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Hebrews

The Abrahamic
Interpretation

Jay Snell

Hebrews
The Abrahamic
Interpretation
Jay Snell Evangelistic Association
PO Box 59
Livingston, TX 77351
936-327-3676 Fax: 936-327-6181 jay@jaysnell.org

Hebrews: The Abrahamic Interpretation


Copyright 2001 by Jay Snell. Published by
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Table of Contents

Introduction .7
Chapter One ..15
Chapter Two ..19
Chapter Three 25
Chapter Four .33
Chapter Five . 41
Chapter Six 55
Chapter Seven ...65
Chapter Eight 75
Chapter Nine .79
Chapter Ten ...87
Chapter Eleven ..93
Chapter Twelve ...101
Chapter Thirteen .107
Chapter Fourteen .111
Chapter Fifteen ....117
Chapter Sixteen....127
Chapter Seventeen ..133

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Abbreviations
Rather than using footnotes in this work, we have selected to insert the following simple form of
documentation right into the paragraph in which we allude to, refer to, or quote another
authority:
(JS3, P147)
In the preceding parenthesis, the beginning capital letters, JS, stands for the name of the author
quoted or alluded to. The 3 stands for the volume of his work referred to. The P147 stands for the
page number where the quote or reference occurs. Consequently, the meaning of the above
parenthesis is Jay Snell, Volume 3, Page 147. A glance below tells you the author is Jay Snell
and the name of the work cited is The Unbroken Force of Abrahams Blessings. This is Volume
3 of his work and the quote occurs on page 147.
(AC3, Romans to Revelation) = Adam Clarke, Vol 3, Romans to Revelation
(ATR5, Hebrews) = A. T. Robertson, Vol 5. Word Pictures in the New Testament
(BW) = Brooks and Winbery, Syntax of New Testament Greek
(DM) = Dana and Mantey, A Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament
(GWB) = George W. Buchanan, To the Hebrews; Volume 36 in The Anchor Bible
(JHT) = J. H. Thayer, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament
(JS1) = Jay Snell, What are Abrahams Blessings Anyway?
(JS2) = Jay Snell, Whatve They Done with Abrahams Blessings?
(JS3) = Jay Snell, The Unbroken Force of Abrahams Blessings
(JS4_ = Jay Snell, How to Obtain Abrahams Blessings
(KW2) = Kenneth Wuest, Vol. 2, Hebrews, Word Studies in the Greek New Testament
(MFU) = Merrill F. Unger, Ungers Bible Dictionary
(RCHL) = R. C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of the Epistle to the Hebrews and the Epistle of
James
(TDNT) = Theological Dictionary of New Testament Theology, One Volume Edition
(UVW) = Unger, Vine and White, Vines Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New
Testament Words

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Introduction

How to Understand the Book of Hebrews


Heres what we show you to make the Book of Hebrews crystal clear for you:
1. We show you to whom the Book of Hebrews was written.
2. We show you how the Abrahamic covenant works.
3. We show you the real purpose of Moses law.
4. We show you how Moses law worked in conjunction with Abrahams covenant.
5. We show you the Six Things Jesus did to Moses law that changed the Old Testament
system forever.
6. We show you the skillful way the author used pronouns in the Book of Hebrews.
7. We give our outline of this book at the end of this introduction.
In this Introduction, we briefly explain each of these seven items. They are not complicated. You
do not have to remember them. Therefore, you dont have to memorize them. After the following
brief explanation, we will use them and apply them for you in the balance of this commentary.
As we use them, you will clearly see and understand how they work. Then, you will remember
them.
1) To whom was Hebrews written?
First, it was not written to Gentiles. It was not written to Gentile Christians. There is nothing in
the Book of Hebrews that was written directly to Gentiles--Christian or otherwise.
Lenski said it well. The recipients of this epistle were not Gentiles although such a view has
been advocated. Nor were they a mixed group, partly Jewish, partly Gentile. Hebrews nowhere
deals with or addresses Gentile Christian readers; and it is impossible to assume that Hebrews is
addressed only to the Jewish members of a mixed group to the exclusion of the Gentile
members. (RCHL, Hebrews, P14)
Some things in Hebrews apply to Gentile Christians by grafting, but not one thing applies to
Gentiles directly. You Gentile Christians cannot find yourself in Hebrews except those places
that God grafted you into the Abrahamic covenant on an equal footing with the Hebrews
themselves. (Of course, many practical, devotional, and faith building lessons exist for Gentile
Christians in Hebrews.) Consequently, you Gentile Christians are grafted into most of the
positives in Hebrews. But you are not in the negatives.
Second, it was written to the Hebrew people. (The original audience might have been a house
church.) Even though the original audience might have been a house church, the Author wrote its
message to them as a people, a nation. (In this work, we always refer to the Author of Hebrews
as our Author or the Author.) Furthermore, he addressed certain groups within the Hebrew
nation. Actually, he divided them into three distinct groups and addressed each group separately.
Finally, he divided the third group below into three more, distinct groups.
Group One: He addressed some of the Book to the Hebrews as a complete
entity, that is, as a nation of people.
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Group Two: He addressed some of it to the group (out of the nation) who had
accepted Jesus as their Messiah, Savior and final sacrifice for their sin under
Moses law.
Group Three: He addressed some of it to another group of them (out of the
nation) who had not accepted Jesus as their Messiah, Savior and final sacrifice for
their sin under Moses law. He also divided this group into three more distinct
groups.
Group 3A:
This group had absolutely, finally and irrevocably rejected Jesus as
the final sacrifice for their sin under Moses law.
Group 3B:
This group was considering accepting Jesus as the final sacrifice
for their sin under Moses law, but were undecided.
Group 3C:
This group professed to have accepted Jesus as the final sacrifice
for their sin under Moses law, but they had never actually done so. They were
professors only. They professed but did not possess.
We have Group 3C above in the churches today. How many members of the church do you know
who talk the talk but do not walk the walk. How many of them profess but do not possess?
2) How the Abrahamic covenant works
In Genesis 12, God made a covenant with Abraham that was composed of Sixty Different
Promises. Thirteen of these Sixty Promises pertained to Gentiles. See Chapter 1 in our book,
What are Abrahams Blessings Anyway?. for a complete list of the Sixty Promises. (The book is
free on the Internet--www.jaysnell.org.) The key term in these Sixty Promises is the word bless.
This word contains four basic things that belonged to Abraham, to his physical descendants, and
to us Gentile Christians by grafting.
1.
2.
3.
4.

Physical Healing for their body


Prosperity for their pocket book
Family Well Being
Salvation for their soul

In addition to these four things contained in the term bless, this covenant also contained Gods
promise of the land. Remember this well: God gave the land in addition to the four things
contained in the concept of bless that are listed above. The addition of the land, therefore, gave
them these five things: healing, prosperity, family well being, salvation, and land. Later, we shall
see that, in addition to these five, He gave them two more, wonderful blessings.
The beauty of these four things, plus the land, was that the Hebrews were born with them. They
did not have to get them. Because they were born into the Abrahamic covenant, they had them.
These blessings were theirs by birthright. They did not have to earn them. They were the givens
of the Abrahamic covenant blessing system.
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Previously, we said that thirteen of these Sixty Promises pertained to Gentiles. As we shall see
later, God grafts us Gentiles (who accept Jesus as our personal Savior) into the four blessings
listed above, because of these thirteen Promises that pertain to us. The promise of land, however,
is exclusively Hebrew. We Gentiles have absolutely no part in the Promise of the land. We do,
however, share equally with the Hebrews, the Abrahamic Promise of blessing. Therefore,
healing, prosperity, family well-being and salvation belongs to us Christian Gentiles as well as
the Hebrews.
Dear Reader, as you read through Hebrews, you will discover that its basic message is how to
acquire the fulfillment of the promise God made with Abraham. (GWB P246) You will
discover that the main purpose of the Book of Hebrews was that Jesus self-sacrifice was the
perfect gift needed to motivate God to fulfill for them the promise he had made to Abraham.
(GWB P266)
3) The real purpose of Moses law
God neither gave Moses law to enable the Hebrews to work their way into heaven nor obtain by
works any of the four things contained in the blessing covenant. In other words, they could not
earn healing, prosperity, family well-being or salvation by the works of Moses law. This was
never its purpose. This was never what God intended for it.
Then what was its real purpose? To maintain the Abrahamic blessings for the Hebrew people-even when they sinned--was its purpose. In other words, God gave the Law not only to deal with
the Hebrews sin problem but also to deal with it in such a way that no Hebrew lost one thing
promised him in the Sixty Promises. In other words, the Scriptures declare clearly that the Law
of Moses was given to maintain the blessings in the Abrahamic covenant while dealing with the
sin problem of these people. The Scriptures below trumpet this truth to us: God gave Moses law
to maintain the Abrahamic blessings for them even when they sinned.
Deut 7:11-12
Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I
command thee this day, to do them.
Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that
the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy
fathers: (KJV)
In verse 11 above, God commanded the Hebrews to keep the Law of Moses. Then, verse 12 He
promised them that if they keep and do the commands of Moses law, then He would keep the
blessings flowing for them without interruption. Of course, the uninterrupted blessings were
those that He had already given to them in the Abrahamic covenant. See our book, What are
Abrahams Blessings Anyway?. Its free on the Internet--www.jaysnell.org.
The expression, the covenant and mercy which he sware unto thy fathers, is synonymous with
the Abrahamic covenant. Verse 9 below demonstrates this for us.

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Deut 7:9
9
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth
covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand
generations; (KJV)
In this context, the above Scripture shows that covenant and mercy and the Abrahamic
covenant are one and the same thing. See also Luke I: 54-55 and 72. These three verses also
show us that covenant and mercy is in fact the Abrahamic covenant.
Obviously the keeping of the Law caused God to maintain, or keep, the Abrahamic blessings
flowing without interruption for them even when they sinned. Furthermore, He gave them a
partial list of these blessings in verses 13 through 15 below. And, in verse 13 below, is
emphatic and should be translated even, specifically, or namely. To put it differently, God
promised in verse 12, to keep the Abrahamic blessings flowing for them because they kept the
commands of the Law, which included making the proper sacrifice. Then, in verses 13 through
15, he lists specifically, by name, some of the Abrahamic blessings that He will continue flowing
their way.
Deut 7:13-15
13
And (even, namely or specifically,) he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee:
he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and
thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto
thy fathers to give thee. (Parentheses mine)
14
Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among
you, or among your cattle.
15
And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil
diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
(KJV)
Dear Reader, you should make a list of these blessings on a separate sheet of paper and learn
them. You should learn them because we Gentile Christians are grafted into them on an equal
footing with the Hebrews. Consequently, they belong to us also.
4) How God Made the Abrahamic covenant
and Moses law function as a unit.
Heres how Abrahams covenant and Moses law worked together. God gave the Hebrews
healing, prosperity, family well being and salvation in the Abrahamic covenant. About 430 years
later, God determined to deal with their sins in such a way that none of them lost anything He
promised them in the covenant. Heres how He did this.
When a Hebrew sinned in the Old Testament, Moses law required him to make certain kinds of
sacrifices to fit his sins. Keep in mind that the sacrifices were commanded in Moses law. It also

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contained specific directions concerning what kind of sacrifice to make, when to make it, the
manner in which it was to be made and where to make it.
When a Hebrew sinned, all he had to do was just make the right sacrifice in the right manner. He
just had to follow the directions in the Law about making the sacrifices. When he properly made
the sacrifices described above, the blessings in the Abrahamic covenant kept flowing for him
without interruption. God simply winked at his sin. He simply did not see it because it was
temporarily covered by the sacrifice the sinning Hebrew made for his specific sin.
Acts 17:30
30

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men
every where to repent: (KJV)

If a Hebrew sinned and did not make the proper Mosaic sacrifice, he lost everything he had by
birth in the Abrahamic covenant. He lost his blessings of healing, prosperity, family well being
and salvation. This loss continued until the sinning Hebrew repented of his sin and demonstrated
his repentance by making the proper sacrifice.
In this way, Gods covenant with Abraham worked in conjunction (as a unit) with Moses law.
The Abrahamic covenant was Gods promise to bless. The Mosaic sacrifices kept the blessings
flowing. The Abrahamic covenant defined the blessings and the Mosaic sacrifices maintained
them. As the sinning Hebrew sacrificed, God winked at his sin, because in the mind and plan
of God, it was covered by the sacrifice. To put it differently, the sacrifice temporarily blotted the
sin from Gods view. See our book, Whatve They Done with Abrahams Blessing? Again, this
book is free on the Internet. Go to www.jaysnell.org.
5) Jesus did Six Things to Moses law that completely eliminated it
and changed the entire Old Testament System forever
This unit systemthe combination of the Abrahamic covenant and Moses law--continued
until Jesus came. Upon His death, Jesus did Six Things to the Law of Moses that changed the
Old Testament system forever. (See Ephesians 2:14-16 and Colossians 2:14 below.) These two
Scriptures contain the Six Things Jesus did to the Law of Moses.
Eph 2:14-16
14
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of
partition between us;
15
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in
ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16
And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the
enmity thereby: (KJV)

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Col 2:14
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and
took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; (KJV)
From the above Scriptures, we can readily see the Six Things Jesus did to Moses law to get it
completely out of the way.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

He broke it down.
He abolished it.
He slew it.
He blotted it out.
He took it out of the way.
He nailed it to his cross.

Having done away with the Moses law, Jesus became Gods final sacrifice for sin. Upon Jesus
death, God no longer accepted the blood of bulls, goats, cows, and sheep. Now, He only accepts
the blood of Jesus for the Hebrew sin problem.
Therefore, beginning with Jesus death and continuing throughout this age, each individual
Hebrew must make a choice. He can accept Jesus as Gods final sacrifice for sin under Moses
law and God will continue the flow of blessings He gave him in the Abrahamic covenant. He
will continue for him (without interruption) the blessings of healing, prosperity, family well
being and salvation.
If he refuses to accept Jesus as Gods final sacrifice for sin under the Mosaic system, he instantly
loses what he had by birth in the Abrahamic covenant. He loses his healing, prosperity, family
well being and salvation. Note this well! He lost the salvation he had by birth; he fell from the
grace he was born into. Obviously, the Hebrew who rejected Jesus was as lost (unsaved) as any
heathen who ever lived.
Previously we said that Gentiles were included in thirteen of the Sixty Promises to Abraham.
Those thirteen Promises could not and did not become valid until Jesus eliminated the Law of
Moses. Since He eliminated it, Gentiles can be saved. They can accept Jesus as their personal
Savior. When they do, they are grafted into the same salvation, healing, prosperity and family
well being that the Hebrews have enjoyed since Abraham received the covenant from God,
beginning in Genesis 12. See the first three volumes of our books on the Abrahamic covenant:
What are Abrahams Blessings Anyway?; Whatve They Done with Abrahams Blessings?; and
The Unbroken Force of Abrahams Blessings. They are free on the Internet--www.jaysnell.org.
These Hebrews were born into these Abrahamic blessings. Gentiles were not. The Hebrews
accept Christ to maintain the Abrahamic blessings. Gentiles accept Christ to obtain the
Abrahamic blessings. They obtain them because, simultaneous with accepting Christ, God grafts
them (Gentiles) into the Abrahamic blessing system on an absolute equal footing with the
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Remember this! The Hebrews are born into the Abrahamic blessings. Gentiles are grafted into
them. Hebrews accept Christ to maintain the blessings. Gentiles accept Christ and obtain them
because God instantly grafts them into the blessings.
6) The Skillful Way the Author Used Pronouns
You will be amazed as you see our Author skillfully use pronouns to keep himself out of
Scriptures in which he does not belong. This Author was a master of Greek grammar. He
directed much of what he said to the Hebrews as a people (nation.) When he addressed any of the
groups within the nation, however, his change of pronoun coupled with the context itself, shows
that he was not addressing the nation anymore. We shall not explain how he did it in this
introduction. Nevertheless, we will show you that he did it as we move through this work. Then
you will understand how he did it. Follow the pronouns closely and you will see that the Book of
Hebrews does not, in any way, teach that a Christian--Jew or Gentile--can lose his/her healing,
prosperity, family well being or salvation!
7) The Simple Outline of this Book
1. All seven Major Warnings in Hebrews are interpreted for you by the guidelines in
this Introduction.
2. All eleven Lest Warnings in Hebrews are interpreted for you by the guidelines in
this Introduction (see below).
3. The Single Most Important Verse in Hebrews interpreted for you by the guidelines
in this Introduction.
4. Proofinterpreted for you by the guidelines in this Introduction--that the people
addressed in Hebrews are Hebrews and not Gentile Christians.
5. All thirteen Let Us Exhortations in Hebrews interpreted for you by the guidelines
in this Introduction.
6. Proof that one of the Groups addressed by our Author was continuously inheriting
the same healing, prosperity, family well being and salvation that Abraham
himself obtained and enjoyed. Furthermore, this group was continuously
inheriting them for the same reason Abraham had them; they were born into the
Abrahamic covenant. Again, this is interpreted for you by the guidelines in this
Introduction. (You Gentile Christians are grafted into the continuous inheriting
in this section.)
7. The once for all aspect of the sacrifice, offering, blood, and Great High
Priesthood of Jesus demonstrated why they will never be repeated. This, too, is
interpreted for you by the guidelines in this Introduction.
In the Lest Warnings lest translates the Greek negative particle ma (many times in
combination with other Greek words). Translated into English, lest simply means for fear
that. In other words, if you do (or dont do) such and such, then certain unpleasant things may
(will) happen to you. Hence, a Lest Warning.
Read this book and build your faith to a fever pitch. You will never again let anyone place you
into Scriptures where you do not belong. You will never again believe it is possible for any

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Christian to lose his/her healing, prosperity, family well being and/or salvation. This book should
have been written hundreds of years ago!

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The First Two Major Warnings and the First Lest Warning
Interpreted
In this chapter, we interpret three warnings for you. They are Major Warning #1, Lest Warning
#1, and Major Warning #2--in this order. We begin with the Major Warning #1 that concludes
with the first of the thirteen Lest Warnings. Then, Lest Warning #1 introduces Major Warning
#2. All three warnings are contained in the passage below.
Verse 1 below contains both Major Warning #1 and Lest Warning #1 while verses 2-4 contain
Major Warning #2. Yet, all three warnings are interrelated, as the following discussion will
readily show. Remember, these interpretations follow the guidelines spelled out in the
Introduction.
Heb 2:1-4
1

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have
heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2
For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and
disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to
be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4
God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers
miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (KJV)
Major Warning #1 Interpreted

Notice that our Author used the pronouns we and us in the passage above. We simply means any
of us Hebrews. Us simply means all of us Hebrews. In some contexts, our Author will
remove himself from the we or us groups. Here, however, he doesnt because he is addressing
the nation as a whole.
First, look at the word ought in verse one. This translates the Greek word dei. This word is a
blockbuster. Our word ought doesnt do it justice. This word means, in everyday English,
something like the following: Given my circumstances, what I do next must be both logical and
necessary. In other words, I am in such a compelling set of circumstances that my next move is
not left to choice. My next move is dictated by my circumstances. My circumstances are so
forceful that, to be logical, I have only these necessary actions open to me. Anything else is
insane. What I do next must be logical. What I do next is also necessary if Im to survive!
We must illustrate the above. Suppose you wake up in the middle of the night and discover your
house is on fire. Obviously you only have seconds to react. What you do next must be logical.
You must get out of your burning house. Getting out of your burning house is not only logical,
but also necessary for you. It is both logical and necessary if you want to live.

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From the above explanation, you can see what the Greek word dei in verse 1 above (translated by
our English word ought) actually means. Next, we will apply this word to the plight of these
Hebrews.
Here is the set of circumstances these Hebrews faced. They had heard the message that Jesus was
the final sacrifice for their sins under Moses law. This was the most important message that they
had ever heard. This importance, therefore, presented them with a logical necessity. Since Jesus
was Gods final sacrifice for sin, for them to maintain the Abrahamic blessings of salvation,
healing, prosperity and salvation, they must--Greek word dei--personally accept him as their very
own sacrifice. This is the logical move dictated and demanded by their circumstances. (To
refresh your memory concerning how the sacrifices maintain these four Abrahamic blessings, see
the Introduction again.)
Accepting Jesus as Gods final sacrifice for their sins was not only logical, but it was also
necessary. It was necessary if they wanted to maintain the salvation, healing, prosperity and
family well being they had by birth. Since God no longer accepted the blood of bulls and goats,
cows and sheep, they must accept Jesus blood or lose it all. Therefore, taking heed to the
message that they had heard became very, very necessary for them.
Nevertheless, they were slipping away from this vital message. They were flowing right by it.
They were drifting past this vital truth just as driftwood flows with the current and is swept past
everything on the shore. They seemed not to care about the life and death importance of this
Jesus message. Next, we interpret for you the first of the eleven Lest Warnings in Hebrews.
Lest Warning #1 Interpreted
Remember verse 1 above: Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which
we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. (Italics mine.) Remember that lest
translates the Greek negative particle ma (many times in combination with other Greek words),
which (in English) simply means for fear that. In other words, if you do (or dont do) such and
such, then certain unpleasant things may (will) happen to you--hence, a Lest Warning.
Let them slip, in verse I above, translates the Greek word, parareo. This word combines two
Greek words. It combines the word para, which means by the side of. Our English word
parallel comes from this word. The second word in the combination is reo (to flow.) The
combination, then, means to flow, slip or drift parallel to or to drift by the side of.
In addition, slip is in the active voice, which means the Hebrews, like driftwood, had actually,
deliberately, actively drifted past the message that Jesus was the final sacrifice for sin under
Moses law. The message did not drift past the Hebrews as it indicates in the King James
Version. The Hebrews flowed by or drifted past this great truth they had heard, namely, that
Jesus was the final sacrifice for sin under Moses law. The Hebrews became as driftwood
flowing downstream with the current. They actively, actually drifted past and away from this
Jesus message.
Furthermore, slip is in the Aorist tense. This tense in Greek views an action as a point. As
such, it can describe a finished action. This is how it is used in this verse. In other words, these
Hebrews had already finished their drift past the bombshell message that Jesus was the final
sacrifice for their sins. They had already drifted by it and away from it. This deliberate drift was
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already complete. They had gone right by the most important message from God that they had
ever heard. They had already drifted past it.
To put it differently, they are being warned, to give the more earnest heed, to what they had
heard. This expression, to give the more earnest heed, means to give the closest attention
possible to the message that Jesus was the final sacrifice for their sins. They were being warned
not to slip by this vital message at any time. This is another way of saying that they must never
slip by and drift away from what they had heard so clearly; Jesus was the Christ, their Messiah,
and Gods final sacrifice for their sins.
These were their circumstances. Jesus was their final sacrifice for sin. God would never again
accept the blood of bulls, goats, cows, and sheep. It was Jesus sacrifice or damnation. There
were no other avenues open for them. They had no other choices. They had no other options. No
wonder their next move must be logical. It had to be logical because it was absolutely necessary.
They had to get out of their burning house, as it were, or perish. They had no other means to
maintain the Abrahamic blessings they had by birth. It was Jesus or burn.

They must pay closer attention to the Jesus message that they had heard.
They must reverse their slipping past and drifting by the message by accepting Him as
their final sacrifice.
No other choices were open to them.

Major Warning #2 Interpreted


The questions now are, Why did they not pay the very closest possible attention to such an
earth-shattering message that they had plainly heard? Why did they flow past it and by it and
drift away from such important information? Why! This information carried the same
importance to them eternally that our burning house illustration carried temporally. Common
sense demands that one logically and necessarily flees a burning house. Accepting Jesus is even
more important, however, than getting out of a burning house. Why did they not instantly act on
the information that God no longer accepted the blood of bulls and goats? Why did they not
immediately turn to the blood of Jesus, since God only accepts His blood now?
The answer to these astounding questions lies in the meaning of neglect in verse 4. Neglect
translates ameleo. Ameleo combines two Greek words. The first word is a, the Greek negative.
The Greek negative is the same as our English no, or not.
The second word in this combination is melo, which means, to care. The combination, then,
means no care, not caring, or just plain careless. In other words, some of these Hebrews
just did not care about the Jesus message that they had heard. They did not care whether or not
Jesus was their final sacrifice for sin under Moses law. They just did not care. Consequently,
they actively and completely drifted by and away from this message without getting out of their
burning house, as it were.
In a nutshell, they placed no value upon what they had heard about Jesus. They made light
of this information. The following scripture demonstrates this for us.

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Matt 22:5
5

But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his
merchandise: (KJV) (Italics Mine)

In the preceding verse, made light of translates this same Greek word that is translated by
neglect above. This is exactly how the Hebrews treated the message concerning Jesus final
sacrifice. They made light of it. They placed no value upon it. They actively and completely
drifted by it with no thought of alarm. They neglected it because it was of no value to them! They
did not understand that they were surrounded by circumstances more compelling than being in a
burning house.
Our Author, however, used strong language to tip them off to the importance of Jesus sacrifice.
He used the words of angels as an illustration of stedfastness. In other words, if what angels said
could be depended upon to occur without exception, surely the things God said about Jesus could
also be depended upon to occur without exception. Furthermore, if every transgression and
disobedience was sure to receive its just reward, what God said about Jesus sacrifice was just as
sure (Heb. 2:2).
Although Jesus himself began to speak these things, other people heard him say them. Then,
those people who heard Him say these things confirmed what they heard Him say to the rest of
the Hebrews. This, however, is not all. God himself bore witness to the truth of what they had
heard with signs, wonders, miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost (verse 4). Here we have a Four
Fold Witness:
1.
2.
3.
4.

Jesus said it.


Others heard Him say it.
Those who heard Jesus say it confirmed it to the other Hebrews.
God bore witness to the truth of it by signs, wonders, miracles and gifts of the Holy
Ghost.

