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This isn't a question that can be resolved indisputably here, as there are different views amont Christians about this. These views are generally in a range of: Pelagianism - the idea that a man's salvation is an act of his free will only. Synergysm - the idea that a man needs grace, but has to freely cooperate with it. Irresistible grace - that grace ...


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Most hold that Hebrews was not authored by Paul because the style and form of the Greek is so good and fine, compared with the style of Paul's other, non-anonymous, writings. The style of Hebrews is almost as if it were a prepared sermon. However, it would be hard to disagree that the contents (the theology and doctrine) agree perfectly with that of Paul's ...


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Johann Albrecht Bengel (1687-1752), a Lutheran clergyman and scholar, attributed Hebrews to Paul. He is one of few writers to do so on the basis of something other than tradition or similarity of ideas. In his Gnomon Novi Testamenti, his annotation to 2 Peter 3:15 (KJV) And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved ...


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Melchizedek was the King of Salem and a high priest of God. Genesis 14:18-20 18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into ...


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Yeah, well no... He prefigures Jesus, the same way lots and lots of OT people do. Job/Suffering Servant from Isaiah - for suffering Moses - for leadership out of bondage Abraham/Noah - for trusting in God's providence David - for kingship Melchizedek/Aaron - for priesthood


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It's called that because it was written as a letter to Hebrews. Most of the Epistles are titled after the group they were written to. (Corinthians was written to the Church at Corinth, etc.) From http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentbooks/a/Book-Of-Hebrews.htm Date Written: Hebrews was written before the fall of Jerusalem and the ...


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The authorship of Hebrews cannot be known for certain, but we can know several things about the author. The early church counted Hebrews among the letters of Paul, even though it does not bear Paul's name. Clement of Alexandria and Origen noted that the writing style did not match Paul's, but did not consider it a forgery. This indicates that they believed ...


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Many Christians disagree on the topic, but as my personal view is that Christians can not walk away from their salvation, I will make a case for that here. You are correct that John 10:29 does not necessarily preclude the possibility walking away from ones own salvation. And you are also correct that one interpretation of Hebrews 6:4-6 is that believers ...


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(I wrote this in an essay on Hebrews a few years back) Origen (185-254 CE) in the East has been quoted as saying that God only knows who wrote the Epistle although he also suggested that Paul was the author (Robertson, 1932). Hippolytus (170-236 CE) from Rome denied it was written by Paul. Tertullian (160-220 CE) in North Africa spoke of an Epistle of ...


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Hebrews 5:6, which quotes Psalms 110:4, is a bit more specific: 6 And in another passage God said to him, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” So if Jesus is a priest in the order of Melchizedek, he's obviously not Melchizedek.


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3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. If he is still abiding as a priest, and has neither a beginning nor ending of days, how can he not be Jesus? I think the answer is pretty clear (simple logic really) - He is Jesus, ...


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First you would have to look at the beginning and the end. First, there is no salutation. This is unlike Paul, who has wrote all of his letters with some kind of salutation. What does this tell us? It tells us that there is a possibility of this not being a letter. Sure, it is epistle, but if it is, why is there no salutation? However, the letter does ...


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The Epistle to the Hebrews is not aware of the Mass because it is not a person. It's a letter on a certain subject to certain people. It talks about the High Priesthood; it isn't an instruction manual on what today has come to be called the Mass. Not all teachings will be in all books. Hebrews isn't an instruction manual for saying the Mass. It's a letter ...


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In his commentary on Hebrews 9:4, John Gill notes, but how this pot, as well as Aaron's rod, can be said to be in the ark, when it is asserted, at the bringing of the ark into the temple, at the dedication of it by Solomon, that there was nothing in it but two tables of stone, (1 Kings 8:9; 2 Chr. 5:10) and both the pot of "manna," and Aaron's rod, are ...


