), A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can possibly befall us. Their right to the undisturbed possession of them is founded upon the grant of the God of nature and of grace. The Creator has gifted the human soul with various faculties, such as the understanding, affections, and will; and He has also bestowed upon it this power of considering its own state and actions, both inward and outward, constituting conscience both a monitor and judge within man's own bosom—a monitor to warn of duty, a judge to condemn for neglect of the same. " The author, therefore, reinforces his right to ask their prayers with the affirmation that he has a clear conscience and that all of his efforts have been directed to living "honor ably in all things." Really, it is a distinction with very little difference. 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." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/hebrews-13.html. Observe, 2. When Christ declared "he that hath ears to hear let him hear," He signified, him that has a conscience attuned to the Most High, who desires to know His will and submit to His authority. BibliographyTrapp, John. "Commentary on Hebrews 13:18". 1865-1868. Conscience sits upon the bench of the heart as God's vicegerent, acquitting or accusing. Essentially, our altar is the cross – the centerpiece of the Christian gospel and understanding (1 Corinthians 1:18-24 and 1 Corinthians 2:1 … Conscience, then, is that faculty which combines two together, and makes them partners in knowledge; it is between man and God. "Herein do I exercise myself": we must make it our constant endeavor. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. It lies in the lawful peace of it, and not in integrity and freedom from sin. The Divine wrath is revealed against it, both in His declarations, and in many examples recorded in the sacred history. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/hebrews-13.html. (290). While asking their prayers for himself the writer prays for them: ὁ δὲ θεὸς τῆς εἰρήνης.… He prays to the God of peace (cf. Lesson Number: Chapter: Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. It has its witness-stand, and can bring witnesses from the whole territory of the past life. 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. a. Pray for us: The writer to the Hebrews considered it important that others pray for him. SOME CONSIDERATIONS TO ILLUSTRATE AND CONFIRM THE NECESSITY OF SUCH PRAYER. John Trapp Complete Commentary. “I had none. "Us" includes himself and his companions; he passes to himself alone, Hebrews 13:19. Again; we may understand this characteristic from its opposite, namely, a seared conscience ( 1 Timothy 4:2), which is contracted by an habitual practice of that which is evil, the heart becoming as hard as the public highway. An offended conscience will offend us, and "a wounded spirit who can bear?" A good conscience may be defined, generally, as one that is set to please God in all things, for it hates sin and loves holiness; it is one which is governed by the Word, being in subjection to the authority of its Author. This appears to point at some offence of the same kind as we know to have been taken at the life and teaching of St. Paul with reference to the law and Jewish customs). "Commentary on Hebrews 13:18". The despairing and desperate conscience leads its possessor to lay violent hands upon himself. Pray for us - This is a request which the apostle often makes in his own behalf, and in behalf of his fellow laborers in the gospel; see 1 Thessalonians 5:25. notes, Ephesians 6:18-19. Then "Let us search and try our ways" ( Lamentations 3:40). Ephesians 6:19; Romans 15:30; 2 Corinthians 1:11): for we are persuaded ( πειθόμεθα, which is St. Luke’s way of speaking, cf. The lessons are organized into subjects of one week study per lesson This course is a study of the Letter of the Hebrews All references for the course are found in the Course Bibliography The course overview is found at About the Letter to the Hebrews. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". Keep on praying for us. Conscience has well been termed the moral sense, because it corresponds to those physical faculties whereby we have communion with the outward world, namely, the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. It is given us for this very reason that we may judge of our state and actions with respect to the judgment of God. O to be able to say, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" ( Psalm 119:105). We need to frequently challenge and call ourselves to account. Conscience is God's vicegerent, acting for and under Him. No man can evade it or silence its accusations. But, again, “pray for us,” that the truths which we preach to you may be so deeply impressed upon our own souls by the Spirit of God that they may always exert a commanding influence over our life, conversation, and whole deportment, and thus become the springs of a holy and consistent walk. As the foundation he gives an account of his faith: "believing all things which are written"; as the immediate proof thereof—"and have hope toward God"; and then a brief account of his conversation: "herein do I exercise myself to have always a conscience void of offense." It being individual and inseparable, there is no putting of it to flight or flying from it. 1851. "Commentary on Hebrews 13:18".  Brooke Foss Westcott, op. In these words observe, 1. Pray frequently for a tender conscience, dear reader. It has a judge on its bench, and that judge will not be bribed into a lax decision. This is of several kinds. 1. It may appear strange that the Apostle does not speak with more confidence. Nor can it be explained how such a thing is possible, any more than it can be explained how the wrapping or winding of a wire, carrying an electric current, around a magnetic field, should so fantastically increase the velocity of the current. The favorable judgment which others may entertain of him will afford no satisfaction to an upright man unless he has the testimony of conscience that his conduct is right in the sight of God. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. Paul’s gospel, which this Epistle certainly represents, was still in disrepute. BibliographyHaldane, Robert. What doth glorious apparel ease the diseased body? May the Spirit of Truth be our Teacher as we seek to ponder these vital questions. BibliographyGill, John. (T. There is no foe so ill as a bad conscience. It makes us either kings or slaves. This is the condition of the heathen, and alas, of an increasing number in Christendom, who are reared in homes where God is utterly ignored. For this end, then, he mentions the integrity of his own conscience, that is, that he might move them more effectually to feel an interest for himself. Let us now mention some of the qualities or characteristics of a good conscience. “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. For we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly: Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, 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, A.W. 1. Slothfulness, idleness, and an aversion to labour and the business of our calling. 1983-1999. A kind friend used sometimes to send a parcel of clothing, and on this occasion, in a coat pocket, a five-pound note was discovered.