13! 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