Hold fast the grace, whereby we may serve God - In every thought, word, and work. Hebrews 12:28 Translation & Meaning. On that basis we may. But why should this exhortation be needed? Though God had made many announcements through Israel's prophets that the Messiah would occupy the regal office, yet clear intimation was given that He would be very different from the monarchs of earth ( Isaiah 53:2). Christ’s church = the Kingdom of heaven = the Kingdom of God. Pink's Commentary on John and Hebrews, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible, Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans and Hebrews. A kingdom - More glorious than the present heaven and earth. His government over the world, yea, over the entire universe, is administered by a wisely adapted series of means, appointed and directed by Him. Its consummation shall be ushered in by the return of the King, when His servants shall be rewarded and His enemies slain. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Since the Fall there have been two great empires at work on this earth: the "world" and "the kingdom of God." Though Saul, David, and his successors, bore the regal character, and thus partly obscured the Divine government, yet it was not abolished (see 2Chronicles 13:8). It signifies, second, a reign or the exercise of royal authority. Those who belong to the former own not God; those who pertain to the latter, profess subjection to Him. Second, He is the moral Governor over the world, for however unconscious they may be of His operations, all men are controlled by Him and their schemings and actions over-ruled for His own ends. Greek. Its wider significance comprehended the convulsions which would be produced in heathendom (the "sea" of Haggai 2:6, and cf. Grace is the very foundation of the kingdom which cannot be moved. ÐÐ¾ÑÐ¾Ð¼Ñ ÑÑÐ¾ ÐÐ¾Ð³ Ð½Ð°Ñ ÐµÑÑÑ Ð¾Ð³Ð¾Ð½Ñ. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister; and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. which cannot be moved = immovable. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall … ‘Let us have grace’ is, however, a possible meaning. BRETHREN, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God… Shortly afterwards, God established His mediatorial kingdom, Abel being its first subject. Receiving - as we do, in sure hope, also in possession of the Spirit, the first-fruits (Romans 8:23; Ephesians 1:13). The appearing of the Messiah introduced and necessitated a total dissolution of the entire Judaic economy: the Levitical institutions being fulfilled in Christ, they had now served their purpose. The author thought of many more than just the 18 specifically mentioned in Hebrews 11. A godly fear yet remains, not as to the trueness of our basis, not as to the faithfulness of God, but as to our own faithfulness. The Stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the Head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Godly fear; having respect to all God’s commandments. ", "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.". Mode 1. Greek. Acceptably.âLiterally, well-pleasing. Christ is not only "King of saints" ( Revelation 15:3), but He is also "King of nations" ( Jeremiah 10:7). But the real partakers of the life of God are tempted on every hand to renounce their hold of grace, through the power of the world, the strength of sin, the subtlety of their unwearied adversary, the unbelief, infidelity, and despondency of their wretched heart. toigaroun, a very emph. It is not a democracy, but an absolute monarchy. St Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 12:28-29; 13:1-8 Prokeimenon. It is essentially a kingdom of righteousness, and its central principle is the loyalty of heart of its subjects to the King Himself. the ", "These things understood not His disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of Him", "To subdue hearts, not to conquer kingdoms; to bestow the riches of His grace to poor and needy sinners, not, like, "When the Jews refused Jesus as the Messiah, He did not say that the founding of the kingdom would be postponed until His second coming, but He did say the kingdom should be taken from them and given to the Gentiles! In John's Gospel (which gives the spiritual side of things more than do the first three Gospels, being specially written to and for believers), there is a most significant word after the account of our Lord's regal entry into Jerusalem on the back of an ass: "These things understood not His disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of Him" ( John 12:16). Christ is now "the Prince of the kings of the earth" ( Revelation 1:5). Third, the way of the believer's participation of it: we "receive" it. (, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Hebrews 12:26, ESV: "At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”" They who have received the Gospel into an honest and good heart have been admitted into and made participants of the kingdom of