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Was any martyr of the Church sawn in two, as mentioned in Hebrews? The short answer is yes. The term "death by sawing" indicates the act of sawing a living person in half, either sagitally (usually midsagitally), or transversely. Thus, decapitation by sawing or dismemberment by sawing are tangential sub-themes, though some ambiguous cases might be ...


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The answer to your question is further on in the chapter. Hebrews 10:11-14 ESV And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be ...


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As far as Calvin was concerned, his views on the canonicity of Hebrews can be found in his introductory comments to his commentary on Hebrews (here at pp. 16–17). He includes it "without hesitation" as part of the New Testament Canon. The factors in reaching that conclusion were: Its acceptance by the early church. This is why he feels the need to point out ...


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Paul Kretzmann, the son of a Lutheran pastor, wrote his Popular Commentary of the Bible, which "has been a favorite among confessional Lutherans since publication of the first volume in 1921." In his comments on Hebrews 6, he called attention to the characteristics of the one who is spoken of in the passage: they were once enlightened, tasted of ...


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Perhaps, some may agree with this (theophany). However, another way of looking at this passage in Hebrews is that the author is discussing an order or priestly appointment (precedent) without lineal descent. Just as Melchizedek had no known lineage (some Jewish commentators have written about traditions that Shem, Noah's son is Melchizedek, though this is ...


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The simplest way to reconcile these passages is to dispute the KJV's translation of βραχύ as "a little." This is, in fact, what most other translations have done, including those that have no interest in internal harmonization. The NET renders Heb 2:7 as follows: Hebrews 2:6–8a (NET) 6 Instead someone testified somewhere: "What is man that ...


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In Moses' time, the sanctuary was cleansed once a year on the Day of Atonement. (Leviticus 16:30 KJV) For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. On this day, two goats are chosen. One is sacrificed on behalf of the congregation for their sins, and the blood is ...


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Angelic apparitions could be either metaphoric or real depending on who you ask. "Throughout Scripture, we see numerous instances in which angels were an integral part of God’s plan. One verse alludes to the possibility of angels walking among us today: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to ...


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The writer of Hebrews approached the subject of Melchizedek through a combination of different avenues. 1) What’s listed explicitly in the text, through both direct information from scripture (the King of Salem/Peace), and through translation of his name (King of Righteousness). 2) The way Melchizedek acted, playing the part of a priest by blessing God’s ...


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The Jehovah’s Witness understanding is based upon their doctrine of the Son of God having been created by Jehovah God as his first created creature. They say the first thing Jehovah created was the Archangel, Michael, who also has the name, the Word of God. This Archangel then created all the other angels, this universe, this planet and all life on it, with ...


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Calvin has this to say about Hebrews 5:9, using the word 'sanctified' for 'perfect' : Sanctified suits the passage better than "made perfect." The Greek word teleiotheis means both; but as he speaks here of the priesthood, he fitly and suitably mentions sanctification. And so Christ himself speaks in another place, "For their sakes I sanctify myself." (...


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Because although Christians cannot lose their salvation, they can still appear before the Lord in shame rather than in confidence (1 John 2:28). The good shepherds who watch over the flock want them to enter into the best the Lord has for them, and not be "scarcely saved" (1 Peter 4:17-18). Not all Christians will inherit a crown and rule with Christ; that ...


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Pretty simply, actually. His pre-existence (yesterday) is explained as a special case: Unlike any other human, Jesus lived in heaven as a spirit person before he was born on earth. (John 8:23) He was God’s first creation, and he helped in the creation of all other things. He is the only one created directly by Jehovah and is therefore appropriately ...


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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 only ...


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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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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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The sin referred to is not sin in general, but going back to animal sacrifices, after the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the cross. See earlier in the chapter, as to what the Jewish priests were continuing to do. If Christ’s sacrifice were not sufficient, then “there is no sacrifice left for sin. “ If one has received Christ, he has, in effect, made his ...


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The short answer is “not really,” or at least, it wouldn’t apply only to the Pope. The passage clearly refers directly to the Old Testament priesthood (see, e.g., Leviticus 16) and indirectly to Christ, who is the fulfillment of Old-Testament High Priest (Hebrews 4:14). Today’s priests and bishops do participate in the priesthood of Christ, and the Old-...


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Thanks for asking here. Christians believe the Bible does not in fact contain contradictions, and the people who say it does have mostly not studied it closely. The specific issues you raise are resolved as follows: The first few chapters of Genesis are viewed by most Christians as metaphorical language. It tells us important points about creation but not ...


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After Solomon had built the temple in Jerusalem (960 B.C.) there was nothing in the Ark except the stone tablets that Moses had put there at Horeb (1 Kings 8:9 and 2 Chronicles 5:10). The NIV Study Bible notes on 2 Chronicles 5:10 say the jar of manna and Aaron’s rod were presumably lost when the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant. (See 1 Samuel 4:...


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What does it mean for Protestant Christians to enter into the Sabbath rest for God's people as described in Hebrews chapter 4? Since joining mainstream Protestantism in the 1980s (baptised in a British Baptist church), I soon learned from many a sermon that the idea of this ‘Sabbath rest for God’s people’ has a two-fold aspect. (1) Resting from their own ...


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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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The best explanation of this I have ever heard is by Jay Adams in his book on forgiveness. God does not change, and His memory does not change. Instead, Adams argues that God is not-remembering, instead of forgetting. That is, God is promising not to bring these sins against you ever again. Adams goes on to say that forgiveness in general is a three-fold ...


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It was different. They looked at Jesus through the symbols and shadows of the sacrifice, nevertheless that is all they were symbols and shadows of the "Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" John 1:29 They were forgiven on credit, while we look back to His sacrifice are forgiven as He now intercedes with us before the Father as the ...


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Heaven and all things in heaven were defiled by the rebellion of Satan and the fallen angels, who followed Satan in his rebellion against God. Revelation 12:4 shows that when Satan rebelled against God, one-third of the angels under him followed. Ephesians 6:12 says that these rebellious angels are forces of evil in the heavenlies. Furthermore, Ephesians 2:...


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The Book of Hebrews speaks of Melchisedec 9 times (5:6,10; 6:20; 7:1,10,11,15,17,21) and in each case it is to inform us that Jesus is made a priest in the order of Melchisedec. The theology of Hebrews is strange, but no more so than in its portrayal of Jesus as a priest in the order of Melchisedec. The filioque clause that now forms part of the Nicene Creed,...


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According the Catholic interpretation of the passages in the O.P.'s question, there is no contradiction between them. To see this, it is helpful to look at the broader context of Hebrews 13:10. Chapter 13 is essentially an exhortation to live Christian charity, and in general living the Christian life, in its various aspects: Let brotherly love continue. ...


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We do not know who wrote the book now known as the Epistle to the Hebrews, although at one stage it was thought that Paul was the author. Hebrews was never seriously attributed to James, brother of Jesus. Burton L. Mack says, in Who Wrote the New Testament, page 188, the author of Hebrews was male, because of a masculine gender self-reference (Heb ll:32). ...


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Proponents of dichotomism argue in two primary ways: That the division is between soul and spirit, but that these are simply two aspects of the same thing That the division occurs within the soul, and within the spirit, not between them Between soul and spirit In his remarks on this passage (Commentary on Hebrews, §222), Thomas Aquinas affirms the ...


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