The epistle to the Hebrews was written to the "twelve tribes instantly serving God" and hoping; especially such as were Israelites indeed and had accepted Christ: it is applicable therefore also to all those who from among the Gentiles have been grafted into the promises of God to Abraham, by union with Christ, the true, faithful "seed." R2085:6
To appreciate the necessity for the book of Hebrews, we must mentally take our stand back in apostolic days and get our bearings as though we were living there under those conditions. The question of the Law Covenant was a burning question in the early Church, not only with the Hebrews, but also with the Gentiles. It seemed impossible, especially for the former, to learn that the Law Covenant was not necessary and that a Gentile could really have access to the Abrahamic Covenant through Christ easier than could a Jew. It was to counteract this powerful error of that day that St. Paul wrote the epistle to the Hebrews. It certainly has been a valuable epistle to the Gentiles, but it was written specially to the Hebrews, and because of their tenacious adherence to the Law Covenant, from the dominating influence of which they seemed not to be able to free themselves. The epistle to the Hebrews was written to prove that a totally new dispensation of grace, and not of works, had been ushered in through Jesus at Pentecost. R4510:1,6
Paul, or whoever wrote this epistle, addressed it to the Church. It seems peculiarly adapted to converted Jews, who were familiar with the writings of the Old Testament. We have in this epistle some of the most earnest exhortations to be faithful to the Lord, and the very best reasons and motives given for our encouragement. R78:2
No signature is attached to the book of Hebrews, nor does the writer of it in any way identify himself, except as we see in its style, close reasoning, deep penetration, and wide knowledge of the divine plan, strong evidence that it was written by the Apostle Paul. Who but he could have written it? It is not addressed to Jews, as if with the intention of converting those who did not believe in Christ—but to the Hebrews—to those who were the children of Abraham according to the flesh, but who had accepted Christ. The Apostle would strengthen and establish the faith of these (and indirectly of all others who would come to a similar knowledge of God's dealings with Israel). In this epistle he seeks to show that, so far from the new dispensation repudiating the old one, it was merely an advance step which was being taken because its due time had come. The Jewish system was not being repudiated as a divine institution, but was being established as such, everything in the new dispensation having an analogy to the things in the old one, but on a higher plane. R2821:2,3

[NTC - Hebrews 1:1]

Unto the fathers— To his people Israel. R2407:6
By the prophets— Old Testament Scriptures. R1146:1

[NTC - Hebrews 1:2]

Spoken unto us— The same authority claimed as that which was accorded to the Old Testament Scriptures. R1146:1
By his Son— A different manner from that in which he spoke in olden times. R4092:4 Our Lord Jesus and his testimonies were but further developments of the great divine plan. R2407:6 The Son declared that those who received the apostles received him. (Matt. 10:40) R3764:1 God has closed the canon of his revelation by speaking to us through his Son and the apostles. R2400:5
Heir of all things— Promised. E38 Not the "man Jesus," but the "new creature" Jesus who became heir of all things. R4440:5 As heir of all things he will be the representative of the Father to all eternity. R5086:4 He became heir of all the gracious promises of God's Word. R5186:4 The Lord Jesus is the heir, and the only heir, under the covenant typified by Sarah, who died before the bride of Isaac was called. R1386:6 Those who are Christ's are heirs together with him. R1617:4, 458:1, 398:4 All men should honor the Son—not as the Father, but as the Father's direct representative. OV351:4 "I shall be satisfied when I awake in thy likeness." (Psa. 17:15) "We shall be like him." (1 John 3:2) T67 Possibly including also great works beyond the Millennial Age. F70, 722; A306; E31; R5183:5; SM484:1
By whom— Prior to his incarnation. R1673:3
Worlds— Greek, aionios; meaning ages. R21:4*

[NTC - Hebrews 1:3]

Who being— Since his resurrection. A211; B108; R5579:5, 4667:3, 2600:6, 1592:1;Q366:6
Brightness— Effulgence. R316:2*
Of his glory— Of the father's glory. R89:3
The express image— In the Greek is the word character. R4417:3 The character-likeness of the Heavenly Father, full of grace and truth. R4417:5Each Christian, in proportion as he receives the spirit of the Lord, gradually becomes a copy of God's dear Son, and therefore a copy of the Father. Q452:4 The perfected new creature. R348:4
Of his person— Of the Father's person. R5269:1, 89:3 Of his substance. R316:2* The glorious body which belongs to the divine nature. R1806:2, 2600:6, 2318:2, 1262:4, 546:3, 279:2, 142:3 Which we cannot suppose to be marred by the scars of thorns, spear or nails. R2479:4
Purged our sins— When he ascended up on high he presented his merit as satisfaction for the sins of his followers. R4667:3 The basis on which divine justice and love may operate toward fallen mankind. R2407:6 By humbling himself to become a man and die the ignominious death of the cross. R5430:1 Made purifications of sins by his death. R316:2* Which he could not have done had he partaken in any sense of his mother's imperfections. R776:2
Sat down— Not literally, but in the sense that he is next in honor and dignity to the Father. Q72:T
On the right hand— Higher than all other planes of spirit being. R5181:6 Justice provided a great reward for God's faithful Son. R5430:2

[NTC - Hebrews 1:4]

So much better— Superior to. R486:4 As the divine nature is superior to the angelic nature. A176, 203; R453:5, 616:2* Jesus was in his resurrection made better than angels, as he had in becoming a man been made a little lower than the angels. R856:6 Having become, by so much, better. R316:2* Glory and honor far superior even to the excellent glory he had with the Father before the world was. R872:5
Than the angels— Other spiritual beings. R458:1 "Far above all principalities and powers." (Eph. 1:21) F65
By inheritance— Inherited. R316:2*

[NTC - Hebrews 1:5]

Unto which of the angels— To none of the angels was such a message sent. CR316:3
Said he— The Father. R279:2, 142:3
My Son— My special Son. R1005:3
Have I begotten— Greek, gennao. When used in connection with God, it should always be rendered beget or begotten. R837:1 Born. SM141:T Jesus' life came directly from heaven. R1031:1* The only direct creation of the Father. R5992:6, 5748:1, 4964:3, 1514:6, 1278:3, 1060:4 "The beginning of the creation of God." (Rev. 3:14) R5972:3, 5748:1, 5351:3, 5239:1, 4098:1, 2773:3 The "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." (Rev. 22:13) R5748:1, 1599:1, 1514:6

[NTC - Hebrews 1:6]

And again when he bringeth— After his resurrection and ascension. R2156:2 When he again bringeth. (Revised Version and King James margin.) R4695:4*
The firstbegotten— The firstborn—Jesus—firstborn from the dead, to the divine nature, at his resurrection. R458:1
All the angels of God— At the time of his resurrection. R4668:5 All of God's holy ones. R2156:4 Myriads of myriads sang a new song. R2156:2 Giving fallen angels a chance to prove whether they are willing to become angels of God once more. R4695:4*
Worship him— Acknowledge him. OV307:6 Render the homage due to his nature and office. R458:1 While our Lord was glorified at his ascension, the full demonstration that all the angels of God worship, reverence and obey him will be at his second advent. R2156:4 Reverence him as Christ shall forever be associated with the Father in the everlasting Kingdom. R3683:5

[NTC - Hebrews 1:7]

His angels— The word angel is Scripturally used in a broad sense as signifying the exercise of divine power in connection with human affairs. R5278:1
Spirits— Greek, pneuma, meaning invisible power. R18:5, 579:2
His ministers— Or servants. Any and every agency and power that divine providence uses is a part of that care over his people. R5257:5

[NTC - Hebrews 1:8]

Thy throne— Authority and rulership. A92
O God— Greek, theos. Used of any mighty one, the same as Elohim in the Hebrew. R5749:2, 354:1
A sceptre— Right to rule. B83

[NTC - Hebrews 1:9]

Loved righteousness— All God's work is perfect, and every variation from that perfection must be the result of disobedience; the unalterable law is that the disobedient shall perish. SM65:3 Christ's Kingdom will cooperate with all in their endeavors for righteousness. R5057:5 Eventually none will have life on any plane except those who have learned to love righteousness. A303; R4999:3
Hated iniquity— Wickedness. R1151:5*, 1335:3* All the brethren of the Lord Jesus must take the same stand regarding sin, especially sin in ourselves. R5702:5
Even thy God— The mighty One above even thee. R354:1 Christ never claimed to be "one in person." E49
Anointed thee— Jesus was anointed to be the Head of the church class. R5359:4
The oil of gladness— The holy Spirit. F131; R4341:2
Above thy fellows— As head over his brethren and fellowheirs. F131; R4341:2, 354:1 Head over all things to the Church—all the angels shall worship him. CR395:4

[NTC - Hebrews 1:10]

And— Verses 10-12 are quoted from Psa. 102:25,26. R4222:2, 448:3
Laid the foundation— Jesus was used in the creation of the world. R448:6, 370:4
Of the earth— The present social order. R3154:6, 1814:1,
And the heavens— Powers of spiritual control. A318; R3154:6

[NTC - Hebrews 1:12]

Shall be changed— Rearranged; made over. R3154:6 Some change will take place in the near future, making the earth more fit for kingdom conditions. R3154:6, 4222:6 A new order, social and religious—the new heavens and the new earth. R1814:2, 3154:6, 4222:3,6 They need a change, not because of any imperfection in the original arrangement, but because it was departed from through sin. R4222:6
Thou art the same— Superior to all change. R4222:2

[NTC - Hebrews 1:13]

Which of the angels— Unto none of the angels, but to Him who was superior, chief over the angels; the only begotten of the Father. R490:4 He brings forward the angels, but only to set them aside in the presence of Jesus. R174:2*
Said he— Jehovah. E49 Quoted from Psalm 110:1. R2935:1
On my right hand— In the place of highest favor and power. A92; R2935:2 The Lordship of Jesus after his suffering and trials were ended.R810:4

[NTC - Hebrews 1:14]

Are they— The holy angels. R2179:3, 4214:4; Q437:4
Ministering spirits— Servants. CR316:6 Ministers of mercy. R99:5* Spirit beings continually surround the "elect"; divine power surrounds God's people. R2377:6, 4214:4; CR314:4 Spirit beings can be and frequently are present, yet invisible. A182; R2974:3, 348:3, 261:5, 18:3 These holy angels are looking out for the Church's interests, and are reporting us if we are not in the right way. They shield us from harm; they assist us, or give us stripes, according to our need. Q437:4; R4823:5, 657:2*, 143:4 The angels are present as the representatives of the Lord to do any needed work for us according to his will. R2140:5 Creatures of God, full of loving benevolence, esteeming it a privilege to serve those who will be highly exalted above them. R1478:6 These do not operate in darkness, nor through "mediums." R2179:3 Doubtless the angels of the Lord are as present with his people as ever. R5606:1 "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about." (Psa. 34:7) F76; R2974:3, 578:6, 265:2, 18:3 "In heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father." (Matt. 18:10) F76; R5634:3, 4214:4, 2377:6, 657:2
Sent forth— In this dispensation Christ controls the angels. R61:5*
To minister— To serve. R3798:1 To oversee our interests. R4823:5 Any departure from the reverence of the Lord, on our part, would cause a corresponding separation from this holy protecting influence. R4218:4 We have very little reason to expect that God will use any of the spirit beings to do a service that may be done by his people. R5816:6
For them who shall be— Unto those who shall be. R3004:2
Heirs of salvation— Each one of the Church. Q437:4 The saints. R657:2*, 3965:1

[NTC - Hebrews 2:1]

More earnest heed— Study the doctrine and get a clear understanding of every element of the truth—become rooted, grounded, settled, and established. R5114:3, 1823:1 The hearing of the Word of the Lord brings with it responsibilities. R3164:5 Especially at the passover season. R3178:3
The things— The precious things of the divine Word. R2532:4 The divine credentials. R1823:1
Which we have heard— "The words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life." (John 6:63) E204; R371:5
We should let them— Let spiritual things. E205; R371:5
Slip— From our marred and leaky vessels. E245; R3617:2*, 371:5 There is danger of losing what we have received, unless we give heed.R78:2 Should forget much of the truth. R1025:3* Forgetful hearers and readers of the Word. R2093:3 All which God's Word testifies as truth should be held fast and not allowed to slip. R1206:2, 2389:1 "Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life." (Prov. 4:13) R2389:1

[NTC - Hebrews 2:2]

Spoken by angels— Those in charge of the first dispensation. R1677:6 God's direct messages in the past to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, etc., including the giving of the Law—the angels representing God, as his mouthpieces. R3764:1
Every transgression— Under the law. R3052:6
Just recompense— A reward of blessing or of stripes which will be proportionate to the individual efforts of each to come into harmony with God and his holiness. R2734:1 God will neither over-punish nor under-punish. SM117:T Whoever has wronged one of the least of them shall receive a just recompense for the evil deed. R1469:6, 724:1 Those having degraded themselves seriously with a measure of wilfulness, will have the correspondingly more steps to retrace. SM146:2

[NTC - Hebrews 2:3]

How shall we escape— Destruction. R1951:3 The wrath of God. R2093:5 People of so-called Christian lands, having had more light, more privilege, more opportunity, and sinning against greater knowledge, have seared their consciences more deeply. R5225:6
If we— Christians. R78:2 The "we" class is the Church class, the believers only, who have the light and the knowledge at the present time. NS237:1
Neglect— Causing truths to gradually slip away from us. R78:2 Simply to neglect is fatal. We must stand, or progress. R1802:4* Our appreciation of the value of anything is shown by the earnestness with which we strive for it. R78:5
So great salvation— That a special class, who would manifest special love for the Lord, might become heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, his Son. R5275:6 Which comes only through faith and obedience to the Word of the Lord. R2093:5 Which began to be applicable to his Church at Pentecost. OV252:3; R4769:5 Peculiar to the Gospel Age. R5304:1, 5775:3 Love is the crowning excellency of Christianity, and is necessary to fit for the Great Salvation. R78:5 More than an "elect" few are eventually to reach eternal life through the Redeemer of mankind. SM42:2; R5063:6; Q619:2
At the first— The message of the Kingdom (the Gospel) was planted by our Lord and the apostles. R2276:5, 3769:3 All that ever went before our Lord's preaching was not the Gospel, but merely foreshadowings of it. R2595:6
Began to be spoken— The proclamation of the Gospel could not be made until the ransom was paid. R2847:6 No one was saved before Jesus came. R5179:4When Jesus came, he threw light upon the entire subject of God's plan for human salvation from sin and death. R5608:5 The due time for the testimony to reach the world has not yet come. R5354:2,4
By the Lord— The terms of the heavenly calling are not stated in the Old Testament. F86; R4820:5 "He brought life and immortality to light." (2 Tim. 1:10) E393; R5354:4, 5291:2, 5179:4, 4785:5, 3447:4
Confirmed unto us— The secret of the Gospel was not fully revealed until after Pentecost. R5507:3

[NTC - Hebrews 2:4]

Signs and wonders— These demonstrations of divine power supplementing Paul's faithful use of his natural abilities were the Lord's endorsement of all he did. R1745:4, 1695:4
Miracles, and gifts— Intended to assist in the establishment of the Church—all such gifts ceased and were supplanted by the fruits of the spirit. R5831:2

[NTC - Hebrews 2:5]

For unto the angels— The angels were permitted contact with the fallen race to prove whether they could bring mankind back to God. PD15/24 Who were evidently the unsuccessful rulers of the first epoch. A220; R1677:6, 1154:6
Put in subjection— Infers there was a time when the world was in subjection to the angels. Q16:4
The world to come— The third world or epoch, "wherein dwelleth righteousness." (2 Peter 3:13) A67; F609; R4908:6, 1809:5 The grand era from the time of the sounding of the seventh trumpet. R256:5 The Gospel church then glorified will be "The kings (rulers) and priests (teachers)" (Rev. 5:10) of that new age. R545:4 Which shall be more righteous and successful than the rule by angels. R1677:6

[NTC - Hebrews 2:6]

Art mindful of him— God's original purpose concerning man has not been abandoned. A175

[NTC - Hebrews 2:7]

Thou madest him— Man, originally. A175; R419:2, 219:2, 165:4
A little lower— Less some little. (Rotherham) A175 In degree or nature, but none the less perfect. A175
Than the angels— Man, the highest of the earthly creatures, is lower than the lowest of the spiritual beings. Q502:6; A177; R916:1
Glory and honor— The glory and honor of perfect manhood. A175
Set him over— The Heavenly Father made man king of earth. R5377:1

[NTC - Hebrews 2:8]

Thou hast— In thy plans concerning man. A175
Put all things— All earthly things. A174; R419:2, 165:4
Under him— Under man. A174; E427; R419:3, 165:5
But now— Since the fall and forfeiture of man's estate. R1267:6, 419:3, 165:5
Not yet all things— Restored again and subjected to him. R1267:6 We see not this promised restitution yet, but we do see the first step God is taking toward its accomplishment. A175

[NTC - Hebrews 2:9]

But we see Jesus— The ransomer of all. R4629:2 "We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen." (2 Cor. 4:18) "Every eye shall see him." (Rev. 1:7) By mental perception. T85 The beginning of God's work. R4973:4
Made a little lower— And therefore lower than his pre-human state. B108; R329:3 Humbled himself and took the earthly nature. OV353:4 The human body of Jesus. "A body hast thou prepared me." (Heb. 10:5) R5748:2, 5064:1, 5053:3, 5027:3 Not like angels, nor in any sense a being of their order and nature. R329:3
Than the angels— Greek, angelos. E67 "He took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men." (Phil. 2:7) R4098:2,2075:5, 329:4
Suffering of death— For the purpose of being man's sacrifice. R5917:4 The ransom-price for the sins of the whole world. R5053:3, 4966:1 Had it not been necessary for Jesus to suffer death, "the just for the unjust," (1 Pet. 3:18) he would not have come into the world. OV151:5 It was necessary that a perfect man should die and remain dead everlastingly, that Adam and the race condemned in him might be released from death by a resurrection. R2477:1 When he had accomplished that purpose, he no longer had need of human nature. R5416:1 There is no reason for Jesus to be made a little lower, or even as low as the angels again. R197:1 The death of our Lord in his prehuman condition could not have effected the payment of man's penalty and the consequent release of the condemned race. OV354:1 The suffering of death on the part of our Lord Jesus constituted the ransom price for the sin of the whole world. Q68:2
With glory and honor— The perfection of human nature. E427; A175; R5873:1,5291:5, 5222:6, 1810:3*, 1267:6, 573:6, 463:1 "We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14) R3476:3 Showing that Jesus did not take our fallen nature. R316:4*
That he— He left the glory which he had with the Father as the Logos, and was made flesh and became the man Christ Jesus. SM73:T As a fitting ransom or substitute. A175 The whole merit of the world's salvation was through Jesus, centered in his death. R3701:1 The divine law of a life for a life was to teach us a great lesson; that perfect human life having been condemned to death, it would require a perfect human life to redeem it. R4964:4
By the grace of God— Favor. A175; R5291:5, 556:4* Favor, love, bounty. R685:5; E451 The divine arrangement whereby God could be just and not repudiate the rulership of his own court and yet recover man from the death sentence. SM171:2
Should taste death— And thus make possible human restitution. E427 There is a broad basis of God's Plan laid in the redemptive work at Calvary. R5291:5 Eventually all of Adam's children will come forth from the tomb. R5179:2 The basis of hope, for the Church and for the world. R5822:2,4734:2, 4372:2, 3694:1, 2750:1, 1750:1 That was the only object for our Lord becoming a man. R3476:6 The privilege to return to the image of God with his law rewritten in their hearts, was secured for all by the sacrifice at Calvary. R5286:6 "Poured out his soul unto death." (Isa. 53:12) R3025:6 Sacrificial death. Jesus voluntarily met the penalty for man's sin. PT388:3; R4982:3 The race was not condemned individually, but as a whole, in one man, Adam. Similarly, the race has been redeemed as a whole, by the "man Christ Jesus." (1 Cor. 15:22) SM68:T Proves the character of the one who will be autocratic in the extreme in Messiah's kingdom. R5646:6 Not only has Jesus tasted death, but a great many have been going into death in answer to the call to be of the bride of Christ. R4973:4 The apostle does not say, tasted eternal torment for every man. SM29:1; CR278:1
For every man— Jew or Gentile, bond or free, of every nation and race, color and sex; all are included. CR430:3; A97; R4982:6, 2396:5 It does not leave out any, not one. Q592:4; R4633:5; OV237:4 The divine provision of a remedy for sinners is co-extensive with the blight of sin. R3066:1 So that every man might have a judgment or trial, to determine whether he is worthy of this blessing. SM150:2 For those already enlightened as well as for the millions who have never heard of the only name whereby we must be saved. A104; R4633:5; OV197:5; SM539:2 Universal redemption—not universal salvation. R5925:1This work of redemption covers centuries. R4998:3 Jesus' mission at his first advent was to save in the sense of redeeming, while his second advent will complete the work by restoring to perfection all the redeemed. R604:1* "He gave himself a ransom for all." (1 Tim. 2:6) A344; F668; R5166:3, 1478:3, 779:1, 623:6, 145:1; OV182:4 But not for himself. R47:2* A salvation brought about by the death of Jesus is contrary to the evolution theory. R881:3

[NTC - Hebrews 2:10]

For it became him— The Father. E118, 144; R1267:6, 393:1, 280:6
Whom are all things— All things as they shall ultimately be re-united under Christ in God are to be so for God's sake. R1778:5, 1270:1
Bringing many sons— Of God, not of Christ. E144 The Lord is giving his brethren necessary experiences to lead them to God, to glory. R5579:6The human race. R1267:6
Unto glory— "Glory, honor and immortality." (Rom. 2:7) E395; R1879:4 They are not on an equality with their elder brother; he is their Head, their Chief, the Captain of their salvation. R5215:3 The glory of the restored perfection and dominion. R1267:6
The captain— Jesus. R393:1, 281:1 Princely Leader (Rotherham). R1778:5, 1270:1 Make sure we are fighting as our Captain would wish. R5427:6
Perfect— As a spiritual being. T80; R393:1 Not as a man, for as such he was perfect. R456:2In experiences for his future office. E51 Worthy to be granted the power and glory which Messiah will exercise. R5090:2 Made a perfect New Creature of the divine nature. R795:4, 1830:4
Through— By, or, on account of. R361:2
Sufferings— Sacrifice of earthly hopes, aims and ambitions; suffering unto death. R5778:1, 795:4 To prove his character, his loyalty, to manifest to us, the angels, and all creatures, his wonderful obedience and worthiness of the divine nature. Q559:2; R4618:3, 5472:5, 965:1, 456:5 Tested to perfection, to the last degree, that when he commands obedience of all to Jehovah, it is not more than he yielded. R965:1, 281:1 A less painful death would have been our ransom price, but Jesus was not only to be the Redeemer, but also the Restorer of men. R393:1

[NTC - Hebrews 2:11]

Who are sanctified— Set apart, consecrated. R489:4* The Lord's body members. R4399:5, 297:2
Are all of one— One spirit, one mind, begotten of the spirit of the truth. E244 By reason of our sanctification of the spirit, we are one. R375:1 Complete sanctification in Christ constitutes the perfection and unity of the church. R69:2* This unity was illustrated on the great day of atonement by the burnt-offering of two rams.T73
For which cause— If we would follow Christ, we must suffer. R811:6*, 469:2*, 285:5*, 210:4*
He is not ashamed— So far is the Lord from any domineering attitude in the exercise of his Lordship or authority. R1523:5
To call them brethren— Not children. E144; R1359:6 Usual term of greeting in the early Church. F230 Like him they have consecrated their lives to the Father's business, the service of the truth. SM705:1 Those who seek, love, and do the will of the Father, in preference to their own. R964:5The many brethren that compose the body of Christ are like Christ in worldly circumstances. R811:1* As our Advocate, our Lord stands with us as our Elder Brother, as Chief Priest over his own House of Priests. R4584:6 If this thought of intimate relationship could always be before our minds, we would assist bearing one another's burdens. R2824:2

[NTC - Hebrews 2:12]

Saying— As it was prophetically written. R964:5
My brethren— Who have received the spirit of adoption. E109 The "little flock," the bride class. R5007:1, 964:5

[NTC - Hebrews 2:13]

I— The entire head and body—one. R964:5
And the children— Of God. E144; R1359:6

[NTC - Hebrews 2:14]

Flesh and blood— Human nature. E448; R164:4
Part of the same— The same flesh and blood, human nature. E425; R2794:5, 578:5, 474:4, 261:3, 68:4*, 18:2 Thereby becoming the Branch out of David's root. E136 Not that he might die for himself, as one of us. R726:6*
That through death— As a substitute, or ransom-price before God's Law. R1685:4
He might— Legally. R1685:4, 485:2
Destroy— Greek, katargeo, render powerless; the only way of rendering Satan absolutely powerless would be by his destruction. R2001:4 Ultimately, Satan is to be destroyed, together with all who have his spirit of antagonism to God. OV306:4; R5603:3 In due time. R1879:1, 485:2 In the lake of fire. R655:6,701:2 As the enemy of God and righteousness. R1253:1 After being loosed in the end of the Millennial Age. R1233:5, 725:3 Satan has become inseparably connected with sin, and his destruction is plainly declared. R5896:1, 255:1 Christ became flesh for the express purpose of destroying the Captor and effecting the deliverance. R30:4* Jesus is stronger than the "strong man armed" and competent to bind and destroy him. R632:4* Not preserved in any sense or condition. R2609:5,696:6 Proof that angels are mortal. A187; R1879:1, 673:5 "Into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matt. 25:41) F619; R2608:6, 725:3
Him that— It is an under or subordinate power which he has grasped as a usurper. R452:4*
Had the power— The empire; the dominion. C315; R1779:6, 1271:3; Q620:T "Holding the dominion of death" (Rotherham). Not the eternal dominion to which he aspired, but an ignominious dominion amid sin and death, over poor fallen humanity. R1687:5 The dominion lost by Adam and to be restored by Jesus. R269:4 Satan does not have this power unlimitedly, but can exercise it only under restraints and restrictions, as with Job. R2668:5, 2180:1, 1684:6 However great a power Satan may exercise over the world, we know that his power does not extend to the Church. R1779:6, 1271:3 Authority or control. R964:6 Had the keys of death. R145:1*
Of death— Death, as well as Satan, is our enemy. R2599:6 This penalty was inflicted by God (no matter into whose hands he commits the power of death as his executioner). R911:4 Within limitations, fallen spirits can closely approximate the time of future deaths. R2180:1 This power extends also to storms, hail, drouth and pests. R1685:6, 1771:6 Including disease and sickness. D612; R2189:2, 1684:5, 451:6* Satan undoubtedly has the power to relieve the sick, when his doctrine will be best served thereby. R3187:3, 5802:1, 1685:6, 1644:3 The fact that Satan has adopted "mind cures" to draw the attention of the world and to keep them blinded proves that our great foe is put in straits to continue his hold upon mankind. R2014:5
That is, the devil— Rightdoing and rightdoers, only, shall continue forever. A121 The executioner of the sentence pronounced. E449And thus release from his grasp all of the race. R417:5 "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8) R2610:3 When the typical lamb was slain the power of Pharaoh was broken; so the power of the devil was broken when the antitypical Lamb was slain, and complete deliverance became a mere question of time. R1322:2 Satan turns the grindstone on which the jewels are polished. SM324:2; Q23:6

[NTC - Hebrews 2:15]

And deliver them— The Great Company as typified in the "scape-goat." T60, 70 Those who compromise with the world and its spirit. R5864:6Release the children of God and bring them into life. R964:6 Jesus does not use the power to deliver from death (except in a few special cases) until the Times of Restitution. R47:5*
Fear of death— Fear of sacrificial death. R5270:2 The death of the old man, the death of the flesh. CR348:2 For fear of the cost the Great Company holds back their sacrifice until too late.R4648:1, 828:4; CR102:1 The Great Company's lack of zeal leads them to hold back from sacrifice, although they do not draw back to wilful sin. HG668:6 Fear of the world, fear of mankind, fear of the reproach borne by the bullock and the goat beyond the camp, in the wilderness, the separated or dead condition. T70 Cowards who turn back and never really take the vow of consecration. R5607:4 Same kind of death as verse 14. R101:2*
Subject to bondage— Fear of men and men's traditions and opinions, which always keep back from full obedience to God, even unto death. T70 In Babylon. R694:5 To the flesh, to the customs of society—fearful of the sacrificing experiences which they covenanted should be theirs. R5232:4, 4921:1, 4665:3; Q24:3

[NTC - Hebrews 2:16]

The nature of angels— The death of an angel could not have redeemed man. R5429:6 Angels were not condemned to death, hence needed no ransom. R1680:4As though referring to the angels which sinned. E425
But he took on him— Our Lord stooped from his high position. R5352:2 "For the suffering of death." (Heb. 2:9) E138
The seed of Abraham— Human nature. Q769:5 This evidently refers to his birth of the flesh, as the son of Mary. R3513:2 Not one step lower than his own, but he came down two steps and took the nature of men—he became a man; he was "made flesh." A178 "The Word was made flesh" (John 1:14) and that flesh he gave forever for the life of the world.A178; E151 Divine justice required that a perfect human life must be given for a perfect human life. R5429:6, 5128:1 Our Lord will exercise both the kingly and priestly office in his great work of the oath-bound covenant. R3513:4

[NTC - Hebrews 2:17]

It behooved him— It was a necessary part of his preparation for the work of redeeming and blessing mankind. E128
Made like unto— Tested, tried and proved obedient to his covenant of consecration. R963:6 Not as a sinful man for this would deny the ransom. R951:3
His brethren— Who have received the spirit of adoption. E109 Those who seek, love, and do the will of the Father, in preference to their own. R964:5 "Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matt. 12:50) R963:3
High priest— For the world. R3192:5 Make reconciliation—In the end of the antitypical Day of Atonement, the blood will be applied to Justice on behalf of the whole world. Q444:1 When the people shall have been released from their death-condemnation, they will be in a position to receive blessings. R4905:6
The people— For the whole world in due time. R677:4*

[NTC - Hebrews 2:18]

Suffered— Likewise, the body is to be trained to perfect sympathy and obedience through suffering. R405:4*, 12:5*
Being tempted— As recorded in Matt. 4:1-11. R2243:5, 4969:3 He is "touched with a feeling of our infirmities." (Heb. 4:15) E52; R1829:5 One feature of Jesus' work since his resurrection is to give us the benefit of his former experience, by giving aid to the tempted. R77:6* Trials of all kinds, apart from those arising through sin. R1335:3, 4544:4 Of the weaknesses of the flesh, he had none. R4544:4
He is able— "To save to the uttermost." (Heb. 7:25) F162 As our great Advocate. R4545:5, 1829:5 Our High Priest is not one who is cold and indifferent, but full of sympathy. R5585:6
To succor— Assist, comfort, relieve. R1807:5 To deliver from temptations which otherwise might overpower. F161; R28:4* We must apply for succor at the throne of grace. R4545:5 Jesus' sufferings and temptations prepared him to be able to succor the tempted. R31:1*, 4545:5 His sacrifice is efficacious for forgiveness of unwilling faults. R4544:5 This great antitypical priest, whose priesthood is continual, is not only able to take away sin, but is able to sympathize fully with those for whom his "better sacrifices" have been made. R5777:2
Them— His spirit-begotten disciples. R4545:5
That are tempted— The trials which Jehovah permits to come upon his consecrated people are the same kind that he permitted to come upon our Redeemer. R4970:3 For the testing of our character. In every case behind the temptation is the Adversary. R4545:4,5 Who are tried, but who are not in affiliation with sin. R1335:3

[NTC - Hebrews 3:1]

Holy brethren— The Royal Priesthood. T27, 22; A222; R1101:1; NS598:3; PD68/81 The consecrated Gospel Church. SM139:2; R399:4 The saints. SM359:1 Justified. R714:1 All of the Lord's true people, begotten of the holy Spirit, are beautiful characters as new creatures. R5958:2
Partakers— With Christ Jesus. R964:6
Heavenly calling— The high calling; (Phil. 3:14) to share with Jesus in his glory, honor and immortality. R5459:1, 5926:4, 5023:2, 965:1, 361:5; F67; CR34:5 These are called to heavenly conditions; therefore they are cut off from their earthly rights as men. R5023:2; Q436:1 The heavenly nature, or body, is promised to the overcomers. R454:1; PD8/15 The promises to the saints of the Gospel age are heavenly. R1881:4; HG333:5 After we have accepted the call upon the Lord's terms, there is a great work to be done in us. And God is doing the work. R5759:4 While the Old Testament says nothing about any invitation for anybody to go to heaven, the New Testament assures the Church of this. R5772:2 Requiring that our justified human nature shall be presented to God a living sacrifice. R659:5*, 447:5* The call is not the decision in the matter; it is merely an invitation with certain definite conditions. We are called, not only to righteousness, but to suffering and self-sacrifice. R5459:1 The true footstep followers of Jesus are running for the office of joint-heirship with Christ. The chief duty of the Christian is to avoid entangling alliance with worldly, political systems. Q850:1 God at the present time does not desire the entire world to hear and understanding respecting his plan. He is choosing a special class for the Royal Priesthood. NS340:6
Consider— Think of, notice carefully. Consider the necessity of Jesus being tested before being so highly exalted and you will not wonder that you should be severely tried that you may be worthy to share his glory. R964:6, 4553:3 Let his faithfulness encourage our hearts in all our weary work, and his success be the assurance of our rich reward. R31:4* From the standpoint of his being the Church's Apostle and High Priest. R3313:4 Had more consideration been given by the Lord's people to these matters, a larger number would undoubtedly be much farther advanced than they are today, in the knowledge and love of God. R3313:4 As our example, that, as members, we may present our sacrifice as he, our Forerunner, presented his. R4553:3
Apostle— Special teacher sent of God to specially guide and instruct the Church. R3313:4
High Priest— The Chief Priest of our kind or order of priests. R4553:3, 2309:5; A222; T27The Head. R600:2, 5341:6; T26 Typified by Aaron. R4352:3, 714:4; NS598:3 Consecration as a priest preceded Kingship and its Mediatorial work for men. R4537:4 If Christ is a High Priest and the Church his underpriests, there must be some future greater blessing all the families of the earth. R3313:4 Melchisedec being the type of The Christ. T26; R714:4
Our profession— Order. R4397:3, 4537:4; CR434:3 Our order of priesthood. T22
Christ Jesus— To be Christ Jesus. T27

[NTC - Hebrews 3:4]

Is God— In dealing with the house of sons, God has set up a new law, the law of love. R5405:2, 5663:6

[NTC - Hebrews 3:5]

Moses— The head. R224:2, 3268:3, 3476:2, 2542:1 A prophet. R435:3 The Mediator of the typical or Law Covenant. F432 Represents the human element of the Kingdom. R559:4 Israel was in Moses except as they had neglected the Law Covenant, which he established. R3712:4
Was faithful— Not a fraud. R3177:5 The faithful servant carried the Lord's message as it was laid upon him. R370:5 The prophets and patriarchs laid hold of the earthly promises. R361:5, 5170:3 "Faithful servant" and "Friend of God" was the dearest name then possible, because fallen from the likeness of sons of God and not yet redeemed. R1005:2; NS662:6 God considered Abraham and all the faithful of past ages as the servant class. R5207:3 The Hagar Covenant brought forth some noble servants. R1389:2
In all his house— The house of servants. R5859:1, 5838:1, 5250:2, 2071:3, 1389:2, 435:3; A145; F177; NS626:6 Fleshly Israel; a family of servants. B204 Natural Israel. R2405:3, 3476:2, 505:4*, 175:2 The Jewish house. R1457:1, 600:1 The typical house, the servant house. HG114:4 The Levitical tribe. R4537:2 From Moses down to John the Baptist, there was a house of servants under Moses. R5682:4, 5613:1, 5582:6, 5405:2, 1389:2, 219:1 Faithful overcomers who preceded the Christian dispensation. A145 Moses delivered to this "house" the divine Law, by the keeping of which they might be blessed and used in the divine service. R5003:3 Aaron and the underpriests and Levites all assisted Moses—were his servants and under his direction in the mediating in the various services incidental to the satisfaction of justice. R4537:2, 714:4 The prophets belong to the preceding house of servants. R4958:2,5775:2, 1389:2 Every Jew was counted as a member of the house of Moses, bound to him unto death, and merely needing repentance to be transferred to Christ, whom Moses typified. F432; R3712:4; NS662:3 The very elect of natural Israel at the close of the Jewish age, were permitted to enter the higher dispensation—passing out of the house of servants into the house of sons. F177; NS626:5; PD58/70
As a servant— We never find Israelites referred to as sons of God. There is no direct statement that he was their father, or they were his children. R5219:1, 5663:6 The Jews never thought of speaking of themselves as sons of God. When Jesus declared himself to be the Son of God they were indignant, said that he blasphemed, and took up stones to stone him. R5663:6, 3476:2 The servants belong to the house; but not in the very special sense as do the children. R5424:5 It is proper to give servants commandments. R1543:3, 3030:1, 1729:2 Commands were given to servants without explanation, why or wherefore. R5405:2 The Jews were promised temporal blessings as a reward for faithfulness; while Christians are promised spiritual blessings, with temporal adversities. R5613:2 The Ancient Worthies' loyalty to God and to righteousness is to be abundantly rewarded, but theirs is to be an earthly blessing in the paradise to be established in the earth. R5772:3 The terms of the high calling are not in the Old Testament. F86 The Jews who were not faithful were not even servants. R5310:3;A145
For a testimony— The fleshly house were the honored servants of the spiritual house, chiefly in that they unconsciously furnished pantomime illustrations of spiritual things, to greatly bless and enlighten the house of sons. B205

[NTC - Hebrews 3:6]

But— In all things Jesus has the preeminence. Moses is brought forward, but only to set him aside in the presence of Jesus. R174:2*
Christ as a son— Christ was faithful as a son. R1729:1 The Head of the house. R5405:2, 5838:1, 5170:3, 3476:2, 3268:3, 224:2 Chief. R3223:5 The antitypical Moses, the Messiah. F432 The Sarah Covenant began to bear. R1389:2 From Adam's fall no other human son was recognized. R5831:2, 5859:1, 1005:1; NS662:6
Over his own house— The house of sons. R5859:2, 5663:6, 5250:2, 3539:2, 2071:3, 1389:2, 435:3; A145; F177; NS626:6 The Gospel house. R600:1 Spiritual Israel. R175:2, 3476:2, 505:4*; B205 The elect Church. R2405:4, 831:4, 600:1; A145 Those overcomers tried and found faithful during the Christian dispensation. A145 During the Gospel Age there is a house of sons, begotten of the holy Spirit, under the Lord Jesus Christ. R5682:4, 179:6* The privilege of becoming sons of God was given first in Jesus' day. All who had previously exercised faith were friends or servants. R5775:3, 5170:3; HG114:5 A remnant of Israel had the privilege of passing from servants to sons. R3476:2, 5817:5, 4108:1; PD58/70 The Pentecostal blessing was the beginning of the recognition of the followers of Jesus as sons of God. R5831:2; PD58/70 At Pentecost the holy Spirit of adoption and begetting was first given; without that none could occupy the plane of sons. R5069:6, 5817:5, 5207:3, 4939:6; NS662:3 None could be of the house of sons until Jesus sacrifice had been presented to the Father and accepted by him. NS662:6 The harvest of the Jewish age and preparatory work for the Gospel age, opened the new dispensation; and all Jews or Gentiles who received Christ, were accepted as members of the new house of sons, which took the place of the old house of servants. NS626:5 The twelve apostles, the seventy, the "500 brethren" (1 Cor. 15:6) and those Jews subsequently reached on the Day of Pentecost and afterward during the entire harvest of their age, became sons of God. R4108:1, 3476:2 The fact that God has received Jesus and the Church as sons, signifies that they are in covenant relationship with him. R5163:5 From the time that sin entered the world, God recognized none of the human family as his sons—all were sinners—until Jesus died, to bring us back to God, and open the door of sonship. R5859:1, 5831:2 During the Jewish age there was an election or selection of a "house of servants"; during the present Christian age a "house of sons" is in progress, yet neither of these selections was arbitrary on individuals. R1457:1, 831:4
Whose house are we— We belong to the house of sons—spiritual, not the natural seed. CR215:5 The house of God; the Church (1 Pet. 4:17). R569:2, 1915:2, 179:6* A house of sons, under Christ.R5405:2, 2071:3 The Kingdom of heaven class. R4958:2 "The mountain of the Lord's house." (Isa. 2:2) R269:2 Whose house are we to be. R175:2 God deals with us as with sons. R5405:2 As sons, it is all the more necessary that we learn the lessons of obedience to the Father. More is to be expected of a son in his father's service. He requires more training and discipline. R2405:4 Sons need not be commanded or threatened. No self-denial is too great, and no act of respect and obedience too small. R1543:3, 3030:1 Jesus tells us of our special privileges over the prophets and others in Matt. 13:11, 17. R435:3 Each, to be a member of the house of sons, must be joined to the Lord, to Christ, and through him to the Father. R5614:6 When the typical house of servants was left desolate it furnished the opportunity for the installation of the antitypical house of sons. R3539:2, 3712:4 If it was a favor to natural Israel to be adopted as the Lord's peculiar people, as the house of servants, how much greater is the blessing to spiritual Israel, adopted of the Lord. R3223:5 This includes propitiation offerings, and later the blessing and teaching of the world, for a renewal of covenant relations with God as before the fall. R4537:5The Lord has placed no restrictions in regard to tithing. Whoever has become a partaker of the spirit of the Lord, has a mind not merely to give a tenth, but to consecrate all. R2542:1 During this age of trial and development, all professors are reckoned as part of the nominal house of sons, and the distinctions between the true and false are not to be manifested until the end of this age. R175:2 Since the two houses of Israel—the Jewish and the Gospel houses—stand in relation to each other as type and anti-type, there are some parallels. R600:1, 245:2* The Church is not better intentioned or less sinful by nature than were the patriarchs and prophets; but the opportunity of sonship came to us and not them because their day was not God's "due time." R5775:2
If we hold fast— If we pass the trial successfully. HG40:5 The present state of our membership is not final, but a probationary one. R1698:5
Of the hope— Not in our own righteousness but in Christ and his redemptive work. R2532:4 Firm unto the end—Those who overcome the temptations of the world, dying daily; shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. R1915:2 Let us remember the importance of patient endurance, constancy, that we may take joyfully every trial, every persecution, every difficulty, which God may permit for testing and ripening of character. R5497:6, 5170:3; CR215:5 To the end of the Gospel age, when the house will be finished. R297:4

[NTC - Hebrews 3:7]

The Holy Ghost saith— God, who spake unto the fathers by the prophets—hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son. (Heb. 1:1,2) R810:6*

[NTC - Hebrews 3:8]

Day of temptation— Not a 24-hour day any more than is the judgment day. A139; R568:6, 268:1 Forty years (verse 9). R5139:3, 568:6, 299:4, 268:1, 34:3*; A47, 139; Q758:2

[NTC - Hebrews 3:9]

Your fathers— Israel represented God's chosen people of the Gospel Age, and their journey from the bondage of sin into the blessed Canaan rest of justification by faith in Christ, a foretaste of the heavenly Canaan. R1841:3
Forty years— The period in the wilderness. B48 Typifying the nineteen centuries of the Gospel Age, the period of Jewish disfavor. R3079:3,3064:4 We are now living in this "Day of the Lord," beginning in 1874, a day of forty years duration, as was "the day of temptation in the wilderness." R410:4, 26:6

[NTC - Hebrews 3:10]

That generation— Greek, genea, people living contemporaneously, as in "This generation shall not pass." (Matt. 24:34) D603

[NTC - Hebrews 3:11]

Shall not enter— Not because God did not perform his part, but because they murmured and failed to exercise the proper faith in the Lord. R5388:1 This was a prophecy of the end of the Jewish Age; as a nation they would fail. R5388:5

[NTC - Hebrews 3:12]

Heart of unbelief— In unbelief, Israel murmured against the divine leading and their carcasses fell in the wilderness. R1841:3 They failed to exercise the proper faith in the Lord. R5388:2 For one who has known the doctrines of Christ, to lose them, the heart must first have been separated from the Lord. R5948:3,5

[NTC - Hebrews 3:14]

We are made partakers of Christ— "We have become associates of the Anointed." (Diaglott) R3952:4, 714:1
Stedfast unto the end— "Firm unto the end." (Diaglott) R714:1, 3952:4, 3476:2 "Stand fast in the Lord." (Phil. 4:1) R90:1

[NTC - Hebrews 3:15]

It is said, To day— The present limited time beginning with our Lord Jesus, in which any may obtain the heavenly salvation. F94
Harden not your hearts— The Church is warned against failure to enter into the heavenly Canaan, by the example of fleshly Israel in its wayward course from Egypt to Canaan. R1841:3 Both individuals and the great nominal church systems who despise God's word and cast it from them shall feel his hot displeasure, while those who humbly hear and heed shall be blessed. R1372:1 3:16
Did provoke— Those who accept God as their guide and leader, should never murmur, nor complain. To do so is to dispute the divine wisdom and promises, and to that extent to break their covenant of faith, obedience and loyalty. R5306:2 The Lord's dealings with the Israelites show us that justice, love, mercy, loyalty to God and to principle are in the divine estimation the highest qualities, and violations of these the most serious crimes. R5306:2

[NTC - Hebrews 3:17]

That had sinned— A whole generation. R1841:3
Whose carcases fell— They forfeited the privilege of entering Canaan, and died in the wilderness, because of unbelief and departing from the ways of God. R1841:3 At various intervals the nation of Israel was shaken and sifted by captives and otherwise, that only the loyal and true might remain. R3052:6

[NTC - Hebrews 3:18]

They should not enter— Not that no Jew will enter into the true rest of God, but rather, this was a prophecy of the end of the Jewish age—as a nation, Israel would not be ready to enter into the rest of faith which was then offered.R5388:5

[NTC - Hebrews 3:19]

Because of unbelief— The Jew saw only the letter, and nothing to which the Law pointed. He saw nothing that, in and of itself, was of any value. HG58:4

[NTC - Hebrews 4:1]

Let us therefore fear— The Church, not the world. NS310:1 The fear of reverence; the fear of trifling, of offending our gracious Father and Lord. R4318:5, 5094:1 He who loses the fear of God, and the fear of losing the great prize is in a very dangerous position. R2289:5, 5652:5 Nearly all who "fall away" first lose all fear and become self-confident. Partly because of the loss of this proper fear, it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance. R3596:5 There is such a thing as having too much confidence. CR448:6 "Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." (1 Cor. 10:12) R4311:1, 3667:5 Perfect love casts out slavish, but not reverential, fear. R2986:6, 3726:2, 2289:4,5 Take heed, or we will fail to enter the eternal rest of God. R5388:2 Let us fear the loss of such a wonderful prospect of glory, honor and immortality, in the sense that we will seek constantly to fullfil our covenant and to abide in the Father's love. R3886:5, 5094:1, 4796:3 Lest the present condition of divine favor and blessing should give place and some earth-born cloud arise to hide the Heavenly Father from the eyes of faith. R2487:4 We should fear for ourselves that we are at the mark of perfect love toward God and our fellow-beings. R4479:5, 4841:5, 3667:5 For our own acceptance and our own attaining of eternal life. R4401:1 The feeling of responsibility. R2102:6 It is a holy fear that actuates us, altogether. R5304:2 Not an anguishing, distracting fear, but a rational one, helpful to the Lord's people in preserving sobriety and balance of mind everywhere inculcated in the Word. NS300:3 We shall watch and pray, and guide our course with the greatest carefulness that we may make our calling and election sure. R5990:4, 3929:4 This proper fear the Master had. He never became discouraged, never held back from the work which the Father had given him to do. R5712:6 Our Lord feared lest he should come short of the full requirements of his office as a priest to render acceptable sacrifice. R1806:5 "He was heard in that he feared." (Heb. 5:7) R1807:1, 4841:4 God has provided an abyss of fire and brimstone for all who willfully, intelligently, repudiate his government. NS310:1 We must "fear" for those that have left the "holy," and the "Court," and gone outside of all relationship to God, into "outer darkness." T63 Not the fear of torment, begotten of ignorance and misunderstanding of God. R5304:2
A promise— The precious promises vouchsafed to us, on conditions that are unalterable. R1807:1, 613:5
Into his rest— The heavenly rest. R3913:5, 4401:4, 4275:3, 1841:6; PD8/15 Divine rest. R4996:3,2487:4 Sabbath. F392 The glory of the Kingdom. R1914:4, 1575:5, 296:4 Of becoming joint-heirs with our Redeemer. R4275:3 Into life eternal on the highest plane, the "divine nature." NS314:6 By full consecration and perfecting holiness in our hearts and conduct and thus developing our characters and being changed from glory to glory into the likeness of God's dear Son. R4782:6, 1842:6 The great Sabbath, the Millennial kingdom, the seventh-thousand year period. R4015:1
Come short of it— Miss it, fail to make our calling and election sure. NS187:4 All who would share the predestined honors, must fullfil the conditions of the call—faithful unto death. A195; R4810:3, 1699:6 The slightest intimation that we are coming short of the glorious divine standard should fill us with fear lest we miss the great salvation. R5304:2 That we should find the slightest indifference in our hearts, that we should not get all that God is anxious to give. CR301:2 Any feeling of hatred, anger or malice against a brother, or any approximation of such. R3930:5; HG482:6 St. Paul had no thought of coming short himself, but he urged those to whom he was writing to make "their calling and election sure." (2 Pet. 1:10) R4810:3 Some will be lost, as well as some saved. R3083:2 As Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, in the type. T41, 63; R3055:4 "Take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day." (Eph. 6:13) R3331:3

[NTC - Hebrews 4:2]

Did not profit them— The law provided for the Jew a physical rest for the seventh day, seventh year, the forty-ninth and fiftieth years; and these Sabbaths were typical of a better rest. R5433:1,5405:5, 4015:1, 975:3 Although the Jews had observed the seventh day, they did not really enter into the rest which it typified. R1446:3 They saw nothing that, in and of itself, was of any value. HG58:4
Not being mixed— The Jews merely held the outward form or shadow and did not mix it with faith so as to discern its antitype—the rest of heart. R1446:3 The Jew in his unbelief saw only the letter, and nothing to which the law pointed. HG58:4
With faith— Israel did not enter into the real rest or Sabbath, although they zealously observed the seventh day. They did not exercise the faith by which alone the rest can be enjoyed. R1731:3Faith is necessary to rest. It is for faith to triumph and to realize that God can bring us to that glorious condition which he has promised. R5433:1,4

[NTC - Hebrews 4:3]

Which have believed— In Christ. R5433:1 Belief in the good tidings, the Gospel. R5433:5 The most learned and most ignorant can have this rest if only they believe. R5433:4 The belief having reached the heart, will thus affect our course in life. R5433:6 If we truly believe, we will manifest our belief by works in harmony therewith. R5433:4; NS489:6 Partial belief, partial rest; perfect belief, perfect rest. R5433:5,1, 2534:4 Intellectual belief is not enough. R5433:5 He who trusts in Jesus as his justifier, rests from attempting to do the work for himself. R543:5; HG583:3; NS489:5 None could enter into the true Sabbath rest until Jesus had opened the way. PD72/86
Do enter into rest— Have entered into rest. R5360:4 A perpetual Sabbath. R5405:5, 5406:4, 4996:5, 4015:1, 2534:4, 1731:3; OV281:1 A continual Sabbath. R5433:1 The keeping of the Sabbath. F392 Sabbath signifies rest; the antitypical meaning to the Christian is the rest of faith. R5027:6, 5388:1, 4600:1, 4015:1, 1841:6 The keeping of the antitypical Sabbath, the rest of faith, consecration, when we rested from our own works in the merit of the work which Christ has accomplished. F394; R3039:1, 2534:4, 975:3 Rest of heart, rest of mind, the peace of God which passeth all understanding. (Phil. 4:7) R5360:4, 5405:5, 5345:5, 3039:1 A present rest; a rest of faith in Christ. R1841:6, 2737:1, 975:2 The faith in our hearts, the consecration and obedience, with the begetting of the holy Spirit, usher us into the rest in the heavenlies, the holy place. CR322:1 Each in proportion to his knowledge and faith will have rest—much faith, much rest; little faith, little rest. R5433:4,6, 5345:5 Our rest in the Lord is as complete as is our belief in him. R2534:4, 3753:4, 543:6 As we grow in grace and in the knowledge of God, the more firm and established does our faith become, and our rest is proportionate. R5433:6 By coming into the attitude where we can believe, where we can and do exercise trust in God. R5879:1 The rest comes gradually to the believer as his faith grows stronger. R5433:6 When we made a full consecration to God. R5509:6 By faith we rest in God. We rest in his promises. We are not moved away by any of the adverse conditions of the present time. R5388:1 In faith, in hope, in trust that Jesus will eventually deliver the groaning creation. From feelings of responsibility and worry on account of the world's salvation; the same way that the Heavenly Father rests. R4996:4, 4015:2 The time for entering by faith into the real rest came to the Church at Pentecost, when the spirit dispensation began. R1446:3 "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me and ye shall find rest to your souls." (Matt. 11:28, 29) R2534:4, 315:2 The most happy condition of mind conceivable is the one of full rest and confidence in the Lord. R5306:6 As New Creatures we rest all the time, if so be we abide in the Lord and in his promises. R5433:1;OV282:3 We have reached that place where we have the peace of God ruling in our hearts. R5405:5 We enter into a deeper, more intelligent rest if we avail ourselves of the helps which the Lord has provided for us. R5433:4 If our hearts are disturbed and we cannot enter into this rest of faith, the proper course is to seek the throne of grace that we may overcome the difficulty. R5388:4
The works were finished— God rested because in his plan everything was fully arranged for so completely. R975:4

