Hebrews 3:14
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New International Version
We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.

New Living Translation
For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.

English Standard Version
For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.

Berean Study Bible
We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly to the end the assurance we had at first.

Berean Literal Bible
For we have become partakers of Christ, if indeed we should hold firm unto the end the assurance from the beginning.

New American Standard Bible
For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,

King James Bible
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start.

International Standard Version
because we are the Messiah's partners only if we hold on to our original confidence to the end.

NET Bible
For we have become partners with Christ, if in fact we hold our initial confidence firm until the end.

New Heart English Bible
For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm to the end:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For we have been joined with The Messiah, if we shall hold fast to this true Covenant from the beginning to the end,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After all, we will remain Christ's partners only if we continue to hold on to our original confidence until the end.

New American Standard 1977
For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;

King James 2000 Bible
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;

American King James Version
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end;

American Standard Version
for we are become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we are made partakers of Christ: yet so, if we hold the beginning of his substance firm unto the end.

Darby Bible Translation
For we are become companions of the Christ if indeed we hold the beginning of the assurance firm to the end;

English Revised Version
for we are become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end:

Webster's Bible Translation
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end;

Weymouth New Testament
For we have, all alike, become sharers with Christ, if we really hold our first confidence firm to the End;

World English Bible
For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm to the end:

Young's Literal Translation
for partakers we have become of the Christ, if the beginning of the confidence unto the end we may hold fast,
Study Bible
The Peril of Unbelief
13But exhort one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly to the end the assurance we had at first. 15As it has been said: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as you did in the rebellion.”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:35
'Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to give your fathers,

Romans 11:22
Take notice, therefore, of the kindness and severity of God: severity to those who fell, but kindness to you, if you continue in His kindness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

Hebrews 3:6
But Christ is faithful as the Son over God's house. And we are His house, if we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope of which we boast.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see.
Treasury of Scripture

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end;

we are.

Hebrews 3:1 Why, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the …

Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have …

Hebrews 12:10 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; …

Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and you, being a wild …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

1 Corinthians 9:23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

1 Corinthians 10:17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers …

Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and …

1 Timothy 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, …

1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; …

1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and …

1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that you also …

if. See on ver.

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we…

Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to …

(14) For.--Take heed (Hebrews 3:12) lest there be anything that may lead astray, for we have become partakers of the Christ if (and only if) we hold the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end. In Hebrews 3:6, since Israel had been spoken of as God's house, the Christian hope finds expression in "whose house are we," Here the comparison with Israel journeying to the land of promise suggests another figure, and all blessing is summed up in becoming "partakers of the Christ," foretold and expected as the Fulfiller of all promises. Two different words in the two verses are rendered "confidence" in the Authorised version. The former, as we have seen (Hebrews 3:6), is "boldness;" the latter (here used) is applied to men who make a firm stand when attacked, who stand firmly under pressure. In the first energy of the new life such firm constancy had been shown by them (Hebrews 10:32-34); but would it be maintained "unto the end"?

Verse 14. - For we are become partakers (or, patterers) of Christ, if only we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end. This is a repetition in another form of the assertion of our position as Christians, with the appended condition, in ver. 6. It is a question whether μέτοχοι Ξριστοῦ means that we partake of Christ as being in communion with him, or that we are partakers with him of the glory he has won for us (cf. συγκληρονόμοι Ξριστοῦ, Romans 8:17). The first is undoubtedly the ordinary sense of μέτοχος with a genitive in classical Greek, and generally in the New Testament (cf. e.g. infra, Hebrews 6:4, Μετόχους Πνεύματος ἁγίου), and is on this ground maintained by Bleek, Alford, and others; but in the LXX. μέτοχος, followed by a genitive, is as undoubtedly used for" partner" or "companion;" cf. Psalm 119:63, Μέτοχος ἐγὼ εἰμι πάντων τῶν φοβουμένων σε: Hosea 4:17, Μέτοχος εἰδώλων: and especially Psalm 45:7, Μέτοχους σου, which has been already cited (Hebrews 1:9), and justifies, as it may prove suggested, the expression in this sense here. Cf. also in the New Testament, Luke 5:7, where μετόχος, though without an expressed genitive following, occurs in the sense of "partner." Further, the second sense accords better than the first with the view of our relation to Christ so far set forth in the Epistle.