Finally, our Author asks a sobering question, How shall we escape if we neglect so great
salvation? The way this question is asked requires no answer. A. T. Robertson says this is a
Rhetorical Question. In this construction, the answer is built in. To say it differently, the built in
answer here is this; they cant escape! Why can they not escape?
To place no value upon Jesus sacrifice makes escape impossible. (Remember that the sacrifices
were their escape hatch when they sinned under Moses law.) Escape is impossible for them
now, because God no longer accepts the blood of bulls, goats cows, and sheep. Now, he only
accepts the blood of Jesus Christ. To place no value upon Gods final sacrifice for sin means
there is no escape hatch for them. They have lost the healing, prosperity, family well being, and
salvation they were born with in the Abrahamic covenant.
In the next chapter, we look at the impact Psalm 95 has upon the Book of Hebrews. This is one
of many Old Testament quotes in Hebrews. The way our Author used this Psalm will startle you.
He demonstrates parallels between those Hebrews in the wilderness, those in Davids day and
those in his own day. These parallels are unsettling.
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Major Warning #3 Interpreted


Hebrews draws heavily on Psalm 95. Actually, Major Warning #3 is based upon Psalms 95. In
this Psalm, David compared the people to whom he was writing to the people who came out of
the wilderness wanderings. Likewise, our Author compares his own audience to Davids
illustration of those people.
The key words David used in the comparison of his audience with those of the wilderness
experience are Today, hear, harden not, and unbelief. In using these key words, David
pleads with them for three things:
1. He pleads for them to Hear the voice of God, Today.
2. He pleads for them to Harden not their hearts when they hear His voice, Today.
3. He pleads for them to believe the word of God and act upon what He said, Today.
Unfortunately, they did not believe God (unbelief) when He told them that they could take the
Abrahamic land away from the heathen. Because they did not believe what He said (unbelief),
they did not act upon what He said. They did not even attempt to take the land and remove the
heathen from it.
Ps 95:7-11
7
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
To day if ye will hear his voice,
8
Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the
wilderness:
9
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
10
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do
err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
11
Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest. (KJV)
In Hebrews, our Author quotes this Psalm once and paraphrases it once to completely capture the
meaning of it. Through these two uses of the same Psalm, like David of old, he gravely warns the
Hebrews to whom he is writing. He warns them that the calamity of those in the wilderness is
about to happen to them for the very same identical reason. In the wilderness, they did not
believe what God said about their ability to take the land. In Hebrews, they do not believe Gods
message that Jesus is His final sacrifice for their sins. Here is his quote.
Heb 3:7-11
7
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
8
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the
wilderness:
9
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
10
Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their
heart; and they have not known my ways.
11
So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) (KJV)
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Here is his paraphrase:
Heb 3:15-19
15
While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the
provocation.
16
For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of
Egypt by Moses.
17
But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned,
whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18
And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that
believed not?
19
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (KJV)
In other words, in the wilderness wanderings, God had promised them a rest. (The rest in Moses
day consisted of peacefully dwelling in the land promised to them in the Abrahamic covenant.)
When the time came for them to possess the land, seven heathen nations occupied it and
trespassed upon it. Because of unbelief, these Hebrews perceived these seven nations to be
giants. God said they could overthrow them and take the land. They did not, however, believe
what He said. Instead, they believed the opposite. They believed they could not overthrow the
giants and take the land.
Even in the face of Joshua and Caleb, these Hebrews did not believe God. They just did not
believe that they could overthrow the present occupants (giants) of the land. Consequently, they
refused to act upon Gods message that they could conquer the giants and occupy their promised
inheritance of a restful land.
Because of their unbelief, they were forced to wander forty years in the wilderness until that
entire generation of doubters died off. What a tragedy. God said it. They did not believe him.
Consequently, they were forced to forfeit the rest God promised to them.
Two amazing historic events
1. This was an amazing, historic event. In the Abrahamic covenant, God promised them a land.
In Psalm 95, He attempted to lead them into it. They were about to see one of the most important
pieces of the Abrahamic covenant fulfilled before their very eyes. But because they did not
believe God and partner with him by following him into the land, their entire generation lost
this promise.
2. In like manner, the generation of Hebrews, to whom our Author wrote, faced another
momentous event. This event was the fulfillment of the most important piece of the Abrahamic
covenant to that time in history.
In the wilderness saga, the time to receive their Abrahamic land loomed in their face. But here
they faced another historic event that was even more extra-ordinary. The Seed to whom the
Abrahamic promises were made was upon the scene. He was Jesus, the Seed of the Sixtieth
Promise God made to Abraham. This Promise #60 is stated in Gen. 22:18 below.
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Gen 22:18
18
And in thy Seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast
obeyed my voice. (KJV)
The Author of Hebrews drew a parallel, just as David in Psalm 95, between the people in the
wilderness and the people to whom he wrote. In the wilderness, they were at a crossroads. They
were about to receive the fulfillment of that stunning promise of the Abrahamic land. Here, they
experienced an even more important crossroads than they did in the wilderness. Here, they stared
right into the face of the fulfillment of the Seed promise. Here they looked squarely at Gods
final sacrifice for sin under Moses law. Here they faced the supreme Seed of Abraham. Here
they looked directly at the Person who, by His death, both terminated Moses law and confirmed
the Abrahamic promises made to the fathers.
Dear Reader, see the heartbreak here. The Author saw the Hebrews to whom he wrote, about to
do the very same thing they did to the Land promise in the wilderness. Here, they were about to
forfeit the realization and fulfillment of the Seed promise for the very same reason, unbelief.
They had a promise from God, and they did not believe it. They did not partner with God and
act upon his promise that Jesus was the Seed. They did not partner with God and act upon his
promise that Jesus was the final sacrifice for their sins. Therefore, they must forfeit the Seed
promise, here, just as they forfeited the Land promise in the wilderness.
This forfeiture, however, carried far, far greater consequences. In the wilderness, they lost the
historic fulfillment of their Land promise for a generation. Here, however, those who reject Jesus
lost the spectacular fulfillment of their Seed promise for all eternity. They forfeited it for all
eternity because they did not believe God. They just did not believe Gods word. They did not
partner with Him and act upon Jesus as the fulfillment of his Seed promise. They did not
partner with God and act upon his promise that Jesus was His final sacrifice for their sins.
Lest Warning #2 Interpreted
Next, we interpret the second of the eleven Lest Warnings for you. See verse 12 below. Our
Author commands (Greek imperative) them to Take heed. Heed translates the Greek word
blepo (to see). Here, it means to give something an intense look, hence, to take heed.
Notice, also, that our Author calls them brethren. Brethren was one of nearly one hundred
names, terms and phrases that the Hebrews were called in the Old Testament. Since they are the
same people in the New Testament, it was sensible and fitting that they be called by the same
names, terms and phrases in the New Testament also. See our book, The Unbroken Force of
Abrahams Blessings. It is free on the Internet--www.jaysnell.org.
Heb 3:12
12

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in
departing from the living God. (KJV) (Italics mine)

This second Lest Warning warned them against an evil heart of unbelief. The Author saw
unbelief in the wilderness experience as the reason they forfeited the land rest. He saw the same
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unbelieving heart as the reason his readers must forfeit their great salvation also. An evil heart of
unbelief caused their rejection of Jesus as their final sacrifice for sin under Moses law.
Consequently, this rejection of Jesus also caused them to depart from the living God.
How did a Hebrew depart from the living God?
This evil heart of unbelief resulted in their rejection of Jesus, and this rejection caused them to
depart from the living God. Did this departing from the living God, mean that these were
Christian Jews who lost their salvation? If not, how can it be said they departed from God unless
they were first with him?
No! This Scripture did not say that these Hebrews were Christians. Absolutely not! It said the
very opposite! Nowhere did this Lest Warning even hint that they were Christians. Had they
been, they could not have departed from God--in this manner--to the point of being irrevocably
lost (unsaved.) We shall see this as we progress in this commentary.
You remember what we have learned so far. When a Hebrew sinned in the Old Testament era
during the time of Moses law, he just had to partner with God by making the proper sacrifice.
By so doing, he maintained, even when he sinned, what he had by birth in the Abrahamic
covenant. He maintained his salvation, healing, prosperity and family well being.
Remember also that if he did not make the proper sacrifice in the proper manner, he lost it all.
Dear Reader, get this down into the depths of your being! If the Hebrew did not sacrifice
properly, according to Moses law, he lost his place in the Abrahamic covenant! Losing his place
in the Abrahamic covenant was his departing from the living God. Apart from being in this
covenant, no one had any part with God or in God! In this way, the Hebrew departed from the
living God. This is how any and all Hebrews departed from the living God.
Yes, these Hebrews were in fact with God by birth in the Abrahamic covenant. They had all the
blessings going for them. They were his people and he was their God. They maintained this close
relationship with God by sacrificing properly when they sinned. In this way, they stayed close
with God. But they lost this position when they sinned and did not sacrifice properly.
Now, in the context of Hebrews, our Author showed them that their rejection of Jesus, Gods
final sacrifice for their sins, caused their departure from the living God. Their rejection of Jesus
caused their departure from the living God because apart from Jesus, they can no longer sacrifice
properly. They rejected Him because they did not believe that he was their final sacrifice. In
other words, they refused to partner with God in this matter. God provided the sacrifice but
they refused it. To partner with God in this matter, they must accept Jesus, his final sacrifice
for their sins.
What a loss! What a tragedy! For these reasons, the Author isolates two more excerpts from
Psalm 95. He uses these brief quotes to plead with the people to take advantage of Today! He
challenges them, now (Today,) to exhort one another on a daily basis. He wants them to witness
to one another, each and every day. Then he introduces Lest Warning #3
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Lest Warning #3 Interpreted
Heb 3:13
13

But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be
hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (KJV) (Italics Mine)

In Lest Warning #3, the Author warns each of them to encourage one another daily, lest any of
them be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. In what way did sin deceive these Hebrews
that resulted in the hardening of their hearts? It deceived them in more ways than we can count.
We shall only list three of the least obvious ways below.
First, sin deceived them when it convinced them that it was socially acceptable to reject Jesus,
their final sacrifice for sin. We see this effect of sin today. How many of our youth believe it is
now socially acceptable to do things that the Bible plainly declares are wicked, heinous sins?
Second, sin deceived them when it convinced them that their rejection of their final sacrifice was
so very right that it did not affect their conscience at all. It does not bother a Hebrews
conscience to reject Jesus to this very hour. Again, we have this with us in our churches today
also. How many of our youth and adults can sin right in the face of God and Scripture and never
have a twinge of conscience?
Third, sin deceived them when it convinced them to adopt this rejection of Jesus as their very
lifestyle. Now they walk it out and never look back. When they adopted this rejection as their
lifestyle, they became comfortable with it. The entire process just adds to the hardness of their
hearts that lasts to this day. The Author warned them against this very thing. History has shown
that he was right in his warning.
Finally, our Author pleads with them, again, to harden not their hearts, against Jesus. This
hardening results in rejection of Jesus. When they rejected him, they can no longer sacrifice
properly when they sin. Consequently, by rejecting Jesus, they departed from the living God
since He is Gods last sacrifice for their sins. Therefore, no hope remains for them. They are lost.
They without God and without hope in this world.
Heb 4:7
7

Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as
it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. (KJV)

In the next chapter, get ready to feel your heart swell with faith. You will see false, misleading
and faith destroying views shattered. You will experience their total destruction. You will see
Group 3C (those who professed Jesus but did not possess him) addressed. This will remove some
faith paralyzing and faith destroying interpretations. Your faith will explode.

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Two Warnings to those who profess but do not possess:


False and Misleading Interpretations Corrected
The first verse listed below (Heb. 3:6) appears to show that it is possible for a Christian to lose
his place in Christs house. This supposedly occurs if he fails to firmly maintain his confidence
and rejoicing in the hope firm unto the end. This is another way, however, of saying that he lost
his salvation.
The second verse below (Heb. 3:14) appears to show that it is possible for a Christian to cease
being a partaker of Christ. This also supposedly occurs if he fails to steadfastly hold the
beginning of his confidence unto the end. This is also just another way of saying he lost his
salvation.
Even more unfortunate, those who do not understand that the Book of Hebrew was written to the
Hebrews make the sad mistake of teaching that these verses declare that a Gentile Christian can
lose his salvation. As a matter of fact, neither of the above Scriptures teaches that a Christian
(Hebrew or Gentile) can lose his salvation. Neither of these two verses have anything at all to do
with any Christian (Hebrew or Gentile) losing his salvation. They deal with an entirely different
subject. They ask, Did the Group 3A Hebrews in these two verses ever have salvation at all?
(Remember, Group 3A are the undecided. Refer again to the Introduction.) Put differently,
these two verses ask, Were these Group 3A Hebrews ever saved to start with? The following
discussion will demonstrate this for you. You will be startled but your faith will be increased.
Heb 3:6
6
But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the
confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (KJV)
Heb 3:14
14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence
stedfast unto the end; (KJV)
Again, these verses have nothing to do with any Christian losing his salvation. There is no way
on earth that anyone can accurately believe that these Scriptures teach one thing about any
Christian losing his salvation. The reason is that the Greek construction used in these two verses
prohibits it. Heres how.
In Greek, there are Four Classes of Conditional Sentences. These Conditional Sentences are
sentences that contain if-then constructions. That is, they contain a condition and a conclusion.
The condition is the if clause, while the conclusion is the then clause.

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Now, the two verses listed above are Third Class Conditional Sentences. This class has to do
with the future only. Consequently, the Third Class Conditional Sentence is a sentence in which
the conclusion (then clause) will become reality in the future only if and when the condition(s) in
the if clause has been fully met.
In the Third Class Condition, the probability is high that the if clause will in fact be fulfilled.
Remember, though, the conclusion or then clause will be fulfilled only if and when the
condition(s) in the if clause is fulfilled.
Let us illustrate this Third Class Condition with Three Scripture examples or illustrations. The
examples shown below will make the Third Class Condition as plain to you as the nose on your
face.
Scripture Example #1
Matt 9:21
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, (then,) I shall be
whole. (KJV) (Parenthesis and italics mine)
This woman believed that she would be healed if only she could touch Jesus. She touched him
and was instantly healed. In other words, her healing was contingent upon her touching Him.
When the if clause (touching his garment) was fulfilled, the conclusion or then clause, (healing)
followed instantly. Conversely, had she not touched him, she would not have been healed.
Scripture Example #2
Rom 7:2
2

For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the Law to her husband so long as
he liveth; but if the husband be dead, (then,) she is loosed from the Law of her
husband. (KJV) (Parenthesis and italics mine)

In this verse, being loosed from the Law of her husband (the conclusion or then clause) was
contingent upon the death of her husband (the if clause). Once the husband died, she was
instantly loosed. Put differently, the conclusion followed immediately upon the condition being
met. On the other hand, had the husband not died, she would not have been loosed.
Scripture Example #3
Rom 10:9
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That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, (then) thou shalt be saved. (KJV)
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Being saved, here, (the conclusion or then clause) is contingent upon confessing with the mouth
and believing with the heart (the condition or if clause). In other words, the very moment anyone
confesses and believes, he/she is instantly saved. But if these conditions, confessing and
believing, are not met, no salvation follows.
These verses demonstrate and clarify the Greek Third Class Condition. Nothing happens in the
conclusion or then clause until the condition(s) in the if clause has been literally and actually
fulfilled.
In addition to the above Bible illustrations of the Third Class Condition, Greek Grammarians
define it for you the very same way. They say the very same things about it. Two of them define
it for you in the following footnote. 1
Leading Commentators also declare that the Author employs the Third Class Condition in
Hebrews 3:6 and 14. Two of them confirm this for you in the following footnote. 2
What Heb. 3:6 and 14 Really Said About Salvation
From the above discussion, we easily see that no one can ever determine if the people in verses 6
and 14 ever possessed salvation at all until the very end of their lives. Heres why!
The condition (the if clause in verse 6) contains a time element for its fulfillment. That time
element is unto the end. The time element, unto the end, prevents the fulfillment of the if clause
before the very end of a persons life. In other words, for anyone to determine for sure whether
or not one of these Hebrews in verse 6 was ever really in Christs house (the conclusion or then
clause), he/she will have to wait until the very end of that Hebrews life. Why? They will have to
wait to the end of that Hebrews life because that is the only time the if clause can finally be
realized. Please remember our Greek rule above: the conclusion can only occur when the
condition has been completely fulfilled. In verse 6, the condition can only be fulfilled at the end
of their lives.
Verse 14 also has a time element that limits when the if clause can be fulfilled. That time
element is also the end of these Hebrews lives. Therefore, no one can say for sure whether or not
these Hebrews were partakers of Christ until the very end of their lives. Only at that time can
the condition of being a partaker be fulfilled.
Both verses have the same basic condition that can only be fulfilled at their death. Verse 6
declares that they must hold fast the confidence and rejoicing of hope firm unto the end. Verse
14 states that they must hold the beginning of their confidence stedfast unto the end.
These two Scriptures do not and cannot teach that a Christian (Hebrew or Gentile) had salvation
and lost it! Had our Author meant to say this, he would never have used the Third Class
Conditional Sentence here. There is no way anyone could ever use the Greek Third Class
Conditional Sentence, in this context or anywhere else, to teach that these people had salvation
and lost it.
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Yes, the English translation of these two verses does appear to teach that a Christian (Hebrew or
Gentile) can lose his salvation by a crisis of confidence. Applying the above rule concerning the
Third Class Condition from the Greek text, however, we can readily see that this is impossible!
These two verses absolutely do not teach that a Christian can cease being in Christs house or
cease being a partaker of Christ by any kind of crisis in his confidence level. For this to
happen, the if clause in both verses must have a total fulfillment. In this context this total
fulfillment cannot occur until the very end of their lives!
In other words, it cannot be known whether or not they were in Christs house (in verse 6) until
and unless the condition or if clause, (the holding fast both the confidence and rejoicing of the
hope) has been completely and totally fulfilled! According to this rule, then, it cannot be
determined whether or not the people in verse 6 were part of Christs house until the very end of
their lives. Only at that time and not before, can anyone accurately determine whether or not they
held fast to their confidence level! The same thing holds true for verse 14.
Therefore, in these two verses above, it was not at all a matter of these Hebrews being part of
Christs house and losing it. It was a matter of being there to start with. Kenneth Wuest, applying
the rules for the Greek Third Class Conditional Sentence, says that this verse has nothing to do
with the retention of salvation. He said that it has to do with the possession of salvation.
Remember, the if clause must be fulfilled before the then clause becomes actual reality.3
(KW2-Hebrews-P72)
This Greek construction demands the interpretation that for any one to have ever been in
Christs house, or a partaker of Christ, he will never have this crisis of confidence. Should a
crisis of confidence ever occur, he was never in Christs house from the beginning. Neither
was he ever a partaker of Christ at all. This is the exact meaning of the Third Class Condition.
Obviously, this verse is aimed at those who profess but do not possess. This is Group 3C we
mentioned in the Introduction of this Commentary. Therefore, this verse has nothing to do with
any Christian losing his salvation. On the other hand, this verse proves beyond a shadow of a
doubt that they never possessed salvation at all. Their confidence level getting shook to the core
provides the proof that they never possessed salvation at all.
Let me emphasize again, Verse 14 says nothing about a Christian (Hebrew or Gentile) being a
present partaker of Christ and then losing it based upon a crisis of confidence. A believer is a
partaker of Christ, in the final analysis, only when the if clause has been completely
fulfilled. Again, this condition will only be fulfilled at the very end of his/ her life.
Therefore, verse 14 says nothing about any Christian presently partaking of Christ. In this
Greek construction, it cannot be determined whether or not he/she was a partaker of Christ until
the end of his/her life and it was found to be true of him/her that he/she maintained his/her
confidence level up to the end.
In other words, these verses absolutely do not teach that any person (Jew or Gentile) who has
salvation now, can lose it by a crisis in his confidence level. Theses verses teach the exact
opposite. They demonstrate from the hard and fast rules of Greek grammar this absolute truth:
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the people who were the subjects of these verses never possessed salvation at all if they waver in
their confidence level!
Yes, they professed that they had accepted Christ as their final sacrifice for sin under Moses
law, but did they mean it? Was it real? Did they really have salvation to begin with? Did they
profess what they did not have? If they lost their confidence, according to the Greek Third Class
Condition, they never had salvation at all.
These two Scriptures have absolutely nothing to do with possessing salvation and then losing it.
It has everything to do with whether or not they ever had salvation to begin with. The only test
will be at the end of their lives as evidenced by the continued maintenance of their confidence
level. Wuest, again, said it well. He said that it is not a matter of retention of salvation based
upon a persistence of faith, but of the possession of salvation as evidenced by a continuation of
faith. 4
Who are The Fathers and what difference does it make?
The answers to these questions are absolutely necessary for you to understand, not only this
Commentary, but also the entire New Testament.
It is very easy to demonstrate that the Fathers are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The verses below
go back in the Bible to some of the first uses of the expression, the Fathers.
Exod 3:13-15
13

And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and
shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they
shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

14

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say
unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

15

And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of
Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is
my memorial unto all generations. (KJV) (Italics mine)

Exod 4:5
5

That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the
God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. (KJV) (Italics mine)

From these verses we may conclude this hard and fast rule: unless the context absolutely dictates
otherwise, the expression, the Fathers, include Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is so because
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God made the Abrahamic covenant with Abraham, confirmed it with Isaac and finally
reconfirmed it with Jacob.
Furthermore, in verse 8 below, God calls His covenant with Abraham the oath which he had
sworn to your fathers. We now know who the fathers are.
Deut 7:7-9
8

But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had
sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and
redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
(KJV) (Italics mine)

Now notice that in verse 9, He calls his covenant with Abraham both covenant and mercy.
9

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth
covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a
thousand generations; (KJV) (Italics mine)

Now, Dear Reader, you can easily see that the keeping of the Law of Moses enabled the Old
Testament Abrahamic Seed Group to maintain the blessings given them by birth in the
Abrahamic covenant. Verse 11 below contains Gods command for them to keep the
commandments of Moses while verse 12 shows what God does for them if they do, in fact, keep
Moses commandments.
11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments,
which I command thee this day, to do them.
12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do
them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which
he sware unto thy fathers:
Here, we see that the Law of Moses was given to maintain the blessings the Hebrews had been
born with in the Abrahamic covenant. Observe closely, here, that the Abrahamic covenant is
called the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers. Keep in mind that the Law of
Moses was never intended to enable the Old Testament Abrahamic Seed Group to obtain
salvation and blessings by the works of the Law. Instead, it was given to enable them to maintain
the Abrahamic blessings they had by birth in the Abrahamic covenant.
In the next chapter, you will see Gods rest replacing their many, many works of sacrificing. This
is also a real faith builder. Many of these Hebrews just couldnt get it out of their minds that God
had done it all for them in the Abrahamic covenant and ratified and perpetuated it through the
blood of Jesus. You will never be the same after reading just this one chapter.

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The following Greek Grammars define precisely the Third Class Condition. (In Greek grammars,
the condition or if clause is called the protasis and the conclusion or then clause is called the
apodosis.)

Books and Winbery in Syntax of New Testament Greek, Page 164, states, The statement in the
apodasis (the conclusion or then clause) becomes a reality only when the conditions stated in the
protasis (the condition or if clause) are met. (Parentheses mine)
In other words, the conclusion follows immediately upon the heels of the fulfillment of the
conditional part, the if clause of the sentence.
James Allen Hewett, in his New Testament Greek, A Beginning and Intermediate Grammar, Page
170, uses Bible illustrations to define the Third Class Condition. Citing John 13:17, he says that
the conclusion or then clause will occur only upon the fulfillment of the if clause.
He then cites John 8:36 and says concerning it that Given its (the condition or if clause) future
fulfillmentthe apodosis (the conclusion) is sure to follow. (Parentheses mine)
Finally, he cites Romans 10:9. He emphatically declares that if one confesses and believes (the
conditions or if clause) then the conclusion will follow without question. (Parenthesis mine)
2

A. T. Robertson in his famous Word Studies in the New Testament, Volume 5, Pages 355 and
358, asserts that both these verses use the Third Class Condition.
Kenneth S. Wuest in Word Studies in the Greek New Testament, Vol. 2,, Page 72, does not call it
a Third Class Condition, he just describes it. He says, The writer is proposing a condition as yet
unfulfilled. If these Jews, to whom he is writing, hold fast their confidence and the rejoicing of
their professed hope in Messiah firm to the end of their lives, that fact shows that they belong to
the house of God, in other words, are saved.
3

Wuest, cited above, says concerning verse 6 that, The subject of the security of the believer is
not in view here. He further states that if the Jews being addressed in this passage do not maintain
their confidence until the very end of their lives, this fact shows that they never were saved.
Again, we repeat with Wuest. It is not the retention of salvation that is in question here, but the
possession of salvation.

Concerning verse 14, Wuest says, If these first-century Jews would maintain their faith in
Messiah to the end of their lives, that would show that they had become in the past partakers of
Messiah, and that as a present result they are partakers of Him. Again as in verse 6, the question is
not one of the retention of salvation based upon a persistence of faith, but of the possession of
salvation as evidenced by a continuation of faith.

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Let Us Exhortation #1, Lest Warning #4, Let Us Exhortation


#2, and Lest Warning #4 Interpreted
In verse 1 below, our Author introduces us to the first of the Let Us Exhortations. There are
thirteen of these Let Us Exhortations in Hebrews. These are specific Greek constructions. In
Greek grammar, they are named Hortatory Subjunctives. In translation, all thirteen of them start
with let us. For this reason, we refer to them as the Let Us Exhortations in this work.
These Hortatory Subjunctives, Let Us Exhortations, are Greek devices in which a speaker or
writer exhorts one or more people to join in with him in an action. He could exhort them to join
in with him to start an action that has not begun yet. Or, he could exhort them to join in with him
in an action that is already in progress and in which he, the exhorter, is already engaged.
In verse 1 below, the Author is exhorting his Hebrew readers to join with him in starting an
action that has not begun yet. In other words, the Hebrews have not yet begun fearing that they
are about to miss out on Gods rest. They do not realize that they are in the same danger as those
in the wilderness experience for the same reason; they do not believe God. Consequently, our
Author begins this chapter with the words, Let us therefore fear. . . .
Heb 4:1-3
1
2
3

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of
you should seem to come short of it.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached
did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my
wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the
foundation of the world. (KJV)

Lest Warning #4 Interpreted


In addition, the Author brings us to his fourth Lest Warning in verse 1. He declares his reason for
his Let Us Exhortation to fear; he doesnt want any of them to seem to come short of obtaining
Gods promised rest.
Notice how he couples his Let us Exhortation and his Lest Warning together: He is so very
direct; He uses no any connecting words; He runs the two right together; He states his
exhortation for them to join with him in fearing for the Hebrews as a people; He closes the verse
with, ..lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come
short of it.
At the end of this chapter we show you how a Hebrew came short of obtaining the promise of
rest. To put it differently, we answer this question: What does a Hebrew have to do or not do to
come short of entering Gods promised rest?
Next, in verses 2 and 3, our Author includes himself in a group of Hebrews that not only had the
gospel of rest preached to them but also profited from the gospel-of-rest-message, because they
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accepted it by faith. In other words, they believed the message. Finally they proved that they
believed the message because they acted upon it. Consequently, once they acted upon it, they had
what they acted upon. They entered Gods rest. For clarity, see these things in list form below.
1. These Hebrews had the gospel-rest-message preached to them.
2. Some profited from it because they accepted the message as having come from God.
3. Out Author included himself in this group.
4. This group of Hebrews believed (acted upon) this message.
5. Immediately when they acted upon it, they entered Gods promised rest.
We must briefly define for you, here, the two Bible words, faith and believe. First, we define the
term faith: Faith is information we receive from God for us to act upon. This information
enables us to know in advance the will of God on a given matter. This information enables us to
know in advance what God plans to do about something before he does it. This advance
information is what the Bible calls faith.
Many times this information we get from God contains instructions for us to walk out. In other
words, this information shows us in advance what our part is in what God is about to do. This
advance information is what the Bible calls faith.
We get this information from the Scriptures, from sermons, from radio and TV messages, from
Sunday School lessons, from prophetic words, a knowing in your spirit and any other way God
wishes to give it to you. This advance information is what the Bible calls faith.
Just remember this! The Bible is Check Point Charlie. Any word you get from any source that
contradicts the Scripture, in any place and in any way, is not from God. God will never
communicate any message to you that contradicts his written Word.
Believe, in the Biblical sense, does not reside just between your ears. Rather, believe means to
act upon the information (your faith) you received from God. This is what the Bible calls
believe.
It can never be said that anyone believes God until and unless he acts upon what God said for
him to do. For a thorough, complete explanation of this subject, faith and believe, read our
book, How to Obtain Abrahams Blessings. It is free on the Internet--www.jaysnell.org.
Now the rest gospel did not profit those in the wilderness who heard the message from God.
Why? Because they did not mix it with faith! But what does the statement mean, not being
mixed with faith in them that heard it?
Look at the words, mixed with. This is the translation of one Greek word. This Greek word,
however, is composed of two Greek words combined. It combines the Greek preposition, sun,
which means together with and karannumi, which means to mingle or mix. The
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combination, then, means to mix or to mingle together with. Now we shall apply this definition
for you in the following paragraphs and all this will become crystal clear for you.
Previously we said that faith is information we get from God for us to act upon. The Hebrews in
the wilderness already had information from God that they had accepted as having come from
God. They had the Abrahamic covenant. In that same covenant, they had Gods promise that he
would deliver them from bondage in Egypt. (He gave this promise about four hundred years in
advance.)
They not only had this information but also accepted it as having come from God. As such, this
body of information became their faith. Remember this well, dear reader! They had information
from God, which they acknowledged and accepted as being from God. This acknowledgment and
acceptance made this information their faith! Therefore, the Hebrews in the wilderness had
faith!
Now, the time came to possess the land God promised them, but giants occupied it. God,
however, sent information through Moses that they could uproot the giants living in the land
God gave them by Abrahamic promise. But they refused to believe it. They refused to believe
that they could, indeed, uproot the giants and conquer the land. They refused to mix or mingle
this new information with the information they already had that they considered as being from
God. They absolutely would not mix this rest message into their reservoir of information they
had already received from God that they were to act upon.
Over the centuries, they had previously received information from God that they accepted as
having come from God. Their acceptance of it made this information their faith. They would not,
however, mix this new gospel-rest-message-information with the information they had already
received and accepted over the centuries. They rejected it and therefore, would not and did not
act upon it. Now we know what our Author meant when he said they did not mix their restgospel-message-information with the other information God had already said to them. They
refused to mix this new-rest-message-information with their faith information. Since they did
not consider it to be from God (faith), they did not accept it. Since they did not accept it, they did
not act upon it (unbelief) and therefore, they did not occupy the land. That generation died off
without realizing the great land promise in the covenant with Abraham. Their unbelief did them
in. Their entire generation died in the wilderness.
Heb 4:6
6

Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was
first preached entered not in because of unbelief: (KJV)