Christ. ", "There is but one kingdom or spiritual realm in which Christ reigns forever, and which in the end shall be eternally glorious in the perfect glory of her King; yet in Scripture there are three distinct names used to set forth the excellencies and the blessedness of that realm in various aspects, namely, the Kingdom, the Church, and the City of God", "But Jesus called them to Him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. Greek. So too when Paul said, "But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. But in the meanwhile it was difficult to persuade the Hebrews that such was the case, and therefore did the apostle clinch the argument he had made in and the exhortation he had given in verse 26 by quoting a proof-text from their own Scriptures. Its spiritual nature is plainly seen from Jehovah's statement, "they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them" ( 1 Samuel 8:7): His throne and scepter was an invisible one. Let us then have grace to serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.âThis is altogether different from slavish fear; it is that godly fear which arises from right views of the glorious character of God; his purity, holiness, kindness, and compassion, blended with abhorrence of sin, on which he cannot look. For our God is a consuming fire.” A brief analysis of these verses reveals the following weighty points. For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many", "by Me kings reign, and princes decree justice", "As Thou has given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him", "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved. But sin entered, and a radical change ensued. Ð½Ð°ÑÐ°ÐµÑ Ð¾Ð¿Ð°ÑÐµÐ½Ð¸Ðµ, ÑÑÐµÐ¿ÐµÑ Ð² Ð¿ÑÐ¸ÑÑÑÑÑÐ²Ð¸Ð¸ ÐÐ¾Ð¶Ð¸ÐµÐ¼. ', Acceptably, [ euarestos (Greek #2101)] - 'well-pleasingly.'. By so doing, by heeding the suggestions of the Serpent, the "kingdom of Satan" ( Matthew 12:26) was set up in this world. We pertain to a kingdom that is permanent and unchanging. Hebrews 12:1. Hebrews 12:27 This expression, "Yet once more," denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. The word 'serve' in this verse comes from the Greek word latriea which means worship (cf. How different was that from the imposing splendor assumed by earth's sovereigns! Verse: The Lord is the defender of my life. StudyLıght.org. The special agency for the extension of it is the organized churches of Christ with their regular ministry. eulabeia. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power" ( 1 Corinthians 4:19, 20) he obviously meant, "the spiritual power thereof felt in your hearts.". The last thought connects itself closely with the following verse. which the apostle made in Hebrews 12:26, namely, that under the proclamation of the Gospel there would be a more radical and far-reaching effect produced, than was the case at the giving of the Law, thereby manifesting the superiority of the one over the other. 18 You have not come to a physical mountain, # 12:18 Greek to something that can be touched. Then he said: "Therefore let us also, of As Christ's kingdom is "not of the world" but "heavenly" ( 2 Timothy 4:18), so its subjects are not of the world but heavenly. acceptably. that can be seen and touched. App-104. Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof" ( Matthew 21:42, 43). Though the Messiah's dominion and reign had been described under material symbols, yet was it made plain that His kingdom would not be "of this world." Some men who are fond of drawing innumerable distinctions and contrasts under the guise of "rightly dividing the Word of Truth," draw a sharp line between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Christ. This word "receiving" also denotes that we have this kingdom from Another: "walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory" ( 1 Thessalonians 2:12); "hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom?" Here the apostle explains Haggai's "Yet once it is a little while (cf. Haggai's language that the Lord would "shake the heavens" referred, as we have seen, not to the starry heavens or celestial planets, but to the Judaical constitution under the ceremonial lawâcalled the "heavens" because they typed out heavenly things! Hebrews 12:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Hebrews 12:26, NIV: "At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, 'Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.'" Let us have grace. Psalm 26.1,2 The Lord is my light and my savior. The Apostle therefore exhorts us to hold fast that grace whereby in the first instance we came to have a saving interest in the kingdom not to be shaken; whereby we were introduced into an experimental knowledge and possession of it; and whereby alone we can maintain a firm hold of it to the end. Through Israel's prophets God announced that there should yet be a more glorious display of His government than had been witnessed by their fathers of old, and promised that His dominion