(2) On the word ὑπόστασις (translated "confidence"), see what was said under Hebrews 1:3. All the ancient interpreters understood it here in the same general sense as in the former passage - that of substance or subsistence, either as denoting our subsistence as members of Christ, or our faith regarded as the substance of our Christian life, or with other modifications of the general meaning. Modern commentators agree in understanding merely the sense in which the word is found to be commonly used by the Alexandrian writers - that of confidence, derived from the physical conception of a firm foundation. It thus corresponds with the παῥῤησίαν of ver. 6.

(3) "The beginning" (τὴν ἀρχὴν) of this confidence refers to the earlier stage of the experiences of the Hebrew Christians, before their faith had shown any signs of wavering. There is no sufficient ground for Ebrard's inference from this expression, that the Epistle was not addressed to the Hebrew Church at large, which was the oldest of all Churches, but to "a circle of catechumens and neophytes." The phrase does not imply that the "beginning" was recent. All it need mean is, "Go on as you began." Further, we find, in Hebrews 5:12, a distinct intimation that the Church addressed is one of old standing.

(4) "Unto the end "may have an individual reference to the end of life, or (the Church being addressed as a community expecting the second advent) a general one to the close of the period of grace during which "it is called Today." For we are made partakers of Christ,.... Being loved by him, given to him, and chosen in him before the foundation of the world; and so participate of all spiritual blessings in him; for this respects something past, and may be rendered, "we have been made". The phrase is expressive of union to Christ, which is not by faith on man's part, and by the Spirit on Christ's part, but by his everlasting love, taking his people into an oneness with himself; thereby becoming their head, surety, and representative, which is the ground and foundation of all the blessings of grace being imparted to them: hence arises communion; as this is a conjugal union, there is communion of names, of persons, of goods, of honour and dignity, and of everlasting glory; as it is a federal or representative union, hence a non-imputation of sin, justification, and freedom from condemnation; and as it is an union of head and members; hence a communication of life, and the security of it, and of all grace and strength; hence holiness, fruitfulness, and perseverance, and everlasting happiness both of soul and body:

if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; by "confidence" is meant faith, which is an hypostasis, or subsistence, which is the word here used; and is so called, because it gives a kind of subsistence, substance, or being, to things it is concerned with, Hebrews 11:1 and because it is a great support to believers, under their various exercises; and is that by which they have an open, spiritual, and comfortable subsistence, and abiding in Christ: the "beginning" of it, which is to be held fast, is either Christ himself, who is the "the beginning", the author, and finisher of faith; and so this shows from whom, and in what way, this grace is distributed; and is expressive of communion with Christ, and is an evidence of the participation of him: or else the Gospel, which is the means of implanting faith, and directs to that which is the ground and foundation of it; and this is to be held fast, and never to be departed from: or else the grace of faith itself, which is a grace but begun, not yet finished, but shall continue, and is to be held fast, and constantly exercised; and perseverance in believing on Christ is an evidence of union to him. 14. For, etc.—enforcing the warning, Heb 3:12.

partakers of Christ—(Compare Heb 3:1, 6). So "partakers of the Holy Ghost" (Heb 6:4).

hold—Greek, "hold fast."

the beginning of our confidence—that is, the confidence (literally, substantial, solid confidence) of faith which we have begun (Heb 6:11; 12:2). A Christian so long as he is not made perfect, considers himself as a beginner [Bengel].

unto the end—unto the coming of Christ (Heb 12:2).3:14-19 The saints' privilege is, they are made partakers of Christ, that is, of the Spirit, the nature, graces, righteousness, and life of Christ; they are interested in all Christ is, in all he has done, or will do. The same spirit with which Christians set out in the ways of God, they should maintain unto the end. Perseverance in faith is the best evidence of the sincerity of our faith. Hearing the word often is a means of salvation, yet, if not hearkened to, it will expose more to the Divine wrath. The happiness of being partakers of Christ and his complete salvation, and the fear of God's wrath and eternal misery, should stir us up to persevere in the life of obedient faith. Let us beware of trusting to outward privileges or professions, and pray to be numbered with the true believers who enter heaven, when all others fail because of unbelief. As our obedience follows according to the power of our faith, so our sins and want of care are according to the prevailing of unbelief in us.
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