Heb 4:9-11
9
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as
God did from his.
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11
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same
example of unbelief. (KJV)
In the wilderness, the rest was the land. The rest in the Book of Hebrews was (among other
things) the rest from the many sacrifices required by Moses law. In other words, those
Hebrews in the wilderness did not enter into Gods rest. They could not enter into it because they
refused to act upon the information (unbelief) that God gave them through Moses.
How, then, are we to interpret Lest Warning #4, here? How did a Hebrew, in this context, come
short of Gods rest? The following paragraphs will clearly answer this for you.
A rest remained for Gods people then and it remains for them until this day. Our Author said
this twice. In verse 9 above, he said, there remaineth a rest for the people of God. In verse 6
above, he said, it remaineth that some must enter Gods rest. Those (in both ages) who accept
the rest-gospel-message as information from God and act upon it (believe), enter Gods rest.
Those (in both ages) who do not accept the rest-gospel-message as information from God and
act upon it (unbelief), do not enter Gods rest.
Obviously, those who enter Gods rest cease from their own labors (verse 10 above). In other
words, the Hebrews to whom our Author wrote still labored under the multiple bull and goat
sacrifices required by Moses law. They sacrificed here and they sacrificed there. They never get
through sacrificing. They sacrificed for each and every individual sin. They never get through
sacrificing. They worked, worked and worked!
But now, God no longer accepts the sacrifices of bulls and goats. He only accepts the one time
sacrifice of the Son of God. Jesus shed his blood and it was and is so complete and so powerful
that no sacrifice will ever be required again. His sacrifice blots out all sins, past, present and
future. (More on this subject later.)
Compare this with the sacrifices required by Moses law. Many times they had to sacrifice. They
had to sacrifice as each sin was committed. They had to sacrifice as it happened. They worked,
worked, and worked. They labored, labored, and labored. Then, if all this was not enough, they
had an annual sacrifice, the National Day of Atonement. Labor! Labor! Labor! Work! Work!
Work! Sacrifice! Sacrifice! Sacrifice!
No wonder our Author emphatically declared in verse 10, For he that is entered into his rest, he
also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
They come short of Gods rest simply by (1) refusing to act upon Gods information
concerning Jesus, the last sacrifice for their sins, and (2) by attempting to stay with the sacrifices
of bulls, goats, cows, and sheep! Come short, here, has nothing to do with any Christian losing
his healing, prosperity, family well being or salvation. This is strictly aimed at those Hebrews
who attempted to stay under the Mosaic sacrifices.
Let Us Exhortation #2
Then, we come to the second Let Us Exhortation and the Fifth Lest Warning in Hebrews. Verse
10 above says, Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest. . . . Remember the Let Us
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Exhortations? The writer or speaker exhorts his hearers or listeners to join with him in an action
that is either already in progress or has not started yet.
In this passage, our Author exhorts his readers to join with him to start an action. Obviously, his
readers had not yet started laboring to enter Gods rest in the way prescribed by God. They
frantically attempted to establish their own righteousness by the works of the Law. Work! Work!
Work! Labour! Labour! Labour! They did not realize that by the works of the Law absolutely no
flesh--Jew or Gentile--could ever be justified (cleared of the guilt of all their sins).
(The words justified, just, justify, righteousness and righteous all translate the same basic Greek
root, which means to clear of all guilt. These five translations above mean that one has been
cleared from the guilt of all his sins.)
Gal 2:16
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by the faith of Jesus
Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of
Christ, and not by the works of the Law: for by the works of the Law shall no flesh be
justified. (KJV)
You see, Dear Reader, their works were in vain. They could never be cleared of all the guilt of
all their sins by the works of the Law, because the Law of Moses was never given for this
purpose. It was given to maintain the blessings contained in the Abrahamic covenant.
Remember, they were born with the blessings of healing, prosperity, family well being and
salvation.
These Hebrews--addressed by our Author--attempted to earn, by the works of Moses law, what
they already possessed. They already possessed them because of their place (by birth) in the
Abrahamic covenant. They had forgotten, however, that they possessed these blessings by birth.
They had forgotten that they did not have to earn them. By trying to work for them, they
forfeited them. They forfeited them because they did not tap into them by faith. Therefore, they
lost everything they were born with in Gods covenant with Abraham. Why?
They lost all the Abrahamic blessings listed above because the Abrahamic blessings could only
be appropriated by faith. They had to accept the provisions of that covenant as information from
God (faith) that they must act upon. Next, they had to act upon it (believing). Then they
obtained what they acted upon. (Remember the discussion above. Faith is information from God.
Believing is acting upon that information.)
By now it should be crystal clear to you, Dear Reader. The Hebrews could never obtain by the
works of Moses law the blessings (listed above) that God gave them in the Abrahamic covenant.
For these Hebrews to attempt to earn the blessings of Abraham (which they already possessed)
by the works of the Moses law is equivalent to trying to go to the moon in a Volkswagen! A
Volkswagen, as cute as it is, will never take you to the moon. It was not designed to do this.
Never.
Neither was Moses law designed to enable the Hebrews or anyone else to earn the blessings of
Abraham. It was designed to maintain the Abrahamic blessings. It was never designed to earn
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them. As the Volkswagen will never take you to the moon, Moses law will never earn the
Abrahamic blessings listed above.
All four of the Abrahamic blessings were contained in the Sixty Promises of the Abrahamic
covenant, and Moses law maintained them. This was their information from God. Once they
acted upon the promises, they obtained what they acted upon. Finally, making the proper
sacrifice, maintained the blessings for them.
Thank God! Gentile Christians are grafted into these four things also. These four things belong to
us as Gentile Christians on an absolute equal footing with these Hebrews. Remember, Gentiles
are included in thirteen of the Sixty Promises in the Abrahamic covenant. When is the Gentile
grafted in? God grafts him in immediately when he receives Jesus as his personal savior. To
thoroughly understand the the grafting, see our book, The Unbroken Force of Abrahams
Blessings. It is free on the Internet. Go to www.jaysnell.org.
Lest Warning #5 Interpreted
Look again at verse 11 above. Our Author exhorted his readers to join in with him and start the
action of laboring to enter Gods rest. He exhorted them to do it Gods way, by faith and not by
works. Then he warned them with Lest Warning #5. He said that unless they labor to enter Gods
rest in Gods way (by faith) that any one of them could fall after the same example of unbelief
that caused them to fall in the wilderness. Of course, this unbelief in the wilderness experience
cost them. It cost them the immediate realization (fulfillment) of the Land Promise. It also cost
them their lives. That entire generation died in the wilderness. Only a handful of Faith People
survived.
To put it differently, the Works People in the wilderness experience were the example of
unbelief to the audience our Author addressed here. He warned his readers not to mimic them.
He said that if they mimicked them, they too would fall just like they did in the wilderness and
for the same reason; they refused to act upon Gods information. They made no attempt to
conquer the land. Likewise, many of the Hebrews here refused to act upon Gods information.
They did not accept Jesus, even though God said that He was the final sacrifice for their sins.
Because they did not act upon this information, they lost everything they had by birth in the
Covenant.
How, then, are we to interpret Lest Warning #5? What does our Author mean by fall after the
same example of unbelief? In other words, how did a Hebrew fall in this context? Remember
that he was born with healing, prosperity, family well being and salvation in the Abrahamic
covenant. If he sacrificed properly when he sinned, he maintained all the above.
Conversely, if he did not sacrifice properly when he sinned, he lost all the above. Now, the
proper sacrifice is Jesus. His blood is now all that God will accept for their sins. He is now the
only sacrifice for their sins. Nothing else will suffice for them anymore. Therefore, had these
Hebrews just accepted Gods final sacrifice, Jesus, they would forever maintain everything they
had by birth in the Abrahamic covenant. Since they did not accept Jesus, they fall out of
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Furthermore, this warning applies to everyone. There are no exceptions. Anyone who substitutes
religious works in place of faith and believing (acting upon Gods information) will fall. He is
lost. He is doomed. He has had it!
Dear Reader! Let our Authors warning sound loudly in your ears! If you substitute works for
faith acted upon, you too will fall for the same reason they fell in the wilderness. You will fall
for the same reason they fell in our Authors day! You will not make it. You will wake up in hell.
There are no exceptions! The Abrahamic blessings are given in the Abrahamic covenant. You do
not have to work to get or maintain them. They are a given!
In the next chapter, we begin a series of chapters that demonstrate with rock solid proof that the
people addressed are indeed Hebrews, not Gentiles. This section is the most faith building and
startling of all that we say in this work. Read it and grow into a spiritual giant!

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These People are Hebrews, not Gentile Christians


In this chapter, we shall depart from the warnings (in the order our Author gives them). Instead,
we look very closely at Heb. 5:12 through Heb. 6:3. We prove for you that the people to whom
our Author spoke, in this context, are two of the Groups out of the Hebrew nation that we
explained to you in the Introduction. Specifically, they are Group Two and Group 3B. (See the
Introduction to refresh yourself about Group Two and Group 3B.) When we finish, you will
know that Gentile Christians are not in here at all.
Remember, Group Two were those Hebrews who had accepted Jesus, Gods final sacrifice for
their sins. Group 3B are those Hebrews who were undecided about Jesus. They had not
rejected Him, but neither had they accepted Him. They were, in a word, undecided.
The people addressed in Heb. 5:12-13 and Heb. 6:1a were not, absolutely not, Christians. They
were neither Jew nor Gentile Christians. They were not Christians at all. Therefore, Dear Gentile
Christian Reader, you are not in view here at all! Furthermore, you make a horrible mistake if
you attempt to place yourself anywhere in Heb. 5:12 through Heb. 6:3.
Now see the Scriptures that demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that the people addressed in
this passage is Group Two and Group 3A Hebrews exclusively. Watch the bold words and
parentheses in the verses below. This will help identify these two Groups for you.
Heb 5:12-6:3
12
For when for the time ye (Group 3B) ought to be teachers, ye (Group 3B) have
need that one teach you (Group 3B) again which be the first principles of the oracles of
God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13
For every one (in Group 3B) that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he (Group 3B) is a babe.
14
But strong meat belongeth to them (Group Two) that are of full age, even those
(Group Two) who by reason of use have their (Group Two) senses exercised to discern
both good and evil.
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1
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us (Group Two) go
on unto perfection; (Group 3B starting here through verse 3) not laying again the
foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the
dead, and of eternal judgment.
3
And this will we (all of us) do, if God permit. (KJV) (Bold words and italics mine)
From the above Scriptures, we must look closely at Group 3B. This group, you remember from
the Introduction, are those Hebrews who were considering the claims about Jesus, but were still
undecided. By undecided, we mean that they had neither accepted Him yet, nor had they
made a final rejection of Him yet. In a word, they were undecided.
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Now, this undecided Group 3B are characterized by the following Seven Things:
1. They should be teachers but they are not.
2. They still need someone to teach them.
3. They still need the ABCs of the Old Testament (the First Principles of the Oracles of
God).
4. They still need milk.
5. They cant yet handle the strong meat of the Word.
6. They are unskillful in the Word.
7. They are babes.
Next, we must answer the following questions: What are the first principles of the oracles of God
in Heb 5: 12 above? What are the principles of the doctrine of Christ in Hebrews 6:1? Are these
two things really the same? If so, what are they? If so, to what do they refer?
The First Principles of the Oracles of God in Heb. 5: 12 and the Principles of the
Doctrine of Christ in Heb. 6:1 Refer to the Same Thing
The first principles of the oracles of God and the principles of the doctrine of Christ are just
different ways of saying the same thing. They are just two different expressions that refer to the
very same thing. Now, we must determine just exactly what our Author meant by these two
expressions, the first principles of the oracles of God in 5: 12 and the principles of the doctrine
of Christ in 6:1. In other words, what is this same thing to which both these expressions refer?
We shall begin with Heb. 5:12. Principles in verse 12 above, translates the Greek word
stoicheio, which means rudiments or primary elements. Oracles, in verse 12, translates
logion (from logos), which means a brief, divine utterance. When considered together, they
simply mean Gods brief, divine utterances about the elementary rudiments concerning Christ.
Adam Clarke says that logion (from logos) signifies a divine speech or answer from a deity to a
proposed question. Then, he says that it signifies both the Law received from God by Moses
plus the Old Testament in general. (AC3, Hebrews, P721) Furthermore, he is emphatic
concerning Heb 5:12. He unequivocally declares that the first principles of the oracles of God
undoubtedly mean the writings of the Old Testament. (AC3, Hebrews, P720)
Marvin Vincent joins forces with Adam Clarke above. He declares that these first principles of
the oracles of God in Heb. 5: 12 refer to those Old Testament sayings that point to Christ.
Notice that Vincent states, with no hesitation, that the principle elements of the oracles of God
are those Old Testament sayings that point to Christ. (MV4, P 435)
According then, to Clarke and Vincent, the first principles of the oracles of God in Heb. 5: 12
above, emphatically pertain to those Old Testament passages that point to the beginning
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Next, we consider the statement concerning the principles of the doctrine of Christ, in Heb.
6:1. Before explaining this statement, however, we must give you the exact wording of it from
the Greek text. This will make it very easy for you to understand.
The Greek text places the words in this order: Wherefore, leaving the beginning word of the
Christ, on to completion let us be borne and carried. In the above word order from the Greek
text, word translates logos. This is the same basic root word that was translated principles in
Heb. 5:12 above.
To simplify this for you, this verse actually says that there was a beginning word about the
Christ. In addition, we saw, above, that both Clarke and Vincent hold that this beginning
word comes from the Old Testament.
Furthermore, A.T. Robertson, the great Greek grammarian, joins both Clarke and Vincent.
Robertson says that these two verses say basically the same thing. He said that the expression,
the beginning word about the Christ is just repeating the expression, the first principles of the
oracles of God. (ATR5 P 373)
Marvin Vincent also believes that Heb. 5:12 and 6:1 say the same thing and refer to the same
thing. Moreover, he is just as emphatic about it as Robertson above. Concerning 6:1, he says,
The word of the beginning of Christ is practically=the rudiments of the beginning, ch.v.12
(MV4 P441) In other words, these two expressions refer to the same, identical, Old Testament,
beginning ABCs concerning Jesus.
Additionally, Kenneth Wuest, concerning this expression in Heb 6:1, declares, the beginning
word of the Christ refers to that teaching concerning Him which is first presented in the Bible.
And what is that but the truth concerning His Person and work found in the symbolism of the
Levitical sacrifices. The tabernacle, priesthood, and offerings all speak of Him in His Person and
work. And this interpretation is in exact accord with the argument of the book. (KW2, Hebrews,
P110)
In other words, both Heb. 5:12 and Heb. 6:1 say the same thing. They both refer to the same
thing. They both refer to the beginning ABCs about Jesus in the Old Testament.
Next, the same group (Group 3B) described by the Seven Characteristics in 5:12-14, is
commanded in Heb. 6:1, to leave these first teachings from the Old Testament. They must
forsake them. They must abandon them. They must completely separate themselves from
these Old Testament, beginning ABCs of Jesus the Christ.
A deeper look at the meaning of leaving in Heb. 6:1
Leaving translates aphiemi, which means to leave, to abandon, to separate, to sever and to
forsake. Aphiemi combines two Greek words. It combines the preposition apo with the verb
hiemi. Hiemi means to send. Apo means away or more exactly, away from. The
combination, aphieme, means to send away from. More completely, aphiemi means to leave
off, to abandon, go away from or to separate completely from someone or something. Next, we
must understand Three More Things about this word aphiemi.
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1. The preposition Apo is only used with the ablative case in Greek. The root idea of the
ablative is separation. It declares point of departure. It shows origin. When separation
occurs, the ablative declares the source of it. In a word, the ablative shows, not only source and
origin, it also shows separation from the source or origin. Simply put, the ablative shows from
what something or someone was separated.
The Greek grammarians, Dana and Mantey, describe the ablative. Its basal significance is point
of departure. This idea may be elemental in various conceptions. It is involved not only in the
literal removal of one object from the vicinity of another, but in any idea which implies departure
from antecedent relations, such as derivation, cause, origin, and the like. It contemplates an
alteration in state from the viewpoint of the original situation. . . . The use of the ablative
comprehends an original situation from which the idea expressed is in some way removed.
Hence, in simplest terms we may say that its root idea is separation. (DM P81) Therefore,
aphiemi means, in this context, to send away from oneself, to forsake, to separate, and to
abandon.
Consequently, these Group 3B Hebrews are commanded, to forsake, to abandon, to separate
from, to sever themselves from and send away these first, Old Testament ABCs that pointed to
Jesus the Christ. But there is more. Aphiemi is also an aorist participle.
2. The aorist tense describes a certain kind of action. It regularly speaks of an action completed
in one act. It describes something that occurred in one fell swoop. In our present context then,
leaving must be done in one act. It must be completed all at once. In other words, Group 3B
must leave the Old Testament ABCs of Christ in one, decisive, final blow. As Such, leaving
should be translated by having left in one act.
3. According to Kenneth Wuest, aphiemi is an imperative participle. (KW2, Hebrews, P109) If
he is right, we must note the following thoughts. The imperative in Greek, as in English, is the
command device. In other words, these Hebrews are commanded to leave off, forsake and
abandon the Old Testament sacrifices. Our Author gives them no choice. He did not give them
the option to draw straws. He gave them no right to vote on it. He did not assign it to a
committee. He commanded them to get completely away from the Old Testament ABC sacrifices
and move on to completion.
Other New Testament examples of imperative participles are: Eph.4: 2; 5: 2; Rom. 12: 9; 2 Cor.
9: 11; Col. 3: 16; Heb. 13: 5; 1 Pet. 2: 12, 18; 3: 1, 7, 9 and 16.
Are you, Dear Reader, beginning to get the picture? Our Author is telling them to overthrow, to
discard, to reject and repudiate the entire Old Testament, Mosaic system. This is radical! It is
revolutionary. Yet, anything less wont get it. They must leave off, separate from, abandon and
forsake the Old Testament sacrifices forever. They are history. God no longer accepts them.
Marvin Vincent said concerning this thought, The more difficult point, which it will require
matured perception to grasp, is that Christs priesthood involves the entire abolition of the old
covenant. By old covenant, he means the Mosaic system.
Why viewing these people as Baby Christians is absurd
Many commentators and teachers want us to believe that these people in 5:12-14 are baby
Christians--Jew or Gentile. They tell us that they are just immature Christians. As such, they
must leave off those elementary, early Christian teachings they received in the Toddler, Primary
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and Junior departments. They are stuck (they say) in the baby talk section of the Christian
church. They just need to move on to the strong meat of the word. In other words, the people in
this context (according to these teachers and commentators) are immature Christians who must
leave and abandon the ABCs of the Christian religion that they received in the Toddler
Department. According to these teachers, they just need to grow up!
This is nonsense! This is absolutely false! Heres why! If these teachers are right and the group
in this context is just a bunch of immature, baby Christians, they (these teachers) have an
insurmountable problem! Heres why!
If the people in this context are Christians already, why did our Author command them to leave
these first, ABC teachings of Christ that they received in the Toddler Department? Why must
any Christian (Jew or Gentile) leave these basics of Christian teaching that he received in the
Toddler section? Why must any Christian (Jew or Gentile) leave the basics of Christian doctrine
that he received in the Toddler group? Why must any Christian (Jew or Gentile) leave the basics
of the Christian church that he received while a Toddler? Why must any Christian (Jew or
Gentile) leave the basics of the Christian faith that he received while a Toddler? They must never
leave them at all! Never! Never! Never! Had these people, here, just been immature Christians,
our Author would never, never, never have commanded them to leave the ABCs of Christ that
he received in the Toddlers!
Can you imagine a pastor teaching his flock to leave off, to forsake, to separate themselves from,
to sever himself from the early ABCs about Christ that he received in the Toddler Department?
He would have the teachers in the Toddler section come down on his head. Rightfully so! They
should come down on his head. Can you imagine a Sunday School teacher telling his/her class to
leave, to forsake, to abandon, to put away from themselves those early ABCs that they were
taught in the Toddlers? No, you cant! This, however, is what those who believe that these
people are just baby Christians would have us do. How can these teachers and commentators
unravel this knot?
How can they unravel this knot? Every Christian knows that we must never leave the basic
principles (ABCs) of the Christian faith. If these Hebrews had accepted Jesus as Gods final
sacrifice for sin under Moses law, then they maintained the salvation that they were born with.
If they maintained it then they were still saved. But herein lies their problem. If they were saved,
why would the Author command them to leave, to forsake, to abandon, to sever, to separate from
and to put away the first teachings or principles (ABCs) of the doctrine of Christ? He would
not. Had these Hebrews accepted Gods final sacrifice for sin under Moses law, the Author
would never have commanded them to leave, either the Old Testament or the New Testament
ABCs of Christ.
Since they (Group 3B above) were indeed commanded to leave the Old Testament ABCs about
Jesus, we must logically conclude that these Hebrews (Group 3B) had never accepted Jesus as
their final sacrifice for sin under Moses law. Therefore, they were not saved Hebrews at all!
They were not Christians at all! Otherwise, they would have never been commanded to leave the
Old Testament teachings (ABCs) about Christ.
To put it differently, the Group 3B Hebrews in this passage were still dependent upon the
Levitical sacrifices of bulls, goats, cows, and sheep. They were still depending upon the Mosaic
system. Consequently, they had lost the salvation they were born with since God no longer
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accepted the blood of bulls and goats and cows and sheep. He only accepts, now, the blood of
His Son.
These Hebrews were commanded to leave their dependence upon these Levitical sacrifices and
see them only as pointing to Christ. As such, Jesus Christ, His sacrifice, His blood and His
priesthood were perfect and complete. They were perfection and completion. Perfection
translates teleios that means completion, fulfillment, end of a process or the accomplishment of
an end.
Put differently, they were commanded to completely abandon their dependence on those things
that only pointed to Jesus. Instead, they were commanded to allow themselves to be borne
along to that which is complete, finished and perfect. In other words, they were to be borne
along to the perfection and completion, which includes not only Jesus himself, but also his
sacrifice, his blood, and his priesthood.
Clarke said that he is inclined to view all the terms in Heb. 6:1 and 2 as belonging to the
Levitical law and are to be explained on that ground. (AC3, Romans to Revelation, P723)
Kenneth Wuest also referred Heb. 6:1-2 to the teaching of the First Testament. By First
Testament, he means, of course, Moses law and the Levitical System. (KW2, Hebrews, P111112)
Finally, there is one more devastating blow to the view that these were just baby, immature
Christians. To support this view, those who hold to it are forced to say that leaving simply
means to leave the ABCs as a builder leaves the foundation he has built when he is ready to
build the rest of the house. They say that the foundation is still there. The builder just leaves off
building on the foundation; he just builds the rest of the house on top of the foundation he has
already laid or built.
This is a terrible mistake. There is no power on earth that can stretch the borders of aphiemi wide
enough or broad enough to cover such a thought. This word can never mean to build upon. It
means to sever. It means to get away from. It means to separate. It means to abandon. It means
to forsake. To apply this word to the building of a house, the builder must completely sever the
house he builds from the foundation. In other words, he must build the house in mid-air. He must
suspend it in space. This is ridiculous.
Aphiemi does not mean, to build upon. It means to put away from. It means to sever. It
means to separate. It means to forsake. It means to abandon. Can you imagine a house
put away from its foundation? No! Can you imagine a house severed from its foundation?
No! Can you imagine a house separated from its foundation? No! Can you imagine a house
that forsakes its foundation? No! Can you imagine a house that abandoned its foundation?
No! Can you imagine a house build in mid air? No! Can you imagine a house suspended in
space? No! A thousand times no! Aphiemi absolutely does not mean, to build upon!
To sum up, the Hebrews in this group were not saved at all. They were Group 3B. They were
still undecided.
A deeper look at the meaning of let us go on in 6:1
Let us go on translates phero. This word means to carry or to bear. Furthermore, in this
passage, phero is in the passive voice. The passive translation, therefore, is let us be carried or
borne.
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In the Greek active voice, as well as in the English, the subject does the acting. The way phero is
translated in the KJV appears to be an active voice verb. Let us go seems to be something the
subject is doing. But this is not the case here. Phero is not in the active voice. Phero is in the
passive voice.
Compare let us go on with let us be carried and borne. Let us go is active. Let us be
carried or borne is passive. Does this make a difference? Absolutely! It makes a gigantic
difference.
When these Hebrews (Group 3B) accept Jesus as Gods final sacrifice for their sins,
immediately, they become Gods responsibility to a greater degree than ever before.
Consequently, they do not have to work at sacrificing anymore. Remember their work versus
Gods rest? Jesus sacrifice finished the work of God to maintain their salvation. Once they
accept Jesus, Gods final sacrifice for their sins, they never need to sacrifice again. God now
takes over and bears and carries them on to perfection.
Let us be carried and borne, effortlessly, is radically different from going on by their own
efforts. Again, Gods rest versus their works. It is Gods rest or their work. It can never be both
ways. Jesus did it for them or He did not. Gods rest versus their works. Let us be carried and
borne was Gods rest. Let us go on was their work.
Let Us Exhortation #3
In 6: 1 above, we have the third Let Us Exhortation. Here, the Author exhorts them to join him in
an action in which he is already engaged. (In the first two Let Us Exhortations, the Author
exhorted them to join him in starting an action. Beginning here and continuing throughout the
rest of these Let Us Exhortations in Hebrews, our Author exhorts them to join with him in an
action already in progress and in which he is already engaged.)
In Heb. 6:1 above, he commanded these Group 3B Hebrews to leave the Old Testament ABCs
and join him in letting God carry and bear them (along with the Author) right on to maturity and
completion.
Watch the pronouns! Here, the pronouns are vitally important. Notice in 5:12-13, he addresses
Group 3B with the pronouns ye and you. Note well, however, that in addressing them by
ye and you, he excluded himself from their group. Do you get this? Our Author did not
include himself in Group 3B! Had he included himself, he would have used the pronoun we
and/or us. But our Author was part of another Group, an entirely differently Group. We shall
see the group in which he included himself next.
When our Author changed pronouns from ye and you to us in Heb. 5:14 and 6:1a above,
he changed groups completely. He was exhorting Group 3B to join in with him in his group. He
is in Group Two. He has already accepted Jesus as Gods final sacrifice for his sins. Now, he
encourages, challenges and exhorts those in Group 3B to change groups. He wants them to join
in with him in his Group 2. Study the Scriptures below. We identify the Groups for you by our
bold words and parentheses.
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Heb 5:12-6:1
12
For when for the time ye (Group 3B) ought to be teachers, ye (Group 3B) have need that
one teach you (Group 3B) again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are
become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13
For every one (of you in Group 3B) that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he (Group 3B) is a babe.
14
But strong meat belongeth to them (in Group Two) that are of full age, even those who
(Group Two) by reason of use have their (Group Two) senses exercised to discern both good
and evil.
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Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us (Group Two) go on unto
perfection; (Group 3B starting here to end of verse 2,) not laying again the foundation of
repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, (KJV) (Parentheses and bold words and
letters mine)
Dear Reader, you must watch the pronouns or you will include yourself in a group where you do
not belong. Consequently, you will apply Scriptures to yourself from the wrong group and have
nothing but a foolish mess. You will try to use the Scriptures from this context to view yourself,
as a Gentile Christian, falling from grace and losing your salvation. This would be absurd for
you to do.
Furthermore, you should note, in Heb. 6:4, that our Author changed pronouns again, signifying
that he had another, Third Group in mind. We shall say much more about this other, Third Group
later that will blow your socks off and build your faith to the shouting point!
Since the principles in Heb. 5:12 and Heb. 6:1 are one and the same,
of what do they consist?
They consist of the following Six Things. Our Author calls these Six Things The Foundation.
Our Author commanded these Group 3B Hebrews not to lay this foundation again. Instead,
they must allow themselves to be born along to perfection or completion (passive voice).
Here, in list form, are the Six Principles that make up The Foundation.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Repentance from dead works


Faith towards God
Doctrine of baptisms
Laying on of hands
The resurrection of the dead
Eternal judgment

Now, we can now answer the following questions about The Foundation. Remember, these
Hebrews were not to lay this Six Fold Foundation again.
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What do these Six Principles or Foundation mean to these Hebrews?
To answer the question, What do these six principles mean to these Hebrews, we phrase each
of the Six Principles into a series of questions below. Then, we answer each question for you in
the balance of this chapter.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

What does repentance from dead works mean to these Hebrews?


What does faith towards God mean to these Hebrews?
What does the doctrine of baptisms mean to these Hebrews?
What does the doctrine of the laying on of hands mean to these Hebrews?
What does the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead mean to these Hebrews?
What does the doctrine of the eternal judgment mean to these Hebrews?
1. What does repentance from dead works mean to these Hebrews?