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When looking at the overall context of all the warnings in Hebrews we have a situation for the unpardonable sin of fully rejecting Christ even under the sanctifying work and demonstrable power of the Holy Spirit making it absolute, thus unforgivable. It represents a full grown and stubborn unbelief in the face of a long season of powerful grace and the ...


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I think it is as easy as you suspect. Hebrews does focus on the superiority of the New Covenant a little more from the ceremonial perspective than does some of the other Epistles, as this had more meaning to a Jewish audience. However this superiority of the blood of Christ, versus blood of bulls only has meaning as it satisfies the moral demands of the ...


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From Eusebius' Canons, one of the earliest church histories (early 300s AD) we have: Paul’s fourteen epistles are well known and undisputed.593 It is not indeed right to overlook the fact that some have rejected the Epistle to the Hebrews,594 saying that it is dis puted by the church of Rome, on the ground that it was not written by Paul. But what has ...


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It means Jesus and Christians are on the same team. It might make a little more sense in the NIV: Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. The rest of that section of Hebrews is talking about how Jesus is like us, in His humanity, which allows us ...


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If he is not, how could there be priests of God before God chose himself a nation and defined priesthood after the Hebrews left Egypt? Hebrews 7, which you quoted, makes it fairly clear: the Order of Melchizedek is a higher order of priesthood than the order of Aaron, which the Levites operated under. It had the power of administering the ...


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I have researched and written about the case for Priscilla's authorship of Hebrews. Your summary of Harnack's arguments is good. Please refer to several of my published articles on the following website: www.clarksons.org/spiritleads/ruth_hoppin.htm. My book, "Priscilla's Letter" ("La Carta de Priscila") has even more details. As for the "masculine ...


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United Pentecostals do not deny that there is a Father and there is a Son. They believe the Father and Son are one Spirit. They believe that there is a distinction between Father and Son. The Son is God in the Flesh. The Father is God not in the flesh. The United Pentecostals point out that in Scripture, the term "Son" is always used in reference to God ...


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The Sacrifice of the Mass is not a repetition over and over of Christ's sacrifice. The proper understanding is that it is the one sacrifice of Christ made present. This is exactly what we covered two weeks ago in my Religious Ed. class so bear with my short Catechism Q: Why is Jesus a priest like Melchizedek? A: Because he offered bread and wine to ...


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Melchizedek was the King of Salem and a high priest of God. Genesis 14:18-20 18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into ...


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John Owen in his introduction to Hebrews, in my mind the best commentary written on Hebrews ever. In it Owen maintains it was written by Paul, denies the inconsistency of styles and explains the lack of Apostolic title as a kind gesture to avoid the bias the Hebrews had against him while also moving somewhat into Peter's office. To get around this tension ...


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The author of Hebrews is quoting Psalm 2:7 along with 2 Samuel 7:14. These two passages have been linked together as a Messianic reference since before the time of the NT. From the ESV Study Bible notes on the text we can see how to view these two references in regards to David and the Messiah: In the context of Samuel, the reader might assume this ...


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John Calvin says (Commentarium in epistolam ad Hebraeos, translated by John Owen in 1853): Were any one to object and say, that some had died twice, such as Lazarus, and not once; the answer would be this, - that the Apostle speaks here of the ordinary lot of men; but they are to be excepted from this condition, who shall by an instantaneous change put ...


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In answer to your question; (note) all Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. The key word in: Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, is the word truth. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man ...


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The passage is not talking about regular sins but in Matthew Henry's words it is talking about a total and final falling away. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary The sin here mentioned is a total and final falling away, when men, with a full and fixed will and resolution, despise and reject Christ, the only Saviour; despise and resist the Spirit, the ...


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Personal preference is always the RSV: 9 But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for every one. 10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make ...


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It seems that one reason that this book was named Hebrews was due to: the earliest form of the text that has come down to us, P46, this book had the title (Greek won't display here) - (Pros Hebraious, "To[the]Hebrews"). Carson, D. A., and Douglas J. Moo. "Hebrews." An Introduction to the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005. 609. Print. ...



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