[NTC - Hebrews 4:4]

Of the seventh day— The 7000-year day ending with the close of the Millennial age. R2837:4, 1731:5, 975:4; Q759:2 At the close of the 7000 years the Son will deliver up the Kingdom to the Father. Q759:2
God did rest— God rested from his work of creation when man became a transgressor. R2434:5; PD8/15 He rested the matter in the hands of the Redeemer, Jesus, to be accomplished through his sacrifice for sins, and his glorious reign for the release of mankind from sin and death. PD8/15; R1685:2
From all his works— His work of creation. Q759:2

[NTC - Hebrews 4:5]

Enter into my rest— Israel's entrance of Canaan, under the leadership of Joshua, typified the entrance of the Church into the rest of faith and special privilege under the leadership of Jesus. R5345:4, 3087:1, 3064:3

[NTC - Hebrews 4:6]

Entered not in— If, during the Millennial age, "everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord" (2 Thes. 1:9) shall be visited upon all who shall then refuse to obey, what would be the result of refusal to obey during the Gospel age? R3164:4
Because of unbelief— The place or condition of Israel after the flesh, and the mass of mankind. R3087:1

[NTC - Hebrews 4:7]

To day— Before this age of sacrifice ends. R5134:1, 790:6 Mercy is confined to this life. HG110:4 It is the privilege of all who come into God's family to proclaim the terms by which those who receive the call may accept it. R5134:4 We cannot tell how distinctly we will hear the voice of the Lord's providence speaking to us tomorrow. Spiritual as well as natural ears soon become accustomed to calls and alarms. R2950:6
If ye will hear— If ye shall hear. R790:5 "He that hath an ear, let him hear." R790:5

[NTC - Hebrews 4:8]

For if Jesus— For if Joshua. (margin) R3064:4, 5388:4 Greek, Jesous; savior. R5388:4
Another day— Millennial day. R342:5*, 5388:4, 3064:3, 975:4

[NTC - Hebrews 4:9]

There remaineth— A future rest. R5405:5, 975:2; CR17:1 Still more complete—to be attained in the resurrection change. PD72/86; SM339:1 Perfect and everlasting rest. R3187:4; OV281:2 A different one from that which we now enjoy. A rest from all labor while our works will follow us. The glorious blessings of the resurrection state. R4996:5, 5548:6, 5388:2, 5345:6 The Sabbath years and Jubilee which could be celebrated only in the land of Israel, represented the rest which remains for us when we shall enter into our promised heavenly inheritance. R975:3
A rest— Beyond the Jordan of death; the final rest, the heavenly Canaan, the glorious spiritual condition beyond the vail of the flesh. R1841:3 Entered by the perfecting of the New Creature in the first resurrection. R5345:6, 5405:5, 5388:1 Our rest is the reality; the rest of Israel was the type. R5388:1, 4015:1 Sabbath signifies rest; the Church keeps the sabbath every day. R5412:5, 4996:4, 315:4 The Sabbath day typified the rest experienced by spiritual Israel. R1733:4 The rest in Canaan was a type of the rest of the people of God in this Gospel age. R5388:1 The eternal life condition to be entered into on the great seventh day. R3039:1 Represents the Millennium, secured to all who accept it through the merit of Christ's sacrifice. PD64/74 The time for entering actually into the real rest is just at hand, at the ushering in of the new dispensation. R1446:3 Rest from sin, our own weaknesses and imperfections. The new creatures will be beings without flaw, blameless and irreprovable. R5345:6 God has given us assurance of this in that on the first day of the week he raised up Jesus from the dead. R2737:1 The Church will enter into it first; next the Jew; and finally, all the world. R5072:1
The people of God— Complete rest when the Church is changed to immortality. R5548:6

[NTC - Hebrews 4:10]

Entered into his rest— Now. R5388:1, 975:2 The rest of the heart, the rest of faith. R1731:3, 1580:4 Whoever abides in Christ is a Sabbath-keeper. R5071:6
From his own works— From attempting self-justifying works. R1731:3, 5405:5
As God did— Confident of the final glorious outcome of his plan. R975:4 God avoids interference with the operation of the laws under which originally he placed all his earthly creation. R1609:6 Leaving the entire matter to Messiah to accomplish. F393 Committed all judgment to the Son. (John 5:22) R975:4, 2430:4, 315:4 "The Father worketh hitherto, and (now) I work." (John 5:17) R1685:2, 2430:4, 975:4 The resemblance is between God's rest and our real rest of faith, not the Jew's Sabbath rest. R975:3 He was not weary of labor, and did not rest in the sense of recovering from fatigue. R975:3
From his— Works—God left the work of redemption for Christ. R1731:3, 1685:2, 1609:6, 975:4, 543:6 Direct work—for 7000 years since the creation of man. R975:4, 1609:6, 543:6, 315:4 God rested from his work of creation when man became a transgressor. R2434:5

[NTC - Hebrews 4:11]

Let us labour— Endeavor; strive. R1886:1 Not let us cease from labor, but labor to put down selfish propensities which would lead us contrary to God's will. HG583:3
Enter into that rest— Greek, Sabbath-keeping. R1446:3 A rest of faith; not actual. CR17:1 It is theirs so long as they abide by faith, in Christ, in God. R5405:5 By trusting in the finished work of the Lord Jesus on our behalf. CR17:1; R4015:2, 3039:1, 1731:4, 975:3, 543:6; NS489:5 That no man taketh from them. R5405:5 Sabbath—the actual rest of the perfected condition. R2534:5
Example of unbelief— Of fleshly Israel. R2534:5 Set by the Jews who kept the seventh day, but never knew what it meant. R1446:3 Unbelief led to disobedience and perversity of natural Israel, causing their rejection. R5548:5 They did not exercise faith. R1731:3 Paul warns spiritual Israel; not to fall in this way, and lose the chief place of favor, as natural Israel did. R5548:5, 1731:3 The great mass of spiritual Israel are falling—they too will lose the chief place of favor. R5548:5

[NTC - Hebrews 4:12]

Word of God— The Scriptures claim this; though their authority by no means depend upon finding that expression. R1584:3
Quick, and powerful— Let the "sword of the Spirit" the Word of God, do all the cutting. R4803:5 Rather than debating, it is preferable to present the message of the Lord's Word orally or in print before those who desire to hear. R5685:5 Nothing can take its place; all teachings, whether oral or printed, should be recognized as secondary to the inspired Word and should be appreciated only as they unlock its treasures of wisdom. R2532:2 The teachings of all the Lord's representatives should be the Word of God, not human speculations and philosophies. R3726:6Let us, in our intercourse with others whom we would lead into the truth, pay less attention to self-defense than to a presentation of the divine Word. R2958:1
Twoedged sword— Words of purification. R5119:4 The sickle of present truth. R1362:1 Separating and casting out. R1279:6 The Truth itself needs no unkind language, no epithets, to drive it home. R4329:1 The Word of God—we can scarcely imagine the saints beyond the veil as handling the Word of God. R5451:2, 359:3* This weapon is formed both for offensive and defensive warfare. While one edge is presented toward the enemy, there is another toward him who wields it. R359:3*
Dividing asunder— It shall separate, shall discover, shall manifest who have the spirit of the Lord and who have not. R2709:4 Separating worldly life from divine life. R508:5*
Soul— The human nature. R549:1
Spirit— The new nature. R549:1
A discerner— Manifester. R1279:6
Of the thoughts— Heart-loyalty to the Lord will mean continual effort to bring all the conduct of our lives, the very thoughts and intents of our hearts, into subjection to the divine will. F136

[NTC - Hebrews 4:13]

Naked and opened— The discovery of the X-ray makes it clear how this is possible. R1935:2 That the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good, is unquestionable.R1778:6, 1270:3 If we have any secret fault, and are lovers of righteousness, we will want the cleansing power of the Word applied. R2094:4 In far-seeing wisdom God has permitted all the present disorders. R1408:5 "For God is in heaven, and thou upon the earth, therefore let thy words be few." (Eccl. 5:2) R1938:1

[NTC - Hebrews 4:14]

High priest— After the order of Melchisedec. (Heb. 7:21) R1101:1; T26 Jesus, as our High Priest, makes good our unintentional shortcomings, and also stands ready to succor all his consecrated members. R1490:6
Into the heavens— Into the closest favor with the sovereign of the entire Universe. R1829:4
Hold fast— Do not allow the truth to slip. R1206:2
Profession— The Royal Priesthood, of which the Jewish priesthood was but a type. T26

[NTC - Hebrews 4:15]

We have not— The Apostle Paul has led his readers up to the point of appreciation that, although Jesus was not a priest according to the Jewish arrangement, he was a Priest according to special divine arrangement. R5965:2 He had been speaking of the antitypical priesthood, that Aaron had been only a typical priest, that a better priesthood was necessary, and that this higher priesthood was represented in Melchizedek. R5585:1; T26 He brings clearly to view the effect of the Lord's suffering, the just for the unjust, in qualifying him for his work as Mediator, High Priest and Leader. R1335:3* Whoever loves and approves wrong, gives evidence of not having the mind of Christ and would not properly be one of the "we" class referred to here. R5965:3; Q707:1
High priest— Jesus entered upon his priestly office at the time of his begetting and anointing of the holy Spirit. His work as High Priest will not be complete until the close of his reign of a thousand years. R5965:2 This great antitypical Priest's priesthood is continual. R5777:2 A heavenly, not an earthly High Priest. R5585:1, 5472:2
Cannot be touched— His perfect mind would make all his sensibilities more active than ours; his sympathy would be stronger, his sense of pain keener. R5103:6, 5090:4, 4804:1, 4161:4; E160 That he might be able to sympathize with those who are in trouble. R5090:4, 4161:4 Although at his resurrection he became so great, so highly exalted above mankind, he realizes our imperfection, trials difficulties, for in the days of his flesh he had similar trials and difficulties. R5965:2 By reason of his losing vitality on the occasion of each miracle.R5104:1 "Unable to sympathize." (Diaglott) R1335:3*
Of our infirmities— Man's infirmities. F632 "With our weaknesses." (Diaglott) R1335:3* Greek, astheneo, a word derived from asthenes, meaning without strength (a, without; sthenos, strength). R4099:2* So he is able to be long-suffering toward us. Q611:T If we have tried to do our best, and have been overtaken in a fault, he knows how to make allowance for us and to be very sympathetic. R5966:5; Q709:2 As Christ was touched with a feeling of the infirmities with which we have to contend, so we also must be touched with the feeling of the world's infirmities. R3067:1 It is expedient that the Bride members should be touched with a feeling of the world's infirmities, and have sufficient sympathy to voluntarily bear some of the sorrows and griefs of those about them. R4138:4, 3067:2-6 Priests of the Aaronic order, the Levitical priesthood, could not properly sympathize with the people. R5777:2 The Royal Priesthood, who were once in the same plight as the rest of humanity, will know how to deal with the sin-sick world; and the world will find comfort and consolation in the realization of such sympathy. R3067:1 The Scriptures amply prove that Jesus Christ was sick, and so able to sympathize with us in our sicknesses. Being without sin, personal sin could not have been the cause of his illness, and, therefore, may not be of ours. R2767:4*
But was— But one who was. R1829:5
In all points tempted— Tried. R408:3 "Tried in all respects" (Diaglott) R1335:6* Proven by certain crucial tests. R5943:3 In respect to his obedience to God, and to trust in the Father's providential care. R5702:4 As a New Creature, not in the manner that the world is. R5585:1, 5965:3, 3717:4, 1689:4; E110; Q706:2 He was not subject to every temptation which assails us from the fallen tastes, appetites and tendencies, which come to us as members of the degenerate race of Adam. R5965:3; Q706:2 He could not be tempted as a drunkard, or in many ways as fallen humanity are tempted; or as a mother or a father, never having been one. R5965:3, 5585:1; E117; Q706:2 As Jesus was tempted three times in the wilderness, so can we be—to selfishness—to foolhardiness—to compromise. R5965:5; 3717-3719, 1689:2,4; 1688:5; E110-117;Q707-709 To a deceitful handling of the Word of God. To gain present power and advantage. To take the sacrifice off of the altar. R1689:4, 3717:6 By the world, the flesh and the devil. R963:6, 5585:2, 3717-3719, 1689:5 All of our Lord's trials were from the flesh, the world, and the Adversary, and so it is with his followers. R3717:4 Our Lord did not give way in any manner to the tempter. We too are to resist and to watch and pray that we yield not to temptation. R5202:1, 1689:5 To draw back from Covenant relationship—to withhold truth and give something desirable—to do what others would applaud instead of what God would approve—to take an easier way—to escape or lessen suffering. R5585:2-5 We also have temptations to return evil for evil and railing for railing. Our Lord was so tempted before his crucifixion. R5966:4; Q708:4 For three and a half years this testing continued. R4612:1 It required some time to develop patience and to be tested along all the necessary lines on which his Church was also to be tested. Q52:3 Our Lord's experience in Gethsemane is an illustration of one of the most severe trials which come to the Lord's people. R2774:5, 5585:6 Our Lord was perfect as a human being. But humanity has its limitations of knowledge and endurance. His new creature lived in and operated through the human body. R5702:1 Our Lord's sufferings were expedient and wise for the assistance of those who would be his followers. R5090:4; E128 "For in that he himself hath suffered, being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted." (Heb. 2:18) E128;F162; R5585:6, 1829:5, 1335:3*, 146:4*, 106:4* Does not refer to the ordinary temptations experienced by our Lord in common with others before his anointing. R3715:6
Like as we are— "Like ourselves" (Diaglott) R1335:6* His brethren. R3717:3, 2774:5 His disciples. R5702:1 The Church. R5585:1, 4804:4 New Creatures. R3715:6, 3717:4; Q706:2 Signifying that the temptations or trials which Jehovah permits to come upon his consecrated people are of the same kind that he permitted to come upon our Redeemer. R4970:3, 3715:6 We also are tested for loyalty to God, loyalty to principles of righteousness, loyalty to the truth, loyalty to divine methods. R4970:3, 5030:2 He wants to have a Bride class who can endure temptation, and endure hardness, and show loyalty, and manifest that they are really overcomers, laying down their lives. Q160:T That we should be fully tested after we become New Creatures. R4612:2 These peculiar trials and temptations which come to us as the Lord's followers do not reach us until after we have attained the point of full consecration. R3717:2 We must not expect to escape temptations, trials, difficulties, perplexities, because only through these can we be developed, perfected in character. R3715:6, 405:1*, 12:3* What a source of comfort and joy it is to realize that our Master knows the power of evil by experience, and so can fully sympathize through knowledge in all our temptations. R1335:3* He is able to sympathize with us and assist us in our efforts to be dead to every worldly ambition. R964:6, 5777:2 We have the benefit resulting from his experience. R5090:4, 405:4*, 77:5*, 12:5* We are tempted (a) to use spiritual gifts to further temporal interests; (b) to recklessly and unnecessarily expose ourselves to danger in the Lord's name, and (c) to cooperate in other plans than God's for the world's uplift. E110-116 We should never voluntarily go into temptation. Reverence, humility and caution should deter us. R3715:6
Yet without sin— "Apart from sin" (Diaglott) R1335:3* Without yielding. R964:5 He steadfastly refused to yield to any appeals from his flesh to escape or to lessen his sufferings. R5585:5 Jesus was not tempted because of sin or weakness, for he had neither. R5702:4, 929:2 Having met trials and temptations of all kinds, apart from those arising through sin, he is able and willing to succor those who are tried, but who are not in affiliation with sin. R1335:3* He was able to do what no imperfect man had done or could do. R776:2 Yet bearing away the sin of the world. (Isa. 53:11-12) R1063:2* Being without sin, he was also without sickness and pain, except as he "took" and "bare" it from others, that he might be touched with a feeling of our infirmities. R2028:6; F632

[NTC - Hebrews 4:16]

Let us therefore— Members of the new creation; no others have access. F680; R4932:1 The spiritual sons of God. R5200:6, 4615:6, 2070:5 The consecrated class, the under priesthood, the New Creation. R5201:4, 5200:6 Those who have not made a consecration to God have no Advocate through whom to approach him. R5200:6 The household of faith. NS674:2 The people of God; but especially important to us now who are living in the evil day. R5744:3The only ones who have a hearing with God are those who have become disciples of Christ and who have been accepted by him. R5962:5, 5420:4, 3805:3, 3802:2, 2024:4 With the Tabernacle picture before our minds, Paul points out that our Lord Jesus has made atonement for the sons of all believers, who may come to the heavenly Father, nothing doubting. NS674:2
Come— Greek, Proserchomai; to approach, or come toward. B158 To our great highly exalted High Priest. R5966:4, Q709:1 It is to our advantage that, when we trespass, we might have the humiliating experience of being forced to come. R4615:5 The earnest Christian should see to it that there is a direct and continual communication between his heart and his Lord. R5744:6, 5746:4 Daily. A good soldier of the Lord Jesus must keep in close touch with headquarters. R5745:1, 5586:4 If we would contrast the privilege of approaching God with that of approaching earthly potentates, we would see a marked manifestation of God's favor in us. R5745:1, 5201:1 Before approaching the throne of grace, we should seek to know what things are approved or disapproved of the Lord. R5745:2,4 If we abide in the Lord and his words abide in us, we shall know what to ask for; and we shall be so careful about our asking that we shall not ask amiss. R5203:3 The saints cannot properly pray for their own health now, any more than could their Master. They cannot properly ask restitution privileges which they have consecrated, nor for their sacrifices to be nullified. R5204:3
Boldly— Courageously, confidently. F145; R5745:1, 5472:2, 5420:5, 5201:4, 5200:6, 5073:1, 4932:1, 4615:6, 2848:3, 1865:1; NS226:4, 674:2 With holy courage and confident faith. R5492:4 Full of faith. R5041:5, 2848:3; Q654:2 Not doubting. R5585:6 Go freely. R5123:5 By faith. R2004:3 With humble boldness. R469:4*With an appreciation of our own inability to overcome. R2878:2 "We have an Advocate." (1 John 2:1) R1829:5, 5089:3, 4898:5, 4875:4, 3255:5; OV181:4 With such urgent and loving invitations let no child of God hesitate to come often. R1865:3 We should never grow discouraged, but come to the Lord again and again, remembering that he is never weary of our coming and that he will not turn us away empty. R5966:5; Q709:3 If we have not sinned willfully, if our sins have been imperfections of the flesh through besetment, we may come with courage, knowing that the Lord understands. He remembers that we are but dust. (Psa. 103:13, 14) R5585:6, 1984:1; Q655:T Any that have difficulty in keeping the mind concentrated in prayer should intensify and shorten their petitions. R5746:4 Our prayers and supplications should be in the Spirit, and not perfunctory, nor formalisms. R5746:4 There is a difference between "saying one's prayers," and praying. In prayer, we should have some definite request before our minds, in order that we may look intelligently for an answer. R5203:4 We may pray for the holy Spirit, for more love, gentleness, patience, wisdom; guidance from the Lord. But we may not tell him what to do; for we have no means of knowing what is his will in matters in general. R5203:2 Not only should we pray frequently and with regularity, but we should be always in the attitude of prayer. We should be in that attitude of heart which looks to the Lord for guidance in every perplexity and experience. R5203:6 If we are submissive, our prayers will become more and more messages of thanksgiving. We shall increasingly desire to walk in the Master's footsteps. With his petitions he said, "Not my will, but thine be done." R5203:2 When opportunities of service seem to require more strength than we have, we should go before the Lord in prayer and say that we are trusting that the necessary strength and all else would be provided. R5202:6 "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit." (Eph. 6:18) R5745:2 While only the consecrated class may come boldly, all who belong to the "household of faith" may to some extent enjoy the privileges of prayer. R5201:4; F681
Throne of grace— Divine grace. R1984:1 The Savior's throne—Jehovah's throne is a throne of justice, but Jesus' throne is a throne of mercy. R5966:4; Q709:2 Provided by our Father's love—how undone we should be without it. R5492:4 We need divine grace to forgive our daily, unintentional, unwilling trespasses. R5420:4, 5745:1, 4932:1 All Christians keep daily record with the Lord and never retire to rest without obtaining this grace of forgiveness and help. R4932:1
Obtain mercy— Not for original sin—but for our daily trespasses of ignorance or weakness. R4354:2, 5103:4, 5089:3, 4898:5, 4615:5 Forgiveness. R1984:1, 5586:4, 5492:4, 5073:1 In respect to our failures to live up to the high standard which our hearts acknowledge and to which we strive to conform. R5123:5 In respect to our shortcomings or trespasses. SM725:T; NS358:1 For the shortcomings of daily life. R5103:4 Let us never presume upon the mercy of our God by being careless of our steps. R5492:4, 5586:4 We shall receive mercy when we are truly striving to be faithful to the Lord. He knows that we cannot fully control our imperfect bodies. R5586:1 The Mercy Seat is for the very purpose of showing us mercy. R5966:5, 5586:4; Q709:2 Provided by God in the great sacrifice of Christ. R2004:3,5103:4, 4796:6 Availing ourselves of these mercies and privileges provided through our great High Priest, we are enabled to fight a good fight against sin. R5123:5 Not to see some progress in overcoming inherited blemishes, should be a cause of disappointment, and should lead to self-examination at the Mercy Seat. R3168:5 Although our Savior is greatly exalted and seated upon the throne of glory, yet his throne is also a throne of mercy, but Jehovah's throne is a throne of justice. R5966:4; Q709:2
Find grace to help— Merit to help. NS737:4 And forgiveness of sins. R5745:1 Supplied mainly through God's Word, in the precious promises. R1007:3,5744:6, 5586:1, 5123:5 The Lord will give us succor. R4488:6 It was evidently because the Lord foresaw that his people might become so abashed by their repeated failures through inherited weaknesses that he provided this special exhortation for their encouragement. R4932:1, 5746:1 To meet in a faithful spirit our various trials and difficulties; to resist the Adversary, and the foes entrenched in our own flesh; to be rightly exercised by the trials and assaults of the enemy. R5745:6, 28:2* The object of prayer is to benefit ourselves and to bring us into that attitude of mind which will be in heart-readiness to receive our Father's blessing. R5745:4 Our prayers are to be along the lines of the Spirit and not of the flesh. As new creatures, we are to pray always in harmony with the interests of this new nature. R5745:5 "Shall he not with him freely give us all things" needful to us as new creatures. F411 We may not pray for the Lord to hinder others or ourselves from having trials or tests for it is for divine wisdom to determine what these shall be. R5928:6
In time of need— In every future time. R3255:5 In times when we are cold or overcharged or neglectful of spiritual privileges—lack of faith, or of restitution for wrongs done, or of full consecration, may hinder the blessing desired. F145, 148 When we realize that we are not always successful in resisting temptations. R5966:4; Q709:1 Although our Heavenly Father knoweth what we need, and has made abundant provision for us, yet he will be inquired of, solicited, by his people. R2004:3 It was because of our needs that God made this arrangement for us. R5420:5, 1802:1 Not before we need it, but in the very moment of trial. R2249:5

[NTC - Hebrews 5:1]

Taken from among men— All the Jewish priests were taken from amongst their fellows. R5472:2
Ordained for men— Set apart for their work to represent their people before God. R5472:2
Offer— Any man who does not offer is not a priest. Offer up yourself, "present your body a living sacrifice." (Rom. 12:1) CR49:4
Gifts— See Heb. 8:3
And sacrifices for sins— In this arrangement the priests were able to sympathize with the people, because they were subject to the same weaknesses, and also had need of the forgiveness of their own sins. R5472:2 5:2
Have compassion— He was touched with the feeling of our infirmities. (Heb. 4:15) F162; E128

[NTC - Hebrews 5:3]

For himself— The sacrifice of atonement was offered by the High Priest and represents him alone. R17:5

[NTC - Hebrews 5:4]

Taketh this honor— God must call or invite. R3282:4, 5472:2; F94 Our Lord Jesus did not appoint himself High Priest. "God hath given him to be the head over the church, which is his body." (Eph. 1:22, 23) R3276:5; SM141:T No one can have a right to serve in the capacity of a priest unless he be anointed of the holy Spirit. SM600:T; R4494:4, 3951:3
He that is called— Speaking of our priesthood. R3634:4 The priestly or teaching service. R4122:4 No man takes this step of consecration unless he is called—through the proclamation of the Gospel. R5134:1, 5472:2, 4477:1, 3282:4 "No man can come unto me except the Father which hath sent me draw him." (John 6:44) R4516:3 The receipt of the holy anointing is their call to the Lord's service—a service of self-denial and suffering in the present time; a service of glory and honor hereafter. SM600:T; R4494:4The place to ascertain what is God's call is not in our feelings but in God's own Word of revelation. R3634:4
Of God— No man can sanctify himself in the sense of causing himself to be accepted and adopted into God's family of the new creation, begotten by his Spirit. F120 The begetting of the elect class with their Head, Christ, and the honorable position to which they have been called, is "not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:13) F77, 120
As was Aaron— God called Aaron to be the head priest. R5472:2 Type of Christ, Head and Body. T38; R5472:2 The anointing of the High Priest in the type represented the divine appointment to office. R5424:4 Although typified by Aaron in respect to an earthly sacrifice, Christ is really a glorified priest, not after the order of Aaron, who was never glorified, never a king; but after the order of Melchizedek R5472:3

[NTC - Hebrews 5:5]

Christ— "The Anointed One." (Diaglott) R713:3, 3951:3
Glorified not himself— Greek, doxazo, honored. A194 He was called of God. OV402:T Even Christ took not this honor upon himself. God appointed him. R5424:4 Christ and his elect Church must also be called of God. R5472:2
To be made— Christ did not glorify himself to make himself a High Priest. R5472:3
High priest— A heavenly, not earthly, High Priest. R5585:1
He that said— God honored him, saying to him in the prophecy of Psalm 2:7. R5472:3
My Son— My special Son, pointing out our Lord's superiority. R1005:3
Begotten— Greek, gennao, when used in connection with God, should always be rendered beget, or begotten. R837:1 Born. SM141:T; NS101:3 This is a quotation from the Psalms, and that it refers to our Lord's resurrection is evident from the Apostle's explanation in Acts 13:33. NS101:4

[NTC - Hebrews 5:6]

He saith also— God intended another order of priests. (Psa. 110:4) R4867:6, 5472:3, 3951:5; Q692:6 Jehovah honored Jesus by inviting him to the position, and giving him all power to fill it. R3951:3, 713:3 Not only has Jesus, God's Anointed One, been chosen as the chief priest, but the "Little Flock" who follow him in sacrifice now, are called to be joint-heirs with him in the same honor. R3951:3, 713:3
A priest— There is but the one way of approaching God—through the great Advocate he has appointed. R4786:4 Melchisedec, who was a priest upon his throne, represented The Christ in glory and power. R3951:5
For ever— A priest ever; a lasting-priest; not one who would drop his office in some unsatisfactory manner, nor pass away by death: but one who would fully accomplish all for which he was appointed. R4668:6; Q551:1 Our Lord entered into his priesthood individually, personally, at the time of his resurrection. Q550:5; R4668:5 This office will end with the Millennial age—there will be no need for a priest of any kind, sacrificing or reigning. Q551:1; R4668:6
Order of Melchisedec— A grand character who lived in Abraham's day. He was King and Priest at the same time. OV402:1; Q182:T Type of Christ in the Millennial age. F72; OV387:4 Christ is not a priest after the order of Aaron, but after the order of Melchizedek, who was a king, and a priest at the same time—not a sacrificing priest, but a reigning priest. R5472:3, 3951:5, 713:5 If Christ was to be a priest after the order of Melchizedek, he would not be a priest after the order of Aaron. Aaron was of the tribe of Levi, an earthly priesthood, and Jesus was of the tribe of Judah. R4867:6, 3951:5, 713:5; Q692:6

[NTC - Hebrews 5:7]

Who— Coming back to his argument, the Apostle shows us the connection between the glorified kingly priest beyond the veil and the suffering Jesus in the flesh. R5472:3
In the days— The limited time, now forever ended. R1806:1, 5472:4 His humiliation was not an eternal humiliation, but was followed by a glorious exaltation, even to the divine nature and to the glorious body which belongs to that nature. R1806:2 From his baptism, to the culminating point in the garden of Gethsemane. R1806:3 With him, as with us, they were "few days and full of trouble." (Job 14:1) R1806:3
Of his flesh— The suffering Jesus in the flesh. R5472:3 Surely this proves that our Lord Jesus is no longer flesh. R5025:4, 1806:1 "He was made flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:14) "My flesh I will give." (John 6:51) "A body hast thou prepared me." (Heb. 10:5) "Though we have known Jesus Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him so no more." (2 Cor. 5:16) R1806:1 "He was put to death in the flesh, but quickened in spirit,"—in his resurrection. (1 Pet. 3:18) R5472:4
Offered up prayers— His prayers to God in Gethsemane. R5472:4; HG459:6 We cannot come too often or stay too long. R1865:3
Cryings and tears— The Gethsemane experiences the night before our Lord's crucifixion. R5403:3, 5551:5, 5472:4, 4841:4, 4437:6, 3885:6, 2773:3, 1806:3 Fearful lest in some particular he might have failed. R5871:6, 5642:5, 5403:4, 4437:6, 3886:1 Not caused by timidity in respect to the impending crucifixion, or by anything that man might do unto him; or doubt respecting the divine power or the divine faithfulness. R5472:6 The Apostle seeks to give us, as the followers of Jesus, confidence in his ability to sympathize with us in all of our troubles. R5472:4,405:4*, 12:3*
Unto him— The Father. It would have been a mockery of prayer if Jesus was his own Heavenly Father. R2773:3 He took these human fears to his Heavenly Father, in order that his human will might be reinforced by divine grace to go forward and complete his sacrifice acceptably to God. R1806:6
Able to save him— Jesus realized that if he failed it would mean eternal death. Q363:5; R5472:6, 3367:2, 1806:5,4 He realized that he had a perfect life, unforfeited, and realized that he was about to part with it. It would be a very different matter for our Lord to lay down his life from that of any of his followers. R4804:2, 3885:6 He saw himself about to suffer according to the Law as an evil-doer, and the question naturally arose, was he entirely blameless, and would the Heavenly Judge thoroughly acquit him whom so many were disposed to condemn? R4804:4,3367:2
From— Greek, ek; out of. R5585:6, 4804:3, 3885:6, 3367:3, 2774:3
Death— Not to save him from dying, but to save him out of death by resurrection. R5585:6, 5551:5, 3886:2; Q272:1 Typified in the Jewish High Priest when he passed under the veil with the blood. If he had not followed every instruction of the Law in the offering of his sacrifices he would have died under the veil. R5585:5, 1806:4
Was heard in that— In respect to, or concerning, that extinction. R4804:2, 4796:5, 3367:3, 2774:3 In regard to the thing which he feared. R4437:6His prayers to the Father were not in vain. Though his words were few his chastened spirit was all the while making intercession for him with groanings that could not be uttered. (Rom. 8:26) R1806:6 An angel was sent to give him assurance of his acceptability. R4796:6, 5403:4, 4804:5, 3367:3; Q272:1 And he was strengthened and comforted. (Luke 22:39-45) R5585:6, 5551:5, 4804:5, 1807:1
He feared— The very thought of extinction would bring anguish, terror of soul. R4804:4 That unintentionally he might have made some error, might have failed to perform some portion of his consecration vow. R4428:6, 4796:5, 4804:3,4, 4707:6, 4683:5 One slight infraction of the divine law or of his covenant would have dashed the whole matter. CR149:4 Had he done everything in exact accordance with God's will? In full view of the agony it would cost, was he able to drink the bitter cup to its very dregs—endure not only the physical agony, but also the ignominy? R1806:6 Not fear of dying, but fear of remaining dead, fear that he would not be accounted of the Father worthy of that glorious resurrection which had been promised to him on condition of absolute obedience. R5551:5, 5472:6, 4804:2, 4796:5, 3886:2, 2774:3; Q272:1 Lest his death might be second death. R4796:5 The great mental conflict through which the Lord passed on our behalf. R1806:3 He received the assurance that he was well-pleasing to the Father. R4708:1 He was delivered from the fear of death. R5472:6, 3367:3 He was delivered from death by a resurrection. R3367:3 The fear on the Lord's part was not a sinful fear; it was a fear such as we are told to have, lest we fail to realize the precious promises vouchsafed to us upon conditions that are positive and unalterable. R1807:1 He never feared the Father in the sense of experiencing dread or terror. R4796:6 It was a filial fear, a fear entirely compatible with his relationship to God as a recognized Son. R1807:2 Doubtless the powers of darkness were busy in that awful hour, taking advantage of the circumstances and of his weakness and weariness to discourage his hope and to fill his mind with fears. R1806:6 Perfect loves casts out slavish, but not reverential, fear. R2986:6, 4841:4, 2289:5 If the Master feared, so should his followers. R4841:4

[NTC - Hebrews 5:8]

A Son— The sufferings of Jesus, the Apostle points out, came not to him because he was a sinner, but because he was a Son and because as a Son, the Heavenly Father would prove, test, his loyalty unto death. R5472:5 His continual recognition by Jehovah as a Son was a guarantee of his perfection; and to sin at any time would have been to forfeit that relationship. R1807:2
Yet learned he— Christ never claimed to be "equal in power." E120 Thus Jesus received the great illumination which was so powerful an addition to him—just as it is a great illumination to us to see the terms and conditions of our calling—if we would reign with him. R5064:6
Obedience— Our Lord, already fully obedient to the Father under favorable conditions, learned what it meant to be obedient under most adverse conditions. E120; R5890:2, 5712:3; CR158:4, 145:3 Under the Father's guidance, he was humiliated. R5186:3 To the perfect will of God down to the lowest depths of self-abnegation. R1807:3, 2439:4 The Master's obedience to the covenant of sacrifice would bring him the life immortal, divine. But any failure would cost him his all; for his all was staked in that covenant of sacrifice. R5472:6 He was thereby prepared for his exaltation, his glorification, which he received when he had finished the work which the Father gave him to do. R4107:6,5252:5; HG624:1 The plan of human salvation was all made dependent upon the obedience of the anointed High Priest to every jot and tittle of the Law concerning him, as shown in the typical service of the Tabernacle. R1806:4 Obedience is what we have specially to learn. God looks for obedience. CR145:3
Which he suffered— Which were written in the Book. R5421:6 The things which Jesus endured, not only were to constitute a sacrifice for human sin and to make possible human restitution through the Messianic Kingdom, but they were necessary to the Master himself. R5472:5 In the first "Holy," Jesus had to tarry and offer his incense upon the fire of trial—he must demonstrate his loyalty to God and righteousness by the things suffered as a begotten Son. T56; R5080:5 Even as the experiences of Joseph—all of his humiliation—prepared the way for him to be succored and honored by Pharaoh. R5215:2 Our High Priest is one who is full of sympathy and has had the largest kind of experience. R5585:6 The great fight of afflictions through which he passed—the subtle and deceptive temptations of the wilderness, the contradiction of sinners against himself; his poverty, loss of friends, labors, weariness, homelessness, bitter and relentless persecutions, and finally his betrayal and dying agony. R1806:5

[NTC - Hebrews 5:9]

Being made perfect— In this lesson of obedience. R1807:3 As a new creature, through trials and sufferings. D621; E120; R5472:6, 5215:2, 1807:5, 314:5 In the resurrection as a new creature. SM140:T Made acceptable to the high station to which he was called—the divine nature. R2439:3, 314:5 Being made perfect through the painful discipline of suffering, he is now a suitable one to fill the office of High Priest, a mediator between God and men. R1807:5, 1335:3* Perfected in some sense through a process of experience of humiliation and suffering. R1807:2; E51 Perfection of being and perfection of character are two different things. R1807:4 Jesus was not imperfect at any time in the sense of being sinful. His sufferings did not make him perfect in the sense of making him sinless. The perfecting was of another kind. R5472:5 The new nature, begotten at baptism, needed development, or perfecting; and it was for this purpose that the trials, difficulties and buffetings were permitted to come to him. R5472:6 He was not counted perfect in the sense of that established and demonstrated character which was the necessary requirement for the priestly office to which he was called. He must be proved. R1807:3 As with the Head, so it is God's design for each member of the Body. D621
Became the author— Source. E386; R1878:4 On the basis of his own victory and exaltation. R5473:1, 314:5 As our great High Priest. E386; R1878:4 As the purchaser of Adam and his race, Christ became a hope of salvation. R1251:4, 1265:4 Every exhibition and testimony of his character inspires the fullest confidence, so that obedience to him signifies progress toward perfection at every step of the way. R1808:1 Shall we not, as sons, share with him as the author of eternal salvation? R51:4*
Of eternal salvation— Because of his faithfulness he was rewarded with life on a still higher plane. SM31:2; E120 He has not only redeemed man from what was lost in Adam, but has made higher attainments possible, brought salvation near, within reach of all men. R9:6*
Unto all— He gives life to all—is Lord of all. R62:4*, 726:6* The first salvation which this antitypical priest effects is the salvation of his Church; additionally he is the author of salvation to as many of mankind as will obey him during his Messianic reign. R5473:1,4; E120
That obey him— When brought to a full knowledge of the truth. R1259:2; E120 When the work of giving knowledge and discipline to all the race, and selecting those who, by hearty obedience, shall be commended as lovers of righteousness, worthy of life everlasting. R1251:5 His followers must demonstrate the same heart loyalty that Jesus manifested—the same willingness to do the Father's will and to sacrifice every other interest. R5473:1, 1808:1 Who take up their cross and follow him; walk in his footsteps through evil report, through good report, faithful unto death, as he was. R5473:1 The absolute perfection of our great High Priest, and the fact that he was ordained of God for this office, is the strongest possible demand and incentive for the church's obedience. R1807:6 The disobedient and wilful, who do not love the right ways of the Lord, and who have no desire to walk in them, will receive none of the benefit of his mediation. R1807:5

[NTC - Hebrews 5:10]

Called of God— "Declared by God." (Diaglott) R3951:3, 713:3
An high priest— Through bitter experiences he was perfected—to mediate for us; (1) by presenting to God an acceptable sacrifice, making our salvation possible; (2) by undertaking to cleanse, purge and purify us. R1807:6 "A merciful and faithful high priest; for in that he himself hath suffered, being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted." (Heb. 2:18) R1807:5,1335:3*, 405:1*, 12:5* For this office he must be proved beyond all peradventure by the severest tests. R1807:3 The Heavenly Father knew through what suffering, ignominy, shame and sorrow, Jesus' beloved followers must pass. His omniscient eye foresaw the fagot, the torch, the rack, and the thousand refinements of cruelty with which Satanic ingenuity would fight the Church. R1807:5 By God's grace our Lord Jesus not only bought us by the sacrifice of his life for ours, but he became our great High Priest. R1878:4; E386
After— "According to." (Diaglott) R3951:3, 713:3
Order of Melchisedec— A King of Peace; a Priest upon his throne. T50 In the case of Melchizedek as a type nothing is shown respecting sacrifice. He was not a sacrificing priest, but a blessing priest, empowered by his kingly office to give his priestly blessing. SM139:3 Jesus in the flesh, in providing the ransom-price, would have had no life for himself that he might become the King of Glory, unless God had begotten, quickened and raised him to the higher, spirit nature. R5226:6

[NTC - Hebrews 5:11]

Hard to be uttered— There are many deep truths of God's plan difficult to express; and impossible to be understood by those who have not a clear understanding of and implicit faith in the foundation principles. R679:5*, 179:1*
Dull of hearing— Such a condition is a dangerous one, especially in this evil day when the sophistries and snares of the Adversary are more subtle. R679:5*

[NTC - Hebrews 5:12]

When for the time— For the time spent. R3622:2, 1568:2, 1549:1 For the time you have been in the truth. F257 In which you have had these privileges. R1894:4 After being a long while in the school of Christ. R4207:6
Ye— Making no distinction of sex. R1549:1
Ought to be teachers— Paul is criticizing some who had for quite a time been Christians and who had been granted large opportunities for growth in grace and knowledge. SM177:2; R1894:4,1549:1, 865:4 A reproof to some who, considering the length of time they have been in Christ, should have been strong in the faith, in doctrine, in spiritual life, and should be qualified to teach others. R5688:3, 2052:3, 1568:2 God wishes all of his people to be qualified for telling forth his truth to others as they have opportunity. R5313:1, 4968:4, 1524:2; F257 All the members of the new creation, should become skillful in their Father's Word to the extent that they will be "ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh a reason for the hope that is in them. (1 Pet. 3:15) F257 Those who would give proper instructions to others must be qualified to teach. The Lord has placed the various members in the Body of Christ "as it hath pleased him." (1 Cor. 12:18) R5689:4, 4122:4, 1524:2 All the spirit-begotten are members of the Royal Priesthood, and ought to be teachers—if the time of persecution comes again, let all continue to preach. R992:6 Teachers in the various denominations, while not devoid of good intentions as respects the babe in Christ, lack the knowledge they should inculcate—are babes in spiritual matters themselves. R2967:1; D577 Failure of teachers in the systems to discriminate between who are Spirit begotten and who are not, is starving, stunting and poisoning the true "babes" under their care. D577 Suck givers. R229:6; Q842:5
Ye have need— In consequence of a lack of zeal for the Lord and a spirit of worldliness. F257 The majority of Christian people of today, just as in the Apostle's day, have this need.R5327:1, 230:1 We are sometimes surprised at others, and ourselves, that we have gained so little victory in character building and appreciation in the principles which should govern amongst the Lord's anointed. R4207:6
Teach you again— They had gotten entangled with vain philosophies, and their spirituality was at a low ebb. Conditions are very similar today. SM178:T The ecclesiastical systems are not sufficiently developed in knowledge and grace to assimilate the strong and important doctrines. Q842:5 We ought to go from grace to grace, from knowledge to knowledge. R4628:6, 3622:2, 2052:4, 1568:2, 974:6, 229:6
First principles— The milk. R229:6 Rudiments. R2967:1 Foundation doctrines. R3622:1, 1568:1, 865:4, 679:5* Mentioned in chapter 6:1,2. R2052:3, 23:5* Redemption through the precious blood of Christ, and his remission of sins through faith in his blood, is the only solid foundation on which our faith can rest.R679:6 Many of the Lord's people do not know what justification by faith means, nor understand what consecration or sanctification, means. R5313:1 Many professing Christians have never intelligently received the first principles. R865:4 Too many Christians are content with simply diluted first principles of the doctrine of Christ. R5938:2 Those whose minds are on an earthly plane and cannot appreciate simple matters, are not in the condition to be inducted into the deeper things of God. R2422:5 Those who have been for some time drinking from the fountain of truth, and feeding at the table of the Lord, where the food is pure, unadulterated, nourishing, should be fully established in the first principles. R5689:5 As a general thing there is not sufficient care on the part of the babes in Christ about seeking the pure milk of the Word; and many of the adults are too careless about setting the impure milk before them. R3622:2,1568:2
Oracles of God— Doctrines. R4628:6 The doctrine of Christ. R5938:2, 5688:3, 1894:4, 23:5* The doctrines (teachings) of Christ. 4207:6, 679:5*
Have need of milk— Simple truths—the foundation doctrines: The original perfection of man in God's image, the fall, the death penalty, the redemption of Adam and the race represented in him, the actual deliverance in God's due time.R3621:6, 3622:2, 1567:6, 1568:2 Not the diluted and adulterated kind being fed to groups of babes and tares. D575-577 "Desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby," and become strong. (1 Peter 2:2) R4817:6, 5327:1, 3621:6, 1567:6, 118:5*, 23:5*; E238 As human babes would be choked or have their digestion ruined by the stronger kinds of food, spiritual babes have need of the simpler truths, to grow and develop character and appreciate the divine plan. R5326:2, 3622:2, 1568:2, 118:5*, 23:5* Few Christians have even used the milk of God's Word, and grown thereby to the use and appreciation of the "strong meat" of present truth. R5801:4, 1644:1 Amongst true Christians, few have gone beyond the infantile stage of development. SM108:1; NS507:1 Not yet able to assimilate "strong meat." R5688:3 A teacher must be wise and give only the kind, and quantity, that will nourish. R5146:3 It is not improbable that an occasional cup of milk is good even for grown folks. R23:5*
Strong meat— Present truth. R5801:4, 1644:1 Advanced truth. R566:3 Deeper truths. R3622:2,1568:2 Our Lord's presence and the harvest work now in progress. R1496:5 Many forget when telling God's glorious plan that their hearers are comparatively ignorant of it—one must teach them again the rudiments. R5146:3 The Word of the Lord is adapted to the varied necessities of all grades of Christians. R118:5*

[NTC - Hebrews 5:13]

That useth milk— Only. R3622:2, 1568:2, 229:6 The first principles of the doctrine of Christ. R4968:4, 229:6 The true children of God, still fettered in the sects are merest babes, fed on skimmed milk, never on strong meat. R730:5 Spiritism, Swedenborgianism, Christian Science, Theosophy, etc., have great power to delude many, because few are "weaned from the milk." (Isa. 28:9) R1644:1, 5801:4, 2669:2
Unskilful— In the use of God's Word and ignorant of his doctrines. R730:5 Have not the fullness of joy which would be theirs if they progressed in grace and knowledge to the full stature of a man in Christ. R5938:2 We are not to live continually on the milk diet, "but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matt. 4:4) R3622:2, 1568:2 The thousands who shall fall for every one able to stand in the evil day, is not out of proportion to the large number of unskillful babes, compared to the few who have grown up into him in all things. R862:6
A babe— One begotten of the spirit of God is at first only a babe. R4968:4 "Babes in Christ." (1 Cor. 3:1) R5938:2, 5688:3, 1358:2 Nominal Christians. R2890:5, 5901:4 Liable to be carried about by every windy doctrine. R862:6 Among those who are real Christians, few are "weaned from the milk." (Isa. 28:9) Few Christians in the nominal church are mentally or spiritually out of their swaddling clothes. R5801:4, 1644:1, 230:1; C143; SM108:1; NS507:1 The spiritual babe that does not grow will never reach manhood's estate. He will never be a King and Priest. R5327:1 There are some now living—consecrated to God, and accepted, but not in the light of present truth. R5134:4 Some who have immature conceptions of God and his plan, who lack spiritual development. R5688:3 We should not confound these "babes" with the class referred to as babes by Jesus, unto whom he says God reveals his plans. There is a sense in which we always should be babes—in meekness and simplicity. R230:1

[NTC - Hebrews 5:14]

Strong meat— Of present truth. R5801:4, 1644:1 The deeper things of the divine plan. R5941:3, 5688:3, 5327:4, 5088:4 "Meat in due season." (Matt. 24:45) R806:2, 2810:5 More and richer food is now necessary, to strengthen the Church for the peculiar conditions and testings of this day, and more has been supplied. R5689:3 The "Tabernacle" study is strong meat even for those who have had their senses exercised, and requires thorough mastication. R346:4 A knowledge of Earth's Great Jubilee and all other precious and rich food from the storehouse which our Lord is now serving (Luke 12:37) is nourishing "strong meat" not especially intended for "babes in Christ." B196 The International Sunday School lessons, in the use of the "milk of the word" (greatly diluted with the traditions of men), take away all appetite for the "strong meat" of more advanced truth. C143 Deeper truths are for those who, nourished by the pure milk, have grown and developed considerable firmness and strength of Christian character. R3622:2, 1568:2 God's Word is a great storehouse of food for pilgrims on the shining pathway; not only milk for babes, and strong meat for those more developed; but food adapted to different seasons and conditions. A24; R5689:2, 974:6 Seek to grow in grace and knowledge out of childhood's weakness into manhood's strength as rapidly as possible, being developed as we feed upon God's Word. R974:6; E238;NS507:1 Beginners who have not long known Christ, who are new in respect to the truths of God's plan, are not to be choked with strong meat. These may be fed upon the simpler truths, which they can assimilate. R5688:3, 806:2, 23:5* Some who have been longer in the way, in talking with the newly consecrated unwisely begin to tell them the truths regarding immortality, trinity, etc., before they are able to digest them. R5388:3 For those who are only beginners in the good way, there is plenty of food in God's Word of the more easily digestible sort. R5688:3, 1496:5 But as he goes on, he should feed upon the strong meat of God's Word. R4968:4, 5688:6, 4817:6 Some may need faith or patience or perseverance, etc. As each comes to a considerable development in knowledge and experience, he should be able to determine which features are necessary to supply his deficiencies. R5326:3 The Apostle uses a well-known physical truth to illustrate an important spiritual truth. R5326:2
Are of full age— Fuller development. E238; A24; B196; R4817:6 The developed man in Christ. R5801:4, 5388:3, 1644:1 Mature in Christian attainment. R5688:3 The full stature of a man in Christ. (Eph. 4:13) R1906:3, 5938:2 This "solid food" is for adults. R3622:2, 1568:2 It is when grown to this full age and size of manhood in Christ that the bed is found too short—that a man cannot stretch himself on it. (Isa. 28:20) R229:6
By reason of use— In connection with Scriptural subjects. R2669:2
Senses exercised— Possessing faculties habitually exercised. R3622:2, 1568:2 Not merely the mind, but the heart also. R5326:6 It is well to urge the newly interested one to read and prove for himself, and not endeavor to explain too much through conversation. R5689:1 By systematic study, with Studies in the Scriptures and the Bible, taking up the plan step by step, proving every statement by the Word of God. R5688:6 To discern and appreciate the meat now in "due season." (Matt. 24:45) B196; R1496:5, 806:2 There are various degrees of development in the Church of Christ; and some have been accepted from the world in these latter days to take the places of some who have through unfaithfulness lost their crowns. R5689:3 Such as had their eyes anointed with the eyesalve of truth. (Rev. 3:18) R834:4 Their faculties exercised by practice. R653:5, 3622:2, 1568:2 Evolutionists are not thoroughly furnished in a knowledge of the Scriptures and have not reasoned out the matter. R2835:3, 2767:2 Some people of today have not their sense sufficiently exercised by reason of use. They charge the Almighty with something that no human being would even think of doing—eternal torture. R5326:5, 863:4 Very largely nominal Christians avoid thought of religious subjects, and especially avoid reasoning; they thus violate the divine arrangement and are to be esteemed, at very best, only babes in Christ. R2890:5
To discern— To distinguish. R653:4 Discriminate. R3622:2, 1568:2 Adults may exercise discretion as to which foods would be expedient for their use—which would be palatable, which would be productive of the best results—that they may choose wisely. R5326:2
Good and evil— What is true, right, profitable; what is comprehended in the glorious high calling of the Church, and what is included in full consecration to Christ. R5689:4 We should be able to discern clearly between truth and error on every important point. R5689:6, 653:5 A childish mind might misinterpret Scripture, or combine texts so as to arrive at erroneous conclusions. But a mature mind would see that such putting together of Scriptures would do harm. R5326:3 Calvin, instead of getting good out of the doctrine of election, brought out of it a very evil doctrine. R5326:3

[NTC - Hebrews 6:1]