would take a more spiritual form in the establishing of the Messianic kingdom. In order, therefore, to maintain our interest clear in the kingdom which cannot be shaken, we must hold grace fast; for as soon we cease to do this, we lose our comfortable prospects of this kingdom, and of our own participation in it and its heavenly blessings. But "once more" means once only, and then no more. But though it had been clearly revealed through the prophets that the Lord Messiah would be a King and have a universal empire, yet the bulk of Abraham's natural descendants entertained a grossly mistaken conception of the true design of Christ's appearing and the real nature of His kingdom, and this mistake produced a most pernicious influence upon their tempers and conduct when the gracious purpose of His advent was fulfilled. The Greek phrase favours this rendering (see 2 Timothy 1:3, Gr.). See Hebrews 9:14. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. (28) Receiving a kingdom.âThese words clearly contain a reference to Daniel 7:18, âThe saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom.â Nor can it well be doubted that the closing verses of Haggai 2 are also before the writerâs mind; after Hebrews 12:21, which repeats the words of Hebrews 12:6, quoted above, the prophet declares the overthrow of earthly kingdoms, and continues to His servant Zerubbabel the Messianic promise. The fatal mistake made by the Jews respecting the true nature of the kingdom of the Messiah lay at the foundation of all the opposition with which they treated Him, and of their own ultimate ruin. So prejudiced were the apostles by the erroneous teaching of the Pharisees, that even they did not rightly apprehend the nature of Christ's kingdom till after His ascension. Thankfulness, not discontent, is the becoming feeling, and when blended with fear (‘awe’) will make our service reverent and joyous. The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 12:28-29; 13:1-8. It is a kingdom of present grace and of future glory, therefore built wholly upon grace and not upon merit; wholly upon the favor of God and not upon the works of the creature. times the Israelitish theocracy was the particular sphere of God's kingdom on earth, the domain where His authority was manifested in a special way ( Judges 8:23, 1 Samuel 12:12, Hosea 13:9, 10, etc.). Strong's Number G5485 matches the Greek χάρις (charis), which occurs 156 times in 147 verses in the Greek concordance of the KJV Page 1 / 3 (Luk 1:30–1Co 1:4) dia. There is for us a âthrone of graceâ to which we may draw near and âfind graceâ (Hebrews 4:16). aidos. We, believers, receiving a kingdom, are made kings and priests to God. (NASB: Lockman)Greek: to de, Eti hapax deloi ton saleuomenon metathesin os pepoiemenon, ina meine ta me saleuomena. Greek. The canon of Scripture is now perfected, the Spirit of prophecy is ceased, the mystery of God is finished: He hath put His last hand to it. We Christians have received a kingdom which cannot be shaken and which is eternal. (3) "Whereby we may serve God" suits "grace" (i:e., the work of the Spirit, producing faith exhibited in serving God), but does not suit 'thankfulness. The texts read deos, awe. διὸ βασιλείαν ἀσάλευτον παραλαμβάνοντες ἔχωμεν χάριν, δι’ ἧς λατρεύωμεν We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. With reverence - Literally,with shame. Let us have grace; though the grace by which alone we can render acceptable service to God is his gift, yet we are responsible for possessing it, since it is freely offered to all, and all will have it who do not repel and reject it by a disobedient spirit. It denotes, third, the benefits or blessings which result from the benevolent exercise of Christ's regal authority. This "kingdom which cannot be moved" is but another name for "those things which cannot be shaken" that "remain" of verse 27: it is the substance and reality of what was typed out under the Mosaic economy. In consequence of the entrance of sin, God has set up a kingdom in antagonism to the kingdom of Satan. We (Christians) receiving a kingdom takes place when people renounce the worldly life and come into the kingdom of Christ. receiving as we do a kingdom which cannot be shaken, καὶ παραλήψονται τὴν βασιλείαν ἅγιοι ὑψίστου, εὐχαριστῶμεν τῷ τοιαῦτα καὶ ἤδη δόντι καὶ μελλοντι δώσειν. To whom much is given of them much shall be required. This word is qualified by the word 'acceptably.' and. See Hebrews 5:7, the only other occurance. Hebrews 12:29 - for our God is a consuming fire. In a way. New American Standard Version. Wherefore, we receiving as we do a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful (or have grace), and thereby serve God acceptably (well-pleasingly) with godly reverence and fear. Note that v. 3 is introduced by the Greek subordinating conjunction gar, which gives the grounds for the exhortation in vv. Our Hebrews may relapse from the true basis of Christianity to the false foundations of old Judaism—from