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    The Severe Warning Passages in Hebrews

    In the New Testament book of Hebrews there are a number of "severe warning passages." Many Christians have been perplexed and confused when reading them. How exactly are these passages to be interpreted and understood? Can we in fact be sure of what the passages mean? If, as Scripture teaches elsewhere, Jesus the great Shepherd never loses any of His true sheep, and as Paul states in Romans "these whom He justified He also glorified" (Romans 8:30) who are these passages aimed at? Is the writer to the Hebrews seeking to teach that true Christians can lose their salvation?

    In this video below, Dr. James White takes us through these warning passages. Though it is by no means a full exegesis of each text it is a very good overview and well worth watching. - Pastor John Samson

    Posted by John Samson on June 7, 2009 01:34 AM

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    John,

    after listening to the presentation by Dr. White, I started reading Psalm 119. I came upon some verses and afterwards thought about what I just heard Dr. White explain about those passages of warning in Hebrews. Here are the verses in Psalm 119:::>

    Psa 119:19 I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!
    Psa 119:20 My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.
    Psa 119:21 You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments.

    When one takes into consideration those words of the Psalm in light of the light Dr. White shines on the intent the writer of the book of Hebrews writes the warnings, it makes sense that, one, as we are sojourners reading Hebrews so is this writer writing to other sojourners; two, seeing we are not of the world but in it, our souls would be both naturally and supernaturally consumed with His rules and finally; three, the rebukes land upon the insolent and accursed ones who happen to read or hear the warnings also!

    Now to button it up all together, I would say this: I believe that those who "do not" live by His Faith, that Faith once delivered to the Saints, are the ones the writer of the book of Hebrews is writing the warnings about and had in mind. They would be those that are the accursed and insolent of this world. Why? Well, consider that the promise to Abraham and to his Seed makes it clear who are accursed:

    Gen 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

    Now the warnings in Hebrews makes more sense to me as well who they are directed to! Thanks for sharing the video clip and again Dr. White shows just how much God is active in his life giving him sound insights into difficult parts of the Word.

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