These dead works were as Jewish as you can get. Remember what we said in the introduction.
God gave the Law of Moses to maintain the blessings the Hebrew nation possessed by birth,
because of their place in the Abrahamic covenant. As the centuries rolled by, however, they
forgot Gods original purpose for the Law. Instead, they viewed the Law as a means of working
to obtain what they already had, namely, healing, prosperity and family well being in addition to
salvation. They forgot that they already possessed these blessings. Consequently, they tried to
work for them. These works had neither power nor life to produce the Abrahamic blessings.
Since they lacked both life and power, they were dead.
The problem for them is the same as flying to the moon in our Volkswagen. As cute as a
Volkswagen is, it will not get you to the moon. It was not designed for such a task. And neither
was Moses law designed to earn these Hebrews anything from God, especially a ticket to
heaven.
It was given solely to maintain the Abrahamic blessings. Remember that when they sinned, they
must make the proper sacrifice in the right spirit. Then, the Abrahamic blessings continued for
them without interruption.
Now, we can understand why our Author referred to their religious works as dead. They lack the
life and ability to earn any of Gods blessings. They are just dead. They cant get them to the
moon, as it were. They cant get one thing from God. They are just dead works.
No wonder our Author wanted them to repent concerning these dead works. They would never
accomplish what they are trying to make them accomplish. They would never earn one thing
from God. Never!
Repentance is the noun form of metanoeo. This word combines two Greek words, meta (to
change) and noeo (to perceive.) The resulting word means to change ones mind. In other words,
repentance means to perceive something to such a point that it not only changes ones mind, but
also changes his direction. Consequently, it means do a 180-degree turnabout. It means go the
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The Author is screaming to these people that their works are just dead religion. Go the other
way! Now! Before its too late! They were to leave off these Old Testament ABCs and be
carried and borne on to the perfection and completion in Jesus.
2. What does faith towards God mean to these Hebrews?
Adam Clarke said this faith towards God stems from the Levitical Law. (AC3, Romans to
Revelation, P723) Wuest said it is First Testament teaching and is contrasted to the New
Testament teaching of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21.) (KW2, Hebrews, P12) By
First Testament teaching, he means, of course, Moses and the Levitical system of sacrifice.
In other words, the New Testament emphasizes faith in Christ, not faith towards God. Faith
in Christ is New Testament teaching. Faith towards God is Old Testament Judaism. They
were to leave these Old Testament ABCs and be carried and borne on to the completion.
For those who want to view these people as Gentile Christians who are just babes in Christ,
you put yourself in the untenable position of telling baby Christians to leave off and abandon the
faith he was taught in the Toddlers. Can you imagine anyone encouraging, even a baby Christian,
to leave off faith? God forbid.
3. What does the doctrine of baptisms mean to these Hebrews?
Baptisms were also Old Testament Judaism to the core. Baptisms were the ceremonial
ablutions, washings and purifications of the priests, persons, clothes, utensils and furniture.
Merrill F. Unger lists the following Scriptures to demonstrate this truth. (MFU P 122)
Exod 19:10
10
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day
and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, (KJV) (Italics mine)
Exod 19:14
14

And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people;
and they washed their clothes. (KJV) Italics mine)

In both verses above, wash and washed are ceremonial baptisms according to Unger and many
other commentators. The doctrine of baptisms was absolutely Old Testament Judaism. Unger
also list Leviticus 8:6; Mark 7:3,4 and Heb. 9:10 to demonstrate Old Testament baptisms.
The following Scriptures in The Septuagint (LXX) also demonstrate that baptism is Old
Testament Judaism: 2 Kings 5:14; Judg. 2:14; Josh. 3:15; Lev. 4:6 and 11:32.
The doctrine of baptisms in Heb. 6:1 is Old Testament Judaism and this is how Group 3B
understood this remark. Group 3B were commanded to leave the Old Testament ABCs and be
carried and borne on to maturity.
For those who want to view these people here as Gentile Christians who are just babes in
Christ, you are telling baby Christians to leave off baptism. Can you imagine anyone
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encouraging even a baby Christian to leave off baptism? How could that ever be possible? The
very first thing we are told to do upon accepting Christ is be baptized. Can you imagine someone
telling any Christian to leave this off? God forbid. Yet, this is exactly what those people do who
believe that this context pertains to baby Christians.
4. What does the doctrine of the laying on of hands mean to these Hebrews?
The doctrine of the laying on of hands is also Old Testament Judaism. First, we look at the
scapegoat. Aaron laid his hands upon him and confessed the sins of all the people over him.
Then, they led the scapegoat away to die in the wilderness for the sins of the people.
Lev 16:21-22
21
And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess
over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their
sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit
man into the wilderness:
22
And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and
he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. (KJV)
This Scapegoat scenario is not all in Old Testament Judaism concerning the laying on of hands.
Look up the following Scriptures we list for you below.
In Leviticus 1:4, the priest laid the hand upon the bull and goat sacrifices to transfer the sins of
the people to it.
In Gen. 48:14, Israel laid both his hands upon the heads of both his sons to transfer their
inherited blessings.
In Num. 27:18-23, Moses laid hands upon Joshua to sanction his new appointment.
In 2 Kings 4:34, Elisha performed a miracle when he laid his hand upon the dead child and
restored him.
The doctrine of the laying on of hands was Old Testament Judaism. These Hebrews, here,
understood it this way. Consequently, the Author commanded them to leave the Old Testament
ABCs and be carried and borne on to maturity.
For those who wish to view these people here as baby Christians, can you imagine counseling
any Christian, especially a baby Christian, to leave off laying on of hands? You do just that if
you really believe that the people here are baby Christians. Through laying on of hands, the sick
are healed. Through it, we pass on the mantle in ordinations. Can you imagine telling any
Christian to leave it off?
5. What does the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead
mean to these Hebrews?
The resurrection of the dead is very definitely Old Testament Judaism. Both Isaiah and Daniel
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12th Day of the Lord-Daniels 70th Week. Daniel, however, trumpeted forth that the resurrection
of the Tribulation saints will occur after the Tribulation-12th Day of the Lord-Daniels 70th Week.
He also thundered out that the resurrection of the unsaved dead will occur after the millennium.
See the Scriptures printed out for you below.
Pre-tribulation resurrection for the dead in Christ and living Saints
Isa 26:19-21
19
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and
sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast
out the dead.
20
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide
thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
21
For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth
for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her
slain. (KJV)
Post-tribulation Rapture for the Tribulation Saints
Dan 12:1-2
1
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the
children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there
was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every
one that shall be found written in the book.
2
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to
everlasting life,
Post Millennial Resurrection of the Unsaved Dead Only
Verse 2b.

and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (KJV)

For a complete explanation of the Scriptures shown above, see Chapters 1 and 2 of our book, No
Thief Gives Warning Signs. This is the only book on the Resurrections that is based entirely upon
the Abrahamic covenant. Go to www.jaysnell.org.
Although carried over into the New Testament, the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead is
absolutely Old Testament Judaism. These Hebrews understood that the resurrection of the dead
was, in fact, Old Testament. Again, they must be borne on.
For those who wish to view these people as baby Gentile Christians, you teach Christians to
leave off the resurrection. Can you imagine teaching any Christian to leave off the resurrection?
How silly.
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6. What does the doctrine of the eternal judgment mean to these Hebrews?
The Hebrews understood full well the doctrine of the judgments of God upon their Nation. They
also knew that when God passed judgment, it was a forever judgment. See Ezekiel 20: 33-45; Ez.
37:1-14 and Joel 3:11-15 for demonstrations of this.
Compare these Old Testament concepts of eternal judgment upon the Hebrews with the no
judgment now doctrine for Christians in Rom. 8:1.
Rom 8:1
1

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who
walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (KJV)

The doctrine of Gods eternal judgment was Old Testament Judaism. These Hebrews, still
attempting to live under Moses law, understood this completely. Again, the Author commanded
them to be carried and borne on to maturity.
Again, how foolish to view these people as baby Gentile Christians. Can you imagine in your
wildest dreams, teaching any Christian to leave off the Bible truth concerning the eternal
judgment of God? Of course, you cant!
In the next chapter, we show you amazing things: (1) The expression, If they shall fall away, is
not in the Bible at all. (2) We demonstrate that the people in Heb. 6: 4-6 were Hebrews who had
already fallen away in the past. (3) We show you how they fell away in the past. (4) We show
you why there is no power in heaven or on earth to renew them to repentance. This chapter clears
up one of the greatest misunderstandings in all Scripture. You will agree that this chapter, indeed
this book, should have been written hundreds of years ago.

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Major Warning #4: the most misunderstood warning in the all


the Bible
In the last chapter, we saw a group of Hebrews (Group 3B) characterized by the Seven
Characteristics found in Heb. 5:12-14:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

They should be teachers but they are not.


They still need someone to teach them.
They still need the Old Testament ABCs (the First Principles of the Oracles of God).
They still need milk.
They still cant yet handle the strong meat of the Word.
They are still unskillful in the Word.
They are still babes.

Then, in Heb. 6:1-3, the Author described the six, Old Testament ABCs they clung to:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Repentance from dead works


Faith towards God
Doctrine of baptisms
Laying on of hands
The resurrection of the dead
Eternal judgment

Additionally, we saw the Authors skillful use of pronouns. In 5:12-13, he used ye and you. All
these pronouns in this passage are second person plural. Then, in 6:1, the Author changes from
second person plural to first person plural. Obviously, when he spoke in the second person plural
in 5:12-13, he excluded himself from Group 3B. But when he changed to the first person plural
in 6:1a, he obviously included himself in Group Two. (If you need a refresher on the identity of
the Groups, see the Introduction again.)
Remember: when he changed to first person plural, he exhorted his readers to join in with both
him and those in Group Two in an action already in progress. Remember also, the following four
things:
1. Both the Author and those in Group Two had already abandoned and forsaken the Old
Testament ABCs.
2.

Both the Author and those in Group Two had already accepted Jesus as Gods final
sacrifice for their sins.

3. Then, he exhorted those in Group 3B to join in with him and those in Group Two in
accepting Jesus as Gods final sacrifice for their sins.
4. Finally, he exhorts them to stop working, join with him, and let God bear and carry
them on to maturity also.
Now, in this chapter, we look two bombshell things. Both of them are absolutely bolts from the
blue. You will be shocked but your faith will increase tremendously.
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First, we see our Author switch pronouns again. In so doing, he switches to another group
entirely. Second, we look at the most misunderstood warning in Hebrews. This warning has
caused as much confusion to the body of Christ as any other thing. We shall give you the proper
interpretation to it in this chapter. This will eliminate this traditional confusion.
Now we must look at his change of pronouns that introduces another group entirely. This new
group is Group 3A. This group is irrevocably lost forever. There is no more hope for them. In
your English Bible, notice closely the pronouns in the passage below. Our Author addresses
them by those, they, them and themselves. All these pronouns are in the third person plural.
Again, our Author excludes both himself and those in Group Two from those represented by
those, they, them and themselves. In the Scriptures printed below, watch closely the bold
pronouns and the parentheses. These will show you to whom these pronouns refer.
Heb 6:4-6
4
For it is impossible for those (Group 3A) who were once enlightened, and have
tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6
If they (Group 3A) shall fall away, to renew them (Group 3A) again unto
repentance; seeing they (Group 3A) crucify to themselves (Group 3A) the Son of God
afresh, and put him to an open shame. (KJV) (Bold words and parentheses mine)
Now, see the word for in verse 4 above. In Greek, this preposition for gives the reason for a
previous assertion or series of statements. Here, the previous series of statements are contained in
Heb. 5:12-6:3. These statements showed us that Group 3B were babes who still were dependant
upon the Old Testament ABC sacrifices. Then, the Author exhorted them to get out of that group
and join in with him because God was continuously carrying him and all the others in Group 2
on to maturity and completion. This series of previous statements form the reasons for what the
Author said next.
He said that within the Hebrew nation, there existed Group 3A, who had deliberately, finally and
irrevocably rejected Jesus as Gods final sacrifice for their sins. This group had no hope forever.
They had crossed a line beyond which they could never come back. Our Author exhorts his
readers to leave the undecided ones and get in his Group Two before it was eternally too late.
If they put off long enough accepting Jesus, they could end up in Group 3A. This was the last
place our Author wanted them to be.
Having made the remarks about the pronouns above, we can now deal with Major Warning #4 in
Heb. 4:4-6. There are three things we must do to this warning to make it understandable for you.
Without these three things, you will always have difficulty with it.
1) The first thing we must do to eliminate the confusion surrounding this passage is to rearrange
it for you. In other words, we must put it in the proper word order and paraphrase it for you.
In so doing, we show you the Five Characteristics of the group.
2) Next, we must demonstrate that these Five Characteristics all pertain to the same group of
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3) Finally, we must demonstrate that the Five Characteristics of the Hebrews in this group
(including the falling away) have already happened. They are all in the past tense. The Greek
Aorist Participle accomplishes this for us. (Hang on! This is very simple and will become
plain for you shortly.)
The First Thing We Must Do to Eliminate The Confusion
We must rearrange the order of the words in the sentence. Then, it will look like the following:
Heb 6:4-6
For those
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

having been once and for all enlightened,


and having tasted of the heavenly gift,
and having become partakers of the Holy Ghost,
and having tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
and having fallen away,

it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves
the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (KJV)
You can readily see that we moved it is impossible away from the front of the sentence. Why
is this rearrangement necessary? It is necessary for the English reader, because a Greek had a
strange way (to us) of emphasizing certain things in his sentence. For instance, in English, if we
wanted to emphasize certain words or concepts, we would underline it, place it in quotation
marks, put it in parentheses or brackets or we would put it in italics. (Remember, the New
Testament was written in Greek and translated into English for us.)
But not a Greek. Instead of the ways shown above to emphasize things in an English sentence, he
would simply move to the very front of his sentence that which he wished to emphasize.
In our rearrangement above, you can readily see that the Author changed the location of the
expression, it is impossible. Our Author, being an excellent Greek grammarian, did what all
excellent Greek grammarians would do for emphasis. He moved what he meant to emphasize to
the very front of his sentence.
In this case, he wanted to emphasize the bombshell truth that repentance is absolutely impossible
for these Hebrews who have done the one thing that can cause them to fall away. Therefore, he
moved it is impossible to the very front of his sentence. Keep in mind here that our Author is
not emphasizing the possibility of falling away but the impossibility of coming back when they
have done the one thing that could cause a Hebrew to fall away!
The Second Thing We Must Do to Eliminate The Confusion
We must prove that these Five Characteristics all pertain to the same group of people. In other
words, one characteristic does not pertain to one group while another characteristic pertains to a
different group while another characteristic pertains to yet another group. Only one group of
Hebrews (Group 3A) is in view here. To say it differently, all Five Characteristics pertain to this
entire, one group (Group 3A).
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In plain English that you can easily understand, we can prove this for you by the hard and fast
rules of Greek grammar. You see, the Greek language was the most precise language the world
has ever known. Very little was left to conjecture.
This is no exception. All these characteristics pertain to one group of Hebrews and one group of
Hebrews only--Group 3A! For a complete explanation that proves the above, see Sharps rule,
cited by Brooks and Winbery. (BW P70) Actually, you can consult any Greek grammar. In our
Scriptures here, all Five Characteristics apply to this one group of Hebrews, Group 3A.
The Third Thing We Must Do to Eliminate The Confusion
Finally, we must show you that all the Five Characteristics are not something that may happen to
Group 3A in the future. All Five Characteristics have already happened (in the past) to them. In
other words, all of these Five Characteristics, in the Greek text, are all aorist participles. This
makes each Characteristic a finished, completed thing. For these reasons, each of the Five
Characteristics should be translated with the prefix having, as you see them below. This is the
literal translation of each aorist participle for each of the Five Characteristics. Moreover, to make
this even plainer for you, we add in the past to each of the Five Characteristics below.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

having been enlightened--in the past


and having tasted--in the past
and having become partners with the Holy Ghost--in the past
and having tasted--in the past
and having fallen away--in the past

When we get to the section on having fallen away, we will go into much greater detail. We
will see that if they shall fall away does not exist in the Greek text. If leaves the impression
that they have not fallen away yet, but they might fall away sometime in the future. This,
however, is absolutely not what the Greek text says. It boldly declares that this group of Hebrews
(Group 3A) had already fallen away. They had already done that which damns them forever.
Another thing to note, in the Greek text, neither It nor is actually occurs in this sentence.
Both of them had to be supplied for a smooth, understandable translation. Nevertheless, is
functions as our main verb. Therefore, here is how the paraphrase of our passage actually looks.
For those individuals in Group 3A,
1.
2.
3.
4.

having been once for all enlightened in the past,


and having tasted of the heavenly gift in the past,
and having become partakers of the Holy Ghost in the past,
and having tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come in the
past,
5. and having fallen away in the past,
there is no power (it is impossible) to renew them (the above Group 3A) again unto repentance;
seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (KJV)
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We shall now look at Three Things in the above Scriptures.
1. We look very closely at the Five Characteristics of this group of people. These Five
Characteristics identify them for us as Group 3A.
2. Then, we identify the one thing this group did that resulted in their falling away.
3. Finally, we determine why it is not possible to ever renew them to repentance, since they
crossed the line from which they can never return.
Characteristic #1: Having been once and for all enlightened
First, consider the word once. This translates the Greek word hapax. This word means once as in
one time. But it also means once as in once for all time. W. E. Vine says that this word describes
that which is perpetually valid (never requires repetition). (UVW P445) Then, in addition to Heb.
6:4, Vine lists the following verses which prove the perpetual validity (once for all) aspect of this
word. In all these verses, the Italics are mine.
Heb 9:28
28

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for
him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (KJV)

Obviously, Christ was crucified only one time. His crucifixion was a once for all act that is
perpetually valid.
Heb 10:2
2
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers
once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
(KJV)
Because of the perpetual validity of Christs crucifixion, the purging or cleansing effect of it is of
perpetual validity. Therefore, the purging is once for all.
1 Pet 3:18
18
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might
bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (KJV)
Christs suffering was tied up with his crucifixion. Just as His crucifixion was once and for all
and perpetually valid, so was his suffering; they, too, are perpetually valid. Consequently, he will
never have to suffer again.
Jude 1:3
3
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it
was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for
the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (KJV)
The faith Jude spoke of here was perpetually valid. Therefore, it did not have to be delivered
again to the saints. The Revised Version translates once above as once for all.

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Jude 1:5
5

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the
Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them
that believed not. (KJV)

Again, the Revised Version translates once above with the expression, once for all. They knew,
once for all, that God had saved his people out of Egypt. In other words, their knowledge of this
great event was perpetually valid.
As you can plainly see from the Scriptures above, hapax describes those situations that are
perpetually valid. In each instance like this (including Heb. 6:4), once for all time is the only way
to describe it. These Hebrews had been enlightened to such an extent and in such ways that it
was perpetually valid for them. Therefore, to repeat the things that enlightened them was
unnecessary.
Next, we need to look at the word translated by our English word enlightened, which translates
the Greek word photos (light). The verb form, enlightened, is used in this verse. In other words,
these Hebrews had the lights turned on for them in such a way that it was perpetually valid. This
light was the knowledge of who they were: it was the knowledge of what belonged to them; and
it was the knowledge of the rights God granted them in the covenant with Abraham.
Beginning way back in Gen. 12:3, they knew that through their father Abraham, they would be
blessed (Promise #8 in the Abrahamic covenant). They knew that blessed included healing,
prosperity, family well being and salvation for their souls. They knew these things in depth.
Therefore, to repeat these things was unnecessary for them. For them, this enlightenment--this
knowledge--was perpetually valid.
They knew they were Gods special people. They knew that no one else on this planet had a
similar relationship with God. In the heart of God, there was no one like them on the face of this
earth and they knew it. This knowledge was perpetually valid.
Deut 14:2
2
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen
thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
(KJV)
Deut 26:18-19
18
And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath
promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;
19
And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in
name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy
God, as he hath spoken. (KJV)
Now they had another, even deeper level of light. The Seed to whom the Abrahamic promises
were made had appeared. The mighty Son of God had dotted the human landscape. He had made
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They knew who he claimed to be. They knew what he claimed to do. They knew he was
presented as their Messiah. They knew he was presented as the Supreme Seed of Abraham. They
knew he was presented as the final sacrifice for sin under Moses law. They knew miracles, signs
and wonders attested the claims about him. They knew trustworthy eyewitnesses testified to His
words and verified his works. They knew all about Him. They had this light. They had been
enlightened once and for all time. Their enlightment was perpetually valid.
Characteristic #2: Having tasted of the heavenly gift
Tasted translates the Greek word geuo. This word has basically three meanings in Scripture.
1. It means literally to taste without eating. This is the meaning in the Matt. 27: 34 below.
Matt 27:34
34

They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted
thereof, he would not drink. (KJV) (Italics Mine)

2. It means not only to taste but also to actually eat. As you can plainly see, this is the meaning
in Acts 20:11 below.
Acts 20:11
11

When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten,
and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. (KJV)
(Italics mine)

3. It means to personally experience something. This is its meaning in the two verses listed
below. In Heb. 2:9 Jesus tasted death for every man.
Heb 2:9
9

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of
death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste
death for every man. (KJV) (Italics mine)

In 1 Peter 2:3, those who lay aside evil dispositions and then, as newborn babes, desire the
sincere milk of Gods word, experience how gracious the Lord really is.
1 Pet 2:3
30
If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (KJV) (Italics mine)
In Heb. 6:4 above, have tasted emphatically means to have experienced. In other words, these
Hebrews have experienced some things our Author says came out of (originated in) the
heavenly gift. (The Author used a grammatical device here, the ablative case, that lets us know
that what the Hebrews experienced in this verse originated in something that our Author calls the
heavenly gift.)
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What is this heavenly gift? Marvin Vincent pointed out there are so many different views
concerning the identity of this heavenly gift that it is bewildering. He is absolutely right. (MV4
P445)
Nevertheless, there is one heavenly gift from which springs all the other blessings and gifts from
God, including the unspeakable gift of his Son. In other words, all the spiritual blessings Paul
mentioned in Eph. 1:3 have their source in this one gift from heaven. This gift is the Abrahamic
covenant.
In this amazing covenant, God included anything and everything that his new people, the
Hebrews, will ever need. (Remember: there were no Hebrews until God made this covenant with
Abraham; this covenant called the Hebrews into being.)
This covenant included the blessings of healing for their bodies, prosperity for their pocket
books, well being for their families and salvation for their souls. When God added Moses law to
it, he graciously provided a sacrificial system so that they could maintain their Abrahamic
blessings--even when they sinned.
They would never lose even a single one of their Abrahamic blessings! This is amazing. Every
thing that man will ever need is contained in the covenant God made with Abraham. Is there
anything that anyone could ever need that is not included in it?
Even the mercy of God is in it. Have you ever felt like you needed Gods mercy? Have you ever
asked God for mercy? The Abrahamic covenant is Gods mercy covenantized.
Even Mary, the mother of Jesus, equated the Abrahamic covenant with Gods mercy. She gave
this as the reason God helped Israel.
Luke 1:54-55
54
He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55
As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
(KJV)
In addition to Mary, Zecharias also related what God did--the birth of Jesus and the birth of his
own son, John the Baptist--to the promises and the oath God made to Abraham. Then he equated
the whole business with Gods mercy.
Luke 1:72-73
72
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy
covenant;
73
The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, (KJV)
Put another way, Mary and Zecharias viewed the Abrahamic covenant as Gods mercy. We must
agree with them. We must see it the way they saw it. God left a written covenant (backed by His
oath) that promised healing, prosperity, family well being and salvation for their souls. If this
isnt Gods mercy, then what would qualify as Gods mercy? Can you possibly think of one
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thing anyone would ever need in addition to the four astonishing provisions above? They had
these four blessings given to them: healing, prosperity, family well being in this life and a saved
soul for the next. These Hebrews had experienced this heavenly gift. This was the mercy of God
covenantized. This was the mercy of God written out. This was the most fantastic document ever
produced anywhere. They had experienced these four blessings, beginning in Gen. 12:3.
Thank God, he also included us Gentile Christians (by grafting) in this very same Abrahamic
blessing system. When we Gentiles accept Jesus as our personal Savior, God grafts us into the
four mind-blowing provisions above on an absolute equal footing with the Hebrews themselves.
We must conclude that the heavenly gift out of which they had these many centuries of
marvelous experiences was the blessing covenant that God made with Father Abraham.
In the next chapter, we look at the characteristic of partaking of the Holy Ghost. The popular
interpretation of partaking is as wrong as anything this author has seen in theological
interpretations. The popular view is that these people in Hebrews are Gentile and Jewish
Christians who are indwelt by the Holy Ghost. This seems, to those who hold this erroneous
view, to be the only way everyone can partake of the Holy Ghost at the same time. In this
chapter, however, we shall see three things: these people arent Christians at all; they were not
indwelt by the Holy Ghost as Christians are indwelt today; and they did not partake of the
Holy Ghost. You will grow here. You will build yourselves up on your most holy faith here. You
are in for the time of your life in the next chapter.

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What does partakers of the Holy Ghost mean?


Characteristic #3: Having become partakers of the Holy Ghost
The translation, partakers, has caused great misunderstanding in rightly dividing this verse of
Scripture. This translation makes it appear that those who partake actually divide up the person
they partake of so that all partakers get a little piece of him. For each partaker to get a little
piece of him reduces the whole thing to cannibalism. This is absolutely not what this word
means, as we shall shortly see.
Partakers translates the Greek word metochos, an adjective used as a noun. The verb form of
this word (meteko) is composed of two Greek words. First, it combines the preposition meta
(with) to the Greek verb eko (to have.) The combination, then, means to have with.
This adjective-noun form of the word used here, means to partner with, co-operate with,
participate with, be an accomplice with, be a fellow with, join with, compact with, covenant
with, share with or be a companion with. This is what the word means. Yet, to translate it by
partaker smacks of cannibalism.
The choice of partaker is extremely unfortunate. Here are the guidelines concerning how this
word should be translated.
1. This word should be translated partner with when the emphasis is upon co-operation with
one or more persons.
2. It should be translated participant when the emphasis is upon sharing in an activity.
3. It should be translated partake when the emphasis is upon sharing a thing. Let us
illustrate with the following Scriptures.
This word primarily means to partner with or cooperate with one or more person(s). In other
words, when the emphasis is upon the cooperation between one or more people, a more
understandable translation of metochoi is partner with. See Luke 5:7 below.
Luke 5:7
7
And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should
come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to
sink. (KJV) (Italics mine)
Notice, they did not beckon to their partakers. They beckoned to those they were partnering
with. Nevertheless, when the emphasis is upon the thing shared, the most understandable
translation is partaker. See below.
Heb 3:1
1

Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and
High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; (KJV) (Italics mine)
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Of course, the heavenly calling is a thing. They do not partner with a thing. They partake of
a thing. On the other hand, when the emphasis is upon the activity shared between one or more
people, a more understandable translation is participant in. See below.
Heb 12:8
8
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers,
(PARTICIPANTS) then are ye bastards, and not sons. (KJV) (Parenthesis,
capitals, and italics mine)
Obviously, chastisement in the preceding verse is an activity. And yes, they are all participants
in it. Otherwise, they are bastards. They are not saved. To be sure that you, Dear Reader, fully
understand this misunderstood word, we enclose one more example and explanation of it below.
Go over it carefully.
2 Cor 6:14
14
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath
righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
(KJV) (Italics mine)
In the verse above, fellowship is just another way to say co-operation. In other words, how
can there be cooperation between righteousness unrighteousness? It cannot.
Next, we show the remaining verses in Hebrews that uses this word. These verses clear it up:
partner with expresses co-operation with people, participate in expresses the sharing of an
activity, and partake describes the sharing of a thing.
Heb 1:9
9

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God,
hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (KJV) (Italics mine)

In the above verse, fellows placed the emphasis upon the co-operation between one or more
people. Of course, in this context, the angels are the ones who are partnering with and cooperating with the Lord to carry out Gods scheme of things for His Holy People.
Heb 3:14
14
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence
stedfast unto the end; (KJV) (Italics mine)
This is clearly misleading. We partner with a person. We partake of a thing. Christ is not a
thing. He is the blessed Son of God. A. T. Robertson said that partners with Christ should have
been the translation here. (ATR5 P358)
Heb 6:4
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For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the
heavenly gift, and were made partakers of (PARTNERS WITH) the Holy Ghost,
(KJV) (Italics, capitals and parenthesis mine)
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Again, partners with should have been the translation here. Actually, associate, colleague or
companion (among many other word choices) would be accurate here. Nevertheless, the
cannibalistic partaker is not only inaccurate, but also misleading. Remember: we partner
with a person, we participate in an activity, and we partake of a thing. But The Holy Ghost is
not a thing. He is the blessed Third Person of the Godhead.
You must understand this: we partake of a thing; we co-operate with our partners who are
persons, and we participate in an activity. Until you fully understand this, you will make two
serious mistakes that render Heb. 6:4 meaningless!
1. You will turn into cannibals those who are partakers of the Holy Ghost.
2. You will attempt to force Group 3A above into a Christian mold. You will try to view them as
Christians. Why? Because you will interpret partakers of the Holy Ghost to mean that these
people were Christians who were indwelt by Him. You will view them as Christians who were
indwelt by the Holy Ghost because this is the only way you can understand how they could all
possibly partake of Him at the same time. You will be totally mistaken and absolutely wrong
on both counts. These Hebrews belong to Group 3A. The Holy Ghost did not indwell them as we
Christians are indwelt.
Without printing out any more verses for you, let us just list the way this word, metochoi is
translated in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament). Note that the
KJV translates metochoi the same way in some of these same Old Testament verses.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

1 Kings 20:30 translates metochoi by accomplice with.


Ps. 44:7 translates it fellows. This is quoted in Heb. 1:9.
Ps. 118:63 translates it companion.
Ps. 121:3 translates it compact.
Hos. 4:7 translates it joined with.
Eccles. 4:10 translates it fellows.

Finally, we cite Moulton and Milligans Lexicon. They show how secular Greek writers translate
metochoi. They use "associate, colleagues, joint-owner, take part and partakers to translate it.
(MM P406)
From the above discussion, we can see that the Hebrews as a nation did not partake of the
Holy Ghost. They co-operated with the Holy Ghost. He led and they followed. As long as they
co-operated with Him, they always succeeded.
Nothing in this passage even hints that Group 3A possessed the Holy Ghost, either as a Christian
indwelling, or as a Christian baptism of the Holy Ghost, or as any other Christian thing. To view
any of this as Christian adds things into this Scripture that it does not contain. Group 3A had
previously come up to the trough, but did not drink. They had previously, deliberately, finally
and irrevocably refused to accept Jesus as Gods final sacrifice for their sins under Moses law.
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Had they accepted Him, they would have maintained their Abrahamic blessings of healing,
prosperity, family well being and salvation without interruption. Simultaneously with their
acceptance of Jesus, they would have instantly been indwelt with the Holy Ghost. They could
also have been baptized in the Holy Ghost. These people, however, did not accept Jesus. They
were enlightened Hebrews who had come to the trough but did not drink from it. They had
stepped up to it, but they had irrevocably refused it.
How, then, can we understand this partnering with the Holy Ghost? We can understand it by
seeing how and where it began. This partnership, this co-operation began with Abraham himself
in Genesis 12. When God made the covenant with him, He told him to get out of his homeland
and go to a land that He would show him (Gen.12:3). Notice the co-operating partnership here.
Abraham co-operated with the Holy Ghost by leaving home. The Holy Ghost partnered with
Abraham by showing him, a step at a time, the way to that Promised Land. Abraham did not
cannibalize the Holy Ghost. He followed the Holy Ghost as the Holy Ghost guided him. This is
partnering with the Holy Ghost, who is a person.
This partnering with the Holy Ghost continued under Moses. When the time came to conquer
the land God promised them in his covenant with Abraham, God told the people three things: (1)
they must take the present occupants of the land, (2) they must smite them, (3) and they must
destroy them. In a word, they were to take, smite and destroy the present occupants of the land.
They were to contend with these usurpers in battle. Nevertheless, the Lord would do the
delivering. They must enter the battle before God can give victory. Read the following Scriptures
very, very carefully.
Deut 2:24
24

Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given
into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to
possess it, and contend with him in battle. (KJV) (Italics mine)

The people had to start (begin) the fight. God did nothing until the people began to possess it.
They had to start the fight. Then they had to continue the fight. They had to contend. Now see
our comments below. Note it well: they had to begin and they had to contend.
Deut 2:31-34
31
And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land
before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land.
32

Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.