Therefore— In chapter 6-10 St. Paul points out the danger of falling back and away after we have become Christians. R5818:2
Leaving— Being "weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts." (Isa. 28:9) C143 There should come a time in the experience of every healthy growing child of God, when he should be able to leave the foundation doctrines. R1568:1 Having them firmly established and settled in mind. R3622:1, 1568:1, 567:3 Not in the sense of abandoning them, but of allowing them to stand as tried and proved foundation stones. R679:6* We should not have to learn all of these things over and over again. R2052:3 It is a mistake to suppose that God's will is accomplished in the mere preaching of the first principles of the doctrines of Christ. NS658:1
The principles— The foundation doctrines. R1568:1 The first principles. R2052:3*, 566:3, 217:2, 118:5*, 23:5*, 21:5*; SM6:1; NS658:1 Elementary principles—milk. R679:6*, 23:5* Must be known to all who belong to "God's secret order." SM6:1
Doctrine of Christ— Those doctrines by Jesus and his mouthpieces, the apostles. R5137:2 Teachings of the Bible. R5052:6 Relating to the Church and the world, and God's blessing for each; to sin and its forgiveness; the terms, and basis and hope of that forgiveness, and everlasting life obtained through resurrection. R5137:2 The doctrines are only a means to an end, and not the end itself. R2052:4
Let us go on— Advance—building on the foundation which no one can do until they have accepted and obeyed the first principles. R23:5* Grow in grace and knowledge. R3622:2, 2052:4, 1568:1, 780:1, 23:6*, 21:5*; C143 In full confidence in the foundation, we may proceed with our building. R679:6*,1568:1, 567:4 For this we are pressing along, forgetting the things that are behind. R3306:1 With the wonderful Bibles now at our command and with helps for Bible study, what manner of Christians ought we to be—in faith, love, obedience and courage! SM178:T A gradual change. The babe cannot be expected to grow up to manhood instantly. R118:5* We would think a child either very stupid or careless in his studies to remain several years learning the multiplication table, how to add, subtract and divide. He ought to leave the first principles and go on. R2052:4, 679:6* Not forget the first principles or consider them errors or something to be despised, but remember and use them and add the higher branches. R2052:5
Unto perfection— A thing not of the past but of the future. R3306:1 Go on growing in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. R3622:2, 1568:1; SM6:1 Cultivate our characters and endeavor to grow more like our Lord. R2052:4 Work out our own salvation as New Creatures. R567:6 Going on to complete the building of our faith. R679:6* We need to be nourished, strengthened, developed to perfection, to the condition of manhood. Full consecration is a mere beginning of the matter and not the end of it. NS658:2 The perfection which will be attained only in the resurrection. SM574:1 If we go no further than the first principles, we will never reach perfection. R567:4
Not laying again— Not halting to tear up, or to try a different foundation. R680:1* Not needing to dig them up and lay them over again. R3622:1,1568:1 If a man, after laying a foundation for a building, should always be digging it up and turning it over and trying to fit the stones in some other way, how soon would the building be completed? R567:4
The foundation— A broader foundation, surely, than most Christians build upon. R137:5* Not to be forever laying the foundation of Christian character. R566:6 There must come a time, and that before we begin to build, when we feel sure that the foundation is good and properly laid. R567:4
Of repentance— By repentance. R566:6
From dead works— All works are dead if without faith. R2052:3
Faith toward God— Faith in the plan of God for redemption. R566:6

[NTC - Hebrews 6:2]

Baptisms— We should not cease to believe in and practice baptism. R2052:3
Resurrection— A hope of perfecting for many now ignorant, sinful, unjustified. R1512:1, 5137:3

[NTC - Hebrews 6:3]

This will we do— We will try to help our brethren, even though we feel the task a hopeless one. R4391:2

[NTC - Hebrews 6:4]

For— As touching those. SM773:2 For verses 4-6 see also comments on Heb. 10:26-31.
It is impossible— Because this is an unpardonable sin. R260:6 "There is a sin unto death." (1 John 5:16) For wilful sinners "there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." (Heb. 10:26) R3260:3, 5933:3, 4078:6, 5100:5, 2732:4, 2707:1, 1694:1, 1454:2, 1296:4, 1250:1, 1249:1, 918:4, 723:3 There will be no pass-over for those who have wilfully and knowingly gone out from under the blood of sprinkling. R2273:2, 5194:1; SM562:T So far as willful ones are concerned, all our efforts to help such back will be in vain. R883:1 It is useless to spend valuable time and effort in the fruitless attempt to reclaim such. R567:3 It is not ours to judge, and we do well to seek to avoid passing judgment upon others. Q269:TContrary to the Universalist theory. R3083:3
For those— The Church; because the Church alone is on trial at the present time. R5233:6, 5933:3, 5684:4, 5293:2, 3995:6, 1962:1 Only the Church have passed from death unto life. We made a bonafide contract with the Lord, and he will hold us to it. R5933:3 We may have no hope for these because at heart they have become sympathetic with sin; they are wilful sinners. R3260:3 With a thousand chances, they would probably be the same adversaries of God. R424:6 The world in general is still under the original condemnation, and hence not subject to second death. R3995:5, 5233:6, 261:4 Does not apply to infidels, nor to what are often termed back-sliding Christians. R567:3 Perhaps represented by Nadab or Abihu. R3055:5; T119
Once enlightened— Clearly enlightened. R5896:2, 2698:1, 383:4 Of the holy Spirit. R5293:2, 1981:5 Sufficient enlightenment of the truth. R3725:3, 769:6; C204; F629 Come to a full knowledge of the truth. R891:6, 3260:3, 1467:1, 1454:2, 1336:4; A321; HG14:4, 160:4 Fully lightened. R424:6 Have seen God's grace represented in his Word and plan. R2670:1, 2698:1, 2338:2 By a knowledge of the plan of God. R1391:6 Extraordinary light and privilege. R1469:5Whose eyes have been opened. R724:3 On the first principles. R566:6 So clear a demonstration of the divine power and goodness and wisdom and love operating through Jesus. R3756:5 Having turned from sin, having believed in Jesus as the Redeemer. Q640:5; R1459:2 The expiating penalty may be "stripes," for sins committed with considerable light, but not full light, but if committed against full light the penalty could be nothing short of second death. R2658:2, 2612:3, 1483:1, 1250:1; NS86:2 A full and mature development in the spiritual life. R260:6
Have tasted of— Brought into full harmony with God, through the begetting of the holy Spirit. R5093:2 Not merely heard of Christ's sacrifice, etc., but tasted in blessed experience the results of that ransom in realizing sins forgiven, and communion and fellowship with God restored. R1459:2; SM715:1 Have once enjoyed and then abused the full measure of divine favor. R1426:2, 5452:5, 912:1
The heavenly gift— Justification through the precious blood of Christ. R5041:1, 1618:3, 912:1, 566:6; Q640:4 Divine grace. R2286:6, 1951:5 Realized and enjoyed forgiveness of sins through the redemption in Jesus whom God gave to be a propitiation for our sins. R724:3, 1250:2
Made partakers— Coming into heart fellowship with God's plans and, for a time at least, being co-workers with him. R1459:2 Thus come to appreciate God's holy will and have full fellowship and communion with him as Adam had before the fall. R724:4
Of the Holy Ghost— Begotten of the holy Spirit. R5041:1, 4628:3, 1459:2; Q640:4 The spirit of adoption—the spirit of Christ. R383:4, 566:6 The spirit of holiness. R1250:2 To fuller appreciation of the truth and to new hopes, aims, etc. R1459:2Sanctified—God's evidence respecting justification. R5041:1; Q640:4 Implying that those who have not had the opportunity for development are not responsible and would not be liable to the second death. R5102:5 Those who were never begotten of the Spirit, never reach the depth of heart-defilement, as those who were. R4924:5*

[NTC - Hebrews 6:5]

Have tasted— In blessed experience the results of the ransom in sins forgiven, and communion and fellowship with God restored. R1459:2; SM715:1 By experiencing the pleasures of the appreciated fulfillment of some of the statements and promises thereof, and recognizing a grandeur and beauty, in the as yet unfulfilled portions. R1459:2 Appreciating the richness and sweetness of its promises—which but few yet do. R724:4, 566:6; NS587:3 Brought to a knowledge, an understanding. R566:6; NS382:3
Good word of God— The Scriptures claim to be this. R1584:3 Not a bad word said to be God's word. R44:1 Not its perversion. R1618:3 Very few Christians have ever tasted much of the good word of God; they have had considerable of the perverted word. R567:3
And the powers— Restitution powers. Q639:T Resurrection etc., tasted by faith. R1454:2, 912:1, 724:4 God's plan and power in the coming age.R566:6, 567:3 The blessings and powers that will then be brought into exercise for the blessing and restoring of mankind, all as the fruit and result of the ransom. R1459:2, 724:4 Privileges of the coming age. R4592:1 Experienced in our justification. R3164:4 Begetting of the holy Spirit. R5041:2, 3756:6; Q640:5 Advantages. R1426:4, 1618:3, 1186:5, 724:3 Privileges of divine instruction. R1981:5 Our Lord performed marvelous works, illustrative of the age to come. R4909:1
The world to come— The age to come. C204; F166, 368, 630; R5293:2, 5041:1, 3995:6, 1426:4, 1250:2, 567:3, 424:6; Q640:3 Millennial. R1454:2, 1814:1 To lose all these would be to lose almost life itself. NS587:3

[NTC - Hebrews 6:6]

If— Showing the possibility of Christians falling from divine favor. R1698:3, 624:4
Shall fall away— And then fell away. (Revised Version) R5293:2 A fall from favor. R1459:1; F368Into sin. F167 Wilfully and persistently fall away from righteousness. R2099:5, 1178:5; F167,368 From their condition as sacrificing priests to that of wilful sin—lose the new life begotten within them. T40; A196; F166; SM773:2 Reject the truth from its very foundation. R567:1 Renounce the Lord. Q653:1 So as to deny the very foundation of God's favor—the ransom-sacrifice of Jesus. R5684:4, 5315:2, 1459:4, 1250:3 These have committed the "sin unto death" (1 John 5:16)—second death—from which there will be no recovery. R5100:5, 3260:3, 2707:1, 1459:1; CR375:6; SM515:1 Such construct characters or will so out of harmony with God and righteousness as to be fit only for destruction. R3674:1 Persisting in a course of walking after the flesh and not after the spirit. R3034:1 A moral retrogression. Falling into sinful practices—giving way to besetting sin, ceasing to resist the Adversary and his works. SM773:2 Wilful sin, or apostasy, on the part of those who have enjoyed the privilege of consecrated believers. R4908:5, 1962:2, 1250:3, 44:1 Wilfully reject God's favors, whether by open sin or by a denial of the value of "the blood of the covenant." (Heb. 10:29) R724:6, 5391:2, 4835:2, 4435:1, 3202:1, 2698:1; F302 Wilful sinners against full light and knowledge. R5100:5, 1250:1 Their sin would be wilful, otherwise called "blasphemy against the holy Spirit." (Matt. 12:31) R5293:2 The alternative of going on to perfection. R78:2 If we should make a failure in our covenant of sacrifice, we would lose absolutely everything. R5818:3 Turning "Like the sow that is washed, to her wallowing in the mire. (2 Pet. 2:22) F302; R2099:5, 260:6; Q653:1; SM715:T; NS382:4 The fate of such would be destruction—second death. Q641:1; R5315:5, 4921:1, 3995:6, 891:6 Should the one whose spiritual life first nourished ours fall away, we would still appropriate for ourselves the spirit of truth. R3250:6 Not an act of ignorance or weakness. R3756:6, 2658:2, 1699:1, 1250:1; F167 Not merely by being overcome of the weaknesses of the flesh temporarily. R3202:1, 260:6; F167, 368 Probably few become subjects of second death. R2942:2, 1250:4, 875:6*, 281:1, 253:2, 44:1
Renew them again— Restore R1459:1 To move them to repentance. R383:5 They can never be recovered. R4628:3, 2707:1, 872:2 In righteousness and holiness. R1426:2, 5093:4, 4908:5, 3674:1 They have misused their share in the great "ransom for all." R4908:5, 5093:4, 5041:2, 1962:2, 253:2; F167; Q641:1, 653:1 That some whose names were once "written in heaven" (Heb. 12:23) can have their names "blotted out" (Rev. 3:5) is evident. R694:6 It would not be appropriate that God should exercise his mercy toward those who, after having come to a clear knowledge of the Truth, wilfully, preferably, approvingly, delight in sin. R3260:3 The Scriptures abound in warnings as to the danger of coming under the penalty of death the second time, after having been released from the first death, either reckonedly or actually. R1442:4 God would have nothing further for us; our disregard of his mercy would mean that we would die the second death. R5641:2 It is for us to know the fulfilment of these Scriptures, and to have no fellowship with such unfruitful works of darkness. F630 Although the Lord's decision respecting the majority of the Church will not be manifested until the "harvest", the Apostle mentions the exceptional cases. R2430:4 Not applicable to many in Old Testament times, probably not one. R3725:3 The Scripture does not enumerate the only conditions by which any will die the second death—it will be inflicted on some in the Millennial age. R5684:4, 5896:2, 383:5
Unto repentance— Unto a proper course. R3543:5 By bringing to repentance. R1250:1 Because Christ gave no ransom for wilful sins on our part. F167; R1250:1 There could be no repentance of too hardened hearts. R5452:5 A terrible danger goes with spiritual pride, which, persisted in, would surely result in second death. R5957:5, 567:2 Wilful, deliberate transgressions cannot be forgiven, but must be expiated—if committed against full light, the penalty could be nothing short of second death. R2658:2, 5896:2, 4835:2, 1736:4, 1699:1; Q653:1 Sorrow for sin and a desire to return to divine favor, are proofs of not having committed the sin unto death, which cannot be renewed unto repentance. R2612:3, 1985:3, 1694:1, 1483:1, 1249:1
They crucify— Those who sin wilfully and count the precious blood of the covenant wherewith they were sanctified (set apart) a common thing. (Heb. 10:29) R4909:3, 1951:5; Q25:1; SM358:2 Those who have enjoyed a full chance in this Gospel age and have wilfully rejected Christ, we cannot expect that they will get another chance to reject and crucify him. R2051:6; Q641:1 Having, by open profession, been marked as sons of God and representatives of Christ in the world. R567:1 "If we sin wilfully after we have received a knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." (Heb. 10:26) R2698:1 4908:5, 1962:2; F302, 368
Son of God afresh— Typified by Moses' smiting of the rock twice. R4058:1, 5957:5, 5333:3, 5315:5, 3077:4 The first smiting of the rock typified the crucifixion of our Lord, so the second smiting of the rock typified the crucifying of the Son of God afresh and putting him to an open shame. R5957:5 For the comfort of those who may feel that they have done much worse than Moses, or been much less careful to honor the Lord, let us notice that the punishment here was severe because it was part of a type. R5957:5
Open shame— Implies the same attitude of heart which the Jews entertained toward our Lord when he was with them. R3756:6 Having once professed him, and having plain instruction on the subject, they are reckoned guilty of ignoring the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. R567:1 Some of Jesus' professed followers denying or ignoring the value of the original sacrifice, denying the blood that bought them, are counted as committing the sin under death. R3077:4; F302 Moses' smiting of the rock represented the public, open repudiation of Jesus and his teaching and his cause. R5957:5 Judas' remorse led him, not to a renewed or reformed life, but to self-destruction. R4907:5, 2283:6 If Adam's knowledge and transgression were justly punished with death, Judas' knowledge and sin could bring nothing short of second death. R3127:4

[NTC - Hebrews 6:8]

Is rejected— Moral force, the force of truth, is seen to be unavailing. R1459:4
Nigh unto cursing— Greek, kataraomai, condemnation—not ready for profanity, but for condemnation. R2443:3
To be burned— Unfit for tillage, until burned over and its weeds exterminated. R2443:4 Divine wisdom has decided that all out of harmony, without possibility of reformation, shall be utterly destroyed. R1459:4 Fall into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:31)—who is a consuming fire. R1336:4

[NTC - Hebrews 6:9]

But beloved— This expression refers us back to the preceding verses and the latter part of the fifth chapter. Paul was disappointed in those he addressed, in finding less growth in grace and knowledge than he had reason to expect. R566:3; SM177:2
We are persuaded— We have more confidence in each other than to surmise such an unworthy ending to our call, such an unworthy response to the mercies and favors which we enjoy at the hands of him who loves us and bought us. R3756:6; SM774:T
Better things— That they will avail themselves of the opportunities provided them through God's Word, through the fellowship of the Spirit and the assistances of the brethren. SM773:3 The apostle believed they had not rejected the favor of God mentioned in the previous verses. R567:3
That— Which must. SM773:3
Accompany salvation— Without which salvation to life eternal would be impossible. SM773:3
We thus speak— To guard them on a dangerous point and to show them the uselessness of constantly disputing with rejectors of first principles. R567:3

[NTC - Hebrews 6:10]

God— Discouragement is a hindrance to growth in grace; St. Paul was seeking to encourage his readers in this exhortation. The context implies that they had experienced some setback, some discouragement. R5818:2 To our Father and his Son let us look for the reward of faithfulness, and not to our brethren. R1487:5
Unrighteous— Unjust. R567:6 If we are humbly walking in the narrow way, these assurances are for our comfort and consolation. R957:1
To forget your work— He is here addressing Christians, those who have become God's children by entering into a covenant with him. R5818:2 Sooner could a mother forget her infant child than could God forget these precious ones. R957:5 "Whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward." (Matt. 10:42) R1821:2 The hope of the high calling depends on our works built on the finished work of Christ. R567:4 Good works, if persevered in according to our ability and opportunity, will not fail of a blessed reward. R5819:4 Our little all, rendered with carefulness according to our covenant, and though imperfect, it is rendered acceptable through him whose imputed righteousness makes up all the deficiency. R567:4 "Be not weary in well doing; in due time thou shalt reap if thou faint not." (Gal. 6:9) CR13:1* Neither is God unjust to credit us if we have done no ministering. R567:6
Labour of love— God is not measuring us by the magnitude of the results of our labors, but by the spirit which we develop and manifest in their performance. R957:2 It is important for us to see to it that our motives are those of love toward the Lord, his cause and his brethren. R5819:4
Toward his name— This honor toward God's name consisted in their ministering to the saints. Whatever is done for the saints is, therefore, done for God. R5818:5
Ministered— Whether in temporal or spiritual things. R567:6
To the saints— There is a distinction to be noted in the Bible as respects those who are in covenant relationship with God and those who are not in covenant relationship with him. R5818:5"Especially to the household of faith." (Gal. 6:10) See also Matt. 26:7-13. R567:5, 5818:6 There will be abundant opportunity to do good to the world. The Body of Christ will not always be here to be ministered unto. Whatever we can do now for the Body of Christ, the Head will reckon as done unto him. R567:6 The saints represent God in the world. R5818:5 Those who cannot suffer personally and physically for the truth can sympathize with those who have such sufferings and can thus become "partakers," sustaining, encouraging and upholding. R2007:5, 2239:2; CR17:5; NS490:4
Do minister— They were still in the proper attitude. Although somewhat discouraged in the good way, they were still helpful to one another. R5819:1 Whoever honors the saints and serves them, honors and serves God. R5818:6 If faithful stewards, we will endeavor to invest our talents to the best possible advantage. R957:4

[NTC - Hebrews 6:11]

Same diligence— Let us ever remember the importance of patient endurance, constancy. R5497:6
The full assurance— It is the privilege of Christians to have this confidence in their ultimate victory. R2642:1 Since our covenant is to sacrifice and spend ourselves completely, full assurance of receiving the reward can only come by diligence in self-sacrifice—ministering. R567:6, 5818:3
The end— Death. R5497:6 Paul intimates that while they had begun well, their zeal had cooled to some extent. R5818:2

[NTC - Hebrews 6:12]

Be not slothful— Do not, Paul urges, forfeit this reward by turning away from the Lord and becoming cold or lukewarm, which condition might lead on to entire rejection of God. Rather go on, and be of good courage. R5818:5
Followers of them— Paul is urging the Israelites to faith and patience that they might inherit the promises. R4496:3
Patience— Greek, makrothunia, long-suffering. R2790:6 Lessons of patience, of humility and of confidence in God, are requisite. R5636:2

[NTC - Hebrews 6:13]

Made promise— The promise, particular and special above all promises; also called a covenant thirteen times in Genesis alone. R4496:3 An unconditional promise, one-sided, needing no mediator.R4319:2, 4681:3, 282:2, 110:6; Q185:2, 191:5; NS360:5 God's promise is most absolutely a covenant and binding agreement. All the weight of divine veracity binds it. R4496:2

[NTC - Hebrews 6:16]

End of all strife— The Abrahamic Covenant was firmly bound in a manner that would be satisfactory even amongst men, namely, by an oath. R4496:5

[NTC - Hebrews 6:17]

Wherein— In this matter. R4496:5
Willing— Desiring. R4496:5 To impress the matter of the promise. CR48:5
More abundantly— How much more convincing is God's oath, making sure, unchangeable that basic covenant made with Abraham, assuring us that ultimately all mankind will receive a blessing, and that it would come through us. R4496:5, 3946:4
The heirs of promise— Our Lord Jesus and the faithful of his consecrated people of this Gospel age. SM529:1; HG388:6, 442:2; NS529:5 The Apostle's words imply that God's promise and oath were intended more for us, for our comfort, than for Abraham. SM528:T; R4496:5; HG388:3; NS529:3 The Christian who cannot understandingly call to mind this Oath-bound Covenant or promise, evidently lacks information very necessary to his spiritual growth. SM529:2; HG389:1, 442:2
The immutability— The unchangeableness. R4496:5 The promise may be sure of its fulfillment. R5163:5; OV69:3; SM533:2; HG390:5; NS531:5
Of his counsel— Or purpose. R4496:5 His plan. SM528:1; HG388:5; NS529:3 The Abrahamic Covenant that all the families of the earth shall be blessed in the seed of Abraham, The Christ. R2210:1; SM530:T; HG389:2; NS530:1
Confirmed— Greek, mesiteuo, to be or act as a mediator; or, to interpose (as arbiter.) Q186:3; R4682:4 Instead of sealing the covenant, instead of having it ratified by blood, through a mediator. Q191:5
It— The promise. R4496:5
By an oath— It was sworn to by the Almighty. God wished us to know positively that be obligated himself. R2127:4 As God could not swear by any greater, so he swears by himself. R48:5 Taking the place which might have been occupied by a mediator, had there been conditions mutually binding upon the Almighty and upon some of his people. R4682:1,4681:3; Q185:2, 186:2 Because it was unconditional, the Abrahamic Covenant had no mediator, neither did it need to be sealed with blood. God sealed it with his oath. R5227:1, 4682:1, 4496:5; Q186:2 God's oath, attesting his word, served to ratify the covenant, to make it binding, to hold it sure. R4682:1;Q186:2, 191:5 Lest human weakness and unbelief should doubt the divine word, God condescended to make his promise a Covenant in the most binding and authoritative manner conceivable. He bound his promise with an oath. R4496:3 We cannot but wonder at such condescension upon the part of the great Creator—that he should stoop to his fallen creatures, and above all that he should condescend to give his oath on the subject. SM528:1; HG388:5, 442:1; NS529:4 The Covenant was confirmed three times to Abraham with an oath—again to Isaac, and again to Jacob. R4496:3, 5913:2, 2210:1 The Church are the children of the oath.R5300:5, 4367:4

[NTC - Hebrews 6:18]

Two immutable things— Unchangeable. R3946:1, 2127:4 Unalterable. HG441:6 Two unfailing testimonies. NS360:3 The Word of God and the Oath of God. Q191:5, 185:1; R5137:2, 5069:5, 4939:3, 4681:3, 3946:1, 2210:1, 2127:4; OV427:1, 69:3; NS360:3 The oath and the promise of God. R5163:4, 111:4; SM528:1; HG388:4; NS529:3 To show the strength and power of the Abrahamic Covenant. Q185:1
It was impossible— "He cannot deny himself." (2 Tim. 3:13) A118; R1177:1, 250:3, 14:1; HG392:6 Inconsistent with his righteous character. A126 God does right, because it is right. R725:5 God created man in his own image—a free moral agent; he must have the power to will wrong as well as right. R5211:4
God to lie— His promise cannot be broken. R4496:2
We— The Church. R4939:3, 3946:1; HG388:3, 441:6; NS529:3 For our benefit. CR48:5 God's people from that day to the present time. NS360:3 God's oath was not necessary to Abraham. He confidently believed. R4939:3, 4496:5, 3946:2; CR48:5 God's special design in giving that Covenant and in binding it solemnly with an oath, was to encourage spiritual Israel—to give us a firm foundation for faith. SM528:1; HG442:1 God well knew that, although from his own standpoint, 3000 years would be but a brief space, to us the time would appear long, and the strain upon faith would be severe. SM528:1; HG442:1; NS529:4
Strong consolation— Strong encouragement. SM531:T; HG389:5; NS530:3 Absolute confidence that in God's due time the promise will be absolutely and most literally fulfilled. NS360:3 In fleeing from sin, resisting its allurements, denying self, taking up the cross. OV9:3 When the glories of the future shall be realized, the trials, sufferings and difficulties of the present time will be found not worthy to be compared. SM531:1; HG389:5; NS530:4 Numerous repetitions and specifications of the Abrahamic Covenant, as well as God's oath attesting, were intended specially for us. R5177:3, 2210:1 The fulfilment of the promise would be so long deferred that we, who are so specially interested in it, might have feared some change in the divine program. R4939:3; HG113:4 All sincere seekers of divine favor have abundance of foundation for faith in their forgiveness and acceptance. R4133:5 In our ineffectual efforts to bring the majority of mankind to an appreciation of God's mercy and love now. SM537:T; HG391:6
For refuge— To Christ. R4079:6; HG388:3, 441:6; NS529:3 The cities of refuge of the typical Mosaic Law strongly foreshadowed the refuge which the sinner may find in Christ. R4079:6
Hope set before us— In that promise—the Abrahamic Covenant. R4496:5, 4367:4; SM529:2, 740:2; HG389:5; NS441:5, 529:5 That ultimately all mankind will receive a blessing, and that it would come through us. R4496:5; CR48:6; OV429:1; NS66:3 The hope of reigning with Christ as his joint-heirs, his Bride; of attaining the divine nature. OV427:3 To us belongs the very cream of the promise. "The riches of God's grace." SM531:2; HG389:6; NS441:5, 530:6 The hope of being of the seed of Abraham. (Gal. 3:29) OV428:2; SM530:T; HG369:3; NS66:3, 408:4, 530:2 In the Gospel. R5177:3, 4367:4, 2469:1; OV427:2 In "the good tidings," the promise. R4939:5 The basis is the Word of God. OV429:5 The hope that we by faithful perseverance may become joint-heirs with Jesus in all that glorious inheritance of the Messianic Kingdom.R5245:4; OV427:3; D517 An encouragement to take a firmer grasp of the divine character and plan. SM537:1; HG391:6; NS505:4 What believer, justified by faith, who has offered himself a living sacrifice, may not read his title clear to joint-heirship. R3952:1, 714:1

[NTC - Hebrews 6:19]

Which hope we have— Expressed in the Covenant made with Abraham and confirmed with an oath. R5177:3, 5300:5, 5137:2, 4496:5, 4367:4, 3972:3, 3683:6, 3205:6 We are under a still higher and grander covenant than either the Law or New Covenants; we are under the Faith Covenant, the Grace Covenant, the Abrahamic Covenant, the Oath-bound Covenant. R4344:4, 4320:1; NS360:5 Thus the Apostle declares that this Covenant has not yet been fulfilled. R5177:6, 3198:6; OV428:2; SM529:2; HG389:2, 442:2; NS529:3 The Hebrew Christian had no thought that they were living under the provisions of the New Covenant. They were all hoping in the Abrahamic Covenant. R4511:5 The basis of our hope is the Word of God. If we let go of our hope, we are letting go of everything. OV429:5 The hope of the spiritually minded new creature in the "Holy" looking forward through the rent veil into the "Most Holy" and catching glimpses of the glory, honor and immortality beyond the flesh. T21; NS488:4 It is the hope of natural and spiritual Israel. R3683:6; SM530:2; NS441:5, 530:3
Anchor of the soul— This anchorage of hope in the future, in the Kingdom, will enable us to pass safely, and with comparative quiet, through trials and storms and difficulties of this present evil world. R3352:4; HG442:3 The Abrahamic promise or covenant has not yet been fulfilled—it is still an anchor for our faith. R4939:5; OV429:5 Instead of laboring for earthly riches, the Lord's servants have learned of the true riches of divine blessings which are an anchor to their souls. CR16:2 Paul suggests the picture of a ship at anchor during a storm—so in the storms of life the child of God has a firm anchorage—upon things within the veil. OV429:4
Sure and stedfast— Unchangeable. R4496:5 God will never break his covenants; he will not even alter, or amend, or change them in any particular. R3109:3, 2210:1 "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips." (Psa. 89:34) R3109:5
And which entereth— By faith. R2163:6*
Within the veil— The higher favor secured by our Lord Jesus through his own obedience unto death has been extended to the faithful whom the Father has drawn, but it is anchored to Christ, who is within the veil, a spirit being. R3946:4 When the last member of the body passes within the veil, all the sacrificing will be complete. R5776:3

[NTC - Hebrews 6:20]

The forerunner— Jesus was the first to enter the antitypical Holy and Most Holy. R5815:3 Our Lord was the first to rise from the dead. The first one to arrive. HG136:1
Is for us entered— Is before entered. NS441:5 When Jesus had finished his course victoriously, he passed beyond the second veil into heaven itself—the Most Holy. R5815:3 We have the true tabernacle, in which the true High Priest has entered for us. R600:1 The evidence of this came in the Pentecostal blessing. R5424:2
Even Jesus— He is the Head of that seed of promise. We, the members of his Body, will shortly follow. R4496:5; Q550:5 Our Lord entered upon his Melchisedec priesthood individually, personally, at the time of his resurrection. Q550:5; SM137:T, 143:1
For ever— Literally, "for the age." R5967:2; Q721:6
Order of Melchisedec— A priest upon his throne. R5418:6; T50; SM136:1, 143:T A kingly priest. R4528:5, 5460:6 A king and a priest at the same time—"King of Salem," which signifies king of peace, prince of the Most High God. R136:1 Type of the glorified Christ. SM136:1, 142:T; R5460:6; F72; OV402:1 A type of the greater Melchizedek, The Christ, Head and Body. R5967:2; Q721:4 Jesus is the High Priest of the Melchizedek Order of Priesthood, and the true saints of God from Pentecost are the underpriesthood. SM137:2 Melchizedek was not a sacrificing priest, but a blessing priest, empowered by his kingly office to give his priestly blessing. So Christ, as the antitype, does no sacrificing, but is merely a blessing Priest. SM139:3 A King to rule, and a Priest to instruct, bless, uplift and heal—combining the whole. CR459:6; Q550:5; SM143:1 The Aaronic priesthood was so well established that the Jews considered it the only priesthood. It was necessary that the Apostle point out a still higher order of priesthood than the Aaronic was recognized. SM136:2 Aaron and his sons did not typify the still higher priesthood which God had in mind when he established the Levitical priesthood. This higher order of Priests was typified by Melchizedek. R5460:6; SM137:T, 138:1, 141:1 There must be a Melchizedek Order of priests and it must be higher than that of Aaron because of God's oath and because it would be the successor which would endure. SM141:2 The divine arrangement takes cognizance only of the Aaronic and the Melchizedek priesthood. Any other priesthood is outside the divine ordination and consequently improper, misleading, dangerous. SM137:1

[NTC - Hebrews 7:1]

Melchisedec— A priest upon his throne. R4553:3, 1063:2* King of Salem and priest of the Most High God. (Gen. 14:18-20) R5549:1; Q484:5 Representing The Christ glorified and reigning. R3951:6; CR485:2; Q485:T; SM142:T; 600:1 "We shall be kings and priests unto God, and shall reign on the earth." (Rev. 5:10) SM600:1; R195:4 Type of Jesus who combines the office of Priest and King in blessing the world. R5549:1,4545:3, 195:4; CR485:2; Q484:5 Melchizedek is supposed to have been one of the shepherd kings who invaded Egypt and built the great Pyramid, about 2170 BC. PD25/36

[NTC - Hebrews 7:2]

Of righteousness— To this end, to be a king and reign in righteousness, was Jesus born. R238:1*; NS463:6
Salem— Before Jerusalem became a residence, its sacred hill was called "Moriah" (2 Chron. 3:1). Its most ancient name was "Salem." R1296:3*

[NTC - Hebrews 7:3]

Without father, without mother— In the priesthood. R5967:2; Q721:6; SM142:1 The priestly office of the new nature does not trace its lineage to any human source. In the priesthood of Melchizedek, the lineage and death is not recorded. R3951:6 Melchizedek did not inherit the office from his father or mother—thus typifying Christ's priesthood, which came not of the lineage of the flesh, as did the Aaronic priesthood. R3951:6
Without descent— "Without genealogy." (Diaglott) R195:1, 3951:6 In the priesthood. SM142:1; Q485:T His priesthood did not come to him from his parents; and he had no children in this Melchizedek priesthood. Q485:T Melchizedek did not inherit his priesthood and no record was made when it began, nor any provision made for a successor. PD25/36; Q485:T A picture of Christ, whose priesthood was not inherited, and has no successors. R3951:6;SM142:1; Q485:T Under the Law every priest of the Aaronic order was obliged to show that he had a right to serve because of his genealogy. SM142:T
Neither beginning of day— His priesthood was without any beginning of time and without any ending of time. Q485:T
Nor end of life— Term of office is not limited by years, but is everlasting. SM142:1 Not that he never died, but as a priest, was typical. Q485:T He typified Christ whose office as a priest of the new order of the Millennial Kingdom is not a limited one. Q485:T
Made like— "Having been made like." (Diaglott) R195:1, 3951:6
Abideth— "Remains." Diaglott R195:1, 3951:6
Continually— "Perpetually." (Diaglott) R195:3, 3951:6; SM141:1 Typifying the continuity of Christ's priesthood. R3951:6 He continued a priest to the conclusion of the type in its antitype. R5967:2, 195:4; Q721:6 An unchangeable priest—one that will be maintained in perpetuity until it shall have served its full purpose. SM143:T The Melchizedek priesthood had no beginning and no ending; the order of his priesthood was to be perpetuated; consequently his priesthood did not pass away until the antitypical priesthood came. R5967:2; Q721:6

[NTC - Hebrews 7:4]

How great— The divine Christ will be greater, and therefore able to bless every "friend of God" on the human plane. R3951:6, 713:6 Melchizedek's greatness was shown in that Abraham did him homage and paid tithes to him. R4511:2 The argument is a masterly one, and shows that as Melchizedek was higher than Aaron, much more would the antitypical Melchizedek be higher, more glorious, more powerful, more able to bless and forgive sins. SM142:T
Tenth— The Aaronic priesthood acknowledged this higher priesthood of Melchizedek and gave tithes. SM142:T; Q486:T

[NTC - Hebrews 7:5]

Loins of Abraham— Since Levi, the father of the priestly tribe, was in Abraham's loins at the time that the tithes were paid, he and his sons inferentially paid tithes to Melchizedek; thus recognizing the Melchizedek order as higher.R4511:2; Q486:T; SM142:T Life is from the father, and by the mother. R776:5 Children were counted to their fathers, not their mothers. R776:5

[NTC - Hebrews 7:7]

Of the better— In order to bless others, they must of necessity be the more highly exalted. R1422:2

[NTC - Hebrews 7:8]

Men— The Levitical priesthood. R195:1
But there he— Melchizedek received tithes. R195:1
He liveth— This is a positive statement that Melchizedek did not die. We must suppose that he was translated. R195:1 So when our priesthood reaches the plane typified by Melchizedek, we will never die, but abide a "Royal Priesthood" forever. R195:5

[NTC - Hebrews 7:9]

Tithes— Abraham, who was the father of Aaron, according to the flesh, paid tithes to this Melchizedek priest. Q486:T; B47 Showing that from God's standpoint, the Melchizedek order is a higher order than the Aaronic priesthood. Q486:T
In Abraham— The case is not altered whether we say that the tithes were paid by Abraham or in Abraham. R1516:1*

[NTC - Hebrews 7:10]

Yet in the loins— Life is from the father, as illustrated in the divine begettal of Jesus in a human mother. E100; R776:5 As the souls of Adam's posterity yet in his loins, unborn shared in him the penalty. R1510:2, 1516:1*, 776:5 St. Paul was one of those included in this promise. R4961:1

[NTC - Hebrews 7:11]

Order of Melchisedec— A priest upon his throne. R4553:3, 5776:6 That one priest represented all our Lord's members. R4619:6 The Great Priest will do his great work during the Millennial Age—what is done in the present time is only preparatory. R4620:1
Order of Aaron— The Aaronic priesthood pictures the sufferings of Christ. R4759:3 Jesus, not being of the tribe of Levi, could not have served as a Priest under the Mosaic Law, which gave this office to Aaron and his sons forever; typifying the sacrificial preparation of Messiah's priesthood. R4759:6

[NTC - Hebrews 7:12]

Being changed— The Aaronic priesthood is supplanted by the Melchizedek order. R3725:5*, 4511:2 Aaron's family lost the priesthood 1800 years ago. HG582:3

[NTC - Hebrews 7:14]

Out of Judah— According to the flesh. R3951:5
Concerning priesthood— As a man, Jesus was not a priest. R3951:5

[NTC - Hebrews 7:16]

Not after— Down towards. R196:5
Carnal— Fleshly. R196:5
Power of an endless life— In addition to the power over death R74:3*

[NTC - Hebrews 7:17]

Thou art a priest— In the sense of a mediator, who, having redeemed, is the advocate of the people and the dispenser of divine favor. D637
Order of Melchisedec— A priest upon the throne—the Church triumphant—The Christ. CR80:5; R4553:3; D637; F72; T30; OV189:4, 402:1 A type of the new priesthood. R4511:1 The Melchizedek priest represents merely the future of The Christ, after the sacrificing is finished. R4759:3, 4511:1 Represented by the golden crown worn by Aaron. T30, 50

[NTC - Hebrews 7:18]

A disannulling— It evidently was not God's intention to allow the Law Covenant to stand perpetually, nor to allow its priestly arrangements to continue forever. R4511:2
Commandment— Law Covenant. R4321:2, 4511:2
For— On account of. R812:2*
Unprofitableness— It passed away; a failure. R4321:2

[NTC - Hebrews 7:19]

For the law— Law Covenant. Could not refer to the Law alone, for laws never make anything perfect; they merely show the perfect requirements. It remained for the covenant to try to make the people perfect. R1724:4 Because no imperfect man could keep it because they were weak and depraved. R2611:4, 892:3, 812:2*
Made nothing perfect— Accomplished only typical justification. A225, 229; R273:6 Because its mediator, as well as the people, were imperfect. R5300:2 It accomplished no real reformation or restitution. R4451:5 The blessings were only partial and typical. NS570:4, 533:4 In the fullest sense, no one ever kept the Law but the perfect man, Christ Jesus (Rom. 3:23); for it is the full measure of a perfect man's ability. R1724:6 The Law Covenant justified none—conducted none to everlasting life. NS18:3
A better hope— Jesus, the perfect one, in whom was no sin. R196:5 It evidently was not God's intention to allow the Law Covenant to stand perpetually. R4511:2, 4545:3 All that the house of Israel had and did was typical and was to be superseded by others. R518:3*

[NTC - Hebrews 7:21]

Those priests— God indicated a change of priesthood from Aaron to Melchizedek. SM141:4; R4511:2 Paul brings forward Aaron, only to set him aside in the presence of Jesus. R174:2*
With an oath— Implying a greater and more important priesthood (Aaron was appointed without divine oath.) SM141:1; R4511:2 The fact that God by his oath had recognized this higher order of priesthood, particularly implied that in due time a New Covenant would supplant the Law Covenant, which the Hebrews felt must be perpetual. R4511:2
Said unto him— In Psalm 110:4. R3952:1, 713:6
The Lord— The oath of Jehovah. R713:6
Thou art a priest— Prophetically Jesus was made a priest by divine appointment long before he came into the world. R4511:2
For ever— For the age. R4511:2; Q551:1, 721:6 This office will end with the Millennial age. There will be no need of a Priest of any kind, sacrificing or reigning. Q551:1 A perpetual priesthood, which should not be transferred to another. SM141:1; R195:1
After— Like. R1101:1
Order— Manner. R714:1
Melchisedec— A priest upon his throne. R4553:3, 4759:5 The Christ, after the sacrificing shall have been finished. R4759:3 Not after the order of Aaron. R4759:5, 4511:2 Would come after and supersede the Aaronic priesthood, inasmuch as the prophecy respecting it came after the Aaronic priesthood had been long established. SM141:1 7:22
A surety— Guarantee for its later fulfillment. R4498:1, 4560:3*; PT370:2* From the first advent, the New Covenant may be considered as assured, legislated, or guaranteed, but not put into force. R4498:1 A New Covenant is assured by God's promise, which implied the doing away with the Law Covenant and its priesthood. R4511:3 Our Redeemer's death is the surety for us, his members, and for the New Law Covenant. R4438:4, 789:4, 772:2; E28; OV253:1; NS769:2 The Lord Jesus is not the surety for the blessings enjoyed by the Church today. PT370:2* We are doing a preparatory work in the interest of the New Covenant, of which our Lord Jesus became a surety or guarantor, and which is soon to be sealed. R4494:5 The New Covenant is not yet sealed. A sealed Covenant needs no surety, but an unsealed Covenant does need a surety. R4477:2 The whole plan of reconciliation was of God, and is wrought out in Christ. R1829:5
A better testament— Covenant. R4511:2 New Covenant. R4560:3*, 4511:3 Entirely separate and distinct from the high calling of this age. PT370:2* Better than the Law Covenant. PT370:T* Made efficacious by the blood of Christ. E358 Sealed with his own blood; "This is my blood." (Matt. 26:28) E28

[NTC - Hebrews 7:24]

Priesthood— A higher priesthood; combining the priestly function of forgiveness of sin and instruction of the people, with the kingly function of dominion and power. SM141:1 Israel and the world needed a higher order of priesthood than the Aaronic to inaugurate the reign of righteousness under the New Covenant. R4511:3

[NTC - Hebrews 7:25]

Wherefore— St. Paul is here contrasting the great Priesthood of our Lord with that of the Aaronic Law; for the Jews had difficulty in understanding how there could be a change of priesthood. R5776:3; Q486:T
He— Christ. R3951:6, 713:6, 605:4*
Able— And willing. R3282:1, 4783:3, 3279:6
To save them— And only them. R1601:2 Deliver. R3115:2 One who is mighty to save. E96; R3912:3; NS340:5, 411:4 His death was a propitiation for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2) R3115:2, 3279:5 "He gave himself a ransom for all." (1 Tim. 2:5)R2051:1
To the uttermost— By an everlasting release from sin, divine disfavor and death. R3279:6, 4783:3 Fully, completely, eternally. It will not leave out even one human being. R5777:2, 3952:1 Because of the presentation of our Lord's merit on their behalf, the whole world will be in Christ's hands to be dealt with to a completion, to leave nothing undone that can be done. R5777:5 Able to deliver not only from sin, but from death; not only from the tomb, but from all the weaknesses of heredity, all the sin, the blemishes, which rest upon our race. NS639:2 The life-giver came to provide life everlasting for the dying race. PD55/67; R5126:2 Not merely a restoring to each individual of the things which he once possessed, but a restitution of all that was his by right under the original divine arrangement, if Adam had not sinned. NS613:3 He is not only able to take away sin, but is able to sympathize fully with those for whom his "better sacrifices" have been made. R5777:2, 3912:3; E128 The Lord not only saves us from the sins that are past, but throughout our course he also covers with the robe of his merit those blemishes and weaknesses which result from the imperfection of our human body. R5777:2 Christ will yet save us in the fullest sense in the "first resurrection." The saving of the world will then begin. R4634:5, 605:4* God will save all men, but will not specially save any except those who come unto him through Christ. A106 "Having obtained eternal redemption for us." (Heb. 9:12) F159
That come— Will come. R4634:5 Consecrates. R374:1 All who have the appreciative ear. R5126:2,3952:1
Unto God— Faithful believers. R1601:2
By him— Through him. R4634:5; NS411:4, 551:4 Through his mediation. F162 By faith, and reformation from bad works and dead works, through Jesus. E229; F162 An attempt to come to God by any other means, as, for example, the sacrifice of the Mass, is an abomination in the sight of God.C103; R3146:2
Ever liveth— As our great Advocate because of the work done for us when atonement was made in the presence of God. (Heb. 9:24) R5777:4, 4546:2 The priests of the Aaronic order were not suffered to continue in their office, by reason of their death. But the great antitypical Priest is to continue always. He will never have a successor. R5777:1
Make intercession— Throughout the Gospel age, the Lord's people, by the eye of faith, behold the great high Priest as their Advocate. R2823:4 It is because we recognize Jesus as our Advocate, that we may come to the throne of grace. R4597:4 Jesus does not intercede for his people every day; there are two general intercessions—the first applied at the beginning of the Gospel age for the Church class, and the final and complete one for the whole world. R5777:4 During the Millennium our Lord Jesus will not be making intercession for the world; for he will do this at its beginning when he applies his merit for "all the people," when the New Covenant is sealed. R5777:5 To deal, or to show cause. He ever liveth to deal or negotiate for them. R791:5
For them— As New Creatures, his members. R4476:1

[NTC - Hebrews 7:26]

Such high priest— "A merciful and faithful high priest." (Heb. 2:17) E128; F162 He was not wealthy, and was considered a fanatic.R3776:6 When Jesus became the anti-typical High Priest the type must have ceased in God's estimation. R310:2
Became us— Suited us, was necessary for us. R964:6 He is justifying and sanctifying the antitypical priests and Levites. R4528:2
Who is holy— In order to be the Redeemer of Adam, and his race, Jesus had to be a perfect human being. R5830:1, 4587:6, 4546:1, 4049:4, 2772:3; E95; SM646:1; OV383:4, 150:2 Jesus possessed a refinement and nobility of soul which made his death as a blasphemer even more terrible to him. R551:4, 4964:4, 4804:1 "That holy thing that shall be born of thee." (Luke 1:35) E105 The "clean thing" (Job 14:4) came not out of the unclean race, but "proceeded forth and came from God" and was merely developed and nourished in Mary. (John 8:42; Gal. 4:4) E105 Unblemished, undefiled, spotless. E97
Harmless— Guileless. R5767:6 Innocent. R5053:3
Undefiled— Without any contamination from Father Adam. R5870:6, 5223:6 By virtue of his special birth. R5768:5; OV330:2, 149:1 As a man, transferred from a heavenly to an earthly condition. R5003:2; NS194:6 Although a member of our race according to the flesh, Jesus has an unimpaired life, transferred from the spirit plane to his virgin mother's womb. Thus he did not inherit sin or its condemnation. R5946:6, 5748:1, 4964:1; E106; Q226:4; NS460:1 He did not have any of the defilements common to humanity. CR453:3 His was not a condemned life, like the rest of the world. R5621:1 His will was to do good only, to honor God and to bless men. SM646:1 If the virgin birth is denied, this statement would not be true. R4763:1
Separate from sinners— Not a sinner. R5003:2, 5352:2, 3265:3, 1917:1; CR247:4; HG460:1, 622:4; SM492:3 "He knew no sin." (2 Cor. 5:21) R1585:5,776:1; HG261:5 Jesus was always perfect. R5078:2, 5064:2, 5172:1, 5748:1; CR291:1 Absolutely without imperfection. R5836:6, 4968:2 Perfect mentally, morally, and physically. OV149:1 Jesus was not tempted because of sin or weakness, for he had neither. R5702:4, 5472:5 He could not have a sinful wish or desire. SM646:1 There was no reason why he should suffer. Every painful experience which our Lord had was suffering for righteousness' sake. R5117:3 Not personally worthy of death. NS346:5 Our Lord was not a member of the Adamic race in a direct sense. R5621:1 Entirely distinct and separate from humanity, so far as sinful features were concerned. R4964:1, 5064:3, 5352:2; CR195:4 Leaving the perfection of the heavenly nature and coming down to perfect human nature. R4587:6 Nevertheless, he was neither a giant in stature nor in physical strength. R2787:2 If Jesus was the son of Joseph, he was not separate from sinners. R5767:6; OV329:1 He alone kept the Law—thus he had the right to perfect human life, that he might be the Redeemer and Messiah. R5286:5, 5165:4; CR43:4, 48:6 His life was from God, and merely nourished by Mary. E105; R3938:6 Contrary to Higher Criticism. CR491:1; NS559:5
Made higher— Exalted higher. E128
Than the heavens— Powers of spiritual control. A318 Lifted higher than the highest—to the divine nature. R3952:1, 713:6

[NTC - Hebrews 7:27]

Who needeth not— Paul was combating the prevalent thought that the Law Covenant and its priestly arrangements were divinely intended to be perpetual. R4545:3 He was discussing the change of dispensation and that everything pertaining to the Tabernacle and the "Most Holy" passed away to give place to the "better sacrifices" of the Gospel age. R4780:3 The divine intention of a New Covenant with a new High Priest and new underpriests and better sacrifices for its institution. R4545:3 A repetition daily and yearly of the sacrifices of the Law on a higher plane is not to be expected. R4397:3
Daily— Continually. R4545:5 The typical High Priest needed once every year, repeatedly (not daily), to offer up sacrifices. R4965:2, 4546:5; Q67:1
As those high priests— A type of the Royal Priesthood of the Gospel age. R5162:3, 4397:3 The Jewish nation, priesthood, sacrifices and legal code must pass away. R4545:3 Christ the new creature is the High Priest of a new order and we, "his members," are the underpriests, as spirit-begotten new creatures. R4545:3, 4511:1 First for his own sins, then for the people's—Specifying two offerings. R4546:4 The offering of the bullock and the Lord's goat—separate sprinklings of blood—both parts of the one atonement day service. (Lev. 16) R4397:6, 4965:5, 4780:6, 4546:6, 4545:6; Q67:1 The one antitypical Atonement Day accomplishes the entire work which will usher in full forgiveness and reconciliation to all the people. R4397:3 Both sacrifices were made by the Priest, not by the bullock, not by the goat; and when our Lord shall present the blood of his secondary sacrifice, he will be presenting "his own blood"—not yours, not mine. R4546:6 One fulfillment of the one type. Our Lord offered himself at Jordan and he offered up all the members of his Body, the Church, at Pentecost. The presentation was at Pentecost, to be completed during the Gospel age. Q67:3; R4965:5, 4780:6, 4546:3, 4511:3, 4397:3 The antitypical atonement day sacrifices for sin have been in progress for 1800 years. R4965:3, 4546:4; Q67:2 The two sacrifices of Lev. 16. Our Lord will fulfil that Day of Atonement type by two offerings; first for the sins of those accepted during the Gospel age, and later for the world in general. R4511:3The great High Priest will apply the blood of the antitypical goat on behalf of all the world of mankind under the terms of the New Covenant. R4546:6 This cannot mean the contrary to what Paul had just stated—that our Lord had no sins. The "Head" was perfect but the "Body" was imperfect. R4546:4
He— The High Priest. R4780:5
Did once— The sacrifice of Jesus needs not to be repeated. R4703:4 This he did already. When the Apostle wrote these words the High Priest had already made both sacrifices, and had sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High. R4546:5 The once doing of this sacrificial work in the beginning of this antitypical "Atonement Day" is sufficient for all time. R4546:5 The one sacrifice of two parts. R4780:5, 4397:3 In the type these things were done year by year; but in the antitype the Great High Priest first offered the antitypical bullock on behalf of his Body, and then the antitypical goat on behalf of the world of mankind. R4780:6, 4965:3, 4546:5 This entire work of sacrificing may have been said to have been accomplished at the time when St. Paul wrote the book of Hebrews. R4511:4 The ground of original protest was respecting the sacrifice of Christ. Papacy held that Christ's sacrifice at Calvary was for past sins. Protestants held that there could be but one sacrifice for sins forever. R1775:6
Offered up himself— Himself at Jordan—the members of his Body, the Church, at Pentecost. R4965:5, 4546:3 His personal sacrifice was finished at Calvary. R4546:2 The spirit-begotten Jesus, as the Priest, put to death Jesus in the flesh and made him a sin-sacrifice. R4545:3 His offering of himself at Jordan was accepted of the Father; the remainder was merely the fulfilling of the terms of the sacrifice. R4965:5 The Father's acceptance of his sacrifice was indicated by the descent of the holy Spirit upon Jesus in the water. R4546:3 The body which God prepared for sacrifice may properly be viewed from two standpoints—the human body of Jesus, and the Church which is his body. R4965:2Paul referred to the High Priest as a whole—Head and Body. "He (the Father) hath chosen us in him (Christ) before the foundation of the world." (Eph. 1:4) R4780:3, 5392:1 The members of the Body present themselves; but the offering must be done by the Priest, Jesus. R4965:3, 4546:6 One fulfillment of the one type—in the type there were two sacrifices offered, here called his sacrifice. R4965:3 The Leviticus account shows that the first offering was not for himself only, but also "for his house"—in the type the tribe of Levi; in the antitype the "household of faith"—the great company. R4546:2,6 His offering continues these 1900 years. Since Pentecost he has been accepting and offering as his members such as present their bodies living sacrifices. PD47/59 As the High Priest, typified by Aaron. T50 The great atonement for sin made by our Redeemer's sacrifice of himself. R4781:5, 4546:6 "Without spot to God." (Heb. 9:14); to whom the price was paid. E449, 450; F122; R387:3 A ransom for all. R789:3, 387:3 Jesus came typically to the Jews in the end of their age as a Priest. R79:1; T50

[NTC - Hebrews 8:1]

On the right hand— In the position of favor and power. A92
Of the throne— Authority and rulership. A92

[NTC - Hebrews 8:2]

A minister— A servant. R4511:4
The true tabernacle— The antitypical. B208 Typified by the Tabernacle in the wilderness. B208; R245:1*
Which the Lord— Jehovah, the author of the divine plan. E38

[NTC - Hebrews 8:3]

