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without the intervention of hands at all. Like Paul we can say, "not of men, neither by
man." "He gave some apostles, &100:" (Eph. iv.8-11). Ministry is now independent of the
laying on of hands, so also "healing" and all things else. No man now comes between the
believer and his Lord.
5. The resurrection of the dead
At first glance it must seem little short of heresy to teach from Heb. 6: 2 "Leaving.
...the (doctrine of the) resurrection of the dead." The difficulty lies in our failure to
"prove the things that differ," and in the looseness of translation in our A.V. We make a
great mistake when we assume that the resurrection as held by the Pharisees and the Jews
is the same as that taught by the apostles.
Anastasis nekrġn are the words of Heb. vi.2, "The resurrection of the dead." Paul used
these words when he said, "I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; of the hope and
resurrection of the dead I am called in question" (Acts 23: 6). So also Acts 24: 21.
If we read in connection with Acts 24: 14, 15, we have the faith expressed of the
orthodox Jew. John xi.24 is also parallel, the resurrection of the last day being all that
Mark 9: 9 and 10 contain something that will help us to understand Heb. vi.2,
"...till the Son of man were risen from among the dead (ek nekrġn), and they kept that
saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead
should mean." Surely if the Pharisees believed the resurrection of the dead, the disciples
of the Lord did also; their difficulty was not one of unbelief in resurrection, but a failure
to understand the import of a little word ek introduced by the Lord when He spoke of
rising "out from among dead ones." This phrase is used of Lazarus in Luke 16: 31,
"neither will they be persuaded, though one rose out from among the dead." This is the
expression used in Acts 4: 1, 2, 10, and Rom. 1: 4.
In Phil. iii the apostle gives us a wonderful "Profit and Loss account." Christ more
than compensated to Paul for all that he had forfeited as a Pharisee. Paul had looked for a
resurrection of the dead; now, as a believer in Christ, he looked for a resurrection out
from the dead (exanastasis ek). This passage demands a fuller exposition than our present
knowledge will justify us in attempting, but here we have that for which the apostle could
urge the Hebrew believers to leave the resurrection of the dead. Leave the general
resurrection for the blessed hope of being raised out from the dead--the blessed portion
of believers of the present dispensation.
6. Eternal judgment.
Space will not allow of our going much into this last clause. It does not mean that we
are to leave the scriptural teaching of the finality of the judgment of God, but to leave the
contemplation of the general judgment, as of the general resurrection, and remember the
judgment-seat of Christ, which was prominent in the parallel passage to Heb. 6:,