33

And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons,
and all his people.

34

And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the
women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain: (KJV)

In verse 31 above, when the people started the fight, God also started giving the disputed land to
them. They began to possess it. God began to give it to them. (This is the exact order God
followed with Abraham). He had to start the process. He had to leave home. Then God guided
him a step at a time toward the land.
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Then, in verses 32-34 above, as they carried the battle into the front lines of those heathen
trespassers, God delivered them completely into the hands of his people. They smote the heathen,
they took their cities and they utterly destroyed them, of all ages and both sexes, leaving none to
remain.
They co-operated or partnered with the Holy Ghost. He also partnered with them. He
delivered the enemy into their hands as they engaged them in a fight to the death. They were
partners with the Holy Ghost. They never possessed him as we do in the New Birth. He never
indwelt them as he does us Christians. Nevertheless, they partnered with Him, but they did not
cannibalize him.
From the above, we plainly see that we partner with someone, we participate in an activity,
and we partake of a thing. We partner with Jesus in that he died for our sins and we accept
what he did. We participate in the activity of healing since we lay hands on the sick and God,
through the Holy Spirit, causes them to recover. We partake of a thing, as in the Lords
Supper.
Understand this! Partake of the Holy Ghost does not mean that He indwelt them as He does us
Christians in the Christian era. But although He indwells us, we do not cannibalize the Holy
Ghost.
Characteristic #4: Having tasted the good word of God,
and the powers of the world to come
The word for tasted here is geuo, the same word used, above, to describe their experience of
the heavenly gift. It means to experience here also. Now, we learn that these Hebrews
experienced the good word of God and the powers of the world to come.
Rehma translates word here. Rehma is in contrast to logos that also translates word. Logos
means the word of God in its entirety, whereas rehma usually means Gods specific word
concerning a specific thing.
What, then, are the specific rehma words these Hebrews had experienced. Both the Old and New
Testaments tell us what they were. We shall cite only Four Examples to demonstrate this for you.
(1) Consider their deliverance from Egyptian bondage through the power of the Holy Ghost. In
the Abrahamic covenant, God told Abraham that his people would go into slavery in Egypt.
He also promised him (Promise #21 in that same covenant) that He would deliver them. He
did. This was good rehma.
Gen 15:13-14
13
And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a
land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred
years;
14
And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they
come out with great substance. (KJV)
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These Hebrews experienced this good rehma of God because He kept his word. He delivered
them from slavery in Egypt. Simultaneously with this tasting, they also experienced the powers
of the world to come. You see the power God exercised during their deliverance is the same
power He will exercise in the next world.
You remember that God sent Moses to deliver them from this awful bondage. Moses had to
partner with the Holy Ghost by following his lead. This meant he had to make Gods demands
thunder in the ears of Pharaoh. Then God partnered with Moses by having the Holy Ghost
bring the plagues down upon Pharaoh, forcing him to let his people go. (The power God
exercised in Egypt is the same power he will exercise in the coming age.)
In fact, every time they experienced Gods good rehma word, they partnered with the Holy
Ghost who made the rehma word come to pass. As the Holy Ghost made the rehma words come
to pass, they experienced Gods powers. What they experienced of Gods powers then--as God
made his word come to pass--are the same powers God will exercise in the coming world or age.
(2) Look at how the Hebrews of old passed through the Red Sea. God told Moses to hold up his
rod and he would open it up. Consequently, they could pass through it on dry land. This was also
good rehma.
Heb 11:29
28

By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians
assaying to do were drowned. (KJV)

They experienced Gods good rehma. Furthermore, this power that made the sea open and the
land to instantly dry is the same power God will exercise in the coming world or age.
Moses partnered with the Holy Ghost. He held his hands up at His command. The Holy Ghost
partnered with him by removing the water and drying up the seabed. The people partnered
with the Holy Ghost as they followed Moses. God told Moses and his people what to do to get
across this seabed on dry land. They did what he said. Then, He did what He said he would do
for them. They started the process. God made it all happen. This is partnering with the Holy
Ghost.
(3) Consider the saga of the fall of Jericho. God told them to march around the city and He
would make it fall flat for them. Then He gave it into their hands. This, too, was good rehma.

Heb 11:30
29

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven
days. (KJV)

Again, they experienced his good rehma, because God turned His rehma into reality for them.
They partnered with the Holy Ghost, because they marched. They followed--to the letter-Gods instructions for them. Then, and not before, did God flatten the city of Jericho. Only the
power of almighty God could make a city fall in this manner. He will exercise this same power
in the coming age.
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(4) Finally, consider the case of Jesus. He is the supreme Seed of Abraham to whom the
covenant promises were made. This was really good rehma.
Gen 22:18
18
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast
obeyed my voice. (KJV)
Remember, there are 60 Promises in the Abrahamic covenant. Gen. 22: 18 above is Promise #60.
This is the last promise God made to Abraham in His covenant with him. It is by far the most
important. This promise speaks of the coming Jesus.
Gal 3:16
16
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to
seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. (KJV) (Italics mine)
Gal 3:19
19

Wherefore then serveth the Law? It was added because of transgressions, till the
seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels
in the hand of a mediator. (KJV) (Italics mine)

These Group 3A Hebrews that were alive when our Author wrote had been face to face with the
greatest good rehma word of all time. Here, the good word was fulfilled right before their eyes.
Jesus, the seed of Promise #60, had been with them. God not only exercised his mighty power to
bring Jesus on the scene to fulfill his covenant, He also exercised his power in His virgin birth,
His life, His miracles, His death, His resurrection, and His ascension. To show the many ways
God manifested His power in the first advent of Jesus would require too much space here.
Nevertheless, we must make the point that the power God exercised in the Seed fulfillment is the
same identical power he will exercise in the coming age.
Nevertheless, Group 3A--after considering the evidence--made the fatal decision to esteem Him
as worthless. They still esteem Jesus, the Son of God, as worthless. They decided He was
nothing but a fraud. He was a usurper. To them, He was a common criminal, a liar, a cheat, and a
thief. Because of their low estimation of Him, they rejected Gods final sacrifice for their sins.
When they rejected this final sacrifice, God had no other way to bring them to repentance.
Remember, when a Hebrew sinned under Moses law, he must show his repentance by
sacrificing properly. These people in Group 3A rejected Gods final sacrifice for their sins. Now
they can never show their repentance because there is no sacrifice left for them that God will
accept. God have mercy on them. They lost their place in the covenant with Abraham. Group 3A
is irrevocably lost.
Characteristic #5: Having fallen away
Having fallen away translates the Greek word parapipto. This word combines the Greek
preposition para (parallel) with the verb pipto (to fall). The combination means to fall aside,
hence to fall away.
First, if they shall fall away seems to indicate that a future possibility exists for them to fall
away. Furthermore, if they shall fall away indicates that they have not fallen away yet, but
that they might fall away sometime in the future.
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But this is not the way the Greek text states it. Instead, the Greek text has having fallen away.
The word if is not in the Greek text at all. In other words, having fallen away is a past tense
statement that declares that these Group 3A Hebrews have already fallen away!!
They have already fallen away! The Greek text declares that the Group 3A Hebrews in verse 4
have already fallen away! The Greek text does not say, if they shall fall away. . . . The Greek
is emphatic! It says that they have already fallen away. Their fallen condition was an existing
fact then. No future possibility was in view in this verse. They have already fallen away. This
characteristic identified these people for us. Fallen away was not presented as a future
possibility. It was declared as an established fact; they have already fallen away!
Again, let us go over the only way these Hebrews could have already fallen away. Remember,
when a Hebrew sinned under Moses law, he must sacrifice properly. Then the Abrahamic
blessings continued for him with no interruption. If he did not sacrifice properly, he lost
everything he had by birth. The proper sacrifice was Jesus. His blood was the only blood God
accepted anymore. By refusing to accept Jesus as Gods final sacrifice for their sins, they fell
away. They lost it all. They lost their Abrahamic blessings of salvation, healing, prosperity and
family well being. This is Group 3A. Their rejection of Him seems to be irrevocable. There is no
turning back for them. They have already fallen away. God have mercy upon them.
It is impossible
Now we come to this phrase in the order in which it should have appeared in the translation.
Impossible translates the Greek adjective, adunaton, the combination of a plus dunaton. A is
the Greek negative, roughly equivalent to our English no. Dunaton is akin to dunamis, which
means power. (Our English word dynamite comes from dunamis.) The combination, then,
means impossible or just simply no power. By rejecting Jesus, Gods final sacrifice for their
sins, no power exists to enable them to keep their Abrahamic blessings--including salvation.
To renew them again unto repentance
In other words, when a Hebrew refuses to accept Jesus as Gods last sacrifice for sin under
Moses law, there was absolutely no power left on earth, under the earth or in heaven that could
bring that Christ rejecting Hebrew to a place of repentance. Having fallen away, having rejected
Jesus as the final sacrifice for their sin(s), placed them into an impossible position.
It was a position where no other sacrifice for their sins existed, because God no longer accepted
any other form of sacrifice. He would never again accept blood from bulls and goats. He would
only accept the blood of his son Jesus. This was the only blood that contained the power
necessary to maintain their birthright, the Abrahamic blessings of salvation, healing, prosperity
and family well being. Truly, there was and is power in the blood of Jesus.
All they had to do to maintain their Abrahamic blessings was accept Jesus blood as Gods last
sacrifice. This blood had the power necessary to maintain their birthright blessings. Apart from
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Jesus blood, there was no power to maintain them. It had become impossible for these Group
3A Hebrews to maintain them apart from the powerful blood of Jesus.
Impossible! No power! Compare their powerless impossibility to the powerful blood of the
mighty Son of God. There is power in the blood of Jesus. There is power in the blood of Jesus.
Hallelujah! There is power in the blood of Jesus!
Remember, they must show their repentance by sacrificing properly. Apart from Jesus blood,
though, there was no proper sacrifice. No proper sacrifice means no Abrahamic blessings. They
have fallen aside, they have fallen out of, and they have fallen away from all they had by birth.
Seeing they crucify afresh the Son of God
Crucify translates the Greek word anastauroo, a regular word for crucify. Another regular
word for crucify is just stauroo, without the ana prefix.
Is this significant? Perhaps. You see, ana has two primary meanings. It means up and it also
means again. Now this word, ana, is significant here because attached to stauroo it must be
viewed as meaning again. Hence, the translation they crucify afresh, means they crucify
Jesus over again.
Some commentators and teachers, however, maintain that in Classical Greek, there was no such
meaning of again or afresh associated with anastauroo. They maintain that anastauroo
simply meant, crucify, not crucify afresh or again. According to these commentators,
anastauroo did not mean that these Group 3A Hebrews crucified Jesus over again and again and
again.
I could not differ more completely with these commentators and teachers, since these Group 3A
people absolutely did crucify Jesus over and over, again and again.
Look closer at anastauroo, the word translated crucify. This word is a present participle in
the Greek text. In Greek grammar, the most common use of the present tense is to describe
continuous action occurring in present time. Therefore, in this context, anastauroo (crucify)
means that the Group 3A Hebrews who deliberately and finally rejected Gods final sacrifice,
crucify and keep on keeping on, keeping on, keeping on crucifying the Son of God. Now you can
see why the King James translators rightfully and accurately inserted afresh into their
translation.
W.E. Vine said the word here does, in fact, mean to crucify again. (UVW P138) Furthermore, J.
Schneider maintains that, by aligning themselves with the people who actually carried out Jesus
crucifixion, they crucified him afresh. (TDNT P1073)
To themselves
To themselves would be easier to understand had it been translated for themselves. In this
context, for themselves, is in the dative case. The dative case in Greek is the device used to
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describe personal interest. Hence, it declares to whom or for whom something is done. In
other words, Group 3A believed it was in their personal interest to continue crucifying Jesus
again and again. They felt that continuously crucifying Him over and over again and
continuously putting Him to an open shame personally benefited them.
Put him to an open shame
Put, here, is another present participle. Remember, the most common use of the Greek present
tense describes continuous action in present time. Our Author employs this common use here.
Therefore, the translation should read, continuously keeping on keeping on keeping on putting
him to an open shame.
Open shame here translates paradeigmatidzo, which combines two different Greek words. The
first word of the combination is the Greek preposition para (by the side of). The second word in
the combination is the Greek word deiknumi (to show). The combination means to show openly
or publicly.
Paradeigmatidzo, then, means they openly showed Jesus as a public example of contempt,
shame, infamy, and worthlessness. His person and his claims were worthless to them. To them,
there was no value to Jesus at all.
By continuously keeping on, keeping on, keeping on crucifying Jesus, these Christ rejecting
Hebrews kept on keeping on, keeping on, keeping on putting Him to an open shame. By
continuously keeping Him on the cross, they continuously exposed him to the shame of being a
liar, a fraud, a deceiver, a cheat and a thief. To them, He was worthless.
Here is the verse (below) paraphrased according to its exact meaning.
Heb 6:6
Having already fallen away in the past, there is no powerimpossible--on earth, under
the earth, or in heaven, to renew them (Group 3A) again unto repentance; seeing they
continuously keep on keeping on keeping on crucifying for themselves the Son of God
afresh (again and again and again,) and continuously keep on keeping on keeping on
keeping on putting him to an open, public shame. (KJV) Parentheses mine)
In the next chapter, we begin a series of chapters to straighten out another wild interpretation
concerning the willful sin that begins in Heb. 10: 26. You will see for yourself that this willful sin
is Old Testament Judaism to the very core. It has nothing to do with Gentile Christians. We are
not in this section at all. Again, you will reach the shouting point quickly. Your faith will soar
like an eagle. You will be in the upper realms, never to come down after reading this section.
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Major Warning #5: the second most misunderstood warning


in all the Bible
In this chapter, we look at another misunderstood warning that comes directly from Old
Testament Judaism. This is the warning of the Willful Sin. When an Old Testament Hebrew
committed a willful sin, no sacrifice could get him off the hook. This sin immediately drew the
death penalty.
Heb 10:26-31
26
For if we (any of us Hebrew people) sin wilfully after that we (any of us
Hebrew people) have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more
sacrifice for sins, (KJV) (Parentheses and bold words mine)
Because this warning is very misunderstood, as all the warnings in Hebrews are misunderstood,
Gentile Christians attempt to place themselves into these Scriptures. No Gentile Christian,
however, is in view in this warning. It is Old Testament Judaism to the very core. (Pay close
attention to the pronouns and our bold parentheses above to easily understand this Scripture.
In the Old Testament, willful meant presumptuous. It meant premeditated. It meant that one
knew precisely the Law of God concerning certain things and certain actions. Nevertheless, he
chose to go against Gods Law and violated it anyway. It was willful, presumptuous and
premeditated because he knew in advance that he would violate Gods Law. In spite of this
advance knowledge, he commited the violation (sin) anyway. These presumptuous, willful,
premeditated sins are called, in the Old Testament, sins of the high hand or highhanded sins.
Scriptures abound which show this warning to be Old Testament Judaism. We will give you
enough here to demonstrate beyond any doubt that this willful sin pertains only to the Hebrews
who are trying to remain under Old Testament Judaism.
Num 15:30-36
30
But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, (italics mine) whether he be born in
the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off
from among his people.
31
Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his
commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.
32
And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that
gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
33
And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and
unto all the congregation.
34
And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to
him.
35
And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the
congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
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36
And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with
stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses. (KJV)
In the Scriptures above, the presumptuous sin was willful and premeditated because one had to
know the commandments of the Lord before he could despise them and break them. Furthermore,
their despising and braking them was a reproach to the Lord.
The penalty for this sin (in verse 30 above) declared, . . . that soul shall be cut off from among
his people. Moses restated it even stronger in verse 31. He said, . . . that soul shall utterly be
cut off:
In the mind of God, his iniquity shall be upon him, that is, it could never be transferred to a
sacrifice. In other words, there would never be a sacrifice to cover this category of sin. This
included both natural born Hebrews and absolute strangers. There was no way out. Willful sins
carried the immediate death penalty.
In verses 32-36 above, a man knowingly violated the Law of the Sabbath; he gathered sticks on
that day. He performed work on the Sabbath, knowing full well that God prohibited it.
Make note of three things here: First, he was sentenced to death by stoning. Second, he was
immediately taken without the camp. Third, the people carried out the death sentence upon him.
They stoned him with stones until he was dead. There remained no more sacrifice for him.
Next, we see two reasons why the death penalty is always the remedy for this willful, deliberate,
premeditated, and presumptuous category of sins. The first reason is because it is Gods way of
getting evil away from his people.
Deut 17:12-13
12
And the man that will do presumptuously, (italics mine) and will not hearken unto
the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge,
even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel. Italics mine)
13
And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously (Italics
mine) (KJV)
The second reason is in verse 13 above. God used the severity of the death penalty to warn the
people and make them fear to commit the same kind of sins. In other words, the death penalty
accomplished three things:
1. It dealt with the person(s) who committed the violation.
2. Since God considered both the person and the act evil, the death penalty effectively and
decisively removed evil from among his people.
3. Finally, it was a vivid, graphic, life-changing example to His people. It caused them to
fear. Therefore, they would never engage in this category of sins themselves.
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In the Scriptures below, two different sexual sins are shown that draw the immediate death
penalty.
Deut 22:20-22
20
But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
21
Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men
of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in
Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among
you.
22
If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both
of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put
away evil from Israel. (KJV)
Verses 20-21, above, contain the first sin. If a man married a young woman and discovered that
she was not a virgin, the men of the city stoned here to death at the door of her fathers house.
Her sin wrought folly in the whole nation of Israel. What she had done contaminated the whole.
By her death, the people put away evil from among themselves. No more sacrifice remained for
her.
Verse 22, above, contained the second sin. The Law demanded the death penalty for a man lying
with a married woman. It also demanded the death penalty for the woman. They both must be
stoned to death. Again, by executing them both, the people put away evil from all Israel. No
more sacrifice remained for either or both of them.
What a lesson for this generation! If God hated adultery this much in the Old Testament, could
he hate it any less today? Of course not! Therefore, how can people today be so flippant about it?
Can we make God like it now (when he hated it so much then) simply by changing its name from
adultery to affair? Can it be less heinous to God if we call it by the socially acceptable name of
affair rather than the old, outmoded name of adultery? Absolutely not! No matter what you call
it, God still hates it. Can it be that our day of judgment will come? Yes it will!
Verse 13 below, declared that the willful sin was so feared in Israel, that even David asked God
to keep him back from any hint of committing it. Then he asked Him to not let them (willful
sins) ever get the upper hand in his life. He did not want any sin of the high hand to dominate
him.
Ps 19:13
13
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous (italics mine) sins; let them not
have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great
transgression. (KJV)
Finally, David asserted that if he could just stay clear of the sins of the high hand, then he would
be upright. He also declared that he would be innocent of any violation concerning this category
of sin. Notice that he called this kind of sin, the great transgression. He considered it the great
transgression, because once a person crossed this line, he could never come back. He could
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never come back because there remained no more sacrifice to cover it. Ungers Bible Dictionary
has an excellent article on this subject. He listed the various sins that absolutely demanded the
death penalty. The following list gives them all. (MFU P902)

1. Striking or reviling a parent


2. Blasphemy
3. Breaking the Sabbath
4. Witch craft and falsely claiming the ability to prophecy
5. Adultery
6. Unchastity
7. Rape
8. Incest and unnatural connections
9. Man stealing
10. Idolatry in any form
11. Certain cases of false witness

All willful sins demanded the death penalty. Even breaking the Laws of purification (not
cleansing themselves after touching a dead body) and rituals (not keeping the Sabbath) drew the
death penalty. There remained no sacrifice to cover these sins.

Willful, premeditated, deliberate, highhanded sin is Old Testament Judaism. No Scripture in the
New Testament teaches such a thing for any Christian, Jew or Gentile. This is Judaism. This is
the Mosaic law. This is the Levitical system. This belongs exclusively to the Hebrews. The
willful sin does not, in any way, pertain to Gentile Christians.

In the next chapter, we shall answer the question, What is the willful sin in Heb. 10:26 that the
Hebrews commit for which there remains no more sacrifice? More well meaning, but foolish
interpretations, are exposed and corrected. We build your faith even more in the next chapter.
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What is the Willful Sin in Heb. 10:26?


What is this willful sin in verse 26 below? Throughout Hebrews, the sin of unbelief and
consequent rejection of Jesus, Gods final sacrifice for sin under Moses law, has been the issue.
This is still the issue here.
Remember what we have learned. When a Jew sinned under Moses law, he made the proper
sacrifice and maintained the blessings in the Abrahamic covenant. A deliberate, willful sin,
however, could not be covered by any sacrifice. In this context, then, the willful sin is simply
rejecting Jesus, Gods final sacrifice for sin.
Remember something else we have learned. Only someone who fully knew in advance what
Gods law demanded about a certain action could commit a willful sin. In other words, a willful
sin could not be committed in ignorance. There had to be advance knowledge about Gods will.
Heb 10:26-31
26
For if we (any of us Hebrew people) sin wilfully after that we (any of us
Hebrew people) have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no
more sacrifice for sins,
27
But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall
devour the adversaries. (Parentheses and bold words mine)
Therefore notice, in verse 26 above, that the willful sin occurs after they had received the
knowledge of the truth. In other words, they knew in advance the message that Jesus was being
preached as Gods last sacrifice for sin. Furthermore, this message was presented as the very
truth of God.
What does lambano mean in this context?
Pay close attention to the word translated received. What does this word received, mean in
this context? What did they do when they received the knowledge of the truth?
Received translates the Greek word lambano. The King James Version translated Lambano by
accept, be amazed, assay, attain, bring, when I call, catch, come on (unto), forget, have, hold,
obtain, receive (after) and take (away, up.) Two of these translations--accept and take away-apply in this context.
First, lambano means simply to receive or to accept. To say these Hebrews received the
knowledge of the truth means they acknowledged that this Jesus message was presented as
truth. Now, these Hebrews had heard the message that Jesus was Gods final sacrifice for sin
under Moses law. They accepted the fact that this message was presented as the truth. This
message had been preached with power in the known world. God himself had confirmed it with
signs, miracles and wonders. These Hebrews heard it and acceptedacknowledged--that this
message was presented as truth. They did not like it. They did not believe it. They did not act
upon it. But they had heard it, and they acceptedacknowledged--the fact that it was presented
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as truth. They did not believe it was truth but they accepted--acknowledged--the fact that it was
presented as truth. In other words, received or accepted here means they acknowledged that
this Jesus message was presented as truth.
Remember, a willful sin could not occur without a prior knowledge of Gods will concerning an
action. This is the kind of knowledge they had heard and received.
Look closely, now, at the above word translated by knowledge. This is not the regular Greek
word (gnosis) for knowledge. This is the word epignosis that means full knowledge. In other
words, these Hebrews had it all preached to them. They had a knowledge base, not of partial,
skimpy information about Jesus but they had the complete, full information about Him. They
knew it all. This is the information that was presented to them as truth.
Notice, the Scripture does not say they received the truth. They only received the full knowledge
of what was presented as truth. Jesus was the truth, but they did not receive him. Instead, they
received information (full knowledge) about him. Regardless of this complete, full knowledge or
information, they did not mix this information (full knowledge) with the store of knowledge
(information) they had already received from God. They did not accept this information as being
from God. Consequently, they did not place it in their reservoir of faith.
Second, The King James Version also translates lambano by take away. Thayer concurs. He
said that lambano means to remove or to take away. He gives Matt: 8:17 as an example.
(JHT P370)
Matt 8:17
17

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. (KJV)

Took, in the preceding verse, translates lambano. Since Matthew said that Jesus took our
infirmities, the question is, Where did he take them? Obviously, Jesus took our infirmities
away.
Heres another Scripture for you. This one, however, actually translates lambano by take
away.
Matt 5:40
40
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away (italics mine) thy coat, let
him have thy cloke also. (KJV)
As we said, lambano, in verse 40 above, means to take away. Furthermore, in many, many
Scriptures, lambano means to take away. It is not always translated by take away but this is
its obvious meaning. Although there are many of these Scriptures, we cite only three of them for
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Acts 9:25
25
Then the disciples took (italics mine) him by night, and let him down by the wall
in a basket. (KJV)
Yes, the disciples took Paul by night, but where did they take him? Obviously, they took him
away so he could escape.
John 19:6
6

When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying,
Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take (italics mine) ye him, and
crucify him: for I find no fault in him. (KJV)

Yes, Pilate told them to take Jesus, but where did they take him? Again! They took him away to
crucify him.
John 19:40
40

Then took (italics mine) they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with
the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. (KJV)

Yes, they took the body of Jesus, but where did they take it? They took it away for burial. (See
also Rev. 3:11; Rev. 5:7; and Rev. 6:4. In each Scripture, the meaning of lambano is take
away.
Now, in the wilderness experience, they refused to act (believe) upon Gods information (faith)
that they could subdue the giants and occupy the land promised to them in the Abrahamic
covenant. They either did not believe that God had said this, or if He had said this information,
He did not know what He was talking about. One way or the other, they did not act upon this
information. They had the full knowledge of what He said, but they refused to act upon this full
knowledge. Consequently, they deprived themselves of the fulfillment of the land promise.
Here, they were about to deprive themselves of the Seed Promise. Here, they refused to act upon
this full knowledge that Jesus was the final sacrifice for sin. They refused to accept that this
message was from God. When they refused to act upon it, they took it away. In other words, they
received the information concerning the truth about Jesus, but they would not mix it in with
their faith information. When they refused to mix it with faith, they disposed of it. They took it
away when they rejected it and refused to act upon it.
They made light of the claims made concerning Jesus blood. Consequently, they preferred to
stay with the blood of bulls, goats, cows, and sheep. They slipped away from it and drifted by it.
They neglected it as meaningless. Because of all the above, they committed the most severe of
all the willful sins. They rejected Jesus, the truth. Of course, no sacrifice remained for them.
Moreover, there is this to consider. The willful sins in the Old Testament demanded the death
penalty. Here, the penalty is even greater. It involves eternity. All that these Group 3A Hebrews
who reject Gods final sacrifice for sin can expect is the everlasting judgment and fiery
indignation that devours. This is contained in verse 27 above. In addition, they can expect God to
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take vengeance on them and recompense them for placing more value upon the blood of bulls,
goats, cows, and sheep than upon the blood of Jesus. Consequently, they will know the fear of
falling into his hands (verses 30-31).
Carefully watch the bold parentheses below. They give you an accurate guide to understand how
our Author used pronouns here. We have much more to say about this in the next two chapters
also. Once we finish Chapter Ten, you will have a complete understanding of the message of the
willful sin in Hebrews 10: 26 following.
28
(In the Old Testament,) He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under
two or three witnesses:
29
(Now,) Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye (in Group Two,) shall he
(Group 3A) be thought worthy, who (Group 3A) hath trodden under foot the Son of
God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he (in Group 3A) was
sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30
For we (all of us Hebrew people in Group One) know him that hath said,
Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord
shall judge his people.
31
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (KJV) (Parentheses,
bold words and italics mine)
Previously, we said that their rejection of Jesus, Gods final sacrifice, was the most heinous of all
the willful sins. Remember that we are not considering just any willful sin. We are considering
the most heinous willful sin in history. We are considering the rejection of the Son of God.
Even Moses law required two or three witnesses (verse 28) to impose the death sentence when
anyone committed the willful sin. Here, we still have The Three Witnesses demanded by Moses
law. Here is a case in which The Three Witnesses are also the victims. These Three Witnesses
testify against the Group 3A Hebrews concerning their treatment of Gods final sacrifice and
their only hope. The Three Witnesses are:
1. The Son of God
2. The blood of Jesus
3. The Holy Spirit
The Witness of The Son of God against the Group 3A Hebrews
At this time, let us look at each of these witnesses separately and discover just what these Group
3A Hebrews did to each of them. First we consider the Son of God. The above Scripture, verse
29, declares that they had trodden him under their feet. To them, the sinless, spotless Son of God
was so worthless, that he was no more than a doormat. He was no more than the dirt on the
ground. He was useless and worthless.
Does this surprise us? After all, He owned nothing of this worlds goods. He was spat upon. His
beard was jerked from his face. He was beaten with a Roman cat-o-ninetails until he no longer
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resembled human flesh. He hung upon the cruel cross. He was buried in a borrowed tomb. Yes,
to them he was less than the dirt under their feet. No wonder they trod him down under their feet.
The Witness of the Blood of Jesus against the Group 3A Hebrews
Verse 29 above shouts it out! They counted his blood to be an unholy thing! Counted translates
the Greek word hegeomai, which means to lead before the mind and draw a conclusion. Again,
we must remember that no willful sin could ever be committed without these two things: (1) one
had to be fully informed as to what was required (2) and he/she made a deliberate decision to
violate what he/she knew was required.
Now, these Hebrews were absolutely fully informed (epignosis). Not only were they fully
informed but also led this information before their minds. In other words, they considered it from
every angle. Finally, see their deliberate decision: They estimated the blood of Jesus to be an
unholy thing.
Unholy translates the neuter form of the Greek word koinos, which means common. Rather
than view his blood as the blood of God himself, they viewed it as just common, ordinary blood.
The Scriptures, however, boldly declare that the blood that pumped in Jesus veins was none
other than the blood of God.
Acts 20:28
28

