WORKBOOK 18/19 King James Bible Grammar & Punctuation

By | June 17, 2016

The Adventure of Reading the King James Bible Chapter 18


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Hebrews 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

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Underline the third person plural pronouns

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Just what were these Hebrew Christians trying to repent of doing?

What were they falling away from?

Who or what are they trying to renew?

By the end of this section you will be able to correctly answer this but you need to pay attention

. Are you ready?

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This is one sentence!

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

About what were they enlightened?

There could be no more sacrifice for sin offered since God offered his son once and for all!

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The reflexive pronoun “themselves” should have been used here, instead of objective the pronoun “them”.

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Again, if the object and the subject were the same, then themselves, not them, would have been the correct pronoun.

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Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

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Paul warns the converted Jews not to return to their old ways and go back into the old covenant system of religion because it was now completely unnecessary and in actual fact dishonoured the real plan of salvation.

What’s more the converted Jews who wanted to return to these old useless and now sinful ways were bent on persuading the Gentile Christians to join them in their particular style of sliding back.

They had come to the point where they repented of abandoning the old sacrifices in order to gain the light of Christ and they were trying to return to what their religious customs had instilled in them since Moses.

They were trying to have a foot in both camps

The second warning in Hebrews is about not hardening their hearts like they did in the wilderness when they wanted to go back to Egypt

Hebrews 6:6 occurs in the next warning which is about apostasy falling away – falling away from the new covenant by going back into the ways of the old covenant.

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There is something wrong with all of the customs of the old covenant now that the new covenant has been introduced.

Hebrews is both an encouragement to go forward into perfection and a warning against returning to your old ways

If you are a converted Jew that would be returning to the old covenant ordinances and if you are a converted Gentile it would mean returning to the behaviour of the old lawlessness.

Both make an open shame of the cross of Christ.

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Can you see that the time of the Reformation was passed and that if they fall away from the new covenant in Christ, trying to renew these old ordinances again to repentance that they will crucify to themselves the son of God afresh?

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Hebrews 9:8-10 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10
Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

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

Can you see that it is the old covenant practices and sacrifices mentioned here?

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Despite his bitter crying, Esau couldn’t convince his father to change his mind about the blessing – he (Esau) found no place of repentance.

Esau wasn’t so much sorry because he he had done wrong he was sorry because he lost his inheritance. He wanted his father to change his mind about giving it to him.

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Hebrews 12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

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They were erroneously repenting from Christ alone, one sacrifice for ever, trying to revive the insufficient and imperfect ordinances of the old, albeit familiar, sacrificial system.

The Hebrew Christians were either returning to the practice of them or attempting to teach the Gentile Christians to practice them. See Paul concerning circumcision.

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Hebrews 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

The new covenant has done away with the old covenant?

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Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

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The following is quoted directly from Paul Scott’s book English for Bible Readers

“If they (1) shall fall away, to renew them (2) again unto repentance; seeing they (3) crucify to themselves (4) the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6).

Let’s go through this again for it is important; and we’ll go through it as if we were in an interesting dialog with a cut-and-paste dispensationalist:

A.) “Let us turn to the text and note the pronouns, as shown below, as 1, 2, 3 and 4, so we are on the same page.”

B.) “Ok.”

A.) “Does the pronoun themselves , number 4, represent the exact same nouns as the pronoun they, number 3?”

B.) ” Hmmm, ummm, (humor this guy!) yeah, sure, of course!”

A.) “We agree! Pronouns #3 and #4 represent the same nouns.”

A.) “Now, the hard part…. Does the pronoun them, number 2, represent the exact same nouns as the pronoun they, number 1?”

B.) “Yep, those (number 2) are the same people (as number 1)….”

A.) Impossible. Unless you violate the rules of grammar, that is, wrest the Scriptures—them (#2) can not be they (#1)!

B.) “What?”

A. ) If they (#1) and them (#2) were the same, that is subject and object were the same, the reflexive rule of grammar would demand that them (#2) be written as themselves! An example is given later, in the very same sentence—pronouns #3, 4. Therefore, the pronoun them (#2) must represent someone or something else!

B. ) I got it! Thank you so much for showing me how the reading of the Scriptures, with correct grammar in mind, really illuminates and makes these supposedly difficult passages clear and easy!

Wow! What a book! What an author!

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