Jesus “Learned” Obedience and Was “Made Perfect” (Vos)

 In Hebrews we learn "because he himself [Jesus] suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted" (2:18 NIV).  In Hebrews we also read that Jesus "learned obedience from what he suffered" (5:8 NIV).  Yes, it says that Jesus learned something.   Interestingly, the epistle also talks about the… Continue reading Jesus “Learned” Obedience and Was “Made Perfect” (Vos)

Preservation, Perseverance, Persistence

I was reading Hebrews' comparison of Moses and Christ (Heb. 3:1-6) when I found the following helpful comments by Raymond Brown in his commentary on Hebrews (note: this is not the same Raymond Brown who has written Roman Catholic works and commentaries). Right before these comments, Brown noted the great balance in Hebrews between the… Continue reading Preservation, Perseverance, Persistence

A Wilderness Situation

We’ve been using Hywel Jones’ Let’s Study Hebrews for our winter Bible study material.  So far we really appreciate it.  Here’s a section that brought some encouraging discussion.  In these comments, Jones comments on how Psalm 95 is used in Hebrews 3-4. “As has been said, the writer wants those he is addressing to realize… Continue reading A Wilderness Situation

Do Not Forsake the Assembly

William Lane wrote several penetrating comments on Hebrews 10.25a.  This goes hand-in-hand with an earlier post of mine on Keller's exhortation to go to (and stay in!) church.  Of course, this opens the door to the Patristic, Scholastic, and Reformation extra ecclesiam non sit salus (outside the church there is no salvation).  Here's Lane: Whatever… Continue reading Do Not Forsake the Assembly