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy
Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he (GOD) hath
purchased with his own blood. (KJV) (Parentheses, capitals and italics mine)

Get this well, Dear Reader. The Apostle Paul declared that God purchased the church with His
own blood. These Hebrews, after leading it before their minds and reaching a decision, declared
the blood of Jesus to be just common or ordinary. They found no value in it. It was just
everyday. They found nothing special about it. Consequently, by their deliberate decision, they
rejected His blood as valueless and continued to place the greatest value upon the blood of bulls,
goats, cows, and sheep.
What an insult! They valued the blood of ordinary animals over the blood of the holy Son of
God. They just would not turn from the Old Testament, Levitical sacrifices. They just would not
believe that God no longer accepted the blood of bulls and goats. But God only accepts his own
blood now. He only accepts the blood of Jesus, his final sacrifice for sins under Moses law.
Next, we must consider two more expressions here. First, we must look at the expression, the
blood of the covenant. Second, we must look at the expression, wherewith he was sanctified.
To put it differently, what does the blood of the covenant mean? What covenant does our
Author have in mind here? Second, what does our Author mean by his statement that this blood
of the covenant had already sanctified these Hebrews, even though they rejected the powerful,
holy blood of Jesus?
First, the covenant in view here is the Abrahamic covenant. You remember that God framed his
covenant with Abraham in the form of a Blood Covenant of Friendship. Now, in a Blood
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Covenant of Friendship (as this one between God and Abraham), both parties involved in the
covenant must ratify it with their own blood. (The parties could shed their own blood to ratify it
or they could agree to substitute the blood of animals.)
In Gen. 15: 9-21, Abraham asked God how he might know that he would inherit the land God
promised him in the covenant. To answer this, God utilized a very solemn ceremony. He caused
some animals and birds to be gathered. Next, He caused their bodies to be divided (carved) up.
Then he caused a deep sleep to fall on Abraham. Through this ceremony, God ratified this
covenant, from His side, with the substitute blood of the animals and birds.
But nothing at all was said about Abraham ratifying the covenant with blood, either his own or
the blood of a substitute. In Gen. 17: 9-14, however, God required Abraham to ratify his end of
the covenant with his own blood as well as the blood of all his male descendants. To satisfy
Abrahams requirement of blood ratification, God instituted the rite of circumcision.
Gen 17:9-14
9
And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and
thy seed after thee in their generations.
10
This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after
thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
11
And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the
covenant betwixt me and you.
12
And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in
your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger,
which is not of thy seed.
13
He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be
circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
14
And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised,
that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant. (KJV)
Afterwards, through the rite of circumcision, the blood of Abraham and his male descendants
ratified the Blood Covenant of Friendship from their side. Note this well! Circumcision required
the very blood of Abraham and all his male descendants. This lasted until Jesus came the first
time. In other words, the many, many acts of circumcision carried the Abrahamic covenant from
the Abrahamic side (including Abrahams male descendants) until Jesus came. Now, since Jesus
is the supreme seed of Abraham, His blood ratifies it permanently for them from their side.
Jesus was not only the Seed of Abraham, but also the Son of God. As the Seed of Abraham, He
ratifies the covenant for Abraham and his male descendants. As the Son of God, he ratifies the
covenant from Gods side.
To put it differently, the substitute blood of birds and animals carried the Abrahamic covenant
for God until Jesus came. The blood of circumcision carried it for Abraham. Now, the blood of
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In a Blood Covenant of Friendship such as this, the blood--whether their own blood or that of a
substitute--set apart each participant in the covenant for the benefit of the other party. This
extension of benefits to the other member also included their respective families. They were
literally set apart for each other. They would also give up their very lives for each other.
In the next chapter, we must look at the sanctification or this setting apart aspect of the blood of
Jesus. We must determine just how they were sanctified (set apart) by Jesus blood, even though
they had already rejected it. These Hebrews were born, not only with healing, prosperity, family
well being and salvation, but also with holiness and sanctification. Think of this for a moment!
These people were born holy and sanctified! You will be surprised to discover just how Jesus
blood relates to their holiness and sanctification. See all this in the next chapter.

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The Hebrews were born Holy and Sanctified


In the previous chapter, we determined that all the participants in a Blood Covenant of
Friendship must ratify it with blood. We also discovered that God ratified the Abrahamic
covenant in Genesis 17 with the blood of birds and animals. We also learned in Genesis 17 that
God required Abraham and his descendants to ratify it with their own blood via the rite of
circumcision.
You remember that circumcision required the personal blood of Abraham as well as the personal
blood of his descendants. You also remember that God spent none of His own blood to ratify the
Abrahamic covenant until Jesus came. We also learned that God finally ratified it with the blood
of Jesus. Furthermore, we discovered in Acts 20:28 that Jesus blood was the blood of God
himself. Therefore, the blood of God himself presently ratifies the Abrahamic covenant.
Acts 20:28
28

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy
Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath
purchased with his own blood. (KJV)

Now, where does all this take us? What does all this have to do with these Hebrews? Remember
that most of these Hebrews refused to accept the blood of Jesus. They refused to accept it as the
final sacrifice for sin under Moses law, and they refused to accept it as Gods ratification of the
Abrahamic Friendship Covenant.
What does all this have to do with these Hebrews? It has everything to do with them. You see the
blood of Jesus was not only their final sacrifice under Moses, it was also Gods final ratification
and perpetuation of the entire Abrahamic System. This will become clear as we progress.
Now we must understand that the sanctification our Author mentioned in Heb 10: 28-29 is Old
Testament Judaism to the core.
Heb 10:28-29
28

He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

29

Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath
trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant,
wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the
Spirit of grace? (Italics mine) (KJV)

You remember by now that these Hebrews were born with all the blessings contained in the
Abrahamic covenant. You also remember that God added Moses law so that they could
maintain their Abrahamic blessings even when they sinned. You remember that all a Hebrew had
to do when he sinned was make the proper Mosaic sacrifice and his blessings continued for him
without interruption. You also remember that if he failed to sacrifice properly, he lost every
blessing he possessed by birth. He became as the heathen.
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You remember that the Hebrews were born with healing, prosperity, family well being and
salvation. In addition, they were born with more than these four blessings. They were also born
holy and sanctified because of their place in the Abrahamic covenant. Wow! They were born
holy and sanctified.
We must note here that the words holy and sanctified translate the same basic Hebrew root.
Consequently, many times holy and sanctified are used almost interchangeably. In our
context here, these words holy and sanctified mean to dedicate for a specific purpose or
to set apart for a specific use.
The Scriptures below demonstrate this for us. Dear Reader, the following word study removes
most of the mystery from these two misunderstood words.
Study the following three Scriptures carefully. In all three of them, the words holy and
sanctify translate the same Hebrew root. As such, these words are almost synonymous of each
other.
Exod 29:37
37
Seven days thou shalt make an atonement for the altar, and sanctify it; and it shall
be an altar most holy: whatsoever toucheth the altar shall be holy. (Italics mine) (KJV)
Exod 30:29
29
And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth
them shall be holy. (Italics mine) (KJV)
Exod 40:10
10
And thou shalt anoint the altar of the burnt offering, and all his vessels, and
sanctify the altar: and it shall be an altar most holy. (Italics mine) (KJV)
In all three Scriptures above, holy and sanctified translate the same Hebrew root and in some
instances the same identical Hebrew word itself.
Next, we let Vine, Unger and White verify the above statement that the Hebrews were born
holy or sanctified. Then we shall let the Scriptures demonstrate to you (beyond a doubt) that
the Old Testament Hebrews were, indeed, born holy and sanctified.
To put it differently, God decreed them to be holy and sanctified. The most startling thing is that
their faith or obedience had nothing to do with it. God decreed it and it was so!
Vine, Unger, and White declare, God has dedicated Israel as His people. They are holy by
their relationship to the holy God. All of the people are in a sense holy, as members of the
covenant community, irrespective of their faith and obedience. (Italics mine) (VUW Page113)
They also said, All Israel is holy, separated to Gods service. . . . (Italics mine) (UVW Page
212)
Then, Vine, Unger and White give the following Scripture (Num. 16:3) to demonstrate that all
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Num 16:3
3

And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said
unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy,
every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up
yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? (KJV) (Italics mine)

In the verse above, holy is translated sanctified in many, many other Scriptures. In other
words, God dedicated them to be His exclusive people. As such He separated or set them apart
for such. This setting apart is their sanctification. This is their holiness. Their faith and
obedience had nothing to do with any of this.
Now, the Scriptures below demonstrate that God actually dedicated, separated and set apart the
Hebrews for His very own people and inheritance. In other words, God separated the Hebrews
for Himself--from the balance of the human race.
Exod 33:16
16
For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy
sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from
all the people that are upon the face of the earth. (Italics mine) (KJV)
Lev 20:24
24
But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to
possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which
have separated you from other people. (Italics mine) (KJV)
In the verse below, the word used is not separated, but severed. God literally severed or cut the
Hebrews right out of the fabric of humanity for His very own.
Lev 20:26
26
And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you
from other people, that ye should be mine. (Italics mine) (KJV)
Cant you see it? These Hebrews are Gods special people. He dedicated them to be His. He set
them apart. He separated them from all others. He severed them from the cloth of the human
race. He cut them out by personal selection from the fabric of humanity. He sanctified them. He
declared them holy. They are His holy, sanctified people to this very hour. But where did all this
start?
It started in the Abrahamic covenant. You remember that the covenant contained Sixty Promises
to Abraham and his Seed Group. Here we look briefly at 3 of them--Promises # 35, 36 and 37.
In these three Promises, God declared and decreed three things: (1) He declared that the
Abrahamic covenant would be eternal. (2) He declared that He would be God to Abraham. (3)
He declared that He would also be God to his seed. Gen. 17:7 below contains these Three
Promises.

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Gen 17:7
7
And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in
their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after
thee. (KJV)
In the preceding verse, Promise #35 states that the Abrahamic covenant is an everlasting
covenant. In Promise #36, God declares to be Abrahams God during the everlasting duration of
the covenant. Finally, in Promise #37, God vows to be God to Abrahams seed during the
everlasting duration of the covenant.
Now, when He promised to be God to these people during the everlasting duration of the
Abrahamic covenant, He literally selected, severed and separated them from the rest of
humanity. You see, He never promised to be the God of any other group of people anywhere in
this world. In all the history of the human race, He promised to be God only for the Abrahamic
Seed Group.
Nowhere, at no time since creation, has God ever declared to be God for any group except the
Abrahamic Seed Group. They are Gods exclusive people. They are set apart for Him. They are
separated from the rest of humankind for Him. They are severed from all others for Him.
Consequently, they are holy. They are sanctified. They are exclusively His!
By now, Dear Reader, you can certainly see that the sanctification of the Hebrews is Old
Testament Judaism. Of old, God decreed them separated, severed, set apart and dedicated for
Him. He declared them to be holy and sanctified. In the next chapter, we shall consider the blood
of Jesus as the covenant blood that sanctified them.
Before we leave this chapter, study carefully the Scriptures below, which sets it in concrete: God
decreed the Abrahamic Seed Group to be holy and sanctified.
Deut 7:6-8
6
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath
chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of
the earth.
7
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more
in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
8
But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he
had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and
redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
(KJV)
Deut 14:2
2
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen
thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
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Deut 26:18-19
18
And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath
promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;
19
And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in
name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as
he hath spoken. (KJV)
Deut 28:9
9
The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto
thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
(KJV)
In the next chapter, your faith will soar and you will thrill as you see how Jesus blood sanctified
the Hebrew people.

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The dual purpose of Jesus Blood


In the last chapter, we learned that God declared the Hebrews holy and sanctified. We begin this
chapter by showing you the relationship of Jesus blood to the eternal ratification of this
Abrahamic Friendship covenant from Gods side.
You remember that the blood of Abraham and the blood of his Seed Group (through
circumcision) ratified this Friendship Covenant from their side. Remember also that God ratified
his end of it with the blood of birds and animals but He shed not one drop of his own blood.
You also remember that 430 years after God made the covenant with Abraham, which gave the
Hebrews healing, prosperity, family well being as well as salvation, He gave the Law through
Moses. Furthermore, He attached the Abrahamic Friendship Covenant to Moses law so that the
two functioned as one.
You remember that when a Hebrew sinned under Moses law, he just had to make the proper
Mosaic sacrifice in the proper manner and he maintained everything he was born with in the
Abrahamic Friendship Covenant. You also remember that if he sinned and did not sacrifice
properly, he lost everything he had by birth in the covenant.
The first purpose of Jesus blood
At the death of Jesus, the shedding of His blood had a dual purpose. The first purpose was to
replace the sacrificial blood of bulls, goats, cows, and sheep. You know by now that the blood of
the sacrifices in the Old Testament maintained the Abrahamic blessings. Now, however, the
blood of Jesus replaced the blood of bulls, goats, cows and sheep. Now, His blood does what the
animal sacrifices did in the Old Testament.
There was, however, a radical difference between the blood of Jesus and the blood of animals:
Jesus blood contained such power; He only had to shed it once for all time. The blood of
animals had to be repeated for every sin committed. This once for all time shedding of Jesus
blood was the first of the dual roles discharged by His blood.
This once for all shedding of Jesus blood continued the Hebrews eternal sanctification and
holiness. It also continued their healing, prosperity, family well being and salvation. All they had
to do to maintain everything they had by birth was accept His blood: they must accept it for the
final sacrifice for their sins; they must accept it as Gods ratification of his covenant with
Abraham.
Heb 10:10
10
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus
Christ once for all. (KJV)
Heb 10:14
14

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (KJV)
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Once for all, meant that they never had to sacrifice again to maintain anything they possessed
by birth in the Abrahamic covenant. This included sanctification and holiness. This once for
all shedding of Jesus blood maintained the Hebrews eternal sanctification and holiness.
Remember again that when they sinned and made the proper Mosaic sacrifice, they maintained
what they were born with. Weve already learned they were born with healing, prosperity, family
well being and salvation. In addition, weve learned they were also born sanctified and holy by
the decree of God in the Abrahamic Friendship Covenant. Since Jesus blood replaced the blood
of bulls, goats, cows and sheep, it and it alone now maintains all of these for them.
The second purpose of Jesus blood
The second purpose of Jesus blood was the ratification (from Gods side) of the Abrahamic
Friendship covenant. When Jesus came the first time, God stopped utilizing the blood of animals
to ratify His covenant with Abraham. Now and forever, He ratified His covenant with His own
eternal, all-powerful blood.
Oh, the precious blood of Jesus! The blood of animals just wont do anymore. Now the Hebrews
have the precious, powerful, eternal blood of God to perpetuate their eternal holiness and
sanctification. Glory to the Lamb of God.
Remember, they counted this blood as common, ordinary, even less than the blood of an animal.
The very blood of the very God! Worthless! Common! Everyday! Ordinary! Remember also,
counting His blood as common was a premeditated, deliberate, willful act.
After considering the claims concerning Jesus, after having led this message before their
minds, they deliberately and willfully made a decision: They rejected the blood of Jesus, Gods
ratification of the Abrahamic covenant and His final sacrifice for their sins under Moses law.
They committed this willful sin for which there was and is no more sacrifice.
The Witness of The Holy Ghost against the Group 3A Hebrews
The Group 3A Hebrews had done despite unto the Spirit of Grace. Despite translates the Greek
word, enubridzo (insult). These Group 3A Hebrews actually insulted the Holy Ghost. Can you
imagine this? They insulted the Holy Ghost. When they trod Jesus under their feet, they insulted
the Holy Ghost. When they rejected Jesus blood, they insulted the Holy Ghost. When they
called His blood common, they insulted the Holy Ghost. When they rejected His sacrifice, they
insulted the Holy Ghost. When they rejected his Great High Priesthood, they insulted the Holy
Ghost. They have eternally insulted the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost presses the claims of Jesus upon the human heart. Each time He pressed these
claims upon the hearts of these Group 3A Hebrews, they rejected them. Each time they rejected
them, they insulted the Holy Ghost. Since Jesus blood replaced the blood of bulls, goats, cows,
and sheep and they rejected it, is it any wonder there is no more sacrifice for their sins?
Now, all that Group 3A has left is the awful, dreaded anticipation of judgment and fiery
indignation, because God will recompense them for what they have done to Jesus. He will pay
them back in full. He will judge them. They will indeed fall into the hands of the living God.
They will experience the unspeakable fear associated with all the above.
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More Brilliant Uses of Pronouns
Next, we come to another of our Authors brilliant use of pronouns. Having finished what he
wanted to say (in Heb. 10: 26-31) about the willful sin of Group 3A, he changed pronouns in
verse 32. This change of pronouns signaled that he had a different group of Hebrews in mind
now. Even the context declares that a different group is in view here.
The previous group had deliberately, willfully, and premeditatedly rejected Jesus. They had
committed the willful sin that left them with no sacrifice. The group of Hebrews below, however,
had accepted Jesus. Our Author was part of this group. He wrote to encourage them. Watch the
bold words, below, and you will easily understand the following Scripture.
Heb 10:32-37
32
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye (Group 2) were
illuminated, ye (Group Two) endured a great fight of afflictions;
33
Partly, whilst ye (Group 2) were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and
afflictions; and partly, whilst ye (Group 2) became companions of them (Author and
others of Group 2 who had suffered so) that were so used.
34
For ye had compassion of me (the Author who is part of Group 2) in my bonds,
and took joyfully the spoiling of your (Group 2) goods, knowing in yourselves (Group 2)
that ye (Group 2) have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
35
Cast not away therefore your (Group 2) confidence, which hath great recompence
of reward.
36
For ye (Group 2) have need of patience, that, after ye (Group 2) have done the
will of God, ye (Group 2) might receive the promise.
37

For yet a little while, and he (Jesus) that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
(KJV) (Parentheses and bold words mine)

Notice the pronouns in the above Scriptures. They are ye, your and yourselves. Remember, in the
previous section, our Author dealt with them by using the we pronoun. Remember, too, this we
pronoun meant any of us Hebrew people. By changing pronouns, our Author alerted his
readers that he was addressing an entirely different group of Hebrews (Group Two) out of the
nation as a whole. By changing pronouns to ye and you, the Author lets us know that he was
addressing those Hebrews who have accepted Christ as their final sacrifice for sin. Remember,
verses 32-37 above were addressed to Group Two.
Actually, the Author referred to you right in the middle of his Willful Sin Warning. In Heb. 10:
29, the Author asked for the opinion of you, in Group Two, about the he in Group 3A who
trampled Jesus under his feet, counted His blood unholy, and insulted the Holy Ghost.
Heb 10:29
29
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye (Group Two,) shall he (the one in Group
3A) be thought worthy, who (Group 3A) hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath
counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he (Group 3A) was sanctified, an unholy thing,
and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? (KJV) (Parentheses and bold words mine)
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Our Author wanted these Group Two Hebrews to know that the Christian experience is a battle
rom start to finish. He reminds them that they had endured a great fight of afflictions, they were
made a gazingstock, and they were companions of others who experienced reproaches and
afflictions.
Then he reminds them that they had been compassionate even towards him--the Author-- while
he endured bonds. He reminded them that they knew their substance in heaven was better than
here and that it endured there. He reminded them of all this.
Then, in verse 35, he encourages them not to cast away their confidence because it carries with
it the great recompense of reward. Cast not away translates the Greek negative, a, plus the
combined words, apo (back or away), plus ballo (to throw). This combination, therefore, means
do not throw away. In other words, Do not throw back or throw away your confidence, he
told them.
Recompense of reward translates three Greek words rolled into one. The first Greek word is
misthos (wages). The second Greek word is apo (back). The third Greek word in this
combination is didomi, which means to give. The resulting word, then, means to give back
wages. To put it differently, God will give you wages just for maintaining your confidence.
Think of this for just a moment. What an incentive to faith. God will pay wages to you for your
confidence!
Next, our Author encourages these Christians Hebrews to be patient because they will receive
Gods promise after they have done the will of God. Patience translates a Greek word that
combines two Greek words. It combines hupo, which means under, with meno, which means
to remain or to abide. The combination means to remain under. Putting this differently,
when these saved, Group Two Hebrews have a promise from God, they must stay under that
promise no matter what happens. When God promises, things happen. Stay the course. Stay
under the promise.
Remember, many of Gods promises contain an if clause and a then clause. In other words,
there is a part for us to do in Gods promises. Do that. Just do it! This is Gods will for us. Then,
once we have done the will of God as revealed in His promise, we will receive what God
promised.
Is there a specific promise He is talking about in this context? Yes. What is it? Here it is; He
that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Our Author is encouraging these saved, Group Two Hebrews to keep up their confidence in the
return of Jesus Christ to this earth. The promise, then, in this context, is the promise of the
Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Our Author is telling them to stay under this promise. Jesus is
coming. Jesus is coming. Jesus is coming. Praise God. Stay the course. Jesus is coming. He will
not tarry!
Next we look at Major Warning #6. As you read the Scripture below, carefully watch the groups
we placed in the bold parentheses for you, and this Scripture will clear up for you.
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Heb 10:38-39
38
Now the just (Group Two) shall live by faith: but if any man (Group 3A) draw
back, my soul (Group 2) shall have no pleasure in him (Group 3A.)
38

But we (Group 2) are not of them (Group 3A) who draw back unto perdition;
but of them (Group 2) that believe to the saving of the soul. (KJV) (Parentheses
and bold words mine)

Remember what we learned about the words translated by our English words just, justified,
justify, sanctification, sanctify, sanctified, righteous and righteousness? All these words can
translate the same Greek root that means cleared of all guilt.
Now in verse 38 above, just means one who has been cleared of all the guilt of all his sins.
This can only pertain to those Hebrews (Group Two) who have accepted Jesus as the final
sacrifice for all his sins. This acceptance takes away all the guilt for his sins. They can stand
before God with no guilt at all, because God accepted the blood of Jesus as the final sacrifice for
the sins of all Hebrews for all time. Because they accepted Jesus blood, they are just. They are
not guilty. They stand before God as though they had never sinned at all in their entire lifetime.
Furthermore, these justified Hebrews in Group Two must also live by faith. In your Bible, mark
the word by out of verse 38 above and change it to out of. The Greek word, ek, translated
by, is a proposition that means out of. This word designates source. In other words, these
Group Two Hebrews who had accepted Jesus as their final sacrifice for sin under Moses law,
must live, from that day on, out of their faith.
What did our Author mean? What does live out of their faith mean? You must remember that
faith means information we get from God for us to act upon. Now, the information our Author
hammers home in the Book of Hebrews is just this: Jesus is the final sacrifice for sin under
Moses law. As such, God no longer accepts the blood of bulls, goats, sheep, and cows. In other
words, all Hebrews must now act upon this information. They must accept Jesus or perish. There
is no other way. It is Jesus or hell. Only Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. This is the
information (faith) out of which they must live.
Next, our Author issues another stern, major warning. He said that if any of these Hebrews
should draw back, his soul would have no pleasure in him. This emphatically means that a
Hebrew, born saved because of his place in the Abrahamic family, could come to the trough of
Jesus sacrifice but not drink from it. He could draw back from accepting Jesus, Gods last and
final sacrifice for his sins. One more time! How, just exactly, did a Hebrew draw back from
living out of his faith?
To answer this, we must state that God had given them the information that Jesus was His final
sacrifice for sin under Moses law. He gave this information for the benefit of the entire Hebrew
nation. Putting it differently, this information applied to every Hebrew. There were no
exceptions.
Therefore, for any Hebrew to remain saved, he must accept Jesus as Gods final sacrifice. If he
did, he not only remained saved but also maintained the other Abrahamic blessings of healing,
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prosperity, family well being, sanctification and holiness. If he did not accept Jesus, he lost all
his Abrahamic blessings mentioned above, including salvation.
Now, we must get back to our question. How did a Hebrew draw back? He drew back by
doing two things. First, he drew back by bringing before his mind the information that Jesus
was Gods final sacrifice for sin under Moses law. Second, he drew back by refusing to act on
this information. He drew back by refusing to accept Jesus, Gods final sacrifice for sin. This
drawing back resulted in his losing every blessing he was born with. His drawing back
caused him to lose every blessing that God gave him in the Abrahamic covenant.
Let us remind our Readers once again that our Author skillfully used pronouns to extract himself
from those contexts that pertain to those Hebrews who rejected Jesus, Gods final sacrifice for
sin. Consequently, he does it here. He said, We are not part of them who draw back unto
perdition.
Perdition translates the Greek word apoleia, which means loss of well being. This word
means utter destruction of well-being. Thayer shows the ways it is translated in the King James
Version: damnable, destruction, die, perdition, perish, pernicious ways and waste. Putting it
differently, this word means ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal.) (JHT P70, 71)
Please note that our Author is not part of this draw back group. He was part of the group who
believed (acted upon the information that Jesus was Gods final sacrifice for sin) to the saving of
his soul. The draw back group failed to act upon Gods information and lost their soul. Those
Hebrews who make up Group 3A have gone to hell by the millions from the time of the Cross of
Christ until this present hour.
Two groups of Hebrews are in view in Heb. 10: 38-39. One group (Group Two) believed (acted
upon the information) and maintained all their Abrahamic blessings. They kept everything they
had as their birthright in the Abrahamic covenant. The other group (Group Three) came to the
very edge of accepting Gods final sacrifice for sin, but did not. They drew back. They backed
off the very Son of God. They refused to accept Jesus. They rejected him outright. They brought
the information before their minds and deliberately, willfully rejected him. There remaineth no
more sacrifice for their sins. They committed the willful sin.
Here is a very simple, abbreviated outline to help you understand
the groups in Heb. 10: 26-39.
1. Heb. 10: 26-27 pertains to any of us Hebrew people. The pronoun used is we for
any of us Hebrews.
2. Heb. 10: 28-31 pertains to Group 3A. They had absolutely and totally rejected Jesus,
Gods final sacrifice for their sins.
3. Heb. 10: 32-37 pertains to Group Two, those Hebrews who had accepted Jesus, Gods
final sacrifice for their sins.
4. Heb. 10: 38-39 pertains first, to Group 3A who drew back and did not accept Jesus,
Gods final sacrifice for sin, and second, to Group Two who had accepted Jesus. Group
Two believed to the saving of their soul.

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Final Major Warning #7


We come now to the Final Major Warning in Hebrews. Surely by now, no Gentile Christian will
place herself into any of these warnings. She simply does not belong in any of them. They are
strictly for the Hebrews. Here, then, are the Scriptures for this all-important final warning.
Heb 12:25
25
See that ye (Group 3A) refuse not him that speaketh. For if they (Old Testament
Hebrew people) escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we (any
of us Hebrew people) escape, if we (any of us Hebrew people) turn away from him that
speaketh from heaven: (KJV) (Parentheses and bold words mine)
In this Scripture, we see a contrast between Gods speaking to them (through Moses) from Mt.
Sinai on earth and Jesus speaking to them from heaven. When God spoke through Moses from
Sinai, everything happened to them just as He said it would. They escaped not one word of what
He said then. Furthermore, since Jesus speaks from heaven now, there is no way for them to
escape from what He says either. How foolish they were to turn away from what He said.
Refuse translates paraiteomai. This combines two Greek words. It combines para that means
by the side of with aiteo, which means to ask forcefully. The combination then means to
forcefully ask aside. In other words, it means to beg off, to forcefully ask to be exempted,
to avoid, to be excused, to refuse, or to reject.
Here, they are told not to attempt this at all, because it would not work: they couldnt get away
with it and escape when God spoke from Sinai; they cant get away with it and escape now that
Jesus speaks from heaven.
Escaped translated the Greek word ekphuego. This word combines two Greek words. It joins
the preposition ek, which means out of, to the verb pheugo, which means to flee. The
resultant word means to flee out of. The context here shows the impossibility of fleeing out
of the judgment of God after they refused Jesus blood, Gods final sacrifice for sin and
personal ratification of Abrahams covenant.
The warning is this: since they could not escape when God spoke on earth through Moses, much
more does the impossibility loom before them that what they attempted here was inescapable! To
refuse Jesus speech is much, much more important than what they heard at Sinai. Therefore,
much more shall we (any of us Hebrew people) not escape if we turn away from Jesus when he
speaks from heaven. (Parenthesis mine)
In the next chapter, we interpret (for you) the balance of the Lest Warnings contained in the
Book of Hebrews.

