Christology in Hebrews

Last week (last year), we started a quarter-long study of the biblical book of Hebrews. That introductory Spectrum commentary includes helpful info on authorship, audience, literary type, central thesis, and structure.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/11582
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A new denomination was created by a few disappointed Millerites from two of the types, the day of atonement and the daily ministration of the sanctuary-- the investigative judgment, the main pillar of the SDA church.

I think we’d do well to remember the crowd we saw exercising their judgment on Jan 6. And we think that God’s going to defer to a thousand years of human judging?

Perhaps we are coming to the topic of perfection in Hebrews. Like in Job, this important subject is often overlooked in Hebrews.

Jesus was made perfect consequent to his suffering/death and crowned with glory and honor (ch. 2: 9-11). In that case, being perfect meant being crowned with glory and honor [when he was inaugurated as high priest in heaven]. Chapter 5: 7-10 also connects the perfection of Christ with his being called of God a high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

As we go further into Hebrews we will hear of “The spirits of just men made perfect” (12:43); the sanctified who are perfected forever (10:14); those who have had their conscience purged/perfected by the blood of Christ (ch. 9:9-14); and those who simply know how to choose between good and evil. The word for “perfect” is there but it is usually translated as “mature” in Chapter 5:14.

take that up with Paul, 1Cor 6:3…

do you really think the Jan 6 rioters - think Jacob Chansley, who has documented mental illnesses - are representative of the saved, and how they’d judge…shouldn’t the martyrs be the ones who judge their persecutors…

Trolling is not helpful and against the rules of conduct for this site.

Adventism, as a religious denomination, offers a lot of positive things. Sure, it’s a bit wobbly when it comes to the IJ but find the good and ignore the not so good. The health message is certainly one of those positives. No better overall approach to healthy living than what is found in the writings of EGW. Regardless of their origin, they offer what is generally a sound scientific approach to a healthy lifestyle.

The Mormon’s have a relatively small amount of counsel on healthy diet which includes a minimum of flesh eating and avoidance of harmful substances. Luther suffered from a myriad of health issues which probably impaired his judgment at times and shortened his usefulness in the world. He actually wrote about healthy diet in his Genesis commentary:

"…. and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; Gen. 3:18
"This passage seems to me to give sufficiently strong proof that Adam did not live on butter, milk, eggs, cheese, meat, apples, and pears, but on vegetables and seeds, such as peas, beans, fennel seeds, millet, rice, spelt, and the like. What a glorious feast to spread before his guests as he gave away a daughter, or at the wedding of his children, when the only food he could provide was herbs!

Such was the frugality of this early period: the most ordinary and simple food with water. Now an awful gluttony has come over the world. Now it is not enough to prepare all kinds of meat for one’s pleasure; but they mix meats with fish, add spices, and attempt the unnatural perversion of using condiments to sour those foods that are sweet by nature, and to sweeten those that are sour" (LW vol.1, 210).

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