Priest is ordained— Consecrated for the priestly work, after having been already consecrated as a Levite. F124
To offer gifts— The High Priest serves—is an offerer or sacrificer to God. R3265:3 Our Lord's consecration of his own life was a gift. Q609:4;R4915:1 The High Priest is ordained to make the ultimate offering of that gift as the sin-offering for the world. R4915:4 The gift of our Lord's consecration of his own life and our gifts of ourselves to God will constitute the great sin-offering which the High Priest gives for the world. Q609:5
And sacrifices— Thus typifying Jesus who offered himself as an acceptable sacrifice for sin—that he might be the Deliverer of men from the curse of sin and death. R4715:4
That this man— The man Christ Jesus. R3265:3
Also to offer— Our Lord had himself, the Perfect One, to offer—a sacrifice well pleasing to the Father. R3319:4 The sacrificial work was a necessity before Christ could enter the still higher work of blessing. R4511:4 It is expected of all the members of the Body that they shall be joint-sharers in the sufferings and sacrifices of this present time. R3265:3, 3319:5 The thing which each is to sacrifice is himself, his will, his life, his all. R2629:6 "I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies living sacrifices." (Rom. 12:1) R3844:5, 2629:6

[NTC - Hebrews 8:4]

If he— Our Lord. Q551:6
On earth— Paul is contrasting the typical priesthood of the tribe of Levi, and the antitypical priesthood of our Lord, who sprang out of Judah. R161:1* Jesus, being of the tribe of Judah, and not Levi, could not have served as a priest under the Mosaic Law, which gave this office to Aaron and his sons forever. R4759:5, 195:4, 161:4*
He should not be— Melchizedek was only one Priest, and therefore represented all our Lord's members. His antitypical work is in the future and is why Aaron is not so particularly referred to in the type of the Great Priest. Q552:1
Gifts— The Apostle puts the word first. There is a way the High Priest offers gifts now—the consecration of his own life and the bodies of his brethren. Q609:4
Of necessity— Jesus also must offer both gifts and sacrifices in order to fulfil his priesthood. Q610:T

[NTC - Hebrews 8:5]

Shadow— Type. CR485:2 Example. T82 Picture. Q746:1 Reflection of future things, as the moon's light is the reflection of the rays of the sun. R5420:2 Many of the things done for fleshly Israel were shadows of better things for spiritual Israel—but only to those who discern them. R2504:6
Of heavenly things— Higher things. "The Law having a shadow of good things to come." (Heb. 10:1) B173; T11; CR485:2; Q746:1 Spiritual things. R294:5; T82
To the pattern— All the minutiae of the service: every jot and tittle had to be exactly performed in the type, because it illustrated something greater and more important to come afterward. T12

[NTC - Hebrews 8:6]

Excellent ministry— More exalted service than the earthly priests. R4511:4 Our Lord's sacrificial work needs not to be continued throughout eternity; but he has been exalted to the heavenly plane, and has another work to accomplish. R4511:5
How much also he is— Accordingly, he is. R4511:4 For this cause he is made. R4321:5 Has acquired the right to become. E455 Our Lord had already begun the work necessary to his fulfilling this office of Mediator of the New Covenant, but he had not yet accepted to himself all the members. R4321:5
The mediator— The word Mediator is carefully and exclusively used in the Bible only in connection with a Covenant. R4560:6 Moses, the Mediator of the Law Covenant, was a type of Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant. R788:4, 4511:5, 2838:4 God's dealing with the world will be through the Mediator, the Priest. R4528:5
A better covenant— A better testament than the Law Covenant. R4511:5 The New Covenant. CR326:4 Under which all the people shall be blessed with restitution. T82 The blessing will begin with Israel; but every member of the human race will have an opportunity of coming to perfection. Q488:3 Not better than the Grace or Sarah Covenant, but better than the Law Covenant because of its better Mediator, the Messiah. R4321:5, 4320:1, 4309:6 All that the house of Israel had and did was typical, and was to be superseded by others—their Covenant pointed to a better Covenant. R518:3*, 3364:5 The contrast is between the Law Covenant and its Mediator, Moses, and the New Covenant, superior because of its better Mediator, the Messiah. R4321:5, 4309:6 At the end of the thousand years they are more directly in this Covenant relationship; each being required to stand for himself without a Mediator between. Q533:T
Was established— This Covenant was established eighteen hundred years ago. PT371:1*
Better promises— Than those to fleshly Israel. "Exceeding great and precious promises;" (2 Peter 1:4) heavenly instead of earthly. B207 Securing beyond the possibility of failure the eternal salvation of all his people. R174:5* When the prince of this world shall be cast out. R518:3*

[NTC - Hebrews 8:7]

That first covenant— The Sinaitic or Law Covenant. PT370:5* Of which the Ten Commandments were a part. R1732:1
Had been faultless— If that first Covenant had been faultless, it would have done the work that the second Covenant is going to do, but it would not have taken anyone to heaven. PT371:T* The fault was a lack of any mediatorial provision to offset the weakness and inability of the people to keep it. PT371:T* Moses could offer only imperfect sacrifices. R4321:5
No place have been sought— The second Covenant would have been unnecessary. PT371:T*
The second— That New or Better Covenant will accomplish restitution, and nothing of a spiritual nature at all. PT371:T

[NTC - Hebrews 8:8]

Finding fault— If God was not finding fault with the old Covenant, why make a new one? The unsatisfactory feature of the covenant was that it could not give life to Israel. R4961:2 The Apostle is endeavoring to prove to the Jews that they could gain nothing under the Law Covenant. R4319:6
He saith— In Jeremiah 31:31-34. NS443:1; R4321:6
The days come— The days will come. R4319:6 After the days of this Gospel age. R4321:6 The time when the price which our Lord laid down at Calvary will be made applicable to the world. R4998:6
I will make— Greek, sunteleo, complete (Diaglott). Rendered in Authorized Version: end; finish; fulfill; make. PT372:2* I will covenant a covenant with the house of Israel as a result of the sacrifices cut off. PT373:2* It will go into effect just as soon as the Mediator is completed. Q186:5
A new covenant— To be between God, and Israel and the world. R4388:6, 5226:3 Made with natural Israel first. R4998:6 As a measure for carrying out the blessings purposed in the Abrahamic Covenant. R5226:3 An unconditional covenant—without a solitary condition so far as the people to be blessed by it are concerned. R3108:6 The covenant is a conditional one, shown by the fact that it has a Mediator. Q187:2 Belongs exclusively to the coming age. R3916:4Will proceed through the Ancient Worthies. R4389:1 The New Law Covenant cannot be introduced, sealed, made operative, until the Abrahamic Covenant shall have brought forth the seed of Abraham. R5301:6 To be a perpetual Covenant between God and men. R5000:4 The selection of the members of the Mediator of Israel's New Covenant is now in progress. R4388:6
The house of Israel— The whole twelve tribes. C293; R1341:1 Clearly this does not refer to spiritual Israel. R4321:6
The house of Judah— Which is mentioned by name, so that the prophecy might not be understood to refer to the ten tribes only. C297 The New Covenant belongs to Israel alone, including the two nations into which they divided at the death of Solomon. R4319:6

[NTC - Hebrews 8:9]

The covenant— The Law Covenant. R4319:6; NS363:1 The Law dispensation began with Israel the night they left Egypt. R971:6
In the day— The Passover was the first feature of the Law. R971:6, 1731:1
Out of the land— The Law Covenant is continually referred to as dating from that time. R1731:2
Regarded them not— The Law Covenant being a conditional one. R3108:5

[NTC - Hebrews 8:10]

The covenant— The New Covenant provisions of the Millennial Age. R3649:1; Q189:T; NS363:2
After those days— Of this Gospel Age. R4321:6 Gospel days. R4340:6; Q189:T After the Gospel age has intervened, between Israel's casting off and their being received again. NS363:2 In which they would be disregarded, in the cast-off condition. PT372:T* After the "seven times" of chastisement. B92The blindness that has been on Israel during the selection of spiritual Israel will surely pass away. R3649:1
I will put my laws— Gradually retrace and rewrite the divine Law. This re-writing in the characters of men is simply another method of telling us of the "restitution of all things." (Acts 3:21) F359 This is a description of what will take place during the Millennium, and not a description of what we see about us today. R4321:6; NS363:2, 290:3
Into their mind— They will have Messiah's assistance in regaining the perfection of mind and body and a "new heart," which will enable them to obey in every particular the divine Law. R4821:1Contrasting the Law written on tables of stone, with the better arrangement of the New Covenant, which will ignore a written language entirely. R1717:4
In their hearts— When the Law has been written upon the hearts of all antitypical Israelites, there will no longer be any teaching, for none will be ignorant of the Lord. R1717:4

[NTC - Hebrews 8:11]

And they— Primarily the Jews, later the world of mankind. R3108:6
All shall know me— First to Israel, under Messiah's Kingdom; the blessing will be extended to every nation, kindred and tongue. R4821:1 They will have the assistance of Christ and of the glorified Church, the Royal Priesthood. R5639:2 "The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord." (Isa. 11:9) R2610:3, 2314:1; E20 The way will be so plain "that the wayfaring man though a fool need not err therein." (Isa. 35:8) A215 Some will refuse and die the second death. SM172:1 This statement is not true now, and cannot be true until the Lord's Kingdom is established. A75

[NTC - Hebrews 8:12]

Their sins— The Deliverer will do no more than merely regather them; he will take away their sins. (Psa. 85) R4892:2; NS443:5 The whole world's sins and iniquities will be blotted out as far as God is concerned and the whole world will be turned over to Jesus. CR148:5
And their iniquities— Which now rise up in judgment before them demanding their just penalty, death. R1654:1
I remember no more— Having blotted out past sins and iniquities. F359 Because of the merit of Christ, applied to the sealing of the New Covenant. CR148:5 A glorious Covenant, for Israel, and through Israel, for the whole world. Q189:1 The divine agreement to be merciful, to forgive, to cancel sins that are past. R3597:3, 2328:3 Through the better sacrifices the antitypical Mediator will have the power to start the people with a clean slate. R5292:3

[NTC - Hebrews 8:13]

A new covenant— Restoring that nation to the place of honor as the favored nation—through whom the blessings of redemption will extend to all nations. R4555:1 The Law Covenant was a foreshadow of the New Law Covenant. Fi Implying that a preceding (Law) Covenant had become old. R4319:6 The Apostle is not saying that the New Covenant is for the Church. R4321:6 It will become operative as soon as the Church has been glorified. NS443:5
The first— The Law Covenant. R4319:6; NS363:1
Old— Valueless. R4319:6 Unprofitable. NS363:1 Paul is disputing the Judaizing teachers insistence that they must be under the Hagar Covenant, as well as the Sarah Covenant. R4322:1
Ready to vanish away— Preparing to pass away. R4319:6 Be set aside, giving place to a new and better one. NS363:1 Paul saw the Law Covenant in Hagar's predicament, almost ready to die. PT372:1* Lose its force entirely. But Paul did not say that it had passed away. R4505:2 The Law Covenant, not the oath-bound Covenant. R4440:4 The old Law Covenant would perish, and God would in due time provide a New Covenant to take its place with Israel. R4322:1 The Apostle is contrasting the New Covenant with the Law Covenant, which did vanish away. R3916:4

[NTC - Hebrews 9:1]

The first covenant— Chapter 9 contrasts the typical Law Covenant with the arrangements for the New Covenant to make its blessings effective to Israel and all people who shall eventually avail themselves of its privileges. R4511:6
Also ordinances— These ordinances went with the Law Covenant; but that the ordinances and ceremonies were not the Covenant itself is proved by Deut. 5:1-21. R974:2, 1726:2

[NTC - Hebrews 9:2]

A tabernacle— Typical of "the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man." (Heb. 8:2) B208
The candlestick— Representing the complete Church of Christ selected throughout the Gospel age. T115
The table— Representing the complete Church as a whole. T115
The shewbread— Representing the truth, the Word of God. T22, 115

[NTC - Hebrews 9:3]

The second veil— Representing the death of the human body. T22
Holiest of all— The Most Holy represents the presence of Jehovah—heaven itself. R528:2; NS336:4

[NTC - Hebrews 9:4]

Which had— With the "Ark" under the Propitiatory. T17
The golden censer— The golden altar could not have been in the Most Holy. Either the Apostle had a slip of the tongue, or his amanuenses put in the wrong word, saying behind the veil instead of before the veil. CR275:5; Q28:T, 702:3 See footnote on verse 2 in the Diaglott. R5961:2*
And the ark— Representing the eternal purpose of God—his foreordained arrangement of riches and grace for mankind in The Christ. T121 When justice is satisfied, power starts upon its errand, which is co-extensive with that of love, using the same agency—Christ—the Ark or safe depository of divine favors. T126
Overlaid round about— Covered around on every side. R641:1
With gold— Symbol of the divine nature. T18, 121
Pot that had manna— As a memorial, God miraculously preserved the manna from corruption. B130 Representing immortality, incorruptibility; "To him that overcometh will I grant to eat of the hidden manna." (Rev. 2:17) T122; R3283:2 Possibly representing our Lord's fleshly body, perhaps preserved somewhere as the grand memorial of God's love, of Christ's obedience and of our redemption. B130 A golden jar holding the manna. R641:1
And Aaron's rod— Representing the acceptableness of the Royal Priesthood—The Christ. T122
That budded— That sprouted. R641:1 A peculiarity of the almond tree is that the fruit buds appear before the leaves; so with the Royal Priesthood, they sacrifice or begin to bring forth fruit before the leaves of profession are seen. T122 A reminder that the blessing and fruitfulness and privilege of service belong to the antitypical Levite. R3283:2
And the tables— Tables of the Law. R641:1 Representing that the Law was actually fulfilled in our Head and is reckonedly fulfilled in us who walk in obedience to the new mind; also that legal authority is vested in The Christ as the Law-executor. T121 These remained in the ark when it was in the Temple—the Law will still be an integral part of the divine covenant. R3283:2

[NTC - Hebrews 9:5]

Over— Over-above. R641:1
Cherubim of glory— Upon it and of the same piece were two cherubs of gold—beaten work. T17, 123 Representing divine love and power. T125Neither divine love nor power can be exercised until justice is satisfied; hence they look inward toward justice to know when to move. T125
Shadowing— Overshadowing the propitiatory. R641:1
The mercyseat— So called because there, by God's arrangement, mercy was obtained. R420:6 More properly called the propitiatory, because on it the Priest offered the blood of the sacrifices which propitiated or satisfied the demands of divine justice. T124 Greek, hilasterion, place of appeasement. R420:6, 641:1; T124; HG54:1 The spot upon which the High Priest sprinkled the blood of the sin-offering, which God accepted as the satisfaction for sins. R420:6; T125 The slab of gold forming the cover of the ark. R420:6, 641:1 The oneness the Son and his Bride, represented by the Ark, in harmony with the Father, represented by the cover—was shown in the fact that the Mercy Seat was the lid of the Ark, and hence the head of it. T126

[NTC - Hebrews 9:6]

The priests— Representing the Royal Priesthood; the underpriests, the consecrated Body of Christ. T116; R1732:3 Typifying those who are seated with Christ in the heavenly. (Eph. 2:6) R4875:6, 1732:4; NS336:4
Went always— Always had access. T116; R1732:3 Corresponds to our experiences of the present time. R4875:6
The first tabernacle— Where were the candlestick, the table of shewbread and the golden altar of incense. R4875:6, 1732:3 The Holy, typifying the spiritually-minded condition. T75, 116; R4875:6, 1732:4 All of the antitypical Royal Priesthood have access to the Holy condition as soon as they consecrate themselves. R1732:3; T116

[NTC - Hebrews 9:7]

But into the second— The Most Holy—type of the perfected spiritual condition. T75; R4875:6, 528:2
Went the high priest— The High Priest passing under the veil typified the man Christ Jesus, pouring out his soul on Calvary, laying down in death the body which God prepared him. PD36/47If he had not followed every instruction of the Law, he would die under the veil; likewise, if Jesus had come short in any way, he would have no resurrection. R5585:6, 5731:2; Q386:2
Alone— Apparently the underpriests did not go into the Most Holy on this day. Q694:1; R4875:6; T74 They often went into the Most Holy in after days. T91, 92
Once every year— On the Great Day of Atonement, representing the Gospel age. T50, 75; R4875:3; CR276:1; Q701:3, 702:1 The repetition was necessary to maintain the cleansing of the people and Covenant relationship with God. R4655:3
Not without blood— The evidence of his sacrifice of his former self. R528:2 The Priest had to have the blood with him or he would die. R5961:4*The blood (earthly life rights) must still be unforfeited in any way, as otherwise the antitypical Priest would not have risen beyond the veil in resurrection life and could not have benefitted the human race. R5961:4*
For— Instead of their own natural lives. R147:2
Himself— The bullock represented the death of the Priest, and thereafter the Priest represented Christ as a New Creature. R528:2, 1829:2 For the Priests and Levites—for himself and his house. CR276:1; Q701:3; SM69:4
For the errors— The sins. CR276:1; Q701:3 Not wilful sins, but those which are committed through ignorance, superstition, blindness, etc., through heredity. Q701:3; CR276:1 Christ as the antitype presented the ransom-price for the people's sins. R528:2
Of the people— All the remainder of the people. CR276:1; Q701:3 The remaining tribes of Israel. SM70:T

[NTC - Hebrews 9:8]

First tabernacle— The purpose was to shadow forth "good things to come." (Heb. 9:11) R591:1*

[NTC - Hebrews 9:9]

Which was a figure— Typical. R598:6, 715:6* Typical of the real work to be done afterward by Christ. R528:1 The various features of the Tabernacle illustrated the most important features of God's divine plan. PD36/47 The millions of Jews who lived and died before Christ, who had only typical atonements for sin, yearly, did not have a chance for life under the New Covenant. R2116:5
Perfect— Each Day of Atonement a typical sacrifice was offered which never actually put away sin. R528:1

[NTC - Hebrews 9:10]

Carnal— Generally rendered "flesh." Does not mean sinful flesh. R1223:2

[NTC - Hebrews 9:11]

Good things to come— Represents the glorification of the Church and the blessing of Israel and all the families of the earth. R4511:6 Coming restitution blessings. R2821:6 The antitypical High Priest has appeared. R4511:6
By— Obtained of God. R2821:6
Perfect tabernacle— The spiritual Temple. A301 A higher Tabernacle or Temple than the Jewish earthly one, the Holy of Holies of which is heaven itself. R2821:6
Not made with hands— Not of earthly origin. A301

[NTC - Hebrews 9:12]

Neither by— Contrasting the typical and the antitypical sin-offering. R5874:4 They did not see that their sin-offerings were merely typical. OV71:2
Of goats and calves— They possessed no real merit. R5424:2
His own blood— The sacrifices which the antitypical High Priest presents are of a superior character—his own blood, his own life. R2822:1; E446 He must first redeem them through the sacrifice of himself. OV71:2 Christ's death was typed for centuries in the Tabernacle services by the sacrifice of bulls and goats. R1336:2
The blood of Jesus and the members of his Body. R4366:6 He entered in— The people had no evidence of divine favor resulting until he came out to bless the people. R2821:6
The holy place— The Most Holy. R2821:6 Representing heaven itself—from which in due time our great High Priest comes forth with the promised blessings of restitution, etc. R2821:6 The evidence of this came in the Pentecostal blessing. R5424:2 The antitype of the earthly High Priests when they went into the Most Holy on the Day of Atonement to sprinkle the blood upon the Mercy Seat. R2821:6
Having obtained— Procured. R2822:1
Eternal redemption— Greek, lutrosis, everlasting, present and future, deliverance from bondage to sin and death. The Apostle is not referring to the method by which that deliverance was secured. E433; F159 Lasting ransom-deliverance for those whom he as High Priest represented. R2822:1 Christ's blood became the basis for the forgiveness of our sins, and transferred us from the domain of sentenced culprits, back to sonship in the family of God. R1230:3

[NTC - Hebrews 9:13]

Blood of bulls— Before the Law Covenant went into effect, it was necessary that blood should be shed. R4624:1 The bullock represented Jesus as a man. R5731:1; Q385:8
Goats— The goat represented the human nature of the Church. R5731:1; Q385:8 Figures or illustrations for the time of the real sacrifice. R528:2 Typifying the better sacrifices by which the New Covenant would become operative. R4624:1,6 The Atonement Day sacrifices. R1897:4 These could never actually take away sins. R4624:6 The basis for that reconciliation was the sacrifice represented by the blood. R4655:6
The ashes— The knowledge and remembrance of their faithfulness unto death. T108; R1872:4 The red heifer was taken outside the camp of Israel, killed and burned to ashes, except a little of the blood taken by the Priest and sprinkled seven times toward the front of the Tabernacle. T105 The ashes were not brought into the Holy Place, but were left outside the Camp, and apparently accessible to any of the people who had use for them. T105 Like the ashes laid up in a clean place, the results of the painful experiences of the "worthies" will be a store of blessings, instruction and help to these "Princes." R1872:5; T111
An heifer— The Ancient Worthies; a heifer instead of a bullock, to show that it was not one of the sacrifices of the Day of Atonement. T107, 111 A class which laid down their lives outside the Camp; in every way honorable, and yet not a priestly class. T107 No antitype is mentioned because it has nothing to do with our cleansing but relates to the world's cleansing in the Millennium.R1897:4; T111 A feature of the ceremonial law of Israel, related in Numbers 19. T105
Sprinkling— Cleansing from sin, in connection with and based upon the Day of Atonement sacrifices. T108, 106 The ashes mingled with the water of truth, is valuable, purifying, sanctifying all who desire to come into full harmony with God. T108
The unclean— Now; but particularly in the Millennial Age. T109
Purifying of the flesh— The typical sacrifices had served in a measure for purification, and made the creatures represented thereby typically acceptable with God for a time. R2822:1

[NTC - Hebrews 9:14]

How much more— Here is a contrast between the institution of the Law Covenant, and the institution of the New Covenant. R4624:2 If the typical arrangements of the Law Covenant needed a cleansing from sin by blood, how much more full of value should we esteem the sacrifice of Christ. R4511:6, 84:5* How much greater must be the blessing which the greater, the antitypical High Priest would secure. R2822:1
The blood of Christ— The death of Christ, paying the penalty for sin. F105 The better blood—the true sacrifice—which is to seal the New Covenant. R4624:2; NS297:5 His better, more precious and wholly acceptable sacrifice. R2822:1 When the New Law Covenant will be inaugurated by Messiah's Kingdom, the blood of Christ, as represented in the blood of Jesus and the Church, will be used in sprinkling or satisfying divine law, first of all. R5874:2 The work of sprinkling all the people with the blood will progress—the work of cleansing mankind—giving all men the benefits secured by the redeeming blood. R5874:5 Sufficient to establish them fully and completely in the divine favor. R4655:6 The merit of our Lord's sacrifice. "Which cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7) E445; F105; R1298:6*,1293:5
Through— By. R2822:2
The eternal spirit— Of sonship. Q696:2; R4877:2 By which he had been begotten. R2822:2
Offered himself— The man Jesus. R4877:1, 2822:2, 316:5*; Q696:2 His human nature and body. R316:4*;SM74:T Our Lord, at Jordan, became dead as a man and alive as a New Creature. Q696:2; R4877:2 An act of obedience to the Father's will. He did not appropriate his earthly rights to the world, or to anybody. R4546:6 To satisfy all the claims of justice. R4624:2 The offering took place at his consecration. His sacrifice began at Jordan, though it was not "finished" until Calvary. R387:3, 2822:1; NS425:2 The under priesthood must also offer up themselves to God. F122
Without spot— Without blemish. R2822:2 A sacrifice well-pleasing. R3088:3
To God— To whom the price was paid in sacrifice. The ransom price was paid to divine justice. R2822:2, 685:4, 387:3; E449
Purge— Cleanse. R4624:2 Purify. R4511:6
Your conscience— From all consciousness of sin. A permanent covering, through faith, of all of our sins that are past. R4655:6, 4624:2 A blood sprinkled heart, or will, that has been justified, not merely through faith, but also through the application of the blood. R2021:3, 4896:1 Consciences freed from a sense of guilt forever. R2822:3 Not for all Israel but for those Jews who had become Christians. R4624:2 "There is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit." (Rom. 8:1) R4656:1
Dead works— The works of the old Law Covenant. R4322:1 As believers in Christ's merit, shall we not conscientiously drop dead works of the Law Covenant and trust to something higher, even to the merit of the antitypical High Priest! R4511:6
To serve— Render acceptable service. R4624:2
The living God— Become members of the Body of Christ, accept him as our Advocate and trust in his finished work on our behalf. R4624:2 The text from here on is missing in the Vatican manuscript. R1108:5, 434:4, 366:1, 71:5

[NTC - Hebrews 9:15]

For this cause— To this end. R4512:1 Because his blood was sufficient to cancel all sin. R4624:2; E28 Showing a contrast between the old Law Covenant and the New (Law) Covenant. The original Abrahamic Covenant, under which Christ and his Body is being developed, is not in the discussion. R4548:3, 4309:6; Q178:7 This text has no reference to any except Jews who were under the old Law Covenant. It does not at all refer to Gentiles. R4548:6, 4512:1; Q178:9
He is— Our Lord Jesus. R4625:1 Christ. R4623:3 Messiah. R4548:6; Q178:9 Has acquired the right to become. E455 From the time Christ took the first actual step towards making the New Covenant he was engaged in working on it—on its first feature, satisfying justice—illustrated in laying the foundations of a house. R4571:2*
The mediator— The word Mediator is carefully and exclusively used in the Bible only in connection with a Covenant. R4560:6 Our Lord was this Mediator in God's purpose centuries before he became the man Christ Jesus. R4549:1; Q179:4 1900 years ago God chose Jesus to be the Mediator of this better covenant. PT375:1* The competent Mediator, the Messiah of glory. R4548:5; Q178:8 God's provision is that Messiah is the Mediator of Israel's New Covenant. R4548:6;Q178:9 The antitypical better Mediator. R4624:1, 788:4 Who will have the power to confer the blessings. R4624:5Secured by his own sacrificial death. R4549:2; Q180:1 Having by then paid over to Justice the ransom-price of the world. R4549:2, E28, 455; Q180:1 The Church, now called to be members of the Body of Christ, who, with Jesus her Head, will constitute the Mediator of the New Covenant. R4549:4, 4624:5, 4530:1*; NS364:4; Q180:3 There could be no blessing outside of this Great One, Jesus the Head, and the Church, his Body. R4624:5 God's dealing with the world will be through the Mediator. R4528:5 Our Lord has not yet acted as the Mediator of the New Covenant; he will accomplish this during the Millennial Age. R4549:1, 4571:5; Q179:5 Our Lord Jesus will give to mankind the human rights and privileges to which he had a right by virtue of his perfect obedience to divine Law. R4625:1, 4547:1 Our Lord Jesus has already begun this work as a Mediator between God and man, but the great bulk of the work of mediation lies in the future and will be accomplished during the Millennial age. NS360:2
The new testament— The New Covenant. F88; R4623:6 Israel's New Covenant. R4548:2-6; Q178:7 For the blessing of Israel and mankind. R4549:5; Q180:4 Having a better Mediator, The Christ. R4624:1 The New Covenant is not to be made with any others than the Jews. R4624:6,2 The repetition of God's favor to Israel under the better Mediator, who will bring the glorious blessings they had expected under Moses. R4624:6 Obedience to the New (Law) Covenant will hold the reward of eternal life. R4549:4; Q180:2 The Apostle is not here saying that the New Covenant is operative now, nor that we are under this Covenant. He is speaking of the Jewish nation. R4624:2"This is my blood in the new testament." (Mark 14:24) E28; R4625:2; NS297:6
By means of death— A death having taken place. (Revised Version) R4548:2*, Q178:T* As its Testator. R4548:6; Q179:1 God in justice cannot deal with a sinner through a Mediator except first divine justice be remembered and satisfied. E28Christ's death on the tree was necessary for the Jews, because that was the special "curse" of the Law. R4512:1 The call of this Gospel age could not be promulgated until first our Lord had become "surety" for the New Covenant. F88, 87 It would not be necessary to render the typical sacrifices thereafter, year by year. R5119:4
For the redemption— Greek, apolutrosis, deliverance from the curse of the Law. E437 The Jewish nation needed to be redeemed in a special manner before God could use it as the channel for blessing the other nations. R4624:4 Messiah's death will be sufficient to cancel the transgressions of Israel under their old Law Covenant. R4548:6; E437; Q178:9 Our Lord's death meant not only redemption from Adamic transgression, but additionally, to the Jew, deliverance from the "curse" or penalty of the Law Covenant. E437
The transgressions— Their deserts under that first Covenant was condemnation. PT374:5*
First testament— The Law Covenant. E437; F88; R4624:3, 4623:6, 4549:4 The First Covenant. (Revised Version) R4548:2*; Q178:T* The precious Covenant. E437 Israel was unable to keep that Law perfectly in act, thought and word, reaping its condemnation of death, and not its proffered blessings of life. R4549:2,4; Q179:6 The Law Covenant had existed for more than sixteen centuries, and many of the Hebrews, after coming into Christ, felt that somehow they must still maintain their relationship to its ordinances, etc. R4623:3 Still a bondage upon all Jews unless they renounce all earthly restitution rights and thus become a joint-heir with Christ during this Gospel Age. R4548:3; Q178:8 Moses was privileged to arrange sacrifices and offerings for sin, cleansing the people for a year at a time—and helping Israel keep the Law. R4549:2; Q179:6 The Law Covenant mediated by Moses was typical of a superior New Covenant, of which Messiah is Mediator. R4548:3, 4624:1; Q178:7 Moses' Covenant was already dead, to the extent that the prize it offered had been won by Jesus. R4548:3; Q178:8 It is inconsistent to claim that The Christ is developed by the faith-sacrifice of earthly rights, under the same Covenant by which the world will secure earthly rights never to be sacrificed. R4528:6
They— The nation of Israel. R4548:6, 4624:3; Q179:1 A special work of Christ on behalf of the Jews. R4512:1 Eventually all Hebrews condemned to death under the Law Covenant may be released from it. R4512:1
Which are called— Not referring to those who receive the high calling, but the Jewish nation that was called—all of this Jewish nation who would come into accord with the divine arrangement. (Rom. 11:27) R4624:3
Might receive— All that they ever expected—and more. R4548:6; Q178:9 When the "mystery" multitudinous Mediator will have sealed Israel's New Covenant by death as its Testator, then the "called" nation will "receive the eternal inheritance." R4548:6, 283:1,6; Q179:1
The promise— At the beginning of the Millennium, all Jews will be transferred from Moses to Messiah. Q178:7; R4548:5 Helping them step by step out of their sin and death condition back to perfection. R4549:4; Q180:1 Israel's promises were not heavenly or spiritual, but earthly. R4548:6; Q178:9
Eternal inheritance— For which they have waited for more than thirty-five centuries. R4548:6; Q179:1 As members of Christ under the original Abrahamic Covenant. R4512:1

[NTC - Hebrews 9:16]

Testament— Will. R4512:1; NS297:5 The New Covenant—or bequest. R4528:6, 1834:3; Q433:2, 434:2; NS297:4 Jesus was the testator and he was going to make a will, which represented his earthly life laid down in sacrifice. Q433:2 Jesus has human life, restitution to give. R4751:4; Q433:2
Is— Exists. (Diaglott) R788:4
The death— In the case of Moses, the death of the testator was represented by the slaying of the bullock and the goat. In the case of the antitypical Moses, it is shown in the sacrifice of our Lord and the Church. R4624:6; Q433:1 Moses typically bought Israel and left them the conditions of the Law as a legacy. R282:4 As the Mediator, or testator, Jesus must die to leave mankind the legacy—of forgiveness and restoration in the New Covenant. R283:1 Bequeathing that with which he parts in death. R4625:1 As long as Jesus was a man he needed human life himself, but in obedience to the Father's will, he laid his human life down. R4751:4; Q433:2Our Lord invites us to join with him in becoming testator, laying down our lives. R4625:1; Q434:T "They shall obtain mercy through your mercy." (Rom. 11:31)R4528:6; Q435:1
Of the testator— Christ the Head, and the Church, the Body. R4625:5, 4512:2; NS297:5 One who bequeaths something to others. R4625:1 The one who makes the will. NS297:5 It was necessary that our Lord should carefully follow the plan that God had arranged. R4625:1 By his death, Jesus passed on to us, the Church, the benefits of his merit. R4453:2; Q434:T; NS297:5 By taking up his human life which he did not forfeit in anywise, he should have that human life and its rights to give to Israel and through them to all mankind. He is thus a testator. R4625:1, 4547:1 He bequeaths it not while he is alive, as a gift, but he gives it as a testator, as that with which he parts in death. R4625:1 Our Lord, as the Great Mediator of the New Covenant, will give to mankind the human rights and privileges to which he had a right by virtue of his perfect obedience to the divine Law. R4625:1, 4512:1 Bequeathing eternal life to the world. R4625:1 The seed of Abraham as testator bequeaths to Israel (and through Israel to the world) all the earthly or restitution privileges secured by Jesus' death and applied "on our behalf" and surrendered by us in death. R4528:5, 4512:2 The Church—the members of his Body—share in this Testament. Q434:2; R4625:2 Not yet fully accomplished; hence restitution blessing is delayed and has not yet begun. R4528:6 Of that which has ratified it. (Diaglott) R788:4

[NTC - Hebrews 9:17]

Testament— Covenant. R282:4 Will. NS297:5
Of force— Firm, (Diaglott) binding. R788:4
After men are dead— The ratifiers or mediators. R282:4 Over dead victims. (Diaglott) R788:4
Of no strength— No efficacy. R4528:6 It is never valid. (Diaglott) R788:4
Testator liveth— Jesus laid his human life down as a bequest, as a testator of the estate he had at his disposal. R4751:4; Q433:2 When that which ratifies it (or, is to satisfy it) is alive. (Diaglott) R788:4

[NTC - Hebrews 9:18]

Whereupon— Hence. (Diaglott) R788:4
Neither the first testament— Not even the first (i.e. Law Covenant). (Diaglott) R788:4
Was dedicated— Has been instituted. (Diaglott) R788:4
Without blood— The blood of beasts, representing Moses' blood. R788:4

[NTC - Hebrews 9:19]

For when Moses— The typical Mediator between God and Israel. R4537:1 Type of the greater Mediator; Jesus and the Church. R4354:5, 4371:4 He undertook to bless them by mediating for them the Law Covenant with God. R4537:1 "A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me." (Acts 3:33) R4371:5
Precept— Commandment. (Diaglott) R788:4
The law— The Law Covenant is a type of the New Covenant. R5342:6
The blood— The ratifying blood. R283:1, 4371:4, 2859:1 The New Covenant must also be ratified with blood. R4371:4 Messiah's work of suffering and death was prefigured in the slaying of the animals at the giving of the Law Covenant. A79
Calves— Bullocks. R5878:4, 788:4 Type of Jesus. R4335:4
Goats— Type of the Church. R4335:4 In the inauguration of the Law Covenant, more than one animal of each kind was necessary because of the multitudes of the people of Israel who were to be sprinkled with the blood. R5878:4, 5874:4
Water— Of truth. R4371:4, 283:1, 214:1
Scarlet wool— Typifying the blood of the ransom. T34, 109
Hyssop— Representing purging or cleansing—cleansing from all death defilements. R1872:6; T109
Sprinkled— Representing the satisfaction of justice. R5342:6, 5878:4, 4570:5* Type of sealing or sprinkling the New Covenant with the blood of the antitypical bullock (our Lord) and goat (the Church.) R4354:5, 5878:4, 4331:1 After Moses had done this, the Law Covenant was in force, and it will continue until superseded by its antitype, the New Covenant. R5164:1, 4624:6 When The Christ is glorified, Jesus will apply the merit of his sin-atonement for the whole world, and as the basis of the New Covenant which will be inaugurated with Israel. R5000:1 When the better sacrifices are complete, the people will be sprinkled with the cleansing blood and pure water of truth, bringing them into harmony with God and therefore with his Law. R4371:4, 4331:1, 283:1
The book— Of the Law, the Covenant. R788:4, 282:5 Type of the Law. R4371:4, 283:1 Representing God or divine justice. R4335:4 The sprinkling of the books of the Law required only a few seconds. R5342:6
And all the people— Bringing the people under the obligations of the Law Covenant. R5000:1, 5421:5, 4371:4, 4335:4 This was done for the institution of the Law Covenant, and repeated yearly to maintain the cleansing and their Covenant relationship with God. R4655:3 In antitype, the whole world who are dead in Adam. R5878:4, 5421:5, 4371:4, 4366:6 The sprinkling of the people required a long time. Everyone will be privileged to come into Covenant relationship with God, by accepting the terms which the Mediator will hold forth during the Millennial reign. R5342:6; CR485:5 It will require the one thousand years to "sprinkle" mankind. R5421:5, 5000:2; CR328:1, 485:5 Effecting the work of reconciling the world to himself. CR328:1 After The Christ, Head and Body, is complete. R5342:6 The sprinkling with the blood represents justification. R5421:5

[NTC - Hebrews 9:20]

The blood— Symbolizes the value of a life that was laid down. Q189:4 Evidence of the death of that which ratifies. R788:4
Of the testament— Of the Covenant. R282:5 The antitypical bullock and goat will both together seal the New Covenant. R4335:4, 4322:1
Enjoined unto you— By which you and God are joined in covenant. R2121:2 Enjoined on you. (Diaglott) R788:4

[NTC - Hebrews 9:22]

Shedding of blood— Implying a sacrificial death. E443; R2317:2, 1177:3; NS422:1 The center of the plan—the cross of Christ. R5920:1; NS422:1 Jesus gave none too great a price, but one which corresponded exactly, with the penalty, viz. man's death. R710:4; SM72:3 Even if Jesus had laid down his pre-existent life, it would have been worthless in the way of making atonement. It was a bloodless offering R1298:6*; SM73:T Redemption under the Law could be made only by an estimated equivalent value. When sin was involved, only blood could atone, or justify. R1031:2* A Savior from the Adamic sin and death was necessary. R381:4; NS421:1 Since the penalty is death, only by a sacrificial death can sinners be released from the death penalty. SM71:5 "The life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar, to make an atonement for your souls. For it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." (Lev. 17:11) NS845:2 Contrary to the theory of Evolution and Higher Criticism. R4060:1; NS419:1, 490:2, 715:4 False apostles merely hold up Christ as the great Exemplar and exhort their hearers to "follow in his steps." R5848:6 The Jews do not to celebrate their Day of Atonement because they have no Priest and they have no altar or propitiatory on the holy ground commanded. NS251:5, 419:5, 493:4, 717:2, 845:5 The typical sacrifice for sins occurred on the Day of Atonement every year. SM69:4
Is no remission— No "putting away" or "justifying." R391:5 Of sins. R381:4; HG418:4; NS418:3, 845:3 At most, only typical remission through typical sin-offerings. R838:5, 1176:5, 792:4 Every sacrifice, day by day, and year by year, proved this. R1030:5* As indicated by God's acceptance of Abel's offering. R3927:6, 2777:2 The sin which the Jews were to emblematically wash away in baptism was not original sin, but sin against their Law Covenant. R2931:3 The antitypical Priest, sacrifices, Holy and Most Holy, and the actual forgiveness of sins, take the place of the type. NS493:5 Jesus must first provide the sacrifice; then, applying it to the satisfaction of justice, he could undertake the uplifting and blessing of all mankind. SM71:T "The wages of sin is death." (Rom. 6:23) "The soul that sinneth it shall die." (Ezek. 18:4, 20) NS715:6 The Bible alone explains the origin of sin and also our hope of relief through the Savior. NS493:6, 714:1 Growing unbelief in the atonement for sin is the result of the rejection of the Word of God, the eternal torment doctrine and the Evolution theory. NS419:1, 715:3

[NTC - Hebrews 9:23]

Patterns of things— The sacrifices of the Law were only types. R5162:3, 4511:6; HG418:4; NS365:4 The bulls and goats slain during the Jewish time were only figures and types of the better sacrifices. R4426:2, 4807:6, 4681:1, 4545:6, 4512:3, 147:2; NS252:4, 717:1 Even in its time features—the parallel length of Jewish and Gospel ages. B209On the typical atonement day the typical sacrifices were offered. R5173:5, 5027:3
Purified— Cleansed. NS252:4
Heavenly— Spiritual. R294:5
Higher and grander things. NS252:4, 424:5 Better sacrifices— The sacrifices (plural) of Jesus and the Church. R4366:6, 5776:3, 5071:3, 5027:3, 4808:1, 4681:1, 4624:1, 4537:5, 4398:5, 4371:4, 3318:6, 1714:6, 1585:4; Q611:4 The justified humanity of the High Priest and the underpriesthood. R4709:2 Began eighteen centuries ago, continuing in his followers as they offer up their flesh. R4427:1, 5027:3; OV279:3; HG418:5 Two offerings; the bullock (Jesus), and the goat (the members of his body.) R4354:1,5173:5; PT389:2* Typified by the sacrifices of bulls and goats. R4398:5, 4544:2, 4512:3, 1714:6 Better services, on the higher plane. R4868:1; Q692:7 Of this Gospel age. R5292:3, 5173:5, 4555:4; NS421:5 As a basis for forgiveness of sins and restitution. R4555:4,5334:1, 5299:4 This anti-typical Day of Atonement. R4555:4, 5053:3, 4512:3; OV11:3, 106:5 Will be fully efficacious, and need no repetition. R4331:2, 5119:4, 4537:5; B208 Which actually and forever cancel the sins of the whole world. B208 Made on behalf of the whole world. T26; R4556:1, 4331:1 The basis of mediation on the part of the better Mediator. R5292:3, 5928:1 The Church's share in the "better sacrifices," represented in the Lord's goat sin-offering, is of grace and not of merit. R4475:5 With the completion of the "better sacrifices" the Atonement will be complete and the sentence will be removed from mankind.R3387:4 Instead of going back to or holding on to the Law Covenant, they should rather be grasping, looking forward to the antitypes, and grasping their share in the "better sacrifices." R4512:3 All that the house of Israel had and did was typical, and was to be superseded by others. R518:3*

[NTC - Hebrews 9:24]

For Christ— Contrasting the work of Christ in the true Tabernacle or Holies with the work of the typical High Priest of the Aaronic order. R2822:4; NS424:3
Is not entered— Jesus could not have been an earthly High Priest—because he was of the tribe of Judah, not Levi. R2822:4
Holy places— The Tabernacle Holy and Most Holy. R294:4
Made with hands— Into the typical Tabernacle; as did Aaron the typical High Priest. R1829:2, 3709:5, 2822:4, 294:4
Into heaven itself— The antitypical Holy of Holies. R2822:4, 2456:5, 1829:1 With the sweet incense of his perfect obedience. R1836:6, 5731:1;Q386:1 It was needful, as shown in the type, that Christ must go to have the sacrifice accepted in the Most Holy. R528:5 He passed beyond the second veil, and entered the Most Holy. R5815:3, 5777:4, 5731:1, 4512:3; Q386:1 Spiritual reality—3-1/2 years in the Holy, and at his resurrection, the Most Holy. R294:4,5
To appear— Before the Mercy Seat to present the merit of his sacrifice. R5873:5, 5731:1, 1829:2; T59; Q386:1; NS424:3 In the same way an attorney would go into court before the bar of justice and appear for you. Q388; CR389:2; NS359:3 When he ascended up on high. R4352:3, 5830:3, 5200:6, 4633:2, 4536:2, 1829:2; NS421:3, 424:6 Forty days after he completed his own personal sacrifice at Calvary. R5873:5, 5731:1; T59; Q386:1
The presence of God— He presented the merit of his sacrifice to make atonement for the Church class. R5777:4, 4601:2, 4553:6, 4536:2, 3918:2, 1829:2, 1395:1; SM74:1 He made satisfaction for us. R5041:5, 4512:4; Q654:1; SM359:3 It was our Lord's human life and restitution rights which he applied for us. R4556:5, 4398:2, 4528:1 He presented his merit for believers sins that are past by the forbearance of God. He did not apply his merit for our future sins. R4354:2 The Lord's work as Advocate for the Church began when he made application of his precious blood on behalf of all those who come to the Father by him throughout the Gospel age. R5197:3, 4553:6, 4547:1 Enabling us to approach God, to become disciples of Christ and to receive the begetting of the holy Spirit. R5093:1, 4553:6 Typified by the Shekinah glory in the Most Holy. T124, 59; R2822:4 Antitype of Lev. 16:14. R4352:3; NS717:4
For us— On our behalf. R4528:2, 4519:1, 4512:4, 2822:4, 1836:6, 1395:1; T59; NS359:3, 421:3; OV407:6; Q654:1; SM728:1 The Church. CR490:5, 367:4; R5830:3, 5576:4, 5622:1, 5197:3, 5165:2, 4997:1, 4832:2, 4747:2, 4574:3, 4512:3; NS421:3; Q27:3,341; SM665:T For spiritual Israel. R4512:3 For believers. R4310:4, 4352:3; CR148:2; NS348:2, 360:2, 674:3 For the household of faith, antitypical Priests and Levites.R4493:5, 4998:3, 4601:2, 4574:5, 4463:6, 4427:5, 3918:2; NS421:3, 717:4; Q388, SM74:1, 250:T To sprinkle the blood of his sacrifice upon the Mercy Seat. OV407:6;R4512:4, 3918:2 Then we were bought with the precious blood of Christ. R4633:2 Our Lord made application of the merit of his blood for the antitypical priests and the Levites during the ten days between his ascension and the descent of the holy Spirit at Pentecost. R5621:6, 4832:2, 387:3; SM74:2 Making satisfaction for the sins of all who would follow in his steps. SM360:2; NS421:3; OV407:6 Our Redeemer imputed the merit for us in the beginning once for all. The imputation made at that time was sufficient for the whole Church, and by that merit we are justified. Q411:1By means of which we may walk in his footsteps by consecration. R5165:2; OV407:6 Whosoever would come under the conditions and terms of justification and sanctification. Q433:2 The holy Spirit would then come. R2456:5 As our Advocate. R5041:5, 4997:1, 4547:1, 4512:4, 4354:2, 4340:2; NS359:3; OV407:6; Q654:1; SM250:T, 728:1 Enabling those drawn of the Father to "present their bodies living sacrifices." (Rom. 12:1) R4832:2, 4354:2 Making it possible for us to become his Bride; "members of his body." R4997:1 It took all the merit or ransom-price to make atonement for our sins—because it was so applied. R4519:1, 4528:2 Not for the world. R3918:2, 5873:5, 5830:3, 5093:1, 4354:2; CR367:4; NS359:3; OV407:6; Q388; SM665:T He will not make application of his ransom-merit on behalf of the world until the end of this age, until he shall have finished the use of it on behalf of the Church. R4832:2 In being raised from the water in his baptism, Jesus represented the antitypical High Priest, who thenceforth went into the holiest, there to appear in the presence of God for us. HG262:1

[NTC - Hebrews 9:25]

Offer himself often— We should not expect him to do this every year, as it was done in the type. R4512:6 It is not necessary that Christ should repeat his sacrifice every year, because his is the antitypical one and prevails everlastingly. R2822:4 As does the Church of Rome, in direct conflict with this Scripture, in its sacrifice of the Mass, repeated not only yearly, but daily. R2822:5, 3146:2; CR161:3
As the high priest— We must not think that Christ's sacrifice could avail us only in conjunction with the Jewish institutions as additional thereto. R4512:3
Every year— The earthly Priests once every year, on the Day of Atonement, went into the typical presence of God, into the Most Holy, appearing before the Shekinah glory. R2822:4 The typical offerings were merely types, and could never cancel sin, but covered it for a year. R2822:4; SM72:2, 138:2; NS424:5, 717:3

[NTC - Hebrews 9:26]

Often have suffered— If Christ's sacrifice had been no better it would mean repeated sufferings. R2822:4, 4512:3
Since the foundation— Implying that animal sacrifices would have been necessary from the foundation of the world. R4512:3
Once— All the facts agree that his sacrifice was once and forever because it was a complete, perfect sacrifice, which the divine Law demanded. R2822:5
End— Greek, suntelia. R223:1*
World— Greek, aion, age. HG55:1, 60:3; R223:1*, 4512:3 The end of the Jewish world came at the first advent of Christ. HG55:1, 475:3
He appeared— Jesus gave a pure unspotted life for the world. His leaving the heavenly courts was not the sacrifice. Since he appeared to make the sacrifice, it must be made after he had appeared and was not the act of appearing. R44:5 The real merit of his sacrificed life. It needed not to be repeated ever, because it fully met the requirements of justice. NS424:6
To put away sin— The cause of our condemnation to death. R94:1 The sin of the world is the sin of Adam. R77:6* Our sin. R876:5
Sacrifice of himself— The true sacrifice having come, Jehovah could no longer recognize other offerings as sacrifices, nor any necessity for them. B68 And not by precept and example of his life. R464:1, 641:6 "The Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29) R528:1, 685:4. 93:6

[NTC - Hebrews 9:27]

And— It is unreasonable to suppose that the Apostle has suddenly dropped his topic respecting Christ as the antitypical High Priest, and that he refers to mankind in general, out of all relationship to his subject. R2822:6; T88; Q386:3, 717:4; NS424:3 A lesson in type and antitype—comparing the work of the Jewish priests every year with the work of Christ. Q385:7; R5730:6, 528:4 We have just seen how the Jewish Priests, and their service in the earthly holy places, typified Christ Jesus and his service in the heavenly holies—now notice that: R2823:1
As it is appointed— There is no reference here to the death of mankind, but merely to the Priests offering their sacrifice. R5731:2; Q386:3It is not true that God appointed man to die and after that the judgment. Adam was appointed to life and while thus appointed he had his judgment or trial. Death is the following, not preceding, penalty. R2822:6The redeemed are appointed to life if they will obey the great Law-giver; they are not "appointed" to die. R2823:1
Unto men— Men-priests. Q386:3; R5731:2, 4512:3, 2823:1, 528:5 The various High Priests of Israel. R147:2, 2823:1, 528:2,4,5; Q717:4; NS425:2 Aaron and his successors, who were merely types of the High Priest of the new creation. T87; R147:2
Once to die— Typically, in passing under the veil. Q386:3; R5731:2, 528:4 Typically, as represented in the animal slain. T87; R4512:3, 2823:1, 528:4, 147:2; Q386:3, 717:4; NS424:4 Representatively in the bullock. After this he could go into the Holy and Most Holy. Q717:4; R528:4, 147:2 When the Priest laid his hands upon the bullock, killed it, and took its blood into the Holy and Most Holy, it illustrated how Christ, a begotten new creature, presented his human life as a ransom price to justice. NS424:4
But after this— Following, as a result of those sacrifices. T87 It remained for the High Priest to take the blood into the Holy Place and see whether it would be accepted. R147:2
The judgment— Greek, krisis. HG40:6, 41:3 Or decision. R5731:2; Q386:3; NS425:2 Of God, approving or disapproving of the sacrifice. T87; R2823:1, 528:4, 147:2 Respecting their worthiness or unworthiness upon attempting to enter the Most Holy. NS425:2 Passing in beyond the second veil into the presence of the Shekinah glory to offer the blood of sacrifice and to receive divine judgment in the matter. R2823:1, 528:5 Each time a Priest went into the Most Holy on the Atonement Day he risked his life; for if his sacrifice had been imperfect he would have died as he passed the second veil. T87; Q386:2; NS425:1 If everything had been properly done by the Priest he would live, and be judged worthy to be the Priest for the people, and to go forth again as the bearer of divine favor. R2823:1 They were tested in the Holy before they entered the Most Holy. R4512:3 If the High Priest had not done perfectly, according to the Lord's requirements, he died. R5731:2, 2823:2, 528:4; Q386:2 Our great High Priest, Christ Jesus, passed under the antitypical second veil when he died at Calvary; and had his sacrifice been in any manner imperfect he would never have been raised out of death. T88; Q386:1 Each member of the Church must pass this "judgment"—be "faithful unto death." T89 Since it requires all of this age to determine who shall constitute the elect judges of the world, it must be manifest that the world's judgment or trial-day cannot come until after the Church's trial is completed. NS423:2 This is true only of mankind in general. The Gospel Church is an exception. Those who accept Christ here, have their trial, or judgment, in this life. HG40:6 Contrary to the eternal torment theory, the Scriptures show that the Millennial day is to be the world's period of trial, of judgment. NS423:6

[NTC - Hebrews 9:28]

