A few notes regarding the Book of Hebrews.
Do you strive to Elucidate* all of Holy Scripture?
Do you Elide** verses that do not agree with your beliefs?
*Elucidate: To make clear and comprehensible.
**Elide: To ignore or to omit.
Hebrews 1:1-2, "In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets;
but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things,
through whom also he created the world."
The first line of those two verses has said that in times past GOD spoke through the prophets.
In these last days or end times, He does not speak through the prophets anymore but through His Son.
Why then have there been so many false prophets running around forming their own churches ever
since Jesus Christ walked the earth? The head of Mormanism is even called "The Prophet".
These two verses are quite clear, so why do so many 'elide' many of the words within them?
Hebrews 2:1, "Therefore ought we the more earnestly to observe the things that
we have HEARD, lest perhaps we drift away."
Now that verse even defines the word 'elucidate' from a different view point.
Have we 'listened' to what we have 'heard'? After all, in todays English there is a difference between listening and hearing.
However the verse equates listening to what we have heard to "observe the things that we have heard".
We can hear words without comprehending the meaning thereof.
Not listening to what may be heard, could that not be yet another definition of the word 'elide'?
Hebrews 2:12, "I will declare thy name to my brethren; in the midst of the
church I will praise thee."
Did you notice the singular 'the church' and not 'churches'?
Hebrews 3:6, "But Christ, as the Son in his own house: which house are we,
if we hold fast the confidence and glory of hope unto the end."
Again we see the singular word 'house' (His Church) mentioned twice here and not houses.
Notice also, that this verse is conditional. Do not 'elide' the second line of it.
Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Did you notice that the words 'soul' and 'spirit' are treated as two separate entities?
Also there is a hint of a body with the words 'joints' and 'marrow'.
In 1Thessalonians 5:23, St. Paul clearly shows that body, soul, and spirit are separate.
Also, do not elide the facts that GOD is a 'discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart'.
Hebrews 5:4-6, "And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God,
just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest,
but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have
begotten thee"; as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever,
after the order of Melchiz'edek."
Oh so many elide words from this one. It is referencing the priesthood since Aaron was
mentioned as being called by GOD. How many have set up their own churches without
being sent by GOD? How many denominations have priests, ministers, pastors, elders, etc.,
who have not been sent by GOD? Notice that Jesus Christ did not even exalt Himself,
so by whose authority did they? See also 2Corinthians 10:18.
Hebrews 5:9, "And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal
salvation to all who obey him;"
How many times have you heard the phrase "Are you saved?"?
Some Protestants in particular ask this of many. They read in the Bible where Saint Paul wrote:
"For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Lord, and believe in your heart that
GOD has raised Him from the dead, You shall be saved." Romans 10:9, also
"For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13.
Granted that eternal salvation will be for those who believe in Him, but the "Are you saved"
crowd never fails to elide the conditional last part of Hebrews 5:9, "to all who obey him".
When He prayed that we all shall be one, are all of those who are not in the one Church
that He founded in obeyance to Him?
For those in the "Are you saved crowd", are you in obeyance to His words?
Do you truly obey all that He commanded of us, or do you pick and choose what appeals
to you and discard (elide) what does not?
Hebrews 5:12-14, "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need some one
to teach you again the first principles of God's word. You need milk, not solid food; for every
one who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a child. But solid
food is for the mature, for those who have their faculties trained by practice to distinguish
good from evil."
Are you existing on milk, that is, not knowing the word of GOD and not in obedience to all of it?
Are you in the Church which Jesus Christ founded which has the fullness of truth (1Timothy 3:15)?
If not, then you are "unskilled in the word of righteousness". Your church may have some of the
truth but it does not have the fullness of truth. Since it does not contain the fullness of truth, how
much of the fullness of truth has been elided by it? Some sects a little, some sects much.
Would you rather have all of the truth, or are you satisfied with only some of it?
Hebrews 6:4-6, "For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened,
who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, (5) and have tasted the
goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, (6) if they then commit apostasy, since
they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt."
If you are in the Church which Jesus Christ founded and then leave it for one reason or another,
then have you not put yourself into verse (6) above? Or perhaps you or maybe your church elided it?
Isn't one crucifixion of Jesus Christ enough that some individuals are willing to do it yet again?
Hebrews 6:9-10, "For God is not unjust, that he should forget your work and the love which you
have shown in his name, you who have ministered and do minister to the saints."
For those who insist that works are useless, need I say more?
If your answer is yes, then I implore you to read Matthew 16:27:
"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render
to every man according to his works."
Want More? Try this one, James 2:24-26:
"For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead',"
Still not convinced? Here is yet another out of many, Revelation 14:13:
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth. Yes, says the Spirit, let them rest from
their labors, for their works follow them."
Hebrews 8:3, "...every High Priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices;
therefore it is necessary that this one (Jesus Christ) also should have something to offer."
In the Old Testament the high priest offered daily animal sacrifices to GOD.
What did the High Priest spoken of in this verse have to offer as a sacrifice?
In the New Testament, instead of daily animal sacrifices, Jesus the Christ is
both the High Priest and the victim.
Hebrews 12:28, "Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot
be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe;"
This 'kingdom that cannot be shaken' is yet another verse that shows that the Church
which Jesus Christ founded on rock (Mt 16:18) will endure forever.
Written by Bob Stanley
December 23, 2011
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