of That I may be restored to you the sooner is not a reference to the imprisonment of the author, that idea being ruled out by what is said a little later in Hebrews 13:23; but it implies that circumstances beyond his control had hindered him until that time. For we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly: he urgeth this on them, for that he was a fit subject to be prayed for, however any might accuse or charge him for rejecting Judaism out of singularity, prejudice, or some evil design; he assures them from the Spirit of God, that he had a rightly informed conscience by God’s word, and which testified his innocency and sincerity, and which did dictate and influence him to be communicating and promoting, with all and to all, the truth of the gospel; and that his own life and conversation in the world was agreeable to the gospel rule, in all godliness and honesty, Acts 23:1 24:14; compare 1 Corinthians 4:4 2 Corinthians 1:12. Observe, 3. Now our only proper rule is the Word, or revealed will of God. No matter what may be the fashions of the hour nor the common custom of his fellows, one whose heart beats true to God will not do anything knowingly against conscience: his language will ever be, "whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye" ( Acts 4:19). "Commentary on Hebrews 13:18". I.e. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? 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", "My conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart", "Which show the work of the law written in their hearts: their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another", "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God", "There is nothing in man that more challenges and demands adequate explanation than his moral sense. 1 Thessalonians 5:25; 2 Thessalonians 3:1. first occurs in Xenophon, see Anz. 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. : and with πειθόμεθα, more necessary still) we have a good conscience (St. Luke’s expression, see reff. That five pounds (lid not reach us again. Marriage is honorable among all: The Bible holds high the ideal of married life and the institution of family. For us—Uniting the leaders and himself as a common subject of their prayers. Pray for us - Even the success of apostles depended, in a certain way, on the prayers of the Church. At the new birth the conscience is renewed, being greatly quickened and enlightened by the Holy Spirit. By this quality is meant a wakefulness of heart so that it smites for sin upon all occasions offered. He had exhorted them, rebuked them, and instructed them. "Commentary on Hebrews 13:18". Nothing at all. This request for the prayers of his fellow Christians postulates a number of valid deductions: (1) Despite all the stern warnings in Hebrews, and the rebukes administered therein, the writer still holds his readers to be bona fide Christians in covenant relationship with God. " 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." All rights reserved. (Hbr 13:18-19) A request for prayer. The awful responsibility of the ministerial office. By and by a law was passed that all clergymen should return marriage certificates to the Board of Health, but I did not do it then; I did not see any reason for it, and I was not going to trouble myself about it. There the arrow sticks. He was conscious of an aim to do good; he sought the welfare of the church; and having this aim he felt that he might appeal to the sympathy of all Christians in his behalf. 1835. The first words, “Pray for us,” are found in Colossians 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:25; 2 Thessalonians 3:1. Conscience is a court always in session and imperative in its summons. Conscience is that mysterious principle which bears its witness within us for good or evil, and therefore it is the very center of human accountability, for it greatly adds to his condemnation that man continues sinning against the dictates of this internal sentinal.