So— In like manner. R2823:4
Christ— Of whom the men-priests were but types and shadows. R528:5 The two sacrifices on the Day of Atonement were really one, because the second was based upon the first. The first represented the Head, and the second the Body. R4512:4
Once— Never will it be repeated. T87 He must have been a perfect man when able to do what no imperfect man had done or could do. R776:2Though the typical priests offered and went into the Holy Place every year, Christ as the antitype needed only to go in once. R147:2 Christ's sacrifice was that of his own life, while that of these typical men was the blood of others. R147:2 He not only consecrated at Jordan, but during the 3-1/2 years of his ministry he carried out that offering or sacrifice and finished it at Calvary. NS425:2; SM74:T The ground of original protest against Romanists was respecting the sacrifice of Christ. R1775:6, 2822:6
Offered— Died really. R528:5, 2823:4
The sins of many— Of every man. T87 The whole world. R4512:4 We have evidence, in the giving of the holy Spirit at Pentecost, that his sacrifice was acceptable to the Lord, and that he liveth, and that divine judgment has been rendered, accepting his sacrifice. R2823:4; T88 His resurrection on the third day on the other side of the veil, a spirit being, was evidence that his work of sacrifice had been thoroughly done, that it was acceptable to the Father. NS425:2
And unto them— And to no others. T85; HG60:3
That look for him— In the time of trouble, and subsequently, the whole world will begin to look for the Deliverer. As mankind get their eyes open to their need of salvation, they will be looking for deliverance by The Christ in glory.R5655:6; CR164:2; Q637:3; NS426:3 The first seeing will be when the whole world will see the Lord from the standpoint of one who is displeased with the present arrangement, and is about to bring on civilization a certain chastisement. CR164:2 The waiting people—the groaning creation waiting "for the manifestation of the sons of God" in the glory of the Kingdom. (Rom. 8:19, 22) R4512:5, 147:6; T89 The world will look as we "look unto Jesus" and see him more clearly each day. CR164:5 His appearing will be in power and great glory, yet only to be recognized by Israel and the world as they shall look for and seek for his Kingdom. R4512:5; NS425:3 They shall look unto him whom they pierced. The Jews will be the first that will look unto him, then the whole world as they begin to see the blessings of the New Covenant coming to the Jew. CR164:2 With the eyes of our understanding: "We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen." (2 Cor. 4:18) T85 The Little Flock, the Great Company, Israel, and finally, all nations. R148:1,2,4,5 The Church will know of his second appearance before he will be revealed to the world. R5655:3; Q637:1 At the second advent "unto them that have been watching." NS425:5 The truly consecrated of the Lord's people will be the earliest to recognize the manifestations of his glorious reign begun. NS426:1 the Lord's requirements, he died. R5731:2, 2823:2, 528:4; Q386:2
Shall he appear— Be revealed. T86 Greek, optomai, rendered shall see in Rev. 1:7, signifying attend and recognize. R140:3* After the sacrificing is all finished and the Church glorified, he comes forth the second time unto salvation, saving and blessing all the people. R5655:6, 3709:5; T88;Q637:3; HG342:3 The sufferings of Christ have continued for 1800 years, and the sufferings of the Body must be complete before the glory should follow. CR161:3, 162:6; SM75:1, 664:1 He has not yet appeared for the blessing of the world. R5731:2; Q386:4, 637:2 The next thing to be expected, is Christ finishing the sprinkling of the blood the second time, and then coming out, as typed in the High Priest clothed "in garments of glory and beauty" representative of his elements in glory and power. R4512:4, 3709:5, 2821:6; T84 "When he shall appear we shall also appear with him in glory." (Col. 3:4) R147:3, 5655:6, 4512:5; Q637:3 Wholly different from his coming, or parousia, during the harvest time of the Church. R4512:5
The second time— After the second presentation—with the blood of the goat. R5655:6, 4322:1; Q637:2 Head and Body complete, in glory. R147:3,5, 5655:3; Q637:2; CR161:3 When Israel will recognize their Messiah. R1747:5 To make good his exceeding great and precious spiritual promises and blessings upon the Church, and to grant the promised restitution blessings to the world. R2823:4 The coming out of the earthly Priest from the Most Holy represented the second coming of Christ, to bless all the families of the earth, encouraging, helping, uplifting them, back into fellowship with God. NS424:3, 493:3 We are compelled to believe that Christ left the Holy Place on the 10th day of the seventh month, occurring on October 22, 1874. HG61:2 The only place in the Bible where the word second occurs in connection with Christ's coming. R59:6*
Without sin— Without a sin-offering. R1747:5 Not as a sin-offering, nor as a sacrificing Priest, but in the glory and majesty of his exalted office symbolized by the robes of glory and beauty, worn by the Aaronic High Priests. R2823:4, 5731:2, 4512:4; Q637:2 Not to repeat any of the offerings of the Gospel age, not as a sin-offering. R5655:3, 147:5; Q386:4, 637:1 Not to offer a sacrifice—for the sacrificing will all be finished. R5655:6; Q637:2 Without contamination from those sins borne for sinners. T84, 87 This does not signify that at his first appearing he had sinned, for "in him was no sin." It was to take the place of the sinner, to suffer in the sinner's stead. NS425:3
Unto salvation— To bless the people. R5655:6; Q637:2; OV223:1 To give the everlasting life to all who desire it upon God's conditions of faith and obedience. T87 At the end of the Gospel age as King, Prophet, and Judge. R5057:2, 4512:4, 4331:1, 2051:2 To accomplish for mankind the deliverance from sin, sickness, pain, sorrow and death. R2823:4; T84 To inaugurate the New Covenant, and as its Mediator, to set up its Kingdom for the overthrow of sin and death and the establishment of righteousness and life. R4512:4 The High Priest in the type did not return into the Most Holy again, but lifted up his hands and blessed the people. R5655:6; Q637:3 The work of Christ during the thousand years—uplifting mankind and giving them the benefit of the atonement sacrifice. R5656:1;Q637:3 Aaron, having represented his change to a new nature by passing beyond the veil into the Most Holy, came out again and blessed all the people—representing the blessings that are to come to mankind through the new Priest after the Order of Melchizedek. SM144:1 The salvation of the elect class will be the very first item connected with the Lord's second advent; immediately followed by granting the world its opportunity of salvation. NS425:5

[NTC - Hebrews 10:1]

For the law— The ceremonial features. R5165:1 Its services and ordinances. A222 All the features of the Mosaic Law. R5640:5, 598:6; B173; CR485:2; SM598:2
Having a shadow— Foreshadowed. B173 Typical. R3730:4, 715:6*, 685:4, 598:6 Or reflection of the things future. R5420:2, 3730:4; PD37/48 Pictures of realities which were future. R72:1; Q746:1 As the moon's light is the reflection of the rays of the sun. R5420:2 A type and picture on a small scale of divine favors coming. NS597:6 The shadow must be a true outline of the substance. R1030:5* The Law Covenant is the shadow of the New Covenant. Q193:3; PD37/48 Even as far as concerned its time features. B209 Israel's Jubilee was a shadow, the substance of which shall be realized in the worldwide restitution. HG335:6 The Atonement Day, passover, sabbatic years, the jubilees etc., were all figures of more important things. HG581:6*; R1730:4
Good things to come— The spiritual things, the higher things, coming after them. R3044:3 Laden with blessings for mankind. B173 The realities of the Gospel age. A222; T11
Very image— Substance. (Syriac) R1030:5*
Can never— Because of the weaknesses or depravity of their fallen nature. R2611:5, 892:3
With those sacrifices— Sin-offering. R4537:2 Prefiguring a work of suffering and death before the blessing would come. A79
Year by year— Time after time on the appointed day of the year. R4546:5 The Atonement Day sacrifices, which typically cancelled the Adamic condemnation for the ensuing year. R4034:3, 5071:2, 4546:5, 4537:2 Adamic guilt was not actually cancelled, but merely temporarily covered. R4034:3, 2720:6 These repeated sacrifices did not abolish sin, but merely covered or condoned it for the year. SM138:2 They were efficacious for only a year at a time, so never really took away sin. R5162:6 4537:2 The inferior sacrifices could not take away sin, but the original sins remained. R5293:4
Make the comers— The worshipers. R2116:5 Those coming to God under the efficacy of those sacrifices. NS421:1 Could no more than typically cleanse from sin. R4537:2
Thereunto perfect— The actual perfection accomplished through the better sacrifices. A229; R273:6 Really and permanently acceptable to God. NS421:1

[NTC - Hebrews 10:3]

Remembrance— Acknowledgement. R586:4
Every year— Since they were repeated it proved that they never really took away sin, never really removed the curse. R586:4

[NTC - Hebrews 10:4]

It is not possible— The types were insufficient. R144:6* Really justified none. HG307:3
That the blood— The death, sacrificed life. R1724:2, 3174:5
Of bulls and of goats— Or angels or archangels. R3174:5; OV354:1 Neither a higher nor a lower order of beings could redeem. It required a man to redeem mankind. R280:2; SM660:1 Because bulls and goats had not sinned, but a man had sinned, therefore a man must die. CR290:5; R1724:2, 792:4; SM214:1 The death of bulls and goats could be only typical. OV307:1; R4390:2
Take away sins— The release that the Jews obtained by the Law Covenant was only typical. R5071:2, 4881:2, 586:4, 271:3; A221

[NTC - Hebrews 10:5]

Sacrifice and offering— Of bulls and goats—these do not satisfy the Law as the redemption price of sinners. R4390:1
But a body— A human body. R5064:1, 1337:1*, 611:2; B107, 155; OV279:3, 354:1 His body was specially prepared, separate and different from others of our race, all of whom were of Adamic stock. R5719:6, 5352:2, 5622:6, 4965:2, 4426:1; Q66:6 At thirty years of age, this Perfect One, having reached the perfection of manhood according to the Law consecrated. R5748:2, 1682:5, 418:2, 234:2, 164:5, 146:3 Actually, physically perfect and corresponding to the body of Adam. R4965:2, 1247:4, 776:2 That earthly, human body of flesh suffered death, and God would not again make our Lord flesh, but raised him from the dead a new creature of the divine nature. R5222:6, 1806:2 Jesus' body was a miraculous formation of the Father in the womb of Mary. R1031:1* The bullock represented our Lord as a man. R4427:1, 245:2*, 157:2* It was not the preexistent life. R62:4*, 106:3*, 43:4*; OV354:1 We are not to understand this to mean the Church. R5719:6 This "body" was the human body of Jesus, but it is also true that God provided a larger body—the Church. R5053:3, 5027:3, 4965:2, 4493:1, 4390:2; Q66:6, 264:4
Thou prepared me— For purposes of sacrifice. B155; R5053:3, 4494:6, 1806:2, 611:2, 164:5, 106:3*, 47:2*, 43:4*; CR290:5 As a sacrifice.R5719:6 "For the suffering of death." (Heb. 2:9) R5416:1, 5748:2, 5622:6, 5222:6, 5064:1, 5053:3, 5027:3, 4494:6, 1247:4, 611:2, 573:3, 418:2, 164:5; CR290:5; OV151:5, 279:3, 354:1 It was provided him miraculously and was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners. (Heb. 7:26) Jesus alone had such a body. The Church has no such body. R5720:1, 4494:6, 4427:1;Q264:4 The taking of a human body was not the sacrifice, but merely the preparation for it. R43:4* "Took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men." (Phil. 2:7) R145:1* Also, prepared the way by which the "Body of Christ" should be justified—that thus he might offer not only himself, the Head, but also the Church, his Body. R4965:2, 4390:2; Q66:7 Jesus in the flesh, represented by his followers, was still in the world long after Jesus as the Head of the Church, had ascended up on high. So, the sufferings of the Church have been his sufferings. (Acts 9:4) R5053:6, 5054:1, 5027:3 The offering of this body of Jesus has progressed for 1800 years. R5054:4, 4965:3; Q67:2 Jesus came into the world, not to be a teacher, but to be a Savior—a Redeemer. OV151:5 For thirty years his body was preparing. R418:2, 164:5 Not prepared until it had reached its maturity—thirty years, according to Jewish Law. R234:2* Not, "a body hast thou prepared me as a ransom-price." R4965:6; Q68:2 Not a body for placing the Lord Jesus in a state of permanent humiliation before all the holy angels. R5622:6 To assume that Jesus is a fleshly being in heaven, bearing the scars to all eternity, is unsupposable. R5416:2

[NTC - Hebrews 10:6]

Hast had no pleasure— Did not satisfy or please God in making satisfaction for sin. R5053:3

[NTC - Hebrews 10:7]

Lo, I come— The language of our Lord's heart. R4544:2 His affirmation, at the time of his consecration. R5421:3, 5085:2, 1041:1; NS651:3 Our Lord consecrated as soon as he was 30 years of age, the legal age at which a Priest could offer sacrifice. R4544:2, 5943:2, 4298:4 His whole being was intent upon accomplishing the will of his Father in heaven; sacrificing himself in the interest of the world. R5421:4 He presented himself as the antitype, the fulfiller, of every prophecy, and every feature of the Law applicable to him. R4969:3, 4897:4; CR95:1 Christ as a new creature offers himself, his flesh, as a sacrifice, and all his followers similarly present their bodies living sacrifices. NS599:6 As our Lord did, we present our bodies, our justified humanity, a living sacrifice. R1262:5 Jesus was baptized into death before he went into the water in the sense that he had given up his own will. R5264:2; F437; HG262:4; NS51:4; Q36:7 Being thus prepared—all Christ's precious humiliation from the spiritual to the human nature was only preparatory to the offering of the great sacrifice which was to accomplish our redemption. R1247:3 Our Lord gave everything into the Father's hands—he held nothing back. Q442:1He did not know of all that was to come. R5421:6, 5054:2 He became the seed of Abraham when he received the begetting of the holy Spirit at Jordan. Q185:3Greatness in humility, victory through entire self-surrender. R5421:4 The object of life. R2694:6*
In the— As in the. R418:3, 146:2
Volume of the book— Book of the divine will, pictured in Revelation by the scroll, sealed with seven seals—also, the books of the Old Testament. Q182:1; R5054:1,6 He "hath prevailed to open the book." (Rev. 5:5) R5055:1, 3103:3 Everything that is in the Bible. CR145:6, 95:1; R5054:1, 146:2 All the Scriptures there prefigured in the lamb and the bullock; all the various sacrifices that pertained to him in the Father's Plan. Q370:2; R5054:1 Born under the Law, Jesus was obligated to keep it. R5054:1
It is written of me— All these things written in the Book concerning our Lord were not understood by him until the due time, when the holy Spirit came to him. R5054:3
To do thy will— To be obedient to God's will, in things great or small. CR145:3, 453:5, 171:6; R5085:3, 5164:6; Q176:5 Not merely to keep the Law. R5408:4, 5085:3, 5054:1 Not a divine command, but the divine will. R5054:3 Everything written in the book. R5054:1,5085:3, 4641:1 He was the first one who made the covenant of sacrifice. R5690:4 Everything that was in the Father's plan—everything that typically and prophetically had been written in the holy Scriptures concerning himself. R5943:2, 5264:2; Q36:7 The special work for which he came. R146:3 In his submission of himself, he gave out his power and strength. R5085:3 Even unto death. R5408:4; PD57/69 Jesus gave up all his earthly rights. Q370:2; R234:2*; SM214:1 He presented himself a living sacrifice on man's behalf. NS651:3 He surrendered his will, and with it everything and every power he possessed. R5690:4 That he should lay down his life, finish his sacrifice, that he might ultimately give it on behalf of Adam and all his race. R5022:6; Q212:4 At Jordan our Lord gave up his human life. R5065:2, 5943:3; F437 "I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, they law is within my heart." (Psa. 40:8) R5943:3, 5264:2, 5022:6, 3609:1; F437; HG602:1; NS51:3, 751:3; Q36:7, 212:4 And so must it be with all who would be acceptable footstep followers of Jesus. R5408:4, 3609:1; F437; CR489:4 As Jesus offered his life a sacrifice for sin, so we are invited to sacrifice our life faithfully, unto death, as he did. R1262:5; SM599:6

[NTC - Hebrews 10:8]

Sacrifice and offering— The typical sacrifices under Mosaic Law. R1247:4 The sacrifices of bulls and goats enjoined for a time have come to an end. R4390:1
Thou wouldest not— These do not satisfy the demands of thy law as the redemption price of sinners. R4390:2
Hadst pleasure— They did not satisfy or please God in making satisfaction for sin. R5053:3 They were not sufficient, but were only typical of the great sacrifice which Jesus was about to make. R1247:4

[NTC - Hebrews 10:9]

Then said he— Christ, at the time of his baptism. E426; F437; R4571:2*, 4544:2, 4505:5, 4427:2
Typically, the time when the bullock was slain. T53 Lo, I come— Our Lord, who was then thirty years of age, presented himself to God as a sacrifice. This was the first feature of the antitypical atonement day work, and corresponded to the sacrifice of the bullock in the type. R5163:2
To do thy will— To die and redeem many. T53 Not the will of some sect, or cause, or self. E195 Full consecration involves every human power. R3297:1 When our Lord Jesus was at Jordan he was an overcomer. R5082:1 It is not reasonable to suppose that our Lord's obedience to the performance of the Father's will even unto death should to all eternity cost him the encumbrance of the flesh—with scars and wounds, as is claimed. R3075:2 Also see comments on verse 10:7.
He taketh away— Set aside. T53; R5054:3 Pusheth aside. R4390:2
The first— The typical sacrifices. T53; R5163:2, 5054:3, 4544:2, 4505:5, 4427:2, 4390:2; PT389:2* Bulls and goats. R4390:2 The typical Covenant. R4512:5 The typical atonement matters. HG262:1 The serpent lifted up—the lamb slain—the sacrifice of the Day of Atonement. R5054:3
He may establish— Might fulfil. T53 Bring into place. R4390:2 There he began to set aside the typical for the "better sacrifices." R4427:2, 5163:2, 4544:2, 4427:2 Not fulfil. PT389:2*
The second— The antitype, the real sacrifice for sin. T53; R5163:2, 4505:5, 4390:2 The antitypical Covenant. R4512:5 Himself representing the bullock of the atonement of Lev. 16. HG262:2 The type was the serpent lifted up; the antitype was himself "lifted up." The type was the lamb slain; the antitype was himself slain. The type was the Atonement Day sacrifice, himself and the Church, the "better sacrifices." R5054:3

[NTC - Hebrews 10:10]

Will— God's will. R5877:5 Purpose. PT389:2* The same will, mind, disposition, our Lord had. R5054:3 We are sanctioned by accepting his will. R4512:6
We are sanctified— Set apart as holy and consecrated joint-sacrificers with our Lord. R4390:4, 4512:6, 5054:4 Set apart to the great priestly, kingly, mediatorial work, with him. R4512:6 We do not set ourselves apart. The Lord Jesus sets us apart. He imputes his merit in order that the Father may accept the sacrifice and beget us to the new nature as members of his body. R5054:4 We were not sanctified in the beginning, but "were children of wrath even as others." (Eph. 2:3) R5877:5
Through the offering— To God, to whom the price was paid. E450 The basis whereby we might become God's sanctified people. R5877:5 When Jesus offered up himself, it was for himself—his body, those who are to be his Church, and for the household of faith. R4965:3
Of the body— Literal body of Jesus was basis of our acceptance with God. R5054:4, 328:3* We are accepted as members of his Body. R4512:6 The Father has provided a Body of Christ in the flesh, for sacrifice. R4390:2 It is one sacrifice in the sense that it is all one Body of one Priest that is offered. R4965:3 Thus the antitypical Atonement Day sacrifices for sin have been in progress for eighteen hundred years. R4965:3, 5054:4 Not to be confounded with the taking of the body to be offered.R47:2*
Once— Contrasting the typical with the antitypical Atonement Day sacrifice of the antitypical High Priest. R4965:2, 1730:4; E446; Q67:1 The typical High Priest needed once every year, repeatedly (not daily) to offer up sacrifices for his own sin and the sins of the people. R4965:2; Q67:1 The "better sacrifices" (Heb. 9:23) of Jesus will be fully efficacious, and not need repetition. R4331:2, 4537:5
For all— "For all" is supplied. R5054:4 "Who gave himself a ransom for all." (1 Tim. 2:6) R43:4*, 1256:4, 42:2* For all time. R1030:5*

[NTC - Hebrews 10:11]

Daily— Once every year, repeatedly (not daily). R4965:2
Oftentimes— The necessity for repeating the sacrifices yearly proved that the sin was not actually cancelled but remained. R1984:3
Same sacrifices— They were typical. R598:6
Never take away— The Jewish Priest offered the sacrifice continually and yet never accomplished anything with it. R5054:5 Their death was not a ransom—not a corresponding price, to the death of man. R789:2

[NTC - Hebrews 10:12]

But this man— Our Lord Jesus. E38 The glorious High Priest. R5054:5
One sacrifice— There will be no more offerings of this kind—every one shall expiate his own sins. R527:5* In two parts; first at Jordan, the second at Pentecost, when "He appeared in the presence of God for us." (Heb. 9:24) R5054:5, 4512:6 He will never again need to sacrifice, to die for sin. R5777:1 It needs no adding to on our part. R17:5
For ever— For the continuance. PT389:2* The one perfect sacrifice lasts forever. R161:1* The flesh which Christ gave for the life of the world was never taken back. R16:6
Sat down— Rests from any further sacrificing, knowing that full satisfaction will be effected by the work already accomplished. R4512:6
On the right hand— In the position of chief favor. E49 Having received a higher life. R253:3, 16:6

[NTC - Hebrews 10:13]

Henceforth expecting— He has been waiting for nearly two thousand years, and waits still. PT389:2* Until his glorious Kingdom shall be inaugurated for the blessing of all the families of the earth. SM679:1
Be made his footstool— God is not prepared to give Jesus these things until the Church is completed. R5054:6

[NTC - Hebrews 10:14]

By one offering— Contrasting the antitypical Day of Atonement with the typical Atonement Day. R5053:3 For all that ever will come unto God by Christ—whether they come during this age or during the next age. R1590:1 Any other offering, as, for example, the sacrifice of the Mass is an abomination in the sight of God. C103; R5641:6, 3146:2, 2115:2 All the merit of all the sacrifices offered throughout this Gospel age comes directly or indirectly from the merit that was in the first great sacrifice for sins presented by our glorious Lord. NS252:6
He— Christ. R4322:2, 2115:2
Perfected for ever— Made complete in his righteousness. R1658:1 Its cancellation of sins will be forever. R4034:5 By his sacrifice we are reckoned perfect, justified. NS252:6 "For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one." (Heb. 2:11) R69:3* Through his merit there is naught against us now and nothing to hinder the sanctified ones from accepting the gracious invitation to suffer with him as his members. R4390:4 There will be no sacrificing necessary in the future for Christ or his Little Flock. NS600:3
That are sanctified— Fully consecrated to God. R1658:1 All justified by faith, who proceed to full consecration and sanctification. R4322:2 Set apart as members of his Body. R4034:5 Their sins are completely obliterated from divine record—only held accountable for trespasses against their covenant, their vow. R4322:2

[NTC - Hebrews 10:15]

A witness— The expression of the mind of God through his Word—the Lord is the speaker. R1456:6*

[NTC - Hebrews 10:16]

Covenant— The New Covenant. A141; NS249:3
After those days— After this Gospel age. NS249:3 When the time of remission of sins shall have come, there will be no more offering for sin—all sacrificing opportunities being ended. R4513:1After Israel's "seven times" or 2520 years of their national chastisement, beginning 606 BC and ending 1914 AD. B92, 90
I will put my laws— Gradually retrace and rewrite the divine law. F359; R5309:5, 4570:5*, 2195:6, 1365:5, 764:1
Into their hearts— Not take away their flesh and make them spiritual beings. But give them a heart of flesh—again as Adam's; an image of God. Sin is now written on the hearts of all humanity. R276:4 The center of the affections; the character. R789:5, 5309:4, 4613:1,4, 2060:3,5, 1244:6 This condition will correspond exactly to the conditions previous to the fall. R1717:5
And in their minds— In their very thoughts and words. CR299:5; OV130:4

[NTC - Hebrews 10:17]

And their sins— Guarantees that none shall die the second death except the wilfully, intelligently disobedient. R3770:6, 5164:2, 1654:1 Will apply not only to natural Israel, but all the families of the earth. NS249:3
Remember no more— In a condemnatory sense. R4659:5 Also see comments on Heb. 8:12.

[NTC - Hebrews 10:18]

Remission of these— The remission of sins has not yet come for Israel and the world, because the offering for sins is not completed. R4390:5
No more offering— Christ is still offering up himself. The great Atonement Day is not yet closed, though nearly so. R4390:5 When an acceptable sacrifice has been offered to God for sins, the transaction is a closed one, and the sacrifice needs no repetition. R4322:1

[NTC - Hebrews 10:19]

Brethren— Prospective underpriests. R4513:1 Only brethren related to the great High Priest have access. F681
Boldness— Courage, confidence, privilege. R2670:3, 4513:1, 4390:5 Faith in God. R5380:2 We approach "unto the throne of grace." (Heb. 4:16) R469:4
Into the holiest— The Most Holy. R1988:6; NS560:4 In the type, the High Priest alone, on the Day of Atonement, had the privilege to enter the holiest. R4390:5 The Church hopes to ultimately enter into the Most Holy as members of the antitypical High Priest. R4390:5
The blood of Jesus— Faith in which can alone give access to the Father. R2252:3; SM139:1 The basis for forgiveness, opening up the way to reconciliation, and transferring us from the domain of sentenced culprits back to sonship in the family of God. R1230:3, 1299:1* Intercourse with the Father can be had by us only in the name and merit of his Son our Redeemer. R1581:1 "No man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6) "Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name he will give it you." (John 16:23) R2252:3

[NTC - Hebrews 10:20]

New and living way— Of return to God's family. D217 To life—illustrated by the "Well" of the Great Pyramid. C337 A way to everlasting life. R5869:6, 5640:6 A new way of life. F681; T21 The narrow way to life. R447:5*, 659:5* His new way of life—first presented to the Jews, then to Gentiles. R5407:2,4 There were no Christian promises until after Jesus' death. R5614:3 By which consecrated believers may go beyond the human nature and be changed to a higher nature—the spiritual. A207; R279:6
Consecrated for us— The Royal Priesthood. A207
Through the veil— The veil between the spiritually-minded nature and the perfect spiritual nature beyond the flesh. T21; HG34:3 The rending of the veil between the Holy and the Most Holy would seem to teach symbolically that a way into the Holy of Holies had been opened. R1988:6
His flesh— His sacrifice. R5407:2 As represented in Moses. (Exod. 34:34) HG34:3 Greek, sarx, does not mean sinful; it means flesh, simply and only. R1223:2

[NTC - Hebrews 10:21]

An high priest— The Apostle is drawing attention especially to those familiar with the Jewish arrangements of that day, that the Aaronic priesthood was only a typical one, designed for a time to illustrate greater things. R5424:1 The great antitypical Priest was to be not only a sacrificing, but also a reigning Priest. R5776:6 The antitypical High Priest—Jesus the Head and the Church his Body. R4390:5, 5424:2
Over— Christ as the Head of the new order of priesthood. He has entered into the true Most Holy. R5424:2 We may by faith realize ourselves as underpriests, members of the High Priest's body, joint-sacrificers with him and under his ministration. R4513:1
The house of God— The antitypical Priests and Levites. R4585:2 The Church, the Royal Priesthood. NS560:4 To take the place of the house of Aaron. R5424:2

[NTC - Hebrews 10:22]

Let us— Let us therefore. R3083:4 Let us have courage to draw near. R2671:1 As underpriests of this order. R5424:2 The house of God class, who are privileged to come to God in prayer. R5424:5 The house of sons. R5424:5 This invitation is not addressed to sinners, but to those who have already believed unto justification. R2670:3 Those born in a measure of justification, have had a measure of fellowship with God always, as children of believers, and are in a favorable condition to be drawn of God. SM429:T
Draw near— To God. R2670:3, 94:4 Advance from the Court condition of justification into the Holy or heavenly, the spirit-begotten condition, reached through consecration. R2670:6 Enter into the real Holy and Most Holy. R5424:2, 2671:6, 2670:6 Fully enter in with him; become full participators in this work—in everything that God has for us to do. R5424:3 Loyally press forward unto the end of the way, until we shall be joined to our great High Priest, and enter into his rest. R5424:3 The full attainment of our privilege of drawing near to God will not be reached until we shall have passed the second veil through death. R2671:1 "Come boldly unto the throne of heavenly grace." (Heb. 4:16) R2024:4 To do so we must seek to have a conscience void of offense toward God and man. (Acts 24:16) R5425:2, 2671:2
With a true heart— Honesty of heart. R2021:3, 4896:1 Not double-minded. R5424:6 The desire to draw nearer and nearer to God must be in our hearts; else we shall fail to go on and attain our privileges in Christ. R5425:1, 2671:1 If our hearts are loyal, God, by myriad agencies, is able and willing to keep our poor heads. R4535:6 Loyal to the covenant into which we have entered with God. Realizing how wonderful are our blessings, how precious is the provision of the covering of our Savior's merit. R5424:3,6
In full assurance— With holy boldness. R5424:6 Confidence. (Syriac) R2021:3 Wide, ample. R564:4Which none can have who lack the witness of the spirit to their adoption into God's family. E226 On account of God's grace bestowed upon us through Jesus our Lord. R2670:6 Recognizing that their sins and iniquities have been fully covered, and that they themselves have been fully accepted of the Father. E681 "As a little child" (Luke 18:17) would trust its earthly parent. R5425:1 How few have this. R5425:2 Cannot be attained in a day. It requires quite a degree of information. R5424:6 That faith, which, if retained, will bring us off "more than conquerors," (Rom. 8:37) and make us at last members in full of the Royal Priesthood—in glory. R5424:6 That they may attain all the glorious things to which God has invited them.R5424:6 This language implies that there may properly be a diffidence on our part in respect to this privilege. We might properly hesitate to expect to have communion, fellowship, close approach to the great Creator. R2670:6 The believer may, up to the time of the completion of the elect number, exercise this faith that his sacrifice will be accepted of the Father. R5284:3Each one who realizes a lack in this direction should earnestly pray, "Lord, increase our faith," (Luke 17:5) and then cultivate such faith. R5425:4
Of faith— An undoubting faith. R2021:3, 4896:1 In the merits of Christ sacrifice. R2671:3 That our sins are forgiven. R94:4, 5425:5 Based on the unchangeable Word of God. E230 Faith in God who has made us such gracious arrangements and promises. R2671:1Confidence in the Bible is the very basis of all faith. CR416:2 The Christian who has not the shield of faith, and a large one, is continually at a disadvantage before the Adversary and all the hosts of evil. R5425:4 Without this, the child of God cannot come close to him. R5425:1 All the steps of God's true people are steps of faith, or realization of his care. R5424:6 Having no doubt whatever that God's promises are true and for us. R5424:3 Dependent upon certain conditions; obedience to our covenant; entire heart-loyalty, not double-minded. R5424:6 Not attained in a day. It requires quite a degree of information, in God's Word, his promises and providences over us. R5424:6 He who has begun a good work in us is both able and willing to complete it. (Phil. 1:6) R2642:1
Hearts sprinkled— Through the application of the blood. R2021:6, 4896:4, 2671:3,6, 2021:3 A will that has been justified not merely through faith but also through the application of the blood, symbol of the merit of the ransom. R2021:3 Get the heart (mind) started toward purity, and the literal water will be used as well as the symbolical, and the outward man will soon be clean. R2022:3 Applied to the use of tobacco or other weaknesses to be overcome. R2022:6
An evil conscience— A consciousness of evil; present condemnation. F463; R5425:1 A consciousness of sin. R94:4 A clean conscience. R2021:6, 4896:4 Justification. NS561:4 If our conscience is condemned by our own consciences it would also be condemned by God. R2671:2 From present condemnation—realizing our sins propitiated through Christ's blood, and that we now have forgiveness of sins. NS75:3 Not only that we are to avoid sin, but that we shall apply, by faith, the merit of the blood of Christ, the blood of sprinkling, the blood of consecration. and realize our acceptance is only in the Beloved One. R2671:3
Our bodies washed— Our moral characters. R2671:4 Sprinkled. R2670:3 Purified. R2021:6 Being washed. (Syriac) R2021:3 Figuratively represents the continued process of "cleansing ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting holiness in the reverence of the Lord." (2 Cor. 7:1) R2671:3, 2022:1 By our earnest efforts to put away from our flesh, as we have already put away from our hearts, all things defiling and displeasing in the Lord's sight. R2671:3 The outward man in process of cleansing. R2021:6, 4896:4, 2671:4 Our fleshly nature cleansed. R94:4 The putting away of the filth of the flesh. NS561:4 Through obedience in the application in daily life of the promises, precepts, warnings and illustrations of Scripture. R2021:6 In addition to prayer, a physical bath and occasional fasting as a sign to God of your earnestness of heart—as a proof to yourself, as well as to God, that your prayer is not merely a momentary fancy. R2022:6 "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word." (Eph. 5:26) E445; R2671:3
With pure water— The Word of truth and grace. R2021:6, 4896:4, 2671:5 Divine truth, not the muddy and polluted teachings of the Adversary. R2671:4"He that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he (who called him) is pure." (1 John 3:3) R2671:4 Brought into harmony by and with the truth. R94:4

[NTC - Hebrews 10:23]

Hold fast— Be steadfast. R5497:4 The Apostle was writing to some in the early church who had given evidence of wavering, who were failing properly to hold on. R5698:1 Unless we do hold fast to our faith we shall lose everything. R5698:2 We should scrutinize our hearts day by day to make sure we are still loyal to the Lord. R5698:5 Tests of our loyalty will continually come. There will be temptations to become discouraged. Ours is a marvellous calling, and only heroic souls, with the Master's spirit, are wanted to fill the places of the elect class. R5497:3 Hold the glorious truth not only in the letter, but also in the spirit; in the love of it. R5497:6
The profession— The Lord will not consider that we have a proper faith or hope unless we confess it. We confess the Lord with our mouth. R5497:2 As footstep followers of the great High Priest, underpriests. NS561:4, 560:4
Our faith— The firmness of faith in the child of God, and the firmness with which he holds the profession of his faith, has much to do with his consistency in Christian life. R5698:1 Our faith has a strong and sure foundation upon which to rest; "faith can surely trust him, come what may." R5497:2 Let us not grieve the holy Spirit of God which is within us. The Lord gives us a solid basis for our hope. R5497:4 "Without faith it is impossible to please God." (Heb. 11:6) R5698:2
Without wavering— Firm unto the end. R5497:4 Without harboring doubts and fears. R5698:4 While the early church had been faithful at one time, they apparently had become lukewarm. R5698:1, 5332:2 If we hesitate and waver we are either losing our faith or losing the spirit of obedience and love. R5698:5
He is faithful— The responsibility rests with us—the Lord will do his part. CR470:6 If there be failure or unfaithfulness, it will be on our part. R1698:5 This assurance is the basis of our faith in our ultimate triumph. R5698:4 We have proven his gracious promises in times of stress and danger and we know he will not fail us. R5497:5, 5698:4 "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." (1 Thess. 5:24) R4818:6
That promised— He will not disregard his promises. R5698:5 A hope backed by all his sure promises and by God's oath. R5497:4

[NTC - Hebrews 10:24]

Let us— The Church; the consecrated new creatures in Christ Jesus. R4076:3
Consider one another— Consider what would be helps or hindrances, encouragements or stumbling blocks. R4076:6 Consider one another's sacrifice; each other's imperfections, peculiarities or good qualities. R3313:6 We are not to be reckless of each other's interests; whether in personal contact, or by mail. R4076:6 Render all possible assistance to every fellows-pilgrim in the narrow way NS561:4 What a burning and shining light every Christian would be if his every act were considered and shaped for the benefit of those with whom he comes in contact! R4076:6
Provoke— To incite, inspire, encourage. R3313:5, 5125:2, 4076:3 Arouse, incite or stimulate. R4076:1, 5556:4 To exert an influence favorable to righteousness. R5603:1, 4076:4 To call forth. R5978:5, 5603:1 In the reverse direction of the world. F308
Love— Love for the Lord and each other. F309 To goodness of thought and word and act, in harmony with the heavenly wisdom which is guiding their own course. R4076:5 The best way to control pride is to practice generosity—provoke others to love. R5125:5 "Edifying one another." (1 Thess. 5:11) F311 Ascertaining how we can be most helpful to each other in the narrow way, most edifying, strengthening, inspiring. R3313:6 Love is patient and seeks to find extenuating circumstances. R5125:2 Study carefully each other's dispositions with a view to avoiding the saying or doing of things which would unnecessarily wound, stir up anger, etc. F308
Good works— Of every kind that would glorify our Father, bless the brotherhood, and would do good unto all men as we have opportunity. F309 Good conduct. F308 And happy looks. R4078:4 Not to anger, hatred and evil works. R4008:2, 4076:6 Some have not caught the spirit of the truth on this subject. R5413:1

[NTC - Hebrews 10:25]

Not forsaking— In verses 25-31 Paul faithfully warned the Church, and pointed out in language that cannot be mistaken by unbiased minds, the blessing and cursing, life and death, set before us. R402:1* Keeping up of attendance at meetings with some regularity. R5937:1* Be more diligent. R4077:1 None of us is so strong in the new nature that he can disregard the fellowship of kindred minds. R4077:1; F310 Of Christ it was said, "As his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day." (Luke 4:16) R2579:2
The assembling— We are more or less like coals of fire, which, if separated, will tend to cool rapidly, but which, if brought together, will tend to increase in fervency the whole mass. R4077:1Meet for the purpose of building up yourselves in your most holy faith. (Jude 20) R317:4, 4830:3, 850:3,6, 836:1; F311; SM178:1; Q511:T, 844:2 Our Lord encouraged his people to seek each other's fellowship for companionship in the study of his Word, and in prayer, pronouncing special blessings upon the meeting, even if only two or three.R4077:1, 3965:6, 2527:5, 1575:4; F310; Q810:1 In order to maintain your light and let it shine. R5129:6, 836:5 This may be in a country road, in the home circle, or in the more general gatherings of the Lord's people for worship, prayer, and study of the truth. R2801:6, 597:2*, 316:3* In Christian fellowship and communion around the table of the Lord—to strengthen the bonds of love and fellowship. R1890:1; F389, 310 But don't let any undue stiffness or formality hinder you or others from enjoying the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free. (Gal. 5:1) R836:1 If we do not care to go to meetings, we may know that we are not in good spiritual health. R5130:1; F310 Where the assembling is not possible, the Lord makes up for the lack in some other way. R5129:6, 4077:1 If not possible—what blessed communion and interchange of thought the saints may have through the mails and press. R850:6, 4077:2, 3626:4, 2742:3, 2406:3 We do well to attend conventions according to our circumstances. NS387:4 "They that feared the Lord spake often one to another." (Mal. 3:16) R4078:4, 2406:3, 1743:6 Not an assemblage of unbelievers, where endeavors are made constantly to break the hearts of sinners. F312
Of ourselves— With those of like precious faith, assisting one another to "put on the whole armor of God." (Eph. 6:11) R4077:4 Not a meeting in which the world, the flesh, and the devil will commingle, but a meeting of those who are justified and consecrated and who love the Lord. R2406:3 The necessity for this is that sin on the part of those who have come into the precious relationship of spirit-begotten children of God (Verse 26) is a serious matter. SM178:1
Together— For instruction in prophecy and moral doctrine; for Christian development; for questions; for expression of divergent views; for devotion. F314 For mutual edification, encouragement and strengthening. R597:2*, 316:2*; F311 For mutual advancement in spiritual things. F309There, Jacob's ladder touches the earth and the place becomes, as Jacob said, "The gate of heaven." (Gen. 28:17) R3965:5 This is one of the great aids to overcoming the world and securing a place in the Kingdom. F729 Where our heart is where our sympathies and love are, there will we delight to be. F389 No husband or wife has a right to exercise such tyranny over a home as to make this impossible. F590 "Where two or three of you are met in my name, there am I in your midst." (Matt. 18:20) F309;R4077:1, 3965:6, 3014:3, 2406:2 In so doing it is a matter of special importance that we carefully consider what the Scriptures present as profitable for the various companies. "Let all things be done decently and in order." (1 Cor. 4:40) R1890:2, 1889:3, 836:2; Q844:2
Some— Of the Lord's people. R4076:6 Diseased with a kind of spiritual pride and self-sufficiency, which leads to saying, I need not to go to the common school of Christ, I will take private lessons from the Lord at home. F310
So much the more— The Lord foresaw these perilous times, and knew how much more than ever we should need each other's sympathy, encouragement and help. R850:3 Implying more need for the observance of this instruction. The great Millennial day has brought with it new activities in mind and body, a greater pressure of business and rush to keep abreast of the times. R4077:2 The nearer we come to the great Day of the Lord, the more precious are our opportunities for Christian fellowship. R4677:3 We need a counteracting influence to off-set the increasing influence of the world and its affairs upon us, and this is to be sought by communing with the Lord's people. R4077:3, 2243:2; F309
As ye see the day— The day of the gathering of the Lord's jewels. R2406:2, 4078:4 The Millennial Day—beginning with a day of trouble. R3083:4,4077:2; NS470:3 The glorious day of Messiah's Kingdom. R5406:4 The Day of the Lord. R4677:3 The end of the Gospel day having come, another day (Heb. 4:8) is approaching. R342:5*
Approaching— Drawing on. R4077:4; NS470:3 The shadows of night and darkness, ignorance and superstition passing away. R5406:4

[NTC - Hebrews 10:26]

For— For verses 26-31 see also comments on Heb. 6:4-6. R3164:5, 1962:2
If we— The consecrated Church. R1698:2; CR186:4; SM558:2 Who have received all the benefits of Christ's ransom. R261:1; SM775:T Who have enjoyed the privileges of consecrated believers. R1962:2, 383:1 Who now are on trial. SM775:T; R5233:6; SM775:T Not the world. R5093:4; SM775:T
Sin wilfully— Full, complete sin—the sin upon which the full penalty is justly and properly to be recompensed. R4077:5 The sin unto death—wilfulness in the matter would seal our case, however small the transgression. CR186:4 Wilfully depart from the faith which justified us. F167 Wilfully reject him and his work. A321; R2051:6 Intentionally committed, under full light and ability to the contrary. R1454:2, 723:3 By open sin or a denial of the value of the "blood of the covenant."R724:6 Open and deliberate apostasy. R570:5, 1962:2, 1336:4*, 383:4, 44:1 Open rebellion. R772:4 There could be no repentance for these. R5452:5 Typified by any of the firstborn among the Jews on the night of the Passover who did not remain under the blood. R3995:5 Knowingly gone out from under the blood of sprinkling. R2273:2, 1291:3 With full intent, and whose sin is mortal. These do not feel penitent, but afterward approve their sin, and boast of it, generally as great light and liberty. R1985:6 Such will probably either deny the precious blood of atonement, or else go into gross immoralities; we should not eat with such persons, receive them into our houses, bid them God speed, nor pray for them. F302 Those in the church nominal who have received clear light and knowledge respecting the divine plan, and who have either sinned wilfully by turning to a life of intentional sin, or who have repudiated the blood. R2698:1 The Apostle is not speaking of sins of ignorance nor of accidental missteps by being overtaken in a fault. R4077:4 Not merely by being overcome of the weaknesses of the flesh, temporarily. R3202:1, 1483:1, 383:1, 260:6; F368; NS86:2 If a sin is partially wilful, and confessed, it is not a sin unto death, but the measure of wilfulness would receive stripes. R1483:1, 3502:6; Q653:1 Very few of the Lord's people reach this point of full, complete, deliberate, intentional sin. In nearly all sin there is room for a measure of divine forgiveness, proportionate to the willingness or weakness. R4272:4, 725:4, 131:3, 44:1 The unpardonable sin. R131:3, 140:1, 44:1, 16:4; HG14:6 Sin voluntarily. (Diaglott) R383:1
After— Disproving the doctrine of individual election. R624:3
Received— Heard the Lord's voice. R3164:4
The knowledge— A thorough understanding. R383:1 Full light. R1234:5, 1694:1, 1618:3, 1426:4, 1149:4*, 381:4 Full knowledge. R891:6, 1449:4* Full knowledge of the divine will. R1736:5, 1449:4*; A321 And ability to live up to it. R1213:5*, 1234:4, 1149:4* Such favors and knowledge brings responsibility and makes the results momentous for life or death everlasting. NS86:1, 420:1
Of the truth— As it is in Jesus. R5933:3 Favored of God in Christ to the extent of wisdom, justification and sanctification. F167 The special light of this harvest time. C204 The knowledge of God's grace in Christ, to which God wills that all shall some time come. E474; Q638:3 All the families of the earth shall be awakened and brought to full clear knowledge of the truth before being sentenced as "wicked." R1106:4,6
There remaineth— No more part for us in the sacrifice. R3083:4, 2707:1 For those who do not remain in the household of faith. R5641:2
No more sacrifice— No longer a share in the sacrifice of Christ. R5093:4, 2732:4, 2698:1, 383:1 No more a sacrifice. R260:6 The imputation of Christ's merit will not be repeated to any. R4986:4 The atonement for Adamic sin will not cover wilful sins against light and knowledge. E474; R2698:1, 2658:2, 1454:2, 514:5; F167 His ransom does not cover our wilful or determined sin. R383:1 "It is impossible to renew them again to repentance." (Heb. 6:4,6) F368; R5194:2, 3995:6, 2698:4, 1736:4, 1469:5, 1426:4, 1249:1, 261:4, 77:4 "Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more." (Rom. 6:9) R2610:2, 5093:5, 3502:6, 553:4, 514:5, 44:1 They are to be esteemed adversaries of God, whose fate was symbolized in the destruction of the firstborn of Egypt. R5641:2 If they sin wilfully after having been begotten of the Spirit, they will get death. R5071:2, 4830:3, 570:2 They have had and have misused their share in the great "ransom for all." (1 Tim. 2:6) R4908:5, 1962:2, 1698:3, 381:4; NS833:3; Q653:1 The blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. (Matt. 12:31) R78:1*, 260:2, 78:1*, 44:1 There is absolutely no hope for the class described in these verses. R4435:2, 5933:3, 2732:4, 1298:3, 44:1; NS162:3; SM178:2 Only destruction. R5933:3, 1494:4* The sacrifice of Christ does not cover the second death. R1450:4* The same principle will apply to the world of mankind in general when they shall be on trial for eternal life. SM314:1; R1234:5
For sins— "There is a sin unto death." (1 John 5:16) R3260:3, 1694:1, 1249:1; HG14:5; NS162:3; Q653:1; SM515:1 See also Hebrews 6:4-6.