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The Final Six Lest Warnings in Hebrews


In this chapter, we interpret, for you, the balance of the Lest Warnings in Hebrews. We look at
the final six of these warnings in this chapter. Remember that lest translates the Greek negative
particle ma (many times in combination with other Greek words), which simply means for fear
that. In other words, if you do (or dont do) such and such, then certain unpleasant things may
(will) happen to you, hence, a Lest Warning.
Heb 12:15-17
15
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of
bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; (Italics mine)
16
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of
meat sold his birthright. (Italics mine)
17
For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he
was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with
tears. (KJV)
Looking diligently in verse 15 above simply means to stay alert, to stay awake, to stay on top
of it. Our Author admonished these Hebrews to get on top of it and stay there to prevent three
things from happening:
(1) Lest any man fail of the grace of God in verse 15.
(2) Lest any root of bitterness spring up, trouble them and defile many in verse 15.
(3) Lest there be any fornicator or profane person who sells his birthright for practically
nothing in verse 16.
Lest Warning #6
Verse 15 warns them to look diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God. First, what does
failing of the grace of God mean to these Hebrews? Failing translates hustereo, which means
to fall short, to fall behind or to miss. Remember, they were born into the complete grace of
the Abrahamic covenant. This grace included healing, prosperity, family well being, salvation,
holiness and sanctification. Remember, to maintain this grace and these six blessings, all they
had to do was to sacrifice properly under Moses law when they sinned.
Remember too that God no longer accepts the blood of bulls, goats, cows, and sheep. He will
only accept now the blood of Jesus. By accepting Him as their final sacrifice, they maintain all
the Abrahamic blessings they had by birth in the covenant. Therefore, they did not fail of the
grace of God. They maintained their birthright blessings through Jesus blood. Of course, those
who rejected His final sacrifice lost all six birthright blessings.
To fail or come short, then, simply meant that they refused to accept Jesus, Gods final
sacrifice for their sins.
Lest Warning #7
Verse 15 also warns them to look diligently, lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you,
and thereby many be defiled; They must be alert so that no root of bitterness could crop up. But
what does root of bitterness mean in verse 15? Could it not mean that they were being required
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to completely ditch the Mosaic system of sacrifice? This would be a hard pill for them to
swallow. They had great difficulty with this. Those who chose to stay with the blood of bulls,
goats, cows, and sheep were extremely bitter towards those who chose the blood of Christ.
Consequently, this deep, bitter division rose up and troubled them. Not only did it trouble them,
this bitter division defiled many.
Defile translates the Greek word miaino, which means to dye another color. Hence, it means
to tinge or stain. From the above meaning, defile here simply meant, to tarnish, stain, discolor
and even blemish. These Hebrews were divided by Jesus blood. Their relationship with each
other was forever stained and strained as a result of it. They were defiled as a unified people.
Their bitterness concerning the blood of Jesus did it. Till this day, when a Hebrew accepts Jesus,
his family disowns him. This is bitterness!
Lest Warning #8
Verse 16 warns them to look diligently lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau,
who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. In other words, they must stay alert so that no
one (fornicator or profane person) could sell out his birthright for something worthless.
Remember, we learned that they neglected the message of Jesus because they considered it a
worthless message. They placed no value upon it. They deemed the blood of bulls, goats, cows,
and sheep to be more valuable than the blood of Jesus. What an insult. What a loss for them.
Compare this to the case of Esau--the firstborn--who sold his birthright for a bowl of soup. The
rights of the firstborn in ancient times were invaluable. Esau, however, considered a bowl of
soup to be more valuable than his birthright. What a foolish value judgment for him to make.
How tragic! How could he have been so foolish? Yet this is exactly what Group 3A did. They
sold their birthright for the blood of common animals. Remember, the blood of Jesus is actually
the blood of God himself.
Remember also that Esau later tried to repent, to back up and do it all over in a much different
way. It was, however, too late for him to do this. He shed bitter tears but found no place to go
back and do it differently.
The same thing is true of Group 3A. The absolute, ultimate rejection of Jesus is eternal. There is
no time or place to go back and do it over. Every Hebrew in Group 3A has had it! He is lost
forever. There is no going back. There is no place for repentance. They may seek it carefully
with bitter tears but they will still find no place of repentance.
The lesson to be learned here is very simple. Receive Jesus now! There may be no tomorrow. Do
it now. Dear Reader, this applies to everyone, not just to the Hebrew. Do it now. Remember the
Psalms 95 warnings?
Ps 95:7-11
7
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
To day if ye will hear his voice,
8
Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the
wilderness:
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10
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do
err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
11

Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest. (KJV)

In other words, harden not your hearts today. Today! Today is the day of salvation. Do it now!
Receive Jesus today! This was their right. This was their place. This was their time. Do it now,
here, today.
Next, we look at the last three Lest Warnings. They primarily contain practical lessons for the
Hebrews. Some of them even contain practical lessons for us Gentiles because we are grafted
into their Abrahamic system.

Lest Warning #9
Heb 11:28
28

Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that
destroyed the firstborn should touch them. (KJV) Italics mine)

Moses took God at His word. He acted upon what God said. Moses knew that if the blood was
not sprinkled over the doorpost, the death angel would kill the first born of Israel as well as the
first born of the Egyptians. So Moses did what any sensible believer would do. He sprinkled the
blood over the doorpost. He did this to stop any occasion for the death angel to touch any of
them. (What a lesson for Gentiles as well as Hebrews. When God speaks, He always does what
He said He would do.)
For these Hebrews, they should act upon the Jesus message because He was, from henceforth,
Gods final sacrifice for sin. Without accepting His final sacrifice, these Hebrews had no hope at
all. There was the certain looking for of fiery judgment. Remember the aftermath and
consequences of the willful sin?
Learn from Moses dear Hebrew friend! He took God at His word. You must do the same! You
must accept Gods final sacrifice for your sins or perish in hell. You have no other choice. Do it
now. Receive the loving Son of God. He loves you. He will not hurt you. Do it now.

Lest Warning #10


Heb 12:3-4
3
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest
ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Italics mine)
4

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. (KJV)

Jesus endured great contradiction of sinners against himself. Consequently, our Author
encouraged his Hebrew audience to consider this Jesus. He encouraged them to consider Jesus
lest they become wearied and faint in their minds.
Minds translates the Greek word psyche that is the regular Greek word for soul. In Hebrews
alone, we find psyche translated soul five times and mind only once. Actually, psyche is
translated by heart, heartily, life, mind and soul. The primary translations, however, are soul
and life.
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Wearied translates kamno, a Greek word for sickness. This word, however, means sickness
that is caused and sustained by fatigue. In other words, kamno designates a sickness brought on
by constant work.
Faint translates ekluo, which means to loose out of. Vine used a bowstring as an illustration
of this word. If one should loose a bowstring, he would relax it. Applying this illustration to
Heb. 12: 3 above, we see that two things had happened to these Hebrews. First, they had strived
against sin with animal sacrifices to the point that they had relaxed their view towards the
sacrifices. They had sacrificed and sacrificed and sacrificed until they were sick and tired of it.
They were sick and tired of doing it. They were sick and tired of the whole repetitive Mosaic
sacrificial system. Sick and tired is an excellent way to describe the meaning of kamno, a
sickness born out of constant work, resulting in weariness. Finally, note this fact well: this
weary, fainting sicknesskamno--affected their very soul and their very life--psyche.
Now in opposition to this bleak state of affairs, our Author encouraged them to consider Jesus.
He had already battled against sin and beat it. Now they dont have to beat it. They simply
have to accept His sacrifice. Consequently, they will never have to sacrifice an animal again as
long as they live. Remember that His blood sacrifice sanctified them once and for all.
Heb 10:10-14
10
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus
Christ once for all.
11
And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same
sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the
right hand of God;
13

From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

14

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (KJV)

Now they can enter into His rest by simply accepting His final sacrifice, which sanctified them
once and for all. Now they can come under the blood of the Son of God, whose once for all
sacrifice for sins not only lasts forever but also enables Him to sit down at the right hand of God.
Now they can be perfected forever by His one offering.
What a joy! No more striving against sin! No more sacrificing and sacrificing until they are in a
sick and tired delirium. No more battling it out by themselves. Instead, they are admonished to
consider Jesus who has done it all for them in a once for all way. No wonder Jesus said that He
was the way, the truth and the life. Praise God.

Lest Warning #11


Heb 12:13
13

And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the
way; but let it rather be healed. (KJV) (Italics mine)

What can straight paths for your feet mean? This expression must refer to a persons walk with
God. The gist of this expression is not at all uncommon. All their lives, these Hebrews had been
told to walk the straight and narrow. So understanding this expression is not difficult.
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Notice, however, that walking the straight and narrow is tied up with their ability to be healed.
This must mean that they can be healed much easier and quicker when their walk is right. For
these Hebrews, their walk must start with accepting Gods final sacrifice for their sins. Apart
from this, not only is healing out the window, so is prosperity and family well being as well as
salvation.
Apart from accepting Jesus, there will be no healing, prosperity, family well being, holiness,
sanctification or salvation. No wonder our Author said for them to make straight paths for their
feet. If they dont, that which is lame will be turned out of the way of the Abrahamic blessing of
healing. Note well, however, that our Author wants it to rather be healed, which is their
birthright.
In the next chapter, we look at the Key Verse in Hebrews. This verse forms the bridge between
Group Two and Group Three. In this verse, our Author pleads with Group Three to mimic those
in Group Two and shows what their benefits will be if they do. This is a most enlightening and
faith building chapter.

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The Key Verses in Hebrews


In this chapter, we show you the Bridge Section in the Book of Hebrews. The three verses
below form a bridge between Group Two and Group Three. Group Two had accepted Gods
final sacrifice and Group Three had not. The three subdivisions in Group Three, remember, were
3A, 3B and 3C. You remember that Group 3A had totally and finally rejected Jesus; Group 3B
was thinking about it but as yet had not accepted Him; Group 3C professed Him but did not
possess Him. In this Bridge, our Author pleads with the rejecters of Group 3A, the undecided
ones in Group 3B, and the phonies in group 3C to mimic those in Group Two who had
accepted Jesus, Gods final sacrifice.
In the next chapter, we shall see why our Author wanted them to mimic Group Two, who had
already accepted Christ as their final sacrifice. His reasons will both astonish you and build your
faith in the miraculous things God has for us Gentile Christians. When we get into the next
chapter, remember that we Gentile Christians are grafted into the Abrahamic blessings.
Consequently, these miraculous blessings belong to us as well as to the Hebrews. Why? Because
when we accept Christ as out Savior, we are grafted into those same blessings on an equal
footing with them. Now, look at this Bridge Section that contains the Three Key Verses in
Hebrews.
Heb 6:10-12
10
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have
shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
11
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full
assurance of hope unto the end:
12
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience
inherit the promises. (KJV)
Slothful, in verse 12 above, translates nothrus, which means slow, dull, indolent or sluggish.
In a word, nothrus can mean just plain lazy. Here, our Author pleads with his readers not to be
lazy in their consideration of Jesus. He is, after all, Gods final sacrifice for their sins.
Nevertheless, they had drifted by this great eternal truth. Therefore, he screamed out to them,
Sharpen up! He screamed out, Give heed! He screamed out, Get serious! Since God no
longer accepted the blood of bulls, goats, cows, and sheep, they, henceforth, had no way to
escape if they persisted in being slothful concerning Jesus. He is Gods only way. They must get
serious!
Followers, in verse 12 above, translates mimatas, which means one who mimics or simply a
mimic. To put it differently, the verb form of mimatas means to mimic. Many scholars think
our English word mimic comes from mimatas.
With this one word, mimatas, our Author told his readers to stop being lazy. He told them to get
on the ball and mimic (copy) those who have already accepted Jesus, Gods final sacrifice for
their sins under Moses law. He wanted them to do what Group Two did, since they were
continuously inheriting the Abrahamic blessings.
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Inherit translates kleronomeo, the combination of two Greek words, kleros and nemomai.
Kleros means a lot, and nemomai means to possess. The combination--kleronomeo--means
to obtain and possess your allotment. Inherit, therefore, means to possess the allotment
promised you. In addition, inherit contains two more faith-building things for us.
1. Our Author renders inherit as a present tense participle. Right now, dear Reader, this
present tense participle means nothing to you, but it will in a matter of seconds.
Therefore, read on! The most common use of the Greek present tense describes
continuous action in present time. In other words, our Author, by his use of the Greek
present here, blasted out to his readers that Group Two were continuously inheriting
the Abrahamic promises. Think of this for just a moment! Even as our Author penned
these words, Group Two was continuously inheriting the Abrahamic blessings of healing,
prosperity, family well being, holiness, sanctification as well as salvation. No wonder he
pleaded for his readers to mimic them.
2. He also casts inherit in the active voice. In Greek, as well as English, the active voice
declares that the subject of the verb performs the action portrayed by the verb. In other
words, Group Two was actually inheriting in present time the Abrahamic promises even
as the Author wrote these words. They were really, actually possessing what Abraham
was promised way back in Genesis.
How did Group Two inherit these promises? They inherited them through faith and
patience. We have already learned what constitutes faith. It is information we get from
God for us to act upon and which shows us (in advance) His will. This information usually
contains instructions for us, which enables us to know (in advance) what God wants us to do.
In other words, we know what to do by the instructions in the information.
We demonstrate and prove our belief that this information came from God by walking it out,
by acting on it. We do what the information said that God wanted us to do. If we do not act
upon the information (our faith), we simply did not believe that God was the source of it.
Now, Group Two was actively, presently, continuously inheriting, and possessing the
blessings of Abraham. They acted upon the information that Jesus was Gods final sacrifice
for their sins under Moses law. In so doing, they maintained their inheritance.
Contrast this with those Hebrews in Groups 3A, 3B and 3C who tried to stay with the blood
of bulls, goats, cows and sheep. They lost it all. They lost their entire Abrahamic inheritance.
They were lost. They were doomed. They were damned. Jesus (and no other) was and is
Gods final sacrifice for sin. No wonder, therefore, Jesus said that No man cometh to the
Father but by me!
Patience above translates the Greek word, makrothumeo, which combines two Greek
words. It combines makro (long) with thumeo (temper.) This combined word simply means,
then, long tempered. That is, they had a temperament that enabled them to wait a long
time to possess what they were promised. Hence, patience was essential to obtain what
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God promised them. In addition, patience is also essential for us Gentile Christians to
obtain what God promised us. No wonder our Author exhorted his readers to mimic (copy)
those in Group Two who were still in possession of what they had by birth.
They were born with Abrahamic healing, prosperity, family well being, holiness,
sanctification as well as salvation and were still in possession of these birthright blessings.
Therefore, our Author simply wants them all to maintain what was rightfully theirs by birth.
To maintain their Abrahamic inheritance, all they had to do was mimic (copy) those in
Group Two who had accepted Jesus, Gods final sacrifice for them. That was all there was to
it. That was all they had to do. They were not being asked, over thirty years after Jesus
resurrection, to do something that no other Hebrew had done. They were being asked to
mimic something that many Hebrews, by that time, had already done. Our Author simply
said to them, Do what they did and keep your Abrahamic inheritance.
In the next chapter, we prove for you that Group Two was continuously inheriting and
obtaining the same healing, prosperity, family well being, and salvation that Abraham
himself obtained. This shows, demonstrates, and proves that the Bible does not contain two
separate blessing systems, one for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament. There
is only one blessing system in both Testaments: the Abrahamic covenant. You will see that
Group Two was continuously inheriting the same identical blessings that Abraham himself
had. Hang on. Your faith is about to fly.

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They were Continuously Inheriting Healing, Prosperity,


Family Well-being and Salvation
In this chapter, we demonstrate that Group Two was continuously, actively, presently inheriting
the very same blessings of healing, prosperity, family well being, and salvation that Abraham
himself inherited and enjoyed while he was alive. Study closely the following Scriptures.
Heb 6:13-15
13
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater,
he sware by himself,
14

Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

15

And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. (KJV)

In the above passage, God backed two of the promises He made to Abraham with His oath.
(Remember, there are Sixty Promises in the Abrahamic covenant.) Here, God swore to it that He
would deliver on the two promises that were the most staggering to Abraham. These are
Promises #3 and #28. These were, of course, the promises to bless and multiply Abraham. For
our purposes, we are interested in Gods Promise #3--to bless Abraham.
You remember that bless contained at least four things. It contained healing, prosperity, family
well being, and salvation. Now get this well: Gods word was good enough; if God said
something, His word demanded that He do it. But here, God issued an oath to back up His Word.
A double whammy, if you will. God gave his Word in the form of a Blood Covenant of
Friendship. Then, he swore by Himself to perform what He said in His Promises. Wow!
Now, Abraham had some information (faith). This information contained Sixty Promises.
Remember, we saw in the last chapter that Group Two was presently, continuously, actively
maintaining possession of the Abrahamic promises. We saw this in Heb. 6:12.
Heb 6:12
12

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience
inherit the promises. (KJV)

Look at the expression, the promises, in verse 12 above. Observe closely that our English word
the precedes the word promises. This signifies that the promises here are not just any
promise(s), but very definite, specific promise(s).
Now, look deeply into verse 15 above: It states that Abraham obtained the promise(s). Again,
the precedes the word promise(s). (In the Scriptures, the terms promise and promises are
used interchangeably when discussing the Abrahamic covenant.)
Now, the preceding promise(s) in both verses 12 and 15, indicates that the promise(s) are
the same in both verses. In other words, the promise(s) Group Two was inheriting in verse 12
were the same identical promise(s) that Abraham obtained in verse 15.
In Greek grammar, this is known as the Anaphoric use of the article the. To put this
differently, in the Anaphoric use, the article the will appear before a word that has been used
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before in a given context. Used this way, the refers back to the previous time the same word
was used in the same context. When the refers back to a previous word, as it does here, it
simply means that the second use of the same word means the same as it did the first time the
word was used. To simplify this for you, the promises(s) (in verse 15) that Abraham obtained
are the same identical promise(s) that Group Two (in verse 12) are continuously, actively
inheriting.
Think about this! Let it soak in deeply! The Hebrews (Group Two) in Heb. 6:12 were
continuously, actively, presently possessing the very same blessings that Abraham himself
obtained. Remember what these blessings were? They were healing, prosperity, family well
being and salvation!
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64-73 in our book, What are Abrahams Blessings, Anyway? and pages 75-136 in our book, The
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Since Group Two was continuously inheriting the same identical blessings that Abraham himself
obtained, we look next at some Scriptures that show us exactly and specifically, what Abraham
obtained. Then we will precisely know exactly what Group Two was actively, continuously,
presently possessing. You, Dear Reader, are about to see that Abraham, in his lifetime, possessed
healing, prosperity, and family well being, as well as salvation.
Abraham Obtained Health
Concerning healing, there is no evidence at all in the Scriptures that Abraham was ever sick. He
may have been ill from time to time, but it was of no consequence. As a matter of fact, the
Scriptures are very plain that he was still very healthy at the very end of his life.
Gen 24:1
1
And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed
Abraham in all things. (KJV)
Gen 25:7-8
7
And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred
threescore and fifteen years.
8
Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full
of years; and was gathered to his people. (KJV)
Gen 15:15
15

And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

(KJV)
In the preceding verses, we plainly see that Abraham had a peaceful old age and a peaceful
death. He died in a good old age. This must mean that no debilitating disease cut him down. He
was full of years. They were good years. Though he had ups and downs, they were peaceful
years.
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Abraham Obtained Prosperity
Furthermore, they were very prosperous years. Abraham prospered during his lifetime and he
was very prosperous at his death. We plainly see the proof of this from the Scriptures below.
Gen 24:35
35

And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he
hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and
maidservants, and camels, and asses. (KJV)

While seeking a wife for Isaac, Abrahams servant made the above assertion about his masters
wealth. Obviously, the above verse proves beyond a shadow of doubt that Abraham was very
wealthy.
Most importantly, the servant attributed his great wealth to the Lord. He also linked this great
wealth to the word bless. Dear Reader, you really must read our Four Volumes on the Abrahamic
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Abraham Obtained Family Well Being
Having seen that Abraham possessed prosperity, a healthy life, a healthy old age, and a peaceful
death, what about family well being? He had this also. We shall now look at the case of Sarah-his wife, Lot--his nephew, and Isaac--his son. We shall see that Abraham possessed and enjoyed
family well being also.
First, consider the case of Sarah, his wife. Although she was past the flower of her life, she
maintained her youthful beauty. She was so pretty that kings wanted her. Look at the Scriptures
below.
Gen 12:11-17
11
And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto
Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
12
Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall
say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
13
Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and
my soul shall live because of thee.
14
And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians
beheld the woman that she was very fair.
15
The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the
woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
16
And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he
asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
17
And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of
Sarai Abram's wife. (KJV)
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Abraham was willing for Pharaoh to have Sarah to save his own skin. He feared that the
Egyptians would kill him if they thought she was his wife. He believed that if they thought that
she was only his sister, they would let him live. Twice, he told the kings that she was his sister.
Both times, however, God delivered her before they had her. This was family well being. (For the
second instance, see Gen. 20: 1-20.)
God gave Sarah not only her youthful beauty when she was old but also her ability to bear
children. You remember that she gave birth to Isaac when she was ninety years old and Abraham
was one hundred years old. This was family well being.
Now, take the case of Isaac, the son born to them when they were old. Upon the death of
Abraham, Isaac inherited everything that Abraham owned. This was family well being.
Gen 24:36
36
And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto
him hath he given all that he hath. (KJV)
Gen 25:5
5

And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. (KJV)

In addition to the wealth Isaac inherited from Abraham, God blessed him individually; He gave
him wealth that is difficult to imagine. As a matter of fact, Isaac was extremely wealthy, because
of what God did for him.
Gen 26:3-5
3
Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and
unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware
unto Abraham thy father;
4
And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy
seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
5
Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my
commandments, my statutes, and my laws. (KJV)
Gen 26:12-14
12
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and
the LORD blessed him.
13
And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very
great:
13

For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of
servants: and the Philistines envied him. (KJV)

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Concerning healing for Isaac, no Scripture indicates he was ever sick. As his father Abraham, he
lived a full, rich, prosperous life. This was family well being.
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God even included Abrahams nephew, Lot, in his family well being. You remember that during
the slaughter of the kings, they captured Lot and all his goods. Abraham counterattacked, freed
Lot and recaptured all his goods. See Gen 14: 11-16. This was family well being.
When God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, He spared Lots life and the life of Lots family
(excluding his wife) because of Abraham. This was family well being.
We can readily see from the above comments and Scriptures that Abraham obtained (Heb. 6:15)
healing, prosperity and family well being as well as salvation. (In this volume, we do not cover
salvation because everyone knows it. They are not clear at all, however, about the other three
Abrahamic blessings.)
Why is this important to you?
Why is this so important? It is important to know that Group Two was continuously, actively
possessing the same things that Abraham obtained. This proves that Jesus sacrifice, when acted
upon, was Gods way for all Hebrews to maintain the Abrahamic blessings. Get this well, Dear
Reader: Jesus sacrifice delivered the Abrahamic blessings to the Group 2 Hebrews, not the
blood of bulls, goats, cows and sheep!
It is important to you, Dear Gentile Christian, for the following reasons: you are grafted into this
same Abrahamic blessing covenant, side by side, with the Hebrews; you are now on an equal
footing with them in the Abrahamic inheritance; you are now equal with them in every way since
you are also the seed of Abraham. What Abraham obtained in verse 15 belongs to us Gentile
Christians (now) by grafting. This is revelation knowledge. What a joy!
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In the next chapter, we interpret the balance of the Let Us Exhortations in Hebrews. As you
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The Balance of the Let Us Exhortations Interpreted


In this chapter, we interpret the last eleven of the thirteen Let Us Exhortations in Hebrews. We
interpreted the first two, Heb. 4:1 & 11, in Chapter Four.
Remember the definition we gave you? A Let Us Exhortation (hortatory subjunctive) is a Greek
grammatical device used to exhort other(s) to join in with the writer or speaker in an action. This
action could be one that had not yet started. In this case, the speaker or writer exhorts other(s) to
join him and start the action. Remember that Heb. 4:1 & 11 was this type.
The action could also be in progress, with the speaker or writer already engaged in it. If so, the
speaker or writer would exhort other(s) to join her in the ongoing activity in which she is already
engaged. The balance of the Let Us Exhortations (Hortatory Subjunctives) in Hebrews exhorts
these Hebrew readers to join in with our Author in actions that are already in progress and in
which he is already engaged. We consider Let Us Exhortation #3 first. This introduces the
doctrine of Jesus, Gods final Great High Priest, who ministers in heaven itself.

Let Us Exhortation #3
Heb 4:14
14

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus
the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. (KJV) (Italics mine)

Passed translates dierchomai. This word combines the Greek preposition die with the Greek
verb erchomai. Die means through and erchomai means to come, to go, or to pass. The
combination, then, means to pass through or to go through. Jesus passed through the created
heavens and is now at the throne of God in the very heaven itself.
Furthermore, passed is a Greek perfect tense participle. In Greek, the perfect signifies two
things: First, the perfect shows that an action occurred in the past. Second, the perfect shows that
the result of that past action is still standing. In other words, the result of that past action is still
valid in the present time.
Now, two thousand years ago, Jesus passed through the heavens and arrived at the throne of
God. This is the finished action. The results of it, however, are still with us, still standing, still
valid, and still functioning. Jesus is still in heaven at the right hand of God; He is still functioning
as the last Great High Priest that God will ever have.
Hold fast translates krateo. Vine said that this word means to be strong, to be mighty, to
prevail. In this verse, then, krateo means to hold (maintain) our profession with all our might.
We must hold (maintain) our profession as strongly as we can. We must prevail in holding
(maintaining) our profession that Jesus was and is Gods final Great High Priest in heaven
itself.
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In the Scripture above, our Author made a bold assertion with neither warning nor introduction.
He openly declared that the Hebrew people now have a Great High Priest in heaven; He is none
other than Jesus, the Son of God.
He had already informed them (Heb. 2:17 and Heb. 3:1) that Jesus was their high priest. In Heb.
4:14, however, our Author dropped a bombshell on them; he informed them not only that Jesus
was already in heaven ministering there on their behalf but also that He was ministering there as
Gods final Great High Priest. (He was more than their high priest; He was their Great High
Priest.) God will never again change Great High Priests because this one (Jesus) will never die.
Therefore, Jesus is the last Great High Priest that God will ever have.
Then, the Author exhorted these Hebrews to join in with him in an activity in progress. He was
continuously, progressively, boldly, acknowledging out loud (professing) two things: Jesus was
already in heaven at the right hand of God; He was functioning there as his Great High Priest. He
exhorted his readers to join in with him as he continuously professed and kept on holding fast to
his profession that Jesus was--and is--Gods final, Great High Priest for the Hebrew people.
This Exhortation, in various ways, could have been applied to any of the Groups of Hebrews.
They all have Jesus as their Great High Priest in heaven. He only profits those, however, who
avail themselves of it by faith. Nonetheless, He is still the Great High Priest in heaven for all the
Hebrews since God accepts no other Great High Priest now. In other words, Jesus was still Gods
final Great High Priest for them, even for those who permanently rejected Him. Their unbelief
did not change the eternal truth that Jesus wasand isthe last Great High Priest that God will
ever have.