Zion to Sinai. The setting up of the spiritual and immoveable kingdom of Christ was the issue and goal of all the prophets declared: see Luke 1:69, 70 and cf. See Acts 28:20. cloud = throng. The sense which they affixed to the Messianic prophecies was one that flattered their pride and fostered their carnality. Use this table to … This is seen from the means He used at its first establishment, and His appointments for its support and enlargementânot physical force, but gracious overtures. Hebrews 12:1) which. Whatever you do, then, however low you may sink and fall, never relinquish your firm hold of grace. stand, therefore, upon an immutable basis. Third, it signifies that we now participate in the blessings of Christ's government. Hebrews 12 is the twelfth chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.The author is anonymous, although the internal reference to "our brother Timothy" (Hebrews 13:23) causes a traditional attribution to Paul, but this attribution has been disputed since the second century and there is no decisive evidence for the authorship. Hebrews 12:28 says 'Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.' Hebrews 12:28 Interlinear: wherefore, a kingdom that cannot be shaken receiving, may we have grace, through which we may serve God well-pleasingly, with reverence and religious fear; But this is clearly confuted by "hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God" ( Ephesians 5:5), and again "the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ" ( Revelation 11:15 and cf 12:10). First, His sovereignty as God is essential to His Divine nature, being underived, absolute, eternal, and unchanging. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved -, Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God -, Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved. Do you want to understand a Strong's Bible but don't have the time to do all the memory of traditional language learning? Only here and 1 Timothy 2:9. "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe." 12:28 Therefore let us, receiving - By willing and joyful faith. By His providential operations the Lord Jesus is working in every sphere and causing all the historic movements of peoples and nations, civilized and uncivilized, to further its interests and advance its growth; though at the time of such movements this is hidden from carnal sense. "Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures. To the Father He said, "As Thou has given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him" ( John 17:2). It is all of grace, from first to last. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. Moreover, every passage in the epistles which speak of Christ's kingdom as a present reality, refutes the theory that His kingdom has been postponed until His second advent: see Colossians 1:13, Revelation l:9âChrist's kingdom existed in the days of John, and he was in it! How it behooves us, then, to prayerfully seek right views of Christ's kingdom, and to resist everything which tends to secularize His holy dominion, lest by corrupting the Evangelical Economy we dishonor the blessed Redeemer, and be finally punished as the enemies of His government. We trust this is now so plain to the reader that further effort on our part to establish the same is unnecessary. ( Matthew 2:2). The use of Greek rather than Hebrew is doubtless due to the Epistle being intended, not merely for the Hebrew, but for the Hellenistic Jew converts, not only in Palestine, but elsewhere; a view confirmed by the use of the Septuagint. You have not come to a place like Mount Sinai # 12.18 a place like Mount Sinai: The Greek text has “a place,” but the writer is referring to the time that the Lord spoke to the people of Israel from Mount Sinai (see Exodus 19.16-25). Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, τοιγαρουν. perikeimai. The throne on which Solomon sat was called "The throne of the kingdom of the Lord" ( 1 Chronicles 28:5). In affirming that this is a kingdom "which cannot be moved" the apostle emphasized once more the great superiority of Christianity over Judaism, and also showed wherein the kingdom of Christ differs from all the kingdoms of earth, which are subject to commotions and convulsions. This is plain from the words of Hebrews 12:27, "yet once more." It designates, first, a sphere of rule, a realm over which the government of Christ extends. Second, the essential character of this kingdom, in contrast from all others, namely its immoveabilityâits finality and permanency. A. Hodge). "There is but one kingdom or spiritual realm in which Christ reigns forever, and which in the end shall be eternally glorious in the perfect glory of her King; yet in Scripture there are three distinct names used to set forth the excellencies and the blessedness of that realm in various aspects, namely, the Kingdom, the Church, and the City of God" (A. Now this kingdom of Christ, considered in its spiritual and inward