[NTC - Hebrews 10:27]

Fearful looking for— Looking forward to. R3995:6 Refers to the people of God who realize the fearfulness of the position of those who despise God's favor. R1985:3 Those whose justification had been vitalized, but they had turned back to sin. R4901:2 The Apostle does not say whether those individuals themselves would realize their mistake and feel their alienation from God. Q383:4
Of judgment— Retribution. E474 Sentence. F167; NS833:3 They cannot be renewed unto repentance. Their hearts have become too hardened. R5452:5, 4079:1 Inasmuch as they are in heart-sympathy with sin, and not in opposition to it. R4077:6, 3260:3 The Lord's decision on these exceptional cases would not need to wait for the "harvest" of this age. R2430:4
Fiery indignation— To go out from under the blood of Jesus, the penalty would be second death—hopeless extinction. SM562:T; R2732:4 Which would destroy us. R5233:6
Which shall devour— Destroy. R912:2, 5233:6, 1698:3, 724:6, 260:6; E474; Q383:4 "Eat up" opposition. R527:5 Devour us as adversaries. R4079:1, 3995:6, 3502:5; Q383:4; SM715:1, 178:1 Utterly destroy, as vessels fitted for destruction. SM715:1 In the second death. NS833:3 If we turn from the way of holiness, like a sow to wallowing again in the mire. NS309:6 Not preserve in torment. R2601:3,1; HG160:5
The adversaries— Enemies. R2942:5, 4077:6 Opponents. R4077:6 Of God. R5391:4, 5641:2, 5233:6, 3995:6, 3260:3, 2942:5, 1698:3, 724:6; F167; HG160:5; NS579:4, 833:3; Q383:4; SM558:2, 178:1 Of the Lord. R4993:6 The Son of God. R4077:6 The antitypical Moses, the glorified Christ. E474 Of righteousness. R3260:3; SM558:2 All intelligently opposed to God and his righteousness and plan for securing that righteousness through the redemption which is in Christ. F167 Who knowingly trample under foot the precious blood of Christ. R1186:5; NS162:3 Satan and some who after having been clearly enlightened will deliberately choose sin. R5896:1, 3725:3 "Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction." (2 Thess. 1:9) R2607:6 "He will not always chide, nor will he keep (retain or hold back) his anger forever." (Psa. 103:9) R1402:6 "All the wicked will he destroy." (Psa. 145:20) R3034:1, 1234:4, 1106:6

[NTC - Hebrews 10:28]

He that— Verses 28 and 29 contrast the penalty for forsaking the true Mediator with the typical penalty under the Law for forsaking the typical Mediator, Moses. R388:1 In the typical nation.R3083:4
Despised— Violated. R137:6* Attempted to offer to God incense for themselves. R1250:4, 724:5
Moses' law— The typical Mediator. R1250:4, 5046:6, 2859:2 The typical Lawgiver. R3083:4 God's representative on the one hand, and Israel's representative on the other. R5046:6, 1725:4 Christ Jesus, by full obedience to the Law Covenant, had the right to supersede Moses as the Lawgiver and representative of that nation. R1725:4, 5046:6 See Lev. 10:1-3. R724:5
Died without mercy— Every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward. R3052:6 Those executed for disobedience to Moses were merely types of those who will suffer second death. SM777:T, 358:T; R5093:5, 724:6 There was nothing more for them then. Theirs was the death penalty. R5093:5 In the antitype, the wages of wilful conduct would be everlasting, while that in the type was covered by the great sacrifice for sins once for all. R3083:4; SM358:T They will eventually have an opportunity to receive God's grace in Christ Jesus.R5093:5; SM777:1 As illustrated by Nadab and Abihu. T40; R3055:5

[NTC - Hebrews 10:29]

How much sorer— Severer. E473; F168; R5093:5, 4513:2, 2859:2, 912:2; SM777:T Greater. R724:5 Worse. R388:1, 3502:6 More serious. R3083:4 Does not signify more painful, but simply severer or more weighty. SM776:3 Sin unto death. R4605:5 Sorer than the first death, in that it would be without hope. R4077:4, 3502:6 Than did the typical Israelites who despised the message of the typical Moses. SM776:2 Second death—the cutting off forever from life without remedy or hope. R912:2, 388:1; F168 Not only lose a few years of his condemned life, but lose his soul, his being, his existence forever, and that without hope of recovery. E474
Punishment— The penalty. R5093:5, 912:2 Death without a resurrection. F168; R5093:5,4605:1, 4591:6, 1951:5, 567:2, 388:1; SM777:1, 358:T Anyone who despised the Law of Moses was condemned to death, from which he is to be released through the merit of Christ. R4605:1, 4513:2 If Moses' Law inflicted a death penalty, assuredly the one who would willingly transgress under greater light would suffer a more severe punishment. R4513:2 Those executed for disobedience to Moses were merely types of those who will suffer the second death. SM777:T These thoughts should make all who have accepted Christ, very earnest, very diligent. SM179:T
Shall he be— The Apostle is not applying this text to the world, but to the Church. R4605:2
Trodden under foot— Disgraced. R3083:4 Rejection of the atoning work of Christ. R5391:4; F168;SM774:1 Denying the ransom—the very foundation of all the hopes and blessings seen and experienced. R1459:4, 918:4 Enemies of Christ, who really trample him and his goodness and love under their feet, figuratively, disdaining his mercy and favor as well as his instruction in righteousness. R5939:1, 4077:6
Counted— Knowingly and deliberately. R918:4, 3202:1, 570:5 By a mental rejection of the conditions of favor—a mental repudiation of the blood of the New Covenant. R3202:1 Presumptuous sins pervert the judgment, make void the Scriptures and lead to "the great transgression." (Psa. 19:13) R1392:4, 1296:4
The blood— The death of Jesus. R3201:5, 16:4 The sacrifice of Christ. R1458:5 Our human lives are to be sacrificed with Jesus. Our death is a sacrificial death and our blood is counted in as his blood. Thus, by partaking in the blood of the covenant, we are sanctified. R5878:1 The cup we memorialize. R4592:1, 4495:3, 4321:4
Of the covenant— The New Covenant. R2859:2, 4513:2, 3364:5, 3279:5, 3083:4, 1951:5; F168 Which shortly is to be sealed for Israel and through Israel for all the families of the earth. R4592:2, 4605:2 Sharers with him in his great work for mankind, namely, the sealing of the New Covenant with his blood. R4495:3, 5878:1 Our consecration to share with our Lord in his death, in his sacrifice, in the blood of the New Covenant. R4513:2, 4592:1, 4495:3 Our engagement, our consecration to share with our Lord in his sacrificial death. R4513:2 A covenant of sacrifice. (Psa. 50:5) R5877:6
He was sanctified— Made acceptable to God, justified. E473; C201 Set apart as New Creatures. R261:1 Set apart or devoted to the serving of the New Covenant for Israel and the world. R4495:3 As a result of faith in the precious blood and its cleansing from sin. R4077:6 And in which they had trusted, and on account of which they had been privileged to grow in grace and knowledge. R1459:4 Not only justified by faith in the precious blood, but have presented their bodies living sacrifices. R4591:6, 5939:1, 4605:2, 4321:4 By our consecration to drink of his cup—the blood of the New Covenant. R4321:4, 5878:1, 4591:6, 4435:4 Those who have the understanding and enlightenment through the antitypical Moses—Christ. R5093:5
An unholy thing— Greek, koinos, common, defiled, unclean. R4435:6, 4491:1, 1336:3* A common thing. C201; E473; F168; R4605:4, 4513:2, 4435:5, 4079:1, 3201:5, 1985:6, 1951:5, 1392:4, 1186:5, 694:6, 431:2, 388:1; NS420:1; SM358:2 An ordinary thing. R5193:6, 3083:4, 2698:1, 1459:4, 1458:5, 740:6, 387:6, 261:1; C201; E473; F168 As an unsacred or common thing. R4591:6, 5939:1, 4077:6, 724:5, 570:4, 567:1 Valueless. R1454:2, 44:4* Lightly esteemed. R383:2 Denouncing it, counting the death of Christ, as common, not a special sacrifice, valid for the cancellation of our sins. SM775:T; R4605:4, 1794:5, 383:2; SM300:1 Denying or ignoring the precious blood. R1860:6, 918:4 Counting the blood of Christ, the death of Christ, as an ordinary death, and not as a special holy sacrifice valid for the cancellation of our sins. SM775:T No longer count their covenant to be dead with him as a sacred obligation. R4435:6 Of no more value than the blood of any member of the condemned race. R1336:4 No longer recognizing Jesus' death as their ransom or covering. R387:6, 383:2; C204Such take off the garment of Jesus' righteousness, and have only filthy rags. R387:6, 724:5 Esteeming their own little self-denials equally indispensable to the execution of God's great plan of the ages.C200; E474; F168 Those who reject the blood by denying the ransom are merely blinded by the cunning sophistries which Satan constantly uses to deceive. R882:6 This Scripture suggests a doctrinal deflection, whereas Heb. 6:4-9 suggests a moral retrogression. SM773-774; F167
Hath done despite— Disrespect. R261:1 Insulted. R567:1, 137:6* Despised God by ignoring his only arrangement for atonement. F168; R4605:5, 3201:6, 1837:2, 1459:4, 1296:4, 769:6; SM358:2 Rejecting the only name, the only sacrifice, the only means by which there is forgiveness of sins and fellowship with the Father. SM774:2 The one and only plan of salvation—in Christ Jesus. R1250:3 Despite all these favors and blessings, and despite their covenant with the Lord to be his servants. R2697:6 They fail entirely and go into second death. R4921:1, 4634:6 Typed by Moses who was not permitted to enter into the land of promise. R4058:1
The Spirit of grace— Of divine grace. E473 The spirit of favor exercised through Christ. R1186:5, 4605:1, 1056:2, 891:6, 769:6, 740:6, 261:1; C201 The grace of God which provided the atonement and fellowship with our Redeemer in his sacrifice and reward. F168 Favor, which has called us with this high calling during this Gospel age. R4591:6 All the favors and privileges of God's grace. R4513:2, 1454:2 Divine favor which had held out freedom from the yoke of sin. R5939:1, 4077:6 The spirit of favor which has brought them thus far. R5391:4 Very few day have the sufficiency of light and opportunity essential to a sentence to second death. R2940:5

[NTC - Hebrews 10:30]

For we know— This is no idle suggestion. R4513:2
Vengeance— God will punish the evil doers. R1618:3, 247:5 Those who forsake the way of the Lord. NS217:4
Saith the Lord— Jehovah. F396 We are to remember him with whom we have been dealing. R4513:2
Shall judge— During the Gospel age. R1336:4* The present time. R1391:6; CR495:6; OV434:5 Let us not wait for him to judge us personally—let us examine ourselves, and correct whatever we can find to be out of alignment with his instructions to us. OV434:5 If not sufficiently watchful, the Lord will give us some experiences that will be good—if rightly received. R5890:5

[NTC - Hebrews 10:31]

A fearful thing— Until actually perfect. A305; R2426:5, 1068:4, 792:1, 764:2, 387:5 Going out from the protection provided. R724:6, 1250:3, 724:6 It would be the second death. R792:1, 4513:2 Because God is just, and we are imperfect and could not hope to meet the requirements of the law of absolute justice. R2859:3; A305; E471 Because every imperfect being, judged by the law of God, would be unworthy of life, condemned to death—second death. R792:1 Because of the absolute perfection of God's law, and the fact that his only allowance for imperfection is through Jesus. R764:2; E472 Because, if in his hands, though loving, he is just and cannot look upon sin with any degree of allowance. R387:4
To fall— Out of the hands of the Redeemer. F168, 120; R4513:5, 387:6; HG160:5 Out of the hands of mercy. SM777:1 Exposing themselves to the second death. R387:5 By a wilful rejection of the Redeemer's merit. R792:1, 4835:2, 1261:3, 1250:3, 764:2 By coming out from under the covering, ignoring the ransom price, and "counting the blood of the covenant a common thing." (Verse 29) R387:5
Into the hands— Into the hands of justice. SM777:1; HG160:5 To be dealt with directly, without mercy. R2859:3, 1261:3 A judgment according to facts and works; and to all imperfect creatures this means death. R2456:4, 2426:5; A305 If in his hands we know that the slightest imperfection must condemn us to death, how graciously, then, has God provided a "cleft rock", a perfect covering for our nakedness, in the person of Jesus our Lord. R387:5 All unjustified are yet in the Father's hands, and under his condemnation. R387:6
Of the living God— The great Judge who can make no allowance for sin, accept no excuses. F168 To stand trial before God in our own righteousness, which is but "filthy rags." (Isa. 64:6) R1442:2, 1769:1, 1261:3, 387:6 Who is a consuming fire to any who claim his gift of life outside of his appointed way. R1850:2, 2859:3, 1442:2, 1336:4* His mercy and love can never trample upon his justice. R386:5 He cannot look upon the least sin with any degree of allowance. (Hab. 1:13) R386:6; F120

[NTC - Hebrews 10:32]

Call to remembrance— An exhortation to confidence and loyalty. SM777:2 The Apostle recognized that we might become discouraged with our faults and weaknesses. SM179:2 Take encouragement from what you may have endured in the past. CR153:2; R4078:1; SM179:3 Continue to wage warfare against the world, the flesh and the devil. R4078:1
The former days— Our past experiences. R4513:3; SM778:T Our first love and first zeal. R4078:1 Maintain the zeal and love which began and which should be increasing day by day. SM778:T At that time, the brethren were really in a better, more alive, spiritual condition than later. SM179:3
Ye were illuminated— Enlightened. R3776:2 An enlightening of the mind. CR402:5 Saw the matter clearly. R5332:2 The begetting of the holy Spirit.R5088:2 The work of the holy Spirit, which we received at the time of our consecration unto death. OV407:5; R4544:3; PD57/69; Q183 It began with the Church at Pentecost. OV407:5; R5088:2 There is quite a distinction between having the holy Spirit and being illuminated by it so as to let our light shine. R4149:5 Your afflictions and trials came principally after you had been illuminated, and they have increased as the light of present truth has increased with you.R1653:4
Ye endured— For the Lord's sake, for love of the brethren and in harmony with God's arrangement. R5818:5 A strong persecution, openly manifested by the worldly-spirited, Satan-deceived people of God. SM180:2 While suffering persecutions, the brethren were really in a better spiritual condition than later. SM179:3; CR488:2 Few are willing to endure. R3281:3 God appreciates faithfulness. R4407:4
A great fight— The early Church did not hide their light because of persecution. R942:5 These conditions prevailed all the way down from the Apostle's day, and will continue to the very close of the Church's experiences on this side the veil. SM743:1
Of afflictions— "Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial that shall try you, as though some strange thing happened to you." (1 Peter 4:12) R1652:6, 5412:4 The object and utility of present trials and persecutions are in fullest accord with our high calling—to be a joint-heir with Jesus "if so be that we suffer with him." (Rom. 8:17) R1652:6 Soldiers are not always fighting; they are not always having afflictions. CR153:2

[NTC - Hebrews 10:33]

Partly— All lovers of righteousness are to have more or less share in experiences of opposition. SM221:2
Whilst ye were— In their own persons. R1699:5 Who suffered great loss. CR488:2
Made a gazingstock— Those who were actively in the conflict, sufferers for righteousness sake. CR17:5 We have to be a target, that the Lord's message may go forth. R5412:4
Reproaches— The present wages of those who preach truth. R824:3
Afflictions— Under Nero and Diocletian, many Christians suffered for loyalty to God. CR488:2; SM181:1
Whilst ye became— In fellowship with others. R1699:5
Companions— Partakers. NS490:4 By avowing our sympathy for the reproached ones and thus sharing their reproaches and afflictions. R1653:4 Some were not able to go out in the midst of the battle as Paul was, but were loyal to the truth and rejoiced in the privilege of being companions. R2143:1, 2239:3; NS490:1; SM180:1 Some suffered with those in affliction in that they had been sympathizers of those who had been persecuted. R5818:5, 5670:3, 3144:1 The Lord recognizes and appreciates this association with those in distress. Each doing to the extent of his opportunity the work of the Lord. R5670:3, 3144:1; CR17:5 If we have the martyr spirit, are loyal, courageous for the Truth, even though we never are counted worthy of open or public opposition or persecution. SM182:1 Perhaps this constitutes all the sufferings required of some of the Lord's saints. R3002:4 There are two classes of labor to be rewarded, an active and a passive. NS490:4
Of them— The more able servants of the truth. R3144:1 In every time, and now, the spirit of persecution naturally would strike most prominently certain leading figures. SM221:2, 180:3
That were so used— That were reproached for the truth's sake. C133 Misused for Christ's sake. R3183:5, 1699:5

[NTC - Hebrews 10:34]

In my bonds— It is presumed that this epistle was written while St. Paul was a prisoner at Rome. SM180:3
Of your goods— Including worldly reputation. R2405:6

[NTC - Hebrews 10:35]

Cast not away— The Apostle exhorts them not to turn back, not to be discouraged, but to be encouraged. They should have confidence in God that he loved and appreciated all they had borne for him. R5818:5, 4513:3 Be not weary in well-doing; rise from the ashes of discouragement and lift the cross with renewed zeal. R5095:4 In some instances, the feeling of discouragement leads some to fear and distress, that the second death is apprehended. The Apostle seems to have in mind this condition. R5095:1 Satan is permitted to do so if we do not live up to our light. R5595:2
Your confidence— Your faith, your trust. R5594:1; CR214:2; NS563:3 Confidence in God. R5594:6; CR214:2; NS566:4 Outspokenness. SM182:2 In proportion as we have knowledge and grow in grace, in that same proportion our confidence is growing stronger. It represents our heart condition. R5595:2, 188:1 In our Leader, the Great Shepherd of the sheep.R188:1, 4926:6 In God's invitation to be joint-heirs with Christ. R5595:1 In the Lord and in his Word. NS563:4, 566:4 In the brotherhood, or the world of mankind in general. R566:4 Confidence in the outworking of God's plan, and in all who trust in the precious blood and are bringing forth fruits of the spirit in their daily lives. R1653:4, 5595:1 Faith in God and in the "great and precious promises" is the very basis of all Christian endeavor. R5095:2 We surely have every reason for greater confidence than ever—when we call to mind our leading in the past. R191:5 Without this faith in God one cannot fight a good fight. R5095:2 The Lord has not promised a great reward for merely believing and trusting, and in a cowardly manner keeping our light hidden. SM182:2 Testings will come in some manner not expected, and may be very severe crucial tests of our love and loyalty. NS565:5 Through Evolution and Higher Criticism. NS562-564
Reward— The rewards are for those who hold the faith even unto death. R5095:5 God wishes us to trust him according to his promises and will reward such faith. R3002:4 God will reward us according to our faith, confidence, honesty, sincerity. He rewards faith rather than works—not what we can accomplish. R5594:1, 5595:3 The severer the trial that is endured faithfully, the grander we may suppose will be the reward to the faithful. NS566:5

[NTC - Hebrews 10:36]

For ye have need— More and more we come to see how much patience we need. CR447:4 During this period in which Jehovah permits sin and opposition to his will to flourish. R1781:5, 2025:5, 1273:2
Of patience— Greek, hupomone, cheerful endurance, constancy. R2791:1, 5332:1, 4910:4, 2792:1 The Lord cannot give us patience except by giving us trials to develop that patience. CR315:2 "Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." Let us patiently hold on our way. R5650:1, 5652:6 Without hope, patience would soon fritter away; and no length or breadth or depth of character could be expected. R5213:3 If those who are now suffering affliction because of their loyalty to the Lord, will take afflictions and trials joyfully, these will surely work out good to them.R5333:4, 2025:6 "Take my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience." (James 5:10) R5332:6One of the cardinal graces of Christian character. R5332:2
Done the will of God— In presenting our bodies as living sacrifices, our reasonable service. R5332:2 After having brought our own will into complete subjection to the divine will. R4910:3 Reached the mark—having attained to that mark of character in our hearts, in our wills we should establish God's righteous will as the rule of life under all circumstances and conditions. R2792:1 Not in the perfect and complete sense, but a reasonable service. God does not expect us to do that which is impossible. R5332:2 "This is the will of God (concerning you) even your sanctification." (1 Thess. 4:3) R5332:3 "Having done all to stand" (Eph. 6:13) clad in full armor. C212
Ye— The Christian Church, the consecrated, who have left the world. R5332:1
Receive the promise— The things promised. R5594:4, 191:5 The fulfillment of the promise. R5332:4 The original promise—the seed of Abraham shall bless the world. R5332:5, 5137:1 A share in the coming glory is contingent upon present sufferings because they develop positive characters—and love instead of selfishness. R1653:1 The Apostle is urging that we continue to be Christ's and to abide in him—thus to be glorified with him. R5332:5

[NTC - Hebrews 10:37]

A little while— "The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly." (Rom. 16:20) "A thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday." (Psa. 90:4) R11:2
Will come— Greek, heko, to have come, be here; not future tense, but present. R591:4* Be present—Paul's words are especially for us—at the end of the age. R187:3
Will not tarry— This has now been accomplished, he has come, and no longer delays. R191:5

[NTC - Hebrews 10:38]

Now the just— The just one. R191:5 Consecrated believers, justified by faith in Christ as their Redeemer. R798:2, 904:1* A peculiar people, separate from the world, and cannot assimilate with it. R903:6* The just one is first of all, Jesus, and secondly all those who constitute members of the Body of Christ. R191:5, 904:1*
Shall live by faith— Contrary to the course of the world, which seek to walk by sight and after the desires of the flesh. R1798:5, 1790:3, 903:3* The life of faith is the assimilation of that which we have proved to be the truth, so that its principles become our principles, and its promises our inspiration. R1799:4, 1798:3 It is not enough that, by faith, we receive the first impulse of life, but, having passed from death unto life, we must continue to receive an appropriate spiritual nourishment, that we may grow thereby. R1798:3 In this way of faith there is much of present privilege, as well as future prospect. The motives, hopes, aims, ambitions and joys are all of a higher, nobler order than those of the world. R1798:3 Study and accept God's plan for both the present and future, and act as he directs, ignoring our own ideas of expediency whenever God's Word speaks to the contrary. R903:3* Very different from living by sight—acting in the present, and planning for the future, according to our knowledge, experience, and judgment. R903:3* Though the way is very clear, and the light strong, yet we must still "walk by faith and not by sight." (2 Cor. 5:7) R191:5;NS414:2 "Looking not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen." (2 Cor. 4:18) R1798:6
But if any man— Who has been actually or reckonedly restored to perfection. A107 Presented (Rom. 12:1) and sanctified. R4321:4 The Lord never interferes with our hearts—to be in service against our will. We may at any time draw back from service. R4356:3
Draw back— Shrink back. R191:5 From the sufferings. Q680:4 From the covenant of sacrifice. F637 There must be something at this time to which the Apostle refers calculated to make some draw back from the light. R191:5 Unto perdition—to do despite to all the favors of God—to turn back to wallowing in the mire of sin and to take pleasure in the works of the flesh and the devil; anger, malice, hatred, envy, strife. R4654:3, 2073:4*; NS372:5, 382:4 To go back to the world and live after the course of this world, to take its standpoint of observation and to reject the Lord's leading. This is not generally done suddenly, but gradually. R904:4*; SM776:T After being enlightened, some will reject the favor in the way it is offered. R883:4 And mind earthly things. R1799:5 From doing the Lord's will, and thus renounce their sacrifice. NS611:3 Weariness in well doing and desire for the rewards of unfaithfulness are first steps in drawing back from the way of faith, and also from the favor of God. R1799:1 Through fear that the Lord has forgotten him in his trials, or through unwillingness to longer submit to the polishing. R2405:2 First perhaps looking back with a sigh, then with a little disposition to compromise the truth in favor of the cravings of the fallen nature, finally with a complete surrender. R1799:1, 2073:4* To walk by sight. R191:5 "No man having put his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62) R1775:4, 2081:4* Not merely slip through weakness of the flesh under the power of temptation. R2073:4*
My soul— Greek, psuche, sentient being. God is a soul. E350; R5325:6
No pleasure in him— Does not delight in him. R191:5 This drawing back is a most serious matter. R1799:1 These thus cut themselves off from the favors, privileges and blessings belonging to the Church of Christ. R5332:2

[NTC - Hebrews 10:39]

But we— An illustration of wise suggestion. F549
Of them— Probably few. R2942:2
Who draw back— By sinning wilfully. T68; R2099:5, 1981:5 Turn again to a fleshly will. R5486:2From such high privileges. R1981:5 And mind earthly things. R1799:5
Unto perdition— Second death—destruction. T68; R5371:2, 5102:3, 4536:4, 4321:5, 2941:3, 2161:3, 2081:4*, 2073:4*, 1799:1, 431:2* Nonentity.R2941:3
Believe— And go on. R5371:2
Soul— Lives. R5371:2

[NTC - Hebrews 11:1]

Faith— True faith seeks for a positive message from the Lord. We should clearly differentiate between credulity and faith. R5188:3, 5243:6; Q774:3The reasonable and accepted conclusion of a logical argument based upon a reasonable premise or foundation. R2162:2*, 1158:2* More than hope, faith implies a promise. R4385:5 Proper faith must be based on studies of the Divine Word and promises. R4385:6, 2163:6* Our faith in all God's promises should be as unwavering as our confidence that tomorrow's sun will rise. R2162:5*, 1158:5* No grief, no tribulation, can shake our inmost joy if it be well founded upon the faith foundation of divine assurances that we are children of God. R4386:1 Faith in God is that humble confidence which espouses his unpopular cause, which perseveres in pursuing it, in the face of all opposition and without human encouragement, enduring reproach, persecution, etc. R2163:2*
The substance— A basis. R1158:3, 2162:5* Understanding. Q775:T Faith is not only a groundwork, or basis, for our hopes, but it is a real substance—a mental substance, which stimulates and clarifies the mind. R5717:6 Belief, in the ordinary sense of the word, is not sufficient as a foundation for our trust and onward progress, unless that belief be congealed, solidified, into a substantial faith. R5188:2 Faith deals with the future—our reward. R74:5* Faith is the basis out of which the living hope springs and grows naturally. R2162:1*, 74:5* The very basis of Christian character. R2163:4* Something substantial upon which hope may build. R2162:1* Faith becomes a strength to our minds as we progress in the knowledge of God. It becomes as real and tangible as any material substance—even more; for the things upon which our faith lays hold are eternal. R5717:6
Things hoped for— Hope finds a foundation—finds in faith a substance, because faith rests upon a divine promise. R4385:5 Strictly speaking, hope is not substantial, not a reality, and furnishes no genuine foundation. R4385:5 Fear, doubt, and uncertainty, indicates lack of faith and a true foundation on which to base hope. R4385:6
The evidence— Proof, conviction. R5717:6, 2162:5*, 1158:3*; Q775:T A reasonable conviction becomes a basis of hope for the things which God has promised. R1158:3
Things not seen— Faith deals with the invisible—our strength for the work of life. R74:5* Based on the logical deductions from known facts—a most reasonable thing. R2162:3*

[NTC - Hebrews 11:2]

For by it— Faith. R4386:1 A working faith. The Worthies were justified by faith, when their faith led them to do what God required of them. R50:2*,1945:3 Their hope was based upon their knowledge of the character of God and his promises to Israel. R1409:3 Here, the Apostle Paul, the antitype of Eleazar, points out the harmony of the Ancient Worthies faith and sufferings (burning) with ours—casting in hyssop, scarlet and cedar. (Num. 19) R1897:4; T110
The elders— The Ancient Worthies. R5859:1, 2375:5 The faithful overcomers of the past. R1529:1, 1469:5 Overcomers of the Jewish Age. R875:5*; OV28:1; NS369:2 A class of God's people not of the Royal Priesthood who suffered for righteousness sake outside the Camp. T106 The noble brethren before the cross, the last one of whom was John the Baptist. R5859:2, 5263:5 Comparatively few exercised faith and wrought righteousness in harmony therewith, up to the time of Christ. R4454:5, 4386:1 From Jacob's death to Christ a few of Israel, exercising faith above and beyond the Law Covenant, were blessed by the underlying Abrahamic Covenant. R4451:5, 4454:5 Millions of Israel who were favored with a call did not make their election sure and were not counted worthy of a place in the list. NS370:2 The Ancient Worthies were justified by faith. They with ourselves come under the Abrahamic Covenant, which had no mediator and needed none, because made only with those of similar faith to father Abraham. R4388:6, 4330:3, 1872:2 Not all the elders or Ancients received a testimony that they pleased God. R4386:1
Good report— They were commended, not for perfect works, but for their faith. R4386:1 Their faith in God and his promises, attested by imperfect works, justified them to that divine fellowship which they will fully enjoy when the things hoped for shall be realized. R4386:2 They will receive a share in the original promise, and be participants in the work of blessing the Gentile world. R2375:5 A testimony that they pleased God. R4386:1

[NTC - Hebrews 11:3]

Worlds were framed— In obedience to divine direction. R4386:2 A matter of faith with us that what we see was miraculously formed, even though gradually. R4386:2

[NTC - Hebrews 11:4]

By faith— Ancient Worthies were under Faith Covenant. R4330:3 It was not by custom nor by accident that Abel chose his sacrifice. Evidently, he had been seeking the mind of the Lord, and had found it. R1614:6 It is to those who exercise faith, and who seek and knock, that the mind of the Lord is revealed and that only the great sacrifice of our Redeemer's life is acceptable to God. R1614:6
Abel— The first martyr for righteousness in the world's history. R4386:3 Starting with the more prominent of the race who had been faithful to God according to their light down to the time of Christ. NS520:2 Typifying Isaac, Jacob, spiritual Israel and the wheat class. R2778:2 In some degree a type of Christ. R1614:6
More excellent— Acceptable. R1614:6 God manifested his acceptance of the animal sacrifice of Abel. R5768:5 He was led to offer sacrificially animals which typified the better sacrifices by which reconciliation will eventually be effected between God and humanity. R5188:5 A sacrifice of life, and therefore a true type of the promised redemptive sacrifice. R1614:3 Valuable, because it pointed forward to the sacrifice of Christ. R74:5*
Sacrifice— Abel and Seth and all the godly Ancients sacrificed; and through these typical sacrifices they approached God. R1945:3
Than Cain— Typifying Ishmael, Esau, fleshly Israel and the tare class. R2778:2
Obtained witness— Approval by God's acceptance of his offering. R5188:3
He was righteous— Abel is mentioned four times in the New Testament, and three of the times particularly styled "the righteous." R4386:3
Yet speaketh— Figuratively—actions speak louder than words. R5044:4 The fact that he died because of his devotion to the Lord, speaks of his devotion to God and to principle. R4386:3 God's acceptance still speaks to us in Abel's favor, although he is dead. R5188:3

[NTC - Hebrews 11:5]

Enoch— He not only prophesied (Jude 14, 15), but believed it and it stamped his entire character and made him separate from the world and drew him nearer to the Lord. R4386:5 We might speculate that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, would represent man in his future state when he will be perfect, and will not die. Q262:T
Was translated— Taken away—lifted over from one state or place to another. Q261:3 The Bible does not explain what this term means. Q262:2Enoch did not die. Enoch remained under the death sentence until he was ransomed by our Lord's death. R2153:2, 3378:1, 619:6 There is no record as to where he was taken; except that he was not taken to heaven. R5188:5, 619:6; Q261:3 No offer of heavenly life was possible until after Jesus died as man's Redeemer. R5772:2How, or where, God took him, or for what purpose, is not revealed. R619:6; Q261:3 God may have protected his life through all these centuries as an illustration of how human life could have been prolonged by divine power, if God had not placed the curse of death upon the race. R5188:6 In some way his life was preserved. Q773:2 "He walked with God, and God took him." (Gen. 5:24) R5188:5, 4386:4, 619:6 Enoch did not go to heaven. "No man hath ascended up to heaven." (John 3:13) R3378:4, 5188:5, 3417:4, 2153:3, 619:6, 838:5
Not see— Not experience. Q261:3
This testimony— There will be no necessity for testing the Ancient Worthies in the future. Their acceptance with God is already proved and declared. They will come forth as perfect human beings. R5030:5
That he pleased God— Was justified to fellowship, not life. F125; R4640:1 When the Ancient Worthies ascertained God's will, they set about doing it. R5074:2; NS678:5; Q12:4 They came up to the standard—perfection of heart-intention, and obedience to the extent of ability. R5073:2, 5317:4, 5149:4; Q405:5 Although they did not by obedience to the Law Covenant secure the blessings which it proposed. R4451:5 Having loved and served him in righteousness and truth. R1273:1, 1781:4 For which they will be restored to human perfection. R5293:6,5073:6 This assures us that they had considerable character development. R4612:2 Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Daniel, and the prophets were grand characters. Yet there was no Pentecostal outpouring in their day. NS802:3 Nehemiah and others of his time who displayed faithfulness and loyalty are not personally mentioned by St. Paul, but they are undoubtedly included in the list of them that pleased God. R4912:5

[NTC - Hebrews 11:6]

But without faith— Without understanding and accepting God's promises. F315 God will not receive any one who does not exercise faith. R5717:4No works can be acceptable to God unless inspired by faith. R5859:1; NS343:3 The stronger our faith, the more our works are sure to be under the divine arrangement. R3338:5, 4377:2, 3762:5 All of our services to the Lord are valuable chiefly as proofs of our faith in his promises. R2425:4 No essential element of Christian character is given greater prominence in the Scriptures than faith. R1938:3, 5128:6 Faith is the basis and only condition upon which any other of God's favors are now obtainable. R4003:2 It is impossible for us to come near to the Lord except as we shall exercise faith and trust in him, in his goodness, power, wisdom and love. R3338:5, 2907:3, 2162:5*, 1158:3* Faith is a real substance—a mental substance, so to speak, which stimulates and clarifies the mind. R5717:6 The acceptance of a thing because we have indisputable evidence of its reality, its truthfulness and its reliability. R5717:5 To be developed, faith must be tried with opposition. R5148:2 Lack of faith is a constant hindrance to overcoming. R5425:4, 2642:6 At the present time, God is dealing only with those who have faith towards him. CR321:2; R5189:1, 5148:4, 5128:6; OV309:T God demands that we shall exercise faith in him corresponding to his mercies and manifold favors to us. R2334:2 Both the head and the heart—the intellect and the affections—are necessary to this faith. R1822:3God is now seeking only those who can exercise the necessary faith when the message of God is brought to them. R5717:6 Our faith will be in proportion to our knowledge of the character of God. R5116:2; NS449:3 The effort of every Christian should be toward a continual growth in faith. R2163:4* Faith is fundamental and the graces (2 Pet. 1:5-7) are as the house of wisdom built upon it. R136:6*, 74:2* "This is the victory that overcometh the world, even your faith." (1 John 5:4) F147, 315, 658; R2654:1, 2642:6, 2425:4; NS228:1 The sixth sense—confidence in the Lord. R5189:1, 5243:6 It is our privilege to pray to the Lord to increase our faith, and to ourselves increase it by learning the divine promises and applying them as our own. R2642:6, 3338:5 Faith might exist alone for a time, for not by works are we justified, but by faith only. R216:1 Faith in Christ is a part of the faith necessary. R555:6*; NS643:6 If one lose his faith, there is no telling whither he may wander. R5116:2 When man shall have attained the full likeness of God, he will not need any special development of faith; for faith will be inherent in him. R5716:5 The Apostle Paul points the Gospel Church to the noble, self-sacrificing faithfulness of the Ancient Worthies who endured so much for their faithfulness to the Lord and his truth. R1372:2 Not credulity, which is the acceptance of a thing without good reason, without sure evidence. R5717:5, 5243:6, 5188:3
It is impossible— No man ever was, or ever can be saved, either by the law of nature—conscience—or by the written Law. R556:1* Neither innocence nor ignorance, nor any other natural condition, will save. R1043:6*, 556:4* "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10:17) R555:5*; HG421:4 Faith, and endeavor to obedience in harmony with that faith, are necessary to salvation. HG421:3
To please him— Paul is laying down a general principle as to what is the divine pleasure. R5716:2 A person is pleasing God in proportion as he has faith, and displeasing in proportion as he lacks faith. R5188:6, 4387:2 Only those who please God, who have his approval, will have eternal life. R4133:3 The more our faith is developed, the more pleasing in the Father's sight we shall be. R5148:2 Those being selected for exaltation to the divine nature must expect to have their faith tested; this testing is most important from the divine viewpoint. R5116:2 God cannot recognize as children those who do not love him, and they cannot love him without faith. R556:1* Or to "have peace (rest) with God." (Rom. 5:1) R391:3* They that are in the flesh, depraved, cannot please God. R556:4* The more we may be used as channels of blessing to others. R4387:2
He— This class, having a heart-hunger for their Creator—a longing for him that nothing else can satisfy. R5717:4
That cometh to God— Now. R5717:4 In prayer. F680 Acceptably. R2834:3 Not literally. "Let us draw near, with a true heart." (Heb. 10:22) R167:4* Those who have naturally some faith and who have gained a sufficient knowledge of himself and his character to believe in his love and to be desirous of coming into fellowship and communion with him. R5717:6
Must believe— The Father would have our faith in him implicit, unwavering. R5148:2 No other prayers are accepted. F680 The obedience of the Ancients was the best possible evidence that they did believe, and their faith was approved. R74:5
That he is— Must recognize him as the selfexisting one. F680 That he is a personal God. CR489:5, 481:4 That there is a God who made us. R5717:4 And must "set to his seal that God is true." (John 3:33) E230 Mankind have become so alienated from God by wicked works and self-will that many do not know that there is a God.R5717:1
A rewarder of them— A faith in the justice of God, that, inviting us, he will not spurn us, when we respond to his call. NS620:4
Diligently seek him— With a heart-hunger for their Creator—a longing for him that nothing else can satisfy. R5717:4 To know him, to obey him, to serve him. F680; R2569:6 To walk in his ways. R4072:5 He will reveal his true character to them. OV2:2 It is not sufficient to know that there is a God, nor to realize that he is a living Being. We first believed; then we sought to know his will concerning us. CR489:5 In an important sense it is the Christian's life-work to come to God, and success is to the diligent seeker.R74:2* Faith works—work secures reward. God did not say to the Ancients, "believe" but he gave them something to do. R74:5*

[NTC - Hebrews 11:7]

By faith Noah— For a long period Noah's faith was tested even unto the entering of the Ark and the closing of the door before the rains descended and the floods came. R4386:6
Things not seen as yet— Building an ark at a time when there was no apparent excuse for such a building, since not a drop of rain had fallen from the time of man's creation until that time. (Gen. 2:5) R5188:6, 4386:5
Prepared an ark— Type of Christ and the power in him which will replenish and reorganize society. A318 If God commands the building of an ark, the reasonable course is to build and to warn men, though the flood tarry for 120 years. R1158:5*, 2162:6*
Saving of his house— God blessed his faith, and made him a channel of blessing to his family. R5188:6
Condemned— Greek: katakrino, sentenced to overthrow. R999:2 Judged. R518:6*
Became heir— Because he genuinely trusted and obeyed God. R4386:6
Righteousness— None was righteous in the absolute sense. "There is none righteous, no, not one." (Rom. 3:10) R4386:5

[NTC - Hebrews 11:8]

Abraham— Typified the Heavenly Father. R4387:1 Styled the "father of the faithful" because with Abraham God started a faith family to whom were given many and great promises. R4386:6
When he was called— Abraham's call of God was the result of his having faith in God and because he lived at an appropriate time for the divine purposes to begin to be expressed. R4387:1
Should after receive— Not receive at the time. R1634:3
An inheritance— There is no suggestion of Abraham becoming a partaker of the divine nature and a joint-heir with Jesus. R5291:2
Obeyed— He responded to the call and came into Canaan. R5189:4 Abraham was justified by his works and not by faith only. R30:1*
And he went out— The first test upon Abraham, after he was called, was that he leave his native country to wander up and down through Palestine as a shepherd. R4387:1 Probably in the face of the great displeasure of his relatives. R2846:6
Not knowing whither— Not knowing the particulars respecting it beforehand. R5189:1 In this respect typifying the experience of the true Church in coming out of Babylon. R2847:1

[NTC - Hebrews 11:9]

He sojourned— Moved about, not settling down as an owner. R1634:3 "Now the sojourning of the children of Israel was 430 years." (Exod. 12:40) B47
Land of promise— In after times God would bring Abraham's posterity to this land and give it to them for a possession, and if obedient, Abraham's seed would become great and influential and bless all nations. R4387:1
A strange country— As a stranger. R5189:1
In tabernacles— In tents. R5189:2 Temporary, movable dwellings. R1634:3
With— As did also. R5189:2
The heirs— His associates in the promises and heirs through him. R5189:2

[NTC - Hebrews 11:10]

Looked for a city— Not a literal city. The entire passage is symbolical. R5189:4 In olden times a city stood for and represented a fortification, a government, a rule of authority. R4387:3 The glorious Kingdom of God in both its earthly and heavenly phase. R1617:4, 5189:5, 4387:4 The antitypical Temple. R2520:6 The New Jerusalem, the glorified Church, the Kingdom class. E90; R5189:4 A government is symbolically represented by a city. R5189:5 An established kingdom. R1634:3 The Kingdom of God. R1630:1 He did not expect to come upon a newly built city of divine construction, or a New Jerusalem built of literal precious stones and pearls. R4387:3 "He rejoiced to see my day." (John 8:56) The Millennial Day. E89,90
Hath foundations— Twelve, the apostles. R4387:5, 30:2* Permanence, based on principles of righteousness. R3936:6, 1634:3
Maker is God— Men could build an earthly city, but not the heavenly. R56:6*

[NTC - Hebrews 11:11]

Also Sara— The distinction of sex does not operate to the disadvantage of either male or female in connection with the divine promises. R4387:5
Received strength— She was assisted through the faith she exercised. R5189:2 By the exercise of divine power, for Sarah was not only barren, but aged. R1140:5
Judged him faithful— Although past the age of motherhood, Sara believed God. R4387:5 Trusting God's faithfulness. R5380:3

[NTC - Hebrews 11:12]

As good as dead— At the age of one hundred, Abraham received Isaac as one born from the dead. R751:6*

[NTC - Hebrews 11:13]

These all— Referring to those mentioned in the 12th verse and not those in the preceding verses. Q773:2 Including Sara, and John the Baptist. R4387:5, 5069:4 Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the faithful of past time. SM44:3; R607:1 Evidently, the Apostle previously (verse 5) made an exception of Enoch and therefore not included with these. Q261:3
Died in faith— They met conditions of heart loyalty, and were found faithful. R5836:3 They knew they had not received eternal life, or any of the things which God had promised, but they died in faith that they would get it in the resurrection. R4961:6 That what God had promised he was able also to perform, in his own good time and way. R2035:2 Serving the Lord with their all could not justify them legally. R5528:2 Abraham never relaxed his faith, even to his dying day. R1617:1 Presumably, Elijah died and was buried like other men. Q259:4
Not having received— Without. A293 The things promised—the land wherein they dwelt, etc. R220:2, 5859:3, 5291:2, 4387:5
The promises— Earthly promises. R5859:2 The blessing—reconciliation to God and eternal life. SM44:3 The things promised them. R5772:3, 5291:2, 5189:2, 4388:4, 4387:5 The fulfillment of the promises. R5528:2, 4961:6 That the "seed" shall some day come. R5116:6 The blessing of eternal life. R5073:6 Hope of a place in the natural seed to bless all mankind. They had no knowledge of the spiritual seed. R5836:3 God did not promise heavenly things prior to Jesus' day. R5859:2 The Ancient Worthies were not rewarded at death. HG334:4
Seen them afar off— Beyond the present life. R1634:3, 4071:3 With the eye of faith. R4387:5 The promises will be literally fulfilled to Abram in the incoming Millennial Age. R607:1
Were persuaded— Their rejoicing was in the faith-view which they had from afar. R5189:2
Strangers and pilgrims— Nomads. R5189:2 They separated themselves from the rest of the world, having obtained new aims, new ideas, were out of touch with the remainder of the race because of having a different standard. R5116:6 Abraham was a sojourner and not an owner to the day of his death. R2849:4 They were obliged to wait for the heavenly country, for two reasons: (1) To test their faith, (2) "The wickedness of the Amorites was not yet come to the full." (Gen. 15:16) R2230:6 We must be willing also to stand this test at the present time. R4387:6

[NTC - Hebrews 11:14]

Seek a country— Their travelling up and down showed that none of the cities or countries through which they passed were wholly satisfactory to them. R5189:2

[NTC - Hebrews 11:15]

If they had— Abraham's continuance in Canaan marked the continuance of his faith. R2121:1
Been mindful— Wishful. R2230:6, 220:2 They were not discontented in the sense that they wished to return to their former homeland, Haran. R5189:2
Of that country— Chaldea. R220:2 Charran. R2230:6
To have returned— When they found that God was not yet ready to fulfil his promises. R2230:6

[NTC - Hebrews 11:16]

But now— As it is. R1096:3* Instead of returning. R220:2
A better country— A home under more righteous conditions. R2231:2, 4387:6 The Paradise of the now near future. R5189:4 The promised country.R220:2 They were waiting for the time that God intended they should inherit this promise—the land of Palestine—at the establishment of God's Kingdom. R3945:3, 220:2 The Ancient Worthies, unsatisfied with any of the earthly prospects, sought the heavenly. R4387:6 Not heirs in the highest sense, this opportunity was not open in their time. R5528:2
That is an heavenly— One with heavenly laws. R2230:6 One from heaven. R1096:3* Canaan in the heavenly Kingdom. R220:4 Not in the sense that the Church is seeking the heavenly, the spiritual things. R4387:6 They had no heavenly promises. All of their promises were of the earth, earthy. R5189:4 In going out to the unknown land, and in the offering of his son Isaac, Abraham grasped the future, seeing Christ and the heavenly country. R74:5* In the sense expressed in our Lord's prayer. R4387:6 It is evident that Abraham saw beyond the glory of the earthly. R30:2* Our citizenship is of the heavenly Kingdom, therefore we should be diligent to learn its language. R1062:6*
For them a city— Government. R4387:6 Not a literal city, but the Kingdom of God. R2231:1, 4387:6, 220:4 The Millennial Kingdom, whose earthly seat of government will probably be Canaan. R220:4 God has planned such a heavenly Kingdom or dominion as they hoped for. R4387:6 It is under this perfect city or government from God, through Christ, that they shall find a country (home) which could never have come under the imperfect city (government) of bondage. R1389:4

[NTC - Hebrews 11:17]

By faith— A childlike faith. Abraham trusted God's love and believed his wisdom superior to his own, and accepted his authority as paramount to every other consideration. R1623:6 The kind of faith that the Lord desires to find in the spiritual seed of Abraham—a faith that will trust him even where it cannot trace him. R2907:6 Abraham had not this degree of faith when first he entered Canaan. It was lack of this perfect trust in God which made him fearful to acknowledge Sarah to be his wife. R2908:1
Abraham— A type of God. (Rom. 4:17, margin) R2908:3, 1623:6 As Abraham was willing to offer his only son, so Jehovah gave his only begotten Son, in whom centered the promises. R2908:3 The names of some of the most notable only, who were accepted as making their election sure to the future honor and service, are given. R1457:3
When he was tried— The test for Abraham was that he should offer in sacrifice his son Isaac, in whom centered all the promises. R5702:1 Even when Abraham's tests were passed satisfactorily, he could not be actually justified; because he needed to be redeemed with the blood of Christ. R4574:2 The instruction to offer Isaac was not given by a mere impression of the mind. It would not have been proper for Abraham to accept and act upon anything short of an absolute demonstration of the divine will. R4387:2
Offered up Isaac— The severest possible test of faith was the command to slay his son with his own hand and to offer him upon the altar of sacrifice. R1623:6 By his prompt obedience Abraham gave proof of his loyalty. R5702:1 Typifying the sacrifice of Christ. A155; R4387:1, 2908:3, 2510:6, 1623:6 As Abraham gave his son Isaac to be sacrificed—so the Heavenly Father gave his Son, Jesus, to be the sin-offering for Adam and his race. PD27/38 As a representative of Isaac, a ram was offered, so, throughout the Jewish age, the natural children of Abraham were required to sacrifice bulls and goats, as yearly sin-offerings. R2908:4 Isaac was 25 years old. R2907:3In Abraham's day the patriarchal form of government prevailed, and under it the father of a family held an autocratic power which seemingly was rarely questioned by the children. R2907:3 Tests of a similar import, though of different kind, are laid upon the Lord's people today, for the testing of our heart-loyalty toward the Lord. R2907:3, 2908:6, 1624:4 The place selected for the Temple altar is believed to be the spot upon which Abraham offered Isaac. R2510:6, 2908:2 By works his faith was made perfect. (James 2:22) R50:2*, 30:1*
Received the promises— This was the son of promise, for whose birth Abraham had waited—a miracle of divine power—the son in whom were centered all the gracious promises which had filled Abraham's heart for now 50 years. R2907:3
Offered up— Because he accounted that God was able to raise his son from the dead and that surely God would fulfil his every promise to which he had bound himself. R4387:2

[NTC - Hebrews 11:18]

It was said— Abraham philosophized upon this matter—respecting the fact that Isaac was his legitimate heir, and had been so acknowledged of the Lord. R2907:6

[NTC - Hebrews 11:19]

Accounting that God— When God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son, it was reasonable for Abraham to comply, and to leave the fulfillment of the promises, which centered in his son, to God. R1158:5*, 2162:6*
Raise him up— Abraham's faith was sufficient. R3955:6 A picture of our Lord's resurrection. R4603:2
Even from the dead— That the promises might be fulfilled. R5702:1, 2907:6
In a figure— There is a pictorial illustration connected with the matter, but it is not so sharp as in a type. Q722:5; R5966:3 Prefiguring Jehovah's offering of his only begotten Son and receiving him again from the dead. R1394:4 Abraham's son, in whom the promised blessing centered, had first to be a sacrifice before he could bless, and Abraham received him from the dead in a figure. In the figure Isaac typified the true seed, Christ Jesus. A155 Even though the knife did not strike the fatal blow, the offering was complete in the sight of heaven. R5180:3 Showing that the Oathbound Covenant could not go into effect without the shedding of blood—Isaac died typically. R3917:1 Thus Isaac was brought forth the second time. R1436:3*

[NTC - Hebrews 11:20]

Isaac blessed Jacob— With full confidence conveyed the Abrahamic blessing to his son Jacob. R4388:1 It was necessary for typical Isaac to be typically sacrificed and typically raised from the dead before he could bless. A155
And Esau— Realizing that under the Abrahamic promise all the families of the earth to be blessed must include the family of Esau also. R4388:1
Things to come— See Genesis 28:3,4. R1624:2

[NTC - Hebrews 11:21]

By faith Jacob— Israel was impulsed by faith in the promise made to Abraham that God would use his posterity and through it bless all people. R5244:4
A dying— On his death-bed. R4388:1
The sons of Joseph— Jacob recognized that the blessings that were to come to his family were all under divine supervision and all included in the original promise made to Abraham. R4388:1
His staff— The headpost of his bed. R4388:1

[NTC - Hebrews 11:22]

Concerning his bones— Signified that Joseph would thus testify his faith in a resurrection of the dead. R4388:2, 1646:5 This does not necessarily imply that he thought the bones and the dust that had once constituted his entity would be necessary to God in his resurrection. R4388:2 Fleshly Israel mistakenly thought the preservation of the body necessary to a resurrection. R2601:6

[NTC - Hebrews 11:23]

By faith— While working out his grand designs on a large scale, God is not unmindful of the faith and devotion of humble individuals who put their trust in him. R1651:2
Of his parents— Who had doubtless previously prayed that his life might be spared. R2902:6 The parents of Moses are well spoken of in the Old Testament, while in the New Testament we are distinctly told that they were people of faith, and counted in the noble list of Ancient Worthies. R5251:3, 2902:4

[NTC - Hebrews 11:24]

Moses— Represented the faithful overcomers who preceded our Lord. R2289:1; B20; F677
Refused to be called— Renounced the privileges of the throne of Egypt, to which he was by adoption the heir; a testimony of his faith in God. R4388:2, 5116:6 He relinquished all these earthly advantages. R5418:3

[NTC - Hebrews 11:25]

Choosing rather— Perhaps his first test—would his faith be equal to the task of casting in his lot with the enslaved and oppressed people, and thus losing caste with Pharaoh and the Egyptians of influence. R5252:1 How noble was Moses course, and how much approved of the Lord! It is proper that all who know and love righteousness and justice should take a firm stand upon these principles. R2909:1
Suffer affliction— In associating with them he was showing his esteem for the reproaches of the Anointed. R4388:2 Suffered on account of his faith in the promise. R5117:1
The people of God— He preferred to share with God's chosen people, Israel, in their affliction. R5418:3 The people of the Abrahamic promise. R4388:2The despised people. R2909:2
Pleasures of sin— And injustice. R2909:1 The pleasures of an Egyptian court. R1651:2, 74:6* Riches and honors might have been his as an adopted member of the royal family—he might even have become the reigning Pharaoh. R5252:2

[NTC - Hebrews 11:26]

Reproach of Christ— The Egyptians had learned that the Israelites believed themselves to be the heirs of the promises—that through this nation should come the great Messiah. R2909:2
Treasures in Egypt— Participation in the honors of the Egyptian government. R5116:6 To dwell in luxury with the others. R4388:2 Riches which were accruing to the Egyptians through the oppression and bondage of the Israelites. R2909:1
He had respect— He hoped by allying himself with his own people to preserve his share in the Abrahamic promises. R2909:2
Of the reward— The promise made to Israel's fathers. R5418:3 In order to have the proper respect for the reward which God promises, it is necessary that we hold it up before us continually.R5082:2

[NTC - Hebrews 11:27]

He endured— The endurance of trials and testings is only possible to those who have the eye of faith. R4388:2
Who is invisible— To natural eyes. R5951:3 The invisible King of glory and his, as yet, invisible Kingdom. R4388:2 The unseen world is the source of wisdom, strength and comfort to the pilgrims, as disciples, as soldiers, and as afflicted men. R74:6* The poor world who know not this invisible Friend above all others, are to be greatly pitied. R4784:5

[NTC - Hebrews 11:28]

Kept the passover— That being the type—certainly it is important that we keep the antitype. R212:4* We have no reason to suppose that to any considerable extent it was possible for him to comprehend the real meaning of the Passover. R4388:2

[NTC - Hebrews 11:29]

Through the Red sea— Typifying the ultimate deliverance of the world. CR471:3

[NTC - Hebrews 11:30]

By faith— Faith is an essential; but we must have crossed Jordan, have been justified and sanctified—before we could exercise such faith as would result in victory over our Jericho. R3088:4Not until we understand and have faith in the Word of the Lord, are we able to blend the shout of victory with the sound of the trumpets and see the obstacles to self-mortification fall before us. R1858:4,4071:4
Walls of Jericho— It was a miracle, however it was to be accounted for. R3087:5 Possibly an earthquake may have been caused at that particular spot so as to affect the walls, or possibly it was caused by the dynamic force in certain chords of sound. R3087:5 It required faith on the part of Joshua to issue such instructions; and on the part of the priests and armed men to carry them out, and on the part of all the people to expect that the walls would fall down flat. R3087:3
Seven days— Before the wall fell, the faith of the circumcised ones was made active as shown in the seven days marching around the city, and seven times on the seventh day, representing completeness. R4070:3, 1857:3

[NTC - Hebrews 11:31]

The harlot Rahab— Typifying the Great Company class. R4054:2 God has been choosing the sincere, the honest, the faithful, notwithstanding lowliness of birth, natural blemishes and imperfections. R4388:3 There is nothing in the Scriptures that militates against women. R4749:3
Received the spies— Rahab's faith amounted to the hiding of the spies, etc. R330:1

[NTC - Hebrews 11:32]

Time would fail me— After giving us a wonderful galaxy, the Apostle seems to realize that he has only well begun the list. R4388:4 A partial roll-call of the heroes of faith-battles in ancient times. R5188:2
To tell of— Their experiences were far from enviable: they were generally reviled, many of them being imprisoned and put to violent deaths. A54; HG536:6
Samson— Rated as a faithful servant of God, according to the Law. His faithfulness consisted in his loyalty to the divine requirements, to the cause of God and to Israel. His whole life was used in serving his people. R5613:2 He possessed meekness, gentleness, patience, etc. in some measure, no doubt. R4087:3, 4612:2 In a hundred ways Samson was neither a Christian nor an example to Christians. R5613:2, 4087:3
David— Whose soul is still in sheol, in hell. E377
Samuel— A prophet of the Lord. NS700:1

[NTC - Hebrews 11:33]

Who— And others who were not so honored and prominent, but who had the honor of having pleased God. R5528:2 Others not so notable. R5774:3,4038:1 A hasty word-picture of the nature of their triumphs. R5188:2 We are not called upon to endure greater trials than those worthies of the past. R28:3*

[NTC - Hebrews 11:35]

Women— The Scriptures do not discriminate against women. In this Gospel Age, they have the opportunity of being joint-heirs with Christ. R4749:3
Received their dead— Not actually, but by faith. F704, 705
Raised to life again— Greek, anastasis. Certain women, although not sharers in the battles, were sharers in the losses, and in the faith, permitting them to look into the future and to trust God for a resurrection of their dead ones. This view finds support in verse 39. R1512:4, 93:1; F704 Generally understood to refer to the re-awakening of two children by Elijah and Elisha; but if so, we believe that the holy Spirit would have guided the Apostle to the use of the Greek word egeiro. R1512:4; F704 By resurrection. (Revised Version) F705 To natural life. R93:1
Not accepting— On ignoble terms which would necessitate disloyalty to God. R1409:3 Some valiantly overcame obstacles and would not compromise their conscience to procure deliverance. R1179:6
Deliverance— Greek, apolutrosis, the one place where this word, usually mistranslated "redemption," is properly rendered. E438
They— The Ancient Worthies. R5167:1 Justified to fellowship with God. F119
Might obtain— Desired. R5073:6 Better resurrection—Greek, anastasis. R1512:4, 93:1 More favorable. R1179:6 An awakening from death to instantaneous human perfection. D619; F699; R5474:5,5167:1, 4555:2, 1972:5, 1872:5, 1179:6; Q12:4, 13:3 Resurrection to human perfection, actual justification, actual righteousness. R4574:1, 4598:5 Having been approved of the Lord in the past they will be granted restitution instantly. R4574:5; NS520:4 The reward for their faithfulness unto death. F119; R5293:5, 4612:2, 1409:3 Better than that given to the remainder of mankind. R5073:6, 5761:4, 5528:2, 5167:1, 4640:2, 4574:2,5, 1872:5 The remainder of the race will require a thousand years during which to come back gradually to the original condition lost by Adam. R5167:1, 1872:5; D619; NS520:5 A more favorable condition. R2796:4, 2677:1 Than would have been theirs if they had not pleased God. R5108:3 They will come forth perfect men; as Adam was before his sin, and with hearts and wills developed, exercised, tested, proved loyal to God. R5317:4, 5074:1, 4598:5; Q406:T; NS236:6, 520:4, 784:3 The Ancient Worthies will constitute the firstfruits on the earthly plane. R4574:5 Life resurrection—because of their faith in the original (Sarah) Covenant. R4320:2 Under the New Covenant arrangements and under the Mediator of that New Covenant. R4555:2 We believe that they will have need of further experience. R4612:2 They will not have the decision of the divine court, respecting their worthiness for eternal life, until the conclusion of the trial at the end of the Millennial Age. R5074:6, 4598:6; Q13:1They will not have full access to the Heavenly Father until the close of the Millennial Age. R4612:5,4; Q12:4, 13:T Not in the sense of belonging to the spirit plane. R5167:1 There is no direct promise of God in the Law or the Prophets of a special reward. R1409:3

