The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible
Who through faith subdued kingdoms…
As David did
particularly; who subdued Syria, Moab, Ammon, Amalek, Edom, and the
Philistines, (2 Samuel 8:12,14) . War, in some cases, is lawful; and
kingdoms may be subdued; and faith makes use of means to do it:
these kingdoms, though subdued by faith, yet not without fighting.
Believers have no reason to be afraid of kings, or kingdoms; and
this should encourage the saints, in their combats with the powers
exercised vindictive justice, in taking
vengeance on the enemies of God, and his people; civil
righteousness, in the discharge of their offices; and moral
righteousness, in their conversation before God and men; which,
being imperfect, was not justifying: wherefore they stood in need of
another, and better righteousness, which is perfect and durable;
and, in consequence of which being known, embraced, and received,
men work righteousness: it may be observed, that to do works of
righteousness in faith, and by it, is something very considerable;
it is reckoned here among actions of the greatest fame; and that
true faith is an operative grace, it works by love, and is always
attended with works of righteousness; and that righteousness is a
fruit and evidence of faith; and that faith is not the believer's
righteousness; and that the righteousness of faith is not that which
faith works, but which it receives.
the promise of the land of Canaan; particular
promises of victory over their enemies; promises concerning the
Messiah, and of everlasting life and happiness: their faith was not
the cause of promises being made, nor of their being fulfilled; but
was the grace by which these believers received them, believed them,
and waited for the accomplishment of them; and, in some sense,
enjoyed the things promised before hand; their faith realizing
things future and invisible to them: to obtain a promise from God is
a great and marvellous thing; it is an instance of rich grace; and
there is never a promise, but what is great in itself, and precious
to the saints: all God's promises are obtained; they are sure, and
are certainly fulfilled; and it is the work and business of faith to
receive, and enjoy them.
Stopped the mouths of lions:
a lion was slain by Samson, and another
by David; but the most remarkable instance of stopping the mouths of
lions, was in the den, into which Daniel was cast; and this may
encourage the faith of God's people, when they are in the midst of
men, comparable to lions; and may animate them not to fear the
devouring lion, Satan.
The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Hebrews 11:33". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=heb&chapter=011&verse=033>. 1999.