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How do churches that have indefinitely suspended in-person services understand Hebrews 10:25?

Let us start this answer by pointing out that while churches have stopped in-person meetings "indefinitely" according to the technical usage (which means "for an unknown time period&...
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Would salvation have been possible if Jesus had died without shedding His blood?

This is an impossible question to answer and not profitable to consider, IMHO. If Jesus could have died without bleeding and still saved us there are so many other aspects of the entire Scripture ...
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Was any early martyr of the Church sawn in two, as mentioned in Hebrews?

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 (...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

There is no reason to insist that the Hebrews passage be interpreted as a categorial rule which is devoid of exceptions, especially in light of both the writer and the reader knowing of various people ...
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Why did the reformers include the book of Hebrews in the canon?

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" ...
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How do churches that have indefinitely suspended in-person services understand Hebrews 10:25?

We live in an age where "meeting together" doesn't have to mean face to face services. I noticed in the comments you said: But that depends on getting what is so important about meeting ...
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Would salvation have been possible if Jesus had died without shedding His blood?

Would salvation have been possible if Jesus died without shedding His blood? The only answer is possibly, but this is what God willed. Ultimately God could have chosen another way to save mankind, but ...
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How could Christ uphold the universe as a helpless babe?

The Trinitarian solution (according to the ecumenical Chalcedonian Definition) is that starting with Mary's conception (Luke 1:35) the Word (the second person of the Trinity, John 1:1): entered ...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

Even though it is a common sense understanding that, by and large, people only die one physical death, the main point of the passage in Hebrews 9 is not to delineate how many times a person may die. ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses understand Hebrews 1?

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 ...
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Scientific contradictions in bible

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 ...
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How did Paul know so much about Melchizedek?

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 ...
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Are we living with Angels in flesh?

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 ...
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In Hebrew 5:9, what changed about the Son's perfection?

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 ...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

Clearly Paul knew that some people do die more than once, having resurrected someone himself: As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. ...
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Is Melchizedek an immortal human?

The point is rather that Melchizedek has no beginning or end mentioned in the text of Genesis, and the author of Hebrews is finding symbolism in that silence. It is Christ who is more literally ...
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How do the proponents of the idea that salvation once received cannot be lost explain Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26-29?

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 ...
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Hebrews 5:1 and the pope

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 ...
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What happened to Aaron's staff and the jar of manna placed by Moses in the Ark of the Covenant

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 ...
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If Israel is the vine that prefigures Jesus, the "true" vine, isn't Israel's purpose fulfilled?

Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting ...
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How do Unitarians explain Hebrews 1:10-12?

To properly interpret Hebrews 1:10-12 it is important to put everything in context. First, the series of arguments the author gives are to show 1 thing: that Jesus has BECOME greater than the angels ...
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How do churches that have indefinitely suspended in-person services understand Hebrews 10:25?

The Reformed Presbyterian group I worship with has eagerly resumed in-person services as soon as it was possible to do so. But services / sermons remain as recordings either for those with Zoom or who ...
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Would salvation have been possible if Jesus had died without shedding His blood?

If the Son of God had died as a man without shedding his blood, then that would have been a violation of the plan of salvation worked out in the Godhead before any creation started. That is why ...
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How do Pre-Millennial Dispensationalists reconcile Hebrews 8:13?

In brief: only some dispensationalists believe that Jews and Gentiles are currently under two completely separate covenants – most instead believe that there is one New Covenant that is applied ...
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What happened to Aaron's staff and the jar of manna placed by Moses in the Ark of the Covenant

Numbers17:10 says 10 The Lord said to Moses, “Put back Aaron’s staff in front of the ark of the covenant law, to be kept as a sign to the rebellious. This will put an end to their grumbling against me,...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses understand Hebrews 1?

The answer to your question has to do with the word rendered “worship” in many translations like the KJV. The New World Translation renders vs 5&6 as 5 For example, to which one of the ...
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Who wrote the book of Hebrews and is the book complete?

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 ...
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From the Reformed perspective, what is the meaning of the tearing of the veil in Matt. 27:51?

This subject is dealt with very thoroughly in The Temple and the Church's Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God (New Studies in Biblical Theology) by Greg Beale. From a Reformed ...
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Do OT scriptures clearly indicate sacrifices will be replaced?

The writer to the Hebrews [Heb 1:1,2] makes it clear that the very repetition of the sacrifices, themselves, is proof of the fact that they are not effectual. And the only reason for their repetition ...
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