[NTC - Hebrews 11:37]

They— The Ancient Worthies, because of their loyalty to God and the principles of righteousness. R5291:2 In hope of a better resurrection. R2109:4Such in some sort or measure is the lot of the elect Church of Christ. R624:1* It is possible to endure figurative scorching or stoning, and to have our names cast out as evil, etc., but there is no advantage that the Church can claim over the Ancient Worthies. R4653:4 The last days of many were tragic and they filled the martyr's grave. R1646:2
Were sawn asunder— Isaiah is said to have been sawn asunder. R2371:6

[NTC - Hebrews 11:38]

Of whom— All the patriarchs desired to be in harmony with God. R5117:1; T107 They were a noble example of those who laid down their lives for the truth. R705:5; OV11:4 Their lives were consecrated to God and to righteousness. Q157:1; R5168:2 Their period of disciplinary favor developed noble characters. R1201:6
Not worthy— By their sufferings, painful and ignominious deaths, they demonstrated that the world was unworthy of them. R5168:2 Who will yet occupy honorable positions as chiefs among men.R1202:1, 1533:4, 1457:3; NS236:6 The transgressions against these, in proportion as they were committed with a degree of light, were to be settled for by the transgressors. R5463:4
In dens and caves— In olden times there were bitter persecutions of God's people, and those persecuted were obliged to live in caves and dens of the earth. R5463:4

[NTC - Hebrews 11:39]

And these all— The Red Heifer class, the Ancient Worthies. T106, 110; R5774:3, 4389:1, 1897:1, 1872:1, 220:4; SM732:2; CR157:2 As a class, these were represented as members of the tribe of Levi. The household of faith, as typified in Levi, was represented in times past as well as now. R4389:2 The natural seed of Abraham. E403; HG439:5 The faithful overcomers of the past. R1529:1, 1469:5, 1316:1, 1007:4, 354:2; F699Including Enoch and Elijah. R3378:1 John the Baptist being the last and most highly honored. R2035:1, 4595:4, 3794:3, 1872:3; F112; HG646:4; NS369:5 To the faithful of the Jewish church, the Jewish age was a period of purgation. R1316:4 A different class from the disciples of Christ of the Gospel Age. R4388:4, 1262:3 To be the earthly representatives of the heavenly Mediator. R4389:1; HG439:5; NS748:3 Many "counted not their lives dear unto them" in their faithfulness to the Lord. E96; OV11:4 But few. R1529:2
A good report— A good record. R1007:4, 329:6 Witness. R3378:4, 2153:3 A verdict of "well done;" a testimony that they pleased God. T110; R4330:3; NS520:2 They passed their trial in this life satisfactorily in God's sight; and they will contrast strongly with the imperfect men around them.R1529:2, 1179:6 Samson's faith in God and desire to do his will are continually manifested throughout his life. R5613:4
Through faith— Therefore justified, made free from the Law Covenant, as illustrated by the fact that the Red Heifer was one that had never worn a yoke. T110; R1872:2
Received not— Not yet. R1262:3
The promise— The blessings promised. CR11:2; R2288:6, 1512:4, 1007:4; F677; NS82:2, 399:5 The fulfillment of the promise. A293; R4543:1 Made to them. R1007:4 The things promised to them—earthly inheritance, dominion. CR157:2; OV45:4;R5859:2, 5030:5, 4675:2, 2342:1, 330:1 The reward of their faithfulness. R1562:1; F705 "He gave him none inheritance in it, no not so much as to set his foot on, yet he promised that he would give it to him." (Acts 7:5) R1562:1, 4071:3, 3084:3, 1617:2; A293The chief blessing. T108 The chief or "high calling." R220:4 From Genesis to Malachi there is no suggestion of a heavenly or spiritual hope for anyone. R4675:2 They cannot be of the Church class even as they could not follow in the footsteps of Jesus—theirs is to be an earthly blessing. R5772:3 Everlasting life. R2153:3, 3378:1, 1897:4, 1509:6 They are all sleeping and waiting for the resurrection morning. R2109:4

[NTC - Hebrews 11:40]

Provided— Reserved. R4543:1, 2035:3 Foreseen. R1872:4 Prepared. R1096:3*
Some better thing— Higher honors; the heavenly calling, to which the Ancient Worthies were not invited. B246; D625; R4543:2, 2070:3; NS520:6; Q751:T Our higher reward of "glory, honor and immortality." R4966:3, 4675:2; CR117:1 The attainment of the spirit nature, far above angels, sharers with our Redeemer in his glory and immortality. R5344:4; NS520:6 Joint-heirship with Christ and the work of blessing all God's intelligent creation.R2035:3, 193:5; F677 The saints being first in order, as well as in honor. C94 As much better as the heavenly inheritance is better than the earthly one. R4388:5; SM247:2 A superior portion. R1512:4 A still better resurrection. R1179:6 Perfection on a higher plane. R637:4 Divine favor bestowed upon the spiritual seed selected from both Jews and Gentiles. R4543:2 The opportunity to become part of the "Root." E140 Priority of time, as well as of honor and position. R3378:1, 2153:3 This manifestation of divine grace toward us is not on account of our greater faith, but because we live in the "acceptable time." (Isa. 49:8) R4640:2 "He that is least in the Kingdom is greater." (Matt. 11:11) F86, 112; T108; NS369:5, 802:4 Theirs was good and grand, but the Bride's portion is better. R252:4, 1386:2; NS520:2
For us— Than for them. R2677:1 The New Creation, Christ, Head and Body. A293; F112;R5859:4, 5300:5, 4554:5 The Church. R5344:4; HG132:1, 646:4 The Christian Church. A93; OV223:2; HG342:3 The Gospel Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride class. R4595:4, 3378:2, 2153:3, 1512:4, 1262:3; F112, 676; HG731:6*; NS444:2, 520:6, 663:1 The Messianic Body.R2375:5 The very elect of the Gospel age. NS369:5, 642:1 Christian heroes, followers in the footsteps of Jesus. R5859:4 The spiritual seed of Abraham. E403; NS520:4 To the faithful of the Gospel Church, the Gospel age has been a period of purgation. R1316:4 Than the world in general. R637:4
That they— The humble, faithful, Ancient Worthies. F112; E144; R5859:4, 4388:5, 3378:1, 2153:3 Those noble, loyal, righteous, faithful. R2035:3, 5444:6 Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the holy prophets. C265; R5444:6, 4595:4, 2983:1, 2438:2, 2122:6, 2109:4; D619, 625; OV45:4, 56:4; Q750:4; SM710:T, 732:2 The Ancient Worthies of the Jewish Dispensation. R1761:2; SM710:T; NS369:4, 399:5, 642:1 The worthy ones who lived before Christ's first advent. HG731:6; NS236:5 From Abel to John the Baptist. D625; NS784:3 The faithful—Abraham, Samson, Moses, Isaac, Jacob, and Rahab, etc. R330:1 Friends and servants of God. R4543:1 The house of servants. HG132:1 The very elect of the previous dispensation. NS369:5 Including Moses and Elijah. R2659:5, 3345:3, 2342:1, 2288:6, 1761:2; F676; Q761:3 Including David, whose soul is still in hell. E377 We may reasonably expect that Nehemiah will be included. R2535:5, 2526:4 They will be the "Princes" through whom the Millennial Kingdom blessings will extend to all mankind. R4537:6, 4966:3, 330:1; D619; T109; CR472:4; NS520:2, SM239:3, 732:2 Showing a distinction in the gifts and callings of God. NS444:1 The restitution class. R1260:1,1095:5
Without— The Church must receive her heavenly inheritance first. R5772:3, 5528:2, 5291:3, 5263:5, 5073:6, 5069:4, 4537:6, 4388:4,5 They cannot get actual restitution until the last member of the testator shall have passed beyond the veil. R4528:6 They must wait until the New Covenant is sealed. R4574:2 Perfection of the Church will be first. Q16:2; R5179:5, 2811:5; CR472:4 They will be resurrected later than the Church. R5238:4 Apart from us. R5772:3, 5344:4, 3378:1, 2153:3
Us— The Gospel Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride class. R4574:3-5, 5291:3, 4556:4, 4355:4, 3378:1, 2375:5, 2342:1, 2153:3, 1509:6, 1095:5, 330:1; C265; E676; SM313:1 The Church. R5344:4, 4454:3, 4366:4, 1761:2; CR157:2; Q761:3 The Church of the First Resurrection. R1260:1; HG439:5 The Christ. R2070:3, 361:6, 220:4 The spirit begotten class. R4388:5 The overcomers of the Gospel age.E144; R252:3 The very elect of this Gospel age. NS369:5, 642:1 Who are first in order in the resurrection. C94; E377; R1260:1 Sons of God; and heirs. R4543:1, 2035:4, 1007:6; HG132:1 Members of the great Priest, Mediator and King. R4554:5 Our instrumentality. R361:6 The glorification of the Church must first be accomplished before the blessings through them can proceed to the natural seed of Abraham and all nations. R5030:5, 1389:4, 1260:1; NS520:3 It is not because we are more nearly perfect in the flesh, but because the Lord opened the way. R5528:3 No matter how faithful or loyal Enoch, Abraham, David, Jeremiah and others were, they could not be recognized as members of the house of sons, because they lived before Jesus day. R5859:1; Q405:5 Paul cannot enter through the second veil until all who are fellow members of the same body have the body of flesh destroyed. R154:5
Should not— Until the sufferings of Christ are complete. F112 Jesus attested that the Ancient Worthies had not gone to heaven, saying "No man hath ascended up to heaven." (John 3:13)R5179:5, 3378:4, 2659:5, 1761:2, 838:5 Should not enter into the earthly blessings which belong to them. CR157:2; R5030:5 Enoch is not yet made a perfect man. R2153:3, 3378:1, 838:5 Because the blessing of all other classes is to come through the glorified Christ. A288; R297:5; NS520:3 The world's restitution could only have a slight and illustrative beginning until the "Body" is complete. R760:1, 605:4* The "great salvation" must take place before the "common salvation." R742:1
Be made perfect— Restored. R193:5 The perfect images of God. R5291:3; CR472:4; NS520:4 Actually justified to life. R4574:5 Resurrection to human perfection. R4966:3, 4675:2, 4388:5; C265; CR117:1; Q532:3The first great work of Christ in bringing mankind to perfection. CR472:4 The first of the earthly class to be resurrected to human nature. R5238:4 The perfecting will be instantaneous with their awakening from death, their trial having been passed successfully. R2035:3, 1179:6; F699; OV45:4 After the Bride of Christ has been united to Christ at his second coming. R4556:4, 4912:6, 4640:2, 2089:5 Since they are to be the children of Christ instead of the fathers, it follows that they could not get their life until The Christ is complete. R1007:4 They cannot get the earthly blessings and privileges and honors which God is pleased to give them until first Christ the Head and the Church his Body shall have been developed and glorified. NS663:1 They will be Princes in all the earth. (Psa. 45:16) R4574:5, 5859:3, 5444:6, 5344:4, 4788:4, 3937:1, 3868:1, 2983:1; C265 These Ancient Worthies will come forth from the tomb perfect, justified, restored fully, and in harmony with God. R4554:4, 4574:5 Perfected as men and samples of what all mankind, by obedience to the laws of the Kingdom, may attain to with eternal life. SM732:2; OV45:4 They will have a glorious place in the Kingdom. R5836:3 Second in rank in the work of salvation. R5073:6 They will be resurrected and enter into their reward as earthly representatives of Messiah's Kingdom. R4788:4, 4912:6, 2983:1, 2422:4, 2052:1; D625; NS748:3 They will be earthly judges, "I will restore thy judges as at the first and thy counsellors as at the beginning." (Isa. 1:26) NS748:3 Those Ancient Worthies who strove so faithfully and loyally to endeavor to keep the Law will get a rich reward. R5946:3 They shall not perfectly receive the things promised them until the seed (Christ) has first received its reward. R220:4; HG734:4 Not inherit the earthly good things promised to them.E144 Their loyalty to God and to righteousness is to be abundantly rewarded—an earthly blessing in the paradise to be established by Messiah's Kingdom throughout the entire earth. R5772:3 They will not have the decision of the divine court, respecting their worthiness for eternal life, until the conclusion of the trial at the end of the Millennial Age. R5074:6, 4598:6; Q13:1 Eventually, the destinies of those faithful before the cross, and those faithful since the cross, will be united in the Kingdom. R5263:5 Enoch and Elijah were not delivered completely from death, because the ransom had not yet been paid. R838:5 Moses and Elijah were not actually present on the Mount of transfiguration.R3345:3, 2659:5, 2342:4, 2288:6, 1761:2, 620:1; Q761:3 Wherever Enoch and Elijah may be, they are not perfected—they have not escaped the bondage of corruption. They are still under the sentence of death. R3417:5, 3378:1 The Scriptures seem to imply that the Ancient Worthies will at the close of the Millennium receive a still further blessing, namely, that they will be changed from human to spirit nature. R4389:1

[NTC - Hebrews 12:1]

Wherefore— Therefore. R2035:4 Then you that discern the prize of your high calling. R3149:2 The Apostle exhorts to look backwards at the list of Ancient Worthies and to consider what they endured and how faithful and loyal to God they were. R5859:5 Directing our minds back to the preceding context. In view of the great things accomplished by these faithful characters of the past who manifested such faith and confidence in God. R5318:3 In forceful metaphor, pointing us back to the Ancient Worthies as a stimulus for faith and zeal. R2035:4
Seeing we also are— Also we being. R2035:4
Compassed about— Encompassed. R5318:3 Many surrounding you of those whose lives testified to the truth—martyrs who were cut off from home privileges and from life itself. R5318:3
Cloud— Crowd. R2035:4 Continually surrounds us. The experiences of the Ancient Worthies are our experiences. At every step of our journey we find encouragement, strength, from the contemplation of their course. R5319:1
Of witnesses— Greek, marturon, martyrs, who so nobly witnessed for God and righteousness. R2035:4, 5318:3, 4513:3, 4389:5 The Ancient Worthies. R5318:3, 4513:3, 2035:4 Consider them as watching us, to whom has been given the great blessing and privilege of becoming sons of God. R5859:5 These Ancient Worthies, through the achievements of their lives, are looking down on you. The fact that they were even then dead need not detract from the Apostle's figure of speech. R5318:6 As we look back to the faithful witnesses of the past, we find that they carried very few weights along with them. They cast them aside, and ran with patience the course before them. R5319:3 Not used in the sense of onlookers. R5318:3
Let us— The Church class, the Little Flock. R5859:5 Let the inspiration of their example spur us on to the greatest faithfulness in running our race. R5318:3 As we recall how faithfully they endured and achieved what was set before them, how careful we should be in running the race for glory, honor and immortality. R5318:6 Emulate them.R2035:4
Lay aside— Cast it aside. Q723:1; HG453:3 Seek daily to lay aside. HG371:3 "He that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." (1 John 3:3) R3168:4 If any have not been zealously and voluntarily suffering with their Savior, they should appeal in prayer for help, and study afresh the precious promises. R4921:4 Otherwise he will be so handicapped that he will not run well. R5319:2 Not all weights and hindrances are to be cast aside. A man with a wife and children must not throw these aside. R5319:3 One who is unmarried should consider carefully how many children he should have on each shoulder, or whether he should have a wife on his shoulders. Some might be hindered with a wife. R5319:4
Every weight— Cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, pleasures. R5440:5 Hindrance and worldly ambition. R3857:3, 2702:6, 1790:5 Unnecessary worldly cares. R3149:3 Earthly aims and projects. HG453:3; NS617:2 Every hindrance, everything that would prevent our running grandly and successfully the race for the great prize which Jesus obtained. R5859:6 Differs in different persons—inherited titles, honor, position, wealth, talent along some line, love of the approval of men, etc. R5319:1,2
And the sin— One of the greatest hindrances to our running this race is inherited sin in our members. R5859:6 There may be one sin or weakness that would especially beset you—your special danger. Q723:1 Every besetment, everything precious to us of an earthly kind. R2702:6 Every besetting sin. NS371:5, 396:4, 404:6 Every besetment of the flesh. NS367:3 Encumbrance. R5423:5 If the sin be an inherited weakness, a part of one's very nature, he shall run in the race, not walk nor sit, but run, bending all his energy to win, straining every muscle, every power of his being. R5319:4
So easily beset us— Whichever weakness may be a special besetment. R4921:5 Close-girding sins—the sin which wraps itself closely around us. R5319:4; E139; Q723:1 Every weakness of the flesh, and every earthly ambition. F369If we cannot rid ourselves entirely, we must put it off to such an extent that it will not interfere with our running. R5319:4
Run— Not like one who is merely beating the air, but like one who has a purpose in view. (1 Cor. 9:26) R3149:3 To the extent of our ability. NS355:6 By contrast with those who "sit" in the darkness. A25 That we may attain unto the mark of the prize. F729; R4911:4 The prize of the high calling is not for the easy-going Christian. R2123:1; SM106:1 Seek to win a right to the Kingdom, not to put on the dress of a racer merely, but to so run as to obtain the prize, which implies weariness, difficulties and obstacles to be encountered. R521:4
With patience— Greek, hupomone; cheerful endurance; constancy. R2791:1, 5651:4, 4911:4, 2792:2 Not only perseveringly. R5859:6 The race must be run with constancy if we would reach the "mark," that having done all, we may stand. R2792:2; F369 Patiently to the end. R5423:5 Trials, difficulties, rightly borne, are developing character. R5319:5 Whoever would obtain so great a prize will need patience, to be proven and tested in all points as respect loyalty and devotion to the heavenly Father, the truth, and the brethren. R5859:6 Endure the tests and enjoy the reconciliation with the Father now. NS367:3
The race— The higher, heavenly race. R2035:4 The uphill one, the difficult one. NS414:5 The narrow way. SM167:2 For the crown of life, for joint-heirship with our Lord, for a share with him in the great work of blessing all the families of the earth. SM93:2; R5423:4; NS338:6, 404:6 We are to consider ourselves as running a race. We are to view the affairs of the present life as from a race-course.R5319:1, 5859:5 The race is not imaginary, but real, that the Lord has arranged, and he has definitely stated the terms, the assistance to be expected, and the prize at the end of the course. R5319:4 Our success in which will be in proportion as we love not the world, lay aside besetting sins, assemble with God's children, and study the Scriptures. F729 That we might attain unto a glorious inheritance, incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away. NS89:3 This "high calling" to joint-heirship is a very special and limited call; it will soon end and it will never be repeated.R4979:1; OV84:1 As runners in the Grecian games would strip themselves of all that was not absolutely necessary, so the Christian should lay aside all possible weights and hindrances in his course. R5319:1 Not a race merely to the strong, and a victory to the swift. It is a race in which each one, according to the earnestness of his effort, will be rewarded. R5319:6
Set before us— In the Gospel. R5199:4, 4979:4, 4921:5, 4911:4, 3168:4, 2755:4, 2622:5, 1790:5; F369, 729; NS414:5 In the good tidings. NS371:5 Set before believers during this Gospel age. NS414:5 Remembering that he who is on our part, and who has engaged to help us and to carry us through every difficulty, is Jesus. R2892:4

[NTC - Hebrews 12:2]

Looking unto Jesus— Looking away to. R1641:4, 174:5* In whose footsteps we seek to run. R2616:6; OV330:1 If we keep looking at the things behind, we lose sight of the heavenly things. R1263:4 "We see Jesus," by mental perception. (Heb. 2:9) "We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen." (2 Cor. 4:18) T85 There are two principles involved in the word look, two mediums by which we are enabled to discern objects—light and the eye. R196:2* It is one purpose in this epistle to show that in all things Jesus has the preeminence. R174:2* Setting aside, in the presence of Jesus, God's gallery of portraits. R174:5*
The author— Starter. E39 The Leader, gone before; the One through whom we are privileged to enter this race. R5859:6, 174:5* Our Ransomer is also our forerunner and pattern. R2035:4, 521:4 The first runner in this course. R521:4 Jesus, the Head of the Church, began to carry out this wonderful feature of the divine plan. CR424:6*
And finisher— Until he shall become the finisher of it. R5199:4, 4979:4, 4921:5, 2892:4, 2755:4, 2622:5, 1641:4; F139; NS355:6, 396:4, 807:6 The completer. R174:5:8 He who by his example and teaching has inspired our faith will, if we continue to follow his leading, finish, perfect it. R1830:1The One who has promised us grace sufficient for every time of need. R5859:6; NS807:6 Giving us grace to conquer, and keeping us through his Word and through his providences unto the end of the race. R2755:4, 645:6* He will finish our faith by giving us a share in that glorious resurrection. CR462:6; NS355:6
Who for the joy— Of doing the Father's will. R5430:1, 417:6; E118, 462; CR451:6; HG459:5; NS83:6, 813:4; OV114:4 Of redeeming and restoring mankind. R1058:5, 5430:1, 417:6, 324:3, 280:6, 164:3; E119, 462; CR451:6; NS83:6, 646:4; OV429:T High exaltation to glory, honor and immortality.R324:3, 5430:1, 418:1, 297:6, 280:6, 164:3; E119; CR451:6; NS751:3 Of bringing many sons to glory. E462;R1058:5, 418:1, 324:3, 280:6, 164:3 The reward. R5164:6, 3391:4, 3028:5; NS83:6, 708:6 The prize, or high calling. R4535:3, 4982:4; CR208:3 Of being the Head of the New Creation. F65 His chief joy in connection was that he might demonstrate to the Father his absolute love by his submission and obedience. NS813:4 Certain joys, blessings, promises, in connection with the work of man's redemption. NS438:2, 812:6 Joy came to the support of his endurance and helped him win the victory. Sympathy for this poor, groaning creation inspired this joy. R4246:4* Jesus ran in the great race and by faith looked forward to the joy. R5859:6 The Father did not compel the Son to be our Redeemer. NS751:2, 613:1, 848:1
Set before him— By the heavenly Father. R5684:1, 5859:6, 1566:1 Exaltation to the divine nature. R5064:1, 4964:3, 4535:6, 387:2; CR310:4; OV22:3, 114:4; Q394:T This expression implies he had some knowledge of the nature of the work which he had come to accomplish. R5128:1 To do God's will; laying down his life; being made "a partaker of the divine nature." R3391:4 The Son of God undertook the heavy task of his own free will. R1566:1 The coming of the Logos into the world was a voluntary matter. R5430:1 He resigned any pre-human rights. R4905:1; Q442:3 Trying experiences proved him loyal to God. R5215:2, 5859:6, 5352:4 Our Lord had an aspiration. There are worthy incentives; otherwise the Father would not have set one before his Son. R5321:3The thought that should inspire us is that if we are faithful in the things of this present time, the Lord will make us ruler over many things. R5321:3 The entire work of redemption is of the Father though through the Son. E38
Endured— Doing the Father's will under conditions that would be distressing, painful, humiliating—unhesitatingly enduring all the oppositions and contradictions of sinners against himself, and besetments of the devil. E119 He has this great reward because of his obedience even unto death, the death of the cross. R4964:3, 314:5; E119; HG459:5 If his was a race of trial, discouragement and conflicts with evil, we should expect the same, and not be surprised at fiery trials. R521:4 The heavenly Father well knew in advance the loyalty of his first-begotten. NS438:2, 812:5 To be a follower of Jesus is not to be carried to glory on flowery beds of ease. R521:3
Despising— Ignored. OV22:3
The shame— And ignominy. R5684:1 The shame was as nothing in his sight in comparison with the accomplishment of the Father's purposes, the pleasing of the Father. R2467:5 His way to the crown was the way of the shameful cross. R2035:5
And is set down— And now as a result. R5972:3 As a consequence. E394; R1879:3, 2035:4; NS751:3 As a reward for obedience. R5768:4, 5859:6, 1566:1; E119; NS848:1; OV330:1
At the right hand— The place of favor. E394; R1879:3 Condition of chief favor, next to Jehovah. T52 As Prince, Savior, Messiah, the King of Glory. NS848:2 Far above angels and every name that is named. (Phil. 2:9) R5352:4; E394; T52; NS751:3, 709:1; OV330:1 Whither we also may go to him. R2035:5
Of the throne— Authority and rulership. A92 Divine Majesty. R5859:6, 5768:4, 5215:2; NS438:2, 812:6; 848:1, 850:1; OV330:1 Henceforth expecting, waiting, until the time shall come for him to bless Adam and his race for whom he has already died. R5972:3; NS850:1

[NTC - Hebrews 12:3]

For consider him— Christ. R1721:6 Study out, comprehend his course. R3313:5 His example and teaching. R2035:5, 1721:6 Take note of—have in mind—reflect upon. R4802:2 The meekness, patience, and sufferings of Christ endured most unjustly. R2313:5,1964:5 Take courage from the life of our beloved Master. R164:6 In our trials and difficulties remember what extreme experiences in suffering the Master endured. R5684:1, 28:2* We should be glad to walk in his footsteps, to endure the same experiences, to drink whatever the Father shall pour out for us in our cup—his cup. R5684:4 The Apostle had just been pointing out the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus. R5684:1 If we faithfully endure to the end, the reward will be ours. R4802:3
That endured— Patiently. R4802:3, 3585:4, 1964:5 With such meekness. R3866:5 When trying experiences came to him, he did not consider them as merely from the individual but as being under the supervision of the Father. R4802:3 "Love suffereth long and is kind." (1 Cor. 13:4) R2204:2
Such contradiction— Such opposition. R5684:1, 4802:6, 3313:5 Smiting; spitting; crucifying; piercing. E159 Contradiction of his words. His doctrines were disputed and he was slandered. R4802:5 Before his consecration our Lord had no such trials and contradictions, as he had afterwards. R5089:2"When he was reviled, he reviled not again." (1 Pet. 2:23) R4802:6 Our trials, or disciplines, in meeting every opposition should bring correction in righteousness. R4897:2
Of sinners— The weaknesses, perversities, etc., of his own people, through whose malice he was eventually crucified. NS380:3
Against himself— Opposition to everything he did—resulting in his murder. R5684:1
Lest ye be wearied— Greek, kamno, spiritually weary, as in "The prayer of faith shall save the sick." (James 5:15) R4099:2* In well doing and patience. R2204:2 When enduring comparatively light afflictions. R2313:5 Under the trials of faith, patience and endurance of this evil day. R2035:5 And thus fail to be an overcomer. R4921:5 How many become weary and are in danger of losing the prize because they fail to consider what the Lord faithfully endured of opposition. R4804:1 We are to feel assured that nothing can befall us except with the knowledge of the Father who is working all things for our good. R4803:6
Faint in your minds— Greek, psuche, soul. E335 When attacked by the Adversary—whoever may be his agents and whatever may be their missiles. R4802:6 We are not to faint in our minds nor become discouraged, feeling that so much has been said against us that we must give up the race. R4803:6 Some may do well for a while, but later become weary and faint, and seem to fulfil the scapegoat experiences. R4921:2 "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thess. 5:17) Pray in faith, nothing doubting. R5709:5,5710:1

[NTC - Hebrews 12:4]

Resisted unto blood— Unto death. R2557:4, 1641:4; CR274:4; NS240:3 As Jesus did. R1335:3, 5684:1 We have not yet passed through the trying experiences which he passed through. R4802:2 We are to resist evil even unto blood. NS240:3 We have not resisted to death, it has not yet cost us our lives to be faithful to the truth and righteousness, but our Heavenly Father wants such as will be faithful even unto death. CR230:4 We really suffer very little and give up very little. R5684:2

[NTC - Hebrews 12:5]

The exhortation— An inspired comment on Prov. 3:11,12. R1520:1, 2053:2
Despise not— Slight not. (Diaglott) R772:3* We should accept grievous chastisement as from a loving Father. R722:4, 2613:2
The chastening— Greek, paideuo, to discipline, to instruct, to teach—chastening becomes a part of the discipline only when the subject is an unwilling one. R772:3*, 2007:6 Includes correction when we have erred from the way, and the experiences which we receive along life's pathway when we are not straying. R3132:6, 2007:6 His chastening rod has aroused us from dreamy lethargy and urged us on our way. R1281:2, 3695:3 With the most careful and prayerful watching we will doubtless make some missteps and need some of the Lord's chastening. R1748:5, 5807:4
Nor faint— Neither be discouraged. R772:3*
Rebuked— Rebukes and reproofs of the Lord for sin and unfaithfulness are "third class" sufferings. R2008:1

[NTC - Hebrews 12:6]

Whom the Lord— The Father. R2425:6*
Loveth— The graces of humility and patience are closely related to love and loyalty. R5217:1 Christ's special love for his Church, clearly distinguished from the world. R1254:5 A doctrine peculiar to Christianity. R4325:1
He chasteneth— He disciplines. R2425:6*, 2007:6, 1745:5, 772:3* Instructs, trains up; he comes with the comforting influences of his spirit and turns our sufferings into blessings. R424:1* He chastens none others. OV131:5 He who escapes all trials and temptations and difficulties has every reason to doubt that he is really a son. R5459:4 It is a wonderful privilege of the Church to have their trial in this age that they may enjoy the exceeding great and precious reward. R569:3 To whatever extent the new creature gives consent or sympathy to the sin of his flesh is worthy of "stripes" which correctively will assist in his character development. Q603:6 Every son receiveth chastisement to fit him for future service and to demonstrate worthiness of being counted in as a Body member. R5482:1 Those chastisements that came to our Lord were not deserved, but were experiences by which he proved his thorough loyalty and worthiness of exaltation. R5482:1 "Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial that is to try us." (1 Pet. 4:12) R569:3, 2412:3,4, 1944:2, 569:3, 199:4*; NS447:5
And scourgeth— Chastises. R5147:4 When we wander or neglect to do what he teaches us is duty. R424:1* This promise guarantees that we shall have trials and difficulties to develop us in the proper character-likeness of our Lord. R5081:4, 4513:3; NS447:6 The followers of Christ are not exempted from persecution, affliction, sorrows, trials, difficulties.R4138:4; SM271:T
Every son— To be a son implies both special favor and special endurance. R1008:4 The Lord gives every son trials and difficulties. R5459:5,4138:4, 4989:3, 1008:4 Afflictions and troubles come upon the world as well as upon the Lord's saints but are not marks of sonship except to those who have fully consecrated to the Father's will and work. E233; R374:2 Our Lord learned obedience by the things which he suffered. (Heb. 5:8) R5147:4
Whom he receiveth— Not necessarily all who make a consecration will have the opportunity of reaching this mark of crystallization of character before they die. R5081:4

[NTC - Hebrews 12:7]

Endure chastening— Patiently endure. R1721:2 Discipline. R2007:6, 772:3*; E231 Trials of faith, of patience, of character, to which others would not be subjected. R2761:1 Many of which are not punishments for sin, but preparation for the work of the next age. R5147:1,6, 3133:1 Whoever does not appreciate the spiritual joys can hardly be expected to endure the present training with patience and thankfulness. R5147:6 Our experience is a test of our loyalty of heart—as to our willingness to learn the lesson which the Lord teaches and our recognition of the source from which they come. R5147:1,3,5 The taking away of the dross and the development of the fruit-bearing qualities. E231
God dealeth— That we may be fully conformed to the divine will. R5147:2 The Jews forgot that they were a people for a purpose, and that to fit them for divine service in the future, trying experiences were permitted, and were really evidences of divine favor. R4930:3
With you— The Church needs practical lessons in character-development of a very high order, and they are receiving experimental knowledge that no other creatures in the Universe receive. R5147:2
As with sons— God has engaged to treat them as sons, not as servants; not as opposers or enemies, but as children. R5624:2 Such experiences are not for mankind, or for the angels; but for those who are to be associated with the Redeemer. R5147:3 Preparing them for positions of honor, and untellable blessings in the future. R2761:1 We are not sons of God according to the flesh, but according to the new creation, the interests of which are often best served by experiences which are not favorable to the flesh. R5624:2
What son— Our Lord was a true son, and hence had his share of chastisements. R3133:1, 772:4*, 28:2* We are called to follow in Christ's footsteps. R5147:4 A son requires more careful training than a servant; for he is to be his representative and heir. R2405:4
Whom the father— Is there any son whom a father does not discipline? (Diaglott) R772:3*
Chasteneth— Correcteth. R5275:2, 3133:1, 2613:2, 1748:5, 424:4* Discipline or instruction in righteousness. R5147:2, 2007:6, 1748:5, 1721:2; NS162:2 Should not be understood as meaning disapproval on the part of our Father, and sin on the part of the individual, but rather instruction. R4897:1 Corrective lessons that we might become sympathetic toward others. R5275:1, 4138:4 Our Lord received as a part of the "cup," various trials and disciplines. R4897:1 If the new creature gives consent or sympathy to sin, he is worthy of stripes, which correctly will assist in his character development. Q507:5 "He that spareth his rod hateth his son." (Prov. 13:24) F524

[NTC - Hebrews 12:8]

Without chastisement— If ye receive not discipline, fiery trial. R1944:3; C352 Discipline, correction, training. R1721:2, 5879:4, 2007:6, 1944:3; NS162:2; Q356:4 Storms, trials and difficulties. R5239:2 Trials, persecution, oppositions of some kind in the present time. R3322:4, 2412:4, 521:3 Discipline (Diaglott) necessary to preparation for the grand and glorious future work. R521:3,3807:2, 3133:1, 772:3*, 528:3 Trials, testings and temptations are necessary for our development as new creatures. R3807:2, 3322:4 Corrective chastisements, or judgments, will be upon those who incline to wander from the narrow way, intended to reclaim, to establish in the ways of righteousness. NS162:2 All of God's people need chastisements for their correction and development, some more and some less. R5721:2,3807:2; Q356:4 Tested in order to prove the depth and sincerity of their sanctification. R1316:3 Instead of regarding sufferings as evidences of disownment by the Lord, we should look for and receive them as evidences that we are accepted as sons, and in training for the promised royal honors. R521:4 The truth will cost something. Faithfulness to the Lord will cost much. R5879:4
Whereof all— All true sons of God. R1721:2 All who are designed to be sharers of God's Kingdom power. R521:3 Some by a look, some by a word, others by scourgings and some repeatedly. E233; R374:2
Are partakers— Judged by this standard, there have been some faithful unto death all the way down through this Gospel Age. D567
Then are ye bastards— Then are ye spurious. R5721:2, 4663:3, 2007:6, 772:3*, 521:3; D576; Q356:4 Begotten of error instead of truth—tares. D576 If any one lack disciplines, prunings, after having become identified with the Vine, he lacks the "witness of the Spirit," and correspondingly has reason to doubt his acceptance with the Lord. E231 Whoever has not shared persecution has every reason to doubt his relationship to God as a son. D576 Lack proof that they are God's children. R5239:2, 3322:4, 521:4, 374:2 Experiencing trials and difficulties removes this fear. R3283:6
Not sons— Not real sons. R2007:6 Not new creatures. R3322:4, 521:3 Not real heirs of the Kingdom. R521:4; C352

[NTC - Hebrews 12:9]

Correcteth us— Have we then received discipline from our natural fathers. (Diaglott) R772:3*
Shall we not— Shall we hope to escape discipline and training? Not unless we despise it, refuse to receive it, and turn our backs upon it, ignoring our covenant entirely, implying open rebellion. R772:4*
Be in subjection— Submissive. (Diaglott) R772:3*

[NTC - Hebrews 12:10]

Chastened— Disciplined. (Diaglott) R772:3*
After their own pleasure— According as it seemed right to them. (Diaglott) R772:3*
For our profit— For our advantage. (Diaglott) R772:3* All of spiritual Israel's affairs are under the Lord's care—"He doth not willingly afflict the children of men, but for their good." (Lam. 3:33) R3061:2, 4876:5
Might be partakers— In order that we may partake. (Diaglott) R772:3* First, reckonedly, in Christ, and second, more and more actually by the eradication of our sinful tendencies and development of the fruits and graces through chastisements, experience. R3280:2

[NTC - Hebrews 12:11]

No chastening— No persecution. R5395:4 No discipline. R2007:6, 1944:4 Establishment in the faith is gained by a gradual steady growth under the discipline of suffering. R1053:3; HG373:3 Corrections in doctrine and character. R4449:3* "Filling up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ." (Col. 1:24) R28:1*, 424:4*
It yieldeth— A manifestation of the indwelling of the Lord's spirit. R2804:1; HG373:3 Their hearts, being fully submissive and anxious to learn, they rejoice therein. HG373:4
The peaceable fruit— Blessed effects. R5395:5 Meekness, gentleness, patience, love. R5899:3 The lessons of experience and discipline have made you stronger, increased your faith, and drawn you into closer communion and fellowship with the Lord. R4897:3, 1721:3; HG373:3 "Tribulation worketh patience; and patience experience; and experience, hope." (Rom. 5:3) R1721:3
Of righteousness— If we know that we are suffering for righteousness' sake, then we know the spirit of God rests upon us. R5395:5 We should trust the Lord and patiently accept whatever experiences may come to us, knowing that he could interfere and protect us, and whatever he permits must be for our good. R1780:1; HG373:3 When trials come we know that it is all for the best and a blessing from the Lord. HG373:3
Exercised thereby— Rightly exercised. R1780:1, 4449:3* Properly trained. R2007:6 In the exercise of patience, the lessons of experience make one stronger. R1721:3 Unto godliness, sobriety, and deep and fervent piety. R1944:4 Thus preparing them for a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. E411; R5627:4; PD68/81

[NTC - Hebrews 12:12]

Wherefore— Therefore. R773:1* Make a desperate and continuous effort to render such a sacrifice as will be acceptable and well pleasing to God. R773:1*
Lift up— Brace up the wearied hands. R773:1*

[NTC - Hebrews 12:13]

Make straight paths— Level paths. Arrange your circumstances as far as possible, so as to help and not hinder you. R773:1* Avoid trials and temptations which would be a special strain upon us, because of our weaknesses of the flesh! R5975:4 Love of righteousness should lead to the sacrifice of temporal interests. R2853:3 Think less of earthly advantages, social, political and financial, and think much more of the moral and spiritual influences and advantages, obtainable through isolation from the evil which is in the world. R2849:1 We should seek such a dwelling place as will conduce to our occasional interchanges with the household of faith. R4090:5 Being shod with the needful preparation, we may not so much feel the sharpness and ruggedness of the way. R825:2 As we find out what our weaknesses are, physical and mental, we should endeavor to shape our course of life accordingly, so as to be able to overcome the difficulties of the way and the besetments of the Adversary. R4348:1 By choosing such a course as will not unnecessarily aggravate and excite our weaknesses, and thus make us the more lame. R4348:2 Be courageous, strong, determined for the right—especially in matters of self control. R5975:5 If a man have an appetite for liquor, he should avoid everything that would tend to arouse that appetite. R5099:2 Take the Vow not as a fetish or charm to ward off the Adversary, but take it intelligently as unto the Lord, and throw your influence in favor of it to all the dear brethren in Christ. R4350:1
For your— The strongest need to remember this text, and the weaker ones need to obey it. R5975:4
Feet— That we might walk pleasing to the Lord. R5099:3
That which is lame— Blemished through sin. R2849:1, 4348:2 We are all lame. None is able to walk uprightly, perfectly, in the footprints of our Lord. At very best, we limp. R5975:4, 4348:1 We are to seek to overcome our lameness, not only by praying "Abandon us not in temptation," but also seeking to avoid the temptation in all ways, by the exercise of our wills, by mental resolutions, or vows. R4348:2,6, 3807:3 Lameness or likings for certain things which as consecrated ones we have not right to. R773:1*
Out of the way— Of righteousness. R2849:1 The Vow has proven helpful to the saints in that it has drawn to their particular attention certain dangers of the way, counseling as respects their abiding in the Lord's favor. R5975:1

[NTC - Hebrews 12:14]

Follow peace— "Blessed are the peacemakers." (Matt 5:9) R3735:6 Jesus did not desire his followers to take the sword. R5922:4 The fact that we are counseled to be peacemakers implies that there will be opposition. R5923:2 "Be subject to the powers that be," (Rom. 13:1) as far as possible. R5952:5Combativeness is necessary, or we could never overcome. But we need to restrain ourselves that we do not fight the brethren; and we are not to enter into a personal combat with the devil. R5923:6, 3735:6
With all men— So far as possible. R5952:5
And holiness— Moral purity. R1739:2 A setting apart, sanctifying, separating from the world, by divine authority, and for the accomplishment of the divine purposes. R714:2*, 127:5* Separation, setting apart to God's service. R714:5* "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matt. 5:8) R2587:3,1739:2, 121:5* The righteousness of Christ is applied to such who desire to forsake sin. R2155:6 Faithful strivers shall ultimately attain absolute holiness, soundness, perfection—in the resurrection. R3280:2 As we come to appreciate God's character, it inspires within us a great desire to be like him. R5923:5
Without which— Holiness. R2587:3 In the sense that none but such will experience the glorious change of the first resurrection. SM458:1
No man shall— The Church. This text has been misused in urging the world to become Christians. R714:5* The "great multitude" when they see the Lord, are holy. R156:3* Not appreciated by Universalists. R221:2*, 403:3*
See the Lord— Greek, horao, discern. R714:5* At his second coming. R1904:1 Those who get spots upon their robes and leave them there will not be fit for the Kingdom of God. R5924:4

[NTC - Hebrews 12:15]

Any man— The wilful sinner, once enlightened and blessed with the hallowed influences of the holy Spirit and the truth. R5990:1, 1913:6
Fail— All who, after being justified, draw back and refuse to use their reckoned justification for the purpose intended have received the grace of God in vain. (2 Cor. 6:1) R1669:5 Watch diligently, lest any fail of attaining to the full privilege of God's grace. R4513:4
The grace of God— The favor of God, in manifesting his will by making it plain from his Word, comes to the Church mainly through God's chosen human instruments. R1892:2 The Lord will keep us safe and secure if our part be done. R1863:1*
Root of bitterness— Developing in the heart affects the sight. R4585:4 These seem to sprout and grow always, but at Memorial season with ten-fold vigor. R5193:3, 4153:5
Many be defiled— By evil hearts—who do not build up in the most holy faith. R2406:6 By listening to evil speaking we are a partaker in the sin. R4803:3, 3595:4 Yielding to the pleasures of sin for a season would signify the selling of the great birthright. R4513:4

[NTC - Hebrews 12:16]

Lest there be— Esau's carelessness is held up as a warning that if any of us are careless of our birthright, we shall not only lose it, but lose the favor of God. R5198:5 All should be on guard against any and everything that would in any degree correspond to the attitude of heart allegorically represented by Esau and his course of action. HG380:2 The Christian must choose whether he will pursue his worldly ambitions for wealth or name, etc., or whether he will renounce these and pursue the study of God's Word and a life of consecration, with smaller income. HG381:2
Fornicator— A more easily comprehended translation from the Greek would be, heathenish, a prostitutor or seller of his birthright for base, unworthy considerations. HG379:6
Profane person— In very round terms denouncing the spirit of Esau. R3955:6, 5198:5 In the sense that all the Gentiles or heathen were recognized as profane—godless, not reverent, unbelieving, preferring the things of this present life. R3955:6
As Esau— Type of fleshly Israel, and of Christendom. D15; F172 Typified those Christians who barter their glorious inheritance as prospective heirs of the divine nature, for the enjoyment of the fleeting pleasures of the present life. R5452:1 The class of Christians represented are not always rude, uncouth, coarse. Some are refined, titled, wealthy, ministers, doctors, lawyers, judges, merchants, mechanics. The Esau class may be in every station. HG380:6 The fact that Esau was used to typify those who fail to attain the high calling has nothing to do with the chance of attaining life during the Millennium. R1225:5 Does not represent the world—it has no birthright to sell. HG380:3
For one morsel— A mess of pottage—lentil soup. R5198:2, 5452:1, 4544:6, 4513:4 What Esau got was of such trifling value; it seemed as nothing, as merely a bite. R3956:4 Esau pandered to his appetite at the expense of the higher interests of the future, represented in God's promise. HG379:6 The Apostle's words seem to apply especially to the Church, and to our danger of losing our birthright as new creatures. R5452:1 Those who love the pleasure of this world and sell their birthright for earthly advantage. R5198:5; HG381:4 The spirit that is not appreciative of God's mercy and blessing which he has in reservation for them that love him. R3955:6 Everyone who is in the Lord's family must expect that he will be tested to see which he loves the more, the mess of pottage or his prospects for inheritance in the oath-bound covenant and its blessings. HG381:6 The trials of sisters are more along social lines; not money. HG381:6
His birthright— Earthly possessions and the divine promises of the Abrahamic Covenant. R5198:1; HG380:1, 383:4 Signified that he had no particular faith in God or in his promises. R5198:3 Represented those who sell the privilege of the spiritual nature for earthly advantage—only those begotten of the holy Spirit have a birthright. R5198:5,6;HG380:6 A share in the glorious things which God hath in reservation for them who love him and love righteousness. HG383:1 Every temptation to sacrifice spiritual privileges or violate spiritual responsibilities for the attainment of earthly advantages would be a yielding to this form of temptation. R4544:6 If we permit ourselves to be dominated by a time-serving, a selfish spirit, it will blind us to the beauties and advantages of the things unseen as yet. HG383:5 As Esau took the place of the younger brother as a servant, so those who defile their garments with Babylon, lose their crown, but, by washing their robes, become servants in the heavenly temple. R151:2Paul intimates that there may be some who wish to sell their birthright and others who may wish to buy the birthright, as with the Jews in our Lord's day. R4686:6 Holy privileges of the Church in spiritual matters must not be bartered for earthly advantage. R4544:6

[NTC - Hebrews 12:17]

The blessing— Including the inheritance of certain great divine promises—the Covenant made with Abraham. R5198:1; HG380:1 Abraham's spiritual seed is to have the greater blessing, typified by Jacob's inheritance. R5198:5
He was rejected— Esau's carelessness is held up as a warning that if any of us are careless of our birthright, we shall not only lose it, but lose the favor of God. R5198:5
No place of repentance— Esau did not find an opportunity to get back what he had forfeited. R5452:5
Carefully with tears— Esau found plenty of opportunity to cry and be sorry. R5452:5 His chagrin evidently was in the thought that he had parted with the larger share of the father's estate. HG380:1 No better than the tears of Judas. R4907:5, 2283:6

[NTC - Hebrews 12:18]

For ye— We are reminded of our much more favored position on the stream of time. R2035:5 The antitype we are approaching at the end of this age will be commotion, strife, in the world—thunderings, lightnings. R5294:3; NS298:4 The antitype of Exodus 19. R5285:5
Come unto— Approaching. R2035:5 Coming. R167:5*, 155:5* A pen picture of Mt. Sinai trembling under the glorious manifestation of divine power, symbolically represented in flame, smoke, quaking earth, rolling thunder and lightning flashes, preparing Israel for the Law Covenant. NS558:4 The antitypes of this must be much more strenuous and will serve to prepare mankind in general for the blessings of the New Covenant under the antitypical Mediator. NS558:4 The marching of the firstborn out of Egypt, accompanied by all the remainder of Israel, and their gradual approach to Mt. Sinai, is a picture of how the Church have been approaching Mt. Zion. NS363:3
The mount— The rocky, barren, Mt. Sinai, where the Law was given and where the servant house was organized as a nation. R1389:4; NS558:1 The scene of the Law-giving glory. R1322:3*, 5990:1, 2035:5 The natural mountain with the terrors of the Law. R2709:3 The established typical Kingdom of God under the typical Mediator, Moses. R2035:5; D630 The Mountain (Kingdom) of the Lord's House is now being established in the top of the mountains, superseding the great kingdoms of this world.R5990:1, 1914:2 Since the Spring of 1878 God has "set his king upon his holy hill of Zion." (Psa. 2:6) R5990:2, 1914:5, 1913:1, 58:3* Likening the time of the inauguration of the unshakeable Kingdom's inauguration with that of the Law Covenant at Mt. Sinai. R5294:3, 4366:5, 2709:5; A322; SM319:T
That might be touched— A literal mountain could be touched and stands associated with literal or earthly things. The earthly is but a symbol of the heavenly which is therefore called a mount which could not be touched. R56:5*, 167:5*, 58:3*
That burned with fire— Because the Lord descended upon it in fire. R1914:1 All the people saw the lightnings and the mountain smoking. R5924:3
Darkness, and tempest— Picturing events which will accompany the establishment of the New Law Covenant the close of this present age, under the greater than Moses—our Lord Jesus. R5990:1,5285:6, 4498:4, 1914:1 Clouds and darkness, trouble and perplexity and distress of nations are round about; and the thunderings and lightnings are making all the earth to tremble as did Israel at Mt. Sinai. (Exod. 19:1-25) R5990:1, 4366:5, 1914:2 The shaking of the ecclesiastical heavens; and the social, political and financial earth. R5286:1

[NTC - Hebrews 12:19]

Sound of a trumpet— Type of the seventh trumpet, the trump of God, the last trump, the Jubilee trump of knowledge and liberty. A316; B146, 197; D630; R5286:1; CR383:4; NS299:2 Present events indeed speak in trumpet tones. R5990:4, 1914:4
The voice of words— That spoke condemnation and death to any who erred. R2709:3 Type of the voice of the Lord speaking to men in his wrath and vexing them in his hot and just displeasure in the Day of Vengeance. D631; R3037:5 The voice of the archangel will be recognized as issuing commands and bringing into order the new dispensation, not in literal words, but in forceful demonstration which will speak louder than words. R299:2
Which voice— The voice of God. R5285:6, 1914:1; CR383:4 When God by his angel spoke to his typical people. SM356:1
Not be spoken— The people were so terrified that they entreated that they might not hear further, but that Moses might act as Mediator. OV286:2

[NTC - Hebrews 12:20]

Touch the mountain— As the least contact with the mountain brought death, so everything in conflict with the Kingdom, Mt. Zion, will suffer. NS299:2
Shall be stoned— Typifying the destruction of whatever shall come in conflict with the Kingdom about to be set up. R4011:4

[NTC - Hebrews 12:21]

And so terrible— So overwhelming and fear inspiring. B131 So solemn and impressive was the occasion. R1914:1 Typical of the fearful sights, terrible scenes, in the end of this age. NS299:2
Was the sight— Of even the reflection of God's spiritual glory. B131 A scene whose majesty and glory caused all Israel to fear and tremble. R2035:5; CR3783:3
Moses— All of this was typical—the sealing of the Law Covenant at the hands of the typical Mediator. (Exod. 20:18-22) R5294:3, 4366:5

[NTC - Hebrews 12:22]

But ye are come— In point of time. R2035:5 You have approached to. (Diaglott) R5294:3 We are coming to—approaching. R5285:6 We have approached—this is that to which we are coming—it is in sight. Some have already reached it. R4823:4 Coming. R181:2*, 167:5*, 155:5* You are approaching; for more than eighteen centuries the Church has been coming to these glorious consummations. CR39:4, 301:6; R5294:3, 4823:4, 3037:5, 2709:3, 155:5*; NS298:5, 558:2; Q315:2 Addressing the Church and pointing down to the end of this age. R5294:3; NS558:1 Here spiritual Israel is pictured as an army marching and the things at the farther end are seen and to be reached. R4322:4, 2709:3 If this was true of the early Church, how much more is it true of us who are living in the end, the "harvest" of the age? R2035:5 As soon as the last member of the Royal Priesthood shall have come to the mountain, the first resurrection, will bring them together. NS558:3 As the journey to the promised land brought the Israelites to Mt. Sinai and the Law Covenant, so the journey of God's people will ultimately bring all the willing, obedient and faithful to the antitype. R5285:5, 4011:4, 2709:3; NS557:6 In the type one nation was delivered from Egypt and led to Mt. Sinai to receive the Law; in the antitype, all nations are to be delivered from hades, and led to Mt. Zion to receive the Law. R1322:3* Mankind will find themselves close up to the glorious spiritual Kingdom of God, from which it is designed that the Lord's blessing shall extend through the New Covenant. NS558:3 Not, "Ye are coming." We have come by faith to that glorious epoch or condition referred to, but it is still in the future. R4490:4*, 4571:2*
Mount Sion— The spiritual phase of the Kingdom of God. A297; R4513:4, 4212:1* The Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of blessing. R2709:4, 167:5* The glorious antitype, the Kingdom of Christ. R2035:5; NS298:5 Millennial Kingdom of Christ. R4366:5This Kingdom is to include the whole earth. R5295:1, 5285:5, 2709:3 The scene of "the glory that excelleth." (2 Cor. 3:10) R1322:3*, 2035:5 The Church in glory and the Kingdom of glory. CR301:5 The Church shall come into her place in the divine plan—then will follow the "time of trouble" typified by the trembling of the mountain of Sinai. R4823:4 Typically represented by the giving of the Law Covenant at Mt. Sinai. OV285:7; R5294:3 Zion, the mountain and city of God. (Diaglott) R155:5*, 167:5*
City— A city represents the government of the nation. R5295:1, 2035:6, 1389:4 God's Kingdom of power and great glory. R2709:4 The city for which Abraham looked afar off. R2035:6
Of the living God— Of which Christ shall be the Head, the city of the Great King of which literal Jerusalem was but an imperfect type. R1389:4
Heavenly Jerusalem— The New Jerusalem. The glorified Church. E90 As the literal Jerusalem was the capital of the typical Kingdom of God, so there will be a New Jerusalem—a higher government—which is to be God's Kingdom to rule over the whole earth. R5295:4, 2035:5, 1389:4, 155:5* The Sarah Covenant is represented in "the exalted Jerusalem." R1389:4
Innumerable company of angels— "Myriads of messengers in high festival." NS388:2 Not only shall we see our Heavenly Father and Lord, and be ushered into the assembly of the Church of the firstborns, but we shall be ushered into the presence of an innumerable company of angels. R4823:5 Who have encamped round about us. It will be our joy to meet them and to learn which of them specially served us. R4823:5, 5295:4, 4513:5, 159:1; CR38:6; NS388:6 We shall be brought in contact with innumerable hosts of angels. NS558:2 The mutual joys of this acquaintance can be better imagined than described. Gabriel will be there, one of the chiefest of the angels. CR38:5 These ministering spirits, who have had so much to do with the pilgrimage of the Little Flock will indeed exult with them in the blessings then attained to. NS388:3 It is very fitting that they should meet us, and see our introduction to the Father. R5295:4 Full relationship with the host of angels. NS558:3 The companionship of angels. NS560:2 A welcoming host. R2035:6 A new company of brethren—the heavenly host. R2709:4