Let Us Exhortation #4
Next, the Author introduces Let Us Exhortation #4 in verses 15 & 16 below. Actually, this is still
in the context of the Great High Priesthood of Jesus from verse 14 above. In verse 15, the Author
explained how Jesus felt their infirmities because he was tempted in all their same points. In
spite of these common temptations that gave him empathy with their feelings, He never sinned.
Heb 4:15
15
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our
infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (KJV)
Now, because Jesus had been where they were in the feelings department but did not sin, He
was someone they could approach. He was someone they would never be timid around, because
He understood them. They could approach Him and talk to Him, because he had known and felt
their same points of infirmity (weakness). To put this differently, they could approach Him and
talk to Him because He had been there. He had been where they were.
Infirmity translates asthenias. This Greek word combines the Greek negative a, with the Greek
word sthenos. The negative a means no, not or none, while sthenos means strength. The
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combination then means absence of strength or no strength, hence weakness or
infirmity.
Based upon this, the Author exhorted them to join with him in an action already in progress and
in which he was already engaged. He exhorted them to come boldly to the throne of grace with
him. In other words, the Author was already going boldly to the throne of grace. Now he wants
them to go there with him.
Heb 4:16
16
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find
grace to help in time of need. (KJV) (Italics mine)
To which of the Groups does this Exhortation apply? First, it can apply to Group One, the Nation
as a whole. Until they receive Jesus, they need to come to the throne for mercy and grace to help
them maintain what they had by birth. Second, it can apply to Group Two, those who have
accepted Jesus. They always need grace, mercy and help in their daily lives. Third, it can apply
to Group Three. They stand greatly in the need of grace, mercy and help, because they have not
accepted Jesus, Gods last sacrifice for their sins.
Let Us Exhortation #5
We saw this verse previously. The Hebrews were told to leave the beginning teachings in the Old
Testament that only pointed to Christ. They were told to leave the beginning teachings about the
Levitical sacrifices; they were exhorted to go on to the perfection of the sacrifice of Christ
himself.
Heb 6:1
1
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto
perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith
toward God, (KJV) (Italics mine)
Perfection, here, translates the Greek word teleotas, which means having reached the end of a
process. In other words, the first teaching of the Christ in Leviticus was the beginning of a
process. When Jesus was born, lived and died, however, he was the completion or the
perfection of everything that began in the Levitical process. He was the completion. He was
the perfect conclusion to everything Levitical. Jesus was the final sacrifice toward which the
Levitical sacrifices pointed. He was the end of the Old Testament process.
We saw in Chapter Six that the Hebrews must leave these ABCs about Christ found in
Leviticus. Instead they were exhorted to be borne along to this perfect conclusion of all things
Levitical. They were exhorted to be borne along and carried to Christ himself.
Of course our Author had already left the Levitical baby talk about Jesus. In addition, he had
already been borne on to Jesus, the perfect conclusion to those ancient ABCs. Now he
exhorted his readers to join with him in this action in which he was already engaged. He wanted
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them to join in with him, leave the ABCs, and be borne and carried on to the perfection,
which is Christ.
Let Us Exhortation #6
Let Us Exhortation #6 is introduced by Heb. 10: 21, in which our Author returned to the subject
of Jesus Great High Priesthood. He told them that all the Hebrew people had this unique, Great
High Priest, the Son of God himself. Therefore, he exhorted his readers to join in with him and
do the same things he did in verses 22, 23 and 24 below.
Heb 10:22
22
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts
sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (KJV)
(Italics mine)
We saw previously (Heb. 4:14-16) that they could approach Jesus for two reasons: they could
approach him because he felt, by his own experience, their common temptations; they could
approach him because, in spite of the common temptations, he never sinned.
In Let Us Exhortation #6 above, the Author assured them, again, of Jesus approachableness. He
told his readers that he himself (with a true or genuine heart) drew near to Him. He told them
that, as he drew near to Jesus (Gods final Great High Priest in heaven) his heart was filled with
the assurance that this Great High Priest information really came from God. This information,
therefore, became his faith and he had full assurance in it. Now he can act upon it in full
confidence.
Consequently, he exhorted them to join in with him in this action in progress. He was already
drawing near and he exhorted them to join in with him as he continued to draw near.
Let Us Exhortation #7
Heb 10:23
23
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that
promised;) (KJV) (Italics mine)
Hold fast in this verse translates katecho. This word combines the Greek word kata, meaning
down with the Greek word echo, meaning to have. The combination means literally to have
down. Consequently, it is translated by hold fast. Hold down would be more literal.
To put this differently, the Author exhorted these Hebrews to join in with him in holding down
the profession that Jesus was the Great High Priest of their faith. This was Gods information for
them all to act upon. The Author acted upon it and declared it out loud. Then, he exhorted them
all to join him in making Jesus their Great High Priest also. Then he exhorted them to make the
same profession right along with him.
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Profession translates the Greek word homologeo. This combines homo, which means the
same, with logeo, which means to say or to speak. The combined word means literally to
say the same thing.
In this context, the Author professed that Jesus was Gods final Great High Priest in heaven.
Therefore, he exhorted them to join with him and say the same thing about Jesus Great High
Priesthood that he himself said about it.
Wavering translates the Greek word aklinas. This word combines the Greek negative, a, with
klinas (to bend.) The combination means not to bend, and is translated without wavering.
Put differently, the Author did not bend one bit in saying the same thing with his mouth that
God said about Jesus. He said Jesus was Gods final Great High Priest who ministers in heaven
for the Hebrew people.
Next, he exhorted them to join with him and say with their mouths the same thing that both he
and God said about Jesus Great High Priesthood in heaven. In addition, he also exhorted them to
join with him in being absolutely unbending or without wavering in this profession.
Now that they have joined him in being unbending, he wanted no let up in their approach to one
another concerning the claims of Jesus. See the next exhortation below.
Let Us Exhortation #8
Heb 10:24
24

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (KJV)

Consider translates katanoeo. Vine says that this word means to perceive clearly, to
understand fully, to consider closely. To put it another way, katanoeo means to think
something through very carefully.
Provoke translates paroxusmos. Again, this word combines two Greek words. It combines
para (by the side of) with oxus (sharp.) This combination means an irritation, a gouging, a
sharpening, an excitement, and a stimulation. The verb form of this word simply means to
irritate, to gouge, to sharpen, to excite, and to stimulate.
In other words, the Author wanted them to join with him in an ongoing activity, which consisted
of two things: First, it consisted of becoming fully aware of the spiritual condition of each other.
Second, it consisted of causing such a sharp irritation to each other that each of them was
provoked to love and good works. The Author was already provoking them. He wanted the
others to join him in the same thing.
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Let Us Exhortation #9
Heb 12:1
1
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run
with patience the race that is set before us, (KJV) (Italics mine)
Technically and grammatically, the expression let us lay aside every weight etc., is not a
Hortatory Subjunctive. Nevertheless, our Author exhorted his readers to join with him in laying
aside the weights and sins that so easily besets them all. Consequently, we shall discuss it here.
Lay aside translates apotithemi that combines two Greek words. It combines the Greek
preposition apo with tithemi. Apo means from or away from and tithemi means to put, place,
set or lay. The combination, then, means to put away from oneself.
Weight translates ogkos, which means a bulk, a mass, something heavy. It is used here as
something massive and heavy that has to be carried. To carry something massive and heavy is
always a hindrance. Consequently, if at all possible, this hindering weight should be put away
from oneself, especially in the spiritual arena.
Beset is an interesting word. It translates uperistatos that combines three Greek words: First, it
uses the Greek word eu, which means well. Second, it employs the Greek preposition peri,
which means around. Finally, it includes statos, which means standing. The combined three
words, therefore, literally mean standing well around. It means easily encompassing. In
other words, sin has a distinct advantage because it can easily prevail. It can stand well in any
environment. It can wrap itself around anyone or anything. Furthermore, it can accomplish any
and all of the above very easily.
Simply put, the Author was already engaged in the continuous action of laying aside everything
that impeded his relationship with Jesus. He was actively engaged in disrupting the sin that could
so easily prevail. Now he exhorted these Hebrews to join with him in this ongoing life of selfdenial.
We repeat the same verse below because there is another exhortation in it. Unlike the exhortation
that we just considered above, this next exhortation is another Hortatory Subjunctive.
Let Us Exhortation #10
Heb 12:1
1
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run
with patience the race that is set before us, (KJV) (Italics mine)
Although the argument rages about who wrote Hebrews, this expression, let us run, sounds
Pauline. You see, Paul was an avid sports fan. We know this from his many illustrations from the
sports world. Here is another one. He exhorted his readers to join in with him in running the race
that God had set before them.
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Run translates trecho. This is the same word to describe running the track. Trecho means,
then, simply to run. Here, of course, it is used metaphorically to describe running the race of the
spiritual life.
The author, in this section of the verse, exhorted them to join in with him in a course of action in
which he is already engaged. Previously, he exhorted them to join him in laying aside all
hindrances--whether they are sins or weights. Now he exhorted them to join with him in patiently
running the race of the spiritual life.
Let Us Exhortation #11
The Author declared (Heb: 12:27) two things: some things cannot be shaken; these things will
remain. Then, using the word, wherefore, he coupled these two things to an immovable
kingdom that the Hebrews were continuously receiving.
Heb 12:28
28
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom, which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby
we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: (KJV) (Italics mine)
Receiving translates paralambano. This word combines the Greek preposition para with the
verb lambano. Para means by the side of. Lambano means to take or to receive. The
combination, therefore, means to receive or to take from along side of. In the New Testament,
paralambano literally means to take or receive from another.
In addition, they were receiving an unmovable kingdom. Furthermore, they are also continuously
receiving or accepting it. You see receiving is a present active participle. Dear Reader, dont
let the term, present active participle confuse you. The next paragraph will clearly explain it
for you and build your faith.
In Greek, the present tense conveys continuous action in present time. In other words, the Greek
present shows that the action or state of the verbal idea in question is continuous. Applied to our
verse above, this very simply means that these Hebrews were keeping on, keeping on, keeping
on, continuously accepting Gods unmovable kingdom.
Next, the Author attributed this ability to continuously accept the unmovable kingdom to the
grace of God. In other words, for the Author, the grace of God was that which enabled them to
accept the unmovable kingdom. Therefore, he exhorted them, not only to have this grace of God,
but also to continuously keep on, keeping on, keeping on having this grace.
Have translates the Greek verb echo. This is the regular Greek word for have or possess.
In addition, have is in the Greek present. Again, this means continuous action or continuous
state of being.

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Remember, our Author and the other Hebrews in Group Two have already accepted Jesus as
their final sacrifice. Consequently, they are presently, continuously possessing this enabling
grace of God. Then, he exhorted the other Hebrews, who have not accepted Jesus, to join with
them in this action of accepting Jesus. Then they will also have the grace to accept this
unmovable kingdom also. By accepting Jesus, they will be continuously having the grace
necessary to serve God acceptably.
Let Us Exhortation #12
Heb 13:13
13
Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. (KJV)
(Italics mine)
Before we consider this exhortation, we must do two things: First, we must give you the
preceding two verses and explain them to you. Without an understanding of them, the
exhortation in verse 13 above will not be clear. Second, we must show you some of the Old
Testament Scriptures upon which the above exhortation is based. Now consider the following
two verses.

Heb 13:11-12
11
For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the
high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood,
suffered without the gate. (KJV)
There is no argument from believers that Jesus was and is Gods final sin offering for the
Hebrew people. As their final sin offering, Jesus was forced outside the gate or camp in order to
sanctify them.
This is Old Testament Judaism to the core. The Hebrews who read these words knew full well
what the Author meant. They knew what he meant, because they knew the Old Testament said
their sin offering must go outside the camp.
The Old Testament Scriptures below demonstrate that the Old Testament sin offering was always
forced outside the camp.
Exod 29:14
14
But the flesh of the bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire
without the camp: it is a sin offering. (KJV) (Italics mine)

Lev 4:11-12
11
And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and
his inwards, and his dung,
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12
Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place,
where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are
poured out shall he be burnt. (KJV) (Italics mine)
Lev 4:21
21
And he shall carry forth the bullock without the camp, and burn him as he burned
the first bullock: it is a sin offering for the congregation. (KJV) (Italics mine)
Lev 9:11
11
And the flesh and the hide he burnt with fire without the camp. (KJV) (Italics
mine)
Lev 16:27
27

And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood
was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without
the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their
dung. (KJV) (Italics mine)

Since Jesus was and is their final sacrifice for sin, He was forced outside the camp (Heb. 13:13
above). Therefore, those who accept His final sacrifice were encouraged to go out there with
him. In so doing, they were bearing his reproach.
Bearing translates the Greek word phero. This is the regular Greek word to describe carrying,
bearing or supporting a load.
Reproach translates oneidos, the regular Greek word for disgrace, shame, rejection and
suffering.
Obviously, our Author was already engaged in this activity. He was already going outside the
camp where Jesus went. He is already bearing his shame and disgrace. Now he exhorts them to
join in with him in going without the camp and supporting His shame and disgrace.
Let Us Exhortation #13
Heb 13:15
14
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the
fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (KJV) (Italics mine)
Of course, the Author has been continuously engaged in offering praise to God through Jesus.
His lips always give thanks to his name. Now he exhorts his readers to join in with him in doing
the same thing. He encourages them to continually give the fruit of their lips to God also.
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In the next chapter, we show you the once for all time aspect of Jesus blood, sacrifice and
priesthood. This will change the way many of you think about these subjects. This chapter will
leave you on shouting ground.

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Once for All Time


In this chapter, we look at Six Scriptures that employ two Greek words that mean once for all.
These words are used in twelve different verses in Hebrews but we shall only discuss six of
them. The six we discuss below all pertain to three things: the once for all aspect of Jesus
offering and sacrifice; the once for all aspect of His blood; and the once for all aspect of His
Great High Priesthood in heaven.
The first Greek word translated by once for all is hapax. (We looked at this word in a previous
chapter.) Vine said this word can describe something that never has to be repeated. He also said
that this word can describe something of perpetual, permanent, everlasting and eternal validity.
Put differently, this word can describe something that is valid forever, something that will never
have to be repeated.
The second Greek word translated by once for all is ephapax. Actually, this is the same word
as above, but the Greek preposition epi is added to the beginning of it. This addition of epi
simply strengthens and intensifies hapax, the original word,. Put differently, since hapax meant
everlastingly, perpetually valid, ephapax means ultimately, intensively, mightily, everlastingly
valid.
These two words, hapax and ephapax, are powerhouses when we see them used in our Six
Scriptures concerning Jesus offering, sacrifice, blood and priesthood.
All the following Versions of these Six Scriptures translate these two words by once for all.
Here is a list of these Translations and their abbreviations. In the discussions that follow, we
show you the abbreviations for these Versions that translated these two words by once for all.
This is a real faith builder for you.
List of Versions and their Abbreviations that translated the two Greek words
above by once for all
1. ABUV
The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, American Bible
Union Version (John A Broadus et al)
2. Ber
The Berkley Version of the New Testament (Gerrit Verkuyl)
3. Con
The Epistles of Paul (W. J. Conybeare)
4. Gspd
The New Testament: An American Translation (Edgar J. Goodspeed
5. Mof

The New Testament: A New Translation (James Moffat)

6. Mon
The Centenary Translation: The New Testament in Modern English
(Helen Barrett Montgomery)
7. Rhm

The Emphasized New Testament: A New Translation (J. B. Rotherham)

8. TCNT

The Twentieth Century New Testament

9. Wms
The New Testament: A Translation in the Language of the People
(Charles B. Williams)

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Prepare to get your faith built. These Six Scriptures will change the way many of you think about
many things. We discuss them in the order they occur in the Book of Hebrews.
Before we discuss the Six Scriptures, however, we must learn some things about Jesus Great
High Priesthood that distinguish it from all other priesthoods that ever existed. In the Book of
Hebrews, the Author demonstrates the superiority of Jesus Great High Priesthood over the
earthly, Hebrew high priesthood. Two great, superior differences between them follows: (1)
Jesus was made a high priest by an oath from God (2) God patterned Jesus Great High
Priesthood after the order of Melchizedek. The earthly, Mosaic high priest had neither.
Ps 110:4
4

The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the
order of Melchizedek. (KJV)

Our Author quotes or alludes to Ps. 110:4 in Heb. 5:5-6 and 10; Heb. 6:20; Heb.7:11-17 and 7:
20-22. Dear Reader, you must read these quotes and allusions.
In these quotes and referrals to Ps. 110:4 above, the Author emphasized two things: he
emphasized that Gods oath is what authorized Jesus priesthood; he emphasized the
Melchizedek aspect of Jesus priesthood.
This Melchizedek aspect is the basis of several of his statements about Jesus and His
priesthood. Since Melchizedek abideth a priest continually (Heb. 7:3) because he had no end
of life, Jesus must have the same, since the oath made Him a priest after the order of
Melchizedek. He, too, must have life that does not end so he can abide continually as the Great
High Priest in heaven.
Now we can clearly see the two sharp contrasts between the two priesthoods. Jesus priesthood
was established and authorized by a separate oath of God. The earthly, Mosaic priesthood was
not. Second, the Mosaic priests died and had to be replaced. Jesus did not! Since He will never
die, he will never need to be replaced.
They died. Jesus will not. They were changed because of death. Since Jesus will never die again,
his Great High Priesthood will never be changed or taken from him. He has an unchangeable
priesthood. Since he will live evermore, he continuously makes intercession for the Hebrew
people. Consequently, He can save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him (Heb.
7:23-25).
Uttermost in Heb. 7: 25 translates panteles. This word means complete, perfect, fullended, entire and completion. Hence, the translation uttermost.
Because of Gods oath and Jesus Melchizedek kind of endless life, those who come to God by
Him encounter a powerful salvation that the Mosaic priests could never deliver; Jesus could save
them to completion. He could save them to perfection. He could save them full-ended. He
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In addition to having a priesthood that was superior to the Mosaic priests, Jesus had two other
superior things: (1) He had a superior sacrifice (offering). His sacrifice (offering) was Himself;
(2) He offered superior blood. Remember, the blood He offered was not just His own blood. The
blood that flowed in His veins was the blood of God himself. No wonder the blood He offered
was superior to anything available to the Mosaic priests. Jesus offered Gods blood. The Mosaic
priests only offered the blood of bulls, goats, cows, and sheep.
All Six Once for all Scriptures we examine below pertain to the Great High Priesthood, the
offering, the sacrifice, and the blood of Jesus. All Six Scriptures show the superiority of these
things over the same things in the Mosaic system.
Once for all Scripture #1
Heb 7:27
27

Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own
sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once (for all), when he offered up
himself. (KJV) (Parenthesis mine)

Once is the translation of ephapax. Rhm, Mof, Mon, Wms and Vine all translate ephapax by
once for all in this verse.
The Mosaic priests had to sacrifice many, many times for the different sins of the people. The
necessity for repeating the sacrifices was simple. Their sacrifices lacked staying power. The
offering of bulls, goats, cows, and sheep would work for them on a temporary basis only. By
their many sacrifices, the Hebrews could maintain what they had by birth. By sacrificing and
sacrificing and sacrificing, they could keep what they were born with in Abrahams covenant.
Now, God no longer accepts the blood of animals. He only accepts the blood of the Son of God.
The beautiful thing about His new sacrificial offering is this; it does not have to be repeated. It
packs such a wallop that it has perpetual validity. It only had to be done once for all since it
handles all sins, past, present, and future. Once for all!
Once for all Scripture #2
Heb 9:12
12

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once
(for all) into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (KJV)
(Parenthesis mine)

Once translates ephapax, the stronger of the two words. Abuv, Con and Vine all translate this
word as once for all.
In the Mosaic system, the earthly high priest must enter the Holy Place once a year, because the
blood and sacrifices he offered lacked staying power. They had to be offered up again each year
on the National Day of Atonement. This annual offering took care of the sins of the entire
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Jesus blood, however, enabled Him to enter the Holy of Holies in heaven itself just once. That
was all it took. He entered it once for all because the blood he sprinkled there was eternal
blood. It will never lose its power. After all, it was and is the blood of God. Unlike the
temporary, Old Testament redemption, it secured an eternal redemption. Once for all!
Once for all Scripture #3
Heb 9:26
26

For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now
once (for all) in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the
sacrifice of himself. (KJV) (Parenthesis mine)

Once translates hapax in verse 26. Rhm, TCNT, Gspd and Vine all translate it once for all.
In the Old Testament, the high priest had to make many offerings. Jesus didnt, because his
sacrifice had staying power. It only had to be done once. If this were not the case, He would have
to die over and over and over again each time a Hebrew sinned. He would have to die for each
individual sin committed by each individual Hebrew!
Having to die for each individual sin would have forced Him to suffer since the foundation of the
world. He would still be suffering even now because if His sacrifice was not once for all time,
He would still have to die for each individual sin committed by each individual Christian,
whether Jew or Gentile.
But this is not the case. Our Author is emphatic. He said that Jesus sacrifice was a once for all
thing. It has perpetual validity. It never has to be repeated. His offering put away sin by the
once for all sacrifice of himself! Praise God!
Put away translates atithemi that combines two Greek words: it combines the Greek negative,
a, which means no or not, with tithemi, which means to place, to put, to position. The
resultant meaning, then, is to displace, to unplace, to set aside, to annul, to negate, negative
setting, to unset, to deprive of position and to get rid of.
Therefore, Jesus once for all sacrifice, displaced, unplaced, set aside, annulled, negated, unset,
deprived sin of its place, and got rid of it! Prior to Jesus once for all sacrifice, sin reigned
supreme. Not any more! It has been absolutely set aside by the once for all sacrifice of Jesus.
His death does not have to be repeated every time an individual Christian commits an individual
sin. His offering packs perpetual validity! Once for all!
Once for all Scripture #4
Heb 9:28
28

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So Christ was once (for all) offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that
look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (KJV)
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Once translates hapax in verse 28 above. Rhm, TCNT and Vine all translate it once for all.
Again, Jesus was offered once for all.
Remember that the Old Testament high priests had to offer over and over and over again. Not
Jesus! His offering of himself had staying power. It had eternal, perpetual validity. It will never
have to be repeated. He was offered once for all to bear their sins. Now the Hebrews can
maintain their healing, prosperity, family well being and salvation by accepting Jesus as Gods
final sacrifice for their sins.
Once for all Scripture #5
Heb 10:2
2

For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers
once (for all) purged should have had no more conscience of sins. (KJV)
(Parenthesis mine)

Once translates hapax in verse 2 above. Vine defines hapax here as once for all.
In this simple verse, we see another glaring difference between Jesus offering of Himself and
the Old Testament priests offering of bulls, goats, cows, and sheep. Animal blood could not and
did not thoroughly cleanse away sins and they knew it. If animal blood had cleansed their sins
properly, then their conscience would have been clear. It was not. Their conscience still bothered
them, because they knew animal blood could never completely do the job.
Jesus blood, however, purged their sins once for all. Since his offering was once for all, our
consciences as Christians are clear. We have no more conscience of sin. More of us need to
study this subject more thoroughly. Once we see the perpetual validity of Jesus sacrifice, we will
have no more conscience of sin. Sure, both past and present sins will bother us from time to time,
but we will know that we have a sacrifice that cleanses them once for all. Therefore, we can
shove those past and present sins under the blood of the Son of God and forget them. Once and
for all! Praise God!
Once for all Scripture #6
Heb 10:10
10

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus
Christ once for all. (KJV)

Once translates ephapax, the stronger of the two words. The King James Version plus Rhm,
Ber, RTCNT and Vine all translate it by once for all.
Again, Jesus body was offered once for all. His offering had staying power. It had perpetual
validity. It will never need repeating.
Look what this once for all offering of Jesus body accomplished for these Hebrews. They
were eternally sanctified because of it. Sanctified translates hagiadzo, the regular Greek
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word for holy and sanctify. Hagiadzo means to set apart for God. Furthermore, in this
verse, hagiadzo is in the Greek perfect tense. The Greek perfect denotes not only an action that
occurred in the past but also that the results of that past action are still standing.
In other words, in the past, Jesus sacrifice of himself set the Hebrews apart for God. The
results of Jesus past action are still standing. The Hebrews are still set apart for God. They
must, however, appropriate it by faith for it to be valid for them individually and personally.
In the next chapter, we print a list of every Scripture in every category that we have interpreted
for you in this work. For your convenience, you will have a thumb nail view, by category, of this
entire work. May God richly bless each of you. May you grow spiritually and may your faith
soar because of this study.

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This chapter contains the Complete List of Scriptures that we interpreted in Hebrews: The
Abrahamic Interpretation. It also contains All the Old Testament Quotes in the Book of Hebrews.
In addition, either the Holy Spirit or God himself wrote all the Old Testament Scriptures
according to the Author of Hebrews. Here are all the Scriptures we interpreted in their proper
category.

All the Major Warnings in Hebrews


Major Warning #1
Heb 2:1
1
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard,
lest at any time we should let them slip. (KJV)
Major Warning #2
Heb 2:2-4
2
For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience
received a just recompence of reward;
3
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be
spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4
God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers
miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (KJV)
Major Warning #3
Heb 3:7-11
7
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
8
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
10
Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart;
and they have not known my ways.
11
So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) (KJV)
Major Warning #4
Heb 6:4-6
4
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly
gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to
themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (KJV)
Major Warning #5
Heb 10:26-31
26
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there
remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
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27
But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour
the adversaries.
28
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath
trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he
was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith
the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (KJV)
Major Warning #6
Heb 10:38-39
38
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure
in him.
39
But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the
saving of the soul. (KJV)
Major Warning #7
Heb 12:25
25
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that
spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that
speaketh from heaven: (KJV)

All the Lest Warnings in Hebrews


Heb 2:1
1
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest
at any time we should let them slip. (KJV)
Heb 3:12
12
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing
from the living God. (KJV)
Heb 3:13
13
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened
through the deceitfulness of sin. (KJV)
Heb 4:1
1
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you
should seem to come short of it. (KJV)
Heb 4:11
11
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of
unbelief. (KJV)
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Heb 11:28
28
Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the
firstborn should touch them. (KJV)
Heb 12:3
3
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be
wearied and faint in your minds. (KJV)
Heb 12:13
13
And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way;
but let it rather be healed. (KJV)
Heb 12:15
15
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness
springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; (KJV)
Heb 12:15
15
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness
springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; (KJV)
Heb 12:16
16
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold
his birthright. (KJV)

All the Let Us Exhortations in Hebrews


Heb 4:1
1
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you
should seem to come short of it. (KJV)
Heb 4:11
11
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of
unbelief. (KJV)
Heb 4:14
14
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son
of God, let us hold fast our profession. (KJV)
Heb 4:16
16
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find
grace to help in time of need. (KJV)
Heb 6:1
1
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not
laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, (KJV)
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Heb 10:22
22
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled
from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (KJV)
Heb 10:23
23
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that
promised;) (KJV)
Heb 10:24
24
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (KJV)
Heb 12:1
1
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us
lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the
race that is set before us, (KJV)
Heb 12:1
1
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us
lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the
race that is set before us, (KJV)
Heb 12:1
1
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us
lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the
race that is set before us, (KJV)
Heb 12:28
28
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby
we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: (KJV)
Heb 13:13
13
Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. (KJV)
Heb 13:15
15
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of
our lips giving thanks to his name. (KJV)

All the Old Testament Quotes in Hebrews


The following Old Testament Quotes in Hebrews have been drawn from so many sources, it is
just not possible to give credit from the one(s) I relied upon the most. Just let me say thanks to all
of the commentators who have a list similar to this one in their commentaries. About one third of
the Old Testament Quotes are from the Psalms. The Author used The Old Testament, in some
way, (either quoted it or referred to it) in the Book of Hebrews more than any other author in any
other book in the New Testament.
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Old Testament

Book of Hebrews

1. Ps. 2:7
2. 2 Samuel 7:14
3. Dt. 32:34
4. Ps. 104:4
5. Ps. 45:6-7
6. Ps. 102:25-27
7. Ps. 110:1
8. Ps. 8:4-6
9. Ps. 22:22
10. Is. 8:17
11. Is. 8:18
12. Nu. 12:7
13. Ps. 95:7-11
14. Gen. 2:2
15. Ps. 110:4
16. Gen. 22:17
17. Gen. 14:17-20
18. Ex. 25:40
19. Jer. 31:31-34
20. Ex. 24:8
21. Ps. 40:6-8
22. Dt. 32:35a
23. Dt. 32:36a; Ps. 135:14a
24. Is. 26:20; Hab. 2:3-4
25. Gen. 21:12
26. Pr. 3:11-12
27. Ex. 19:12-13
28. Dt. 9:19
29. Hag. 2:6
30. Dt. 31:6
31. Ps. 118:6

Heb. 1: 5a; 5:5


Heb. 1:5b
Heb. 1:6b
Heb. 1:7
Heb. 1:8-9
Heb. 1:10-12
Heb. 1:13
Heb. 2:6-8a
Heb. 2:12
Heb. 2:13a
Heb. 2:13b
Heb. 3:2,5
Heb. 7-11
Heb. 4:4
Heb. 5:5; 7:17,21
Heb. 6:14
Heb. 7:1-2
Heb. 8:5
Heb. 8:8-12
Heb. 9:20
Heb. 10:5-7
Heb. 10:30a
Heb. 10:30b
Heb. 10: 37-38
Heb. 11:18
Heb. 12:5-6
Heb. 12:20
Heb. 12:21
Heb. 12:26
Heb. 13:5
Heb. 13:6

For the Author of Hebrews, all Old Testament Scripture was


written either by God himself or by the Holy Spirit
Study the following Scriptures carefully and see for yourself. Even when our Author knew that a
known person, like David, wrote a Scripture, he still attributed the Scripture to God himself or to
His agent, the Holy Spirit.
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Heb 1:5
5
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I
begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? (KJV)
Heb 1:6
6
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the
angels of God worship him. (KJV)
Heb 1:7
7
And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of
fire. (KJV)
Heb 1:8
8
But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of
righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (KJV)
Heb 1:13
13
But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine
enemies thy footstool? (KJV)
Heb 2:12
12
Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing
praise unto thee. (KJV)
Heb 2:13
13
And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God
hath given me. (KJV)
Heb 3:7
7
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, (KJV)
Heb 4:3
3
For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if
they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the
world.(KJV)
Heb 5:5
5
So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him,
Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. (KJV)
Heb 5:6
6
As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
(KJV)

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Heb 7:21
21
(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto
him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of
Melchisedec:) (KJV)

Heb 8:8
8
For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will
make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: (KJV)

Heb 10:5
5
Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest
not, but a body hast thou prepared me: (KJV)

Heb 10:15
15

Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, (KJV)

Heb 10:17
17

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (KJV)

Heb 13:5
5
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye
have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (KJV)

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