aspect, believers are said to "receive," that Isaiah, they participate in its privileges and blessings. This is the language of Daniel 7:18. Greek. Then it was that the Lord appointed human kings in Israel as His representatives, for while the Sinaitic convenant ( Exodus 19:6) continued in force Jehovah remained their Kingâit was the "King which made a marriage feast for His Son" ( Matthew 22:2)! "To subdue hearts, not to conquer kingdoms; to bestow the riches of His grace to poor and needy sinners, not, like Song of Solomon, to heap up gold and silver and precious stones; to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him, not to spread ruin and desolation over countless provinces (as did Ceasar, Charlemagne, NapoleonâA.W.P. The phrase "as of things that are made" is elliptical, needing the added words "made" (by hands) to bring out its sense. First, He sustains the relation of a gracious Sovereign to His redeemed people, ruling them in love, maintaining their interests, supplying their needs, restraining their foes; training them for His service now and for the glory awaiting them in Heaven. verses 21, 22). "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved." Hebrews 12:1–2 is one sentence in the Greek text comprised of a main clause and three subordinate clauses, each introduced by participles. "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved let us have grace whereby we may serve God." (W. Masselink, "Why the Thousand Years?"). The time soon came when Jehovah had to say to His servant, "They have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them" ( 1 Samuel 8:7). Being ignorant of their spiritual needs and puffed up with a false persuasion of their peculiar interests in Jehovah's favor on the ground of their fleshly descent from Abraham ( John 8:39, 41), the lowly life and holy teaching and claims of the Lord Jesus were bitterly opposed by them ( John 8:48, 59; Luke 19:14). Idolatry = idol worship). Because we receive a kingdom. Resume from Hebrews 10:39. seeing. Reverence and godly fear, [so C, aidous (Greek #127) kai (Greek #2532) eulabeias (Greek #2124): but 'Aleph (') A C Delta, eulabeias (Greek #2124) kai (Greek #2532) deous (G1189a)] - 'reverent caution' (note, Hebrews 5:7 : lest we should offend God, who is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity) 'and fear' (lest we should bring destruction on ourselves). Hebrews 13:1. for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved - We who are Christians. That Christ's kingdom is of an altogether different nature and character from the kingdoms of this world is clear from His own teaching: "But Jesus called them to Him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. The Maker of heaven and earth, the Lord of angels, disdained such things as are highly esteemed among men. This was solemnly signified by the Divine rending of the temple veil, and forty years later by the total destruction of the temple itself. Salem Media Group. Only here. There is no flaming fire or dark cloud or storm 19 or trumpet sound. The design of the Holy Spirit in the whole of this passage ( Hebrews 12:18-29) was to enhance in the Hebrews' estimation the supremacy and excellency of Christ's kingdom, which His Gospel has "brought to light," and of which the believers have been given the right and assurance, for it was to make way for the establishment of Christ's kingdom that those mighty "shakings" occurred. We stand, therefore, upon an immutable basis. 28.Receiving a kingdom—That kingdom, once underlying Mosaicism, now underlies Christianity. But: (1) this, though classical Greek, is not Paul's phraseology. Only here. the "now" of Hebrews 12:26) and I will shake the heavens" etc. Let us consider that the greater our privileges the more our responsibility. It is essentially different from the kingdoms of the world, in its origin, nature, end, method of development and continuance. Hebrews 12. This became the great theme of the later predictions of the O.T, though the nature and character of what was to come was necessarily depicted under the figures and forms of those material things with which the people were familiar and by those objects of Judaism which were most venerated by them. Yet not with unmingled joy. Let brotherly love continue. All rights reserved. 18 # Ex 19.16-22; 20.18-21; Dt 4.11,12; 5.22-27. The apostle here draws an inference from what had just been pointed out concerning the shaking and removing of Judaism and the establishing of Christianity. Yes, very, when there is nothing to test it; and that is the way that most hold itâin the head, not in the heart. Christ’s church = the Kingdom of heaven = the Kingdom of God. It was when we transferred our allegiance from Satan to Christ that it could be said, "The Father hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son" ( Colossians 1:13). At the beginning of human history God's kingdom was realized on this earth, so that there was no need to pray, "Thy kingdom come."