[NTC - Hebrews 12:23]

The general assembly— This is going on now. Q315:2 Beyond the veil. CR38:2; R5804:5*; NS390:4 The general convention. NS388:2 The called-out assembly. NS390:4 The general rendezvous, the meeting place for all. NS298:5 The faithful in Christ Jesus, and the Master himself. NS387:6, 390:4 This will include the true saints of every nation and denomination. CR463:2; OV387:2 We shall find our loved ones who have traveled with us in the narrow way in that first general assembling. R2709:4, 181:2* The little conventions we are having at the present time are merely small foretastes of the riches of God's grace and the wonderful blessing he has in store at the great convention beyond the veil. CR443:3, 39:6, 37:3; OV285:6 Our conventions beget more a longing for the general assembly of the firstborn ones. What a gala time that will be! NS387:6
And— Of the. R5294:3, 4823:4, 2035:6; NS298:5, 387:6; OV285:3 Of convention of. CR38:2
Church of the firstborn— The Bride of Christ. R5919:6, 5079:2; NS363:4, 379:5, 828:1; Q375:4; SM15:T, 120:1 Consists of two classes; a Little Flock or Priests, and a Great Company of Levites. R4677:6, 5294:3, 5105:2, 5056:1, 5022:3, 4875:3, 4761:1, 4654:1, 4647:5; Q507:1, 315:2, 309:1, 278:4, 110:2, 15:4; CR471:2, 130:2, 101:3 All begotten of the holy Spirit during the Gospel Age, not merely the Little Flock. CR302:1 The antitype of the first-borns of the Israelites. SM558:1; R5870:2, 5641:1, 5273:1, 4998:6, 4677:5, 4537:4, 4128:3, 1786:6; NS634:6, 847:1; PD33/44 Including the Great Company will attain to spirit perfection—second in order, glory and preference. R5166:6; Q315:2 The first-born ones. R2291:6; HG229:3; NS387:6, 390:4 The Church passed-over. R5194:3,4703:2, 4677:5, 2273:3, 1291:5 It is a matter of life and death whether or not these first-born ones remain in the house of faith—behind the blood of sprinkling. R5870:2, 5641:2, 4128:3, 212:4* The Little Flock alone is being spared, passed over, during the present age. R5870:2 The first-born of Israel were exchanged for the whole tribe of Levi (Numbers 3:12,41,45): the Levites represent the household of faith, the Church of the first-born. Q435:5, 693:8, 304:2; R5298:6, 5023:1, 4875:3, 4823:2, 4746:1, 4493:5; CR302:1; NS73:6; OV128:3; SM558:1 The Levites were divided into two parts—priestly and servant classes. R4823:2; Q693:8 Everyone now begotten is the first fruit as compared to the world. Q278:4; NS390:5 The Church of Christ. R5870:1, 5640:6, 5063:5, 2657:1; CR243:6; NS388:2; OV284:3; Q755:4 The true Church. OV122:4; R4754:4, 3459:1, 2581:2, 2650:3, 2548:1, 2496:1, 1893:4, 1102:6; NS863:5; SM125:1, 127:1, 555:T The Body of Christ, whose Head is Jesus. OV284:2; NS374:4, 803:1 All who come into covenant relationship with God before the New Covenant is put into force—all who are to be of the spirit nature. R4823:1 OV123:2 Includes all the "wheat" and has not a "tare" on its roll. R5194:2,2273:3, 1291:5; NS390:6 All who have joined the Lord are counted as members of the one Body. R5392:3 Those who have made a covenant by sacrifice. SM187:2 Who have made a full consecration, and been begotten of the holy Spirit. R5870:2, 5641:2, 2538:5; SM390:2 All overcomers. R4999:1, 1164:2, 95:5 All those born of the Spirit. R4823:1 Organized at Pentecost following Christ's redemptive work and ascension to the presence of the Father. SM8:1 There was but one Church in the beginning, established by our Lord, and there will be but the one Church in the end, the Church Triumphant in glory. SM120:1; OV187:6; Q755:4 A special class for a special purpose. R5243:5 There is but one Church of Christ; it includes all who are truly his through faith, consecration and obedience. SM742:2, 123:1; NS814:2 There are doubtless saints in every church, in every sect, in every party. These alone constitute the true Church. R5516:6, 5692:1, 4677:5; CR79:6; Q755:4; SM790:1 "First-born" implies others of God's family later born. R5640:6, 5870:1, 5273:1, 4703:3, 3995:6, 3959:6; CR39:6; HG229:3 Entrance into full membership in the Church which is the Body of Christ will be granted only to the "overcomers," after they shall have finished their course and have become participants in the first resurrection. Q756:TMany of us were truly Christians, accepted of the Lord and members, before we saw the real force and significance of water immersion. R5350:2; SM123:1 The Lord's Church is the only one to which the Greek name ecclesia, Body or Church, is properly applicable. R2429:1; CR38:3; NS388:4 These are passed over or spared in advance of the world. R3749:2, 5641:1, 3750:2, 2291:6, 1182:6 Jesus passed over by his obedience even unto death. Now that enables him to pass us over through his blood applied to us. Q524:6 Catholic signifies general, inclusive. It cannot properly be applied to any Church except "The Church of the firstborns. PD93/108 Through the long period of the Dark Ages no history of the true Church was written, just as no such history or record of her can be written today. SM123:2, 743:T "A kind of firstfruits unto God of his creatures." (James 1:18) "The firstfruits unto God and the Lamb." (Rev. 14:4) R5870:1, 5640:6, 4703:3, 3995:6, 3959:6; NS390:5; Q278:4 "The church of the living God." (1 Tim. 3:15) R5392:4, 2810:4, 1720:5; Q755:4; SM8:1, 123:T Not to be confounded with the Church of the first resurrection, which signifies better, superior. R4823:1
Which are— Whose names are. R5392:4, 5243:5, 5137:1, 5063:5, 5003:1, 4903:6, 4887:3, 4754:4, 2650:4, 2581:2, 2273:3, 1893:4, 1689:2, 1291:5; CR114:4; HG315:6; NS72:6, 391:1; 863:5; Q693:8; OV187:6; SM8:1, 120:1, 125:1, 506:T From the moment Christ imputes the merit of his sacrifice to us. R5959:3
Written in heaven— In the Lamb's book of life. SM8:1, 555:T; R5105:2, 2753:6, 2547:4, 2545:3, 2810:4, 1893:4, 1113:4; Q309:1 Enrolled in heaven. NS387:2 Have come into divine favor and are recognized as a spiritual class. Q693:7; R4875:3 Fruit-bearing branches in the true Vine, living stones in the Temple of God, imbued with the holy Spirit; active members in the Spirit-begotten Body of Christ. R4754:5 Not on an earthly roll of membership. R5615:1, 4903:6, 2810:4, 2753:3, 2657:1, 2547:4, 2496:1, 2429:1, 1309:2; HG315:6; NS391:1; SM8:1 Not an earthly organization, but a heavenly one. SM8:1; R1893:4, 584:3; Q693:7As probationary members of the Bride of Christ, subject to erasure if unfaithful to their opportunities. C222; R1893:4, 1458:1, 1113:4 If we draw back our names will be blotted our of the heavenly record. NS391:4
And to God— Jehovah. F396; R4513:5 Finally the gala day of all will come when we shall be ushered into the presence of the great King Eternal. CR39:1
Judge of all— The Supreme Judge. F396
The spirits— The lives, the spirit of life. Q15:4; R2035:6 Made perfect in spirit of life. NS558:2 The new natures of justified ones fully perfected in the likeness of their Lord and Head. R2709:5 The ideal of the spirit. A perfect spiritual being ought to have a spiritual body. R236:6*
Just men made perfect— Refers to the Ancient Worthies—they will come forth perfect beings. Q15:4 Neither the Church nor the Great Company will be "men made perfect." It would not be reasonable that he would first mention the "Church of the first-born" (which includes all the spiritual class), and then mention a part of them. The Ancient Worthies were just—they will be perfect flesh when they come up from the tomb. R5294:6 The Ancient Worthies were already righteous in spirit, and now they will be made perfect, by having a better resurrection. (Heb. 11:35) R5295:4 The just men of the previous generation. NS558:2 "We are coming to the perfect men whose spirits are just." R5294:6 The "great company" who will be justified in spirit through destruction of the flesh. R4513:5 The spirits, the new natures of the justified ones fully perfected in the likeness of their Lord and Head. R2709:5 All the perfect ones. NS298:5 First the earthly phase of the Kingdom, and finally the full number of the restitution host. R2035:6

[NTC - Hebrews 12:24]

Jesus— Jesus is the Mediator, but he has accepted the Church as his Bride, his Body, and waits for her arrival. R4322:4, 4371:1, 4366:5, 3916:6 The New Law Covenant will be established as the old Law Covenant was, only on a higher plane and through a greater Mediator and by better sacrifices. R4322:2
The mediator— A term in Scriptural usage always connected with the mediation of a Covenant. R4476:6, 4560:6, 4368:4 Moses, as the Mediator of the Law Covenant, was a type of Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant. R788:4 The Christ. R4683:4, 4367:3, 4366:5, 4011:4; NS559:6 Jesus is not performing his work under that Covenant yet. R4474:4 Soon the "better sacrifices" (Heb. 9:23) will be complete. Then everything will be ready for the inauguration of the New Covenant. R5285:6, 4366:5 We shall in the end of the age, as his Church complete, come to him as his Bride and joint-heirs in carrying out the blessed provisions of the New Covenant for the uplift of Israel and the world. R4477:1 The glorious mediatorial work of The Christ. NS560:2, 363:4 Not of the Church, but the world. R4365:3 His work, during the Millennium will be the instruction, enlightenment and uplifting out of sin and death, and depravity—up to human perfection. R4555:2, 4367:6 Jesus and his Bride will stand as "Mediator between God and men" during the Millennium. R4367:6 The end of the Millennial age will be the end of the mediatorship of Christ. R5300:6 Jesus qualified for this work by suffering, the just for the unjust. (1 Pet. 3:18) R1335:3*
The new covenant— It has not yet been inaugurated; but will be in the end of this Gospel age, and its work will embrace the entire period of the Millennial age. R5300:4, 3915:6 It will be made with the nation of Israel (see Jer. 31:31). Q622:1; R4011:4 It will be sealed as soon as the Church shall have been completed, and passed beyond the veil.R5622:3 If the blood of the New Covenant be participated in by all the faithful members of the Body of Christ, how could the New Covenant itself be sealed until the members of the Body had all participated? R4367:3 A Covenant or arrangement by which the world (not the Church) will receive its blessing during the Millennium. (See also Heb. 8:8,10,13.) R4476:6,5 The Law Covenant persisted after Moses died. So the New Covenant will continue after Christ shall have finished his work. R5301:1 The world does not enter into New Covenant relationship with God individually, until the end of the Millennium; that arrangement will continue through all eternity. R5300:6 The New Covenant is contrasted with the Law Covenant, and Christ, the Mediator of the New Covenant is contrasted with Moses, the Mediator of the Law Covenant. R4309:6; OV286:4 The New Creation is not under the Law Covenant, typified by Hagar; nor the New Covenant, typified by Keturah; but under the original Covenant, the everlasting Covenant, typified by Sarah. R4011:1, 4367:5
Blood of sprinkling— Which cleansed us and presented us faultless before the Father in love. R2709:5 Divine mercy—sprinkling upon our hearts, now. R5641:2,3, 3960:3 Whenever the shedding of blood is referred to, the giving up of life, the death, is the main thought. R3930:2, 1336:2; HG482:2 The time will come for the application of the blood of sprinkling to all people—during the Millennium. R4513:6; E316; NS298:6 When our glorious Head shall have made satisfaction before the Father, the next thing in order will be the sprinkling of all the people with the same blood. NS560:1 The sprinkling of mankind. NS560:2 The antitypical sprinkling of all the people will require the thousand years of Christ's Millennial reign. NS560:1
That speaketh— That makes atonement, satisfaction; that speaks the world's forgiveness and release from bondage of sin and death. NS560:2
Better things— Abel's death called for vengeance, Christ's for mercy. R1614:6, 791:4; NS298:6 Not justice; but forgiveness of sins and a full opportunity for reconciliation with God during the Messianic Kingdom. R5577:6 Not vengeance, but peace, pardon and life. R2035:6, 791:4; F472; NS560:2 Peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation with God. NS558:2 For the world. The Apostle discussed the Church in Heb. 10:19-23 and showed our share in the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus in advance of the world's blessing. NS560:3
Abel— A comparison which seems to imply that Abel was in some degree a type of Christ in that he offered an acceptable sacrifice and was slain therefor. R1614:6

[NTC - Hebrews 12:25]

See that ye— The members of the Body of Christ. SM356:1; CR39:5, 379:3 Whoever becomes a new creature hears the voice of God in a special sense. SM362:1 Those who know the Lord's voice and recognize it. R5989:6, 1913:6; CR379:6 Only the Little Flock are to any appreciable extent even seeking to obey in spirit the voice of God—of heavenly Wisdom. R1519:6 Look back to the history of Israel in the past, how they were negligent of the messages God sent them through angels and Moses; how disasters and death came upon them for disobedience and neglect. SM358:1 Not the world, or those being drawn toward God's message. SM356:1, 359:1
Refuse not him— The Great High Priest. CR381:3 Refuse not anything that the Head says to his Church. SM362:2 At any time. R5989:6 The hearing of the Word of the Lord brings with it responsibilities. R3164:5; CR380:6; SM359:2 Hand, see that ye refuse not the Head that directs your course, and speaks and acts through you. CR381:3 If once we hear, see that we reject not. After rejecting once or twice, the story will not seem nearly as wonderful or sweet. CR380:6 Beware of the presumptuous sin of disregarding the remarkable circumstances which now accompany the establishment of the New Covenant through Christ Jesus. R1914:4 He is here contrasting the message of Christ (Heb. 1:2) with the message of the other inferior servants—the prophets. CR378:3 There are some who heed not the warning, and refuse longer to obey. They turn away toward the idols which their wayward hearts have set up instead of God—to human philosophies and science "falsely so called." R5989:6 None shall get everlasting life except as they are obedient to God. NS230:4
That speaketh— That now speaketh. R1913:6
Escaped not— Those who refused to obey and presumptuously disgraced the ceremonies of the occasion at Sinai, met with instant death. R5990:4, 1914:2; CR381:4 They "died without mercy." (Heb. 10:28) SM357:4 Sore punishment came to all in Israel who disobeyed. SM356:1 The penalty suffered by refractory members of natural Israel was but a temporary one; they will be awakened in the Millennial age. SM358:T
Refused— Rebellion of the underpriests. R381:3*
Him that spake— Moses, the typical teacher. R3083:3, 5990:4, 1915:1, 1914:2; CR378:5 The voice which gave Israel the commandments. SM356:1
Shall not we escape— The spiritual Israelites of the Gospel age. SM356:1, 358:T How can we escape if we disregard the voice of the great Mediator of the New Covenant and the remarkable circumstances which now accompany its establishment.R5990:4, 1914:2 How much sorer punishment—for those who would count the blood of Christ an unholy thing—second death punishment. CR378:5; SM356:1, 357:3
Turn away from sin— Renounce allegiance to Christ. SM358:T After once recognizing him. R1913:6 There are some who heed not the warning and refuse longer to obey, and turn to idols of human philosophies and science, falsely so called. R1913:6 There can be no place, now or ever, in God's family for one who is wilful and refractory. SM357:3
Him that speaketh— The Mediator of the New Covenant. R5990:4 The Mediator greater than Moses. R1914:2 The harvest message now declared is just as important to this end of the age as was the former part to the beginning of the age—however unpretentious may seem the member of the Body used to declare it. R1715:6; CR383:5
From heaven— In the judgments of this day. R5989:6 In wrath and judgment. R1913:6 God's voice is sounding throughout the earth today, speaking louder than ever before. SM363:2; CR383:2 We need to be taught by the Great Teacher God has appointed to teach us, and if we refuse then we are refusing him that speaketh from heaven; we are refusing the very teacher God appointed, the Lord Jesus. CR381:5; SM362:3 He is our teacher through his Word and promises. R381:5; CR39:6; SM362:3 After you have agreed to be subject to Christ in all things—if you are disobedient to him, you will run the risk of the second death. CR381:4

[NTC - Hebrews 12:26]

Whose voice— God's voice. SM363:2
Then shook— The inauguration of the Law Covenant at Sinai was typical of the introduction of the New Covenant to the world at the opening of the Millennial age, or reign of Christ's Kingdom. A321; NS298:6; SM319:T The literal shaking and terrible sights associated at the time of the inauguration of the Law Covenant was but a feeble picture of the awful commotion which will prevail in its antitype in the end of this age. CR114:2; SM505:2 The mountain quaking and smoking, and the terrible sights and sounds at Mt. Sinai. R4503:3, 3052:6; SM505:2, 718:T Those things were figurative of the still more wonderful shakings, signs, etc., to be expected at the closing of this Gospel age, when the Kingdom of God is about to the established and the New Covenant go into effect. HG399:3; NS298:4, 557:5 The antitypes of this must be much more strenuous and will serve to prepare mankind in general for the blessings of the New Covenant under the antitypical Mediator. NS558:4
The earth— Symbol of society. SM363:3; R1914:4, 1805:6, 1305:2 The civil organization of society. R1355:5 The law-abiding classes. R1305:2,3,6, 3502:6, 1308:4 Picturing the shaking of society to its very center. OV286:6 The destruction of present social, financial and political affairs. OV336:2; R5286:1, 4011:4; NS558:5 In the time of Jacob's trouble. R302:6*
Promised, saying— In Haggai 2:6, 7. R3052:6, 2521:1, 302:6*; CR114:2; SM505:2 The voice of the Lord shall be heard in rebuke of evil. R2641:1The voice of truth on every subject. NS95:5
Yet once more— Finally. SM316:1; A322 In the end of this Gospel age; there will never more be a requirement for shaking. R2521:1,5516:2, 3037:6, 1692:5 This troubled time in the early dawn of the Millennium. R5516:2, 2521:1 Presupposing a former shaking. The former shaking was that typified in the quaking of the earth at the giving of the Law at Sinai; and at various intervals the nation was thoroughly shaken by captivities, etc. R3052:6
I shake— God's voice will shake. SM363:3 Everything that can be shaken will be shaken and removed. SM506:T In these judgment times. R1899:4 A symbolic shaking signifying the removal of everything that is unstable, transitory, imperfect. R2521:1 The shaking of society by the power of the Lord through his Kingdom, which will be established amongst men in power and great glory, though the glory may be hidden from all except those begotten of the holy Spirit. NS558:4 The whole earth is now in the shaking process which will eventuate in the complete overthrow of all existing institutions, systems and governments. R5990:4, 5516:6, 1704:2; OV339:T A great time of unprecedented trouble. R1561:6 Prefigured the great time of trouble we are expecting, in which society will be shaken and mankind be prepared for the Mediatorial Kingdom of Christ. R4503:3, 4366:5, 3035:1, 3037:4, 2709:5, 2521:1, 1155:6; D22, 113, 528; NS363:5 Symbolically with earthquakes—revolution, war, which will eventuate in anarchy. SM316:2, 319:2 Engendering fear in men's hearts. R1704:2; D114; OV339:2 Not just one nation; "And I will shake all nations." (Hag. 2:7) R3052:6; OV339:T The shaking of the nations and overthrow of kingdoms, are to precede Christ's coming as the "desire of all nations." (Hag. 2:7) R59:5*; SM505:1 There is a great shaking or confusion now operating in ecclesiastical circles. SM316:2; R1306-1308, 1305:2; CR383:4 Thoroughly separate the little handful of wheat from the vast quantity of tares. R2704:5, 1308:4, 1305:6 As the systems are shaken it becomes a precursor of the overthrow of kingdoms and all organized society. R712:2 There may be also literal earthquakes and great physical changes, intended to bring the earth into alignment with Millennial blessings. SM318:2, 320:2 "A great earthquake such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake and so great." (Rev. 16:18) D528; SM319:2
Not the earth only— Society, governments, social order. R5516:6, 2709:5; D55; CR383:4; NS95:5, 563:5; SM316:2, 718:T Society; the tribes of the earth shall mourn because of him. A318; D600 Social organization or civilization. NS299:1 Socialism has been shaking the political earth for the past thirty years. R5516:6
But also heaven— The powers of spiritual control. A318; R5516:6, 1305:2 The ecclesiastical systems of the present time. SM316:2, 363:3, 717:T; R5516:5, 5286:1, 2709:5, 1914:4, 1899:5, 1805:6, 1355:5, 1308:4, 1305:2; D113, 130; CR383:4; NS95:5, 299:1, 558:5; OV336:2, 286:7 Not the true Church, but the many systems will be shaken. OV286:7 The church nominal. NS563:5 Churchianity will be shaken in all its various sects and parties, because of so many egregious errors, superstitions, falsities and dishonesties. NS558:5 That the true Christians of all denominations may get free from denominational thraldom. R1969:4, 3053:2, 1899:5 The trouble and shaking of the Church, to shake out of profession of faith all who are not really saints, built upon the rock, is because the election of the Church is almost complete. R1308:4 In all denominations their are forebodings of coming trouble. OV286:8 The masses of Christians of all denominations will be shaken in faith, shaken from their self-conceit, superstitions and bigotries. R5516:6, 2898:5, 1899:4, 1355:5, 1305:5 For those falling away from a position they occupied only nominally anyway, the present "shaking" means not eternal torment nor even second death, but an awful experience in this life. R3411:2 The overthrow of the great nominal church systems will precede the overthrow of the present civil powers.R1355:5 "The powers of the heavens shall be shaken." (Matt. 24:29) R1305:4, 754:5*, 748:4, 529:2*; SM320:T As the powers of the third heaven take possession, the powers of the second are "shaken" until they are destroyed. R529:2* Not the divine residence and throne. SM316:2

[NTC - Hebrews 12:27]

Word— Statement. A322
Yet once more— Yet once for all. A322 Signifies that this second shaking will be so thorough that no further shaking will ever be necessary. OV286:5; R5917:2, 1692:5 At the coming of the King. R5917:2, 1692:4 Following the typical shaking at Mt. Sinai. R3052:6
Signifieth— Denotes. A322; R1913:4
The removing— To destruction. R5286:1 Utterly, completely, removed. NS95:5 Thoroughly shaken loose, overthrown, destroyed. NS299:1, 558:5 The dissolution of present arrangements. R1814:2 The removal of the nations is not in order that anarchy may prevail, but in order that the Kingdom of God may take their place. R3053:4 This text is applicable to our day. The removal of all things shakable is now in progress. OV336:2; HG680:3 So thorough-going that everything that is in the nature of a temporary makeshift for righteousness, truth, equity, will not be allowed to remain. CR114:4; SM506:T The shaking of society in a manner and to an extent it was never before shaken. R1692:5
That are shaken— That may be shaken. OV336:1 All things sinful and contrary to the divine will. D630; OV286:5 All the selfish and evil arrangements of the present shall be thoroughly shaken out. R1174:4 Everything false, bogus, inequitable. OV336:4 Everything unsound, untrue, imperfect, unstable. NS95:5, 299:2 Everything that is not fixedly established upon principles of righteousness and truth. NS299:1, 363:6 Everything not authorized and approved by the divine law of love and justice. R558:5 Now, in the opening of the new dispensation, when everything is being shaken, we are to expect that stocks and bonds will be shaken in value until everything like dishonesty and iniquity shall have been shaken out. OV336:4 The great day of settlement has come in which nothing is to remain except that which cannot be shaken, then all human effort will fail and the greatest of all crashes of a financial kind will take place. OV338:5 Present order of society; nominal church systems, financial and political institutions will go down. R5916:2, 5516:1, 4328:2, 4011:4, 1692:5, 748:4; NS558:5; OV336:2, 339:T Not be allowed to remain. CR114:4; R5286:1; SM506:T All will go down in the fiery cataclysm of anarchy. R5794:3,4671:4, 1692:5 Everything which can be shaken down will be. R5916:2 For years Europe has been trembling with occasional violent revolutionary shocks. R5516:2;OV337:6 "I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come. (Haggai 2:7) R5516:5
That are made— Fabricated, false, made up, not the true. A322; OV336:4 Of human construction, imperfect. R712:1
That those things— The true, righteous things, only. A322
Cannot be shaken— Things of truth and righteousness. R5990:4, 5286:1, 1914:5, 1174:4; NS299:3 The verities. NS95:5 That which will fully have the divine approval. R5516:2 Those things which are harmonious with divine standards. OV336:2; NS563:5 God's Kingdom of righteousness. SM319:1, 738:2; R467:4; HG399:3 The Kingdom of God in the hands of The Christ.R5516:2, 4011:4, 2521:1; NS299:3 The Kingdom, which will then be set up, and which cannot be shaken, will remain. R5916:2, 5294:3 Only that which is established. NS363:6 Only the saints will remain unshaken in the strenuous storm. R5516:6, 3817:5, 3037:6 The elect shall not be exempt from those blasts, but shall not be moved by them. R3053:1, 3037:6 "God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved." (Psa. 46:5) R3053:1 "He will gather out of his kingdom all things that offend" (Matt. 13:41) R3053:2
May remain— The Kingdom. R2709:6 Messiah's Kingdom may be fully established. R5794:5, 5516:5, 5286:1 Implying that all who are not of the true Church will fall. "A thousand shall fall at thy side." (Psa. 91:7) R3053:2; NS95:6

[NTC - Hebrews 12:28]

We receiving— Seeing that we are to receive. A322 Who anticipate thus. D630 The faithful ones, who anticipate receiving. R4671:4, 4011:4; D630 The Gospel Church. SM718:T; NS558:6 The true Church, sifted and separated from all false professors, will constitute the Kingdom of God. NS95:5 The house which is to be willed with the glory of the Lord is not the fleshly house or kingdom of Israel, but the spiritual Kingdom of God—the Gospel Church. R3052:6 It is the Kingdom toward which all of the Lord's people march throughout the Gospel age that will be fully attained amidst all the great shaking and confusion of the day of trouble which is just before us. R2709:6
A kingdom— The Millennial Kingdom. R3037:6; NS363:6 The Kingdom of God. R3053:1, 3114:1, 2709:6 The unmovable Kingdom which must be established before the new heavens and earth is established. R1814:2, 3114:1 Every one called to share in the coming Kingdom must be a lover of righteousness. R5990:4
Cannot be moved— Cannot be shaken. R4011:4; NS363:6 The Kingdom which the Church is to receive will be the only institution which will stand the shaking time. R3037:6; CR114:4; SM506:T All other things will be shaken and overthrown. SM718:T
Have grace— Hold fast the favor through which we may serve God. A322 Seek to have the graces of the Spirit. NS558:6
Serve God— His faithful are now being tested, as respects their worthiness for so high a station. R5286:4 Our service of righteousness, self-sacrifice. NS214:6
Acceptably— Offer service well pleasing to God. (Revised Version) R5285:1; NS558:6
Reverence— We should regard present events with thoughtful and reverent hearts, and guide our course with the greatest carefulness. R5990:4, 1914:4
Godly fear— Piety. A322 Awe. (Revised Version) R5285:4

[NTC - Hebrews 12:29]

For— As it is written. A322
Our— The prospective members of the glorified Church, the Kingdom class. NS558:6
Is a consuming fire— To the Church class. NS310:1 "A jealous God." (Deut. 4:24) R1850:2 He will sweep away all errors during the time of trouble. A322 "He cannot look upon sin." (Hab. 1:13) "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Heb. 10:31) F120 Not a literal fire, but figuratively he has provided an abyss of fire and brimstone for all who wilfully, intelligently repudiate his government. NS310:1 His anger will burn against wilful sin to its utter destruction, and if we harbor such sins a portion of his anger will assuredly burn against us proportionately, and we should not be fit for the Kingdom. NS558:6 God's anger burned against Adam when he was wilfully disobedient, and it still burns. NS558:6

[NTC - Hebrews 13:1]

Brotherly love— The final test of character is love, in deed and in truth. R4524:4
Continue— Let it increase, let it abound. CR449:5

[NTC - Hebrews 13:2]

Be not forgetful— The Lord's people should always be on the alert to show hospitality. R2856:6, 5178:6 A heart desire to entertain should always be present whether opportunity for the exercise of that desire be found or not. F570
Entertain strangers— We should be particularly careful to exercise hospitality toward all in whom we recognize the Master's likeness, his spirit, even though they be strangers to us. R3432:1Pilgrim's sent out in the Master's name should be welcomed and granted a share of such things as we have. R2741:6, 2093:5 Sharing such as you have with friends or neighbors, but not allowing them to impose on us. F570 To whatever extent these divine injunctions are disregarded we are in danger of losing a blessing, of failing to cultivate generosity. R3946:3Present-day conditions render such hospitality less necessary, especially in cities where public boarding-houses and hotels are expected to care for the strangers. R3946:2, 3432:1 Hospitality does not signify lavish expenditure beyond one's means, nor that better should be provided for a guest than for one's own family. F570
Entertained angels— God's messengers. R2626:1 Given the power to materialize, to assume human forms. OV249:1; NS711:5 Doubtless referring particularly to Abraham's entertainment of the Lord and two angels. R3946:2, 2856:3; Q670:2

[NTC - Hebrews 13:4]

Marriage— Is never condemned as sinful in the Scriptures. R1678:2 There is no law of God to prohibit brothers and sisters in the Lord from marrying if they find, in their judgment, that this is necessary or preferable in carrying out their consecration vows more acceptably. R5353:1 It is proper in this age, our Lord's approval being signified by his presence at the Cana wedding. R916:2
Honourable in all— Let marriage be had in honor among all. F557 When the relationship is sustained in purity and holiness. R1554:1Lawful, even though this and other lawful things be generally inexpedient to the saints. R916:2 Not recommended for the saints, except under stress. F557It is not the province of anybody to forbid marriage, directly or indirectly. Q460:7; R5353:1 Paul recommended the unmarried state; but does not say that the married state is unholy or impure or in any way contrary to God's law. R5353:1, 2902:3 He that brings forth children of the natural type does well, but he that cooperates with God for the begetting of spiritual sons does better. R2902:3 We emphasize with Paul that he that marrieth doeth well, but he that marrieth not doeth better. R2902:3; F557; Q461:T
Undefiled— Not impure. R5353:1 Let the marriage bed be undefiled. F557
Whoremongers— Fornicators. F557

[NTC - Hebrews 13:5]

Conversation— Conduct—not only words, but also the looks and acts of life. R4876:2, 5539:6 The harvest siftings and separations are not merely doctrinal tests but along lines of character and of the fruits of the spirit. R2353:5
Covetousness— A desire to have, keep, enjoy; especially applied to something that belongs to another and which we do not possess. R4876:3 Includes holding back what belongs to the Lord, and a desire to have and enjoy something that belongs to another. R4876:3 Sometimes a desire for more ease, comfort, wealth and social influence; a protest against a share of the aches and pains of the groaning creation; or against the illness and death of a loved one. R4876:5 Dissatisfaction with what divine providence has shaped for them. R4876:2
And be content— With such as divine providence may grant to us. R3352:6 Where conditions are at all endurable. R5665:4 Spiritual Israel should use wisely such things as are within their reach, accepting all as God's gifts with thanksgiving. R4876:6 We are promised earthly things that are needful. Whatever we have more than necessity is that much more than the Lord has promised us in this present time. R2352:5 Realizing that riches of faith, trust, contentment, and godliness, with the fruits of the Spirit, constitute the true riches, give thanks to the Lord that in his wisdom and grace he has so favorably situated you. R2353:2,6 Not only a good medicine to bring us spiritual health and joy in the Lord, but also very profitable to our physical health; fretfulness and unhappiness of mind aggravates physical complaints and diseases. R2352:6 The example and counsel of the saints should be that of contentment and cheerful submission to present trials in sure hope of the good time coming. A341 Let us be content with such weather as we have. We did not make it and we cannot change it. R2352:6 In proportion as discontent is spread, in that proportion unhappiness is present, and an anarchistic spirit begotten. R2351:2 Discontent and selfish ambition are in antagonism to the spirit of Christ—meekness, patience, gentleness, brotherly kindness, love. R2351:2 Contentment and the faith which it implies are necessary to godliness. R2353:6 Contentment with Godliness is great gain. "Content whatever lot I see, since 'tis my God that leadeth me." R3400:4, 2351:3; A340; NS63:1 Very bad advice says Mr. Worldlywiseman. R2351:1
Things as ye have— We have such things as should make us happy under the most adverse circumstances, so far as the present life is concerned. R2352:2 We have found the pearl of great price, and are not only content with the terms upon which it is offered to us, but most gladly, willingly, joyfully, we count all else but loss and dross. R2352:2 This does not mean that it would be improper to avail ourselves of providential doors opened by the Lord for the betterment of our condition. R3400:4, 4876:2
I will never leave thee— The true ground of contentment; the realization of the Lord's care and that his wisdom and grace are being exercised towards us, and such things as he grants are the things which are best for us. R2353:4 We shall never want for fellowship and sympathy. R1745:5 We are not alone, for we have the companionship of him who promised this. NS451:3 He is always present to comfort, bless, and make all things work together for good to those who love God—the called ones according to his purpose. R1672:1 The presence and providential care of the Lord in our affairs, all consecrated to the divine will, bring a peace and joy which the world knows not of. NS451:3
Nor forsake thee— When the storms of life sweep over us, and imperil us. R5058:3 Our Master is with us, and we have the encouragement of our brethren. R5551:6, 5095:5 We are not alone in the world; nor is the smallest interest of ours overlooked. R1906:4 Our strength and confidence should be in him who declares this. R698:3, 2353:2 The Lord's love, which has thus far delivered, fed and led us, is still with us, the same as ever. R4876:5 "Fear not, I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward." (Gen. 15:1) R1906:4, 1905:6

[NTC - Hebrews 13:6]

Boldly say— Those who come to God in reverence, and in full submission to the divine will, are privileged always to have their interests considered at the throne of grace. R1865:1 The best illustrations of true faith, continuous confidence in God, is found in our dear Redeemer's experiences and their narrative. R2353:2 The Apostle Paul, who exhorts to courage and confident trust in God, was a noble example of courageous faith and we have such abundant reason for assurance of faith. R5539:6 The whole world has wondered at the intelligent courage of the humble ones of the Lord's people. The secret of their courage and strength is their confidence in the Lord. R2353:4
Lord is my helper— Learn to trust his love and wisdom and power. R5296:1 The Lord expects us to do all in our power for our own protection; then we are to leave ourselves fully in the Lord's hands, knowing that all will be well with us. R5540:1 He will give us whatever help along temporal lines he sees is for the highest interests of the new creature, if we do not remove ourselves from his keeping.R5540:1 The Father will not withhold anything necessary for the proper development of his children. R5296:4 With infinite wisdom and love he is both able and willing to make all things work together for our good. R2353:4 We may realize that in every emergency of life that the Father has prepared the cup, and will sustain and bless us while we drink it. R2353:3 Faith in the Lord's supervision prefers his arrangement to any other as respects the suffering of this present time and the glory that is to follow. R2354:4No power in the Universe is able to cope with our God; and he has declared that he is the support and shield of his children. He is the strong tower of those who put their trust in him. R5539:3 If we abide in Christ and his Word abides in us, he will be our deliverer in six troubles, and in the seventh he will not forsake us. R5539:3
I will not fear— Fear is a result of man being out of harmony with the Creator. When our first parents were created, they knew no fear. R5295:3 It is necessary that our hearts be in attune with the Lord, that we have no will but his. R5540:5 None others but the Christian can afford to be so courageous and independent, yet the child of God is not self-sufficient nor independent of outside help.R5539:3 The righteous are bold as a lion, gentle as a dove, and meek as a lamb. R5540:5 We are instructed to fear Jehovah, and not to fear a weak mortal. R5540:5 Knowing that our God will be with us constantly, and will cause all things to work out his own glorious purposes for us. R5540:4, 5296:1 God may permit us to suffer, just as he permitted John the Baptist to be imprisoned and finally beheaded; Jesus to be arrested and crucified; and many of his saints in the past to be maltreated or killed. R5540:4 How sublime the faith and courage of the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace. We can trust God where we cannot trace him. 4874:4 It does not say that the Lord will not suffer our house to burn, nor burglars to break in and steal. We should take all reasonable precautions to prevent losses of such kinds. R5539:6
What man shall do— Any man. R5539:6 Man is powerless to harm a hair of our head unless it is permitted of our Father in heaven for his glory and our highest welfare. R5540:5 When temptation and persecution come to us as rewards for fidelity to principles of truth and righteousness, we are to rejoice in them, as so many ministries of evil toward us, fitting us as ministers now and hereafter. R2352:4

[NTC - Hebrews 13:7]

Remember— The elders who are noble, humble, self-sacrificing, cannot be too highly esteemed nor too loyalty supported. R4503:4 Diaglott rendering: "Remember your leaders, those who speak to you the Word of God, and viewing attentively the result of their conduct, imitate their faith." R1588:2, 2080:2 Earnest heed should be given to faithful leaders. R1559:4
The rule over you— The supervision. R4503:4 The Lord does not raise up rulers from among our brethren in the Body of Christ, but he does raise up leaders, to whom earnest heed should be given. R1559:4 In all of the Lord's arrangements there is order, as represented in the order established amongst the Israelites. R3060:5
Whose faith follow— Whose faith and example should be imitated. R1559:4 Each sheep recognize as leaders only such as are found in full accord with the voice and spirit of the Chief Shepherd—Christ, and the under-shepherds—the Apostles. R2080:4 See also comments on verse 17.

[NTC - Hebrews 13:8]

Jesus Christ the same— Would not identify with his previous condition—as Logos; he became Jesus Christ at his baptism. R5065:5 The anointed one. Q370:T
And forever— He has the same office, authority, and relationship to mankind, and the same character, sympathy and love, all the way down. Q370:T; R5209:3, 3321:5 The changes of nature has not altered his character in any manner or degree. Q370:T The constant ground of our "full assurance of faith." (Heb. 10:22) E230 Unchangeableness on God's part is a guarantee that the blessings to be bestowed under his arrangements will be everlasting, unending blessings. R3321:5God's qualities and attributes were the same in the beginning of creation as they are now. R5209:3

[NTC - Hebrews 13:9]

Carried about— Avoid new gospels. R4514:5

[NTC - Hebrews 13:10]

We— The truly consecrated; the antitypical or Royal Priesthood. R4782:4, 4681:4
Have an altar— Christ and his consecrated sacrifice. Q703:T; R5492:4; T22 A superior altar.Q703:T Not sanctified by the blood of bulls and goats, but by the precious blood of Christ. R5492:4 Whose table was typified in the Tabernacle and in the Temple by the table of shewbread. R4782:4, 4867:6; Q692:6 "Come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Heb. 4:16) R5492:4
They— The unconsecrated, the world. R4782:4 The Levitical priesthood. R4867:6, 4514:5; Q692:6Contrasting the Aaronic Priesthood and the antitypical Priesthood. R4867:6; Q692:6, 702:5; PT391:5* A discrimination between the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods. R4868:1; Q692:7, 702:5
No right to eat— The house of Aaron has no right to our place, they have no right to come into the antitypical Holy, which we enter. Q692:7; R4868:1 We have a right to eat of a spiritual altar, of which others may not eat. R4514:5 The consecrated have meat to eat that the world knoweth not of. R4782:4 The Church are all to be partakers of Christ's flesh—feed upon the merit's of his sacrifice. Q703:T Had Jesus partaken of the offering he himself placed upon the altar for sacrifice, he would have been unacceptable to God as an offering for sin. PT391:5* The priest of the typical system ate the meat that was offered to God on the altar. Q703:T
Which serve— The consecrated, and anointed, Priests, both in type and antitype. PT391:5*
The tabernacle— The typical Tabernacle. R5492:4

[NTC - Hebrews 13:11]

Those beasts— The bullock and the Lord's goat. R5196:6, 4855:3, 4535:2, 4514:5, 4434:4, 3917:5, 139:4*; T71; CR485:6; Q659:4, 691:7; SM754:T Typical of the "better sacrifices." R4920:6, 4535:2, 4427:1, 4426:2, 4385:1 Fulfilled by Jesus and the Church. SM754:T; R5173:5, 4920:6, 4427:1,4, 139:4*, 80:3; CR485:6 Only these two had their blood sprinkled in the Most Holy and were burned outside the Camp. R4427:6, 80:3
Whose blood— The blood represents the surrender of earthly rights and privileges and life, willingly. R4428:3 The sprinkling of the blood upon and before the Mercy Seat. R4427:4, 157:4*
The sanctuary— The Most Holy. R4867:3, 4681:4, 4535:2, 4427:4, 4426:4; Q512:T, 691:7 Only the blood of the sin-offering is taken within the veil—to sprinkle the Mercy Seat; fixing our identity with "the Lord's goat" of Leviticus 16. R4514:5 Within the veil to make atonement on the Mercy Seat. R4036:1
For sin— As a sin-offering. T62, 100; R4867:3, 4855:3, 4514:5, 4426:6, 4385:1; Q512:T,691:7 Sin atonement. R4426:6 Made annually on the Day of Atonement. (Lev. 16) R4426:6 Q691:7 The sin atonement effected by the blood of the bullock and the Lord's goat represented the atonement for original Adamic sin and all the weaknesses and imperfections traceable directly thereto. R4428:4 Our sins are represented in one part of the sin-offering, the bullock, and the sins of the whole world are represented in the other part, the goat. R4354:3
Are burned— Represented steady, continuous submission to the fiery ordeal of suffering. T71 Represented our Lord's sacrifice as viewed from the standpoint of man. R4427:4 Represented the gradual destruction of the flesh. R4385:1 Represented the dis-esteem in which the offering will be viewed by those outside the camp—not in covenant relationship with God—the unfaithful. T62 The offerings of the Atonement Day were always burned, but the later trespass-offerings, after the Day of Atonement, were not burned, but eaten by the priests. T100; Q678:2, 691:7
Without the camp— Outside the camp. R4398:6, 4514:5, 4385:1, 4036:1 In the wilderness. T71 Signified ostracism, rejection of men, dishonor.R4385:1 Represented disgrace. R17:6 Destroyed as a vile thing in the eyes of the world. T42, 62; R4427:4 Representing the destruction to which mankind was doomed, and from which they will ultimately be delivered by the sacrifice of The Christ. T42 Would represent that condition of things which claimed to be in harmony with God. Q46:5

[NTC - Hebrews 13:12]

Jesus— As the antitypical bullock. R5256:4, 4514:5 Our Lord offered himself at baptism, when he gave himself to do the Father's will. He finished the offering of his gift when he laid down his life on Calvary. Later he ascended to God to make application of the sin-offering. Q512:T; R4867:3, 4398:6; SM214:1
The people— All people—all who ever will accept sanctification, cleansing, reconciliation through him. R4428:2
With his own blood— The basis for the forgiveness of our sins. R1230:3; SM754:T "Thou hast redeemed us to God by thy blood." (Rev. 5:9) E446It was the giving up of Christ's life that paid our ransom price. R1336:1,2
Without the gate— Outside the gate. R4385:1 On the cross, shedding his blood—entering death. R1336:2 Jesus was not only crucified outside the gate of Jerusalem, but suffered as an outcast from the social and religious systems of the time. R4514:5, 17:6 He suffered shame, ignominy, and destruction of the flesh, to accomplish the antitype. R4920:6, 5173:5, 4427:4, 4385:1

[NTC - Hebrews 13:13]

Let us— The Church, the Lord's goat class. R5196:6, 5256:4, 4514:5, 4385:1; Q659:4 The Royal Priesthood. R4514:5 Members of the sin-offering. R4398:6, 5196:6, 4855:3, 4385:1 Urging the faithful. R4036:1 If we would be antitypical priests, we must share the shame, if we would have the heavenly food and light and be permitted to offer sweet incense—acceptable prayer. R17:6 Unquestionable evidence that the Lord's followers are represented by the "Lord's goat," and that their sacrifice constitutes part of the world's sin-offering. T62 Their offering must be wholly and totally consumed in like manner. PT392:T*
Go forth therefore unto him— All that was done with the bullock was done with the goat. Let us then, if we would walk in his steps, share with him in his sacrifice. Q659:4; R4855:3, 4514:5, 4429:4, 157:4; NS254:2; SM754:T Be a part of the sin-offering. Q678:2; R4855:3 A class of believers who daily follow in the footsteps of the Lord, sharers in his sufferings, and partakers of the glories to follow. R5196:5, 5173:5, 4855:2; Q47:T, 659:1 For us now to follow our Lord outside the camp would be to go outside of the present environments, viz., outside of Christendom, ignoring the views, teachings, approval and snares of Christendom. R4607:3 The entire merit of our sacrifice is through the justification which first applied to the goat class through the merit of the bullock's sacrifice. R4427:6, 3917:6; NS254:1; SM754:T "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him." (2 Tim. 2:12) R4855:3, 3917:4, 17:6; Q659:4
Without the camp— Outside the camp. R1872:1, 4385:1, 80:3; Q46:5, 691:7 To the utter destruction and disregard of the human hopes. T60; R5173:5 Sacrificially outside the camp. R4514:5 Take up our cross, whatever sacrifice it might mean; willing to go to the Lord and be faithful and loyal to him at any cost, no matter how others may view it. Q47:T Sacrificing worldly interests. Q688:T Worldly disapproval, ignominy, or detestation. R1872:1 4036:1; CR93:6, 327:3; Q688:2 A place which typifies the outcast condition. R5173:5 Into disrepute. R4036:1 Present our bodies a living sacrifice; be crucified with Christ. R328:5* According to the flesh, we are still in the world, but not of the world. Q687:6 Our experiences represent the actual suffering and going outside the camp—all that happens to us while we are reckoned dead according to the flesh. R4900:5In our Lord's day, the camp condition was the Jewish nation. R4607:2; Q46:5 Today, it means all of Christendom. Q47:T; R4607:2 This picture of the "camp" represents all who will ultimately come into accord, all who will ultimately wish for righteousness and will desire to do God's will. R4607:2,5 Israel's camp typified what now is a fact and partly a condition that will obtain during the Millennial age. R4607:1
Bearing his reproach— Bearing the reproach with him. R4607:4, 4535:2, 4036:1; NS254:2 Just as the slain goat was carried outside the camp and there consumed, as the bullock had been. R4398:6, 4855:3, 157:4 To suffer with Christ social ostracism, and with deadness toward the world. R4514:5 Suffering shame, ignominy and revilings, even unto death.R4920:6 Sharing the reproaches as members of his Body. R4036:1, 254:2 Living as a consecrated priest of the Lord. Q688:TA stench in the nostrils of the world. CR312:3; Q688:2 To "fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ." (Col. 1:24) R3917:6, 4434:4, 4427:5, 80:3, 17:5 "The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me." (Rom. 15:3) NS254:2; T62

[NTC - Hebrews 13:14]

No continuing city— We journey through the wilderness of sin. R172:1 We are pilgrims, strangers, travelers; en route to the heavenly Canaan. R5641:4
Seek one to come— The New Jerusalem, the glorified Church. E90; R172:2

[NTC - Hebrews 13:15]

Let us offer— All who attain the prize are sacrificers and have something to offer. R548:5
Sacrifice of praise— This sacrifice under the Law was represented in the "peace-offerings" and the "thank-offerings." R4535:1 As the spirit of loving zeal was demonstrated in Jesus' case, so in our case; otherwise we should not be permitted to be members of that Body. R4922:2 "For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ." (2 Cor. 2:15) "Much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints." (Rev. 8:3) R4922:4; Q343:T
Fruit of our lips— "That we may render unto thee the fruit of our lips—our praise." (Hosea 14:2) R4811:3
Thanks to his name— Pray with thanksgiving. R5381:4

[NTC - Hebrews 13:16]

To communicate— Commune on spiritual things with those we meet. R127:4, 126:3 We should be anxious and careful to use whatever God has put into our hands, and to be faithful whether over a few things or many things. R126:2 If it is a joy and privilege to be God's stewards to a greater or less degree in earthly goods, how much more blessed is it to be permitted to dispense the spiritual blessings. R126:3 Tell the story simply, plainly; be entirely swallowed up with the grandeur of your theme. Let it be all "of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love." R126:5Such as have worldly goods should esteem it a privilege to be imitators of our benevolent Heavenly Father; not wasting nor hoarding, but esteeming it merely as an agent for blessing doing good. R126:2 By sending free literature. R110:6 We should do good and communicate until we feel it—to give a dollar, or a moment, or an hour for which we have no other use, is no sacrifice. R127:4
Such sacrifices— The acceptable sacrifices of our consecrated lives. R2778:6 The painful, though joyous, sacrifices which his "Little Flock" make in his service, following in the footsteps of their Redeemer and Lord. R1273:1, 1781:4 Self-sacrifice and praise to God. R4031:3

[NTC - Hebrews 13:17]

Obey them— Honor. E284 The elders chosen by vote of all the saints. R1895:3 Those whom we believe to be over us in the Lord. R4514:4
Rule— Supervision. R4503:4
Submit yourselves— Be submissive. R1822:1, 4514:4 The churches of Christ should recognize the leading of their Head and know their leaders to be of his choice. R2080:2 So long as teachers are recognized as being God-provided, so long as they approve themselves by conduct and the Word of God, they have more honor and their opinion is given more weight than others. R1848:4 Have confidence. The Lord our Shepherd will care for the true sheep. R3332:4
They watch— And pray. R2576:2 The reason for submission and obedience is because they "keep watch on your behalf." R1822:1
For your souls— Your interests and welfare. R2576:3; E284
Must give account— Shall render an account. R1822:1 To the Lord. E284 The power rests with the congregation to reject any teacher according to their judgment of the Word and will of God. R1848:4
Do it with joy— In choosing, seek not your own will or glory, neither that of other brethren, but the will and glory of God only. R1848:5 See also comments on verse 7.

[NTC - Hebrews 13:20]

Again from the dead— Highly exalted to the throne and highest favor, after he had completed his sacrifice. E396
Our Lord Jesus— Christ could never have raised himself. R2795:2
Shepherd— Shepherd-Son. R2431:4
Blood— The same shed blood as mentioned in verse 12. R1336:2
Everlasting covenant— Which was sealed, ratified or made operative through his death. A141 Both the Abrahamic Covenant and the New Covenant are Scripturally styled "The Everlasting Covenant." R4321:2 The Oath-bound Covenant. It was in view of our Lord's sacrificial death as a sin offering that God made that Covenant. NS362:1, 360:3

[NTC - Hebrews 13:21]

Make you perfect— Knit you together—make you completely one with the Shepherd as his "members" both in sufferings and in glory to follow. R4321:4 The same power that brought our Lord from the dead is able to perfect us through the blood of the New Covenant, by laying down our lives, sharing his death. Q168:4 To be associated with Christ in the glorious work of establishing that New Covenant, after it shall have been sealed. R4495:4 There could be no perfecting as New Creatures of the divine nature had it not been that God granted us the privilege of sharing with our Lord in his sacrificial death, in his work of sealing the New Covenant with his blood. R4495:4 If we abide in his love he will perfect us as New Creatures by the privileges granted us of sharing in the sufferings of Christ, particularly in the shedding of the blood of the Everlasting Covenant, which, as the New Covenant, will bring blessings to Israel and then to the world. R4321:4, 4331:1 Confidence that he is both able and willing to bring them also, through him, to eternal glory. HG594:2 Not justify you from your sins. Q168:4
That which is wellpleasing— "All things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them." (Matt. 7:12) R2590:3

[NTC - Hebrews 13:24]

That have rule over you— See comments on verses 7 & 17.
They of Italy— Implies that Paul wrote this Epistle from Rome, where he was in prison. R4385:3